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Catholicism in America: In Progress or Regress? (5113)

BOOK PICK: Russell Shaw’s latest work chronicles the Church in the United States.

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In American Church: the Remarkable Rise, Meteoric Fall and Uncertain Future of Catholicism in America, published by Ignatius Press, Russell Shaw has written a timely and insightful account.

This book is the one we have been waiting for to chronicle our corner of the universal Church. It covers Church history in the U.S. from the post-Civil War period up to the present — and a little beyond.

On a side note, be sure to read Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput’s foreword first. In my opinion, he is on the short list for the best bishop writing today — clear about the crisis, yet encouraging about the future.

American Church is compact and full of strong opinions backed up by...READ MORE

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How to Speak With an Atheist; Long Island's Bishop Murphy: Fighting the Good Fight and More! (2549)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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How to Speak with an Atheist Friend. Follow the link by Taylor Marshall of the Canterbury Tales blog to read more.

How to Speak with an Atheist Friend by Taylor Marshall of the Canterbury Tales blog - BigPulpit.com

Long Island’s Bishop Murphy: Fighting the Good Fight – George J. Marlin, The Catholic Thing

What If I Were Drunk All The Time? - Edmund Mitchell, Ignitum Today

Some Parents Don’t Always Know Best - Marybeth Hicks, Catholic Lane

She Told Us So - Anabelle Hazard, Catholic Stand

How to Quote the Bible Like a Pro - Jim Blackburn, Catholic Answers

inding a Supercharged Faith – Dan Burke, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Yes, Confession is a Must-Do - Matthew Olson, Answering Protestants

Ramifications of the New Normal - Fr. Z’s Blog

Scientism and God’s Existence (Video) - Fr....READ MORE

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What Is the American Church? (3628)

Russell Shaw’s new book was 40 years in the making.

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Russell Shaw

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Russell Shaw, who once served as the spokesman for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, is an influential author, commentator and educator.

His professional work, following his graduation from Georgetown University in 1956, has spanned an era when the previously marginalized Church in the United States secured mainstream status through the election of a Catholic U.S. president and the cultural assimilation of Catholics was celebrated as a success story.

But a half century later, Shaw also witnessed the clergy-abuse crisis, which galvanized the U.S. hierarchy to change its handling of abuse allegations and also to take stock of other challenges, including the rapid secularization...READ MORE

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Pope: Power Struggles Within the Church Are Outside Jesus’ Vision (4511)

The Holy Father explains that real power is service and what will make us seem more like Jesus.

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VATICAN CITY — While acknowledging that power struggles have existed in the Church since it began, Pope Francis said Jesus’ teaching on power leaves no room for them.

“In the Church, the greatest is the one who serves most, the one who is at the service of others,” said Pope Francis on May 21.

“This is the rule, yet, from the beginning until now, there have been power struggles in the Church, even in our manner of speech,” he said in his homily, which was based on the day’s Gospel reading from Mark 9.

In the reading, Jesus catches the disciples arguing about which of them is the greatest.

“In the Gospel of Jesus, the struggle for power in the Church must not exist, because true...READ MORE

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Church, Political Leaders Extend Prayers to Oklahoma Victims (2758)

Cardinal Timothy Dolan sends prayer and comfort, and President Barack Obama also offered his condolences and aid.

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

WASHINGTON — Following a devastating tornado in Oklahoma on May 20, Church leaders and national figures offered their prayers and condolences for those affected by the disaster.

“The experience of loss of family members, homes, neighborhoods and even the local hospital shows a devastation that impels us to stand with you and all the good people of Moore, both in prayer for comfort and in efforts for disaster relief to ease the suffering of those whose lives have been affected by this dreadful disaster,” Cardinal Timothy Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York said to Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City in a May 21 letter.

“May the words of Jesus, ‘Behold I am with you always,’ and...READ MORE

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Supreme Court Could Give Landmark Ruling on Public Prayer (3662)

Alliance Defending Freedom will support the town of Greece on the historic practice of seeking Divine guidance at public meetings.

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First prayer in Congress, September 1774, in Carpenters Hall, Philadelphia

WASHINGTON — In a move that could have national consequences for prayer in public life, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a federal case challenging the constitutionality of opening prayers at the town-council meetings in Greece, N.Y.

“It is perfectly constitutional to allow community members to ask for God’s blessing according to their conscience,” Brett Harvey, senior counsel with the Alliance Defending Freedom, told Catholic News Agency on May 21.

“A Supreme Court ruling reaffirming this historic tradition and making clear that prayer-givers are permitted to pray consistent with the dictates of their own conscience would both uphold the original understanding of the...READ MORE

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Vatican Officials Repudiate Misinterpretation of Their Comments on Same-Sex Unions (4132)

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn and Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia say they in no way endorse such illicit relationships and that their misinterpreted remarks were used by opponents of the Church.

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Cardinal Christoph Schönborn


VATICAN CITY — A handful of Vatican officials and even a cardinal have recently voiced opinions that appear to be supportive of civil unions between people of the same sex, despite the Church’s teaching being clearly against homosexuality and cohabitation/pre-marital sexual relations.

The majority of statements have been quickly repudiated by the archbishops in question, who have argued that their comments have been misinterpreted, but the Church’s opponents have capitalized on the confusion.

On April 8, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, the archbishop of Vienna, reportedly told an audience in London that same-sex relationships should be respected and recognized in law.

“There can be...READ MORE

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President Guilty of Nothing Short of Blasphemy, the Songs of Angels and Much More! (4484)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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President Obama Guilty of Nothing Short of Blasphemy. Follow the link by George Weigel to read more.

Obama Guilty of Nothing Short of Blasphemy by George Weigel - BigPulpit.com

The Songs of the Angels - Kathleen Pluth, The Chant Café

Twelve Other Forms of Marian Piety - Edward Looney, Ignitum Today

Pope Francis Calls for Natural Law and Ethics – Taylor Marshall PhD, Canterbury Tales

Lawrence C. McClarey: Requiescat In Pace - Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Give Me Your Tired, Poor, but Not Your Homeschoolers – Joseph Knippenberg, First Things

Women: The Infallible Barometer - P. D. Yoko, Catholic Stand

Canon Law and False Abuse Allegations (II) - Cathy Caridi JCL, Canon Law Made Easy

What do Robin Hood and Pope Francis Have in Common? - Patti Maguire...READ MORE

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