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Phenomenologically Speaking (3639)

Studying philosophy isn’t seen as being a great preparation for the job market. A new academic journal at Franciscan University of Steubenville seeks to change that perception. Dec. 4 issue feature.

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With the high unemployment rate for new college graduates, it may not seem like the best time to launch a philosophy journal with a quaint Latin title and rarified references to Thomism, Neo-Platonism and phenomenology.

Yet Quaestiones Disputatae, the new journal at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, may represent just what some students need today to become competitive in a difficult job market, suggests editor Paul Symington.

After all, he points out, philosophy seeks answers to life’s most important questions and teaches a student to think in a disciplined, problem-solving manner. In a rapidly changing global market driven by technology and the latest innovation, the ability to...READ MORE

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Archdiocese of Washington's Initiative Focuses on the Gift of Christ (2087)

FindthePerfectGift.org focuses on the reason for the season.

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WASHINGTON (EWTN News) — A new campaign in Washington this Advent encourages holiday shoppers to remember the true meaning of Christmas and invite them to grow closer in a relationship with Christ.

Christmas “is the time in which the Christian community shares the greatest love story in the world: the story of God’s love for his people,” said Susan Timoney, assistant secretary of pastoral ministry and social concern for the archdiocese.

Timoney explained that a new website extends an invitation to enter into a relationship with Jesus during the Christmas season by participating in a community of prayer, service, learning and celebration.

The website, FindthePerfectGift.org, is part of a...READ MORE

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An American Goes to Dublin (3489)

Pope’s appointment of New York priest is an outside-the-box move. Msgr. Charles Brown, longtime official on Congregation for Doctrine of the Faith, is familiar with sex-abuse problem in Ireland.

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Archbishop-elect Charles Brown, the newly designated papal nuncio to Ireland.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI’s unusual nomination on Saturday, Nov. 26, of an American Curial official to be the new apostolic nuncio to Ireland has been widely applauded by Catholics in Rome and Ireland.

Msgr. Charles Brown, 52, a native of New York, has served at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith since 1994 and is thus a striking choice. Unlike most nuncios, he didn’t graduate from the Ecclesiastical Academy — the Holy See’s prestigious school for Vatican diplomats. Rather, his experience dealing with clergy abuse scandals at the CDF made him a strong candidate for the Dublin post.

Archbishop-elect Brown received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre...READ MORE

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Benedict XVI Tells New York Bishops to Speak Up for Truth (2982)

The Holy Father discussed secularization, the new Missal, efforts to combat abuse and other topics with the bishops during their ad limina visit.

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Pope Benedict XVI has told bishops of the United States not to be silenced by those who seek to muzzle Catholicism in public life.

“Despite attempts to still the Church’s voice in the public square, many people of good will continue to look to her for wisdom, insight and sound guidance,” Pope Benedict said in his address to 20 bishops of New York gathered in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace on Nov. 26. 

The Pope called upon them to “exercise the prophetic dimension of your episcopal ministry by speaking out, humbly yet insistently, in defense of moral truth, and offering a word of hope, capable of opening hearts and minds to the truth that sets us free.”


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Cardinal Burke Talks About Rome, the Mass, Canon Law and U.S. Culture (4680)

Midwestern cleric speaks candidly as he celebrates his first anniversary of elevation to the College of Cardinals.

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ROME (EWTN News/CNA) — Cardinal Raymond Burke, one of the Catholic Church’s top U.S.-born clerics, is marking the first anniversary of his November 2010 elevation to the College of Cardinals.

“Well, it’s been a very fast-moving year,” Cardinal Burke told EWTN News in his Roman apartment just yards from the Vatican, where he serves as head of the Church’s highest court.

“But it’s been a very good year, I’d have to say, and I’ve certainly come to understand more fully what it is to give this service to the Holy Father and hope that I am doing it better.”

The College of Cardinals consists of the men considered the Pope’s closest aides, giving counsel and assistance to the Holy Father when...READ MORE

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What Happens to Old Mass Books? (2170)

U.S. bishops outline proper disposal of old liturgical books and religious items as new Missal comes into use.

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After the switch to a new Mass translation, old liturgical books should be respectfully buried, either intact or after being burned, according to the U.S. bishops.

“Whether or not the Sacramentary has been blessed by an official rite, it is appropriate to treat it with care,” the bishops’ Secretariat for Divine Worship said in a recent response to several queries from U.S. Catholics. “Its disposal should be handled with respect.”

The bishops’ liturgy office recommends “burying the Sacramentary in an appropriate location on church grounds or perhaps in a parish cemetery” after the switch to a new liturgical translation, which took effect on Nov. 27.

“Some have even suggested following a...READ MORE

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New Translation Success, Of New Things, Hunger for Beauty, Deer Season, and much more! (2474)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Spectacular Success of the New Missal Translation. Click on the link by Jeffrey A. Tucker to read more.

The Spectacular Success of the New Missal Translation - Jeffrey A. Tucker, Chant Café

Of New Things - Robert Royal, The Catholic Thing

Recommended: Fairbairn’s Guide for Beginning Greek & Latin Students - Dr. Ed Peters, In the Light of the Law

Hunger for Beauty - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Call-to-Action: “Apparition Of Martin Luther Worthy Of Belief” - LarryD, The American Catholic

What if the Priest Misspeaks the Words of Consecration? - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

Outdated Liturgical Books Need Proper Disposal - Catholic News Agency/EWTN News

Deer Season Half Century Ago, How Society Changed Since Then - Dr. Paul Kengor, Catholic Lane


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Will U.S. Religious Freedom Commission Continue? (1650)

Congress votes to keep commission through Dec. 16. But what about after that?

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WASHINGTON (CNA) — A federal commission that advocates for religious freedom around the world has been given a four-week reprieve from closing its doors on Nov. 18.

Funding for the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom was included in a “minibus” spending bill to fund the federal government through Dec. 16, amid continuing budget-reducing negotiations.

The bill was approved by the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on Nov. 17 and signed into law the next day by President Barack Obama.

Originally set to expire at the end of September, funding for the commission had already been extended through Nov. 18. At that date, the commission would have come to an end if Congress...READ MORE

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