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Vatican Says Church Is Growing and Affirms Scripture Is 'Very Soul of Sacred Theology' (2846)

The Church yearbook is released, citing there were15 million new faithful in 2010; a new document for theologians has also been released. And conference reiterates Catholic teaching on dignity of human life.

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The Catholic Church added 15 million new faithful in 2010, and the number of priests continued to steadily increase for the tenth-straight year, according to the latest edition of the pontifical yearbook.

The Catholic population increased from 1.181 billion in 2009 to 1.196 billion in 2010, a growth of 1.3%. The percentage of baptized Catholics worldwide has remained steady at 17.5%.

Priests increased from 410,593 to 412,236. There were about 227,000 diocesan priests and 135,227 religious-order priests. The growth trend has continued since the year 2000. The number of clergy increased by 1,695 in Asia and by 765 in Africa. Growth in the Americas and Oceania was only in the double digits,...READ MORE

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Cardinal Wuerl on Fluke Flap: 'Opinion' Isn't Truth (12666)

Amid partisan spin and vitriolic attacks arising from the HHS mandate controversy, Washington’s archbishop defends Catholic teaching on conscience.

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WASHINGTON — In the wake of Rush Limbaugh’s attack on Georgetown Law School student Sandra Fluke, the university’s president, John DeGioia, issued an “open letter” that noted her “sincerity” and adherence to civil discourse as she advocated on behalf of the contraception mandate before a group of House Democrats on Feb 23.

“Sandra Fluke … was respectful, sincere, and spoke with conviction. She provided a model of civil discourse. This expression of conscience was in the tradition of the deepest values we share as a people. One need not agree with her substantive position to support her right to respectful free expression,” stated DeGioia in his letter.

But in a March 11 address, Cardinal...READ MORE

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Pope: Jesus Has Zeal of Love (1714)

On March 11, Benedict XVI said Christ exemplifies Psalm 69: “He devours zeal for your house."

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Jesus was a prophetic voice, but not a violent political revolutionary, Pope Benedict XVI said in Sunday comments on Christ’s expulsion of the animal sellers and money changers from the Temple in Jerusalem.

“It is impossible to interpret Jesus as a violent person. Violence is contrary to the Kingdom of God; it is a tool of the Antichrist. Violence never serves humanity, but dehumanizes,” said the Pope in his March 11 Angelus address at the Vatican.

His remarks criticized the occasional interpretation of this episode in a political revolutionary sense that places Jesus in line with the Zealot movement.

The Zealots were a Jewish political movement who were “zealous” for God’s law and...READ MORE

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Indian Church Unfazed by Government Harassment for Anti-Nuclear Protests (2338)

Federal agencies free Church bank account used for foreign donations. The Church continues to stand for local fishermen in area where power plant is nearing completion.

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The Koodankulam nuclear power plant, under construction.

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BANGALORE, India — A dispute over a nuclear power plant nearing completion in a southern India fishing area has put the Catholic Church in the spotlight.

The federal government, alleging that the Church was diverting foreign funds to support agitation against the power plant, has frozen a bank account the Church uses to receive foreign donations.

But the Church, which has rejected those allegations, is not backing down.

“This is not a political protest. We are standing with the poor people fighting for their rights,” Bishop Yvon Ambrose of Tuticorin said March 8 after a news conference in Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu state. “No pressure tactics can stop us from taking side with the...READ MORE

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St. Francis de Sales on Mutual Charity, From Catholic School to Prison to God, and much more! (3113)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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St. Francis de Sales on Mutual Charity. Click on the link by Jay Boyd Ph.D. to read and learn more.

St. Francis de Sales on Mutual Charity - Jay Boyd PhD, Philothea on Phire

From Catholic School to Prison to God - Patti Maguire Armstrong, Catholic Lane

New York Times Ad: Quit The Catholic Church - Patrick Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Vatican Prevents Complete Website Shutdown - Marta Jimenez, Catholic News Agency

What is Serenity and How Can I Grow In It? - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Practicing Self-Control Is Good - Thomas L. McDonald, Patheos/God and the Machine

Got Stress? Get Peace - Katie Peterson, Integrated Catholic Life™

Tough Questions, Timeless Moral Truths - Jim Graves, Catholic World Report

Why Our Worship Space Should Be An Isosceles Triangle...READ MORE

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The Moral Cost of Cooperation in Evil (4560)

March 11 column on HHS mandate's consequences: The fact that the victim of abortion, including a “contraceptive abortion,” is small and defenseless, having little cultural or civil protection, only makes the evil greater — and the duty to oppose it greater as well.

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Back in the 1850s, if you were sheriff in a “free state,” one in which slavery was prohibited, and bounty hunters came to your county, you were obliged by the Fugitive Slave Act to assist them in the capture of runaway slaves. Once captured, a slave could be returned home or killed in punishment, as the “owner” wished.

Law enforcement officers had no conscience protection that would have allowed them to refuse to assist in the capture of slaves.

The Constitution, the Congress, the executive branch and finally the Supreme Court, in Dred Scott v. Sandford, protected the rights of the slave owner, but not the slave, nor the person who found slavery to be evil.

No doubt, some will object to the...READ MORE

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Temple House Rules (1699)

User's Guide to Sunday, March 11.

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Jesus drives out the money changers in the Temple.

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March 11 is the Third Sunday in Lent (Year B, Cycle II).


Readings

Exodus 20:1-17 or 20:1-3, 7-8, 12-17; Psalm 19:8-11; 1 Corinthians 1:22-25; John 2:13-25


Our Take

A house’s rules define it.

There are many modern versions of house rules. Sometimes you can see them posted on decorative plates or fun signs.

One version goes: “House Rules: If you open it, close it. If you turn it on, turn it off. If you borrow it, return it. If you use it, take care of it.” That sounds like a fine place.

Another sign reads: “House Rules: If you don’t live here, don’t change the music. If you drink the last beer, get more. Don’t bring shady friends to the house. The couch is an alternative to drunk driving.” That...READ MORE

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Religious Liberty, Blood Transfusions, Cigarettes and Contraception (15586)

Church Fights Epic Battle With the Culture

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Brian Hampel, in his March 5 article in the Kansas State Collegian, “Contraception Should Not Be Treated as Issue of Religious Liberty,” asks:

“If we can require Jehovah’s Witnesses to cover blood transfusions, why couldn’t we require Catholics to cover birth control?”

This is the argument that we need to refute if we are going to stop the Obama mandate (and his even worse “accommodation”).

The bishops have framed their objection to the Obama contraception mandate largely as a religious-liberty issue. There is great justice and wisdom to this formulation. On the other hand, it is simply not possible and perhaps unwise to avoid discussing contraception per se.

The religious-liberty...READ MORE

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