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Excommunication as a Restorative Measure (3639)

July 1 issue feature.

07/07/2012 Comments (7)

Why excommunicate people? Is this not a strange holdover from the medieval Church? Excommunication is a punitive device on the part of the Church and is more than merely denying holy Communion. It also publicly rebukes and shames the person.

The cause for excommunication is explicitly “obstinate persistence in manifest grave sin” (Canon 915). However, a case could certainly be made that the punishment of excommunication could also be attached to “rebuke a person from whose behavior there arises scandal or serious disturbance of order in a manner accommodated to the special conditions of the person and the deed” (Canon 1339, Paragraph 2).

The Church takes this extreme measure only...READ MORE

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Know Thyself by St. Teresa of Avila on the Spiritual Life, Why Not Beautiful Churches, and More! (4032)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/07/2012 Comment

Know Thyself: Ten Reflections by Saint Teresa of Avila on Spiritual Life. Click on the link by J. E. Foyer to read and develop your spiritual life.

Know Thyself: Ten Reflections by Saint Teresa of Avila on Spiritual Life – J. E. Foyer, Saint Peter's List

Why Not Beautiful Churches? Updated – Elizabeth Scalia, Patheos/The Anchoress

U.K. Deputy Minister: Catholic Church Should be Forced to Have Gay Weddings by John Bingham of London's Daily Telegraph newspaper - Big Pulpit

The Right Stuff: The First Thing Single Catholic Girls Need To Know – Katie Rose, St. Joseph’s Vanguard

Advent for Sacred Music – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Five Steps to Better Mental Health, According to Saint Paul – Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

New Catholic Homeschooling Radio Show – Joseph Pearce, Saint Austin Review/Ink Desk


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Catholics Create All-American Music (2927)

Music feature from our July 1 issue.

07/07/2012 Comment
Sean Forrest

Catholic musician Sean Forrest

– Sean Forrest

The New Evangelization has inspired Catholic musicians to create music and lyrics that lift one’s mind to something more beautiful than the cultural landscape, one’s heart to worship God, and one’s soul to reflect on the true teachings of the Catholic Church.

“I feel called to have solid Catholic music that teaches, inspires and reminds Catholics of the teachings of our own faith,” says Brian Flynn (BrianFlynnMusic.com), music director and director of religious education and youth ministry at St. Mary’s Church in Westphalia, Mich.

Flynn is interested in creating music that is authentically Catholic, with a special focus on the Eucharist.

“I think there’s a desperate need for that,”...READ MORE

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True Freedom (4446)

Saturday Book Pick: Cardinal Dolan's first e-Book takes up a timely topic: religious liberty.

07/07/2012 Comments (2)

In 1978, when I was preparing for the priesthood in Rome, I had the privilege of being present in St. Peter’s Square when the newly chosen Pope John Paul II came out on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica and addressed the crowd by quoting Our Lord’s words “Ne Timeas” (Do not be afraid).

I, along with the rest of the throng present, somehow sensed that the world was going to be different under this man who came “from a far country,” as he put it.

And, indeed, it did change. The Holy Spirit outdid himself by sending this epochal holy man of God to lead us through the end of the era of the Evil Empire and help us cross over into the new millennium.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan is such a...READ MORE

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Defending Your Faith Without Raising Your Voice, When Prudence is Avoidance, and Much More! (3702)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/06/2012 Comment

Austen Ivereigh Video Interview: Defending Faith Without Raising Your Voice. Click on the link by Brandon Vogt to view and read more.

Austen Ivereigh Video Interview: Defending Faith Without Raising Your Voice – Brandon Vogt, BrandonVogt.com

When is Prudence, Prudence & Not Avoidance? – Omar Gutierrez, Catholic Vote

Under Heavy Fire, Blankenhorn Abandons Ship by Paul Adams of the Saint Austin Review blog – Big Pulpit

“Out of Your League,” Catholic Edition – Devin Rose, St. Joseph’s Vanguard

It Takes a Church – Mary, Catholic Sistas

Holywell: A Step Closer to Heaven – Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

What if God is Unhappy with Our Praise? – Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

The Battle to Vindicate Pius XII is Being Won – Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald

Soros-funded “Faith in Public...READ MORE

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Vatican Astronomer: 'God Particle' Is Exciting But Has No Theological Bearing (5826)

'It is a wonderful piece of science,' said Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, a researcher and spokesman at the Vatican Observatory.

07/06/2012 Comments (1)

While it has no direct bearing on theology or revelation, the scientific discovery hailed by some as the “God particle” is an important achievement, a Vatican astronomer says.

“It is a wonderful piece of science,” said Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, a researcher and spokesman at the Vatican Observatory, in a July 5 interview with EWTN News.

On July 4, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) publicized results suggesting it had found the elusive “Higgs boson” particle, thought to explain the physical mass of objects in the universe, by means of subatomic experiments carried on at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva.

Brother Consolmagno said the apparent discovery of...READ MORE

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A Sculptor of the Interior Life, Paint by Number Hymns, Four Sins that Cry Out to Heaven, and More! (2047)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/06/2012 Comment

A Sculptor of the Interior Life. Click on the link by Christopher Blum to read and grow your spiritual life.

A Sculptor of the Interior Life – Christopher Blum, Crisis Magazine

Why, When We Have a Trove of Profound, Beautiful, & Poignant Hymns, Do We Have to Endure What is Banal, Clunky, & Silly? – Anthony Esolen, Catholic World Report

The Four Sins that Cry to Heaven (America is Four for Four) by Dr. Taylor Marshall of the Canterbury Tales blog – Big Pulpit

Another Chasuble Incorporating Venetian Lace – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Book Review, Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics - John Henry, The American Catholic

Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum Improvement Over Pius XII Not Enough – William Oddie, Catholic Herald

Some Anglican I Used to Know: Dr. Taylor Marshall –...READ MORE

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Frontline Faith Marks 2 Years of Providing Catholic MP3s to the Troops (4580)

Apostolate to those defending our freedom rolls out digital versions for non-Catholic Christians and for those on the homefront.

07/06/2012 Comments (11)
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U.S. Army soldiers at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan pray during a Catholic Mass on Sept. 11, 2011, marking the 10th anniversary of the al Qaeda attack on America.

– John Moore/Getty Images News/Getty Images

Cheri Lomonte assumed our men and women in uniform had ready access to a Catholic chaplain and could attend Mass every Sunday. But talking to a Marine officer’s wife, she was more than mildly shocked to learn that the military in all branches, especially those deployed, might not have a Mass or see a chaplain for weeks at a time.

Lomonte, the founder and host of Mary’s Touch radio program, felt there was a void that needed to be filled. So she founded Frontline Faith, a nonprofit organization in Austin, Texas, to fill MP3 players with faith content and send them to soldiers, especially those deployed or being deployed to the fronts.

Since launching the program on July 4 two years ago,...READ MORE

Filed under archbishop timothy broglio, chaplain shortage, cheri lomonte, frontline faith, mp3 players for troops, prayer, priests, u.s. military

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