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Controversial Priest’s Lawsuit Against LifeSiteNews Advances (8196)

Free speech and Church teaching are at the heart of the case.

02/21/2013 Comments (27)

MONTREAL — A libel and defamation lawsuit against LifeSiteNews.com, filed by Canadian priest Father Raymond Gravel, who describes himself as “pro-choice,” will go to trial.

Father Gravel claims that LifeSiteNews’ depiction of him in the agency’s news articles as “pro-abortion” is libelous, because he says he is “pro-choice” but does not support abortion per se.

“This case represents a danger to free speech of pro-life Canadians in terms of their being able to refer to stances embracing ‘choice’ as ‘pro-abortion’ rather than the nomenclature of their opposition,” John-Henry Westen, LifeSiteNews' editor in chief, told Catholic News Agency Feb. 21.

Western said the suit is a “very...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict’s ‘Years’ (2396)

Commentary: Benedict XVI's papacy ends during a specially-themed year close to his heart.

02/21/2013 Comments (1)

On June 10, 2004, Pope John Paul II announced a special Year of the Eucharist, which would begin in October of that year and last until October 2005.

It was not the first special year that John Paul II proclaimed.

In fact, it followed close on the heels of the Year of the Rosary (2002-2003), which itself followed the multi-year cycle leading up to the Great Jubilee Year 2000.

Periodically, popes proclaim special, yearlong celebrations to mark important events in the life of the Church and to focus attention on particular aspects of the faith.

While the Year of the Eucharist was not John Paul II’s first such year, it would be his last. He passed away in the midst of the...READ MORE

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Your Holiness, the Jewish World Will Miss You (3083)

COMMENTARY: The president of the Pave the Way Foundation esteems the departing Pope Benedict XVI for advancing the cause of Catholic-Jewish relations.

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Gary Krupp with Pope Benedict XVI and Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone (c).

– Pave the Way Foundation

For the first time in more than 600 years, a sitting pope is resigning his office.

How will history look upon the papacy of Pope Benedict XVI, specifically with his relations with the Jewish world?

As a Jewish observer, blessed to have had the unique privilege of interaction with this Pope, I humbly offer my personal experience and my opinion on how the legacy of Pope Benedict XVI on Catholic-Jewish relations should be viewed.

My wife, Meredith, and I, along with, at times, members of the board of directors of the Pave the Way Foundation, met with Pope Benedict XVI on 19 occasions, beginning when he was Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.

Cardinal Ratzinger held the post of prefect of the...READ MORE

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The Catholic Church Young People Actually Want, Evangelizing Through Beauty, FSSP News & Much Mo (1675)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Catholic Church Young People Actually Want. Follow the link by Marc Barnes of the Bad Catholic blog to read more.

The Catholic Church Young People Actually Want by Marc Barnes of the Bad Catholic blog - Big Pulpit

Evangelizing Through Beauty – Jean M. Heimann, Catholic Fire

News from the F. S. S. P. in North America – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

How Does Theology Protect Science? – Stacy Trasancos PhD, Accepting Abundance

Where the Blonde Jesus Thing Came From – Jeffrey Miller, The Curt Jester

A Mother’s Legacy – Michelle Fritz, Catholic Stand

ABC TV Makes Church Seem Like Titanic – Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Ripples Felt after Yesterday’s Splash in the Tiber – T. J. Burdick, Ignitum Today

The Conclave: Possible Pope Names, Papabili and Prophecy - Big Pulpit


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New Pope Will Handle St. Pius X Society Decision (3829)

Feb. 22 is no longer the deadline for the traditionalist society to decide whether to accept the Vatican’s doctrinal preamble.

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Society of St. Pius X Coat of Arms.

– Wikipedia

VATICAN CITY — The effort to reach an agreement between the Church and the Society of St. Pius X will be passed on to the next pope, Father Federico Lombardi said.

“An important point is that, these days, people have spoken about a deadline for Pius X priests and a conclusion to the situation. The Pope is confiding the decision to the next pope, and no conclusion will be made on this date,” said Father Lombardi, the director of the Vatican Press Office.

Archbishop Gerhard Muller, the head of the Vatican doctrine office, originally set Feb. 22 as a deadline for the Society of St. Pius X to reach a decision about accepting a doctrinal preamble that was sent to the society.


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Benedict XVI, ‘the Pope of Christian Unity’ (2665)

The head of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham lauds the Holy Father's trailblazing unity with Anglicans.

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Msgr. Keith Newton

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LONDON — Pope Benedict’s move allowing Anglican converts to enter the Catholic Church as a group makes him “the Pope of Christian Unity,” says the head of the United Kingdom’s structure for these communities.

“I think it just shows his fatherly care: to open his arms to those who came from different traditions, but shared a common faith,” Msgr. Keith Newton said Feb. 13.

Msgr. Newton leads the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham — an ecclesial structure in the U.K. for Anglicans who enter the Catholic Church in groups and who wish to maintain elements of their spiritual and liturgical heritage.

“I’m more than happy to call him the Pope of Christian Unity, because, for me,...READ MORE

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Suspects Sought in Shooting Death of Catholic Priest in Zanzibar (2087)

Father Evarist Mushi was shot and killed on his way to say Mass Feb. 17 in the territory that is part of Tanzania.

02/21/2013 Comment

According to Paolo Taffuri, the coordinator of Radio Maria Africa, officials in Tanzania are continuing their search for those responsible for the recent death of a local priest.

“When the priest was heading to Mass on Sunday, two men on a motorcycle approached him and shot him in the head, killing him instantly,” Taffuri said. “So far, no arrests have been made, and police are investigating the motive behind the murder.”

Father Evarist Mushi was killed on Feb. 17 in Zanzibar. Cardinal Polycarp Pengo will celebrate the funeral Mass for Father Mushi at the Zanzibar Cathedral.

Taffuri said that Tanzania “has always been very peaceful” and that people of different faiths living...READ MORE

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Deceased Natural Family Planning Pioneer ‘Inspired Us’ (1525)

Dr. Evelyn Billings died Feb. 16 at the age of 95 after a short illness.

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Dr. Evelyn Billings.

– WOOMB International Ltd.

MELBOURNE, Australia — Dr. Evelyn Billings, who helped develop a major method of natural fertility regulation, is being remembered after her recent death as a wonderful inspiration, said a doctor at the Natural Family Planning Center.

“That’s how we feel about her: She was wonderful; she inspired us, but she didn’t restrict us,” Dr. Hanna Klaus told Catholic News Agency from her Washington office on Feb. 19.

“She and John, her husband, wanted us to do everything that was within our creativity to promote the method, but it was always for the good of families.”

Billings died Feb. 16 at the age of 95 after a short illness. She was a pediatrician, and, together with her husband, Dr....READ MORE

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