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Vatican II and the New Evangelization (2672)

April 22 issue column on the importance of culture and dialogue.

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The Second Vatican Council’s central purpose was evangelization. All of its reforms, whether about liturgy, ecumenism and interreligious dialogue, or education, were all ordered toward one goal: to make the Gospel more accessible to the modern world. Vatican II issued a bold call to re-evangelize the modern world, a call that has been taken up faithfully by Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. But have we taken it up?

The last 500 years have seen a steady decline in Catholic culture and the public influence of the Church. Vatican II responded to the reality that for the first time in human history we have a secular culture: a way of life that seeks to exclude God. The Council’s...READ MORE

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Blessed James Oldo of Lodi, Are Unicorns Biblical?, Catholic Church: Champion of Science, and more! (2125)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/19/2012 Comment

To Rise With Christ, the Feast of Blessed James Oldo of Lodi. Click on the link by Omar F. A. Gutierrez to read more of this wonderful child of God.

To Rise With Christ, the Feast of Blessed James Oldo of Lodi - Omar F. A. Gutierrez, Regnum Novum

Are Unicorns in the Bible and Why Did Medievals Own Unicorn Horns? - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Catholic Church: Champion of Scientific Advance - Tom Crowe, Catholic Vote

The 'Fiveness' of Mary: Is It Genuine? - David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

Catholic Punditry on the Reformation of U.S. Women Religious (LCWR) - ThePulp.it

The 15 Promises of the Rosary as Given by Our Lady - Saint Peter's List

N.F.P.: Not Just Natural Birth Control - DarwinCatholic, The American Catholic

The New Chivalry - Matt Sciba, Truth & Charity

A “Judeo-Christian Sharia” . . . Really? -...READ MORE

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CUA, a Bellwether of American Catholicism, Celebrates 125th Anniversary (3456)

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WASHINGTON — Once a flashpoint of theological dissent in the tumultuous years after the Second Vatican Council, The Catholic University of America now stirs controversy by opening single-sex dorms and defending the free exercise of Catholic institutions.

Long the bellwether of Catholicism in the United States, during periods of institutional consolidation and of fragmentation, CUA is enjoying record undergraduate enrollment and a renewed sense of clarity regarding its unique role among Church-affiliated universities.

In the fall of 1992, total undergraduate enrollment was 2,561; this year it is 3,633. Meanwhile, work on eight significant building projects have transformed the campus...READ MORE

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Why the Church Is Right About Life and Love (3199)

Janet Smith, Jennifer Fulwiler and Emily Stimpson weigh in on natural family planning and Catholic teaching against contraception.

04/19/2012 Comment

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While debates over contraception dominate national headlines, promoters of natural family planning aim to impart the depth of Church teaching on human sexuality to younger generations.

“God gave us reason” along with the gift of sexuality, said professor Janet Smith, who teaches moral theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Michigan.

Smith told CNA on April 18 that natural family planning (NFP) is not an obligation to “live without planning,” but a call to use reason while respecting the nature of human sexuality.

Supported by the Catholic Church, NFP is a method of spacing children by practicing periodic abstinence based on physical indicators of a woman’s fertility.

In an essay...READ MORE

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Church's Annual Audit Shows Decrease in Current Cases of Abuse (4723)

Number of allegations by minors today can be counted on two hands. Majority of reported cases are decades old.

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MOVING FORWARD. The latest report from the U.S. bishops conference shows a decreasing number of reports that priests sexually abused minors.

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WASHINGTON — While allegations of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests continue to surface from decades ago, a new report shows a decrease in accusations by current minors.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops released its 2011 annual audit on abuse reports and costs April 10. The “Report on the Implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People” is the USCCB’s ninth consecutive external audit.

In the report’s preface, New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the USCCB, said it “supports the conclusion of both studies done by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, that the majority of allegations are way in the past.”

“The Church must do all...READ MORE

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Archbishop Mansell: 'We Must Always Work for Resurrection to Overcome Threat of Death' (1926)

Archbishop of Hartford on religious-liberty fight: 'We must all continue to fight for that fundamental right, basic in the history of our country. '

04/19/2012 Comment

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The recent visits by Pope Benedict XVI to Mexico and Cuba were opportunities for him to speak to the hearts of people in both countries and by communication technology to people across the globe. He underscored the consummate importance of our communion with God. In Jesus Christ we have our freedom; in Jesus Christ we have our truth.

Watching the Holy Father celebrate Mass in León, Mexico, inevitably stirred up searing memories for people in Mexico and elsewhere. From 1926 to 1929, some 90,000 Catholics were killed in that area, as they rebelled against the secular and anti-Church government of the time. Those martyrs were called Cristeros, and their call was, often as they were being...READ MORE

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Why Catholics Leave the Church and What Can Be Done About It (15279)

New survey of fallen-away Catholics sheds light on the current situation.

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I saw an advance copy of a survey by William Byron and Charles Zech, which will appear in the April 30 edition of America magazine.

It was conducted at the request of David O’Connell, the bishop of Trenton, N.J., and its focus was very simple: It endeavored to discover why Catholics have left the Church. No one denies that a rather substantive number of Catholics have taken their leave during the past 20 years, and Byron and Zech wanted to find out why. They did so in the most direct way possible and asked those who had quit.

The answers they got were, in many ways, predictable. Lots of people cited the Church’s teachings on divorce and re-marriage, "gay marriage," contraception, and...READ MORE

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WW2 German Priest Considered for Sainthood, Patron Saint of Gamers, St. Simoen Stylites, and more! (2831)

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04/19/2012 Comment

Vatican Considers Healing Attributed to Death Camp "Archangel in Hell". Click on the link by Valerie Schmalz to read more.

Vatican Considers Healing Attributed to Death Camp "Archangel in Hell" - Valerie Schmalz, Catholic San Francisco

Who is the Patron Saint of Gamers? - Thomas L. McDonald, Patheos/God and the Machine

St. Simeon Stylites - Catholic Lane

The Vatican Compels U.S. Women Religious (LCWR) to Reform Themselves - ThePulp.it

Stephen Dykes Bower: A Modern Master Architect Revealed - Matthew Alderman, New Liturgical Movement

Subsidiarity & Solidarity: Not Necessarily What You Think - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Reason # 737 To Be Catholic: Gas Prices! - Russ Rentler MD, Crossed The Tiber

Who Survived The Titanic: A Story of Chivalry Not Class - DarwinCatholic, The...READ MORE

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