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Pope Benedict’s Lebanon Voyage (3249)

Middle East scholar Father Samir Samir on the Holy Father’s trip and the ‘Arab spring.’

09/07/2012 Comment

– Courtesy of Father Samir Khalil Samir

Pope Benedict XVI visits Lebanon Sept. 14-16, arriving in the Middle East region at a time of bloody internal conflict in Syria and simmering tensions between Israel and Iran.

The main aim of the apostolic voyage is to present his apostolic exhortation (concluding document) on the Synod for the Middle East that took place in 2010. In a Sept. 3 interview, the respected Egyptian scholar Jesuit Father Samir Khalil Samir discussed the Holy Father’s upcoming trip, what to expect from it, and the likely consequences for Christians of the “Arab Spring” of political revolution that spread through the region last year.

A professor of philosophy, theology and Islamic studies, Father Samir is...READ MORE

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Martyrologies Available on Google Books, Injured Priest From Haiti Needs Help, and Much More! (1795)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/07/2012 Comment

Online Liturgical Resources: Martyrologies on Google Books. Click on the link by Gregory DiPippo to find out more.

Online Liturgical Resources: Martyrologies on Google Books – Gregory DiPippo, New Liturgical Movement

An Injured Priest From Haiti Needs Your Help - Micah Murphy, Truth & Charity

Want Chocolate: Detachment & Temperance in Time Spent Online – Erin Franco, Humble Handmaid

Making Music – Fr. George W. Rutler, Crisis Magazine

The Road to Rome: Why Not the Reformed Tradition? – Jason Liske, Catholic Lane

Presenting: The Parish Book of Psalms - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

11-yr-old Pro-life Girl Brought to Tears by Pro-Abortion Activists at Democratic Convention by Bryan Kemper of the LifeSiteNews website – Big ulpit

On Christian Humanism – Fr. James V. Schall SJ, The...READ MORE

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Bishop Robert Finn Found Guilty for Failing to Report Suspected Child Abuse (7959)

Bishop Finn is the first American bishop and the highest-ranking U.S. Catholic clergyman to be found guilty in an abuse case.

09/06/2012 Comments (34)

KANSAS CITY, Mo.— A Kansas City judge has found Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., guilty on one misdemeanor count of failure to report suspected child abuse and acquitted him on another count, while charges against the diocese have been dismissed.

“I regret and am sorry for the hurt that these events have caused,” Bishop Finn said in a Sept. 6 statement following today’s ruling.

“The protection of children is paramount. Sexual abuse of any kind will not be tolerated.”

The bishop pledged to take “every reasonable step” to protect children from abuse and misconduct committed by clergy, diocesan employees or volunteers.

In spite of the guilty verdict, Bishop Finn...READ MORE

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Pope: Gospel Lived Without Compromise, Gay Group Blasts Franciscan Univ.—FUS Pushes Back, and More! (2481)

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09/06/2012 Comment

Pope Benedict XVI: The Gospel Should be Lived without Compromises. Click on the link by Alessandro Speciale to read more.

Pope Benedict XVI: The Gospel Should be Lived without Compromises – Alessandro Speciale, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Gay Group Blasts Franciscan University, Franciscan University Pushes Back by Matthew Archbold of Campus Notes Blog on The Cardinal Newman Society website – Big ulpit

Evangelical Convert: Jaymie Stuart Wolfe – Why I Am Catholic

Christian Revolution Under Constantine: 1700th Anniversary – Robert Struble Jr, Catholic Lane

A Lament at the Secular World’s Rejection of Natural Law – Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

The Touch of the Lord (Mark 7:31-37) - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Requiem for Nellie Gray: Funeral for a Friend of the...READ MORE

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Pakistan Blasphemy Case Draws Concern in U.S. — and Criticism of Obama’s Record (4687)

The blasphemy trial of Rimsha Masih, a 14-year-old defendant with Down syndrome, exposes plight of Christians and other religious minorities in Muslim countries that are allies of the United States.

09/06/2012 Comments (11)

Members of the media and residents gather Aug. 23 outside a mosque near the locked family house of Rimsha Masih, a Pakistani Christian girl accused of blasphemy, on the outskirts of Islamabad.

– Reuters/Faisal Mahmood

WASHINGTON — Last month, an impoverished, mentally impaired Pakistani Christian girl was arrested following accusations that she had burned pages of the Quran. Almost three weeks later, her case has drawn international attention, with Christian leaders and religious-freedom activists across the globe demanding her release.

[Update Sept 7.: News reports today confirmed that Rimsha Masih has been freed on bail and is expected to go home today. Human Rights Watch applauded the decision: "The fact is that this child should not be behind bars at all," stated the internatinoal human rights group.]

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Catholic Relief Services Responds to Criticism Over HIV Document, Employees (4843)

CRS has announced revisions to a document because of its 'inappropriate information' about condoms and their use.

09/06/2012 Comments (16)
CRS Facebook

– CRS Facebook

BALTIMORE — Catholic Relief Services has announced revisions to an HIV prevention document because of its “inappropriate information” about condoms and their use.

“Despite the mistakes, at no point did CRS purchase or distribute condoms. We are revising the document to ensure that it meets our standards, as approved by the USCCB [U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops],” Michael Hill, a senior writer with the relief agency, told Catholic News Agency Sept. 5.

Hill said the 179-page document was written in 2009 by outside consultants for a Vietnam program that aimed to halt the spread of HIV among intravenous drug users.“CRS staff prescribed revisions to the document that were not carried...READ MORE

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Pope Will Soon Declare New Doctors of the Church (3544)

On Oct. 7, the Holy Father will extend this honor to Sts. John of Avila and Hildegard of Germany.

09/06/2012 Comments (2)

St. John of Avila

– Wikipedia

Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Cordoba, Spain, is inviting the faithful to make a pilgrimage to Rome and attend the Oct. 7 ceremony in which Pope Benedict XVI will declare St. John of Avila a doctor of the Church.

“I invite all of you who can to make an effort to come and live this great event in Rome, together with the Pope, whom we thank for this great honor he is granting us before the entire Church. Dear priests, he is one of ours!” the bishop said in a message released Aug. 31.

Bishop Fernandez noted that, during the same ceremony, Benedict XVI will also declare St. Hildegard of Germany a doctor of the Church.

The new title that will be bestowed on St. John of Avila is a great...READ MORE

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Former Playboy Playmate Now Catholic, Poem: The Kiss, Taking Evangelization Door-to-Door, and More! (16872)

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09/06/2012 Comment

Former Playboy Playmate Prays the Rosary “Every Night”. Click and follow the link by Steve Skojec via Big Pulpit to read more.

Former Playboy Playmate Prays the Rosary “Every Night” With Her Kids by Steve Skojec of the Catholic Vote website – Big ulpit

Poem: “The Kiss” – Jeryl Struble, Catholic Lane

Taking Evangelization Door-to-Door – William L. Patenuade, Catholic World Report

Confession Must Again be Seen as Normal Practice of Catholic Life – Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald

Human Work as the Center of Catholic Social Teaching – Joe Carter, Acton Institute/PowerBlog

Ten Reasons to Make a Holy Hour of Adoration – Brad Noel, Southern Fried Catholicism

Should a Catholic Read Eastern Orthodox Writings? – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Journal of a Soul: The Autobiography of Pope John XXIII –...READ MORE

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