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Immaculate Conception Cathedral Draws Faithful to Mary and Christ (3071)

A year after Pope Pius IX declared the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, Bishop Thomas Connolly celebrated the first Mass in this cathedral honoring our Blessed Mother. Dec. 4 issue feature.

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Joseph Pronechen

– Joseph Pronechen

Dec. 8, 1854, was a banner day for the Church. On it, Pope Pius IX declared the dogma of the Immaculate Conception.

Because of this major event for the universal Church, I couldn’t help but think that’s why Bishop Thomas Connolly, the second bishop of St. John, New Brunswick, decided to name the new cathedral he was building that very same year the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

The next year, on Christmas Day 1855, he celebrated the first Mass in this cathedral honoring our Blessed Mother as the Immaculate Conception.

On our recent visit, standing in front of the cathedral, my wife, Mary, and I could see why, back in 1871, when the offset main spire was completed and rose 230 feet...READ MORE

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Archbishop Dolan Discusses Church Teaching on the Dignity of Human Life (2989)

At the University of Notre Dame, the New York archbishop said, 'This doctrine of the dignity of the human person should be taught to our children along with the Sign of the Cross, for it is at the very essence of our Catholic faith.'

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– Shutterstock

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (EWTN News/CNA)—New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan gave the inaugural lecture for Notre Dame’s Project on Human Dignity Dec. 6, citing the worth of each human life as a basic principle of Catholic faith.

“When we list Catholic doctrines, we usually mention the Trinity, the Incarnation, the Redemption, the Eucharist,” the president of the U.S. Catholic bishops’ conference noted. “I wonder why we never include the doctrine of the dignity of the human person?”

“It’s pivotal; it’s way up there; it’s normative,” he told listeners in the McKenna Auditorium at the Notre Dame Conference Center.

“This doctrine of the dignity of the human person should be taught to our children...READ MORE

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Can Clergy Preach Politics?, Are You Dating a Pharisee?, Jimmy Fallon on His Faith, and much more! (4162)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Are You Dating a Pharisee? Click on the link by Anthony Buono to see if you are.

How Free are Clergy to Discuss Politics from Pulpit? - Jim Graves, Our Sunday Visitor

Are You Dating a Pharisee? - Anthony Buono, 6 Stone Jars

Jimmy Fallon on His Catholicism - Angela Santana, San Antonio Catholic Beat

Five Male Celebrities I’m Boycotting & Why (In Their Own Words) - Kristen Walker, Live Action

Abortion & Euthanasia Acceptance are Historical Aberrations - Mark Pickup, Catholic Lane

Examining Hand-Holding at Mass - Anita Moore, V for Victory

Coercing Consciences - George Weigel, First Things/On the Square

Dominican Parish to Create Columbarium - Valerie Shmalz, Catholic San Francisco

A Generous King (John 1:19-28) - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

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Rosalind Moss' Unexpected Journey (14864)

Jewish convert longs to 'bring hemlines to the floor and habits to the world.'

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When a young Jewish woman in the 1960s read of Catholic nuns receiving permission to shorten their habits, she was shocked. How could these women who were supposed to be influencing the world for God succumb to the influence of the world?

“I lost what wasn’t mine,” explained Rosalind Moss years later. Little did she know that she would eventually gain what was not previously hers by becoming a religious sister in full habit. 

On Sept. 8 of this year, Moss became Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God, O.S.B. She is the prioress of a new religious community, Daughters of Mary, Mother of Israel’s Hope, which is based in Tulsa, Okla.

Mother Miriam spoke with Register correspondent Trent Beattie...READ MORE

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Outreach to Lapsed Catholics, Bishop Sheen on Advent, Bishops on Religious Liberty, and much more! (3268)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Advent Reflections by Archbishop Fulton Sheen. Click on the link by Ignatius Insight Scoop to read more.

Basic Principles for any Outreach to Lapsed Catholics - Eric Sammons, OSV Newsweekly

Advent Reflections by Archbishop Fulton Sheen - Ignatius Insight Scoop

Best Advent Hymn - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

The Chaplain to William the Conqueror who established the Sarum Rite - Catholic Herald

The Restoration of Property - Hilaire Belloc, The Distributist Review

Stephen Colbert on the New Translation - Custos Fidei

Personhood in the Age of the Theorist-Consumer - Carl E. Olson, Catholic World Report

“TriParenting” Hogwash Slapped Down - Wendy Wright, Turtle Bay and Beyond

Bishops Change Course on Religious Liberty - Terry Mattingly, On Religion

Salon Writer Upset...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict: Jesus Fulfills God's 'Story of Love' (1985)

Christians 'have to keep the heart of a child ... in order to recognize that we are not self-sufficient, but that we need God, that we have to seek him, listen to him, speak to him.'

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Child Jesus and John the Baptist

– Wikipedia

VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Pope Benedict XVI told pilgrims at today’s general audience that through prayer Jesus calls the “child-like” into a loving relationship with him and the Father.

In his “cry of exultation,” Jesus “gives thanks to the Father because he has willed to reveal the mystery of salvation not to the wise and learned, but to the ‘little ones,’” the Pope told several thousand pilgrims gathered in the Vatican’s Paul VI Audience Hall on Dec. 7.

Pope Benedict continued his weekly catechesis on prayer with a mediation on the “jewel” of Christ’s prayer, his “Hymn of Joy,” which is found in the Gospels of St. Matthew (11:25-30) and St. Luke (10:21-22).

This prayer, he said, is...READ MORE

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The ACLU'S Siri-ous Abortion Problem (2910)

The iPhone’s new voice-recognition software won’t find abortion businesses. Controversy highlights the question of how to engage with emerging technologies.

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Courtesy of Apple

– Courtesy of Apple

NEW YORK — When the latest iPhone 4S model was unveiled in October, Apple’s “Siri” voice-recognition software was widely hailed as its catchiest new feature. Smartphone experts said Siri can do so many things effectively by voice alone that it could revolutionize how people use the ever-more ubiquitous gadgets.

But Siri caught the critical attention of the American Civil Liberties Union last week for something it couldn’t do: locate abortion facilities.

When iPhone users ask Siri to find something, the technology utilizes a built-in Internet search engine similar to Google to glean related information from the Internet. News that Siri couldn’t find abortion facilities or places to...READ MORE

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Cultivate a Spirit of Evangelization, Mary Ark of the New Covenant, Liturgy Sings Itself, and more! (2386)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Mary, the Ark of the New Covenant. Click on the link by Joe Heschmeyer to learn more.

How to Cultivate a Spirit of Evangelization - Eric Sammons, OSV Newsweekly

What Does It Mean to Be Baptized With the Holy Spirit? - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Mary, the Ark of the New Covenant - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Why Does the Catholic Church Oppose Embryonic Stem Cell Research? - Rebecca Taylor, Catholic Lane

Messianic Prophecies: Isaiah 7: 11-16 & 9: 1-7 - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

The Liturgy Sings Itself - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

St. John the Baptist, Forerunner - Frank Sheed, Ignatius Insight Scoop

Adultery as Links in a Chain (St. Gregory of Nazianzus) - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Haunted by a Phantom Heresy -...READ MORE

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