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Saturday Book Pick: Father Barron’s Tour de Force of the Catholic World

12/24/2011 Comments (5)

G. K. Chesterton once defined the Catholic Church as “the one supremely inspiring and irritating institution in the world.”

This book, along with the PBS and EWTN series from whose scripts the book was developed, will both inspire and irritate many people. It will inspire those open to the notion of the Church as being both human and divine, but will irritate those who, even as they profess themselves Catholic, speak as though the Church is only human.

However, I think it might also, at times, annoy more traditional Catholics (and inspire more “progressive” ones) because of his discussions of such Catholic figures as Peter Maurin, Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton.

Father Barron’s book is...READ MORE

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Jesus Christ Our Savior (3384)

Who is Christ? Part 1 of a Register series.

12/24/2011 Comments (1)

Lorenzo Lotto’s Nativity (1523)

– Wikipedia

“For in the mystery of the Word made flesh, a new light of glory has shown upon the eyes of our mind, so that as we recognize in him God made visible, we may be caught up through him in love of things invisible”  (Christmas Preface, 1). 

The Incarnation is shrouded in mystery for us. It is a decision on the part of God to manifest his love which we can never completely understand. When theologians like Thomas Aquinas write about it, they speak of its fittingness. To say that something is fitting means that there is more good in this choice on the part of God than in any other one we can think of. What is this choice?

To answer that question it is interesting to see how debased the...READ MORE

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Christmas and Pagan Romans, English Propers for Christmas, Battle of the Bulge, and much more! (3301)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/23/2011 Comment

Christmas, Pagan Romans, & Frodo Baggins. Click on the link by Fr. Dwight Longenecker to read more.

Christmas, Pagan Romans, & Frodo Baggins - Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Crisis Magazine

English Propers for the Mass for Christmas Day - Jeffrey A. Tucker, New Liturgical Movement

‘I Can See God is Working Through This’ - Ed West, Catholic Herald

A Quick, Delicious, and Simple Christmas Gift - Kayla Peterson, Ignitum Today

Christmas 1944: Battle of the Bulge - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

8 Frequently Asked Questions for making a Daily Examen - Deacon Mike Bickerstaff, Integrated Catholic Life™

Former Episcopal Bp. Jeffrey Steenson to be Named the 1st U.S. Ordinary - Mary Ann Mueller, VirtueOnline

The God-Haunted Atheism of Christopher Hitchens - Francis J. Beckwith, The...READ MORE

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Presidential Hopefuls: Rick Santorum (6558)

Pennsylvania’s former senator and lifelong Catholic has been solidly pro-life in both his personal and public life.

12/23/2011 Comments (25)

All GOP presidential hopefuls are in the pro-life camp, but Rick Santorum is routinely hailed by pro-lifers as “a hero.”

As a member of the U.S. Senate from 1995 until 2007, Santorum was the prime author and champion of key pro-life bills, including the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, a ban on
partial-birth abortion, and the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, which makes it a separate crime if an unborn child is harmed or killed during the commission of a stipulated list of federal crimes.

Santorum not only has signed the Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life Presidential Pledge, but he has helped raise money for that organization, too.

Santorum believes that abortion is never justified,...READ MORE

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US Anglican Ordinariate Bishop Named?, Claude Newman, Baby Jesus, Asia Bibi, and much more! (2807)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/23/2011 Comment

New U.S. Anglican Ordinariate Bishop: Fr. Jeffrey Steenson? Click on the link by A Reluctant Sinner to learn more.

New U.S. Anglican Ordinariate Bishop: Fr. Jeffrey Steenson? - A Reluctant Sinner

Miraculous Story of Claude Newman, Conversion thru Mary - Mystics of the Church

Messianic Prophecies: Isaiah 11:1-5 - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Carrying Baby Jesus into Christmas Mass - Elizabeth Hillgrove, Ignitum Today

How Population Control Endangers National Security - Tom McFeely, LifeSiteNews.com

We Remain Silent while Christians are being Persecuted? - Fraser Nelson, Telegraph

“Asia Bibi at Risk of becoming Mentally Ill” - La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Modesty and Mantillas - Kleine_Katerine, Five Feet Above Sea Level

Awkward Science Problems - Anthony S. Layne, Outside the Asylum


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Pope Benedict's State of the Church Address (2756)

Pope addresses economic crisis and need for renewal of faith. He also expresses more Christmas greetings amid recaps of pivotal 2011 events in the Church, highlighting World Youth Day specifically as 'New Evangelization put into practice.'

12/22/2011 Comments (7)

– Wikipedia

VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—A renewal of the faith is the only basis for true Church reform, Pope Benedict XVI told members of the Roman Curia in his pre-Christmas “State of the Church” address on Dec. 22.

Along with his Christmas greetings, the Pope offered the Curia his thoughts on the year’s events and the demands of the future.

In this year’s speech, the Pope said that the proclamation of the Gospel to the modern world would be the “key theme” of the coming years. The full text of the speech follows:

Brother bishops and priests,
Dear brothers and sisters,

The occasion that brings us together today is always particularly moving. The holy feast of Christmas is almost upon us, and it...READ MORE

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Military Chaplains Get 'Religious Exemption,' but Does It Do the Job? (2961)

Critics assert that the language in the 2012 military-spending bill won’t protect clergy.

12/22/2011 Comments (2)
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U.S. Army Chaplain CPT. Loren Aderhold prays over a wounded American soldier at the military hospital on March 22, 2010 at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.

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WASHINGTON — Before the end of the year, President Obama is expected to sign a defense-spending bill that provides a religious exemption for military chaplains who refuse to officiate at same-sex “marriages.”

But critics argue that the additional protection is inadequate.

Passed by Congress last week, the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 1540) included a provision stating: “A military chaplain who, as a matter of conscience or moral principle, does not wish to perform a marriage may not be required to do so.”

Republicans failed to secure the House’s proposed language, designed to provide a more robust exemption for an estimated 3,000 chaplains and block any backdoor...READ MORE

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U.S. Bishops Share Their Christmas Messages (2243)

Shepherds remind their flocks of the true meaning of the Nativity of Our Lord.

12/22/2011 Comment

– Wikipedia

Bishops and archbishops across the United States have shared Christmas greetings and messages with their flocks.

The messages they bring can touch the hearts of the faithful in any diocese. Here is a sampling from shepherds around the country.

Bishop Salvatore Cordileone

Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of the Oakland, Calif., Diocese said in his Christmas message, “In preaching the timeless story of the birth of Christ each year at this time, we preachers are always faced with the question lingering in the minds of at least some people: ‘So what difference, practically speaking, in my everyday life, does all this make anyway?’ The devout would immediately answer, ‘All the difference in the...READ MORE

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