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Father Benedict Groeschel Reflects on 25 Years of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (18629)

08/28/2012 Comment

Editor’s Note:

Child sexual abuse is never excusable. The editors of the National Catholic Register apologize for publishing without clarification or challenge Father Benedict Groeschel's comments that seem to suggest that the child is somehow responsible for abuse. Nothing could be further from the truth. Our publication of that comment was an editorial mistake, for which we sincerely apologize. Given Father Benedict's stellar history over many years, we released his interview without our usual screening and oversight. We have removed the story. We have sought clarification from Father Benedict.

Jeanette R. De Melo
Editor in Chief

Statement from the Community of the Franciscan...READ MORE

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Archbishop-Designate Cordileone Apologizes for DUI Arrest (5174)

The San Diego Police Department verified the weekend arrest of Archbishop-designate Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco for driving under the influence of alcohol.

08/27/2012 Comments (65)

SAN DIEGO — Archbishop-designate Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco today apologized and asked forgiveness for the disgrace he brought upon the Church and himself by being arrested for drunk driving.

“I apologize for my error in judgment and feel shame for the disgrace I have brought upon the Church and myself. I will repay my debt to society, and I ask forgiveness from my family and my friends and co-workers at the Diocese of Oakland and the Archdiocese of San Francisco," Archbishop Cordileone said in an Aug. 27 statement.

“I pray that God, in his inscrutable wisdom, will bring some good out of this,” he added.

According to the archbishop-designate, the incident occurred after...READ MORE

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Cosmo's Girl Helen Gurley Brown Epitomized the ‘Culture of Use’ (7721)


08/27/2012 Comments (26)

Helen Gurley Brown, after the success of 'Sex and the Single Girl' and before becoming editor in chief of 'Cosmopolitan' magazine.

– Wikipedia

When The New York Times marked the Aug. 13 passing of Helen Gurley Brown, it observed drily, “She was 90, though parts of her were considerably younger.”

The reporter’s reference to the longtime Cosmopolitan editor’s artificial enhancements would have been catty, were it not that Brown herself broadcast the sacrifices she made to remain “a sexual creature” (to borrow a phrase from her 1962 bestseller Sex and the Single Girl).

In books such as Having It All, she insisted that it was her ability to transform herself from a “mouseburger” (plain Jane) into a sex object that enabled her to live her dreams.

“Inner beauty” was not in Brown’s vocabulary. “The fact is,” she told The...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict: Sincerity Is Key to Faith (9743)

A lack of sincerity in life is 'the mark of the devil,' as witnessed in the decision of Judas Iscariot to continue following Christ even after he had ceased to believe in him, the Holy Father said Aug. 26.

08/27/2012 Comments (2)

Pope Benedict XVI said Sunday that a lack of sincerity in life is “the mark of the devil,” as witnessed in the decision of Judas Iscariot to continue following Jesus Christ even after he had ceased to believe in him.

“The problem is that Judas did not go away, and his most serious fault was falsehood, which is the mark of the devil. This is why Jesus said to the Twelve: ‘One of you is a devil,’” said the Pope in his midday Angelus address to pilgrims at Castel Gandolfo Aug. 26.

The Pontiff said that Catholics pray to the Virgin Mary to help them to believe in Jesus as St. Peter did and “to be always sincere with him and with all people.”

The Pope continued his recent weeks’...READ MORE

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Five Beautiful Pro-Life Trends, St. Augustines Home Town, What is Catholic Social Justice, and More! (2666)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/27/2012 Comment

Five Beautiful Pro-Life Trends. Click on the link by Nancy Flanders to read more.

Five Beautiful Pro-Life Trends by Nancy Flanders of the Life News website – Big ulpit

Ostia Antica: St. Augustine’s Home Town – Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

What Is Catholic Social Justice? – Louie Verrecchio, Catholic Lane

Jane Austen and the Best of England – Joseph Pearce, StAR/Ink Desk

Papa Bene Helps Finance Restoration of St. Augustine Basilica in Algeria – Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

Behavioral Fatalism – Sardonicus, Sardonic Ex Curia

My NFP Chart Knows Me Better – Amanda Mortus, Ignitum Today

Gerald Manley Hopkins, Poetry, and Overcoming Utilitarian Views of Art & Beauty – Anthony Distefano, Catholic Phoenix

Seven Strategies to Build a Strong Work Ethic in...READ MORE

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Joyful Walk to Our Lady’s Shrine (3386)

Aug. 26 feature on a long-held tradition: a walking pilgrimage for Our Lady

08/26/2012 Comment
Courtesy of the shrine

Archbishop Thomas Wenski accompanied pilgrims on their walk.

– Courtesy of the shrine

The second weekend in August marked the 25th Walking Pilgrimage from Great Meadows, N.J., to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, Pa. (see story in Daily News).

The pilgrimage emulates traditional ones in Poland to the original shrine and always occurs the weekend before the feast of the Assumption.

This year, on Thursday, Aug. 9, people of all ages met up once again at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Great Meadows, the starting point of this annual four-day walking pilgrimage to the major shrine popularly known as the "American Czestochowa."

The cross led the way as everyone set out on the 57.5-mile route. Marian emblems were next in line; then the...READ MORE

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Advice for Wives and Husbands (4709)

User's Guide to Sunday, Aug. 26.

08/26/2012 Comment

– Shutterstock

Sunday, Aug. 26, is the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B, Cycle II).



Joshua 24:1-2, 15-18; Psalm 34:2-3, 16-23; Ephesians 5:21-32; John 6:60-69


Our Take

“This saying is hard; who can accept it?”

That’s what the disciples in the Gospel say about Jesus’ words regarding the Eucharist.

But when we hear that in today’s culture, we might think the hard-to-accept saying is in the second reading — about wives being subordinate to their husbands.

The reading sounds shocking to us. But if it said the opposite of what it does, it would shock us even more:

“Wives should lord it over their husbands, for the wife and husband are separate, not united like the Church...READ MORE

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A Visit to the ‘American Czestochowa’ (8294)

National Shrine Honors Mary, John Paul II and Polish Catholicism: Aug. 26 issue feature.

08/26/2012 Comment

High on the list of most-visited Catholic shrines in the world is Our Lady of Czestochowa in Poland. Blessed John Paul II prayed there countless times; he had a lifelong devotion to Our Lady of Czestochowa.

Before becoming Pope, he also visited the "American Czestochowa" — the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, Pa.

This American Czestochowa has strong connections to the centuries-old original at Jasna Góra in Czestochowa (Chez-ta-HO-va). It also has connections to John Paul II.

The shrine draws pilgrims by the score to its 200 acres, especially on weekends and for its many liturgical feasts and events. One of the largest celebrations is the annual feast of Our...READ MORE

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