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Shakespeare's Secret Faith (9305)

A literary sleuth unmasks looks at the Bard’s Catholicity. This is the second of two parts.

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PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — When the archbishop of Canterbury recently broke his church’s long silence and acknowledged that William Shakespeare was probably a Catholic, it was a moment of quiet satisfaction for Father Peter Milward, the author who began researching this subject a half century ago.

“I think the archbishop of Canterbury got his ideas from my book,” suggested Father Milward, a soft-spoken, seemingly ageless Jesuit academic who taught English literature at Sophia University in Tokyo and used his off hours to investigate the subject from every angle, producing several key works.

Father Milward is best known for several books: Shakespeare’s Religious Background (1973) and two volumes...READ MORE

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Bishop Aquila: Confirmation Should Be Received Before First Communion (5722)

Looks to Church history to support position on the sacraments of initiation.

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MUNDELEIN, Ill.(CNA) — Bishop Samuel Aquila of Fargo, N.D., in a recent lecture, examined the sacrament of confirmation and explained his reasons for believing children should receive it before first Eucharist.

“One can speak of the many effects of confirmation and the impact it makes upon one’s life, but it is always important to remember that the divine Person of the Holy Spirit is received in confirmation,” he said in July 6 remarks at the Liturgical Institute at Mundelein Seminary in Illinois. “We need the gifts of the Holy Spirit every day, every hour, every minute and every second to live a life that gives
glory to the Father as Jesus glorified the Father.”

The bishop explained...READ MORE

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Archbishop Dolan Reiterates Church's Stand on Marriage (2423)

New York’s spiritual shepherd warns what further redefinition of God-given institution could mean for America.

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NEW YORK (CNA/EWTN News) — After marriage was redefined to include same-sex couples in New York, Archbishop Timothy Dolan is warning that this step could lead to a further redefinition that accepts multiple partners and infidelity.

The New York City archbishop said that in recent decades the Church has been a prophetic voice warning that no-fault divorce, contraception, cohabitation and promiscuity would lead to “a cheapening of the marriage bond and harm our kids.” 

“And now we ring the steeple bell again at this latest dilution of the authentic understanding of marriage, worried that the next step will be another redefinition to justify multiple partners and infidelity,” he said.

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Pope Benedict Reflects on Parable of the Sower and St. Benedict (2624)

Holy Father: 'Love always respects freedom.'

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CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (EWTN News/CNA) — God always respects human freedom and never compels anybody into a relationship with him. That was the message of Pope Benedict XVI in his midday Angelus address July 10.

“God does not force us to believe in him, but draws us to himself through the truth and goodness of his incarnate Son. Love, in fact, always respects freedom,” Pope Benedict said from the balcony of his summer residence at Castel Gandolfo, 15 miles southeast of Rome.

The Pope based his conclusion upon the story told by Jesus in the Gospel reading: the parable of the sower who plants seed with different degrees of success.

He said that, for Jesus, the parable was...READ MORE

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Catholic Colonization of Space, Moral Revolutions, The Pope's Army, and much more! (1323)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/11/2011 Comment

Colonizing Space & Catholicism; Peter Died in Rome; ‘Unbroken’ Line of Popes - Jimmy Akin

Moral Revolutions in America - George Weigel, First Things/On the Square

Warning: Dating the Previously Married - Anthony Buono, 6 Stone Jars

The Pope’s Army - Andrea Tornielli, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

ChurchandNewMedia.com and Book Video Trailer! - Brandon Vogt, The Thin Veil

. . .First Review. . .

Does Mary “Magnify” or Just “Praise” the Lord? - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Saint Peter of Luxemburg - Catholic Lane

For the latest round-up on the best punditry in the Catholic blogosphere go to ThePulp.it.

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New Youth Catechism Is a Hit (7916)

Archbishop Gomez of Los Angeles says YouCat, meant primarily for World Youth Day pilgrims, is already making an impact.

07/10/2011 Comments (18)

SAN FRANCISCO — Catholic youth have a new tool they can use to help explain their faith. A group of European bishops released YouCat — short for “Youth Catechism” — a local catechism published primarily for youth. Unlike previous catechisms, this one has a unique delivery system and a television program based around it.

Whereas previous catechisms have had to rely on bookstores to move them, YouCat will benefit from World Youth Day in Madrid. Organizers will include a copy of YouCat in each backpack received by the WYD pilgrims.

At this point, more than 440,000 young people are preregistered to attend the Aug. 16-21 event.

“YouCat combines sound catechesis and faith formation, based on...READ MORE

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Anglicanorum Texibus, Is Sex Like Race, Ethical Leadership, and much more! (2768)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/10/2011 Comment

Anglicanorum Texibus, the Anglican Use Conference in north Texas, click on Rocco's link to learn more.

Anglicanorum Texibus - Rocco Palmo, Whispers in the Loggia

Catholics Working for Peaceful Birth of South Sudan - Katherine Veik, Catholic News Agency

A Zeitgeist God, Revealed - Howard Kainz, The Catholic Thing

Is Sex Just Like Race? - Matthew J. Franck, Public Discourse old

Mormonism and Abortion - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Ethical Leadership - Clemens Sedmak, MercatorNet

On Cell Phones and Prayers to the Saints - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Preventing Dystopian Marriage: Only the Church Should Define Marriage - Brad Birzer, Catholic Vote

Who Will Win the Catholic Swing Vote? - Lisa Graas

Storm Clouds Ahead for More Than One Child - Marybeth Hicks, Catholic Lane

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Saturday Book Pick: How to Rebut Myths About the Church

07/09/2011 Comments (15)

In Seven Lies About Catholic History, historian Diane Moczar leads us through a lively survey of some of the worst distortions of Church history.  Fabrications about the Inquisition, Galileo affair and Crusades are corrected, along with those regarding the “Dark Ages” and other topics. Many readers — Catholics among them — will be surprised to learn that what they think they know about Church history just isn’t so. 

For example, Moczar explains that physicist and astronomer Galileo Galilei was never harassed in a hall loaded with his enemies, nor was he tortured or even threatened with torture. In fact, the Church acted cautiously in the matter, unlike the bombastic Galileo, who, though...READ MORE

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