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The Drama of the Catholic Grandparent (7229)

Oct. 7 issue column: Under normal circumstances, no one, not even a grandparent, has the right to baptize a child contrary to the parents’ will.

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It is not uncommon today to find faithful men and women who treasure their Catholic faith at odds with their adult children who have drifted away from the Church.

Not only does it make holiday family gatherings more stressful, but it creates conflicts when, as grandparents, they welcome new members of the family at birth.

As a pastor, I see these painful scenarios regularly played out. It would help grandparents if they understand some basic teachings of the Church about baptism of their grandchildren, because sometimes well-intentioned grandparents violate the Church’s teachings about baptism without even realizing it.

What joy to welcome the birth of a grandchild.

So many dreams...READ MORE

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A Catholic-Style Dose of 'Reality' (2822)

Nick Manetto reviews The Catholics Next Door: Adventures in Imperfect Living by Greg and Jennifer Willits.

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Adventures in Imperfect Living

By Greg and Jennifer Willits

Servant Books, 2012

160 pages, paperback, $16.99

To order:



From tawdry housewives in suburban New Jersey to beauty pageants for toddlers with Texas-sized hair, reality TV — much of it of dubious quality — abounds.

For Catholics looking for a dose of reality, husband and wife evangelists Greg and Jennifer Willits use their new book The Catholics Next Door: Adventures in Imperfect Living to provide some actionable guidance to those — particularly to married couples or those contemplating marriage — striving to live holy lives while navigating the challenges of life.


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Why the World Needs the Rosary (5742)

Oct. 7 issue feature: The great Marian prayer for peace is so relevant in the current culture.

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Before Cardinal Karol Wojtyla was our Pope, at the Eucharistic Congress in Philadelphia on Aug. 13, 1976, he declared: "We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through. … We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, of the Gospel and the anti-Gospel."

That is still true today.

Then, as Pope John Paul II at Fatima on May 13, 1982 — a year to the day after the attempt on his life — he said he read with trepidation "the ardent appeal of the Heart of Mary that resounded at Fatima in 1917" because he saw "how many people and societies — how many Christians — have gone in the opposite direction to the...READ MORE

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100 Books for the Year of Faith, the Most Holy Rosary, Cranky Reformers, and Much More! (2872)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/12/2012 Comment

100 Catholic Books to Read for the Year of Faith. Click on the link by Ryan Eggenberger to read more.

100 Catholic Books to Read for the Year of Faith – Ryan Eggenberger, Ignitum Today

The Most Holy Rosary – Paul Kokoski, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Cranky Old People Demand Church Reform by Thomas L. McDonald of the God and the Machine blog – Big ulpit

St. Vincent de Paul, Welfare Statist? – Kevin E. Schmiesing, Acton Institute/Acton Commentary

Why Are “Catholic” Media Promoting Same-Sex “Marriage”? – Kate Edwards, Australia Incognita

What St. Paul’s Example as Bishop can Teach Us about Authority – Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Ten Questions to Help Explain the Holy Eucharist – H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter’s List

Mensis Eucharisticus: A New Edition – Fr....READ MORE

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U.S. Bishops’ Conference Contests Biden’s 'Inaccurate' Mandate Statement (10158)

Archbishop Lori: “It's … disappointing that something so blatantly inaccurate was said in such a public venue.”

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Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan participate in the vice-presidential debate at Centre College on Oct. 11 in Danville, Ky.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) criticized Vice President Joe Biden for an “inaccurate statement of fact” about the Health and Human Services' mandate’s impact on religious institutions during last night’s vice-presidential debate.

“With regard to the assault on the Catholic Church, let me make it absolutely clear,” said Biden, when the issue of religious freedom was raised during the Oct. 11 debate in Danville, Ky. “No religious institution — Catholic or otherwise, including Catholic social services, Georgetown Hospital, Mercy Hospital, any hospital — none has to either refer contraception; none has to pay for contraception; none has to be a vehicle to get...READ MORE

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Archbishop Gomez Issues First Pastoral Letter on ‘New World of Faith’ (1505)

‘The world needs a New Evangelization! The people of our city, our nation and our continent are waiting for the encounter with Jesus Christ, who makes all things new,’ the L.A. archbishop proclaimed.

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LOS ANGELES — Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles has written his first pastoral letter to his archdiocese, invoking the Catholic history of California and calling on Catholics to witness to the “New World of faith.”

“Los Angeles — like all of California and the Americas — is built on a Christian foundation. And, today, we are called to build on that missionary foundation to make a New Evangelization of the Americas,” the archbishop said in his Oct. 2 letter, which was released Oct. 10, the eve of the Catholic Church’s Year of Faith.

“The world needs a New Evangelization! The people of our city, our nation and our continent are waiting for the encounter with Jesus Christ, who makes...READ MORE

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Legion of Christ Head Takes Leave for Health Reasons (2141)

Father Sylvester Heereman, the order’s vicar general, will assume Father Alvaro Corcuera’s role until the next general chapter.

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Fr. Alvaro Corcuera (L), general director of the Legion of Christ, and Cardinal Velasio De Paolis at a press conference.

– Photo provided by Legion of Christ.

ROME — Father Alvaro Corcuera, general director of the Legion of Christ and Regnum Christi, announced that he is handing over his responsibilities for the sake of his health.

“I have seen before God that I do not have the health and energy necessary to face responsibly the demands of the general governance in the present time in the history of the Legion and Regnum Christi,” he wrote Oct. 9 in a letter to his brother Legionaries and the members of Regnum Christi.

Father Corcuera has been general director of the Legion since January 2005, taking over from Father Marcial Maciel, who was denounced by the Vatican “for serious and objectively immoral behavior.” Maciel, who died in 2008,...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews 'Argo': A Fake Movie Makes for a Real Thriller (7322)

How Hollywood the CIA Rescue 6 Americans From Iran

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CIA SECRETS. Ben Affleck stars in and directs a new thriller based on true events, which involve a sci-fi movie script.

– Warner Bros. Pictures

Argo is an absorbing, entertaining thriller that tells the true(ish) story of how Canadians, the CIA and Hollywood saved the day, working together to spirit six Americans out of Tehran during the dark days of the Iran hostage crisis. Crisply directed by Ben Affleck, it’s a well-made period piece with an excellent eye for detail — and a potent secret weapon.

The secret weapon is the improbable cover story created by the CIA to provide false identities for the Americans. Working with Hollywood insiders, the CIA set up a fake movie project: a schlocky post-Star Wars sci-fi spectacle with a Middle Eastern production vibe that might credibly bring a Canadian film crew to Tehran.

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