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Archbishop Gerhard Müller: 'The Church Is Not a Fortress' (10362)

In an exclusive two-part interview with the Register, the new prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith discusses his new job and highlights the Church’s positive message of hope.

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Archbishop Gerhard Müller

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On July 2, the Vatican announced that Pope Benedict XVI had appointed Bishop Gerhard Müller the new prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, arguably the most influential and prestigious of all the Vatican’s departments. The 64-year-old native of Mainz in central Germany was subsequently elevated to archbishop and made ex officio president of the Pontifical Biblical Commission and the International Theological Commission. He also now heads the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei — the body charged with bringing the Society of St. Pius X into communion with Rome.

In this exclusive interview, given last month at the congregation, Archbishop Müller discusses his new role...READ MORE

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Archbishop Lori Discusses Presidential Debates, Polls and the Beatitudes (7527)

The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty talks about the spiritual and political challenges of the current election cycle.

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Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore

Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, as the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, has helped to direct the conference’s response to the First Amendment threat posed by the federal Health and Human Services’ contraception mandate.

In this capacity, he has testified before Congress and worked with constitutional scholars and other religious leaders to mount a broad interfaith challenge to the mandate in the federal courts and from the pulpit. Since his installation as archbishop of Baltimore in May, he worked to secure the Maryland referendum to strike down same-sex “marriage” legislation that passed in March. Just days before the...READ MORE

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Joseph for October: Defending Marriage, The End of Men, God's Love: Reason for Hope, and More! (1595)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Saint Joseph for October: Defending Marriage. Click on the link by Kristina Johannes to read more.

Joseph for October: Defending Marriage – Kristina Johannes, The Catholic Thing

The End of Men: The End of Women Too? by Peter Blair of the Public Discourse website – Big ulpit

God’s Love: Reason for Hope – Fr. William P. Clark OMI, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Catholic BioTalk With Rebecca Taylor and Fr. Pacholczyk – Chelsea Zimmerman, Ignitum Today

Saint Seraphim and Renewal – Ric Ballard, Eastern Catholic Spiritual Renewal

Vestment Embroidery Work of the Dominican Nuns of Galway – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Broken Gate – Sword of Peter

Seven Practical Steps to Draw Closer to Jesus - Deacon Mike Bickerstaff of the Integrated Catholic Life™

Three Part Catechesis...READ MORE

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Loyola (L.A.) Law Students Support IVF in Legal Brief (2793)

The students’ brief ignores Catholic moral objections to the embryo-killing medical practice.

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Students at Los Angeles’ Loyola Law School have drawn criticism over writing a legal brief in support of Costa Rica legalizing in vitro fertilization, a practice condemned by the Church.

The Catholic school issued a statement on its decision to submit the brief, saying it is “committed to the academic freedom of faculty members and students to participate in the study of different perspectives.”

But Anthony Lilles, professor of spiritual theology at St. John Vianney Seminary in Denver, countered that a Catholic understanding of academic freedom means that it should be guided by truth, as revealed in Scripture and Tradition, and as taught by the magisterium of the Church.

“Academic...READ MORE

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Archbishop Sheen's Secret to Evangelization, Thousands of Churches Threatened, and Much More! (3270)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Fulton Sheen’s Secret to Evangelization. Click on the link by Brandon Vogt to read how to evangelize the Fulton Sheen way.

Fulton Sheen’s Secret to Evangelization - Brandon Vogt, Ignitum Today

Who Are the Melkites? – Melkite Eparchy of Newton

Threatening Letter Sent to 60,000 Churches by Thomas Peters of the American Papist blog – Big ulpit

Mass at Brinkburn Priory (England) – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

India: Bishops Criticize Bollywood Film that Mocks Christians – La Stampa/Vatican Insider

The Southampton Priest was Right to Ban Yoga Classes – Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald

Which Saints Suffered from Temptations and Evil Thoughts? - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Updating the Traditional Roman Calendar (Extraordinary Form) – Fr. Z’s Blog

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Oldest Manager to Win World Series Still Enjoys Kid’s Game (6440)

Jack McKeon, 81, credits daily Mass and St. Thérèse with helping his baseball career.

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Jack McKeon

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Most 80-year-olds would never consider managing a professional baseball team. Then again, most 80-year-olds would never be asked to manage a professional baseball team.

Yet, in June 2011, Jack McKeon accepted the then-Florida (now Miami) Marlins’ offer to lead the team as interim manager.

McKeon’s previous stint with the Marlins included a World Series Championship in 2003. He was a relatively young 72 at the time, but was nonetheless the oldest manager ever to win a World Series. The South Amboy, N.J., native attributes his success not only to perseverance, but also to daily Mass attendance and the intercession of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus, the doctor of the Church whose feast...READ MORE

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Catholic Doctors Tackle How to Survive in an 'Increasingly Toxic Culture' (8936)

At the annual Catholic Medical Association conference, Bishop Robert Vasa says the current health-care crisis is ‘a clarion call’ for Catholic doctors in the U.S.

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — Conscience rights' protection and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services contraception mandate were the topics foremost on the minds of medical professionals gathered in St. Paul, Minn., for the Catholic Medical Association’s (CMA) 81st educational conference.

The Sept. 26-29 conference, which drew more than 600 attendees, featured prominent speakers who shared the history of the present cultural battle and how to bear witness to the truth and bring it to bear on the practice of medicine.

Papal biographer George Weigel spoke on the crisis of modernity, author Brian Gail spoke on the life sciences’ challenges, First Things editor Russell Reno spoke about...READ MORE

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Remember the Little Flower on Her Feast Day (3212)

A Visit to the National Shrine of St. Thérèse for Oct. 1: From our Sept. 23 issue

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Amy Smith

Statute of St. Thérèse and Mary at the National Shrine of St. Thérèse in Illinois.

– Amy Smith

I have been to the National Shrine of St. Thérèse in Darien, Ill., several times, and each time there is always something new to see and learn about the Little Flower.

Relics of her life are on prominent display — everything from furniture and clothing to toys (a little teacup) and schoolwork (a well-drawn map of North America), as well as lovely handwritten notes in French. Her first Communion preparation book is also there for the faithful to see.

And now, there is a new addition: Visitors can see a replica of her convent room. The room, dedicated in June, includes originals from Lisieux’s Carmelite convent, including the tiles outside Thérèse’s door where she walked each day, the...READ MORE

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