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Five Reasons to Kill Christian Music, Beauty is the Seal of Truth, Fat Body of Christ and Much More! (4313)

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02/25/2013 Comment

Five Reasons to Kill Christian Music. Follow the link by Marc Barnes of the Bad Catholic blog to read more of this most important liturgical musical topic of our time.

Five Reasons to Kill Christian Music by Marc Barnes of the Bad Catholic blog – Big Pulpit

Beauty is the Seal of Truth – Beauty in Education

Fat Body of Christ? – Burke Ingraffia, Ignitum Today

More than 100,000 Rally to Protect Marriage in Puerto Rico – Ben Johnson, LifeSiteNews

Giving Up the Power Struggle in Marriage – Leticia Adams, Catholic Stand

G. K. Chesterton: It’s Not Gay and Not It's Not Marriage – Dale Ahlquist MA, Crisis Magazine

Dom Guéranger: A Prophet – Dom Mark Daniel Kirby, Vultus Christi

Same-Sex "Marriage": Our Agreements Solve Our Disagreement – Trent Horn, Catholic Answers

The Papacy of Pope Benedict XVI (recent roundup of the best links) - Big Pulpit


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Conclave Expected to Begin Between March 9-11 (5476)

According to a Vatican official, Pope Benedict XVI likely will change the conclave start date tomorrow by a papal declaration.

02/24/2013 Comments (5)

The Sistine Chapel, site of the papal conclave.

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VATICAN CITY — The conclave to choose the next pope will likely begin between March 9 and 11.

A Vatican official speaking on background to Catholic News Agency said Feb. 24 that the dates being discussed for the start of the conclave to elect Pope Benedict XVI’s successor are somewhere between March 9 and 11.

The possibility of foregoing the normal 15-day waiting period for opening a conclave was raised because Pope Benedict announced Feb. 11 that he would resign on Feb. 28, giving everyone 17 days' advanced notice of his intention.

Consequently, the cardinals who will meet in conclave were given additional time to prepare, compared to the usual situation, where a papal successor is...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict Says He Is Not 'Abandoning the Church' (3382)

During his last Sunday Angelus, Benedict XVI speaks of nearness and dedication to the Church in prayer after retirement.

02/24/2013 Comments (4)
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The crowd in St. Peter's Square during Pope Benedict XVI's Angelus address Feb. 17, 2013.

– Stephen Driscoll/CNA

VATICAN — Around 120,000 pilgrims heard Pope Benedict XVI deliver his last Angelus address in which he said that “the Lord called me to ‘climb the mountain,’ to devote myself even more to prayer and meditation,” a change that does not mean he is “abandoning the Church.”

“Dear brothers and sisters,” the Pope said as he dwelt on the Sunday Gospel on the Transfiguration, “the word of God feels particularly directed at me, at this point in my life. The Lord called me to ‘climb the mountain,’ to devote myself even more to prayer and meditation.”

“But this does not mean abandoning the Church,” he qualified. “Indeed, if God asks me this it is just so that I can continue to serve with the...READ MORE

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Benedict’s Resignation and the Road Ahead (4795)

The pontiff leaves a great theological legacy while the next pope faces a Church in continuous need of conversion toward a more faithful living out of Catholic belief.

02/24/2013 Comments (7)
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Archbishop Charles Chaput

– Archdiocese of Philadelphia

This commentary was originally published Feb. 24 in the Philadelphia Inquirer

Since the lava flow of press commentaries about Pope Benedict’s resignation began nearly two weeks ago, dozens of people have asked me why the Holy Father “really” resigned and who the next pope is likely to be. 

Given the extraordinary nature of the event, both questions are inevitable. Happily, Benedict’s reasoning has been simple and clear. The Church faces serious challenges worldwide. At 85, his declining health and energy impede his ability to serve the Church as effectively as she needs. 

Resignation is an act of unusual humility, as well as careful judgment. These qualities, along with his...READ MORE

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Recipe for a Pope: A Christlike Man Who Can Govern and Unite (3043)

NEWS ANALYSIS: Church leaders say reform of the Curia is a top item for the next pope, whoever he may be.

02/24/2013 Comments (8)
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Statue of St. Peter in front of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome

– Erin Silversmith/ Wikipedia

VATICAN CITY — Ask any Vatican official or leading Church figure in Rome what one of the most important characteristics of the new pope should be, and, chances are, they’ll say he must have an ability to govern.

Amid the many tributes being paid to Pope Benedict XVI, among the few criticisms is the observation that governance wasn’t the Holy Father’s strong point.

Although he has been widely praised for certain aspects of governance — namely his episcopal appointments, his efforts to crack down on clerical sex abuse and measures to make the Vatican’s finances more transparent — running the Roman Curia was his Achilles heel, made harder by his infirmity and old age.

He appeared to...READ MORE

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That's Not in the Bible: Contemporary Dilemmas with Sola Scriptura; Is Christ Ugly and More! (4607)

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02/23/2013 Comment

That’s Not in the Bible: Contemporary Dilemmas with Sola Scriptura. Follow the link by Two Catholic Men and a Blog (TCMAAB) to read more.

That’s Not in the Bible: Contemporary Dilemmas with Sola Scriptura by Two Catholic Men and a Blog (TCMAAB) - Big Pulpit

Is Christ Ugly? – Edmund Mitchell, Ignitum Today

Nine Reasons True Christians Follow the Pope – H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter’s List

The Saint Who Would Interrupt Mass with a Public Confession of Her Wickedness - The Spiritual Life, Catholic Herald

The Edmund Campion Missal – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Ten Tips for Fine Tuning Your Media Antennas – Anabelle Hazard JD, Catholic Stand

Pope Leo’s Guilds a Far Cry from Today’s Unions – Anthony M. Esolen PhD, Crisis Magazine

What’s So Good About Diversity? – David Clayton MA, The Way of Beauty

Interregnum,...READ MORE

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John Paul II’s Canonization Progress Remains Confidential (2638)

Cardinal Amato declines to comment on media reports of a miracle attributed to the late Pope’s intercession.

02/22/2013 Comments (2)

Blessed John Paul II.

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ROME — The Vatican’s continuing work on Blessed John Paul II’s cause for sainthood cannot currently be made public, said the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints.

“We are working on it, it is going well, and various documents are coming into the Congregation for the Saints,” Cardinal Angelo Amato said, responding to a flurry of media reports about an alleged miracle that would pave the way for the former Pope’s canonization.

He told CNA that at the moment, no further information could be given about the alleged miracle, as his office must maintain “absolute confidentiality.”

The cardinal’s comments came during the presentation of a book on the Year of Faith at...READ MORE

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Benedict and the Anglican Ordinariates: Ecumenism in Action (3236)

By shepherding former Anglicans and their liturgical patrimony into the Church, the Holy Father has bequeathed a legacy of constructive Christian unity.

02/22/2013 Comment

Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson, head of the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter in the United States.

LONDON — Pope Benedict XVI pushed ecumenism far beyond mere dialogue in his efforts towards Christian unity.

According to many observers, that is the inescapable conclusion that is generated when examining the Pope’s personal investment in the foundation of the ordinariates that are accommodating former Anglicans who come into the Catholic Church.

In 2011, the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham was founded in England and Wales for the reception of Anglicans into full communion with the Catholic Church, while maintaining their distinctive Anglican patrimony. A year ago, the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter was established in the U.S., while the Ordinariate of Our Lady of the...READ MORE

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