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A Tale of 2 Ratzingers (3247)

Saturday Book Pick: Ignatius to publish English translation of Msgr. Georg Ratzinger's book on his more famous brother.

01/28/2012 Comments (2)

In the recently published German interview book My Brother, the Pope, with the writer Michael Hesemann, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger shares many deep and detailed memories of the family life of the Ratzingers. The nine chapters of the book supply a tour d’horizon of their lives, beginning with remembrances of their ancestors and ending with details about how the Pope and his only brother spend their time together nowadays, mostly in Rome.

Published last September in Germany, the book will be published in English this March by Ignatius Press.

Msgr. Ratzinger draws the picture of a typically Catholic Bavarian family of their time, underlining how important their environment and relatives...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict: Renewal of Faith Must Be Church's Priority (3418)

The Holy Father said the Year of Faith seeks to awaken humanity at a critical moment Jan. 27.

01/27/2012 Comments (3)

VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—The upcoming 2012-2013 “Year of Faith” seeks to awaken humanity at a critical moment, Pope Benedict XVI said as he addressed the Church’s highest doctrinal office on Jan. 27.

“In vast areas of the earth the faith risks being extinguished, like a flame without fuel,” the Pope told assembled members of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, who met in a plenary session.

“We are facing a profound crisis of faith, a loss of a religious sense which represents one of the greatest challenges for the Church today.”

Pope Benedict hopes the Year of Faith, which will run from Oct. 11, 2012, to Nov. 24, 2013, will contribute “to restoring God’s presence in this...READ MORE

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Keepers of the Lost Ark, Gods Own Architect, B16 Creates New Science and Faith Foundation, and more! (3211)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

01/27/2012 Comment

Keepers of the Lost Ark. Click on the link by Robert Spencer to learn more.

Keepers of the Lost Ark - Robert Spencer, Crisis Magazine

Pugin: God’s Own Architect - Fr. Lawrence Lew OP, New Liturgical Movement

Pope Benedict Creates New Science & Faith Foundation - David Kerr, Catholic News Agency

It’s More Than Talk; Pro-Life and More - Robert J. Gieb, Catholic Lane

Jesus v. Religion? - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Oxford Orients Itself - Anthony Radice, A Tiny Son of Mary

Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus: The Smackdown - Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

U.S. Bishop Slams Public Schools, says Hitler would “Love Our System” - Christine Dhanagom, LifeSiteNews.com

Girl Scouts and the Church: 100 Years is Enough? - Fr. Joe, Southern Fried Catholicism

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Holy See Considers Legal Action Against TV Station (4948)

The Vatican deplores the leak of critical internal documents from the now-apostolic nuncio to the United States.

01/27/2012 Comments (11)

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò

– David Kerr/CNA

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican has threatened legal action against an Italian television station for using “questionable journalistic methods” in a program that alleged a former senior Vatican official had been transferred against his will after complaining about internal corruption.

The program, called The Untouchables and broadcast on the channel La 7 on Wednesday night, showed several letters that Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, then-deputy governor of Vatican City and now apostolic nuncio to the United States, sent to superiors, including Pope Benedict XVI, last year.

In one letter to the Holy Father, Archbishop Viganò, who was responsible for maintaining much of the city state’s...READ MORE

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How Modern Eugenics Discounts Human Dignity (9479)

The Sum of Millions of Individual Choices: Jan. 29 issue column.

01/27/2012 Comments (17)
Shutterstock illustration by Melissa Hartog

– Shutterstock illustration by Melissa Hartog

In this modern age, many people are no longer afraid of eugenics.

It is not that they are ignorant of the past. They know all about the movement of the early 20th century that tried to create a better human race by preventing the birth of those deemed “unfit.”

Eugenics literally means “good birth,” and it seeks to “improve” the human gene pool.

The American eugenics movement resulted in the forced sterilization of more than 60,000 Americans in 33 states who were considered unfit to reproduce. And eugenics did not stop there.

Adolf Hitler was a huge fan of eugenics and brought it to its natural conclusion: the Holocaust of World War II, where millions of the “genetically...READ MORE

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Next Church Doctor is Model for Evangelization (2676)

01/27/2012 Comments (3)

ROME—Today’s world can learn a lot from St. John of Avila, according to those who have studied the life of the newest Doctor of the Church.

“St. John of Avila is far from us in time, but nearby for his figure, his life, his evangelizing witness and for his teaching,” Archbishop Juan del Río Martín of Spain’s Archdiocese for Military Services told CNA.

Archbishop del Río Martín was one of three experts on the Spanish saint who gathered in Rome on Jan. 20 for the presentation of a new book in Spanish that explores the writings of St. John of Avila.

The archbishop, who wrote his doctoral thesis on St. John of Avila’s teachings, believes that Pope Benedict made an investment in the future...READ MORE

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Removal of Extra Baggage, Hildegard of Bingen, 10 Tips for Successful Catholic Blogging, and more! (3358)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

01/27/2012 Comment

St. Hildegard of Bingen: Voice of the Living Light. Click on the link by Sandra Miesel to read more.

Getting Rid of Excess Baggage - Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

St. Hildegard of Bingen: Voice of the Living Light - Sandra Miesel, Catholic World Report

Ten Tips for Successful Catholic Blogging - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

The Greatest App You Will Ever Purchase - Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

Pope Praises Silence & Potential of Social Media - Carol Glatz, Catholic Herald

Lost In Transition: What’s the Matter with Today’s Emerging Adults? - Thomas Lickona, MercatorNet

Depressed Cities, Abortion, and the Demographic Winter - Stefano Gennarini JD, Turtle Bay and Beyond

Backlash Begins Against Obama’s LGBT Agenda - Wendy Wright, Catholic Lane

History of...READ MORE

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Cardinal Wuerl Thinks Church Can Win Contraception Fight (3454)

01/26/2012 Comments (9)
CNA US Catholic News

Cardinal Donald Wuerl at the March for Life 2012.

– CNA US Catholic News

ROME—Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., believes that the Church can win its fight against the Obama administration’s contraception mandate if it takes its case to the public.
“We still have before us the opportunity to make the case to the American people,” Cardinal Wuerl told CNA Jan. 21.
“Americans by our tradition, by our heritage, are a people who tend to be very fair and don’t readily admit to excluding blocks and groups of people from participation in the common good,” he said.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Jan. 20 that it would not expand a religious exemption for employers who object to a requirement that their insurance plans cover...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, barack obama, bishops, cardinal donald wuerl, contraceptive mandate, health and human services, kathleen sebelius, pope benedict xvi, religious freedom

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