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‘Deep Down, I Knew There Was 1 Truth’ (7416)

Bryan Kemper: Why I'm returning to the Catholic Church

04/27/2011 Comments (41)

My first real introduction to the Catholic Church as an adult came with my entrance to full-time pro-life work. While I had been baptized as a Catholic as a child, it was only done for the sake of my great-grandmother and meant nothing to my family. 

In 1993 I joined Missionaries to the Pre-Born in California, a ministry of Operation Rescue. My first day in the office I was shocked to find three of the five other people there were Catholic. I actually spent my first few days trying to explain to the Catholics why they were in danger of going to hell and could not possibly be Christians. 

The problem I had was that what I had been told about Catholicism was simply not true; it was...READ MORE

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Mystics of the Church, 7 Habits of Saints, The Ordinariate News, Pope Encourages Latin, and more! (3348)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/26/2011 Comments (1)

The Sacred Heart of Jesus.

The 7 Habits of People Who Place Radical Trust in God - Jennifer Fulwiler, Conversion Diary

Nellie Organ: Little Nellie of Holy God - Mystics of the Church

The Holy Spirit is at Work in the Ordinariate - William Johnstone, Catholic Herald

Book of Acts: Part II, Acts of Jesus and Acts of the Apostles - Michael Barber, The Sacred Page

A Review of Ethics and the National Economy - Doctor Peter Chojnowski, The Distributist Review

The Pope Renews his Encouragement for Spoken Latin - Patrick Owens, Cowboys-Philosopher-And-Poets

The Future of Catholic Schools - DarwinCatholic, The American Catholic

The Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus - Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

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Anti-Catholic Row, Defending JP2's Beatification, Civilization Killers, Vocations Boom, + more! (3186)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/26/2011 Comment

The impending marriage of the UK's Prince William and Kate brings into focus that nation's anti-Catholic legislation, called the Act of Settlement, barring Catholics from ever sitting on the throne.

Coming to Know the Resurrected Jesus Christ - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Easter Sermon, 1876 A.D.: Father Algernon Al. Brown, C.S.P. (1848-1878 A.D.) - Pat McNamara, In Ages Past

Did Lambeth or Buckingham Palace Stop Reform of The Act of Settlement? - Damian Thompson, Telegraph

Same-Sex Attraction: Science and Philosophy - Philip Sutton, MercatorNet

Herod’s Temple in the Gospels: Scriptural Events - Stacy Trasancos, Accepting Abundance

Sola Scriptura Problems: Material Sufficiency of Scripture - Anthony S. Layne, Outside the Asylum

A John Paul II Beatification Catechism: Responding to the Skeptics & Critics - George Weigel

Civilization Killers: The Decline of Three Basic...READ MORE

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The John Paul II Generation Grows Up (5684)

A Register series on the beatification of Pope John Paul II

04/26/2011 Comments (11)

Twelve years ago, when Pope John Paul II lit up an arena packed with cheering throngs of teens and 20-somethings in downtown St. Louis, I was working a few blocks away as the youngest member of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial board. My colleagues, most of whom were Baby Boomers and self-professed secular humanists, were stumped by the Pope’s popularity. Why, they asked me, were young Catholics stampeding to see this frail, palsied pope who sermonized about sexual purity and self-sacrifice? Isn’t youth the time to rebel against religious authority? What’s with young people today, anyway?

Many Baby Boomer Catholics had been asking similar questions since 1993, when hundreds of...READ MORE

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Philadelphia and the Dallas Charter (3596)

Are Church authorities unfairly lumping priests who simply patted a knee with those accused of serious allegations?

04/26/2011 Comments (9)
CNS photo/Tim Shaffer, Reuters

Msgr. William Lynn walks away from courthouse after a hearing in Philadelphia March 14. Msgr. Lynn, 60, former secretary of the clergy for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, has been charged for allegedly failing to protect children from two of alleged abusers of clergy sex abuse.

– CNS photo/Tim Shaffer, Reuters

PHILADELPHIA — The clergy abuse scandal that recently erupted in Philadelphia is fueling scrutiny of the U.S. bishops’ extensive, multimillion-dollar effort to secure compliance with the Dallas Charter and related guidelines for abuse prevention and reporting.

The unprecedented mass suspension also raised concerns about the rights of priests previously cleared of abuse allegations, and others tainted by so-called “boundary violations” that pose no clear or actionable threat to the public.

Cardinal Justin Rigali suspended 21 priests of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia March 8, following a grand jury report that indicted an archdiocesan official with endangering the welfare of minors and...READ MORE

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The New Catholic Subculture, Herod's Temple, The Origins of the Easter Egg, and much more! (2306)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/26/2011 Comment

The New (2011) Roman Missal, coming this Advent!

Tending the New Catholic Subculture - Russell Shaw, InsideCatholic

New Translation of the Roman Missal: The Greeting - Jake Tawney, Roma locuta est

Spiritual Direction is Not a “Just Me & Jesus” Effort - Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Herod’s Temple in the Gospels: Construction of the Temple - Stacy Trasancos, Accepting Abundance

First Communion Denied Child with Cerebral Palsy - Father John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

The Homeschool and the Church School Should be Friends - Matt Bowman, Catholic Vote

Sola Scriptura Problems: Authority over the Bible - Anthony S. Layne, Outside the Asylum

Origins of the Easter Egg: The Resurrection, Saint Mary Magdalene, &...READ MORE

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Newt Gingrich: Why I Became Catholic (49947)

A Register series

04/26/2011 Comments (146)

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I am often asked when I chose to become Catholic. However, it is more truthful to say that over the course of several years I gradually became Catholic and then decided one day to accept the faith I had already come to embrace.
My wife, Callista, is a lifelong Catholic and has been a member of the choir of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., for 15 years. Although I was Southern Baptist, I had attended Mass with Callista every Sunday at the basilica to watch her sing with the choir.

I accompanied Callista to Rome in 2005, when the choir was invited to sing at St. Peter’s Basilica. While there, I had the opportunity to talk at length...READ MORE

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Why Not All Priests Should Be Treated Equally (6757)

One psychologist who has worked with both victims and abusers sees problems with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s new policies. Reaction to a scathing grand jury report.

04/25/2011 Comments (39)
CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec

Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia placed 21 priests on administrative leave from their clerical assignments March 7 as the Philadelphia Archdiocese continues to investigate allegations of clerical sexual abuse. Cardinal Rigali is pictured during the Vigil for Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington earlier this year.

– CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec

PHILADELPHIA — Cardinal Justin Rigali ordered the suspension of 26 priests following a grand jury report that criticized the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for allowing priests with “credible” allegations of abuse to remain in active ministry.

Peter Kleponis and Dr. Richard Fitzgibbons, mental-health experts with extensive clinical experience in the evaluation of priests “rightly” and “falsely” accused of sexual abuse, protested the mass suspension.

Kleponis holds a Ph.D. in psychology and has extensive experience with both victims and perpetrators of clergy sex abuse. He outlined his and Fitzgibbons’ concerns with Joan Frawley Desmond, senior editor of the Register.

The Archdiocese of...READ MORE

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