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The John Paul II Generation Grows Up (5690)

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 (3597)

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! (2310)

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 (49976)

A Register series

04/26/2011 Comments (146)

– CNS photo

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 (6762)

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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Overcoming Kulturkampf, Crazy Marxists, Catholic Confederate, Church-State Divide, and much more! (3048)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/25/2011 Comments (1)

Sharing in the Spirituality and Life of the Carmelite Sisters - Sister Timothy Marie O.C.D., The Integrated Catholic Life™

Catholics Can Overcome America’s Kulturkampf - Bishop Thomas John Paprocki, Catholic Times

Speaking of Crazy Marxists and Randians - Mark P. Shea, Catholic and Enjoying It!

Does the Word Easter Have Pagan Origins? - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

What If Jesus Had Not Risen from the Dead? - Eric Sammons, The Divine Life

Jesus Goes Mainstream (Music) - Frank Weathers, Why I Am Catholic

Justice, Fairness and Taxation Part Four - David W. Cooney, The Distributist Review

Professor Edward A. Scott (1829-1898 A.D.): “Irish, Catholic, Confederate” - Pat McNamara,...READ MORE

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Why Catholic? (5120)

Finding out can enrich your faith.

04/25/2011 Comments (9)

A new member of the church shows her emotions as she and five others baptized and confirmed by Pope Benedict XVI carry the offertory gifts during the Easter Vigil Mass celebrated by the pontiff in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican April 23.

– CNS photo/ Paul Haring

One would think that Catholics, after nearly 2,000 years of practicing their faith, would know a thing or two about it. Unfortunately, a thing or two may be about it.

Last year, the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life surveyed a wide cross section of Americans on their general knowledge of religion. Responses were received from Catholics, Protestants, Jews, Mormons and even atheists and agnostics.

Out of 32 questions, Catholics (white and Hispanic combined) got an average of only 14.7 right. To add insult to injury, even the atheists outscored Catholics by six points.

Only a third of Catholics could name the four Gospels. Only 55% knew that the Catholic Church believes in the real...READ MORE

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Blessing Rite for Easter Food, People's Supermarket, St. Michael Prayer Brought Back, + more! (2408)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/25/2011 Comment

Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield is bringing back the Prayer of Saint Michael the Archangel to be said at the end of Mass in his diocese.

Easter Googling - Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Get Religion

Święcone: Blessing of Easter Food - Father Tim Finigan, The Hermeneutic of Continuity

The People’s Supermarket - Doctor Piers Hugill, The Distributist Review

Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois Authorizes Saint Michael Prayer after Masses - Father Daren J. Zehnle, Servant and Steward

Gregorian Chant versus Folk Music,  A parish in Toronto,  Fr. Z Rants - Father John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

God’s Supreme Work - Father James V. Schall S.J., InsideCatholic

Sola Scriptura: Preacher’s Authority - Anthony S. Layne, Outside the Asylum

How to Defend Life Without Using Cute Babies - Stacy Trasancos,...READ MORE

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