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If You Build Confessionals, People Will Come and Use Them; The Early Church and Much More! (2222)

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05/06/2013 Comment

If You Build Confessionals, People Will Come & Use Them. Follow the link via Fr. Z’s Blog.

If You Build Confessionals, People Will Come & Use Them – Fr. Z’s Blog

The Early Church: Being Called Catholic by Matthew Heinrich of the In and Out of the Ditch blog - Big Pulpit

How the Church Built Western Sacred Music – Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo CSJ, Catholic News Agency

On the Darkness – Sean Connolly, Ignitum Today

Trappist Nuns Will Not Abandon Their Monastery In Syria – Catherine Harmon, The CWR Blog

Being Catholic Isn’t an Excuse for Bad Writing – Edmund Mitchell, Catholic Stand

Solemn Requiem of Dom Philip Anderson, OSB in Melbourne – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Drive-By Theology - Paul McCusker, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

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Catholics Bid Farewell to Pro-Life Lion Howard Phillips (3351)

Though he wasn’t Catholic himself, the founder of the Constitution Party collaborated with Catholic leaders in building a culture of life in contemporary America.

05/06/2013 Comments (1)

Howard Phillips speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in 1981.

VIENNA, Va. — Catholics remembered Howard Phillips, a Jewish-born Christian convert and a leader of the conservative movement, as a man of great drive and energy who led the opposition against abortion and Planned Parenthood before it was ever popular.

Family, friends and political activists bade farewell to Howard Phillips at a funeral held April 29 at The Smith Center of McLean Bible Church in Vienna, Va.

Phillips, founder of the pro-life Constitution Party and its three-time presidential candidate, died at age 72 on April 20 and was laid to rest in a private burial ceremony.

Catholics who knew Phillips told the Register that he was their courageous and principled ally in the...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: Mary Helps Us Mature in the Faith (5616)

The Holy Father prayed the Joyful Mysteries with the faithful at St.. Mary Major Basilica and enjoined those present to ask the Blessed Mother to lead us to her Son.

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Our Lady 'Salus Populi Romani' (Saving Health of the Roman People)

ROME — After praying the Rosary May 4, Pope Francis reflected on how Mary “gives us health” by helping Christians mature in their faith and not remain “teenagers for life.”

“Dear brothers and sisters, how hard it is, in our time, to make the ultimate decisions. The temporary seduces us. We are victims of a trend that pushes us to the temporary ... as if we want to stay teenagers for life. We should not be afraid of the agreed commitments, commitments that involve and affect the whole life. In this way, our lives will be fruitful,” the Pope said.

The occasion for his reflection was a trip he made to take possession of the Basilica of St. Mary Major, one of the five major basilicas of...READ MORE

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Science Shines New Light on Shroud of Turin’s Age (60593)

While questions have been raised about his methodology, an Italian researcher’s novel use of test procedures suggests the shroud is indeed 2,000 years old.

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Front image of the Shroud of Turin

– Wikipedia

PADUA, Italy — Just in time for the current Easter season, news emerged from Italy that a new approach to dating the Shroud of Turin has located it squarely in the time frame necessary for it to have wrapped the crucified body of Jesus Christ.

A new book written in Italian, Il Mistero della Sindone (The Mystery of the Shroud), by Giulio Fanti, professor of mechanical and thermal measurement at the University of Padua’s Engineering Faculty, and journalist Saverio Gaeta, states that by measuring the degradation of cellulose in linen fibers from the shroud, two separate approaches show the cloth is at least 2,000 years old.

And while Fanti’s methodology has been questioned by others, the...READ MORE

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100 Totally Awesome Blogs by Priests, On Catholic Identity, Contraception and Much More! (4375)

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100 Totally Awesome Blogs by Catholic Priests. Follow the link by clicking on the title.

100 Totally Awesome Blogs by Priests - Big Pulpit

On Catholic Identity Again – Saint Etheldreda’s Place

Contraception: A Psychological Prostitution – Dominic Pedulla MD, Catholic Stand

The Early Church: The Origins of the Pope in Rome – Matthew Heinrich, In and Out of the Ditch

The Top Five Ways to -NOT- Grow in Emotional Purity - Abigail C. Reimel, Ignitum Today

Daniel Mitsui, Stations of the Cross – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Pope Francis on Same-Sex 'Marriage' and More - Big Pulpit

Vintage Solesmes – Adam Wood, The Chant Café

I Tremble for My Country When I Reflect that God is Just – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

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Treading Lightly on the Spiritual Path; Pope Francis: More Must Be Done for Unemployed and More! (4130)

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05/04/2013 Comment

Treading Lightly On The Spiritual Path. Follow the link by Abram Muenzberg of the Ignitum Today website.

Treading Lightly On The Spiritual Path – Abram Muenzberg, Ignitum Today

Pope Francis: More Must Be Done For Unemployed – Carol Glatz, Catholic Herald

Man! I Feel Like a Woman? by Trent Horn of the Catholic Answers website - Big Pulpit

“Should I Attend the Wedding or Not?” – Jim Blackburn, Catholic Answers

A Matter of Seconds to Determine the Sanctity of Life - Paul Zummo, The American Catholic

Mainstream Media Double Standards – Fr. Z’s Blog

Plan B Word Games for Teens – Stacy Trasancos PhD

Bishop Joseph McFadden R. I. P. – Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Pope Francis: John XXIII Reincarnate? - Giacomo Galeazzi, Vatican Insider

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Theologian Dismisses Call for Women ‘Deacons’ (5810)

They would not be ordained to the sacrament of holy orders, he advises, and calling them deacons would be ‘ambiguous.’

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Deutsche Bischofskonferenz

German Archbishop Robert Zollitsch recently discussed the possibility of a 'specific office' of women deacons.

– Deutsche Bischofskonferenz

BERN, Switzerland — Theologian Father Manfred Hauke said recent comments from a German archbishop appearing to support a particular diaconate for women are confusing to Catholics and others.

“Allowing women to be deacons would create great confusion for the faithful,” Father Hauke, a professor of patristics and dogmatics at the Theological Faculty of Lugano, told Catholic News Agency April 30.

“You would have to explain to them the difference between male and female deacons,” he pointed out.

Female “deacons” would not be ordained to the sacrament of holy orders, and calling them “deacons” would be “ambiguous,” Father Hauke said. Women could “receive a benediction for services of...READ MORE

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Pennsylvania Mourns Sudden Loss of Bishop McFadden (3224)

The head of the Diocese of Harrisburg died May 2 in Philadelphia.

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Bishop Joseph McFadden of Harrisburg, Pa.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. — Church and public officials from Pennsylvania are saddened by the unexpected death of Bishop Joseph McFadden, who shepherded the Diocese of Harrisburg.

“I was shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the sudden death of Bishop Joseph McFadden,” Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia said.

“I am grateful that I had the opportunity to be with him over the last few days at the annual spring meeting of the Pennsylvania bishops and spend time in conversation with him.”

Bishop McFadden died on May 2 at the age of 65 while in a series of weeklong meetings with his fellow bishops of Pennsylvania, which were being held in Philadelphia. He awoke feeling ill and was taken...READ MORE

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