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Look to Mary at Advent to 'Relive Christ's Coming' (1713)

Vatican cardinal reminds priests to follow the Blessed Mother's example of love and 'prayerful vigilance.'

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Catholic priests should ask the Virgin Mary for a heart able to “relive Christ’s coming” during Advent this year, Cardinal Mauro Piacenza said.

The cardinal, who serves as prefect for the Vatican’s Congregation for the Clergy, said in his Nov. 27 Advent message to priests that Mary lived “constantly in prayerful vigilance.”

“In vigilance, she received the announcement that changed the history of humanity. In vigilance, she kept and contemplated, more than any other, the Almighty who became her Son,” he said.

Cardinal Piacenza noted that Mary was also prayerfully vigilant as she became “filled with loving and grateful wonder” while giving birth “to the Light...READ MORE

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Kathleen Sebelius' Gruesome Moral Calculus (13591)

Health and Human Services policy may be furthering the exploitation of sex-trafficked women.

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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaks during a news conference on Nov. 14 in Washington.

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WASHINGTON — The Washington Post’s Jerry Markon recently reported that senior political appointees at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) had overruled the department’s professional staff and ended funding of the Catholic bishops’ program to aid victims of human trafficking.

This Thursday, Dec. 1, the House Committee on Government Oversight will follow up with hearings on HHS and the Catholic Church: Examining the Politicization of Grants. The committee’s chairman, Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has written HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius requesting internal documents dealing with the grant review process.

Markon’s editors at the Post — while publishing the...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, bishops, congress, contraception, health and human services, human trafficking, kathleen sebelius, migration and refugee services, planned parenthood, steven wagner

Seeking the Common Good, Crying Out for the Savior, The Way of Salvation, and much more! (1716)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Seeking the Common Good. Click on the link by John M. DeJak to learn more.

Seeking the Common Good - John M. DeJak, The Distributist Review

Crying Out For the Savior - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

The Way of Salvation - John Whitehead, Once I Was A Clever Boy

The Essence of Advent - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

The Guild System - Hilaire Belloc, The Distributist Review

Reflections on the New Translation - Jake Tawney, Roma locuta est

Praise for the New, Corrected Translation coming in - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, WDTPRS?

For Man, It is Impossible - Randall Smith, The Catholic Thing

First Mass With the New Missal: Vatican II Not Eradicated - D Mac, Creative Minority Report

Jesus and Losers? - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Steve Jobs:...READ MORE

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Phenomenologically Speaking (3260)

Studying philosophy isn’t seen as being a great preparation for the job market. A new academic journal at Franciscan University of Steubenville seeks to change that perception. Dec. 4 issue feature.

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With the high unemployment rate for new college graduates, it may not seem like the best time to launch a philosophy journal with a quaint Latin title and rarified references to Thomism, Neo-Platonism and phenomenology.

Yet Quaestiones Disputatae, the new journal at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, may represent just what some students need today to become competitive in a difficult job market, suggests editor Paul Symington.

After all, he points out, philosophy seeks answers to life’s most important questions and teaches a student to think in a disciplined, problem-solving manner. In a rapidly changing global market driven by technology and the latest innovation, the ability to...READ MORE

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Archdiocese of Washington's Initiative Focuses on the Gift of Christ (1833)

FindthePerfectGift.org focuses on the reason for the season.

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WASHINGTON (EWTN News) — A new campaign in Washington this Advent encourages holiday shoppers to remember the true meaning of Christmas and invite them to grow closer in a relationship with Christ.

Christmas “is the time in which the Christian community shares the greatest love story in the world: the story of God’s love for his people,” said Susan Timoney, assistant secretary of pastoral ministry and social concern for the archdiocese.

Timoney explained that a new website extends an invitation to enter into a relationship with Jesus during the Christmas season by participating in a community of prayer, service, learning and celebration.

The website, FindthePerfectGift.org, is part of a...READ MORE

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An American Goes to Dublin (3140)

Pope’s appointment of New York priest is an outside-the-box move. Msgr. Charles Brown, longtime official on Congregation for Doctrine of the Faith, is familiar with sex-abuse problem in Ireland.

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Archbishop-elect Charles Brown, the newly designated papal nuncio to Ireland.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI’s unusual nomination on Saturday, Nov. 26, of an American Curial official to be the new apostolic nuncio to Ireland has been widely applauded by Catholics in Rome and Ireland.

Msgr. Charles Brown, 52, a native of New York, has served at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith since 1994 and is thus a striking choice. Unlike most nuncios, he didn’t graduate from the Ecclesiastical Academy — the Holy See’s prestigious school for Vatican diplomats. Rather, his experience dealing with clergy abuse scandals at the CDF made him a strong candidate for the Dublin post.

Archbishop-elect Brown received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre...READ MORE

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Benedict XVI Tells New York Bishops to Speak Up for Truth (2655)

The Holy Father discussed secularization, the new Missal, efforts to combat abuse and other topics with the bishops during their ad limina visit.

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Pope Benedict XVI has told bishops of the United States not to be silenced by those who seek to muzzle Catholicism in public life.

“Despite attempts to still the Church’s voice in the public square, many people of good will continue to look to her for wisdom, insight and sound guidance,” Pope Benedict said in his address to 20 bishops of New York gathered in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace on Nov. 26. 

The Pope called upon them to “exercise the prophetic dimension of your episcopal ministry by speaking out, humbly yet insistently, in defense of moral truth, and offering a word of hope, capable of opening hearts and minds to the truth that sets us free.”


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Cardinal Burke Talks About Rome, the Mass, Canon Law and U.S. Culture (4297)

Midwestern cleric speaks candidly as he celebrates his first anniversary of elevation to the College of Cardinals.

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ROME (EWTN News/CNA) — Cardinal Raymond Burke, one of the Catholic Church’s top U.S.-born clerics, is marking the first anniversary of his November 2010 elevation to the College of Cardinals.

“Well, it’s been a very fast-moving year,” Cardinal Burke told EWTN News in his Roman apartment just yards from the Vatican, where he serves as head of the Church’s highest court.

“But it’s been a very good year, I’d have to say, and I’ve certainly come to understand more fully what it is to give this service to the Holy Father and hope that I am doing it better.”

The College of Cardinals consists of the men considered the Pope’s closest aides, giving counsel and assistance to the Holy Father when...READ MORE

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