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Crisis Control in Philadelphia (3955)

A grand jury report, criminal indictments, mass suspensions and the collapse of moral credibility: a conversation with Auxiliary Bishop Timothy Senior of Philadelphia and victim services consultant Mary Achilles.

05/26/2011 Comments (12)
CNS photo/Fred Trulio, Catholic Standard & Times

PENITENTIAL SERVICE. Cardinal Justin Rigali, kneeling at right, leads the Stations of Cross at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul March 11. The penitential service was called by the cardinal in response to the clergy sexual abuse crisis.

– CNS photo/Fred Trulio, Catholic Standard & Times

PHILADELPHIA — In 2005, a grand jury in Philadelphia criticized Church officials for transferring accused priests to other parishes throughout the archdiocese, fueling a scandal that prompted policy changes. In February 2011, a second grand jury report resulted in the criminal indictment of three priests and a teacher for the rape of two boys more than a decade ago. Further, Msgr. William Lynn, the archdiocesan secretary for clergy from 1992 to 2004, was charged on two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

The 2011 grand jury report also attacked the archdiocese for permitting additional priests with “credible” allegations of sexual abuse to remain in ministry. After initially...READ MORE

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Maid of Orleans, Catholic All-Stars, A Buddhist Convert, France, NAB, Goodbye Oprah, and much more! (3617)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/26/2011 Comment

The Little Flower, Saint Therese of Lisieux, posing in costume as Saint Joan of Arc.

How Your Parish & Your Pastor Can Legally Lobby! (& still be tax-exempt) - Thomas Peters, Catholic Vote/American Papist

The Maid of Orleans Who Tried to Rescue France - Catholic Herald

Pope Benedict on Spiritual Direction - Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Catholic All-Stars - Colin Kerr, The Theology of Dad

Poll: Nearly 1/3 of Russians Believe Historic Division of Christians ta Mistake - Patrick Madrid

Buddhist Convert: Paul Williams - Why I’m Catholic

Goodbye Oprah - Paul Zummo, The American Catholic

Publicly a Catholic, Privately a Heretic - Phil Lawler, CatholicCulture.org/On the News

Why New American Bible Scholars Are Wrong on John 21 & Luke 5 - Joe Heschmeyer,...READ MORE

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Holy Land Reaction to Obama’s Peace Talk (2581)

Local Christians offer their views on the President’s vision for the Middle East.

05/26/2011 Comments (6)
CNS photo/Debbie Hill

HOPE FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE. Palestinian girls light candles in front of an icon at St. Joseph Church in the West Bank town of Jifna May 7.

– CNS photo/Debbie Hill

JERUSALEM — Exhausted by decades of conflict, residents of the Holy Land are pessimistic that the peace initiative unveiled by President Barack Obama on May 19 will lead to peace.

Local Christians, though deeply rooted in their faith, have pretty much given up hope that there will ever be an end to the suffering.

Most local Christians, who are ethnically Palestinians, believe that Israel has only its interests, and not theirs, at heart.

Alex, the owner of a Christian shop in the narrow alleyway leading to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in the Old City, laughed ruefully when asked about his hopes for the future.

“You’ve come too late, my dear. There is no future,” said Alex, who...READ MORE

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St. Katharine of Aragon?, Christopher Dawson, Mantillas, Graham Greene, Cistercians, and much more! (3049)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/25/2011 Comment

Katharine of Aragon, only legitimate wife of the notorious adulterer and schismatic King Henry VIII. Stayed faithful to her husband despite his wandering eye and other abuses. She died wishing her husband to repent and finally unequivocally telling of her unwavering love for him.

