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Benedict XVI Tells New York Bishops to Speak Up for Truth (3039)

The Holy Father discussed secularization, the new Missal, efforts to combat abuse and other topics with the bishops during their ad limina visit.

11/28/2011 Comment

VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Pope Benedict XVI has told bishops of the United States not to be silenced by those who seek to muzzle Catholicism in public life.

“Despite attempts to still the Church’s voice in the public square, many people of good will continue to look to her for wisdom, insight and sound guidance,” Pope Benedict said in his address to 20 bishops of New York gathered in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace on Nov. 26. 

The Pope called upon them to “exercise the prophetic dimension of your episcopal ministry by speaking out, humbly yet insistently, in defense of moral truth, and offering a word of hope, capable of opening hearts and minds to the truth that sets us free.”


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Cardinal Burke Talks About Rome, the Mass, Canon Law and U.S. Culture (4850)

Midwestern cleric speaks candidly as he celebrates his first anniversary of elevation to the College of Cardinals.

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ROME (EWTN News/CNA) — Cardinal Raymond Burke, one of the Catholic Church’s top U.S.-born clerics, is marking the first anniversary of his November 2010 elevation to the College of Cardinals.

“Well, it’s been a very fast-moving year,” Cardinal Burke told EWTN News in his Roman apartment just yards from the Vatican, where he serves as head of the Church’s highest court.

“But it’s been a very good year, I’d have to say, and I’ve certainly come to understand more fully what it is to give this service to the Holy Father and hope that I am doing it better.”

The College of Cardinals consists of the men considered the Pope’s closest aides, giving counsel and assistance to the Holy Father when...READ MORE

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What Happens to Old Mass Books? (2233)

U.S. bishops outline proper disposal of old liturgical books and religious items as new Missal comes into use.

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After the switch to a new Mass translation, old liturgical books should be respectfully buried, either intact or after being burned, according to the U.S. bishops.

“Whether or not the Sacramentary has been blessed by an official rite, it is appropriate to treat it with care,” the bishops’ Secretariat for Divine Worship said in a recent response to several queries from U.S. Catholics. “Its disposal should be handled with respect.”

The bishops’ liturgy office recommends “burying the Sacramentary in an appropriate location on church grounds or perhaps in a parish cemetery” after the switch to a new liturgical translation, which took effect on Nov. 27.

“Some have even suggested following a...READ MORE

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New Translation Success, Of New Things, Hunger for Beauty, Deer Season, and much more! (2514)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/28/2011 Comment

The Spectacular Success of the New Missal Translation. Click on the link by Jeffrey A. Tucker to read more.

The Spectacular Success of the New Missal Translation - Jeffrey A. Tucker, Chant Café

Of New Things - Robert Royal, The Catholic Thing

Recommended: Fairbairn’s Guide for Beginning Greek & Latin Students - Dr. Ed Peters, In the Light of the Law

Hunger for Beauty - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Call-to-Action: “Apparition Of Martin Luther Worthy Of Belief” - LarryD, The American Catholic

What if the Priest Misspeaks the Words of Consecration? - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

Outdated Liturgical Books Need Proper Disposal - Catholic News Agency/EWTN News

Deer Season Half Century Ago, How Society Changed Since Then - Dr. Paul Kengor, Catholic Lane


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Will U.S. Religious Freedom Commission Continue? (1678)

Congress votes to keep commission through Dec. 16. But what about after that?

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WASHINGTON (CNA) — A federal commission that advocates for religious freedom around the world has been given a four-week reprieve from closing its doors on Nov. 18.

Funding for the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom was included in a “minibus” spending bill to fund the federal government through Dec. 16, amid continuing budget-reducing negotiations.

The bill was approved by the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on Nov. 17 and signed into law the next day by President Barack Obama.

Originally set to expire at the end of September, funding for the commission had already been extended through Nov. 18. At that date, the commission would have come to an end if Congress...READ MORE

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Most Catholics Happy With New Missal (4045)

Debut of long-awaited translation ruffles few feathers, as Vatican cardinal predicts profound impact on the Church.

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WASHINGTON — As Msgr. W. Ronald Jameson, rector of historic St. Matthew’s Cathedral listened to the responses at yesterday’s 11:30 Mass, the priest noticed that even the parts of the Mass that remained unchanged in the third edition of the Roman Missal were said with unusual vigor.

Like other Catholics around the U.S., parishioners at St. Matthew’s read from laminated pew cards that supplied the correct responses for the new version of the Roman Missal introduced in churches Nov. 27.

Msgr. Jameson felt that the Mass went smoothly, in part, because “we’ve had a lot of preparation over the year and not just crammed into a few weeks, and that has given the people a sense of comfort.”


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Philadelphia Archdiocese Appoints New Abuse Review Board Members (1719)

Archbishop Chaput praises appointees’ expertise.

11/28/2011 Comment

PHILADELPHIA (CNA) — Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput spoke highly of seven new members of the archdiocesan review board that makes recommendations in suspected abuse cases.

“These individuals, Catholic and non-Catholic, possess a broad range of professional competencies that are essential to conducting a review process that is equally thorough and just to all who may be involved,” Archbishop Chaput said in a Nov. 22 statement announcing the appointments.

“Non-clerical external advisers such as these are crucial to the process,” he noted, “as they provide a high level of expertise coupled with objective advice.”

“I am grateful to all of them for their willingness to serve on the...READ MORE

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National Catholic Youth Conference Draws 23,000 to Indianapolis (2941)

'Young Church' makes some noise for God.

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INDIANAPOLIS — One thing was clear right from the start of the National Catholic Youth Conference, held Nov. 17-19 in Indianapolis: Teens like — and like to make — noise.

In Lucas Oil Stadium, in the Indiana Convention Center and in the streets of downtown Indianapolis, the 23,000 youth who made the pilgrimage sang, danced, chanted, jumped, shouted and even blew vuvuzelas in praise of God.

Perhaps, though, the youth attending the “Called to Glory” conference made their strongest statement in silence. For more than two full minutes, teens went stone silent as they contemplated holy Scripture through lectio divina. Not a voice was heard — no snickers, catcalls or jokes. No funky cell-phone...READ MORE

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