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Pope Francis Increases Anglican Ordinariates Power to Evangelize, On Meeting Angels and Much More! (3364)

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07/19/2013 Comment

Pope Francis Increases Anglican Ordinariates Power to Evangelize. Follow the link by Damian Thompson to read more.

Pope Francis Increases Anglican Ordinariates Power to Evangelize by Damian Thompson - BigPulpit.com

On Meeting Angels – Saint Etheldreda’s Place

How to Join a Third Order - T. J. Burdick, Ignitum Today

Hope, Fear, and the Imagination - Luke Chapter 12, Faithbook

The De-Funding of Planned Parenthood - Dominic Pedulla MD, Catholic Stand

Poem: “A Coffin—is a Small Domain” - Emily Dickinson, Catholic Lane

Next in the Marriage Debate? – God & Caesar

The Pope and the the Elusive Bird Poverty – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Texas, Satan and Gosnell – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

The Moral Exploitation of Penguins - Fr. George W. Rutler, Crisis...READ MORE

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World Youth Day a Seedbed for Consecrated Vocations (4173)

Previous events have fostered a flood of U.S. vocations, and Church officials anticipate a similar response among Rio’s WYD 2013 pilgrims.

07/18/2013 Comments (4)

Father Jeffrey Gubbiotti of Ansonia, Conn.

WASHINGTON — Hundreds of thousands of young pilgrims from all over the world are converging on Rio de Janeiro to join Pope Francis for World Youth Day, but for many of these youth, the road to Rio will also put them on the road to the priesthood or religious life.

Many priests and religious credit the Holy Spirit with awakening or confirming their vocations through World Youth Day pilgrimages.

“It was a watershed moment,” said Father Jeffrey Gubbiotti, describing the impact his first World Youth Day had on his own vocation. A 17-year-old pilgrim at WYD 1993 in Denver, he had not thought much of a vocation or much about Catholic life outside his own parish.

However, seeing the...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews 'Turbo' (7211)

Visually inventive and basically harmless, DreamWorks’ latest leans a bit too heavily on Pixar’s playbook, but lacks what makes even minor Pixar efforts special.

07/18/2013 Comments (22)

That snail is fast.

– DreamWorks

If Pixar’s Brave — with its Scots accents, medieval/fantasy setting and rebellious youth vs. authoritarian parent conflict — felt somewhat like a DreamWorks animated film, DreamWorks’ Turbo feels in some ways remarkably like a Pixar film. Specifically, it’s a lot like Ratatouille crossed with Cars, though you may also be reminded of Toy Story, A Bug’s Life and even Finding Nemo.

As in Ratatouille, the hero is a soulful critter — a garden snail rather than a country rat — living on the margins of human habitation in a large community of fellow critters, but longing for something the others can’t comprehend: something he sees on television. His hero, a human celebrity, assures him over the...READ MORE

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Catholic Company Temporarily Forced to Comply With HHS Mandate (3342)

Federal court denies a preliminary injunction to Mersino Management Co., forcing it to provide contraceptive coverage.

07/18/2013 Comments (18)

WASHINGTON — While its lawsuit continues through the court system, Mersino Management Co. will be forced to offer contraceptive coverage to its workers under the HHS mandate, despite its owners’ Catholic faith.

A July 11 decision of U.S. district court Judge Paul Boreman denied a preliminary injunction against the contraception mandate to the owners and shareholders of the business, Karen and Rodney Mersino.

They “have not demonstrated that they are likely to succeed on their claims, because it appears more likely to the court that Mersino Management, as a secular for-profit company, cannot ‘exercise’ religion and cannot act as the alter ego of its owners in challenging the...READ MORE

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Vatican: Change of Popes ‘Intensified’ World Youth Day (1973)

Some elements, including a papal pilgrimage to Brazil's national shrine of Aparecida, were added after the election of Pope Francis.

07/18/2013 Comment
Wikipedia/Agência Brasil

The National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida

– Wikipedia/Agência Brasil

VATICAN CITY — A Vatican spokesman said the change of popes that occurred between the announcement of World Youth Day to its fruition has caused some adaptations to the event for the new Holy Father.

“The trip had already been decided, but the program has also been adapted, we might indeed say intensified and enriched with further events, with the change of pontificate,” Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said at a July 17 press conference.

“You will recall that practically the same thing happened at the last change of pontificate,” he added.

Benedict XVI’s first trip was to Cologne in his native Germany for the World Youth Day decided by his predecessor, Blessed John Paul...READ MORE

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U.K. Bishops Regret ‘Gay Marriage’ Approval (4525)

Queen Elizabeth II approves Parliament’s redefinition of marriage, which the Catholic Bishops' Concerence of England and Wales calls ‘a profound social change.’

07/18/2013 Comments (25)

LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II has approved the British Parliament’s “gay marriage” bill, in what the Catholic bishops of England and Wales called a “profound social change” that neglects the centrality of children and puts religious freedom at risk.

“Marriage has, over the centuries, been publicly recognized as a stable institution which establishes a legal framework for the committed relationship between a man and a woman and for the upbringing and care of their children,” read a July 17 statement from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. “It has, for this reason, rightly been recognized as unique and worthy of legal protection.”

The law would allow the contracting of...READ MORE

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Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter Turns 25 (12866)

The group that broke away from the Society of St. Pius X celebrates fidelity to liturgical traditions and papal authority.

07/18/2013 Comments (41)
Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter

Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Denton, Neb., the home base for the North American district of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter.

– Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter

On June 30, 1988, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, the leader of the Society of St. Pius X, and his associate, Bishop Antonio de Castro Meyer, consecrated four bishops in defiance of the wishes of Pope John Paul II.

While Archbishop Lefebvre’s desire to preserve the traditional Latin Mass amidst the onslaught of liturgical abuses was shared by Father Josef Bisig, an SSPX priest at the time, there was sharp disagreement on the method of preservation. Father Bisig did not think acting against a papal command was the right way to bring this about.

Two days after the illicit consecrations, Father Bisig, a native of Switzerland, along with 11 other priests and about 20 seminarians, announced...READ MORE

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When Clowns Attack; Meek Pious and Brave as a Lion; Josquin: Not as Good as Byrd and Much More! (3361)

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07/18/2013 Comment

When Clowns Attack. Follow the link by Father John Zuhlsdorf of the What Does The Prayer Really Say blog to read more.

When Clowns Attack by Father John Zuhlsdorf of the What Does The Prayer Really Say blog - BigPulpit.com

In Defense of Preserving Readings in Latin – Peter Kwasniewski, New Liturgical Movement

Meek, Pious and Brave as a Lion – Donald R. McClarey JD, Catholic Stand

Josquin: Not as Good as Byrd – Adam Wood, The Chant Café

On Friendship – Mariella Hunt, Ignitum Today

Justice Anthony Kennedy’s “Demeaning” DOMA Ruling – Dr. T. David Gordon, Catholic Lane

Could The Catholic and Orthodox Churches Be Reconciled Soon? – Byz Pulpit

Baptism and the Roman Mystery Cults – Jon Sorensen, Catholic Answers

Quæritur: What Is a Diocesan “Chancellor”? - Fr. Z’s Blog

The Story of Prejudice -...READ MORE

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