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Archdiocese of Philadelphia Unveils New Model for Education (7790)

Under Archbishop Charles Chaput, the troubled archdiocese moves to independently managed secondary schools.

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Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia and H. Edward Hanway, chairman of the board for Faith in the Future.

– Sarah Webb, CatholicPhilly.com

PHILADELPHIA — The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is turning the management of its 17 high schools and four special-education schools over to the Faith in the Future Foundation.

The archdiocese’s groundbreaking agreement with Faith in the Future announced today creates the first independently managed Catholic secondary-school system in the U.S. and the largest independently managed system in the nation.

The foundation was created on the recommendation of a blue-ribbon commission empaneled to identify solutions to Philadelphia’s various problems. It will assume “strategic and operational control” of the schools beginning Sept. 1 and will also serve in an advisory capacity to the 123...READ MORE

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Blasphemy in Pakistan, Navigating the Interior Life, A Letter to My Little Brother, and Much More! (1096)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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An 11-year-old Disabled Christian Girl Arrested for Blasphemy in Muslim Pakistan. Click on the link by Fr. Tim Finigan to read more.

An 11-year-old Disabled Christian Girl Arrested for Blasphemy – Fr. Tim Finigan, The Hermeneutic of Continuity

Movement: Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary - Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

A Letter to My Little Brother Headed to Basic Training – Ryan Kraeger, Ignitum Today

Calling Pro-Marriage Groups Hateful Must End – Robert P. George, First Things/First Thoughts

Cardinal George Diagnosed with Cancer – Fr. Z’s Blog

Chesterton and Newman: To Be Perfect Meant to Change Often – Adam Schwartz, Crisis Magazine

Blogger Has Mission to Expose ‘Bad Vestments’ by Mary Jacobs – Big ulpit

Splendor of the East: Five Byzantine Hymns All Catholics Should Know – C....READ MORE

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Pope Benedict: We Are 'Made for the Infinite' (2287)

The Holy Father wrote a letter emphasizing people's hard-wired instinct to know God for the current Communion & Liberation conference.

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Pope Benedict welcomed the 33rd Rimini Meeting, an annual gathering organized by the lay Catholic movement Communion & Liberation, by examining mankind's relation to the Infinite.

“To discuss the subject of man and his yearning for the Infinite means first and foremost recognizing his constitutive relationship with the Creator. Man is a creature of God,” the Pope said in a letter for the start of the Aug. 19-25 gathering.

“Today,” he said, “this word, "creature," seems to be out of fashion: It would be more likely to think of man as a self-fulfilled being and master of his own destiny.”

But this worldview still means that man “attempts to grasp the Infinite.” He does so by choosing...READ MORE

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The Power of Beauty, Return of 3 Hour Eucharistic Fast?, Skip Prayer for Spirituality?, and More! (2607)

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08/21/2012 Comment

The Power of Beauty. Click on the link by Sarah Babbs to read more.

The Power of Beauty – Sarah Babbs, Ignitum Today

Putting The Genie Back In The Bottle: Three Hour Eucharistic Fast – Mac McLernon, Mulier Fortis

Should I Set Aside My Meditation and Vocal Prayer for My Spiritual Life? – Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Refilling Empty Pews: Can NFP Course be Agent of Evangelization? – John F. Kippley PhD, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Values, Virtues, and Your Daughter’s Date – Leila Miller, Catholic Lane

11-year-old Christian Girl with Down’s Syndrome Violates Blasphemy Law – William Oddie, Catholic Herald

The Silence of the Pulpits by Bill Warner – Big ulpit

Five Habits of a Successful Catholic Student – Brad Noel, Southern Fried...READ MORE

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Catholic Education, Stewardship Thriving in Wichita (13196)

The Gospel call to stewardship has served as a blueprint for success for the diocese for more than 40 years.

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WICHITA, Kan. — As Catholic school enrollment continues to decline and schools close across the country — more than 1,400 since 1990 — dioceses could learn from the example of the Diocese of Wichita, Kan.

The diocese of more than 120,000 Catholics is not closing schools; rather, it’s opening them.

The diocese’s distinct emphasis on stewardship has enabled parishes to fund their ministries, including completely funding their parish schools since 2002. 

“Stewardship was not developed to fund schools, but the funding of schools is a product of that,” said Bob Voboril, superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Wichita. “Parishes are able to fund their ministries because of the...READ MORE

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The Ryan Budget (3239)

Aug. 26 issue editorial regarding honest discussion of Catholic social teaching in matters of prudential judgment.

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When Mitt Romney, the presumptive GOP presidential candidate, announced that Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., would be his running mate, Republicans steeled themselves for a full-scale war on the congressman’s controversial budget plan, which proposes cuts in a range of social programs designed to provide health care, food assistance and other subsidies to the needy and seniors.

Already, Ryan is being accused of decimating social entitlements, and, as the November 2012 election looms just a couple of months away, Democratic activists and ad campaigns are warning vulnerable beneficiaries that Ryan’s policies leave them unprotected.

Catholic leaders and activists have expressed their own strong...READ MORE

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St. Augustine Film to Be Screened in U.S. (4372)

Ignatius Press is distributing Restless Heart movie.

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Restless Heart, a feature film about the famous theologian St. Augustine of Hippo, is now available for sponsored theatrical screenings across the U.S.

Ignatius Press, the film’s American distributor, is encouraging individuals, parishes, church groups or other organizations to bring the film to their towns.

Interested groups and individuals should work with local theaters and other venues to book a screening. Ignatius Press said it will provide a copy of the film and a complete promotional kit for "an affordable fee."

"We are thrilled to bring Restless Heart to the big screen," said Mark Brumley, president of Ignatius Press.

He said St. Augustine’s story is "inspiring and...READ MORE

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Weighing Political Policy in Light of Christian Responsibility (5031)

The principles of solidarity and subsidiarity and Paul Ryan's plans: Commentary by the archbishop of Denver.

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A married friend of mine is loaded with debt. His home is double-mortgaged. His wallet is full of credit cards, all of which carry substantial balances.

My friend claims not to enjoy racking up debt. He doesn't seem to think he has a choice. He pays the tuition of his college-aged children, and he supports his family in a comfortable lifestyle. His children take private art and music lessons, and he pays the rent of his unemployed nephew. But as much as he desires to love his children, he isn't doing them any favors.

Eventually, for my friend, the debts will come due. When they do, his children will be in a difficult place. Never having sacrificed, they haven’t built or saved money...READ MORE

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