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Traditional-Marriage Advocates Have Hope for Their Cause (2967)

Washington panel discusses issues at stake.

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WASHINGTON (EWTN News)—Leaders of organizations dedicated to preventing the redefinition of marriage said in an Oct. 8 panel that the movement to support marriage should not give up hope.

“This cause is not only just, but, in the end, will prevail,” said Maggie Gallagher, co-founder of the National Organization for Marriage.

Gallagher presented “The Case for Hope on Marriage” as part of a panel at the Values Voter Summit at the Omni Shoreham hotel in Washington.

The panel, entitled “Straight Talk on ‘Gay Marriage,’” was moderated by Tom McClusky, vice president for government affairs at the Family Research Council.

Gallagher explained that those committed to defending marriage have...READ MORE

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Large Group of Episcopalians Received Into the Church (4323)

Cardinal Wuerl notes the ‘truly historic moment’ on Cardinal Newman’s feast day.

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WASHINGTON — As people filed into the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception yesterday, Mark Lewis was wearing a layman’s tie rather than the clerical collar he had worn for years.

Accompanied by his wife, daughter and grandson, Lewis was preparing to lead his flock at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in suburban Maryland into full communion with the Catholic Church.

Lewis is the former rector of St. Luke’s, the first Episcopal church in the Washington metropolitan area to come into the Church under provisions created for Episcopalians and Anglicans by Pope Benedict XVI.

The ceremony took place during a Rite of Reception and Mass celebrated by Cardinal Donald Wuerl Oct....READ MORE

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Otherworldly Series (2175)

Baseball Coach Rich Donnelly Shows You Can Go Home Again

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Assistant coach Rich Donnelly of the Los Angeles Dodgers talks with Luis Gonzalez during the game against the Florida Marlins at Dodger Stadium on July 8, 2007, in Los Angeles.

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Rich Donnelly has a World Series story that is out of this world.

Donnelly’s daughter Amy had passed away four years before his trip to the World Series in 1997 with the Florida Marlins, but her presence was felt keenly at the end of the seventh game. The coach has recounted the story to thousands of people around the country every year.

His story has a special impact on other parents whose children are struggling with terminal illnesses or have already died. Because only they can know what it’s like to lose a child, Donnelly says he has a soft spot in his heart for such families.

In fact, family was what brought Donnelly back from his own wayward path earlier in his career. The...READ MORE

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Collects Receive a Rich Translation (2730)

Come Advent, the prayer after the Kyrie and Gloria will sound quite different — and it will have a profound effect, says a Benedictine liturgist. Part of the Register's series on the new Missal. An Oct. 9 issue feature.

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During the sacrifice of the Mass, the last part of the Introductory Rites is a prayer called the Collect.

In our current version, this is called the Opening Prayer, but, in fact, “collect” is a richer word, and it will be useful for us to begin employing it to refer to this prayer.

All that we have done so far in the liturgy — the entrance procession with its chant, the Penitential Act, and on some days the Gloria — is now “collected” in a focused way by the prayer the priest proclaims. This prayer is always proper to the day, and, as such, it gives a precise focus to the particular celebration that is now under way.

The collects of the new translation are much richer. They follow more...READ MORE

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Pope: Modern Society Needs More Silence (2601)

During Oct. 9 visit to Carthusian monastery in Italy, Benedict called the order's charism 'a precious gift for the Church and the world,' and one that contained 'a profound message for our life and for humanity.'

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ROME (EWTN News/CNA)—The lack of silence in contemporary society is making many people’s lives “more agitated and at times convulsed,” Pope Benedict XVI has said.

“Some people are no longer able to stay long in silence,” he told members of a silent Carthusian monastery in the southern Italian region of Calabria Oct. 9.

“Most young people, who are already born in this state, seem to fill every empty moment with music and images, almost afraid to feel, in fact, this void.”

The monastery visit was the Pope’s last stop on a one-day trip to the south of Italy. Upon his arrival in the town of Serra San Bruno, crowds of more than 30,000 greeted the Pope as he made his way through the streets in...READ MORE

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Family and Marriage on Trial (3290)

Chilean human-rights case involving lesbian relationship could have far-reaching effect.

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WASHINGTON — A case before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights could have negative consequences throughout the Americas for marriage and the family, religious freedom and national sovereignty.

The case involves a child-custody claim advanced by a Chilean judge who abandoned her marriage to pursue a lesbian relationship.

Chilean father Jaime López Allende has had sole court-ordered custody of his three daughters for the last eight years and is the girls’ preferred custodial parent.

Despite these facts, the transnational Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has ruled in favor of awarding custody to his ex-wife, Karen Atala. The Washington, D.C.-based commission concluded Chile’s...READ MORE

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JP2 Feast Day Coming to America?, Paradox of Beauty, Will Roper v. Richard Rich, and much more! (3349)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Catholic & Orthodox Churches are Finally on the Right Track. Click on the link by Marta Petrosillo to learn more.

Catholic & Orthodox Churches are Finally on the Right Track - Marta Petrosillo, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Truth: The Paradox of Beauty - Brent Stubbs, VirtuousPla.net

The Problem of Non-Liturgical Texts at Mass - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Feast Day of Blessed John Paul II Coming to America? - Zenit

William Roper vs. Richard Rich - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

The Glory of Being Shut Up - Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

Fr. Robert Barron’s “Catholicism”, a Cultural Prayer - Kathryn Jean Lopez, Patheos

The Archbishop Is On The Right Side Of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” - Teresa Rice, Catholibertarian

Why Catholics Should Build Beautiful Churches - Fr. Dwight...READ MORE

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John Henry Newman and Liturgical Reverence (5047)

Ultimately, it’s a question of faith: Feature for Catholic convert's feast day, Oct. 9.

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The great English convert and Cardinal Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890) was convinced that the issue of liturgical reverence was of decisive importance in every age of the Church.

In fact, he contended that the presence or absence of this virtue distinguished true believers from fraudulent Christians.

With audacious verbiage, Newman declared, “There never was a time since the apostles’ day when the Church was not; and there never was a time but men were to be found who preferred some other way of worship to the Church’s way. These two kinds of professed Christians ever have been — Church Christians and Christians not of the Church; and it is remarkable, I say, that while, on the one...READ MORE

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