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How and Why to Smoke a Pipe, Parish Revitalizes Small Town, Why Do We Blog, and much more! (4895)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

01/06/2012 Comment

How (And Why) To Smoke a Pipe. Click on the link by Marc Barnes to learn more.

Catholic Parish Plays Big Part in Small Town’s Revitalization Project - California Catholic Daily

How (And Why) To Smoke a Pipe - Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

Why Do We Blog? - The Guild of Blessed Titus Brandsma

Wherein We Discuss Art - Nathaniel Gotcher, Ignitum Today

A Short Meditation on Mystery - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

5 Ways the Incarnation Moved Us Toward the Goodness of God - Saint Peter’s List

Solemn Mass in Prestigious Parisian Basilica of St. Clotilde - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Jim Crow and the Protestant Bible - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Mostar Bishop Blasts Journos for “6 Untruths” about Medjugorje - Mostar Diocese

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Filed under big government, blogging, catholic blogosphere, incarnation, medjugorje, mystery, pipe smoking, religious liberty, rick santorum

Cardinal O'Malley Reflects on a Decade of Shattered Faith and Continuing Hope (2025)

Cardinal, survivors, and priests mark the 10th anniversary of the clergy abuse crisis.

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– Wikipedia

BOSTON — Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston issued a pastoral letter this week, marking the 10th anniversary of the clergy abuse crisis, ignited by The Boston Globe’s groundbreaking story published on Jan. 6, 2002.

But while the cardinal’s letter summarized the Church’s policies and accomplishments in the wake of the crisis, its sorrowful tone underscored the deep and lingering impact of a once hidden pattern of abuse and neglect.

The Jan. 4 letter acknowledged the wounds of the survivors, expressed contrition for past crimes perpetrated by priests, and vowed to maintain policies designed to protect the innocent from future abuse.

In his letter, the cardinal referenced a passage in Pope...READ MORE

Filed under abuse crisis, archdiocese of boston, cardinal o'malley

Composer Kevin Kaska Glorifies God With Music (3312)

The multi-talented composer wrote the score for The War of the Vendee, a film that depicts the Catholic answer to the Reign of Terror in 18th-century France.

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Kevin Kaska conducts the orchestra performing his score for 'The War of the Vendee.'

– Navis Pictures

Nearly lost to history, an epic story of Catholic courage and religious freedom comes to DVD next month in the film The War of the Vendee.

Produced by Navis Pictures of Danbury, Conn., The War of the Vendee boasts a cast of more than 250 young actors whose ages range from 2 months to 21 years. Known for pioneering a new genre of “children’s cinema,” Navis has produced other films with all-child casts, including St. Bernadette of Lourdes, which aired on EWTN last May.

Navis’ latest film unveils the true story of a small band of French peasants, nobles and priests in the Vendee region of western France. In 1793, after suffering years of religious persecution by the architects of the French...READ MORE

Filed under catholic films, catholic morality, french revolution, navis pictures

Rick Santorum, The Truth About Falsely Accused Priests, 3 Inexpensive Faithful Colleges, and more! (2962)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

01/06/2012 Comment

Bill O’Reilly, Rick Santorum and Artificial Contraception. Click on the link by Ben to read more.

Bill O’Reilly, Rick Santorum & Artificial Contraception - Ben, Two Catholic Men & a Blog

The Truth About Falsely Accused Priests - CWR Staff, Catholic World Report

3 Faithful Catholic Colleges Ranked in Top 10 for Lowest Sticker Price - Cardinal Newman Society/Campus Notes

Santorum: The Galvanizing Candidate - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Let’s Get Real - Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

Modernist Catholic at “Faith in Public Life” Fires Salvos at Santorum - Th. Peters, Catholic Vote/American Papist

Catholic Music: A State of Confusion? - Devin Rose, St. Joseph’s Vanguard

The Ancient Origins of the Nativity Scene, Part 1 - Gregory DiPippo, New Liturgical Movement

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Filed under bill o'reilly, catholic blogosphere, christendom college, contraception, franciscan university of steubenville, michael voris, pope paul vi, realcatholictv, rick santorum, thomas aquinas college

Vatican Releases 'Year of Faith' Guidelines (11125)

Evangelization by Catholics worldwide will be the focus of the 2012-2013 effort.

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—The Vatican issued guidelines Jan. 5 for how the Church at all levels should celebrate the Year of Faith, which starts in October 2012.

A summary of the guideline document, which was produced by the Congregation for the Doctrine, was released on Jan. 5, but the full text will be published Saturday, Jan. 7.

The introduction to the guidelines explains that the Year of Faith is “intended to contribute to a renewed conversion to the Lord Jesus and to the rediscovery of faith, so that the members of the Church will be credible and joy-filled witnesses to the risen Lord, capable of leading those many people who are seeking it to the door of faith.”

The Year of...READ MORE

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Keeping the Faith Amid Suffering (4698)

One survivor of clergy sexual abuse reflects on her pilgrimage from despair to hope and a faith-filled meeting with the Pope.

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Faith Hakesley Johnston

– Courtesy of the author

My life has been a test of faith and strength. Like countless other individuals who have survived the trauma of abuse, I have fought through hard times and found myself waging a battle that often seemed unwinnable. At age 15, while working as a secretary in a parish rectory, I endured months of sexual abuse at the hands of the now-laicized Father Kelvin Iguabita.

Nothing could ever fully express the suffering, anguish and betrayal a victim feels. Only someone who has experienced abuse can fully understand the powerful manipulation of an abuser.

I had been raised in a Catholic home where prayer and the sacraments were a part of everyday life. I had never really doubted my faith until the...READ MORE

Filed under catholic faith, catholicism, clergy sexual abuse, pope benedict xvi, redemptive suffering

Priest Walks After Blessed Seelos Miracle, Children Playing Mass, Catholic Rick Santorum, and More! (3954)

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Paralyzed Priest Walks Again After ‘Miracle’. Click on the link by George P. Matysek Jr. to read more.

Paralyzed Priest Walks Again After ‘Miracle’ - George P. Matysek Jr., Catholic Herald

The Pastoral Problem of Priests in Prison - New Oxford Review/New Oxford Notes

Truth Seekers - Steven Lawson, Ignitum Today

Quæritur: Children “Playing Mass” - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, WDTPRS?

Christmas and Contraception - Dale Ahlquist, The Distributist Review

Ghosts of Christmas Past - Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture/On the Culture

SNAP’s President Clohessy Could Go To Jail - Dave Pierre, TheMediaReport.com

The Belgian Church’s “Mea Culpa” - Giacomo Galeazzi, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Internet Hitler Alarmed by Santorum - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Santorum’s Experiment in...READ MORE

Filed under catholic blogosphere, christmas, contraception, dating, david clohessy, rick santorum, sex abuse scandal, snap

Laboure Society Helps Vocations (2921)

Young people who wish to pursue a religious vocations have assistance in paying off their debt thanks to a nonprofit society. Jan. 1 issue feature.

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– Wikipedia

When Allen Alexander wanted to pursue his calling to the priesthood, which he had since he was a child, he was faced with a major obstacle: Even though he received some scholarship assistance and worked while at Franciscan University of Steubenville, he still had thousands of dollars of school debt to pay off before the congregation he applied to would let him enter.

When Amy Turner went on an Ignatian retreat while working at a Boston hospital and had plans to study to be a nurse, she realized “God gave me the desire for a vocation, and that was what I had to respond to.” But she still was paying off debt from the University of Dallas.

Augustine DeArmond felt the call to religious life and...READ MORE

Filed under labouré society, st. catherine labouré, vocations

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