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‘Americanism’: Phantom Heresy or Fact? (12050)


05/10/2013 Comments (22)

On Jan. 22, 1899, Pope Leo XIII sent Cardinal James Gibbons of Baltimore, leader of the American hierarchy, a document in the form of a letter whose opening words in Latin were Testem Benevolentiae (In Witness to Good Will). “It is clear, our beloved son,” Pope Leo wrote, “that those opinions that, taken as a whole, some designate as ‘Americanism’ cannot have our approval.”

Appalled, Cardinal Gibbons held up the document’s release in the United States for a week, until the publication of excerpts originating overseas forced his hand and moved him to give it to The Baltimore Sun. In a letter to a friend, the cardinal called it “very discouraging … that the American Church is not...READ MORE

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Congress Demands Answers on Abortion-Facility Regulation Nationwide (3258)

In wake of Gosnell trial, the House Judiciary and Energy and Commerce Committees send letters to states with pointed questions like: 'Do prosecutors in your state treat the deliberate killing of newborns, including those newborns who were delivered alive in the process of abortions, as a criminal offense?'

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WASHINGTON — Amid the ongoing trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell, two committees of the U.S. House of Representatives are demanding answers from state officials about the regulation of abortion facilities.

“We presume that each of you, upon learning of the failures highlighted by the Gosnell trial, have considered what your state governments are doing to ensure that similar crimes could not be perpetrated in your state,” the House Judiciary Committee wrote in a May 7 letter to the 50 states’ attorneys general.

“We too have an obligation to find out whether newborn infants … are being denied their most basic civil rights.”

The congressmen continued, saying they are trying to...READ MORE

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What the Lord's Ascension Means; Children's Liturgy of the Word, Is It Allowed! and More! (3768)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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What the Lord’s Ascension Means. Follow the link by Regis Martin of Crisis Magazine to read more.

What the Lord’s Ascension Means – Regis Martin, Crisis Magazine

Children’s Liturgy of the Word, Is it Allowed? – Jake Tawney, Catholic Stand

The Vivid Images of Pope Francis – Mat. Schmitz, First Things/First Thoughts

Stop Supporting Starbucks by Arland K. Nichols of the Truth and Charity Forum website - Big Pulpit

Music Scholar Says Chant is for Everyone, Not Just Elite – Carl Bunderson, Catholic News Agency

“Recall” the Way We Talk About the Theology of the Body - Tim Glemokowski, Ignitum Today

Demons Have Grievances Too – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Was Christ Assumed Into Heaven? – Taylor Marshall PhD, Canterbury Tales

Pp. Francis, Romans 8 & the Theme...READ MORE

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FDA Makes Plan B Contraceptive Available to 15-Year-Olds (35262)

With President Obama’s endorsement, federal agency authorizes over-the-counter distribution of ‘morning-after pill’.

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama, who once said he believed as a “father of two” that Plan B shouldn’t be sold without medical oversight to kids under age 17, now says he is “comfortable” with the Food and Drug Administration’s May 1 decision to make the contraceptive/abortifacient drug available over the counter to 15-year-olds.

“I suspect the president is caving a bit to the pro-abortion lobby, which gives him a lot of financial support,” said Family Research Council attorney Anna Higgins. “I think he got a lot of heat from them.”

While denying that the Plan B One-Step “morning-after pill” can cause abortions, the pro-abortion lobby has been very gung ho for the medication.


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Priest Resigns From Clergy Treatment Center Amid Allegations (4839)

The allegations involve financial indiscretion and an ‘inappropriate adult relationship.’

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Msgr. Edward Arsenault

BALTIMORE — Amid allegations of financial indiscretion and an “inappropriate adult relationship,” Msgr. Edward Arsenault has resigned as head of a Maryland treatment center for Catholic priests and religious.

“This is very difficult news, and we are keeping this situation in prayer,” said Sheila Harron, chief operation officer and interim CEO of the St. Luke Institute, May 6.

“We are committed to continuing to move forward, to providing high-quality care for priests and religious, and to supporting a culture of healthy ministry in the Church.”

The New Hampshire attorney general is investigating Msgr. Arsenault after the Diocese of Manchester discovered evidence of improper...READ MORE

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On Regularity: Creating a Lay Horarium; The Feminist Case Against No-Fault Divorce and Much More! (2770)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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On Regularity: Creating a Lay Horarium. Follow the link by Nicholas of the Whiskey Catholic blog to read more.

On Regularity: Creating a Lay Horarium - Nicholas, Whiskey Catholic

The Feminist Case Against No-Fault Divorce by Ashley McGuire - Big Pulpit

E. F. Mass Loyola University - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Graven Images, Science, and Faith – Jeff McLeod, Catholic Stand

Be the Stranger - Peggy Bowes, Integrated Catholic Life™

Sanctify Your Day – Alexandra Reis, Ignitum Today

The Wrong Side of Reality - Ben, Two Catholic Men

Natzi Boot Camp, Food Options and Questions I Don’t Ask - Birgit Jones, Catholic Sistas

Killing Embryos ‘Demeans’ the Humanity of Researchers - Hilary White, Catholic Lane

Over-Optimism In Physician Prognoses - William M. Briggs

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Pro-Life Campaign for Moms Sees Strong Response (1803)

The campaign engages mothers in prayer, networking and giving.

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AUSTIN, Texas — A new campaign from the pro-life group Heroic Media has found considerable support from busy moms seeking to get more involved in promoting abortion alternatives.

The new campaign, 1000 Moms, was launched last year and has already “seen a very positive response,” executive director Joe Young of Heroic Media told Catholic News Agency May 7.

By engaging mothers in prayer, networking and giving, the group aims “to help build a culture of life within our communities.”

One of the most important ways mothers are involved in this process is through prayer, Young explained, “not just for Heroic Media, but for the women we’re reaching through our life-affirming media...READ MORE

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Delaware Marriage Redefinition Lamented as ‘Serious Injustice’ (4316)

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco insists ‘marriage cannot be redefined because its unique meaning lies in our very nature.’

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WASHINGTON — A leader of the U.S. bishops on defense and support of marriage issues has decried a new Delaware law redefining marriage as “unjust” for children and society.

“The claim of this bill to redefine marriage is in vain; marriage cannot be redefined because its unique meaning lies in our very nature,” said Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco.

“It is also a serious injustice to the most vulnerable among us: children.”

The archbishop, who serves as the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, offered his comments one day after Delaware became the 11th state to redefine marriage to include...READ MORE

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