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The Saint Who Was Accused of Sorcery, Pacem in Terris at 50, Called to Celibacy Unchosen and More! (2975)

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06/17/2013 Comment

The Saint Who Was Accused of Sorcery. Follow the link from The Catholic Herald's Spiritual Life Column to read more.

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Pacem in Terris at 50 – J. J. Ziegler, The Catholic World Report

Lying Worthless Political Hack = Gosnell – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Called to Celibacy Unchosen – Aaron Taylor, First Things/On the Square

New Age and the Need for Soul Food – Anabelle Hazard, Catholic Stand

Catholic League: Francis Should Expel Vatican’s ‘Gay Lobby’ – Fr. Z’s Blog

Book Review: Early Carthusian Writings (Gracewing) – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Why Are We Wasting Our Time in Dialogue with Anglicans? - William Oddie, Catholic Herald

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Catholic Groups Criticize Pelosi’s Claim That Abortion Is ‘Sacred Ground’ (12315)

Protection of late-term abortion seems paramount to the ‘practicing and respectful Catholic’ politician.

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WASHINGTON — Prominent Catholics and members of the pro-life movement denounced statements by House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi that, as a Catholic, she views the protection of late-term abortion as “sacred ground.”

Maureen Ferguson, senior policy adviser for the Catholic Association, called it “amazing” that the trial of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell “did not touch Nancy Pelosi's heart.”

“What we learned from the Gosnell trial and what we understand is going on inside other clinics is not only human-rights abuse' but it also puts women in harm’s way,” she said in a statement.

Gosnell was a Philadelphia late-term abortionist who was recently convicted of several counts...READ MORE

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Human Dignity Central to Education, CDF Chief Tells Glasgow Gathering (4074)

Archbishop Gerhard Müller, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, addressed the inaugural gathering of the St. Andrew’s Foundation for Catholic Education June 16.

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GLASGOW, Scotland — Speaking at the launch of a foundation at the University of Glasgow, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith stressed the importance of upholding human dignity in education.

Archbishop Gerhard Müller delivered the Cardinal Winning Lecture on June 15 at the Scottish university. 

The lecture marks the launch of the St. Andrew’s Foundation for Catholic Education, a new venture to form Catholic educators. It is the fruit of a partnership among the Church, the University of Glasgow and the Scottish government.

Archbishop Müller’s talk focused on the nature and distinctiveness of Catholic education, as well as the challenges it both faces and...READ MORE

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President Obama Picks Former CRS President as Vatican Ambassador (3460)

Ken Hackett served as president of Catholic Relief Services, the U.S. bishops’ international-relief charity, from 1993-2012.

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has nominated Ken Hackett, the former head of Catholic Relief Services, as the next U.S. ambassador to the Holy See.

Auxiliary Bishop Denis Madden of Baltimore, a former Catholic Relief Services board member, said the appointment was “great news.” He said Hackett has many skills relevant to the diplomatic position representing U.S. interests at the Vatican.

“He has traveled all over the world and worked with [Vatican representatives], bishops and general consuls in all those places, and he has dealt successfully with plenty of sticky situations,” Bishop Madden told the Baltimore Sun.

Hackett, 66, was born in the West Roxbury neighborhood of...READ MORE

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Pope Tells Pilgrims: Selfish Living Leads to Slavery and Death (3907)

The Holy Father reflects on the gift of life and the God of Life.

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Credit: Lauren Cater/CNA

Pope Francis celebrates Mass for the Evangelium Vitae weekend on June 16 in St. Peter's Square.

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VATICAN CITY— As he met with thousands of pro-life advocates from around the globe, Pope Francis stressed that the Gospel is the “way to freedom and life,” but lifestyles that are “dictated by selfishness” lead to slavery and death.

“Dear brothers and sisters,” the Pope urged, “let us look to God as the God of Life; let us look to his law, to the Gospel message, as the way to freedom and life. The living God sets us free.”

He addressed his homily for the June 16 Mass in St. Peter’s Square to pilgrims from Australia, Asia, Europe and North and South America, who filled the famous piazza up to its gates.

They were also joined in the square by around 1,400 people on their...READ MORE

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A Heart for ‘Evangelizing Through the Media’ (3846)

EWTN anchor Colleen Carroll Campbell on God’s will, saints and vocation.

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– Amber Montgomery via Colleen Carroll Campbell website

Editor’s Note: Jeanette De Melo interviewed Colleen Carroll Campbell on EWTN’s Register Radio program June 14. Listen to the interview online here.


Colleen Carroll Campbell, an award-winning journalist, host of EWTN’s Faith & Culture show and author of the 2013 Christopher Award-winning memoir My Sisters the Saints, is taking on a new role: anchor of EWTN’s new nightly news show, EWTN News Nightly With Colleen Carroll Campbell, which will debut in early fall.

She spoke with the Register’s associate editor, Amy Smith, at the beginning of May about evangelizing through the media, her love of the saints, discernment and balancing motherhood and journalism.


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The Nuns at the Top of the Charts; Sinners, Prophets and the Business of Heaven and Much More! (3292)

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The Nuns at the Top of the Charts. Follow the link by The Wall Street Journal via The Chant Café to read more.

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Sinners, Prophets and the Business of Heaven – Carl E. Olson, The CWR Blog

A Woman is Made to Be A Woman – Leticia Adams, Catholic Stand

The Littlest Suffering Souls III: Brendan Kelly of Great Falls – Austin Ruse, The Catholic Thing

When Speaking Off the Cuff: What Does Pope Francis Mean? - The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Celebrating Fathers: Our Earthly Fathers – Dr. Paul Gondreau, Image

The Gift of the Sphragis – Stacy Trasancos PhD

If God is Real, Why Won’t He Show Himself? – Marc Barnes, Bad Catholic

Ordinariate Evensong at the Little Oratory – Charles Cole, New...READ MORE

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Honoring a Father’s Love (6011)

COMMENTARY for Father's Day

06/16/2013 Comments (7)

Love at its best need not be asked. Rather, it greatly desires — and takes the initiative to seek out — the good of the beloved. These words are exemplified par excellence in our Lord Jesus Christ, who came to die for us while we were yet sinners (Romans 5:8).


For almost nine decades, my dad, rooted in the Lord, has also striven to exemplify these words, as my extended family and I, and many others too, can gratefully testify.

Joseph Nash will turn 89 in October, and he often refers to himself as a “Depression kid” (as in the Great Depression). Dad was raised in a loving, single-parent Catholic home in the 1920s and ’30s in Cleveland, and it was those experiences that laid the...READ MORE

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