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New Study to Examine Low Rate of Latino Vocations in U.S. (1714)

01/06/2012 Comments (2)

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 (4242)

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! (6258)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

01/06/2012 Comment

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 (2217)

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 (3817)

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.

01/06/2012 Comment

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! (3114)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

01/06/2012 Comment

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

Vatican Releases 'Year of Faith' Guidelines (11419)

Evangelization by Catholics worldwide will be the focus of the 2012-2013 effort.

01/05/2012 Comments (5)

– Shutterstock

VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—The Vatican issued guidelines Jan. 5 for how the Church at all levels should celebrate the Year of Faith, which starts in October 2012.

A summary of the guideline document, which was produced by the Congregation for the Doctrine, was released on Jan. 5, but the full text will be published Saturday, Jan. 7.

The introduction to the guidelines explains that the Year of Faith is “intended to contribute to a renewed conversion to the Lord Jesus and to the rediscovery of faith, so that the members of the Church will be credible and joy-filled witnesses to the risen Lord, capable of leading those many people who are seeking it to the door of faith.”

The Year of...READ MORE

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Keeping the Faith Amid Suffering (4960)

One survivor of clergy sexual abuse reflects on her pilgrimage from despair to hope and a faith-filled meeting with the Pope.

01/05/2012 Comments (26)

Faith Hakesley Johnston

– Courtesy of the author

My life has been a test of faith and strength. Like countless other individuals who have survived the trauma of abuse, I have fought through hard times and found myself waging a battle that often seemed unwinnable. At age 15, while working as a secretary in a parish rectory, I endured months of sexual abuse at the hands of the now-laicized Father Kelvin Iguabita.

Nothing could ever fully express the suffering, anguish and betrayal a victim feels. Only someone who has experienced abuse can fully understand the powerful manipulation of an abuser.

I had been raised in a Catholic home where prayer and the sacraments were a part of everyday life. I had never really doubted my faith until the...READ MORE

Filed under catholic faith, catholicism, clergy sexual abuse, pope benedict xvi, redemptive suffering

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