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Illinois Abandons Second Attempt to Block Catholic Charities' Foster-Care Work (2370)

Next step: A hearing is scheduled for Aug. 17.

07/20/2011 Comment

Illinois Capitol

– Wikipedia

SPRINGFIELD, Ill.(EWTN News/CNA) — The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has abandoned a second attempt to block Catholic Charities from providing foster-care services one week after a judge’s order kept the state from ending its contract.

Catholic Charities attorney Bradley Huff told EWTN News on July 18 that the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services’ most recent attempt to cut off Catholic Charities would have put its foster-care ministry “out of business.”

Shortly before a July 18 hearing that would have tested the legality of the state’s plan, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan agreed not to go forward with her plan to discontinue referrals to...READ MORE

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Savannah Gets a New Bishop (3498)

Pope appoints Franciscan priest-educator from the Archdiocese of Atlanta.

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Diocese of Savannah website

Bishop-elect Gregory Hartmayer, OFM Conv.

– Diocese of Savannah website

SAVANNAH, Ga. (CNA/EWTN News) — On July 19, Pope Benedict XVI appointed 59-year-old Father Gregory Hartmayer, OFM Conv., to lead the Diocese of Savannah, Ga.

He also accepted the resignation of Bishop J. Kevin Boland, 76, who is one year past the age of retirement. The Pope named Bishop Boland apostolic administrator of the diocese until the ordination of Bishop-elect Hartmayer in October.

“I am extremely grateful to Pope Benedict for his confidence in me as the bishop of Savannah,” Bishop-elect Hartmayer said at a press conference announcing his appointment on July 19.

“I am continually impressed with God’s sense of humor and his incredible ability to surprise.”

The bishop-elect...READ MORE

Filed under bishop-elect gregory hartmayer, ofm conv., franciscans, new bishops, pope benedict, savannah diocese

Father Garza, Father Maciel and the Legion (9827)

In an exclusive interview with the Register, the embattled congregation’s No. 2 man discusses the founder, the scandal surrounding him and how the Legion of Christ is struggling through this period of reform.

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Legionary Father Luis Garza was appointed director of the Legion of Christ’s newly combined North American territory July 15. He had served as the congregation’s vicar general, No. 2 in the congregation’s hierarchy under the general director and founder Father Marcial Maciel from 1992-2005 and Father Alvaro Corcuera from 2005-2011.

Born in Monterrey, Mexico, Father Garza attended the Legion’s primary and secondary schools in Mexico before earning an undergraduate degree in engineering at Stanford University. In Rome, he received licenciates in theology and philosophy and a doctorate in canon law.

Father Garza will oversee the newly combined Atlanta and Thornwood, N.Y., territories into...READ MORE

Filed under father marcial maciel, legion of christ, regnum christi, vatican

Study: U.S. Catholic Population Is Growing (3319)

The number of Masses and the size of parishes has increased, despite a decline in the number of priests and parishes.

07/20/2011 Comment

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

– Wikipedia

WASHINGTON (EWTN News) — A new study shows that the number of Masses and the size of Catholic parishes has increased in the United States, despite a decline in the number of priests and parishes.

“The scale of parish life in the United States has expanded along with the nation’s growing Catholic population,” the “Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership” project noted in a July 15 announcement of the study’s findings.

“Bigger parishes, more Masses, and ministries in languages other than English are becoming the norm.”

“Emerging Models” was a collaboration with the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University, which conducted the two-year study from 2009 to...READ MORE

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A Callus on the Soul, Islamic Prince to Attend Pope's Interfaith Meeting in Assisi, and much mor (2482)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/20/2011 Comment

A Callus on the Soul - Anthony Esolen, The Catholic Thing

Roman-Era Shipwreck Reveals Ancient Medical Secrets - Nick Squires, The Telegraph

Islamic Prince to Attend Pope’s Interfaith Meeting in Assisi - Giorgio Bernardelli, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Saint Elizabeth of Portugal - Catholic Lane

New York Archbishop: Believers Will Soon Be Hauled Into Court for Questioning Gay ‘Marriage’ - Kathleen Gilbert, LifeSiteNews.com

“Mystery” in the Making in Medjugorje: 1981-06-24 (the first day) - Louis Bélanger, Medjupedia

Movie Review: Zoo Keeper - Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide

For the latest round-up on the best punditry in the Catholic blogosphere go to ThePulp.it....READ MORE

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‘Brain Dead’ Woman Wakes Up, Religious Freedom, St. Basil the Great, and much more! (2875)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/19/2011 Comment

Saint Basil the Great - Catholic Lane

‘Brain Dead’ Quebec Woman Wakes Up After Family Refuses Organ Donation - Rebecca Millette, LifeSiteNews.com

Religious Freedom and the State of New York - Kathryn Jean Lopez

How Should Catholics Respond to Islam? - Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

Arguing with Blowhards - Anthony S. Layne, Outside the Asylum

Why Do Religiously Intense People Have So Many kids? - Peter Berger, The American Interest

Movie Review of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, PG13 - Christine, Catholic Media Review

For the latest round-up on the best punditry in the Catholic blogosphere go to ThePulp.it.

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Archbishop Charles Chaput Takes the Helm in Philadelphia (5287)

The former archbishop of Denver will officially become the ninth archbishop of Philadelphia Sept. 8 as Cardinal Justin Rigali’s resignation is accepted by Pope Benedict XVI.

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Archbishop Charles Chaput speaks at the press conference July 19 announcing his appointment to Philadelphia while his predecessor, retiring Cardinal Justin Rigali, looks on.

– Courtesy Archbishop Chaput's Facebook page

PHILADELPHIA — In a decision sure to have a far-reaching impact on the Church in America, Pope Benedict XVI has chosen Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput to be the next archbishop of Philadelphia.

As the replacement for retiring Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop Chaput will take over not only a major metropolitan area with a reputation for faithful Catholicism, but also an archdiocese that has been shaken to its foundation by the latest episode of sexual abuse in the Church.

Both archbishops met the press July 19 in the administrative building behind the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, the 137-year-old structure where Archbishop Chaput will be installed as the 13th bishop and ninth...READ MORE

Filed under archbishop charles chaput, cardinal justin rigali, pope benedict, pope benedict xvi, vatican

Christendom College Founder Warren Carroll Dies (4817)

Pre-eminent historian, educator and convert is remembered as a staunch defender of Catholic identity.

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Courtesy of Christendom College

Portrait of Warren Caroll

– Courtesy of Christendom College

FRONT ROYAL, Va. — Warren H. Carroll, the founder and first president of Christendom College, died at home July 17 at the age of 79 after a series of strokes.

He had received the last rites the prior week, and a priest brought him holy Communion the day before he died peacefully in his sleep.

“He was a great man,” said Timothy O’Donnell, current president of Christendom. “He was a convert. In 1968, the time of great chaos, when many were leaving the Church, he came in. He had a deep love for Our Lord and our Blessed Mother and the Church. That’s something that was communicated in everything he did after his conversion.”

O’Donnell sees Carroll as among those unsung heroes who stood in the...READ MORE

Filed under catholic education, catholic identity, christendom college, historian, warren carroll

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