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Former Adviser to U.S. Bishops Explains His Resignation (5628)

Daniel Avila says he resigned from his position at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops because of his 'desire to see the bishops continue their effective and courageous witness without distraction.'

11/14/2011 Comments (24)

WASHINGTON — Daniel Avila says he resigned from his position at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops because of his “desire to see the bishops continue their effective and courageous witness without distraction.”

Avila stepped down Nov. 4 as policy adviser for marriage and family after a column about the causes of same-sex attraction that he wrote for The Pilot, the Archdiocese of Boston’s newspaper, made national headlines. Avila had written that God does not cause such attraction and attributed its existence to Satan — an explanation that Avila now admits was “incomplete” and led to misunderstanding.

In a statement released exclusively to the Register (see below), Avila explained the...READ MORE

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Live From the U.S. Bishops' General Assembly: Religious Freedom Surfaces as a Key Issue (2824)

Archbishop Dolan gives a bold opening address.

11/14/2011 Comments (3)

Washington has begun to take note of the U.S. bishops’ more assertive tone on religious-freedom issues. Last week, a group of Republican senators criticized in a letter the controversial decision by the Department of Health and Human Services to deny funding to the highly rated U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ program for trafficking victims’ assistance.

Yesterday, Nov. 13, a Washington Post story, “U.S. Bishops Prepare Fight For Religious Exceptions Over Gay Marriage,” signaled that partisan “Democrat Catholic” groups are stepping up to provide their own spin on the bishops’ more assertive response to actions they judge to pose a serious and growing threat to religious freedom at...READ MORE

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The Actress and the Bishop, Vatican and ASCR, Is Theology all Greek, and much more! (3246)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/14/2011 Comment

The Actress and the Bishop! Click on the link by Richard Collins to find out who they are.

Diagnosis - Michael Baruzzini, Dappled Things

Music to Make You Happy - Bonnie Engstrom, VirtuousPla.net

The Actress and the Bishop! - Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

Not One Thin Dime - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Why does God Give to Some 5 & to Others Only 1 Talent? - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

Vatican Hosts Internat’l Conf. on Adult Stem Cell Research - Chelsea Zimmerman, Catholic Lane

Is Theology All Greek? - Stacy Trasancos PhD, Accepting Abundance

Our Lady of the Seven Veils (St. Alphonsus & St. Pio) - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

New Roman Missal Translation In a Nutshell - Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Talk on Potential...READ MORE

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Pope: Use Your God-Given Talents (3037)

Benedict's Nov. 13 Angelus address.

11/13/2011 Comment

Pope Benedict XVI used his Sunday Angelus address Nov. 13 to remind people that God has given everyone both talents and a mission in life.

“God calls all men to life and bestows him with talents, while entrusting him with a mission to accomplish,” said the Pope from the window of his Apostolic Palace to the crowds gathered below in St. Peter’s Square.

“It would be foolish to think that these gifts are due to us, just as our failing to use them would be a dereliction of the goal of our very existence.”

The Pope drew his observations from Sunday’s Gospel passage from St. Matthew in which Jesus tells the parable of the master who goes on a long journey and gives talents to three servants....READ MORE

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Penn State and the Church (4079)

Editorial from our Nov. 20 issue.

11/13/2011 Comments (9)

– Wikipedia

When a grand jury indicted a former Penn State football assistant coach on eight counts of child sexual abuse, and also charged a university official with neglecting to report allegations, media coverage linked the news to the Church’s failures to protect the innocent.

A Reuters story noted that “details of the case are similar to the sweeping scandals involving sexual abuse by priests the Catholic Church tried to keep hidden for decades.” The implication in that story and elsewhere was that Penn State, like the Church, set aside credible reports of criminal conduct to protect the institution from public embarrassment and financial repercussions.

But there’s another way to establish a...READ MORE

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Proportion, Integrity and Honesty: 3 Foundations for Church Architecture (2193)

Renaissance and renewal of church design for the new millennium.

11/13/2011 Comments (1)

New Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Greenville, South Carolina

– OLRGreenville.net

I met one of our local architects, a good Catholic, at the soccer game where our sons were playing. We got to talking about the problems of architecture for modern churches. In the old days, the materials and methods of architecture lent themselves naturally to the forms we feel in our bones to be beautiful. Buildings were made of brick and stone, so columns were necessary to hold up arches, which were necessary to hold up the walls. The resulting forms became the language of the Christian church, and over many centuries, we came to understand sacred buildings according to that language.

But then the modern age came along with its mania for utilitarianism. “Form follows function!” became the...READ MORE

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New Mass Translation and 'God's Long Nose' (3144)

Part 5 in a series on the revised Roman Missal: Nov. 6 issue feature.

11/13/2011 Comments (6)
CNA photo

PROPONENT OF THE NEW TRANSLATION. Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles celebrates Mass earlier this year at St. Ignatius of Loyola Church in Rome. He said the new translation of the Roman Missal promises to help Catholics ‘enter more deeply into the mystery of faith.’

– CNA photo

When Moses came down Mount Sinai with the Ten Commandments, he saw the disobedience of Israel and was so enraged that he smashed the tablets.

So God commanded him to make two new tablets and come up the mountain again, to receive the Ten Commandments once more.

The text tells us that, when Moses went back up, God came down in a cloud and proclaimed his name: Yahweh. Then there follows a proclamation of some of God’s well-known attributes: He is a God of compassion and graciousness; he is great in mercy and faithfulness; he is long of nose.

Wait. … What?

That’s right. The text proclaims that God is long of nose. At least that’s what it says in Hebrew.

This makes no sense in English, but we don’t...READ MORE

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Rhyming Past and Future (2436)

The point, once again, is that history does not so much repeat itself as rhyme. Jesus Christ — the same yesterday, today and forever. Nov. 6 issue column.

11/12/2011 Comment

– Shutterstock

We talked about the fact that, since God is the Author of the Great Story of Creation and Salvation History, he knows the end from the beginning and can tell us about that end as he chooses. What we immediately notice is that God only tells us enough to give us a general shape of history, not to give us details. In that, he is like every good storyteller we know. He offers us hints and foreshadows which tell us something of the end, even in the beginning. So, for instance, in the beginning of The Lord of the Rings, Gandalf rebukes the thought that it is a pity that Bilbo did not slay Gollum when he had the chance with the famous words, “Pity? It was pity that stayed Bilbo’s hand. Many that...READ MORE

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