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Vatican vs. Pope Ad (2668)

Vatican issues statement speaking out against clothing company's disrespectful advertisement and initiates legal action. 'We are so sorry that the use of the image of the Pope and the imam has so offended the sensibilities of the faithful in this way,' said a spokesman for Benetton Nov. 16. 'In confirmation of our feelings, we have decided, with immediate effect, to withdraw this image from every publication.'

11/17/2011 Comments (9)

VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—The Vatican will take legal action against Italian clothing company Benetton to prevent the circulation of an ad featuring Pope Benedict XVI kissing a Muslim imam.

The move on Nov. 17 comes a day after Benetton hastily withdrew the image from a new advertising campaign following protests from both religions.

“The Secretariat of State has authorized its lawyers to initiate actions, in Italy and elsewhere, to prevent the circulation, via the mass media and in other ways, of a photo montage used in a Benetton advertising campaign in which the Holy Father appears in a way considered to be harmful, not only to the dignity of the Pope and the Catholic Church, but...READ MORE

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JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis, Martyrs of the Civil War, Obedience an Antidote to Ignorance, and more! (3148)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/17/2011 Comment

Because Tolkien and Lewis Took A Walk After Dinner. Click on the link by Frank Weathers to learn more.

Because Tolkien and Lewis Took A Walk After Dinner - Frank Weathers, Patheos/Why I Am Catholic

Martyrs of the Spanish Civil War - John Whitehead, Once I Was A Clever Boy

St. Leo: Model for the Modern Catholic - Patrick Owens, Cowboys-Philosophers-Poets

None So Blind: Obedience is an Antidote to Stupidity - Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture

“The Best Reason for a Revival of Philosophy. . . - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

The Language Gap - Anna Williams, VirtuousPla.net

Are You a Beautiful Temple? - Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Card. Maradiaga: “A Bishop cannot Go into Politics” - Andrea Tornielli, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Loneliness and Gender - Melinda Selmys,...READ MORE

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Bishop Finn Reaches Agreement With County Prosecutor (1817)

Under the agreement’s terms, the bishop must meet face-to-face with the Clay County prosecutor each month for the next five years to discuss any allegations of child sex abuse against clergy or diocesan staff within the diocese’s facilities in the county. Bishop Finn must also describe what steps the diocese has taken to address any allegations.

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Bishop Finn Facebook

– Bishop Finn Facebook

A county prosecutor’s agreement with Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., is a sign of the weakness of the charge that the bishop illegally failed to report suspected child sex abuse, a Missouri lawyer says.

The prosecutor of Clay County, Mo., is “reluctant” to follow the lead of the prosecutor in Jackson County because “he wasn’t going to have a successful prosecution,” St. Louis attorney Michael Quinlan suggested.

“The prosecution is avoiding a risky trial, and the bishop is avoiding what would be a less risky trial, but certainly a tremendous expense and bad publicity and all the terrible things that go along with that,” said Quinlan, who is not involved in the case.

“I...READ MORE

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Bishop Vann Will Help Epsicopal Priests Who Want to Become Catholic Priests (1147)

Fort Worth bishop is happy to assist, that 'all may be one.'

11/17/2011 Comments (2)

Bishop Kevin Vann of Fort Worth, Texas, will be in charge of welcoming and forming Episcopal priests who wish to become Catholic priests under the recently announced U.S. Anglican ordinariate.

The appointment, which was made by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, was announced on Nov. 15 by Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington at the U.S. bishops’ fall assembly in Baltimore.

Cardinal Wuerl also announced that an Anglican ordinariate will be established in the U.S. on Jan. 1, 2012.

The ordinariate will allow entire Anglican communities, which belong to the Episcopal Church in the U.S., to enter the Catholic Church, while keeping certain elements of their heritage and...READ MORE

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Archbishop Aymond Clarifies New Missal's Use in Rites Outside of Mass (2972)

New Orleans archbishop answered questions at the USCCB meeting.

11/17/2011 Comments (4)

Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans, head of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship, clarified how the new translation of the Roman Missal should be used in services and rites outside of the Mass.

Archbishop Aymond answered questions about the new Missal at the U.S. bishops’ conference’s fall General Assembly, held in Baltimore Nov. 14-16.

The new English translation of the Third Edition of the Roman Missal will be used in the U.S. beginning on Nov. 27, the First Sunday of Advent.

Archbishop Aymond explained to fellow bishops that his committee worked with the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship to determine certain instances where the material from the new Roman Missal...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict XVI Set for Voyage to Benin (2340)

Second apostolic voyage takes the Holy Father to West Africa to present the final text of the Second Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops.

11/17/2011 Comment

Worshipers leave the Notre Dame cathedral Nov. 17 after morning Mass in Benin's economic capital Cotonou.

– Reuters

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI will embark on his second apostolic voyage to Africa this week when he makes a three-day trip to the Republic of Benin.

The main purpose of the Nov. 18-20 visit is to present the final text of the Second Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops, which was held two years ago at the Vatican.

But the Holy Father is also traveling to the country for three other reasons: to celebrate 150 years since the first missionaries arrived there; to pay homage to two great Beninese, Cardinal Bernardin Gantin (1922-2008) and Archbishop Isidore de Souza (1934-1999), who was archbishop of Cotonou, the nation’s capital; and to mark 40 years of formal diplomatic...READ MORE

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The State of Catholic Youth Today (4569)

The young Church is hungry for the truth. After World Youth Day, they head to National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis.

11/17/2011 Comments (9)
National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry

Youth listen attentively at a conference. Youth leaders say teens are hungry for the truth of the faith.

– National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry

Over the weekend of Nov. 17, 25,000 Catholic youth and their chaperons will gather in Indianapolis for the National Catholic Youth Conference. Coming only three months after the huge outpouring of faith, joy and peaceful witness that characterized World Youth Day in Madrid, NCYC provides another chance to see the faith through young eyes. What do American youth want from their faith? What do they have to give? And what role will they play in the Church as it heads into increasingly difficult times?

NCYC is one of the major events on the Catholic youth calendar. Every two years, high-school age students gather for a three-day experience of prayer, keynote addresses, adoration, workshops,...READ MORE

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St. Christina the Astonishing, A Tragic History of Usury, Theology of the Body, and much more! (5739)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/16/2011 Comment

St. Christina the Astonishing & the Impending Holidays. Click on the link by Stacy Trasancos to learn more.

St. Christina the Astonishing & the Impending Holidays - Stacy Trasancos, Catholic Sistas

Catholics and “Usury”: A Tragic History - Jeffrey Tucker, Crisis Magazine

As Erosion of Religious Liberty Continues, Bishops Speak Out - Msgr. Charles Pope, AOW

Unions and the Catholic Way - George J. Marlin, The Catholic Thing

An International Theology of the Body Symposium - Julie Rodrigues, VirtuousPla.net

Cheat Sheet (Matthew 25:31-46) - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Can the Poor Souls Pray for Us? - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

In the New Year, a New Ordinariate - Rocco Palmo, Whispers in the Loggia

The Anglicans are Coming - Fr. Dwight Longenecker,...READ MORE

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