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Berlin Bishop Tells Germans to Be Open-Minded About Pope's Visit (1700)

What kind of welcome will Benedict receive this week?

09/21/2011 Comments (1)

– Wikipedia

BERLIN (EWTN News/CNA)—Germans should listen to what Pope Benedict XVI has to say to them before passing judgment, says one of the country’s top Catholic bishops. The Pope will begin a four-day visit to his homeland Sept. 22, starting in the capital city of Berlin.

“The Holy Father is going to visit a city in which Christians are a minority, and some already have announced protests a long time before his arrival,” noted Archbishop Rainer Maria Woelki of Berlin on Sept. 21.

“I once again invite everyone to listen first to what the Pope has to say and then to pass judgment.”

The four-day visit will be Pope Benedict’s third to Germany since being elected Pope in 2005, although it is his...READ MORE

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Improving Your Prayer, Matthew or Levi?, Mystical Interpretations of the Hours, and much more! (2178)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/21/2011 Comment

What's in a Name? Matthew or Levi. Click on the link by Fr. Ryan Erlenbush to learn why this matters.

Improving Your Prayer - Carmelite Sisters, Integrated Catholic Life™

What’s in a Name? Matthew or Levi - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

Margaret Sanger on How To Kill Black People - Marc Barnes, Bad Catholic

The Pope in Germany, In the Desert of Faith - Sandro Magister, Chiesa

Unity and Guitars - Andrew Votipka, VirtuousPla.net

The Mystical Interpretations of the “Hours” of the Sunday Gospel - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

Purposeful Detours - Patti Maguire Armstrong, Catholic Lane

Archbishop Nienstedt: A Serious Threat to Religious Freedom, Radical Secularism - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

From Canterbury to Rome: Dr. David...READ MORE

Filed under archbishop nienstedt, bullying, dr. david daintree, germany, homosexuality, joe eszterhas, levi, maccabees, mel gibson, pope benedict xvi

Young Theologians Encouraged to Confront 'The Intellectual Tasks of the New Evangelization' (4605)

Embrace the spiritual calling of your academic vocation, Cardinal Wuerl tells a Washington gathering.

09/21/2011 Comments (3)

Cardinal Donald Wuerl

– CNA photo

WASHINGTON — Seeking to reverse a generational breakdown in the transmission of faith, the U.S. bishops have targeted a potential ally — young theologians who have just begun to teach undergraduates at Catholic universities. 

In an effort to build bridges between Church leaders and departments of theology and religious studies, Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the chairman of the Committee on Doctrine at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, organized a gathering to foster dialogue between two camps with distinct but complementary missions.

“The Intellectual Tasks of the New Evangelization,” a symposium held here at the Washington Court Hotel, provided a forum for 54 untenured...READ MORE

Filed under archbishop augustine di noia, cardinal donald wuerl, janet smith, john cavadini, moral theology, origen, st. augustine, st. justin martyr, st. thomas aquinas, theologians

Indianapolis Archbishop Buechlein Retires Early (1965)

Auxiliary Bishop Christopher Coyne has been named by Pope Benedict as apostolic administrator until a new archbishop is appointed.

09/21/2011 Comment
via EWTN News website

Archbishop Daniel M. Buechlein of Indianapolis

– via EWTN News website

INDIANAPOLIS (EWTN News/CNA)—Today Pope Benedict XVI accepted the early resignation of Archbishop Daniel Buechlein of Indianapolis due to health issues. The archbishop’s retirement was announced on Sept. 21 and is effective immediately.

“It has been a joy for me to serve as archbishop of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis for the past 20 years. I want to thank all of the clergy, religious, archdiocesan staff and laypeople for the support you have given me over the years,” Archbishop Buechlein said in a Sept. 21 statement from the archdiocese.

“You truly have been a blessing to me. With your help and the help of God, we have been able to accomplish much.”

The archbishop requested retirement...READ MORE

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Trying to Stop the Pro-Life Train (2519)

Abortion advocates resort to court orders to delay new pro-life laws.

