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The Nuns at the Top of the Charts; Sinners, Prophets and the Business of Heaven and Much More! (3309)

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06/17/2013 Comment

The Nuns at the Top of the Charts. Follow the link by The Wall Street Journal via The Chant Café to read more.

The Nuns at the Top of the Charts by The Wall Street Journal via The Chant Café - BigPulpit.com

Sinners, Prophets and the Business of Heaven – Carl E. Olson, The CWR Blog

A Woman is Made to Be A Woman – Leticia Adams, Catholic Stand

The Littlest Suffering Souls III: Brendan Kelly of Great Falls – Austin Ruse, The Catholic Thing

When Speaking Off the Cuff: What Does Pope Francis Mean? - The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Celebrating Fathers: Our Earthly Fathers – Dr. Paul Gondreau, Image

The Gift of the Sphragis – Stacy Trasancos PhD

If God is Real, Why Won’t He Show Himself? – Marc Barnes, Bad Catholic

Ordinariate Evensong at the Little Oratory – Charles Cole, New...READ MORE

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Honoring a Father’s Love (6176)

COMMENTARY for Father's Day

06/16/2013 Comments (7)

Love at its best need not be asked. Rather, it greatly desires — and takes the initiative to seek out — the good of the beloved. These words are exemplified par excellence in our Lord Jesus Christ, who came to die for us while we were yet sinners (Romans 5:8).


For almost nine decades, my dad, rooted in the Lord, has also striven to exemplify these words, as my extended family and I, and many others too, can gratefully testify.

Joseph Nash will turn 89 in October, and he often refers to himself as a “Depression kid” (as in the Great Depression). Dad was raised in a loving, single-parent Catholic home in the 1920s and ’30s in Cleveland, and it was those experiences that laid the...READ MORE

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Bishops and Catholic Leaders to Gather in Napa to Discuss the Church and 'Next America' (4174)

The upcoming third annual Napa Institute Conference will discuss the sanctity of work and how to build Catholic culture in a secular society.

06/15/2013 Comments (9)
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– Napa Institute Facebook

Leading Catholics will gather in California's Napa Valley this August for the third annual Napa Institute Conference to discuss the sanctity of work and how to build Catholic culture in a secular society.

“The conference will bring Catholic leaders together from around the nation to meet, learn and share ideas about the future of the Church in the 'Next America,'” Tim Gray, president of the Denver-based Augustine Institute, said in a June 3 invitation.

Gray invited all those interested in attending “to take advantage of experiencing this intellectually and spiritually engaging weekend in the heart of the Napa Valley's famous wine country.”

The conference will take place Aug. 1-4...READ MORE

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10,000 Clandestine Catholics in North Korea, The Reform of the Reform and Much More! (3468)

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06/15/2013 Comment

Why the Reform of the Reform is Not Enough. Follow the link by Kate Edwards of Oz Incognita blog to read more.

Why the Reform of the Reform Is Not Enough by Kate Edwards of Oz Incognita blog - BigPulpit.com

At Least 10,000 Clandestine Catholics in North Korea - La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Auto Prudence: A Driving Story - Foxfier, Catholic Stand

France: Keep Up Battle Against Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ - Jonathan Luxmoore, The Catholic Herald

Common Objections to Homeschooling - Jen Dunlap, Forever For Always No Matter What

Five Important Lessons from Saint Joseph – Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

What is a Baculus Cantoralis and Why You Need One - Charles Cole, New Liturgical Movement

On Meriting Praise – Nicholas, Whiskey Catholic

The Time Machine Challenge - Joe Heschmeyer,...READ MORE

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Colorado Catholics Rally in Face of Ferocious Fire (5517)

The Black Forest blaze is the most destructive wildfire in state history.

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Policemen prepare to pull back June 11 from the inferno's edge, about one mile north of Our Lady of the Pines parish in Colorado Springs, Colo.

– Wayne Laugesen

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — As the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history burns through the Black Forest east of Colorado Springs, dozens of Catholics are among more than 400 families who’ve lost their homes.

Others have been ordered to evacuate Catholic institutions in the forest, including Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church, the church’s rectory, the Benet Hill Monastery and Our Lady of the Angels Friary.

“It was ominous,” said Capuchin Father Jim Moster, guardian of Our Lady of the Angels Friary.

“At night you could see big orange flames, leaping high in the sky in the trees south and west of us. We, frankly, had been keeping an eye on it and had talked about it and...READ MORE

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A Vatican ‘Gay Lobby’? This Is Not the Focus of the Question (9658)


06/14/2013 Comments (15)
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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ recent words about corruption and an influential “gay lobby” in the Vatican have revived, in the media at least, concerns raised in the Vatileaks scandal.

Pope Francis spoke about corruption, including a “gay lobby,” in an off-the-cuff conversation with the presiding board of the Latin American and Caribbean Confederation of Religious Men and Women (CLAR).

After the June 6 meeting, which reportedly lasted about an hour, the six board members in attendance sketched a summary of what the Holy Father told them. It is noteworthy that no mention was made in this summary about the questions and the inferences the six religious who met the Pope made.

The text...READ MORE

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Obama Threatens to Veto Bill Protecting Soldiers’ Conscience Rights (7425)

The presidential move is the latest in a string of incidents that have generated concern among Catholics and other Christian leaders.

06/14/2013 Comments (7)
2010 John Moore/Getty Images

U.S. Army Chaplain Carl Subler (l) prays with soldiers before a military operation at Howz-e-Madad in Kandahar province, Afghanistan.

– 2010 John Moore/Getty Images

EDITOR’S NOTE: An earlier version of this article was updated on June 14.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has threatened to veto the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act if it includes a section requiring protection of the religious beliefs of military personnel.

On June 5, the House Armed Services Committee adopted an amendment to H.R. 1960, the defense authorization bill. It specified that “the armed forces shall accommodate the beliefs, actions and speech” that reflect the “conscience, moral principles or religious beliefs” of its members, except in cases of military necessity.

On June 11, the White House released a "Statement of Administration Policy" (SAP) on the bill,...READ MORE

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Drone Use Prompts Catholic Call for Greater Caution (2884)

Moral theologian advises that drone strikes must be ‘formed by the virtue of justice’ and of prudence.

06/14/2013 Comments (2)
USAF photo by Lance Cheung

An unmanned aerial vehicle, or drone.

– USAF photo by Lance Cheung

WASHINGTON — Catholic leaders and academics have outlined the need for greater public discussion on the American policy of using drones to kill terrorists, saying it shouldn’t be done “uncritically.”
“I think it needs to be worked through and thought about ... and I do think that we’re rushing into drone technological warfare very rapidly, and certainly without public debate,” said Dr. Christian Brugger, a professor of moral theology at Saint John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver, Colo.
“This seems to be centered on executive policies which need considerable debating,” he told CNA June 12, “so that the whole country can be involved in a way that it’s not being involved right now.”...READ MORE

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