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Pope Benedict Says He Is Not 'Abandoning the Church' (3168)

During his last Sunday Angelus, Benedict XVI speaks of nearness and dedication to the Church in prayer after retirement.

02/24/2013 Comments (4)
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The crowd in St. Peter's Square during Pope Benedict XVI's Angelus address Feb. 17, 2013.

– Stephen Driscoll/CNA

VATICAN — Around 120,000 pilgrims heard Pope Benedict XVI deliver his last Angelus address in which he said that “the Lord called me to ‘climb the mountain,’ to devote myself even more to prayer and meditation,” a change that does not mean he is “abandoning the Church.”

“Dear brothers and sisters,” the Pope said as he dwelt on the Sunday Gospel on the Transfiguration, “the word of God feels particularly directed at me, at this point in my life. The Lord called me to ‘climb the mountain,’ to devote myself even more to prayer and meditation.”

“But this does not mean abandoning the Church,” he qualified. “Indeed, if God asks me this it is just so that I can continue to serve with the...READ MORE

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Benedict’s Resignation and the Road Ahead (4645)

The pontiff leaves a great theological legacy while the next pope faces a Church in continuous need of conversion toward a more faithful living out of Catholic belief.

02/24/2013 Comments (7)
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Archbishop Charles Chaput

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This commentary was originally published Feb. 24 in the Philadelphia Inquirer

Since the lava flow of press commentaries about Pope Benedict’s resignation began nearly two weeks ago, dozens of people have asked me why the Holy Father “really” resigned and who the next pope is likely to be. 

Given the extraordinary nature of the event, both questions are inevitable. Happily, Benedict’s reasoning has been simple and clear. The Church faces serious challenges worldwide. At 85, his declining health and energy impede his ability to serve the Church as effectively as she needs. 

Resignation is an act of unusual humility, as well as careful judgment. These qualities, along with his...READ MORE

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Recipe for a Pope: A Christlike Man Who Can Govern and Unite (2955)

NEWS ANALYSIS: Church leaders say reform of the Curia is a top item for the next pope, whoever he may be.

02/24/2013 Comments (8)
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Statue of St. Peter in front of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome

– Erin Silversmith/ Wikipedia

VATICAN CITY — Ask any Vatican official or leading Church figure in Rome what one of the most important characteristics of the new pope should be, and, chances are, they’ll say he must have an ability to govern.

Amid the many tributes being paid to Pope Benedict XVI, among the few criticisms is the observation that governance wasn’t the Holy Father’s strong point.

Although he has been widely praised for certain aspects of governance — namely his episcopal appointments, his efforts to crack down on clerical sex abuse and measures to make the Vatican’s finances more transparent — running the Roman Curia was his Achilles heel, made harder by his infirmity and old age.

He appeared to...READ MORE

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That's Not in the Bible: Contemporary Dilemmas with Sola Scriptura; Is Christ Ugly and More! (4542)

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That’s Not in the Bible: Contemporary Dilemmas with Sola Scriptura. Follow the link by Two Catholic Men and a Blog (TCMAAB) to read more.

That’s Not in the Bible: Contemporary Dilemmas with Sola Scriptura by Two Catholic Men and a Blog (TCMAAB) - Big Pulpit

Is Christ Ugly? – Edmund Mitchell, Ignitum Today

Nine Reasons True Christians Follow the Pope – H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter’s List

The Saint Who Would Interrupt Mass with a Public Confession of Her Wickedness - The Spiritual Life, Catholic Herald

The Edmund Campion Missal – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Ten Tips for Fine Tuning Your Media Antennas – Anabelle Hazard JD, Catholic Stand

Pope Leo’s Guilds a Far Cry from Today’s Unions – Anthony M. Esolen PhD, Crisis Magazine

What’s So Good About Diversity? – David Clayton MA, The Way of Beauty

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John Paul II’s Canonization Progress Remains Confidential (2568)

Cardinal Amato declines to comment on media reports of a miracle attributed to the late Pope’s intercession.

02/22/2013 Comments (2)

Blessed John Paul II.

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ROME — The Vatican’s continuing work on Blessed John Paul II’s cause for sainthood cannot currently be made public, said the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints.

“We are working on it, it is going well, and various documents are coming into the Congregation for the Saints,” Cardinal Angelo Amato said, responding to a flurry of media reports about an alleged miracle that would pave the way for the former Pope’s canonization.

He told CNA that at the moment, no further information could be given about the alleged miracle, as his office must maintain “absolute confidentiality.”

The cardinal’s comments came during the presentation of a book on the Year of Faith at...READ MORE

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Benedict and the Anglican Ordinariates: Ecumenism in Action (2926)

By shepherding former Anglicans and their liturgical patrimony into the Church, the Holy Father has bequeathed a legacy of constructive Christian unity.

02/22/2013 Comment

Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson, head of the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter in the United States.

LONDON — Pope Benedict XVI pushed ecumenism far beyond mere dialogue in his efforts towards Christian unity.

According to many observers, that is the inescapable conclusion that is generated when examining the Pope’s personal investment in the foundation of the ordinariates that are accommodating former Anglicans who come into the Catholic Church.

In 2011, the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham was founded in England and Wales for the reception of Anglicans into full communion with the Catholic Church, while maintaining their distinctive Anglican patrimony. A year ago, the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter was established in the U.S., while the Ordinariate of Our Lady of the...READ MORE

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Dear Media: Meet the First African Pope, The Tradition of Ember Days, Praying in Silence and More! (3207)

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White House Has ‘Trampled on Religious Freedom,’ Charge U.S. Lawmakers (3380)

Eleven legislators file a brief with 10th Circuit in HHS mandate case, as the U.S. bishops press ahead with legal and legislative efforts to defend conscience rights for all.

02/22/2013 Comments (7)

WASHINGTON — Eleven legislators have filed an amicus brief stating that the federal contraception mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), signed into law in 1993 by President Bill Clinton.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, a leading sponsor of RFRA, was among the group of lawmakers who filed the brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, which will rule on a legal challenge to the Health and Human Services' mandate brought by Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., a Christian-owned retail chain.

“As one of the lead sponsors of RFRA, it’s deeply troubling to see this White House trample on the religious freedom the law seeks to protect,” Hatch said in a statement...READ MORE

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