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The U.K. Still Loves the Pope (2321)

'Pope Benedict XVI came, saw and conquered,' Cardinal Keith O’Brien of St. Andrews and Edinburgh said on the first anniversary of the papal visit to the U.K.

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EDINBURGH, Scotland (EWTN News/CNA)—“Pope Benedict XVI came, saw and conquered,” Cardinal Keith O’Brien of St. Andrews and Edinburgh said on the first anniversary of the papal visit to the U.K.

“That call must echo in our own minds as we go forward, evermore confidently living the Christian message in our country and endeavoring to hand on the love of Jesus Christ as effectively as we can to the other peoples in Scotland and, indeed, throughout the world,” Cardinal O’Brien told EWTN News on Sept. 16.

Despite prior predictions of doom and disinterest, Pope Benedict’s visit to Scotland and England is now widely accepted as one of the high points of his six-year pontificate.

It began in...READ MORE

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Stewarding Social Security to a Secure Future (2975)

Is the current debate missing the point, and how does subsidiarity fit in?

09/16/2011 Comments (4)
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Florida Sen. Marco Rubio spoke this August at the Reagan Library on “the proper role of government,” emphasizing “prosperity and compassion” as priorities.

The freshman senator said those of us raised in “Ronald Reagan’s America” are now being called to leadership, to make tough decisions about America’s future. He was plenty hard on his own party. And he talked about entitlement reform.

As he has before, he offered that his mother benefits from the program. And he’s not about to do anything that is going to hurt her. She paid into the system, after all.

But that system cannot be sustained as things are going. The program operates on a loss, and increasingly so.

This was, in many...READ MORE

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Diocese Says Father Pavone Is a Priest in Good Standing (25491)

Update: New letter issued.

09/16/2011 Comments (127)

Father Frank Pavone

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Story Update: On Sept. 15, Msgr. Harold Waldow, vicar of clergy and moderator of the Curia for the Amarillo, Texas, Diocese, issued a clarification about the matter in a letter:  “As the vicar of clergy for the Diocese of Amarillo and the moderator of the Curia, I want to publically state that Rev. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life is a priest in good standing with the Roman Catholic Church. He has all the faculties for ministry that every priest of our diocese has in and for the Diocese of Amarillo. I would also like to clarify a point that because there is a dispute about the auditing process and the complete audit for all the entities of Priests for Life, Rachel’s Vineyard, and the...READ MORE

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Pope's Travel Plans to Germany Continue, Despite Boycott Threats (2320)

The German media has reported that dozens of left-wing parliament members are planning to boycott or walk out of the Pope’s address to Berlin’s parliament next week in protest of the Catholic Church’s teachings on certain issues, such as homosexuality.

09/16/2011 Comments (4)

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Pope Benedict XVI will continue with plans to address the German parliament next week, despite the threat of a boycott by dozens of legislators.

“It would please us if the speech were to be received by the whole assembly,” said Vatican spokesman Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, adding that “if instead others disagree, it is not something that concerns us. The Pope will speak to those present.”

Father Lombardi’s Sept. 16 comments came during a briefing ahead of Pope Benedict’s visit to Germany, Sept. 22-25.

In recent weeks the German media has reported that dozens of left-wing parliament members are planning to boycott or walk out of the Pope’s address to...READ MORE

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'Citizen Kane,' André Bazin and the 'Holy Moment' (3857)

The celebrated classic is now 70. How a revolutionary Catholic film critic almost singlehandledly sealed its reputation as the “Greatest Movie Ever” — and invented film studies.

09/16/2011 Comments (12)

Editor’s note: Hear the Register’s film critic on today’s Register Radio episode.

Everyone knows that Citizen Kane — celebrating its 70th anniversary with this week’s three-disc Blu-ray debut — enjoys a bulletproof reputation as “The Greatest Movie Ever Made.” It’s probably topped more all-time-greatest films lists than any other film in history, including the British magazine Sight & Sound’s decennial critics’ polls for the last five decades, among many others. Regular readers may know that the 1995 Vatican film list included Citizen Kane among the 15 unranked titles noted for outstanding artistic significance.

It’s also well known that the movie’s initial reception wasn’t quite so...READ MORE

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A Cure for a Child's Boredom, Creation and Contingency, Feminist turned Catholic, and much more! (2035)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/16/2011 Comment

I Was a Teenage Feminist: My Journey Back to Mother Church. Click on the link by Why I'm Catholic to read more on this converts story.

The Saint Who Dreamed of a Tree Stretching Across Ireland - Catholic Herald

Quaeritur: Host Became Stuck in my Throat, Did I Commit Sacrilege? - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, WDTPRS?

The Cure for Your Child’s Boredom? - Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur, Catholic Lane

The Shrinking Catholic Influence - Dr. Paul Kengor, Catholic Exchange

America, France, and Religious Freedom - Lisa Graas

Couple To Permanently Lose Children for Being Overweight - Patrick Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Demoting Humans - Jaime Septien, Zenit

New Translation: Eucharistic Prayer II, Part III - Jake Tawney, Roma locuta est

Creation and Contingency - JC Sanders, VirtuousPla.net

Stained Glass and the Book of Revelation...READ MORE

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Exclusively Using the Latin Mass, Why the Pope is Infallible, Learning to Pray in Prison, and more! (2998)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/15/2011 Comment

Why the Pope Has to Be Infallible. Click on the link by John Bergsma to learn why.

When Diocesan Priests Choose to Use Exclusively the E.F. Mass - Fr. Zuhlsdorf, WDTPRS?

Not So Glee-ful - Marge Fenelon, Catholic Lane

Bp. Medroso Has Urged His Priests to Wear Clerical Dress in Public - Michael Diaz, UCAN

Britain Needs to Host World Youth Day - Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

Why the Pope Has to Be Infallible, Part 3 - John Bergsma, The Sacred Page

How Does the Pope Keep Up a Grueling Schedule? - William Oddie, Catholic Herald

Prayer: A Primer on the Path to Union - Dr. Jeff Mirus, CatholicCulture.org

Dabrowski: Learning to Pray in Prison - Sharon Mollerus, Ilsussidiario

The New Translation: An Opportunity for Prayer - Jake Tawney, Roma locuta est

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Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel Will Be Dedicated at Lourdes (2015)

Consecration to take place Sept. 18 at the famous Marian shrine in France.

09/15/2011 Comments (1)

Grotto at Lourdes, France

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MEXICO CITY (CNA)—Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City will preside at a Mass to consecrate a chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe at the Shrine of Lourdes in France.

According to the Archdiocese of Mexico City’s news service, the consecration will take place at 11:30am on Sunday, Sept. 18. Cardinal Rivera will be joined by Bishop Jacques Perrier of Tarbes and Lourdes.

The new chapel was designed by the late Jose Barroso Chavez, who was the international president of the Red Cross and president for life of the Red Cross in Mexico. Barroso also contributed to the building of the current Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City. 

A statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe sits in...READ MORE

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