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Campaign 2012 — What Voting Means (3744)

The voting booth isn’t the confessional. But like the confessional, it should be entered after serious moral reflection and prayer.

10/31/2012 Comments (12)

American political campaigns have never been for the squeamish. With the sole exceptions of George Washington’s two uncontested elections, every presidential campaign has seen its share of vulgarity, skullduggery and personal disparagement.

Those who imagine that “going negative” is the invention of today’s polls and focus groups haven’t read very much about the rhetorical character of the senior Adams-Jefferson battle of 1800, the younger Adams-Jackson contest of 1824 or the Blaine-Cleveland fight of 1884, not to mention the dubious goings-on in Illinois and Texas in 1960 or in Florida in 2000.

American presidential politics is a contact sport, and while we may wish it were not so —...READ MORE

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The Long Arm of the Bishops, Kurt Cardinal Koch: Lutheran Ordinariate a Possibility, and Much More! (2653)

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10/31/2012 Comment

University of Notre Dame Fr. Richard McBrien: Long Arm of Bishops Can’t Reach Me. Follow the link by Matthew Archbold to read more.

University of Notre Dame Fr. Richard McBrien: Long Arm of Bishops Can’t Reach Me by Matthew Archbold – Big Pulpit

Vatican Cardinal Opens Door to Lutheran Ordinariates – Fr. Z’s Blog

New Catholic Podcast Announced for the New Evangelization – Ryan Eggenberger, Ignitum Today

Lumen Christi: A New Pew Book for the Ordinary Form – Jeffrey A. Tucker, New Liturgical Movement

Bishop David Ricken: This Could Put Your Own Soul in Jeopardy – Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Dancing with Death: “Totentanz” and “Dies Irae” – Jake Tawney, Roma Locuta Est

How do the Natural, Preternatural, and Supernatural Realms Relate to Demons? - Fr. Fortea, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction


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Halloween Coincides With Feast of Missionary Bishop St. Wolfgang (1731)

The 10th-century Benedictine monk and bishop was a Church reformer in southeast Germany.

10/31/2012 Comment

St. Wolfgang and the devil

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Oct. 31, though best known as the vigil of the Solemnity of All Saints (All Hallows’ Eve) in the Western Church, is also the liturgical feast day of St. Wolfgang of Ratisbon, who was regarded as one of the greatest German saints of his time.

The Benedictine monk and bishop, who served as a missionary to pagans and a reformer of the Church in southeastern Germany, was born around 934 in the historic southwestern German region of Swabia.

Wolfgang came from a family of nobility and was privately tutored as a child. Later on, the future monk was educated at the renowned Monastery of Reichenau and at Wurtzburg. Wolfgang showed intellectual prowess and found companionship during his years...READ MORE

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Winning the Battle for Souls (16177)

A former satanist recounts her return to the Church and provides some timely advice about dealing with Halloween.

10/30/2012 Comments (34)

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Deborah Lipsky went through tremendous suffering as a child. Her high-functioning autism elicited the frustration of teachers, along with the ridicule and abuse of classmates, leaving her hurt and isolated — and eventually enraged.

She sought revenge through witchcraft and then full-blown satanism. Her goal was to destroy the Catholic Church, which she saw as responsible for her pain. Yet she found that getting even would exact a price. Despite initial thrills of power, Lipsky became increasingly miserable.

Years after narrowly escaping her demonic entanglement, Lipsky came back into full communion with the Church in 2009. Now, she helps others to see beyond the glamour of the occult...READ MORE

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Nebraska Catholics Dedicated to Religious Freedom (1712)

The banners for 147 Catholic churches bear messages about defending religious liberty, the unborn and marriage between a man and a woman.

10/30/2012 Comments (8)

A banner outside of St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Omaha, Nebraska.

– Catholic News Agency

OMAHA, Neb. — A group of Nebraska Catholics has created and donated banners for 147 Catholic churches that bear messages about defending religious liberty, the unborn and marriage between a man and a woman.

“They are outstanding banners,” said Father Ryan Lewis, pastor of Omaha’s St. Thomas More Parish, Oct. 26. “I thought the message was incredible. The people in my parish are all fired up about concerns about attacks on religious liberty as it relates to the current administration and the HHS mandate.”

One of the banners reads: “Religious Liberty: Our Most Cherished Freedom.” The 4-by-12 banner also bears the website address of the Archdiocese of Omaha, though the archdiocese is not...READ MORE

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Beautiful Music by the Benedictine Nuns, Can Christianity Bounce Back? Synod on Liturgy and More! (1301)

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10/30/2012 Comment

Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles: Amazing Music. Click on the link by Jeffrey A. Tucker to read more.

Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles: Amazing Music – Jeffrey A. Tucker, Chant Café

Can Christianity Bounce Back? by Mike Aquilina – Big Pulpit

The Synod on Liturgy – Fr. Z’s Blog

Controlling Passion: Fire as Emotion and Desire - Ink and Quill, Ignitum Today

Europe: Two Souls, Three Reasons for Hope – Fr. James V. Schall SJ, The CWR Blog

Liturgical Products from Monasteries – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Savage Danger, Virgin Serenity: Intro to Leatherstocking Tales – Therese Conte, Crisis Magazine

Pat Caddell: U.S. Politics and Honor – Donald McClarey, American Catholic

Cardinal Dolan’s Visit to Syria Postponed – Fr. Chris Zugger

Confessio (I Confess) – Fr....READ MORE

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Bishops Call Attack on Nigerian Parish 'Barbarous' (2121)

Suicide bomber kills seven others after detonating his vehicle at a church during Mass.

10/30/2012 Comment

ABUJA, Nigeria — A suicide bombing of a Catholic church in northern Nigeria on Oct. 28 has been denounced as cowardly by Archbishop Matthew Ndagoso of Kaduna.

“A cowardly, barbarous and horrible act that any ordinary person can only condemn. It is unthinkable that anyone is able to commit such actions, but, unfortunately, it happens,” the archbishop told Fides news agency Oct. 29.

On Sunday, a suicide bomber killed himself and seven others when he drove his explosives-filled jeep into St. Rita's parish in the city of Kaduna during a Mass. Hundreds were wounded in the attack.

The driver was stopped at the security gate outside the church. At first he reversed his car, but then drove...READ MORE

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Pope's 'Little Consistory' Adds Geographical Balance to College of Cardinals (2649)

One American, and five others from outside of Europe, will be appointed Nov. 24.

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Cardinal-elect James Harvey (right).

– Catholic News Agency

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI has named six new cardinals as a “gesture of the universality of the Church” and “in the context of the New Evangelization.” The new members of the College of Cardinals, including one American — Vatican Archbishop James Harvey — will be appointed in an unexpected consistory, scheduled to take place Nov. 24.

Speaking extemporaneously Oct. 27 at the final session of the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization, the Pope said the “little consistory” would “complete” a previous one held in February, at which 22 new cardinals were appointed. Many of those new cardinals hailed from Europe and Italy in particular. Ten were also cardinals of the Roman Curia.


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