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Fear of the Lord: Servile (Bad) or Loving (Good) (5838)

COMMENTARY: A Register series on the gifts of the Holy Spirit

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The last of the sanctifying gifts given in the sacrament of confirmation is the fear of the Lord. It’s a gift that, these days, often tends to inspire, well, fear. And not the good kind.

“There’s a good kind of fear?” asks the average postmodern.

Yep — and there’s a bad kind, too. And the odds are pretty good that when it comes to fear and God, most people, including an awful lot of believers, are imagining God wants us to live in the bad kind of fear.

The bad kind of fear is what the Catholic Tradition calls “servile fear.” It is the fear a dog has of its master or, more precisely, that a slave has of his master. It is also the fear that the average atheist critic of Christianity...READ MORE

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Elderly Priests, Sisters Are ‘True Shrines of Holiness,’ Pope Says (1624)

Their difficulties, the Holy Father noted, echo those of Moses, John the Baptist and St. Paul, who also experienced trials in their later years.

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VATICAN CITY — During his daily Mass homily on Oct. 18, Pope Francis reflected on various biblical figures who experienced difficulty in their old age and encouraged those present not to forget the elderly.

The Pope directed his reflections to those gathered in the Santa Marta guesthouse of the Vatican for Masd, centering his thoughts upon the later parts of the lives of Moses, John the Baptist and St. Paul.

These three figures, he noted, remind him of “the shrines of holiness that are the nursing homes of elderly priests and religious sisters.”

Pope Francis recalled the excitement and enthusiasm displayed by all three men in their youth, and he contrasted it to isolation and pain...READ MORE

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Monks Win Coffin Fight With Louisiana (5289)

The decision from the U.S. Supreme Court to allow the Benedictines to sell their caskets to the public represents a victory for both the monks and consumers at risk from price-gouging.

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St. Joseph Benedictine Abbey church in St. Joseph, La.

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BATON ROUGE, La. — After a long legal fight, Benedictine monks in Louisiana have the right to sell their handmade wooden caskets to the public now that the U.S. Supreme Court has let a lower court ruling stand.

“It’s a great day for us, and we’re very thankful that this five-year battle is over,” Abbot Justin Brown of St. Joseph Abbey told The Advocate, Baton Rouge’s daily newspaper. “We’re not in the business of going to court.”

The Covington-based abbey had for decades created the caskets to bury deceased religious brothers. It began to sell the caskets in November 2007 through a new company, St. Joseph Woodworks, after Hurricane Katrina wiped out the timberland on which it relied...READ MORE

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Abortionist Leroy Carhart Cleared in Mother’s Death (2780)

The Maryland Board of Physicians ruled that Jennifer Morbelli’s post-abortion death was ‘natural,’ but pro-life advocates said it was ‘completely avoidable.’

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Leroy Carhart reportedly chose Maryland for his late-term abortion business 'because it has some of the least-restrictive abortion laws in the nation, is centrally located on the East Coast and because Germantown is accessible from three airports.'

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Maryland Board of Physicians has cleared abortionist Leroy Carhart of responsibility for the death of a 29-year-old woman following a late-term abortion at his business, saying her death was unrelated to Carhart’s actions.

“Based on this review, the board has decided to close this matter without further action. Since the board has closed this matter, it does not consider any action pending against you,” stated the Oct. 10 letter to Carhart obtained by The Washington Post.

“The board’s review included your response, patient medical records and other materials contained in the board record,” it said.

Jennifer Morbelli of White Plains, N.Y., died on Feb. 7,...READ MORE

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National Organization for Marriage Sues IRS for Disclosure of Tax Returns (9290)

The lawyer for the organization says the measure is ‘in order to discover who committed these felonies against us and then hopefully get them prosecuted as a deterrent to future abuse by IRS officials.’

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WASHINGTON — In March 2012, the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s leading homosexual-rights group, posted the National Organization for Marriage’s (NOM) confidential 2008 tax returns, including the names of donors.

The disclosure of tax returns without permission is a felony, and NOM quickly cited evidence that allegedly pointed to an Internal Revenue Service official as the likely source of the confidential data.

But a year and a half later, after repeated inquiries elicited no satisfactory response from the IRS, NOM has filed a lawsuit demanding answers and damages.

“Our confidential tax returns were disclosed to the Human Rights Campaign, which posted our confidential list of...READ MORE

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Book on Pope Francis to Illuminate his Context and Background (2287)

Austin Ivereigh, founder of Catholic Voices, explains that the Pope’s vision 'needs to be understood, above all, in the context of the Church in Latin America.'

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Author Austen Ivereigh speaks during a July 24 talk to WYD pilgrims in Rio de Janiero.

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WASHINGTON — Austen Ivereigh, author of an upcoming book on Pope Francis, says it will help explain the Pope’s pastoral approach to North Americans and Europeans, who may not understand his Latin-American roots.

Before his election, Pope Francis “had already been thinking very deeply about the Church and the way that the Church interacts with the world for a very long time,” Ivereigh explained to CNA Oct. 16.

What is “dramatic” about his papacy thus far “is that he’s able to implement” the “program” that sprung forth from these thoughts.

Ivereigh is writing the book, which will be published by Henry Holt, likely in 2014. Ivereigh is a British journalist and has served as a press...READ MORE

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500 Years of Protestantism; Married Life: A Path to Heaven; To Kneel or Not to Kneel and Much More! (6855)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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500 Years of Protestantism: The Culmination of it All. Follow the link by David L. Gray to read more.

500 Years of Protestantism: The Culmination of it All by David L. Gray - BigPulpit.com

Married Life: A Path to Heaven – Donald Prudlo PhD, Truth and Charity Forum

To Kneel or Not to Kneel? - Julie Rodrigues, Ignitum Today

Kindness Is Not the same as Love - Msgr. Charles Pope

Examining Scouting Choices - JoAnna Wahlund, Catholic Stand

Schola Sancta Caecilia, “Stella Splendens” - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

My Year Off, Looking Back at My First Year of Marriage - Bob Waruszewski, Ignitum Today

Distinguishing the Wealthy from the Worldly - Rachel Lu, Crisis Magazine

The Obama Administration & the Myth of ‘Freedom of Religion’ – The Motley Monk, The American Catholic


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U.S. Bishops Welcome End of Government Shutdown (1517)

But they also renew their call for religious-freedom protections against the HHS mandate.

10/17/2013 Comments (1)

WASHINGTON — The end of a two-week shutdown of the federal government was welcomed by both the U.S. bishops and President Barack Obama, both speaking to the harm caused to the American people by the stalemate.

“The shutdown has had a widespread impact on many people, especially the poor, who suffered from lack of basic services during the period,” said Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton, Calif., in an Oct. 17 statement distributed by the U.S. bishops’ conference.

“With the government now open, beneficiaries of government services, particularly the elderly and children, can hope to resume a normal life with a safety net securely in place.”

President Obama emphasized that, although the...READ MORE

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