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Seven Myths Regarding the Extraordinary Form, Meet the ‘Podcasting Priest’ and More! (3135)

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03/28/2013 Comment

Seven Myths Regarding the Latin Mass. Follow the link by Richard Collins to read more.

Seven Myths Regarding the Latin Mass by Richard Collins - Big Pulpit

Meet Fr. Roderick Vönhogen, the “Podcasting Priest” – John Paul Shimek, The CWR Blog

Entering into Holy Thursday With Venerable Sheen – Emily C. Hurt, Ignitum Today

New Experiments Date the Shroud to 1st Century A. D. – Andrea Tornielli, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

How to Find Faith at the Movies, Fool’s Quest to Understand - John Darrouzet, Catholic Stand

Young Men Getting Job Done and Implementing the Extraordinary Form of the Mass in a Parish – Fr. Z’s Blog

Islam and Dialogue - Big Pulpit

Stupidity: A Malady of the Cultural Elite – James Kalb, Crisis Magazine

The Rebellion Against the Self-Evident –...READ MORE

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North Dakota Bishop Praises New Laws Protecting Unborn Life (2300)

The new laws include bans on abortions performed after a fetal heartbeat is detectable.

03/28/2013 Comment
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Bishop David Kagan of Bismarck, N.D.

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BISMARCK, N.D. — Bishop David Kagan of Bismarck, N.D., praised the North Dakota Legislature and governor for passing into law three pro-life bills that place stronger restrictions on abortion.

“The protection of all human life from the moment of conception to natural death is the primary purpose of government,” Bishop Kagan said. “All persons, including our elected officials, are obligated to unceasingly seek protection of this basic human right.”

The bishop said he applauded members of the state Legislature who “bravely supported measures to extend protections to unborn human life and to advance the health of women.”

The new laws include bans on abortions performed after a fetal...READ MORE

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Pope to Priests: Anointing Others Will Strengthen Your Heart (2554)

During the Holy Thursday chrism Mass, the sacred oils for baptism, confirmation and the anointing of the sick were blessed.

03/28/2013 Comments (1)
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Pope Francis speaks to the priests of Rome on Holy Thursday, March 28, in St. Peter's Basilica.

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VATICAN CITY — The Pope told priests that if they “anoint” others by bringing the grace of God to their everyday realities, they will be strengthened in their priesthood.

“A good priest can be recognized by the way his people are anointed,” said Pope Francis during the Holy Thursday chrism Mass at which oils that will be used in the sacraments are blessed.

“When our people are anointed with the oil of gladness, it is obvious, for example, they leave Mass looking as if they have heard good news,” he said at St. Peter’s Basilica.

The Holy Father noted that priests must “go out in order to experience anointing, its power and its redemptive efficacy.”

He illustrated what he meant by...READ MORE

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10 Best Arguments for Same-Sex 'Marriage' and Why They're Wrong, Shroud 2.0 and More! (8827)

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03/28/2013 Comments (1)

Ten Best Arguments for Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ and Why They’re Flawed. Follow the link by B. Vogt to read more.

Ten Best Arguments for Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ and Why They’re Flawed by B. Vogt - Big Pulpit

The Holy Shroud is on iPad and Becomes 2.0 – La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Quotes Suitable for Framing: Pp. Leo XIII – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Of Holy Thursday and the Foot-Washing Rite: Problems and Solutions – Fr. Z's Blog

Beauty – Sean Connolly, Ignitum Today

The Virtue of Fidelity – Fr. Kenneth Baker SJ, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Divine Intersection – Christina Weber, Catholic Stand

Fathers and Sons – Brad Miner, The Catholic Thing

The Best Punditry, Analysis and News on Pope Francis - Big Pulpit

Sin: 44 Questions on Sin and Its Different Types – Saint Peter’s...READ MORE

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Supreme Court Weighs the Case for Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ (3294)

During oral arguments on the constitutionality of Proposition 8 and DOMA, the justices focused on technical issues as well as the impact on children.

03/28/2013 Comments (13)

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WASHINGTON — Activists on both sides of the national debate on same-sex “marriage” gathered before the U.S. Supreme Court on March 26 and 27, as the justices heard oral arguments for two closely-watched marriage cases.

“We are gathered here to send one simple message to the justices of the Supreme Court,” Jennifer Roback Morse, the founder of the National Organization for Marriage’s Ruth Institute, said in a March 26 speech at the March for Marriage. “Do not try to short-circuit the debate over marriage the way Roe v. Wade short-circuited the debate over life.”

Inside the high court that day, several of the nine justices echoed Morse’s plea. They noted the scant evidence available to...READ MORE

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Pope Francis’ First Easter (6514)

The papal events will highlight the Holy Father’s personal simplicity and humility.

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Pope Francis during Palm Sunday Mass on March 24.

– Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty Images News

VATICAN CITY — Final preparations are being made for Pope Francis’ first Easter, beginning with the traditional chrism Mass on Holy Thursday, followed by a break with custom when the Holy Father celebrates the Mass of the Lord’s Supper in a juvenile detention center in Rome.

The Holy Father will celebrate the chrism Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at 9:30 local time on Holy Thursday morning. As usual at the Mass, which manifests the unity of the priests with their bishop, the Holy Father will bless three oils (holy chrism, catechumens and the infirm) to be used in the administration of the sacraments throughout the diocese for the year, and he is expected to give a homily.

Then, at...READ MORE

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Punished for Refusing to Disrespect Jesus (9586)

A student at Florida Atlantic University was suspended from class this month for declining to write the name of Jesus on a piece of paper and step on it.

03/27/2013 Comments (27)

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Ryan Rotella refused to step on Jesus.

The Florida Atlantic University junior’s act of reverence resulted in suspension from his college class and a barrage of attention he neither sought nor anticipated.

“The story illustrates the degree to which traditional Christian beliefs are held in contempt in the secular academy [of higher education],” said Patrick McNamara, director of communications for the New York-based Catholic League.

Rotella was in a March 4 lecture in his intercultural communication class when instructor Deandre Poole told students to each write “Jesus” on paper and then step on it. Rotella set his paper on a surface and told Poole he was offended...READ MORE

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Satanism Is About Destroying the Church, Contextualizing 'Noble Simplicity' and Much More! (2969)

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03/27/2013 Comment

“Satanism is about Destroying the Church”. Follow the link by Jim Graves of The Catholic World Report to read more.

“Satanism is about Destroying the Church” by Jim Graves of The Catholic World Report - Big Pulpit

Contextualizing “Noble Simplicity” – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

You Pro-Life Torturer You – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Homosexuality and Impatience for Joy – Wesley Hill, First Things/First Thoughts

Contraception: Why Not? – Stephanie Calis, Ignitum Today

The Good Friday Reproaches – Arlene Oost-Zinner, The Chant Café

Prudence and Scrupulosity – Mary C. Tillotson, Catholic Stand

Helping to Heal the Pain in the Pew: Preachers Role – Fr. Richard R. DeLillio OSFS,, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Will the Liberal Pope Please Identify Himself? – Jacob...READ MORE

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