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Trust in God's Strength When You Answer His Call, Pope Counsels (1961)

The Holy Father’s Angelus reflections focused on the Gospel reading from St. Luke that recounts Jesus calling St. Peter to follow him.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI spoke about how Jesus calls his followers to believe in his power to overcome their sins so that they do not stand in the way of answering his call.

“The experience of Peter, certainly unique, is also representative of the call of every apostle of the Gospel, who must never be discouraged in proclaiming Christ to all men to the ends of the world,” Pope Benedict said Feb. 10, before reciting the Angelus prayer in St. Peter’s Square.

His reflections focused on today’s Gospel reading from St. Luke, which recounts Jesus calling St. Peter to follow him.

“The call is in fact preceded by the teaching of Jesus to the crowd and a miraculous catch of fish,...READ MORE

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Bishop John D'Arcy: a Legacy of 'Tough Love' (9184)

The former Boston auxiliary recalls his attempts to stop the sex-abuse scandal before it happened.

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Bishop John D'Arcy

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Editor's Note: Bishop John D'Arcy, bishop emeritus of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Ind., died Feb. 3 at the age of 80. In this January 2012 article, Register senior editor Joan Frawley Desmond recounted Bishop D'Arcy's prescient call for stronger measures to prevent clergy sexual abuse in the 1970s and 1980s, while he was serving the Archdiocese of Boston as a priest and subsequently as an auxiliary bishop.

Originally published 01-04-2012

BOSTON — Ten years ago, Bishop John D’Arcy of the Fort Wayne-South Bend (Ind.) Diocese got an urgent call from lawyers representing the Boston Archdiocese, where he had previously served as an auxiliary bishop from 1975-1985. He learned that...READ MORE

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Downton’s Delightful Dilemmas (14504)

Commentary: The BBC television show provokes fascinating, instructive dialogue.

02/10/2013 Comments (65)

Downton Abbey, a very popular series halfway through its third season on PBS, features a British family in possession of a huge and somewhat crumbling estate and the large staff employed to serve them.

The acting is excellent, the costumes stunning and the scenery most pleasing to the eye. The story lines are many, intricate and engaging. That said, a case could be made for watching the show solely for the few minutes in which Dame Maggie Smith appears in each episode.

Although some critics complain that Downton is just a sophisticated soap opera, not too many specify what they find “soap opera-ish” about it. It can’t just be that it focuses on complicated human relationships that...READ MORE

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Vatican Council Examines Problem of Low Emotional Intelligence (7279)

Moral theologian and cultural analyst Pia de Solenni, a Register contributor, discussed the issue at a Pontifical Council of Culture session.

02/08/2013 Comments (13)
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Pia de Solenni.

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ROME — The Pontifical Council for Culture spent its last session tackling the problem of emotional illiteracy among younger generations and discovering how to restore that among the youth.

“If people learn how to experience intimacy on a natural level, then they are going to be disposed to it on a supernatural level, on a spiritual level,” said Pia De Solenni, just before delivering the final talk for the council’s Feb. 6-9 plenary assembly in Rome.

“Pope Benedict said at the start of the Year of Faith: ‘The crisis in faith is happening at the same time as the crisis in the family.’”

“You can’t ignore that,” she stressed in a Feb. 8 interview with Catholic News Agency.

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Archbishop Müller: U.S. Ordinariate Brings Gifts to the Church (1594)

In a speech delivered in Houston, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith addresses Anglican communities that have recently entered the Church.

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Archbishop Gerhard Müller.

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HOUSTON — The head of the Vatican’s doctrine office called on Anglican communities that have entered the U.S. Catholic Church to have courage in bringing their patrimony into the larger Catholic community.

“Be courageous pioneers of communion, placing the diversity of your gifts at the service of the universal Church,” Archbishop Gerhard Müller said on Feb. 2. “The distinctiveness of your traditions and manner of prayer and worship are no obstacle to true unity in the Church.”

The archbishop, who is the prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, spoke at St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston during a symposium on the mission of the U.S. ordinariate.

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New York’s Catholic Schools Get New Lease on Life (4934)

After a final round of closures, the Archdiocese of New York is replacing parish-based schools with a new model of governance and financing.

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NEW YORK — After a final, painful round of school closings, the Archdiocese of New York is scrapping the parish-based school model for a new concept of school governance and financing that it says will ensure the survival of Catholic education for years to come.

“While we loved the parish-based school model, it has become in too many cases an antiquated model for keeping schools financially sustainable,” said Timothy McNiff, the archdiocese’s schools superintendent.

The archdiocese announced in January the closure of 22 elementary schools and two secondary schools by June 2013 in order to cover the school system’s $24-million deficit. The final closures, however, signal the end of a...READ MORE

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Magic of Catholic Film Classic Returns in New Remake (1793)

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DENVER — The magic of one of the most popular Spanish Catholic films of the 20th century has been resurrected in a Mexican remake that is now available to the English-speaking public.

Marcelino’s Miracle is based on the successful classic film adaptation of the 1955 short story Marcelino Pan y Vino by Jose Maria Sanchez. The story tells the adventures of an orphaned boy who was abandoned as a baby by his mother at the doorstep of a Franciscan monastery.

The original Spanish film, directed by Ladislao Vajda, was a success at the Berlin and Cannes Film Festivals, where child actor Pablito Calvo was given special recognition for his role as Marcelino.

The story begins as a group of...READ MORE

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Cardinal Burke: No Communion for Irish Politicians who Support Abortion (4755)

As Ireland’s parliament considers legalizing some abortions, the American cardinal stresses that abortion ‘is among the gravest of manifest sins.’

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Cardinal Raymond Burke.

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DUBLIN — As the Irish parliament considers legalizing some abortions, Cardinal Raymond Burke says that local Catholic politicians who support the procedure should be refused Holy Communion in hopes of inspiring their conversion.

“There can be no question that the practice of abortion is among the gravest of manifest sins,” Cardinal Burke told the Irish newspaper Catholic Voice in an interview published Feb. 1.

Once “a Catholic politician has been admonished that he should not come forward to receive Holy Communion,” the cardinal added, “as long as he continues to support legislation which fosters abortion or other intrinsic evils, then he should be refused Holy Communion.”


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