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Realism Needed to Save School System, Philadelphia Archbishop Says (2601)

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Archbishop Charles Chaput speaks at press conference in Philadelphia Jan. 6.

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Philadelphia, Pa. — Catholic schools must move forward with hope and realism, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput said as his education commission announced school mergers and closings in a Jan. 6 report.

“We need to honor the great history of Catholic education in our archdiocese. But we must not be constrained by it,” the archbishop said in a letter to the Blue Ribbon Commission. “Nostalgia for the past is a bad foundation if we want to think clearly and build creatively for the future.”

He praised the authors of the “Faith in the Future” report for their “courage in facing the hard financial realities burdening many of our schools,” nearly 50 of which may be closed or merged.


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Pope Hails Epiphany's Wise Men as Model at Ordination of Nuncios (2229)

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Archbishops Charles Brown and Marek Solczynski lay prostrate before Pope Benedict XVI at their episcopal ordinations in St. Peter's Basilica.

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Vatican City — As he ordained new apostolic nuncios for Ireland, and Georgia and Armenia on the Jan. 6 feast of Epiphany, Pope Benedict XVI spoke of the “wise men” who sought Christ, as a model for bishops today.

“It mattered little what this or that person, what even influential and clever people thought and said about them,” the Pope said of the Magi who journeyed from the East in search of the Messiah. He noted that their role in the Gospels gave “indications concerning the task of bishops” in the Church.

The feast day was the beginning of episcopal ministry for two new archbishops who will represent the Pope in foreign countries: Archbishop Charles Brown, apostolic nuncio for Ireland;...READ MORE

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New Study to Examine Low Rate of Latino Vocations in U.S. (1712)

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Mary Gautier, Father Shawn McKnight

Washington D.C. — The U.S. bishops commissioned a study of Catholic youth in America to determine traits that may be causing Hispanics to be underrepresented in priestly and religious vocations.

Researcher Mary Gautier said the study will help show “if there are impediments to consideration of a vocation among Latinos, such as language or cultural roadblocks.”

“This will be helpful for bishops and vocation directors as they work on vocations-related materials and approaches,” she told CNA on Jan. 3.

Gautier is a senior research associate at Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, which has been commissioned by the U.S. bishops’ conference’s office of...READ MORE

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Americans Get Attention, but Most New Cardinals Are European (4233)

Cardinal Egan Calls It ‘New York Day’ in Rome, with Red Hats for Archbishops Dolan and O’Brien — and a New York-born priest ordained bishop by Pope Benedict.

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Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan of New York.

– EWTN News

VATICAN CITY — “Today is really ‘New York Day’ in Rome,” said Cardinal Edward Egan. “I suppose you could call it a triple-header.”

The archbishop emeritus of New York was responding to news that Pope Benedict XVI today had named two American archbishops as cardinals, both with close links to the archdiocese: Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York and Bronx, N.Y.-born Archbishop Edwin O’Brien, pro-grand master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem and former archbishop of, most recently, Baltimore and the Archdiocese for the Military Services.

They were among 22 prelates and leading clergymen who will be elevated to the College of Cardinals at a consistory in Rome on...READ MORE

Filed under bishops, cardinals, charles brown, conclaves, consistories, curia, edwin o'brien, evangelization, ireland, pope benedict xvi

How and Why to Smoke a Pipe, Parish Revitalizes Small Town, Why Do We Blog, and much more! (6215)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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How (And Why) To Smoke a Pipe. Click on the link by Marc Barnes to learn more.

Catholic Parish Plays Big Part in Small Town’s Revitalization Project - California Catholic Daily

How (And Why) To Smoke a Pipe - Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

Why Do We Blog? - The Guild of Blessed Titus Brandsma

Wherein We Discuss Art - Nathaniel Gotcher, Ignitum Today

A Short Meditation on Mystery - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

5 Ways the Incarnation Moved Us Toward the Goodness of God - Saint Peter’s List

Solemn Mass in Prestigious Parisian Basilica of St. Clotilde - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Jim Crow and the Protestant Bible - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Mostar Bishop Blasts Journos for “6 Untruths” about Medjugorje - Mostar Diocese


Filed under big government, blogging, catholic blogosphere, incarnation, medjugorje, mystery, pipe smoking, religious liberty, rick santorum

Cardinal O'Malley Reflects on a Decade of Shattered Faith and Continuing Hope (2211)

Cardinal, survivors, and priests mark the 10th anniversary of the clergy abuse crisis.

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– Wikipedia

BOSTON — Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston issued a pastoral letter this week, marking the 10th anniversary of the clergy abuse crisis, ignited by The Boston Globe’s groundbreaking story published on Jan. 6, 2002.

But while the cardinal’s letter summarized the Church’s policies and accomplishments in the wake of the crisis, its sorrowful tone underscored the deep and lingering impact of a once hidden pattern of abuse and neglect.

The Jan. 4 letter acknowledged the wounds of the survivors, expressed contrition for past crimes perpetrated by priests, and vowed to maintain policies designed to protect the innocent from future abuse.

In his letter, the cardinal referenced a passage in Pope...READ MORE

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Composer Kevin Kaska Glorifies God With Music (3801)

The multi-talented composer wrote the score for The War of the Vendee, a film that depicts the Catholic answer to the Reign of Terror in 18th-century France.

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Kevin Kaska conducts the orchestra performing his score for 'The War of the Vendee.'

– Navis Pictures

Nearly lost to history, an epic story of Catholic courage and religious freedom comes to DVD next month in the film The War of the Vendee.

Produced by Navis Pictures of Danbury, Conn., The War of the Vendee boasts a cast of more than 250 young actors whose ages range from 2 months to 21 years. Known for pioneering a new genre of “children’s cinema,” Navis has produced other films with all-child casts, including St. Bernadette of Lourdes, which aired on EWTN last May.

Navis’ latest film unveils the true story of a small band of French peasants, nobles and priests in the Vendee region of western France. In 1793, after suffering years of religious persecution by the architects of the French...READ MORE

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Rick Santorum, The Truth About Falsely Accused Priests, 3 Inexpensive Faithful Colleges, and more! (3112)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Bill O’Reilly, Rick Santorum and Artificial Contraception. Click on the link by Ben to read more.

Bill O’Reilly, Rick Santorum & Artificial Contraception - Ben, Two Catholic Men & a Blog

The Truth About Falsely Accused Priests - CWR Staff, Catholic World Report

3 Faithful Catholic Colleges Ranked in Top 10 for Lowest Sticker Price - Cardinal Newman Society/Campus Notes

Santorum: The Galvanizing Candidate - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Let’s Get Real - Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

Modernist Catholic at “Faith in Public Life” Fires Salvos at Santorum - Th. Peters, Catholic Vote/American Papist

Catholic Music: A State of Confusion? - Devin Rose, St. Joseph’s Vanguard

The Ancient Origins of the Nativity Scene, Part 1 - Gregory DiPippo, New Liturgical Movement


Filed under bill o'reilly, catholic blogosphere, christendom college, contraception, franciscan university of steubenville, michael voris, pope paul vi, realcatholictv, rick santorum, thomas aquinas college

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