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Pope Benedict’s Momentous 2012 (3734)

In the seventh year of his pontificate, the Holy Father is as vital as ever.

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– CNA courtesy of the Knights of Columbus

VATICAN CITY — For Pope Benedict XVI, 2012 has been a year of momentous events: two consistories, a trip to Cuba and the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council to name just a few.

Here, we take look back on seven of the top events during this pontifical year.


Two Consistories

This was the year in which the Holy Father awarded two New Yorkers a red hat: Archbishops Timothy Dolan of New York and Edwin O’Brien, grand master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. They were among 22 distinguished Churchmen to be made cardinals at a consistory in Rome on Feb. 18. But the appointments were criticized for being top-heavy with European...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict’s Message for the Feast of the Holy Family (3454)

After the Dec. 30 Angelus, the Pope offered a special prayer for all the families of the world.

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VATICAN CITY — Tens of thousands thronged St. Peter’s Square Dec. 30 as Pope Benedict XVI marked the feast of the Holy Family with a special prayer for “all the families of the world.” He prayed that parents “seriously concern” themselves with their children’s education, that they realize that every child is “an incomparable gift from God” and that they are neither “friends nor masters” of their children’s lives, but “guardians” of this gift.

Below is a Vatican Radio translation of the Holy Father’s Angelus address for the  feast of the Holy Family:


Dear brothers and sisters,

Today is the feast of the Holy Family of Nazareth. In the liturgy, the passage from Luke’s Gospel...READ MORE

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Catholics Emphasize Needs of the Poor as Fiscal Cliff Looms (2821)

Concerns increase as a bundle of automatic spending cuts and tax increases will kick in tomorrow, unless Congress and the White House reach agreement today on deficit reduction.

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Father Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA.

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WASHINGTON — With 2012 drawing to a close, advocates for the poor are asking elected officials to avert the fiscal cliff and its potentially devastating effects on the economy.

The federal budget “is a moral document that demonstrates the nation’s priorities,” said Father Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA, on Dec. 4. “Therefore, the needs and concerns of the most vulnerable must be a top priority.”

Concerns over the plight of the poor are continuing to be raised as the U.S. approaches the “fiscal cliff,” a bundle of automatic spending cuts and tax increases that will kick in at the new year unless Congress and the White House reach an agreement on a deficit-reduction...READ MORE

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Atheists: Richard Dawkins ‘an Embarrassment,’ Helping a Relativist to Think and More! (3843)

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Richard Dawkins ‘An Embarrassment'. Follow the link by Matthaeus to read more.

Richard Dawkins ‘An Embarrassment' by Matthaeus of the Sub Umbra Alarum Suarum blogBig Pulpit

How to Help a Relativist Think – Saint Etheldreda’s Place

The Sea Within – Dr. Peter Kreeft, Integrated Catholic Life™

Esoteric Elite Morality – R. R. Reno, First Things/First Thoughts

Catholics Must Not Cede Ground in Public Debate – James Kalb, Crisis Magazine

Byzantine Catholicism – John Russell, Holy Dormition

Employees Paying the Price for Obama’s H. H. S. Mandate – Wesley J. Smith, Life News

In Praise of Eastern Catholics – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Ousting Boehner? – Carson Holloway, Catholic Vote

Of Magi and Modernity – Emi Parker, Ignitum Today

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Celebrating the Divine Mystery (2483)

BOOK PICK: Benedict XVI’s Reform: The Liturgy Between Innovation and Tradition

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Benedict XVI’s Reform: The Liturgy Between Innovation and Tradition

By Nicola Bux

Ignatius Press, 2012

144 pages, $14.95

To order: www.ignatius.com


One year has passed since the changes to the English version of the Mass. After taking effect last Advent, familiar responses such as “and also with you” were replaced with “and with your spirit,” as an attempt to improve upon the English translation of the Latin Mass.

While the subtle changes may have resulted in a few weeks of confusion for the laity and priests alike, the changes have been widely embraced and are beginning to become ordinary routine for Catholics.

While familiarity is generally a good thing, the liturgy of...READ MORE

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Is Anybody in Hell, Sola Scriptura Began in 70 AD, Healthy Societies=Successful Marriages and More! (5944)

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Is Anybody In Hell? Follow the link by Fr. Dwight Longenecker to read more.

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“Sola Scriptura Began in 70 A. D.” – Devin Rose, St. Joseph’s Vanguard

Healthy Societies Need Successful Marriages – Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine

Discerning a Vocation – Saint Etheldreda’s Place

Are You Afraid I’ll Turn Muslim?: Encountering Non-Christian Religions – Fr. David J. Endres, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

My New Book *The Eternal City*: About Rome and Catholicism – Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Christmas Mass Pics in Des Moines, Iowa – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Pope Addresses Our Truly Confused Age - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic


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Despite Sotomayor Ruling, Hobby Lobby Won’t Comply With Abortifacient Mandate (12495)

The Christian-owned business faces fines of up to $1.3 million per day after Jan. 1 if it refuses to provide abortion-inducing drugs in its company health-insurance plan.

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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

– Wikipedia

EDITOR'S NOTE: This article is an updated version of the Dec 27 article “Justice Sotomayor Rejects Hobby Lobby’s Request for Mandate Relief”

WASHINGTON — The Christian-owned business Hobby Lobby has indicated it will not comply with the federal abortifacient mandate, despite the threat of massive fines of up to $1.3 million per day after Jan. 1 for non-compliance.

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor rejected a request that the federal government temporarily halt enforcement of the federal abortifacient mandate against the Christian-owned business Hobby Lobby, The Associated Press reported Dec. 27.

The Green family, owners of the Oklahoma-based retail chain Hobby Lobby, does not...READ MORE

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Catholic Blogger Made Chancellor of College, Leo XIII: Without Faith Liberty Degenerates and More! (1714)

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