What’s a Primate??? - Giuseppe Ambrose, The Three Bs

Saint Katharine of Aragon: Patroness of Rome-Canterbury Unity? - The American Spectator

The Drama of Faith: Poets, Prophets and Actors - Mark Shea, Catholic Exchange

The Supreme Gift (John 14:13-21) - Father John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Christopher Dawson, RIP - Stephanie A. Mann, The English Reformation: Supremacy and Survival

Could We Re-Learn Respect & Modesty by Covering Our Heads at Mass? - Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald

Saint Thomas Becket and Three Plays - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Is Spiritual Direction Really For Everybody? - Reginaldus, The New Theological Movement

The Unsung Heroine Who...READ MORE

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Archbishop Sheen's Positio Presented to the Pope (3380)

‘America is in need of a saint like Archbishop Sheen.’

05/25/2011 Comments (3)

Msgr. Stanley Deptula, executive director of the Archbishop Fulton John Sheen Foundation, holds a volume containing letters from cardinals and bishops supporting the sainthood cause of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen in Rome May 24.

– CNS photo/Paul Haring

VATICAN CITY — The positio of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, which summarizes the life and holiness of the late TV preacher, was presented this morning to Pope Benedict XVI by Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria, Ill.

The two volumes of the positio, compiled by the Congregation of the Causes of Saints, were given to the Holy Father at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square. Also presented were letters from cardinals and bishops from around the world written in favor of the cause.

On receiving the documents, the Pope recalled fond memories of working with Archbishop Sheen when they collaborated on mission activities and served on commissions together.

Today’s presentation is...READ MORE

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States’ Rights (3015)

Unprecedented number of pro-life bills in state legislatures.

05/25/2011 Comments (4)

TOPEKA, Kansas — An unprecedented number of pro-life bills, mostly on the state level, is continuing, and recent executive signatures in places like Kansas and Indiana are giving pro-lifers renewed hope.

Measures that strip Planned Parenthood of all state funding, force private abortionists to adopt new safety measures, require parental consent and outlaw almost all abortions after 20 weeks were pushed through state legislatures by new pro-life majorities.

“It is my impression a significant number of newly elected legislators are pro-life,” said Mary Spaulding Balch, who has visited many state legislatures in her job as director of National Right to Life’s department of state legislation....READ MORE

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Taking a Break from a Relationship, Capitalizing on New Abortion Poll, Large Families, and more! (3474)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/25/2011 Comments (1)

The Extraordinary Form of the Latin Rite Mass!

Are Children Worth the Cost? - Barbara Curtis, Catholic Herald (US)

. . .Mother of Aerosmith Singer Steven Tyler’s Aborted Baby Now Pro-Life. . .

. . .Father Frank Pavone: Canadian Baby Joseph Back Home. . .

. . .Donor Offspring are People, with Rights Too. . .

Did Christ Wrongly Predict His Second Coming? (No, Here’s Why) - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

. . .The Rapture Trap. . .

Taking a Break From a Relationship (Dating & Engagement) - Anthony Buono, 6 Stone Jars

Top Ten Ways to Get Your Children to Give Up Their Catholic Faith - Robert Kumpel, The Last Papist Standing

Not Just Teaching, but Change - Doctor Jeff Mirus, CatholicCulture.org/On the Culture

John Jay Study: $2M...READ MORE

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Ecclesia Anglicana, Chinese Confucian Diplomat Converts, Sts. Donatian & Rogatian, and more! (2701)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/24/2011 Comment

Donatian and Rogatian were brothers who were martyred for their faith in the third century, about the year 287 Anno Domini.

Ecclesia Anglicana - Father Allan R. G. Hawkins, Ignatius Insight

For the Seed Planted by a Chinese Confucian Diplomat - Frank Weathers, Why I Am Catholic

Saint Donatian and Rogatian, Martyrs - Catholic Lane

Father Sirico: Change Thinking on Poverty - Michael Severance, Acton Institute/PowerBlog

Bishops of England & Wales on the New Corrected Translation - Father John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

Gallup Poll: Americans Want All or Most Abortions Illegal - Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com

Father Michael Pfleger Celebrates First Mass Since Reinstatement - Lisa Graas, The American Catholic

Breakaway Episcopalians Choose Bishop - California Catholic Daily

Rock Music from a...READ MORE

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