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Archbishop Chaput on Ad Limina Visit, Advent, Religious Liberty and Philadelphia (2726)

'I beseech the Lord quite often and quite intensely to help me be a good bishop of Philadelphia.'

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Archbishop Charles Chaput is using his December ad limina visit to Rome to pause, pray and reflect upon the whirlwind that has surrounded him these past six months.

“2011 has been an extraordinary year of change for me. The world seemed to stop on July 5 and turned my life upside down,” Archbishop Chaput told EWTN News while in Rome.

That was the morning he received the phone call from the U.S. papal nuncio informing him that Pope Benedict XVI wanted him to leave the Archdiocese of Denver and head the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

“Since then, the time has passed very quickly,” he said. “It’s hard to imagine that it’s already December and the year’s almost...READ MORE

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Gaudi Exhibit in Vatican, Thomas More College, St. Nicholas, Immaculate Conception, and much more! (2343)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Vatican's Gaudi Exhibition Proves Popular. Click on the link by David Kerr to read more.

Vatican’s Gaudi Exhibition Proves Popular - David Kerr, Catholic News Agency

Where Theology Keeps Her Crown: Thomas More College - John Zmirak, Crisis Magazine

Pornography or Persons as Objects - Dr Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture/On the Culture

How to Beautify the Church - Keyser Soze, The New Springtime!

Abp Wenski on Conscience - Donald R McClarey, The American Catholic

St. Nicholas Punched This Heretic in the Face. . .Who was He? - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Sinterklaas; the Feast of St. Nicholas - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Did St. Thomas Deny the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception? - Fr R Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

Ancient Catholic University Removing...READ MORE

Filed under archbishop thomas wenski, arius, beauty, cardinal siri, catholic blogosphere, gaudi, immaculate conception, peter kreeft, st. nicholas, st. thomas aquinas

How Catholic Is Newt Gingrich's Immigration Position? (4355)

Catholic convert running for president displays stance on illegal aliens that is close to the bishops' view.

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Newt Gingrich speaks to reporters at the Union League Club in Manhattan Dec. 5, following a meeting with Donald Trump in New York City.

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WASHINGTON — Newt Gingrich, the GOP presidential candidate and recent Catholic convert, is experiencing a jump in support — despite his views on what is a hot-button issue among Republicans.

During a televised debate, Gingrich staked out a position on immigration reform that distinguished him from his fellow GOP candidates: He advocated legislation designed to keep “families together.”

Although Gingrich’s stance on immigration has drawn a firestorm of criticism from his Republican rivals, he is the only GOP candidate to put forward a position on immigration that in its basic approach affords parallels to that of the U.S. Catholic hierarchy.

“He’s someone we could work with on this...READ MORE

Filed under 2012 presidential race, immigration, newt gingrich, us catholic bishops

Archbishop Wenski Speaks Up for Catholic Conscience (4322)

'The president's promises are not being kept,' Miami archbishop says.

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MIAMI (EWTN News)—President Barack Obama has not kept his promises about conscience protections for abortion opponents, and those who trusted him to exclude abortion from the health-care bill seem to “have been played,” Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami said.

“His administration is running roughshod over conscience-protection provisions’ long part of the law that find their justification in the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of religion, a foundational human right,” the archbishop wrote in a Dec. 2 essay in the Miami Herald.

“It is one thing for an administration to support and promote an agenda; it is quite another to force those who disagree with it to violate their moral and...READ MORE

Filed under anti-catholic, archbishop wenski, conscience laws, obama administration

St. Nicholas Reveals the True Spirit of Giving (3513)

The Real Story of Santa Claus

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Like Santa Claus, St. Nicholas inspires generosity and joy at Christmas. Although he’s often eclipsed in America by his more commercial red-suited “descendant,” St. Nicholas also represents holiness of life, patience through suffering and courage to defend the faith.

Much of what’s known about this fourth-century bishop is legend, but his life continues to inspire Christians everywhere, who honor his virtue and celebrate his Dec. 6 feast day with customs from many cultures and follow his example of giving at Christmas.

It is believed that Nicholas was born in about the year 280 of wealthy Christian parents in Patara (now Demre, Turkey). He received an inheritance from them, which he gave...READ MORE

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Ad Targets Obama on Religious-Liberty Issues (7731)

Catholic Vote TV spot seeks to influence direction of Health and Human Services mandate.

12/06/2011 Comments (24)
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CatholicVote is rolling out a TV ad to help pressure President Obama to reconsider a healthcare mandate that would force religious employers to pay for contraceptives.

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CHICAGO — “Dear President Obama, can I ask you a question,” the young Catholic schoolgirl asks, staring resolutely into the camera. “Why are you trying to force my church or my school to pay for things that we don’t even believe in?”

That’s the start of the latest ad from CatholicVote.org, seeking to call attention to a range of actions by the Obama administration that impinge on the religious liberty of Catholic Americans. The 30-second spot will debut today on Good Morning America in Pittsburgh. It also will air on cable stations in southwest Florida.

Josh Mercer, director of communications for CatholicVote.org, says the ad was triggered primarily by an interim final rule issued by...READ MORE

Filed under 2012, abortion, barack obama, bishops, catholicvote, contraception, healthcare, religious freedom, timothy dolan, usccb

English Chant for The Immaculate Conception, Distributism in Eastern Europe, and much more! (2953)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/06/2011 Comment

English Chant for the Mass of The Immaculate Conception. Click on the link by Jeffrey A. Tucker to listen to beautiful music.

Our Heritage of Beauty - Brad Miner, The Catholic Thing

English Chant for Immaculate Conception - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Distributism in Eastern Europe- Dr Ovidiu Hurduzeu, The Distributist Review

Traditional Family Law: Connecting Marriage with Children - Helen Alvaré, Public Discourse

Pope Paul VI and the Smoke of Satan - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Faith, Reason, and Fantasy - Justin T.P. Quinn, Crisis Magazine

St. Francis Xavier’s Lament: The Harvest is Great. . . - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Forest Fires and Social Democracy - R R Reno, First Things/On the Square

The Risk of Being Heroes, Catholic Same-Sex Attraction Blogs - Anthony S. Layne,...READ MORE

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Newt Gingrich: 'Human Life Begins at Conception' (6823)

Presidential candidate said Dec. 2 that life starts at implantation. In new statement, he clarified his position, adding, 'Every unborn life is precious, no matter how conceived.'

12/05/2011 Comments (13)
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WASHINGTON(EWTN News/CNA)—After drawing criticism for suggesting that human life begins at implantation, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich reaffirmed his commitment to protecting human life from conception.

In a statement sent by the Gingrich campaign to EWTN News, the former speaker of the House reiterated his belief that “human life begins at conception” and that “every unborn life is precious, no matter how conceived.”

He vowed to support pro-life legislation aimed at the ultimate goal of legally protecting “all unborn human life.”

Gingrich, a Catholic convert, sparked controversy when he said during a Dec. 2 interview with Jake Tapper of ABC News that life begins at...READ MORE

Filed under conception, newt gingrich, pro-life

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