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Faith and Freedom in Napa (2120)

A look at the Napa Institute in California, which encourages Catholic business leaders in their work. June 17 issue feature.

06/23/2012 Comment
Courtesy of the Napa Institute

– Courtesy of the Napa Institute

When Tim Busch has gotten good ideas, he’s run with them successfully. In 2010, he got an excellent one that is proving to be a winner for Catholic leaders: the Napa Institute.

The first Napa Institute Conference, which was held last year, attracted approximately 250 people from across the country. For this year’s July 26-29 conference at the Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa, Calif., 350 attendees are already expected.

What is attracting attendees?

For one, speakers like George Weigel. For another, the intriguing tagline of the Napa Institute, which Busch credits to Philadelphia’s Archbishop Charles Chaput:“Equipping Catholics in the ‘Next America’” (via an article Archbishop Chaput...READ MORE

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Dire Warning from a Radio Voice (8074)

Saturday Book Pick: Mark Levin's 'Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America.'

06/23/2012 Comments (24)

Radio talk-show host Mark Levin has coined a new term — Ameritopia — to describe what he sees as a growing utopian movement in the United States, a movement that he believes holds the reins of power in this country and poses a threat to authentic human freedom everywhere.

Levin’s primary criticism of utopians is that they believe mankind is perfectible and that it is possible to create a “heaven on earth” through government. This idea is blatantly false because it denies the true nature of mankind. To the utopians, the unwashed masses are “one-dimensional … selfish … [possessing] little moral value” — fallen, to use the Judeo-Christian term — while they themselves are enlightened,...READ MORE

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England & Wales to See Sharp Rise in Ordinations, Pope Peter: The Fisher Pope, and much more! (1797)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/22/2012 Comment

England & Wales to See Sharp Rise in Ordinations. Click on the link by Madeleine Teahan & Francesca Gillett to read more.

England & Wales to See Sharp Rise in Ordinations - Madeleine Teahan & Francesca Gillett, Catholic Herald

Pope Peter: The Fisher Pope - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

CNN Stumbles on Former Catholics Program by Terry Mattingly - Big Pulpit

Central Sacrament Pre-Figured in the First Passover - Jayson M. Brunelle M Ed CAGS, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

How the Fourth Commandment is Necessary for Civilization - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Two Years of Spiritual Life Lessons in Books - Pursued by Truth

The Kids Aren’t All Right: New Family Structures, No Differences Claim - Ana Samuel, Public Discourse

On Altar Rails and Sanctuaries and Proper Liturgical Roles...READ MORE

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Senior Philadelphia Church Official Receives Mixed Verdict in Landmark Child Endangerment Case (6808)

The jury finds Msgr. William Lynn guilty on one child endangerment charge but innocent on conspiracy charge.

06/22/2012 Comments (18)

Msgr. William Lynn

– Reuters/Scott Anderson

PHILADELPHIA — A jury today found a former Philadelphia archdiocesan official guilty on one of two counts of child endangerment, but cleared him of the other as well as a conspiracy charge.

In a closely watched landmark case, Msgr. William Lynn, 61, the archdiocese’s secretary for clergy from 1992 to 2004 and the most senior U.S. Church official to be criminally charged in an abuse case, was accused of knowingly placing minors in danger when he reassigned troubled priests to parishes where they would have access to children.

Msgr. Lynn faces three and a half to seven years in prison. His lawyer is expected to appeal.

A statement from the archdiocese released today said, "This has...READ MORE

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Vatican Releases Working Document for Synod on New Evangelization (3014)

The gathering of bishops will coincide with the inauguration of the Year of Faith and the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council.

06/22/2012 Comments (3)

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VATICAN CITY — “People are yearning for a principle in life that inspires hope, a hope which will permit them to look to the future with eyes filled with faith and not the tears of despair,” says the working document for the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization.

“As a Church, we have this principle and source of hope — Jesus Christ, who was crucified and is risen, living among us through his Spirit, who allows us to experience God.”

The document, known as the Instrumentum Laboris, was published June 19 at the Vatican and aims to serve as the basis for discussion and reflection for the 13th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the theme: “The New...READ MORE

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HHS Mandate, Religious Liberty and the Martyrs of Tyburn (3695)

A transcript of Archbishop William Lori’s homily at the Mass inaugurating the Fortnight for Freedom.

06/22/2012 Comments (4)

Baltimore Archbishop William Lori

– Michelle Bauman/CNA

A few years ago, due to inclement weather that grounded many international flights, I found myself stranded in London during the week just before Christmas. Worse things than that can happen to a traveler, but the unexpected pleasure of a week in London enabled me to visit places I hadn’t seen for many years — not Harrod’s or even Windsor Castle, but places such as Tyburn Hill, where many English martyrs laid down their lives in witness to the faith, including St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher.

I was deeply moved to stand on the spot where, in 1535, Thomas More and John Fisher were beheaded because they refused to comply with the Act of Supremacy, a law that made King Henry VIII head...READ MORE

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Politicians’ Patron Beckons the Faithful to Remain Faithful (1350)

Feature for St. Thomas More's feast day from our June 17 issue: St. Thomas More Cathedral Stands as Beacon of Honor at D.C.’s Doorstep

06/22/2012 Comment

St. Thomas More

– Wikipedia

At the gateway to the D.C. Beltway, on the road bound for the corridors of politics, stands a cathedral named for a politician saint. Overlooking busy Route 50 in Virginia, a main artery into downtown Washington, stands Arlington’s St. Thomas More Cathedral. A life-size statue of Jesus stands on a pedestal over the road, arms outstretched in blessing. Unobtrusive, many commuters might not even notice the cathedral, but it is a vital leaven for society in the shadow of our nation’s capital.

The cathedral is a “home away from home” for many northern Virginia Catholics who work for the federal government and are temporarily assigned to Washington. The State Department’s Foreign Service...READ MORE

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Archbishop Lori Opens Fortnight for Freedom at Baltimore Basilica (5144)

More than 1,000 people throng historic church to hear a rousing sermon on religious liberty.

06/22/2012 Comments (7)

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore was jammed with people for the opening Mass of the Fortnight for Freedom.

– Sean Caine/Archdiocese of Baltimore

BALTIMORE — Just a few hours before one of the most important nights in recent history for the Church in the United States, Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore walked quietly on the grass in the shadow of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary alongside his golden retriever Noble.

Even in the oppressive heat and with the responsibility of launching a nationwide 14-day campaign of prayer, fasting and penitence against federal government policies, Archbishop Lori seemed to be a man at peace, prepared to address the packed congregation at the basilica and a vast television audience tuned into EWTN’s coverage of the Fortnight for Freedom.

People...READ MORE

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