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Defending Religious Liberty and the Good (2304)

Dec. 4 issue editorial.

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Once upon a time, the U.S. bishops tackled important social issues like war and peace and economic injustice, rightly earning accolades for their prophetic witness. Now, according to an emerging narrative advanced in recent media coverage of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ 2011 fall meeting in Baltimore, the bishops have “turned inward.” Instead of making the needs of the poor a key priority, they have expended their energies with a defense of the free exercise of religion by Catholic universities, social agencies and hospitals.

On Nov. 14, readers of The Baltimore Sun learned that “Catholic leaders, had fail[ed] to put society’s main problems front and center,” according to a...READ MORE

Filed under america, bishops, faith, religious liberty, usccb

Memo Outlines Procedure Regarding Use of Pope's Signature on Vatican Documents (2076)

Documents signed by the Holy Father require 'careful review' to uphold integrity of papal teaching.

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—The release of all documents bearing the Pope’s signature must follow certain procedures to defend the integrity of papal teaching, says a new memo from the Vatican Secretariat of State to the cardinals and archbishops who head the Roman Curia’s congregations, tribunals, pontifical councils and offices.

Archbishop Angelo Maria Becciu, the present head of the secretariat’s First Section, said in the Nov. 4 memo that the circulation of unrevised or improperly released texts could harm the integrity of papal teaching.

When a document signed by the Pope is published, the document must be sent in printed form and with an electronic backup to the Secretariat of...READ MORE

Filed under papal teaching, pope's signature, vatican, vatican documents

Why Father Jenkins Was Chosen for Presidential Debate Commission (8443)

‘Gracious handling’ of Obama commencement speech controversy was not the reason, says former Clinton spokesman Mike McCurry.

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Holy Cross Father John Jenkins

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When Father John Jenkins was elected to the board of directors of the Commission on Presidential Debates, the University of Notre Dame president owed the honor to a speech he had delivered.

Entitled “Passionate Convictions and Respectful Conversations: Faith in a Pluralistic Society,” Father Jenkins’ remarks in April at Emory University attracted the notice of Mike McCurry, the former Clinton White House press secretary who serves as Democratic co-chairman of the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD). (His Republican counterpart is Frank Fahrenkopf, former head of the Republican National Committee.)

McCurry, a Methodist layman who studies theology at the Wesleyan Theological Seminary...READ MORE

Filed under 2012, barack obama, father john jenkins, presidential debates, university of notre dame

Carved Gospel Cover, Vainglory, Healing Denominationalism, Medievel Sword Fighting, and much more! (1939)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/29/2011 Comment

A Carved Gospel Book Cover. Click on the link by David Clayton to learn more.

Former Slave & Convert: Julia Greeley - Nissa LaPoint, Catholic News Agency

Vainglory: Seeking the Praise of Men - Dr. Edward Sri, Integrated Catholic Life™

Healing the Scandal of Denominationalism - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Should I Teach the Kids Medieval Sword Fighting? - David Werling, Ars Orandi

A Carved Gospel Book Cover By Andrew Gould & Jonathan Pageau - David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

Philosophy, the Handmaid of Judicial Review - Francis J. Beckwith, The Catholic Thing

The Man who Kept the Latin Mass Alive in England & Wales - Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

Flight (poem) - J. B. Toner, Dappled Things

CTS People’s Edition of the Roman Missal (“hand...READ MORE

Filed under catholic blogosphere, julia groves, new translation, philosophy, pride, steve jobs, vainglory

Presidential Hopefuls: Herman Cain (1939)

Embattled candidate has interesting ideas. How much longer will he be able to talk about them?

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Republican presidential candidate former CEO of Godfather's Pizza Herman Cain is introduced prior to a debate at Constitution Hall Nov. 22 in Washington.

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WASHINGTON — As his campaign is engulfed by new accusations of sexual misbehavior, Herman Cain, at least for the time being, continues his gaffe-riddled candidacy. Cain has managed to be confusing on many issues, from his private life to his stance on abortion.

The rumors of sexual misconduct swirling around Cain, who is reportedly reassessing his candidacy in the light of fresh allegations, have many asking questions about whether a candidate’s private life should be open to public scrutiny.

Some have argued that being put under a microscope can keep good people out of politics. But writing in Commentary, Jonathan Tobin says that such intrusions are justified.

“As brutal as this is...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, free-market policies, hermain cain

Look to Mary at Advent to 'Relive Christ's Coming' (2003)

Vatican cardinal reminds priests to follow the Blessed Mother's example of love and 'prayerful vigilance.'

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Catholic priests should ask the Virgin Mary for a heart able to “relive Christ’s coming” during Advent this year, Cardinal Mauro Piacenza said.

The cardinal, who serves as prefect for the Vatican’s Congregation for the Clergy, said in his Nov. 27 Advent message to priests that Mary lived “constantly in prayerful vigilance.”

“In vigilance, she received the announcement that changed the history of humanity. In vigilance, she kept and contemplated, more than any other, the Almighty who became her Son,” he said.

Cardinal Piacenza noted that Mary was also prayerfully vigilant as she became “filled with loving and grateful wonder” while giving birth “to the Light...READ MORE

Filed under advent, god's will, mary, priests, vocation

Kathleen Sebelius' Gruesome Moral Calculus (14706)

Health and Human Services policy may be furthering the exploitation of sex-trafficked women.

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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaks during a news conference on Nov. 14 in Washington.

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WASHINGTON — The Washington Post’s Jerry Markon recently reported that senior political appointees at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) had overruled the department’s professional staff and ended funding of the Catholic bishops’ program to aid victims of human trafficking.

This Thursday, Dec. 1, the House Committee on Government Oversight will follow up with hearings on HHS and the Catholic Church: Examining the Politicization of Grants. The committee’s chairman, Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has written HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius requesting internal documents dealing with the grant review process.

Markon’s editors at the Post — while publishing the...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, bishops, congress, contraception, health and human services, human trafficking, kathleen sebelius, migration and refugee services, planned parenthood, steven wagner

Seeking the Common Good, Crying Out for the Savior, The Way of Salvation, and much more! (1926)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/29/2011 Comment

Seeking the Common Good. Click on the link by John M. DeJak to learn more.

Seeking the Common Good - John M. DeJak, The Distributist Review

Crying Out For the Savior - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

The Way of Salvation - John Whitehead, Once I Was A Clever Boy

The Essence of Advent - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

The Guild System - Hilaire Belloc, The Distributist Review

Reflections on the New Translation - Jake Tawney, Roma locuta est

Praise for the New, Corrected Translation coming in - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, WDTPRS?

For Man, It is Impossible - Randall Smith, The Catholic Thing

First Mass With the New Missal: Vatican II Not Eradicated - D Mac, Creative Minority Report

Jesus and Losers? - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Steve Jobs:...READ MORE

Filed under advent, catholic blogosphere, common good, guild system, jesus, new translation, salvation, savior, steve jobs

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