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How the New Missal Is Already Fostering a Deeper Understanding of the Mass (2135)

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, author Edward Sri and musician Matt Maher discuss the opportunity of the new translation.

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A panel of liturgical experts recently noted that the early weeks of using the new English translation of the Roman Missal should be an occasion for Catholics to grow deeper in their understanding of the Mass.

Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington said that the new translation provides a “great opportunity” for those who are familiar with the old responses to gain a “deeper grasp of their faith.”

The cardinal participated in a Dec. 6 phone conference to discuss the impact of the new translation, which went into effect in the English-speaking world on Nov. 27, the First Sunday of Advent.

“It helps to step back” and reflect on the Mass from time to time, said Cardinal Wuerl.

He explained...READ MORE

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Military Chaplains Are Allowed to Opt Out of Officiating Same-Sex 'Marriages' (1949)

New amendment provides that a military chaplain who objects to performing a marriage ceremony 'as a matter of conscience or moral principle' may not be forced to do so.

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WASHINGTON (EWTN News)—The U.S. Senate drew applause from religious-liberty advocates after it approved a measure allowing military chaplains to opt out of performing same-sex “marriage” ceremonies.

Military chaplains should be free to continue serving their country “without fear of reprisal” for their beliefs on sexuality and marriage, said Ron Crews, executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty.

An amendment to the Senate’s version of the 2012 defense authorization bill was introduced in November by Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Wicker said that the legislation would allow military chaplains to “maintain the freedom of...READ MORE

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Massachusetts Voters Likely to See Physician-Prescribed Suicide Measure (1958)

Success in November 2012 ballot initiative could make commonwealth third state to allow the practice.

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Cardinal Seán O’Malley has spoken out forcefully against a proposed ballot initiative to legalize assisted suicide in Massachusetts, warning citizens not to be "seduced by the language, ‘dignity, mercy, compassion.'"

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BOSTON — The Massachusetts secretary of state is expected to announce today whether enough signatures have been collected to allow a physician-assisted suicide ballot initiative in the state for November 2012.

A successful initiative would make the state the third in the nation to allow the practice of someone ending his own life with the help of a physician prescribing lethal drugs. Oregon and Washington currently allow the practice.

But gauging widespread popular support of the Massachusetts Death With Dignity Act is difficult. Language of the initiative and its campaign avoids the term “suicide,” instead using “compassion,” “dignified” “humane” and “end-of-life care.” Whether voters...READ MORE

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Pope Amused by Seat Belt Complaint, Jimmy Fallon is a Liturgical Traditionalist, and much more! (4891)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Jimmy Fallon, Liturgical Traditionalist. Click on the link by Matthew Schmitz to read further.

Pope ‘Amused’ by Seat Belt Complaint - John Thavis, Catholic Herald

Jimmy Fallon, Liturgical Traditionalist - Matthew Schmitz, First Things/First Thoughts

Garden Tools and First Amendment Rights - Anthony S. Layne, Outside the Asylum

Is the Vatican Declaring War on U.S. Secularism? - The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

U.K.: EnCourage Call for Chaplains - Fr. Tim Finigan, The Hermeneutic of Continuity

Holy See Joins International Organization for Migration - Catholic News Agency

Could Obama Flip on Religious Exemptions for Health Care? - Bob Laird, HLI America/Truth & Charity Forum

False Visionaries, Mediums, Clairvoyants, & Healers in the Church - Mystics of the Church

Should...READ MORE

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Archbishop Chaput on Ad Limina Visit, Advent, Religious Liberty and Philadelphia (2675)

'I beseech the Lord quite often and quite intensely to help me be a good bishop of Philadelphia.'

12/06/2011 Comments (3)

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Archbishop Charles Chaput is using his December ad limina visit to Rome to pause, pray and reflect upon the whirlwind that has surrounded him these past six months.

“2011 has been an extraordinary year of change for me. The world seemed to stop on July 5 and turned my life upside down,” Archbishop Chaput told EWTN News while in Rome.

That was the morning he received the phone call from the U.S. papal nuncio informing him that Pope Benedict XVI wanted him to leave the Archdiocese of Denver and head the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

“Since then, the time has passed very quickly,” he said. “It’s hard to imagine that it’s already December and the year’s almost...READ MORE

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Gaudi Exhibit in Vatican, Thomas More College, St. Nicholas, Immaculate Conception, and much more! (2301)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Vatican's Gaudi Exhibition Proves Popular. Click on the link by David Kerr to read more.

Vatican’s Gaudi Exhibition Proves Popular - David Kerr, Catholic News Agency

Where Theology Keeps Her Crown: Thomas More College - John Zmirak, Crisis Magazine

Pornography or Persons as Objects - Dr Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture/On the Culture

How to Beautify the Church - Keyser Soze, The New Springtime!

Abp Wenski on Conscience - Donald R McClarey, The American Catholic

St. Nicholas Punched This Heretic in the Face. . .Who was He? - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Sinterklaas; the Feast of St. Nicholas - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Did St. Thomas Deny the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception? - Fr R Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

Ancient Catholic University Removing...READ MORE

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How Catholic Is Newt Gingrich's Immigration Position? (4258)

Catholic convert running for president displays stance on illegal aliens that is close to the bishops' view.

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Newt Gingrich speaks to reporters at the Union League Club in Manhattan Dec. 5, following a meeting with Donald Trump in New York City.

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WASHINGTON — Newt Gingrich, the GOP presidential candidate and recent Catholic convert, is experiencing a jump in support — despite his views on what is a hot-button issue among Republicans.

During a televised debate, Gingrich staked out a position on immigration reform that distinguished him from his fellow GOP candidates: He advocated legislation designed to keep “families together.”

Although Gingrich’s stance on immigration has drawn a firestorm of criticism from his Republican rivals, he is the only GOP candidate to put forward a position on immigration that in its basic approach affords parallels to that of the U.S. Catholic hierarchy.

“He’s someone we could work with on this...READ MORE

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Archbishop Wenski Speaks Up for Catholic Conscience (4219)

'The president's promises are not being kept,' Miami archbishop says.

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MIAMI (EWTN News)—President Barack Obama has not kept his promises about conscience protections for abortion opponents, and those who trusted him to exclude abortion from the health-care bill seem to “have been played,” Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami said.

“His administration is running roughshod over conscience-protection provisions’ long part of the law that find their justification in the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of religion, a foundational human right,” the archbishop wrote in a Dec. 2 essay in the Miami Herald.

“It is one thing for an administration to support and promote an agenda; it is quite another to force those who disagree with it to violate their moral and...READ MORE

Filed under anti-catholic, archbishop wenski, conscience laws, obama administration

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