09/21/2011 Comments (1)
Melissa Brades/Shutterstock.com

IT'S PAID OFF. Pro-life marchers demonstrate at the capitol building in Topeka, Kans., on Jan. 22, 2009. This spring, they saw the fruit of their efforts, as Gov. Sam Brownback signed a number of pro-life bills.

– Melissa Brades/Shutterstock.com

TOPEKA, Kan. — Until this spring, advocates of legal abortion could count on one of two checks built into the legislative system to slow the rising tide of pro-life legislation at the state level. They could rely on either pro-abortion governors or at least one of the legislative houses having a pro-abortion majority.

But that strategy broke down as the Republican onslaught of last November swept through both legislatures and governors’ mansions, resulting in more than 60 pro-life bills making it onto the statute books across the U.S. in the 2011 legislative sessions.

Now abortion advocates must resort to temporary injunctions to keep abortion businesses running.

In Kansas, a leading...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, courts, planned parenthood, pro-life legislation, republicans

Archbishop Gomez Recalls Dolores Hope's 'Deep, Abiding Faith' (3377)

The widow of entertainer Bob Hope and supporter of many Catholic charities died Sept. 19 at the age of 102.

09/21/2011 Comments (2)
Wiki Commons

Bob and Dolores Hope in the 1970s

– Wiki Commons

LOS ANGELES (CNA)—Dolores Hope, the widow of entertainer Bob Hope and a supporter of many Catholic charities, was a Catholic of “deep, abiding faith,” Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles said in tribute to her life.

“Both the entertainment world and the Church have lost a woman of profound faith, gifted musical talent and dedication to the betterment of peoples worldwide. The death of Dolores Hope leaves a huge void in Southern California,” he said.

“May she now enter into that eternal life and light prepared for her by the God whom she loved so fully and deeply.”

She died Sept. 19 at the age of 102.

She was born Dolores DeFina in New York on May 27, 1909. During the 1930s she sang in...READ MORE

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Speaking the Truth in Love, Bring Back John Vianney, Fr. Barrons Catholicism, and much more! (3417)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/21/2011 Comment

Bring Back Saint John Vianney! Click on the link by Father Bevin Bramwell on why.

Courage: “Speaking the Truth in Love” about Homosexuality - Bishop James Conley, Archdiocese of Denver

The Guardian: Catholic Moms are Stupid, Vile, & Shouldn’t Get Hate Mail - Lisa Graas

Acceptable Prejudices: The Guardian & Catholic Bashing - George Conger, Get Religion

Are We Reaching Young Adults via New Media? - Steven Lawson, VirtuousPla.net

A Great Newspaper Op-Ed by a Priest on Same-Sex Attraction - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

Bring Back John Vianney! - Fr. Bevin Bramwell OMI, The Catholic Thing

Father Barron’s ‘Catholicism’ TV Series - George Weigel, The Catholic Difference

Teacher Strike Ends in Philly with Contract about Catholic Identity - Kevin...READ MORE

Filed under anti-catholicism, bigotry, catholicism, christophobia, courage, fr. robert barron, homosexuality, ideas, msgr. charles pope, new media

Pope’s Brother Discusses Holy Father’s Love for Liturgy, Learning and Simple Joys (5135)

Msgr. Georg Ratzinger offers candid interview in German newspaper.

09/20/2011 Comments (11)

Pope Benedict XVI and his elder brother Msgr. Georg Ratzinger

– 2006 Getty Images photo

ROME — Pope Benedict XVI is “as normal as ever,” his elder brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, has said in a candid interview published Sept. 18.

“I feel gradually age is catching up with him — walking appears more difficult, the voice has become somewhat quieter,” he added, but “mentally he shows no deterioration.”

During a long and rare conversation published in the Sept. 18 edition of the German newspaper Die Welt am Sonntag, Msgr. Ratzinger spoke openly and affectionately about the Holy Father, sharing what the two hold in common, how the Pope is coping with the papacy, and looking ahead to his younger brother’s four-day visit to his homeland this week. (A new book entitled My Brother...READ MORE

Filed under msgr. georg ratzinger, pope benedict xvi, vatican

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