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10 Years After the Scandals, Dioceses Still Recovering From Bankruptcy (3718)

Sex-abuse settlements cost millions of dollars and many Church properties.

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STILL STANDING. The Cathedral of St. Augustine in Tucson.

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TUCSON, Ariz. — For more than eight decades, the centuries-old Pamplona Crucifix was on the wall in the vestibule of St. Augustine Cathedral in Tucson, Ariz., a battered and neglected gift from a forgotten donor.

Now carefully restored, the 12th-century artifact of medieval Spanish Catholicism has a new place, over the high altar of the Diocese of Tucson’s remodeled and renovated cathedral.

At a cost of $75,000, the restoration of the crucifix was only a small item in the diocese’s $28 million “Our Faith, Our Hope, Our Future” campaign. However, as a symbol for a diocese recovering from scandal and bankruptcy, it has become something greater.

On Sept. 20, 2004, the Diocese of Tucson was...READ MORE

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Inside Leonardo da Vincis Mind, Church Built Out of Ice, Breaking Bad Liturgical Habits, and More! (3046)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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A Church Built Out of Ice. Click on the link by the Sydney Morning Herald to view more.

Inside Leonardo da Vinci’s Mind - Nora Hamerman, OSV Newsweekly

A Church Built Out of Ice - Sydney Morning Herald

Breaking Bad Liturgical Habits II - George Weigel, First Things/On the Square

What Did Christ Look Like? - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

New Translation: 12 Liturgical Terms You Should Know - Saint Peter’s List

The Natural Law & Ritual Laws - Alice von Hildebrand, New Oxford Review

May Catholics Work on Sunday? (Thomas Aquinas) - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Friends and Strangers: A Meditation on Money - John Médaille, The Distributist Review

The King is Coming (Matthew 2:1-6) - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Desiderata for 2012 -...READ MORE

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Veteran Pol Santorum Emerges From Iowa With a Timely Message (18457)

A Different Kind of Catholic Candidate

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Rick Santorum

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When Rick Santorum came in a close second to Mitt Romney in the Iowa Caucuses on Tuesday, Jan. 4, it was a surprise to pundits, who had only just started to consider him as a serious candidate in the crowded Republican presidential-nomination fight. And it could mark the emergence of a different kind of Catholic candidate in American politics, one who refuses to give up the fight on social justice — substantively and rhetorically — in practice and linguistics.

For someone who lost his last election by 18 points and literally raised his hand during a debate this fall to get a moderator’s attention, coming in second by eight votes against a candidate with much more money and organization...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict: Christmas Season Should Fill Our Hearts With Joy (2093)

Holy Father speaks at first general audience of 2012.

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—The joy of the Christmas season is the unparalleled union of God and man, said Pope Benedict XVI at the first general audience for 2012.

“Humanity’s dream which began in the Garden of Eden, we want to be like God, is realized in an unexpected way, not through the greatness of man, who cannot make himself God, but through the humility of God, who came down among us in his humility, raising us to the true greatness of his being,” the Pope said to the 7,000 people in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall on Jan. 4.

This is the reason why “our first reaction to the birth of Jesus should be one of joy,” he said, because we now know “that God has assumed our humanity in order...READ MORE

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Pope Accepts Resignation of Los Angeles Bishop Who Fathered Two Children (5452)

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Bishop Gabino Zavala

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Los Angeles — Pope Benedict publicly accepted the resignation of Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop Gabino Zavala on Jan. 4, after the bishop admitted to fathering two children.

Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles called the news “sad and difficult” in a Jan. 4 letter to the faithful, explaining that Bishop Zavala informed him in early December that he is of the father of two teenage minor children who live in another state with their mother.

Since 60-year-old Bishop Zavala submitted his resignation to the Pope, he “has not been in ministry and will be living privately,” Archbishop Gomez said. Bishop Zavala oversaw the San Gabriel Pastoral Region, which is one of five in the archdiocese.


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Nashville Dominicans and Holiness, Heresy Checklist, How the Word Became Flesh, and much more! (3598)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Nashville Dominican Sisters Show what Catholic Education Should Be - Elizabeth Duffy, Patheos/The Constant Convert

Do You Have a Heresy Checklist? Here it is - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

How the Word Must Become Flesh in Us - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Was Mary Saved? - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Do You Know Your Neighbors? - Michelle Burns, Ignitum Today

The 10 Biggest Vatican Stories of 2011(video) - The Catholic Herald

Pontifical Council for Social Communications Prove Its Importance - A Reluctant Sinner

God is With Us, Even While the State is Against Us - Fr. John A. Leies SM, HLI America

Jews Alarmed by Messianic Movement Boom- Giacomo...READ MORE

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Holy Father Entrusts the Sick to Christ's Care (2129)

Pope Benedict XVI releases World Day of the Sick message.

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN/CNA)—The suffering people experience when they are sick can help them grow closer to Jesus, Pope Benedict XVI said in his message for next month’s World Day of the Sick.

“God, indeed, in his Son, does not abandon us to our anguish and sufferings, but is close to us, helps us to bear them, and wishes to heal us in the depths of our hearts,” the Pope said on Jan. 3.

He placed a particular emphasis on the Church’s three “sacraments of healing,” which are reconciliation, the anointing of the sick and the Eucharist.

The theme of this year’s Day of the Sick, which will be observed on Feb. 11, is “stand up and go; your faith has saved you,” a quotation taken from Christ’s...READ MORE

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TOB Institute Names Damon Owens Executive Director (4326)

Owens takes over a burgeoning organization that propagates the Church’s timeless teaching on human sexuality.

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Damon Owens

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Damon Owens is the founder of the New Jersey Natural Family Planning Association and Joy-Filled Marriage NJ. He has appeared on numerous radio and television programs and is a frequent speaker on marriage, sexuality, NFP and Pope John Paul II’s theology of the body. He spoke recently with Register senior writer Tim Drake about his new position as the executive director of the Theology of the Body Institute.

Tell me where you’re from originally and about your family.

I grew up in New Jersey. Both of my parents are from the South. My father is a deacon. My mother was a homemaker. I’m the middle of three children, with an older and a younger sister. I attended Brown University and later the...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, contraception, contraceptive mentality, humanae vitae, marriage enrichment, natural family planning, pope john paul ii, theology of love, theology of the body

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