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Pope Benedict: Christmas Season Should Fill Our Hearts With Joy (2217)

Holy Father speaks at first general audience of 2012.

01/04/2012 Comment

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—The joy of the Christmas season is the unparalleled union of God and man, said Pope Benedict XVI at the first general audience for 2012.

“Humanity’s dream which began in the Garden of Eden, we want to be like God, is realized in an unexpected way, not through the greatness of man, who cannot make himself God, but through the humility of God, who came down among us in his humility, raising us to the true greatness of his being,” the Pope said to the 7,000 people in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall on Jan. 4.

This is the reason why “our first reaction to the birth of Jesus should be one of joy,” he said, because we now know “that God has assumed our humanity in order...READ MORE

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Pope Accepts Resignation of Los Angeles Bishop Who Fathered Two Children (5552)

01/04/2012 Comments (51)
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Bishop Gabino Zavala

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Los Angeles — Pope Benedict publicly accepted the resignation of Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop Gabino Zavala on Jan. 4, after the bishop admitted to fathering two children.

Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles called the news “sad and difficult” in a Jan. 4 letter to the faithful, explaining that Bishop Zavala informed him in early December that he is of the father of two teenage minor children who live in another state with their mother.

Since 60-year-old Bishop Zavala submitted his resignation to the Pope, he “has not been in ministry and will be living privately,” Archbishop Gomez said. Bishop Zavala oversaw the San Gabriel Pastoral Region, which is one of five in the archdiocese.


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Nashville Dominicans and Holiness, Heresy Checklist, How the Word Became Flesh, and much more! (3698)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

01/04/2012 Comment

Nashville Dominican Sisters Show what Catholic Education Should Be - Elizabeth Duffy, Patheos/The Constant Convert

Do You Have a Heresy Checklist? Here it is - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

How the Word Must Become Flesh in Us - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Was Mary Saved? - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Do You Know Your Neighbors? - Michelle Burns, Ignitum Today

The 10 Biggest Vatican Stories of 2011(video) - The Catholic Herald

Pontifical Council for Social Communications Prove Its Importance - A Reluctant Sinner

God is With Us, Even While the State is Against Us - Fr. John A. Leies SM, HLI America

Jews Alarmed by Messianic Movement Boom- Giacomo...READ MORE

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Holy Father Entrusts the Sick to Christ's Care (2309)

Pope Benedict XVI releases World Day of the Sick message.

01/04/2012 Comment

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN/CNA)—The suffering people experience when they are sick can help them grow closer to Jesus, Pope Benedict XVI said in his message for next month’s World Day of the Sick.

“God, indeed, in his Son, does not abandon us to our anguish and sufferings, but is close to us, helps us to bear them, and wishes to heal us in the depths of our hearts,” the Pope said on Jan. 3.

He placed a particular emphasis on the Church’s three “sacraments of healing,” which are reconciliation, the anointing of the sick and the Eucharist.

The theme of this year’s Day of the Sick, which will be observed on Feb. 11, is “stand up and go; your faith has saved you,” a quotation taken from Christ’s...READ MORE

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TOB Institute Names Damon Owens Executive Director (5451)

Owens takes over a burgeoning organization that propagates the Church’s timeless teaching on human sexuality.

01/04/2012 Comments (3)

Damon Owens

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Damon Owens is the founder of the New Jersey Natural Family Planning Association and Joy-Filled Marriage NJ. He has appeared on numerous radio and television programs and is a frequent speaker on marriage, sexuality, NFP and Pope John Paul II’s theology of the body. He spoke recently with Register senior writer Tim Drake about his new position as the executive director of the Theology of the Body Institute.

Tell me where you’re from originally and about your family.

I grew up in New Jersey. Both of my parents are from the South. My father is a deacon. My mother was a homemaker. I’m the middle of three children, with an older and a younger sister. I attended Brown University and later the...READ MORE

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Free Will and Predestination, Catholics and Politics, Five New Years Resolutions, and much more! (6054)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

01/04/2012 Comment

What Does IHS Stand For? The meaning of the Holy Name of Jesus. Click on the link by Dr. Taylor Marshall to learn more.

Free Will and Predestination - Dr. Peter Kreeft, Integrated Catholic Life™

Should An Icon Be Veiled? - David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

5 New Year’s Resolutions for the Catholic Church in America (2012) - Saint Peter’s List

Controversy, Sainthood, and Me - Mariella Hunt, Ignitum Today

Vote in the Catholic Poll for President - The American Catholic

What Does IHS Stand For? The meaning of the Holy Name of Jesus - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Requiem for the Third See of Christendom - Robert Spencer, Crisis Magazine

In the Footsteps of Saints - Anthony E. Clark PhD, Catholic World Report

The Mystery of Time - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

The Top Ten...READ MORE

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Carrying Anglican Patrimony Into the Catholic Church (5892)

Former Episcopal bishop of southwestern diocese, a married father and grandfather, will lead Church’s personal ordinariate for Anglicans and Episcopalians who become Catholic.

01/03/2012 Comments (4)

Father Jeffrey Steenson, the first ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter in the United States.

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HOUSTON — Father Jeffrey Steenson, who was named by Pope Benedict XVI on New Year’s Day as the first to lead the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, said that the new ordinariate for former Anglicans and Episcopalians must be true to both the Catholic Church and its Anglican patrimony.

An obviously overjoyed Father Steenson, 59, who according to one report sported cufflinks with the motto “Keep Calm & Carry On,” said that Pope Benedict, who authorized ordinariates for former Anglicans and Episcopalians in 2009, had charged them to preserve certain elements of Anglican worship.

The Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham — the first one to be created — was established in...READ MORE

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A Snow-Nun, Nature of Forgiveness, Tough Work of Virtue, Catholic Beverages, and much more! (3605)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

01/03/2012 Comments (1)

It’s a Snow-Nun! Click on the link by Kathy Schiffer to view.

It’s a Snow-Nun! - Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

The Nature of Forgiveness, Humanly Possible? - Dr. Donald DeMarco, Integrated Catholic Life™

The Tough Work of Virtue - Jake Frost, Catholic Lane

Thomas Aquinas, Proclus, and Dionysius - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Like I Mean It - Ryan Kraeger, Ignitum Today

Catholic Beverages: Moored by Reason and Time - Brad Miner, The Catholic Thing

2011: the 1968 of the New Evangelization - Anthony S. Layne, Outside the Asylum

The Most Influential Catholic Of 2011, The Final Results - LarryD, Acts of the Apostasy

Peru: Vatican Mediation for “Rebel University” Fails - Andres Beltramo Alvarez, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Is It Worth It?...READ MORE

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