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Vatican Responds to Closing of Ireland's Holy See Embassy (3194)

Diplomatic relations will continue, spokesman says.

11/04/2011 Comments (6)

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VATICAN CITY — The Vatican has given a measured response to Ireland’s decision to close its embassy to the Holy See, saying it is free to do so based on what a state believes is practically possible.

The Irish government will maintain diplomatic relations with the Holy See but says it has decided to close the mission – one of the country’s oldest – as part of a cost-cutting programme prompted by the country’s budget cuts imposed by the European Union and International Monetary Fund. It has also decided to shutter its embassies in Iran and East Timor.

In a statement issued Nov. 4, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said: “Naturally, every state that has diplomatic relations with...READ MORE

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Judge: New Jersey Hospital Can't Force Nurses to Assist Abortions (5408)

Two were scheduled to assist at an abortion Nov. 4. The court order, which the hospital agreed to, is in effect until a Nov. 18 hearing.

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Alliance Defense Fund

Lorna Jose Mendoza is one of 12 nurses suing a New Jersey hospital for its mandate that they participate in abortions.

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NEWARK, N.J. (CNA)—Federal judge Jose Linares issued a temporary restraining order on Nov. 3 that forbids a New Jersey hospital from forcing 12 nurses to assist with abortions.

“Pro-life nurses shouldn’t be forced to assist or train in services related to abortions. Federal and state law both prohibit this,” said Alliance Defense Fund attorney Matt Bowman.

The court order, which the hospital agreed to, is in effect until a Nov. 18 hearing.

Despite the upcoming hearing, Bowman called it “disturbing” that the hospital “may fight to continue violating laws that clearly protect conscience rights.”

On Oct. 31, the defense fund filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in New Jersey on...READ MORE

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Go Forth and Blog?, Episcopal Priest now Catholic Story, Facts on Purgatory, and much more! (4295)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/04/2011 Comments (1)

Go Forth and Blog? Click on the link by Richard Collins to learn more.

Go Forth and Blog? - Richard Collins, The Guild of Blessed Titus Brandsma

The Story of an Episcopal Priest (now Catholic) - Bryan Cross, Call to Communion

Some Facts about Purgatory - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

Steve Jobs: A Cure for Restless Hearts? - Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture/On the Culture

Diocesan Bishops can Ordain Using the Older Rite of Ordination! - Fr. Zuhlsdorf, WDTPRS?

Openers: Why Pontiff has So Much Praise for Agnostics - John Norton, Our Sunday Visitor

Don’t Be Catholic - Brent Stubbs, VirtuousPla.net

Authority in the Education of a Human Being - Anthony Esolen, Public Discourse

On this Crock - Russell Shaw, Crisis Magazine

Which is Worst Kind...READ MORE

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Mississippi to Vote on Personhood for Unborn Babies (2505)

Election Day vote would protect life from moment of conception, but could it threaten long-term efforts to overturn Roe v. Wade?

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A pro-life activist holds a sign as he participates in the annual March for Life Jan. 22, 2009, in Washington. The push for personhood amendments has been around for several years, but never before has it had as much chance of success as it does this coming Tuesday in Mississippi.

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JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippians could redefine the national abortion debate if they vote Yes on a ballot initiative this coming Tuesday. But some Catholic and pro-life leaders are warning that passage of a personhood amendment could harm pro-life efforts in the long run.

The initiative would legally define the term “person” as including “every human being from the moment of fertilization.” 

Proposition 26 has garnered a lot of national media attention, including some international press, because it is likely to pass in this highly pro-life state, and, if so, it would be the first successful referendum of its kind.

A grassroots effort led by Les Riley collected more than 130,000...READ MORE

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Publishers of New Missal Describe 'Once in a Generation' Experience (3227)

Project was a labor of love for several American publishers, leading editors and other staffers deeper into the mystery of the Mass.

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Midwest Theological Forum

The altar missal produced by Midwest Theological Forum, open to the beginning of the First Eucharistic Prayer, features a reproduction of Diego Velázquez' Christ on the Cross, from the Museo del Prado in Madrid.

– Midwest Theological Forum

Publishing the English translation of the new Roman Missal is a once-in-a-generation undertaking that has drawn the assistance of a record number of seven publishers across the United States.

The most significant change to the text of the Mass since the Second Vatican Council has been years in the making. 

“It’s a little bit daunting,” said John Thomas, director of Liturgy Training Publications, which is owned by the Archdiocese of Chicago.

For all but two of the publishers — Catholic Book Publishing Corp. and Liturgical Press — this is the first time they have come out with an English edition of the altar Missal. The text was the same for all, but each publisher added distinctive...READ MORE

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Importance of Family Dinner, Wow: Mass set to Mozart's Requiem, Beauty, and much more! (2209)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/04/2011 Comment

The Importance of Family Dinner. Click on the link by Barbara Curtis to learn about this most important matter.

The Importance of Family Dinner - Barbara Curtis, Arlington Catholic Herald

The Summit of Civilization: Mass set to Mozart’s Requiem - Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

Give Beauty Slowly (and Mormon Mommy Blogs) - Julie Rodrigues, VirtuousPla.net

The Challenges of Modern Fatherhood - Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

NFP: The Myth of the “Contraceptive Mentality” - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, Crisis Magazine

Catholic Demonstrators Take London by Storm - Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

Catholic Worker Movement Joins Occupy Wall Street - Dc. Greg Kandra, Patheos/The Deacon’s Bench

Bishops Blast Catholic Governor’s Role in Pro-Abortion Award Ceremony - Benjamin Mann, Cthlc Nws Agncy

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Internet as Source of Grace and Sin, Evelyn Waugh and Vatican 2, Awkward Conversations, and more! (3429)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/03/2011 Comment

Vatican 2: Evelyn Waugh & Cardinal Heenan on the Liturgical Changes. Click on the link by Carl Olson to learn more.

The Internet as a Source of Grace & Sin - Dc. Tom Frankenfield, Integrated Catholic Life™

New Translation: Eucharistic Prayer IV, Part II (Thanksgiving Prayer) - Jake Tawney, Roma locuta est

Taking a Dip of Faith - Joe Sales, VirtuousPla.net

Vatican 2: Evelyn Waugh & Cardinal Heenan on the Liturgical Changes - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

How to Handle Awkward Conversations with Family Members - Eric Sammons, Our Sunday Visitor

The Struggle Against Abortion Involves both Law and Culture - Paolo Carozza, Ilsussidiario

Hospital Forcing Nurses to Assist Abortions - Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Why Does the Crucifix “Provoke” Muslims? - Raymond Ibrahim, Hudson New...READ MORE

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Pope: 'It Is in Christ Alone That ... Hope (of the Resurrection) Finds Its Basis in Reality' (1612)

Benedict XVI offers Mass for bishops and cardinals who have died in the last year.

11/03/2011 Comment
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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—At a Mass for those cardinals and bishops who have died during the last year, Pope Benedict XVI said that the promise of the resurrection rests only on Christ and not any sort of naturalistic power.

Pope Benedict began his Nov. 3 homily in St. Peter’s Basilica by noting that Christ’s victory over death was foreshadowed eight centuries beforehand by the prophet Hosea.

He said that the writings of Hosea were “deeply impressed on the heart and mind of Jesus,” who would quote from them and, in the case of Hosea 6:2, actually live it out. In that passage, Hosea predicted that God “will revive us after two days; on the third day he will raise us up, to live in his...READ MORE

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