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Pope to Women Religious: Unity With the Church Is Part of Your Vocation (5491)

The Holy Father addressed religious superiors May 8.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis told leaders of women’s religious orders today that their vocations can only be recognized within the fold of the Church.

“Your vocation is a fundamental charism for the Church’s journey, and it isn’t possible that a consecrated woman or man might ‘feel’ themselves not to be with the Church,” he told around 800 religious superiors on May 8.

The International Union of Superiors General has been meeting for its general assembly in Rome since May 3.

In attendance this year were more than 150 U.S. sisters, some of whom also belong to the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, which has had a strained relationship with the Vatican since the Congregation for...READ MORE

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Knowledge Without Love Deadly to the Soul (3936)

COMMENTARY: A Register series on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit

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Personifcation of Knowledge, Celsus Library in Ephesus, Turkey

– Wikipedia

In Scripture, knowledge and knowing have connotations that don’t make knowledge seem like a promising gift of the Holy Spirit.

One thing that makes knowledge an unlikely gift in the eyes of some in our sex-obsessed culture is the fact that “to know” has, in Scripture, a distinctly intimate connotation, as in “Adam knew his wife.” So, to some, it seems at first blush like somebody made a mistake somewhere in listing it as a gift of confirmation, since it might more fittingly be attributed to the sacrament of marriage.

Beyond this are more sinister associations of “knowledge” with something bad. Paul tells us, for instance, that “knowledge puffs up, but love builds up” (1 Corinthians...READ MORE

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Do You Practice Gaining Indulgences? What Does a Typical Priest Look Like? and Much More! (2302)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Do You Practice Gaining Indulgences? Follow the link by Native Catholic to read more.

Do You Practice Gaining Indulgences? - Native Catholic

What Does a Typical Priest Look Like? by Francis Phillips of the Catholic Herald website - Big Pulpit

Truth, Responsibility, and Love - Ryan T. Anderson

20 Gen Y-aged Saints, Blesseds, and Venerables – J. Q. Tomanek, Ignitum Today

Our God is Love and Light - DabsQ, Catholic Stand

Quæritur: I’ve Tried to Get an Imprimatur For My Book - Fr. Z’s Blog

The Self-Defeating Argument About Intelligence - Stacy Trasancos PhD

How Organ Plus Mixed Voices Changes Chant - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

One More From Japan: Tokyo - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Must Bishops be the Husband of One Wife? - Tim Staples,...READ MORE

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Obama Administration Backtracks in Tyndale House HHS Case (2830)

The government’s appeal withdrawal gives temporary relief to the Illinois-based Bible publisher.

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WASHINGTON — An Illinois-based Bible publisher has secured temporary relief from the federal contraception mandate after the Obama administration asked an appellate court to dismiss its challenge to a preliminary injunction.

Matthew Bowman, senior legal counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom, which is defending the publisher, told Catholic News Agency that the move indicates “that the government knows it is taking an extremist view against religious freedom, and it is afraid to defend that in court.”

As a result of the court order, the Bible publisher will remain protected by a temporary injunction and will therefore be able to conduct its business free from the demands of the federal...READ MORE

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Franciscan President Recalls 13 Years Battling Culture of Death (3972)

Father Terence Henry is passing on the torch of leadership at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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Franciscan Father Terence Henry.

– Franciscan.edu

Franciscan Father Terence “Terry” Henry is wrapping up a 13-year tenure as president of Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Having built upon the legacy of Franciscan Father Michael Scanlan, Father Henry now leaves Franciscan in the strongest position in its history, as he passes on the torch this June to his successor, Franciscan Father Sean Sheridan.

In this interview with Register correspondent Peter Jesserer Smith, Father Henry discusses how fighting the culture of death was the core of his mission and comments on the grave danger of the federal contraception mandate. He also talks about the addition of NCAA sports, a new friary on campus and G.K. Chesterton, as he gets ready...READ MORE

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Ethicist Lauds Ireland's Ruling Against Assisted Suicide (2560)

Ireland’s top court said ‘there is no constitutional right to commit suicide or to arrange for the determination of one’s life at a time of one’s choosing.’

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CNA/Marea Howse

– CNA/Marea Howse

DUBLIN — The finding of the Irish Supreme Court that citizens have no right to assisted suicide is being welcomed by an ethicist and health-care professional as an affirmation of the value of human life.

“It's a clear tragedy when society endorses assisted suicide. ... I was happy to see the supreme-court decision in Ireland,” Marie Hilliard, director of bioethics and public policy at the National Catholic Bioethics Center, told Catholic News Agency May 7.

On April 29, the supreme court of the Republic of Ireland ruled against Marie Fleming, who has multiple sclerosis and so is unable to commit suicide. Fleming wanted to ensure that she could end her life with the help of her partner,...READ MORE

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Doctor Calls Stem-Cell Surgery on Toddler Revolutionary (4794)

The bone-marrow procedure supports Catholic moral teaching and helps to 'revolutionize medicine,' Dr. Mark Holterman says.

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CNA/Jim Carlson OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, Ill.

Hannah Warren gets her nails painted by a nurse after her operation.

– CNA/Jim Carlson OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, Ill.

PEORIA, Ill. — The doctor who helped transplant a windpipe grown from a child’s own stem cells said the procedure supports Catholic moral teaching while at the same time helping to “revolutionize medicine.”

On April 9, 2 1/2-year-old Hannah Warren underwent an intensive nine-hour surgery to install an artificial windpipe grown from her own bone marrow to correct a birth defect that left her unable to breathe, eat, swallow or speak on her own.

Rather than using embryonic stem cells, Dr. Mark Holterman of Children’s Hospital of Illinois — part of OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria — said the experimental procedure upholds the hospital’s mission of providing for the sick with the...READ MORE

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Vatican Doctrine Office Perplexed by Cardinal’s LCWR Comments (6567)

The congregation rejects the claim it acted unilaterally and affirms that reform of the organization of American religious sisters will continue.

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Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican’s doctrine congregation has released a statement saying the media misreported a cardinal’s remarks about the ongoing reform of a group of American sisters, but an inside source at the department says it is confused because the matter is their “exclusive responsibility.”

An official at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith told Catholic News Agency May 7 on the condition of anonymity that the congregation is “perplexed” by Cardinal João Braz de Aviz saying it did not discuss with him the decision to require an American group of religious superiors to undergo reform.

“We are perplexed because the matter is the exclusive responsibility of the...READ MORE

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