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You Need Facial Hair to be a Catholic Apologist, Lord of the Rings & Education, and much more! (3304)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/20/2011 Comments (1)

The beauty in Catholic art is well depicted by El Greco's painting of Saint John the Baptist.

“I Am Not Worthy to Unfasten the Sandals of His Feet” - Reginaldus, New Theological Movement

You Need Facial Hair to be a Catholic Apologist - LarryD, Acts of the Apostasy

Paul Ryan & Archbishop Timothy Dolan on Catholic Social Teaching & Budget - Black Adder, The American Catholic

Lord of the Rings & Christian Education: Developing the Human Person - Andrew Seeley

New Vatican Instruction on TLM & the Impact It’s Likely to Have in the U.S. - Joseph O’Brien, Our Sunday Visitor

The Power of Generic Public Prayer - Terry Mattingly, Get Religion

ACLU: Cover Up that Cross! - Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Breaking Stained Glass Windows - John Zmirak, Crisis Magazine

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Why Catholics Are Right, Popular US Pilgrimages, The Order of Sts. Cyril & Methodius, and more! (3067)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/19/2011 Comment

These brothers, the Apostles of the Slavs, were born in Thessalonica, in 827 and 826 respectively. Though belonging to a senatorial family they renounced secular honors and became priests. Evangelized the Slavs and even created an alphabet for them.

Why Catholics Are Right - Michael Coren, The Catholic Thing

Popular Pilgrimage Destinations for Catholics in the United States - Mary De Turris, Our Sunday Visitor

The Order of Saints Cyril & Methodius - John Whitehead, Once I Was A Clever Boy

Monarch Profile: Queen Christina of Sweden - MadMonarchist, The Mad Monarchist

U.S.: Shocker, Univ. of Notre Dame Elects Pro-Abort Trustee - Thomas Peters, Catholic Vote/ American Papist

ESPN’s Big Gay Ghosts - Brad A. Greenberg, Get Religion

Celibacy Does Not Explain Priestly Abuse, Says Report -  David Gibson, Catholic Herald

. . .Russell Shaw: Abuse Report Raises Two Big Questions. . .

. . .Father C. J. McClosky III: Reactions to the John...READ MORE

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U.S. Bishops and Clergy Sex Abuse: Another Round (5383)

A new John Jay report outlines a recipe for disaster that began in the 1960s — and confirms a decline in sex abuse by clergy. Same-sex attraction was not a major role, the report says.

05/19/2011 Comments (22)
CNS photo/Bob Roller

Members of the U.S.-based Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, are interviewed by members of the media outside the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops headquarters in Washington May 18. The bishops unveiled the long-awaited study on the causes of sexual abuse committed by American priests.

– CNS photo/Bob Roller

WASHINGTON — Amid fresh allegations of a clergy abuse “cover-up” in Philadelphia, and urgent preparations for a review of the 2002 Dallas Charter on sexual abuse, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops released a comprehensive report that challenged popular judgments about the causes of the clergy sex-abuse crisis.

Compiled and written by researchers from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, “The Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests in the United States, 1950-2002,” the second report produced by John Jay investigators, concluded that just 5% of clerical predators exclusively targeted prepubescent children and thus could be described as...READ MORE

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Pope St. John I, Jesus vs. Oprah, Church Shopping, Clergy Abuse Report, St. Venantius, and more! (3057)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/19/2011 Comment

St. John I, Pope and Martyr, fought the Arian heresy.

Pope Saint John I, an Easter Pope & Foundation of Ecclesial Communion - Reginaldus, The New Theological Movement

Jesus’ Second Coming Vs. Oprah’s Last Show - LarryD, Acts of the Apostasy

Church Shopping - Elizabeth, Startling the Day

Untroubled Hearts (John 14:1-12) - Father John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Saint Venantius, Martyr - Catholic Lane

Sola Scriptura & the Authorship of the Gospels - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

How to Save Europe - The Catholic Knight

Why Pope ‘Removes’ Some Bishops, But Leaves Others In Place - Brian Fraga, Our Sunday Visitor

Clergy Abuse: Love the One You’re With? - Terry Mattingly, Get Religion

Do Women Have a Role in the Liturgy & in...READ MORE

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Sibling Saints, Pentecostal Convert, Origin of Sacred Chrism, General Longstreet, and much more! (3321)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/18/2011 Comment

One of the greatest generals on either side of the Civil War, James Longstreet died a Catholic.

