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Pope Francis to Lead Global Holy Hour (17482)

The period of Eucharistic adoration takes place to mark the Solemnity of Corpus Christi June 2.

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Archbishop RIno Fisichella displays plans for the global Holy Hour June 2.

– Edward Pentin

VATICAN CITY — For the first time in the Church’s history, Catholics worldwide will be simultaneously participating in an hour of Eucharistic adoration on Sunday, led by Pope Francis.

The Holy Hour, to be broadcast from St. Peter’s Basilica on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, will take place on June 2 from 5-6pm local time. Its theme, “One Lord, One Faith,” was chosen to testify to the deep unity that characterizes it, the Vatican says.

Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, told reporters May 28 that there had been an “incredible response” to the initiative, “going beyond the cathedrals and involving episcopal...READ MORE

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Into the Boy Scout Controversy; Living Together Before Marriage, Why I'm Waiting and Much More! (3751)

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A Few Days into the Boy Scout Policy Controversy. Follow the link by Dr. Edward Peters to read more.

A Few Days into the Boy Scout Policy Controversy by Dr. Edward Peters - BigPulpit.com

Living Together Before Marriage, Why I’m Waiting – Patrick Padley, A Couple of Catholics

How To Do Good on the Internet - Sherry Antonetti, Catholic Stand

Should We Bring Back Young Marriage? – Leslie Fain, The Catholic World Report

Like Most of America, Catholics Heading South – Paul Zummo, The American Catholic

Holiness Now - Fr. Ed Broom, Catholic Exchange

Graces Given by God – Fr. John Bartunek LC, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Real Men Grow and Pick Lilies – David Clayton, The Way of Beauty

Notes about Polyphony at the Colloquium – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café


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Bishop Barber: First Jesuit Appointed Bishop by a Jesuit Pope (6172)

At his installation Mass, the former Navy chaplain and seminary spiritual director pledges ‘to do for Oakland what Pope Francis is doing for the whole Church.’

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Bishop Michael Barber of Oakland, Calif.

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OAKLAND, Calif.  — Bishop Michael Barber scanned the packed congregation at Oakland’s modern Cathedral of Christ the Light on May 25, and he then issued his pledge to his new flock: “I would like to do for Oakland what Pope Francis is doing for the whole Church.”

“My vision is this: The priests take care of the people,” added the newly installed shepherd of the Diocese of Oakland, Calif. “The bishop takes care of the priests. And we all take care of the poor, the sick and the suffering.”

Bishop Barber is the first Jesuit to be appointed a U.S. bishop by Pope Francis, who is also a member of the Society of Jesus.

Over the past decade, the bishop served as the spiritual director for...READ MORE

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Medieval Christians Were the First to Pursue Knowledge for God’s Glory (3515)

COMMENTARY: A Register Series on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit

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As we noted last time, Jesus teaches us that when you seek first the Kingdom of heaven, all sorts of earthly goods are added to you, as well. A classic case in point is the birth of science, due to the Church’s pursuit of the gift of knowledge to the glory of God.

Most ancients had no confidence that nature made sense. Sumerians, for instance, believed the gods were chaotic, so there was no point in trying to figure out the chaos of nature. For the Romans, nature was a thing to be occasionally exploited, but they undertook no sustained program of trying to analyze it. In pagan antiquity, science, as such, did not exist.

There were, to be sure, all sorts of attempts to make connections...READ MORE

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Massachusetts ‘Transgender’ School Policy Criticized (6900)

State guidelines place the wishes of students who identify as ‘transgender’ ahead of parents and other students regarding issues such as use of bathrooms.

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BOSTON — Young grade-school girls in Massachusetts may feel uncomfortable if a boy wants to use their locker room and restrooms in school.

But if that boy identifies as a girl — regardless of his actual biological gender — then girls will just have to deal with it, according to guidelines published earlier this year by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

“This discomfort is not a reason to deny access to the transgender student,” the guidelines say, adding that school administrators and counseling staff should address the students’ discomfort and “foster understanding of gender identity.”

If a boy or girl — no matter his or her age — says he or she...READ MORE

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Dignity of Man Central to ‘Rethinking Solidarity,’ Says Pope (2765)

The Holy Father urged the restoration of solidarity as a ‘social value,’ noting that much of the business and economic world does not hold it in high esteem.

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Pope Francis rides through St. Peter's Square after Mass on April 28.

– Stephen Driscoll/CNA

VATICAN CITY — Speaking to an international group dedicated to promoting education on the Church’s social teaching, Pope Francis called for a new economic view that places the human person at the center.

“We must return to the centrality of man, to a more ethical view of business and human relations, without the fear of losing something,” the Pope said on May 25.

Pope Francis addressed members of the Fondazione Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice (The Foundation Centesimus Annus — Pro Pontiff) at the end of their three-day conference at the Vatican. Founded by Blessed Pope John Paul II in 1993, the organization is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

The Holy Father greeted the...READ MORE

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Human Dignity, Church Teaching Emphasized Amid Boy Scouts’ Decision (3975)

Some Catholic groups have stated that they will continue to sponsor scouting groups, while other dioceses will reserve judgment until after the January implementation.

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Boy Scouts of America salute the flag during the 2010 National Scout Jamboree on Fort AP Hill, Va.

– DoD photo by Cherie Cullen

WASHINGTON — Responding to the Boy Scouts’ decision to allow openly homosexual members, U.S. Catholic scouting groups called for loving respect towards all people, while reiterating the need to proclaim Church teaching on sexuality.

“The Catholic Church teaches that people who experience a homosexual inclination or a same-sex attraction are to be treated with respect, recognizing the dignity of all persons,” said the National Catholic Committee on Scouting in a May 23 statement.

“The Church’s teaching is clear that engaging in sexual activity outside of marriage is immoral,” the organization continued. “Individuals who are open and avowed homosexuals, promoting and engaging in...READ MORE

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Don’t Create Sacrament of ‘Pastoral Customs,’ Pope Preaches (15575)

The Pope reminds Christians to open the door to the ‘holy people of God, a simple people, who want to get closer to Jesus.’

05/28/2013 Comments (36)


VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis warned that some Christians establish the eighth sacrament “of pastoral customs” when they insist on protocol instead of seeking to meet spiritual needs.

He made his remarks during his May 25 homily on the Gospel reading from Mark 10 in which the disciples rebuked people who were bringing children to Jesus.

“I remember once, coming out of the city of Salta, on the patronal feast, there was a humble lady who asked for a priest’s blessing,” Pope Francis recalled in the chapel of St. Martha’s House.

“The priest said, ‘All right, but you were at the Mass’ and explained the whole theology of blessing in the Church. 'You did well.'

‘Ah, thank you father; yes...READ MORE

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