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Archbishop Kurtz on Priestly Vocations, the Rosary, Traditional Marriage (3068)

Vice president of the U.S. bishops’ conference places heavy responsibility for defense of marriage on Christian couples.

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Archdiocese of Louisville

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, vice president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

– Archdiocese of Louisville

As a young man, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz was inspired by a book his sister gave him on St. Dominic and the Rosary. It described Dominic as an “athlete for Christ.” This life appealed to him more than merely devoting his life to a career, so he decided to enter the seminary.

Today, he has a lot to say about priestly formation — and the importance of the Rosary in the life of the Church. He suggests that priests can and should be doing much more to encourage the vocations they sense some of their young parishioners may have. And he has an innovative way to pray the Rosary that, he says, can help Christians hear the voice of Christ.

As archbishop of Louisville, Ky., and as vice president of...READ MORE

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Steve Jobs, Adoption, Abortion, Brighton Rock, HuffPo, Bishop Zubik, and much more! (3415)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Steve Jobs, Adoption and Abortion. Click on the link by Donald R. McClarey to better understand the connection between all three.

Without a Wedding Garment: Faith Without Works - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

Steve Jobs, Adoption and Abortion - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Study: Catholic Priests Are Among the Happiest People in Society - Genevieve Pollock, Zenit

Engage, The Other “E” Word - Elizabeth Hillgrove, VirtuousPla.net

Why Media Blackout on Persecution of Christians? - Milo Yiannopoulos, Catholic Herald

Deeply Confused HuffPo Writer - Mark Shea, Catholic and Enjoying It!

The New ‘Brighton Rock’: Bad Romance - Eve Tushnet, Crisis Magazine

Occupy Wall Street vs. 40 Days for Life - Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Darn Tooting: President Obama Openly Confronts...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, adoption, bishop zubik, faith, huffpo, minnesota catholic conference, occupy wall street, president obama, steve jobs, wedding garment

SDG Reviews 'The Way' (8038)

Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez travel the ancient pilgrimage route together and finish their journey of faith with a flourish.

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Emilio Estevez directs his father Martin Sheen in a scene from The Way.

– Courtesy theway-themovie.com

Tom Avery takes some needling on the golf course for riding in the golf cart: He says he’s tired, but his fellow players say he’s old and lazy. Played by 71-year-old Martin Sheen, Tom is not a prime candidate for strapping on a North Face backpack in France and heading up into the Pyrenees on the beginning of a 500-mile journey to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain.

That the long journey — the Camino Francés (French Way), the most popular route of el Camino de Santiago (Way of St. James) — is an important Catholic pilgrimage route to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, where tradition holds St. James’ remains are buried, makes Tom, a lapsed Catholic, an even less likely...READ MORE

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Father Pavone's Bishop Responds to Firestorm Over Priests for Life Leader's Recall (18278)

Amarillo Bishop Zurek seeks ‘fruitful dialogue,’ confirms Father Pavone has no faculties outside his diocese. The two will meet Oct. 13.

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AMARILLO, Texas — Bishop Patrick Zurek of Amarillo issued a statement yesterday that clarified his reasons for recalling Father Frank Pavone, the director of Priest for Life, to his home diocese.

“It is my desire to have a fruitful dialogue with Father Pavone,” Bishop Zurek wrote in the statement posted on the Diocese of Amarillo’s website that confirmed the two would meet on Oct. 13 to address both pastoral and administrative issues.

In his statement, Bishop Zurek said he had called Father Pavone back to the diocese to encourage a period of prayer and reflection on the “sacramental ministerial priesthood that we both share.”

The bishop said he sought “clarification and answers to...READ MORE

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Bishop Zubik: 'The Roman Collar is Not a Bull's Eye' (8296)

Pittsburgh’s shepherd defends himself from an accusation of sexual misconduct; district attorney confirms that allegations are not credible

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Bishop David Zubik


Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh organized a press conference Oct.5 to announce that he had been accused of sexual abuse while serving as the vice-principal of a Catholic school in the 1980s.

At the press conference, Bishop Zubik emphatically denied the allegations, which had been posted on an Internet site. Subsequently, the Beaver County District Attorney, Anthony Berosh, publicly summarized the conclusions of his own investigation. Berosh said, “There is no basis in law or fact to substantiate the allegations.” He added, “(This information) was brought to us by the Diocese of Pittsburgh itself; I believe that says a lot about the integrity of the system.”

Ordained in 1975, Bishop...READ MORE

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Steve Jobs: the Edison of His Time (13648)

Apple co-founder paved way for evangelization using new technology.

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An Apple Ipad 2 displays a tribute to Steve Jobs, co-founder and former chief executive officer of Apple, who died Oct. 5.

– Chris McGrath/Getty Images

If there ever were a person who demolished F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous quip that “There are no second acts in American lives,” it was Steve Jobs. By the time he passed away yesterday from pancreatic cancer, he had seen, by any reasonable estimate, at least half a dozen acts in his 56 years.

Anyone would count themselves fortunate to change the world once in a lifetime, but by even a conservative accounting, Jobs changed it at least four times.

The first was with the founding of Apple Inc. in 1976. Steve Wozniak provided the technology, and Jobs provided the visionary and marketing genius that would kick off the entire home computer revolution with models like the early Apple, Apple IIs...READ MORE

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Improving Spiritual Behavior, To Be a Moral Investor, Catholics and the Political Economy, and more! (2262)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Theodore Roosevelt and Muscular Christianity. Click on the link by Donald R. McClarey to learn more.

Overcoming My Worst Spiritual Behavior - Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

The Political Economy: What’s a Catholic Got to Do? - Jared Dale Combista, VirtuousPla.net

How to Be a Moral Investor - Samuel Gregg, Crisis Magazine

The Word of God in Liturgy and the Church - Fr. Christopher Smith, Chant Café

Cardinal Dias: Let Dispensed Priests Play Active Parish Role - Madeleine Teahan, Catholic Herald

Theodore Roosevelt and Muscular Christianity - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Study: New Media Censors Christian Viewpoint - Susan Brinkmann, Women of Grace

Can a Pro-Life Politician Ever Vote Pro-Abortion? - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

Change Happens: New...READ MORE

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Building Up Catholic Culture in Kansas (2473)

Benedictine College is bringing some of the best of today's Catholic thinking to the public through its Gregorian Institute. Oct. 9 issue feature.

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Benedictine College Facebook page

– Benedictine College Facebook page

The feast of St. Gregory the Great on Sept. 3 saw Benedictine College formally launch its new Gregorian Institute and Gregorian Fellowship program.

Through the Gregorian Institute, the college, in Atchison, Kan., will try to renew Catholic culture and freedom of religious expression by promoting Catholic identity in public life.

Naming the new institute after the great Benedictine Pope was a natural for the college, according to Tom Hoopes, who founded the institute, and Joseph Wurtz, dean of students.

Hoopes, who is vice president of college relations and Benedictine’s writer in residence, said the college wants to present to students St. Gregory’s appreciation for truth, beauty and goodness...READ MORE

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