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Irish Continue to Struggle Over Abuse Fallout as Nuncio Takes Up Post (4404)

Newly ordained U.S. Archbishop Brown heads to what one Irish writer describes as the 'most anti-Catholic country in Europe.'

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Cardinal Sean Brady, Primate of all Ireland, speaks with newly ordained Archbishop Charles Brown, Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland, after the archbishop was ordained by Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Basilica.

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DUBLIN — As Archbishop Charles Brown takes up his new post of papal nuncio to Ireland, he will face what some see as unprecedented difficulties for the Church in Ireland.

After the publication of a series of reports outlining gruesome cases of sexual abuse by priests in Ireland over recent decades, coupled with a falloff in Church attendance, and less quantifiably, a perceptible decline in religious belief and practice, it’s little wonder that Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin predicted that his archdiocese faced its toughest challenge “since Catholic Emancipation,” the 1829 changes to British law that removed many of the discriminatory provisions against Catholics in the United...READ MORE

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True Education Brings Hope (2024)

Jan. 15 issue editorial

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On the first day of 2012, Pope Benedict XVI marked the 45th World Day of Peace by urging the faithful and all educators to instill in the young “a profound sense of justice with respect for their neighbor.”

Media outlets covered elements of his address, but few stories did justice to his rich, holistic vision — perhaps because he stressed the need to match youthful dreams for a better world with an adherence to Christian faith and moral absolutes.

After a year in which the now stymied “Occupy Wall Street” movement expressed an inchoate anger of the 99% with the privileges of the 1%, the Pope reminds us that passion alone cannot change the world.

Moreover, this shepherd’s articulation of...READ MORE

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Massachusetts Conservatives and Former Vatican Ambassadors Get Behind Romney (3498)

Two letters, issued as primary season gets under way, seek to dispel fears that the former Massachusetts governor cannot be trusted on social issues.

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Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum presents a challenge to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for the votes of pro-life conservatives. But two letters by prominent conservatives and pro-lifers and former U.S. ambassadors to the Holy See get behind Romney. The candidates are shown during the NBC News Facebook Debate on Jan. 8.

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As the GOP primary heats up and Mitt Romney faces more challenges about his true stand on issues important to social conservatives, a group of prominent pro-family leaders in Massachusetts has issued an open letter to “conservative friends” defending the former Massachusetts governor against what they regard as unfair charges against his pro-life bona fides.

In a related development, five former U.S. ambassadors to the Vatican have sine endorsed of Romney in a statement issued Jan. 7.

Social issues are likely to become more central to the campaign as Romney faces a stiff challenge from former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who is viewed as a hero by the pro-life movement, both for his...READ MORE

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Christians Are 'Born Again by God's Love Through Baptism' (2160)

Pope baptizes 16 infants in the Sistine Chapel on feast of the Baptism of Our Lord and reminds parents and godparents of the need for their faith witness.

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Pope Benedict XVI used his Sunday Angelus address to remind Christians of the joy of being “children of God,” courtesy of baptism.

“God is the origin of the existence of every creature and the Father in a unique way of every human being: He has a unique, personal relationship with him or her,” said the Pope from the window of his Apostolic Palace overlooking St. Peter’s Square Jan. 8.

Earlier in the morning the Pope had baptized 16 newborn infants in the Sistine Chapel to mark the feast of the Baptism of Our Lord.

Reflecting upon that event, he observed that being a child is “the fundamental condition that binds us together,” for while “not all of us are...READ MORE

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NFL Player-Turned-Scout Finds Strength in Christ (6447)

Former Steelers tight end uses faith to balance family and football.

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Mark Bruener, then of the Houston Texans, looks on the field during a 2004 game against the San Diego Chargers.

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While college football fans have been cheering for their respective teams at bowl games around the country, Mark Bruener has been on the lookout for the right players. And he certainly knows what to watch for.

Bruener has done nearly everything that can be done in the game of football. He was part of a National Championship team at the University of Washington in 1991 and was later a first-round draft pick for the Pittsburgh Steelers. In a league where the average playing career lasts three-and-a-half years, Bruener’s spanned 14, and included four AFC Central Division titles and a trip to the Super Bowl.

While Bruener maintains an enthusiasm for football today as a scout for the Steelers,...READ MORE

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What Church Father Are You, Lessons from a Tribunal, Courageous Episcopal Leadership, and much more! (3791)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

01/09/2012 Comment

Which Church Father Are You? Click on the link by Brent Stubbs to find out.

Which Church Father Are You? - Brent Stubbs, Almost Not Catholic

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

Catholics vs. Protestants: Original Sin, Concupiscence. . . - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Lessons from a Tribunal - Bonnie Engstrom, Ignitum Today

The Courageous Leadership of Abp. Nienstedt & Bp. Campbell of Lancaster - Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

Homosexual Lobby Group Linked with Pro-Pedophile Groups - Austin Ruse, Life Site News

You Can’t Go Wrong with Navarre - Rich, Over the Rhine and Into the Tiber

Faith, Hope & Charity in The Lord of the Rings - David Rozema, Dappled Things

Man has been Religious Since Australopithecus...READ MORE

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Find Epiphany Peace (2243)

User's Guide to Sunday, Jan. 8.

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– Wikipedia

Sunday, Jan. 8, is Epiphany Sunday in the United States. The Baptism of the Lord, a solemnity, will be celebrated on Monday, Jan. 9.


Pope Benedict XVI, along with most of the Church worldwide, will celebrate the Epiphany of the Lord on Jan. 6, a Friday. The Pope will celebrate the feast of the Baptism of the Lord on Sunday, Jan. 8.

Each year on the Baptism of the Lord Sunday, Pope Benedict baptizes children in the Sistine Chapel.

Epiphany Practices

The Vatican’s Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy offers a helpful compendium of popular pious practices for many feasts, including Epiphany.

1. For Mass, it recommends “the solemn proclamation of Easter and the principal dominical...READ MORE

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The Reality of Research (3020)

Why the Church is right about stem-cell research. Jan. 1 issue column.

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Ever since the first human embryonic stem-cell lines were established in 1998, the Catholic Church has maintained that this type of research was ethically unacceptable. The fact that such research requires the creation and subsequent destruction of human life makes it a non-starter for the Church, which has continually upheld and defended the sanctity and value of human life in all its forms. Unfortunately, the Church’s opposition to this research has exposed it to harsh criticism from those who would paint the Church as an institution bent on holding back the tide of scientific progress.

Yet, if one were to stack up all the clinical studies demonstrating either the safety or possible...READ MORE

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