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Vatican Council Examines Problem of Low Emotional Intelligence (7295)

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

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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 (1598)

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 (4959)

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 (1795)

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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.

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Cardinal Burke: No Communion for Irish Politicians who Support Abortion (4810)

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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U.S. Bishops Say Latest HHS 'Accommodation' Falls Short (5236)

Cardinal Dolan endorses conscience rights for all objecting employers and says legal challenges to the mandate will continue.

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Editor's note:  This article has been updated from its original headline, which stated "U.S. Bishops Reject the Latest HHS 'Accommodation.'" Cardinal Timothy Dolan clarified on his Facebook page on Feb. 8 that the bishops have not "rejected" the Obama administration's Feb. 1 proposal, but they will continue to work to find "acceptable solutions" that respect the "consciences of all."

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops are not satisfied with the Obama administration’s Feb. 1 proposed “accommodation” to the federal contraception mandate and have affirmed the Church’s “united” effort to secure broad religious exemptions and conscience rights for all objecting employers...READ MORE

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Knights of Columbus Celebrate History of Breaking Down Racial Barriers (1299)

The Catholic fraternal organization supported racial equality decades in advance of most of American society.

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Knights of Columbus members discuss social justice promotion and ecumenical outreach with the John LaFarge Institute in New York City in 1967.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. — During Black History Month, the Knights of Columbus are noting the Catholic organization's “forward-thinking” attitudes towards racial equality long before they were popular.

Andrew Walther, Vice President for Communications and Media at the Knights of Columbus, told CNA the Catholic fraternal organization “took stands for racial equality in ways that were really stunning, when you think of the 1920s or the 1910s.”

The Knights of Columbus' first African-American member joined the Order in Massachusetts in the 1890s, less than two decades after its founding.

Walther attributed this openness to the organization’s understanding that everyone could contribute as...READ MORE

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Catholic Pushback Stalls Cuomo’s N.Y. Abortion Blitz (5822)

With the support of evangelicals and pro-life allies, Cardinal Dolan and other state bishops are rallying Catholics against the New York governor’s pro-abortion bill.

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ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s political blitzkrieg won victories for same-sex “marriage” and gun-control advocates, but mounting opposition by Catholics and their pro-life and evangelical allies have slowed down his efforts to expand abortion in New York.

Pro-life state Sen. Ruben Diaz, D-Bronx,  said those efforts now give him a glimmer of hope that Cuomo’s plans to expand abortion in an omnibus women’s equality bill can be stopped.

“Little by little, the pressure is working,” Diaz said.

Just a few weeks ago, Diaz said it looked like Cuomo had the votes to ram the legislation through the 63-member Senate. But strong public opposition led by Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York...READ MORE

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