Sibling Saints - Sister Lisa Marie Doty F.D.C.C., Nunspeak

Pentecostal Convert: Brent Stubbs - Why I’m Catholic

Origin of Sacred Chrism (Pope Saint Fabian) - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

General Longstreet, Convert, Husband of “The Fighting Lady” - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

The Original Culture War - George R. Marlin, The Catholic Thing

God & Democratic Diplomacy - Timothy Shah, Daniel Philpott & Monica Toft, Public Discourse

Community (the Power of Words) - Ches, The Sensible Bond

Priest Recalls Powerful Retreat for Abuse Victims - Father Michael Shields, Catholic Anchor

‘Tolerance’: The Virtue that Serves Itself - Todd M. Aglialoro, Crisis Magazine

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Conversion: What’s the Key? (11406)

Father C. John McCloskey, one of the most successful ‘fishers of men,’ explains his secret.

05/18/2011 Comments (19)
2010 CNS photo/ Paul Haring

A new member of the Church shows her emotions as she and five others baptized and confirmed by Pope Benedict XVI carry the offertory gifts during the Easter Vigil Mass the Pope celebrated in St. Peter's Basilica in 2010.

– 2010 CNS photo/ Paul Haring

During the Easter vigil Mass, in so many parishes, a moving moment comes when the faithful welcome new believers: catechumens (those who receive baptism, Communion and confirmation) and candidates (already baptized) who have typically completed the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA).

According to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, tens of thousands of converts across the country joined the Church as full disciples of Christ this year.

In England and Wales, at Easter, some 900 members of the Church of England were received into the Catholic Church, including 61 former Church of England priests. They joined a new Catholic entity, called the Personal Ordinariate of Our...READ MORE

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Death Row Conversion, Mel Gibson's Scapular, Pro Multis, Blessed Titus Who, Abstinence, + more! (4556)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/18/2011 Comments (1)

A brown scapular.

Powerful Conversion Story on Death Row - The Guild of Blessed Titus Brandsma

Did Christ Die for “All,” or Just “Many”? - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Mel Gibson Still Wears His Scapular - Tancred, The Eponymous Flower

Blessed Titus Who? - Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

“Roman Liturgy is Intended to be Sung” - Rich Leonardi, Ten Reasons

The Erosion of the Person - Giuseppe Ambrose, The Three Bs

The Deeper Meaning of Meatless Fridays? - Doctor Jeff Mirus, CatholicCulture.org/On the Culture

Holding Hands During the Our Father, & Other Liturgical Calamities - Charles Smith, Catholic Phoenix

Pedophilia, Rome Passes the Hot Potato Back to the Bishops - Sandro Magister, Chiesa...READ MORE

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How to Leave Comments on the Internet, Don't Delay Baptism, Debt, Finance, Moral Crisis, + more! (3083)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/17/2011 Comment

George Cardinal Pell is the Archbishop of Sydney, Australia and one of the leading minds of the worldwide Catholic Church.

How to Leave Comments on the Internet - Eric Sammons, The Divine Life

Blessed John Paul II: Don’t Delay Infant Baptism! - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

The Church That Calls the Pope “Grandfather” - Zenit

Once Again, Real Life Imitates South Park- Paul Zummo, The American Catholic

. . .Msgr. Charles Pope fisks Stephen Hawking’s claims of ‘no Heaven’ here. . .

. . .Carl Olson rants on Stephen Hawking’s attempt at theology here. . .

Debt, Finance, & Catholics - Samuel Gregg, Crisis Magazine

Catechesis is Distinct from Theological Speculation - Rich Leonardi, Ten Reasons

America’s Budget Deficit & Our Moral Crisis - Charlie Douglas, The Integrated Catholic Life™

Cardinal Pell Not...READ MORE

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