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Unraveling the ‘Francis Enigma’ (4986)

A Register interview with veteran journalist and author Austen Ivereigh.

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Austen Ivereigh

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Austen Ivereigh is the author of The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope. Recently released to positive reviews in the United Kingdom and the United States, The Great Reformer drills into the Pope’s early history as a young Jesuit provincial who embraced a reformist agenda but would later be effectively ostracized by members of his order in Argentina.

A former spokesman for Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor in England, Ivereigh is also the author of How to Defend the Faith Without Raising Your Voice (Our Sunday Visitor, 2012) and the coordinator for Catholic Voices in the United Kingdom, an initiative that trains Catholics to present and defend Church teaching in the...READ MORE

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Time for Another Suppression of the Jesuits?; Advent Fasting; An Open Letter to Priests and More! (3117)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Click on Time for Another Suppression of the Jesuits? by Donald R. McClarey, JD, of The American Catholic link to read more.

Time for Another Suppression of the Jesuits? by Donald R. McClarey, JD, of The American Catholic - BigPulpit.com

Fasting for Advent – David G. Bonagura Jr., The Catholic Thing

Video Reflection for the Second Week in Advent - Shaun McAfee, Epic Pew

Chastity and Love: Please Don’t Let Them Be Misunderstood – Karee Santos, Catholic Lane

An Open Letter to Priests by Cristina Montes of Ignitum Today - BigPulpit.com

Baby Naming Trend of 2014 Is One of De-Christianization – Ed West, Catholic Herald

Win Books and a Kindle: Epic Holiday Giveaway – Epic Pew

Priestly Celibacy and the Demise of Marriage – Joe Bissonnette, Crisis Magazine

Social Justice = More Power to Caesar – Donald R....READ MORE

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Doctors Push to Allow Death by Organ Donation (3099)

A recent study claims the majority of Americans would support ditching the ‘dead-donor rule’ for organ extraction.

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Cases like that of Martha Perez, a 26-year-old woman whose family said they felt pressured to donate her organs in Arlington, Texas, last month, following a tragic car crash, highlight public uncertainty about the medical definition of “brain death.”  

“But she still has heart and lung functions,” family member Juan Martinez told MyFoxDFW.com before her organs were harvested. “They took her off life support, and she was still breathing. My family feels pressured, and it’s just hard for someone to make that kind of decision when this just happened.”

To avoid public confusion over complicated definitions like “brain death,” some doctors and bioethicists are now saying it...READ MORE

Filed under brain death, celeste mcgovern, euthanasia, jahi mcmath, martha perez, organ donation, wesley smith

Accounts of Former Vatican Bank Directors Frozen (625)

The officials are being investigated by a Vatican prosecutor for suspected embezzlement of funds between 2001 and 2008.

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VATICAN CITY — More than $19.6 million in the accounts of two former managers of the Institute for Religious Works (IOR), commonly known as the Vatican Bank, have been frozen by a Vatican prosecutor in the course of an investigation, it was announced Sunday.

At a Dec. 6 press conference, Holy See press officer Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi confirmed that Gian Piero Milano, promoter of justice for Vatican city state, was investigating two former IOR directors regarding suspected embezzlement between 2001 and 2008.

The investigation is based on suspicions aroused during a 2013 internal review, part of ongoing financial reform at the Vatican aimed at transparency and tackling money...READ MORE

Filed under cardinal pell, ior, secretariat for the economy, vatican, vatican bank

Pope on Solemnity of Immaculate Conception: Mary Shows Us That ‘Everything Is Grace’ (1104)

Mary's response, Pope Francis said, shows 'that we must abandon ourselves to God' in order to truly be conformed 'to his will.'

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VATICAN CITY — In his Angelus address for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on Monday, Pope Francis said that, because everything we have received is “a gift freely given by God,” we, too, must “become a gift for others.”

“The message of today's feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary,” the Pope said in St. Peter's Square, can be summarized as follows: “Everything is a gift freely given by God; everything is grace,” and everything is given because “of his love for us.”

Commemorated annually on Dec. 8, this solemnity is the day in which the Church celebrates Mary having been conceived without original sin.

Pope Francis reflected on the Gospel account of the...READ MORE

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Births Slump to Record Low in CDC Data (3000)

The newly released findings indicate a lack of confidence in the future as women under 30 have had fewer babies for the seventh consecutive year.

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WASHINGTON — Despite polls showing the U.S. tilting in a more pro-life direction, when it comes to the nation’s openness to life, the birthrate may be the one poll that matters most. According to the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, births in the United States have slid down over the past seven years to a record low.

Newly released 2013 data from the CDC show close to 380,000 fewer births last year than in 2007. The birthrate has dropped 9% from 4.3 million babies born in 2007 to 3.9 million born in 2013.

The nation’s general fertility rate is now at a record low of 62.5 per 1,000 women aged 15-44. That rate will generate 1.86 children for each fertile woman, well...READ MORE

Filed under anne hendershott, birthrate decline, cdc, centers for disease control and prevention, jonathan last, peter jesserer smith, richard doerflinger, secretariat for pro-life activities

House Overcomes Partisan Inertia to Pass Disabilities Bill (981)

After eight years in legislative limbo, a bill helping those with disabilities overwhelmingly passed Dec. 3.

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WASHINGTON — After eight years in legislative limbo, a bill helping those with disabilities to save in tax-exempt accounts and still receive federal benefits passed the House overwhelmingly on Dec. 3.

“Tonight, the House spoke for millions of Americans with disabilities,” stated Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., who is the mother of a child with Down syndrome. “I know firsthand how federal policies can limit the opportunities for those with disabilities. The ABLE Act will change that.”

The ABLE Act (“Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014”) passed the House 404-17, and a vote is expected in the Senate before Congress adjourns for Christmas break. In a Congress maligned as a...READ MORE

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Advent Meditations for Pope Delve Into Meaning of Peace (968)

Peace in the biblical meaning is much more profound than the peace in political spheres, said Franciscan Father Raniero Cantalamessa, the preacher to the papal household.

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VATICAN CITY — Franciscan Father Raniero Cantalamessa, the preacher to the papal household, touched on the biblical meaning of the word "peace" — both as a gift from God and a longing of the human heart — in his first Advent meditation to Pope Francis on Dec. 5.

Peace in the biblical meaning is much, much more profound than the peace in political spheres, Father Cantalamessa told CNA.

He said that his reflections will go beyond the external sense of peace and into the “peace of God: as a gift of God, as a duty, as a task to accomplish and peace as inner peace, peace of the heart.”

As preacher to the papal household, Father Cantalamessa gives a meditation to the Pope, cardinals and...READ MORE

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