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Father Garza, Father Maciel and the Legion (10335)

In an exclusive interview with the Register, the embattled congregation’s No. 2 man discusses the founder, the scandal surrounding him and how the Legion of Christ is struggling through this period of reform.

07/20/2011 Comments (36)

Legionary Father Luis Garza was appointed director of the Legion of Christ’s newly combined North American territory July 15. He had served as the congregation’s vicar general, No. 2 in the congregation’s hierarchy under the general director and founder Father Marcial Maciel from 1992-2005 and Father Alvaro Corcuera from 2005-2011.

Born in Monterrey, Mexico, Father Garza attended the Legion’s primary and secondary schools in Mexico before earning an undergraduate degree in engineering at Stanford University. In Rome, he received licenciates in theology and philosophy and a doctorate in canon law.

Father Garza will oversee the newly combined Atlanta and Thornwood, N.Y., territories into...READ MORE

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Study: U.S. Catholic Population Is Growing (3392)

The number of Masses and the size of parishes has increased, despite a decline in the number of priests and parishes.

07/20/2011 Comment

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

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WASHINGTON (EWTN News) — A new study shows that the number of Masses and the size of Catholic parishes has increased in the United States, despite a decline in the number of priests and parishes.

“The scale of parish life in the United States has expanded along with the nation’s growing Catholic population,” the “Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership” project noted in a July 15 announcement of the study’s findings.

“Bigger parishes, more Masses, and ministries in languages other than English are becoming the norm.”

“Emerging Models” was a collaboration with the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University, which conducted the two-year study from 2009 to...READ MORE

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A Callus on the Soul, Islamic Prince to Attend Pope's Interfaith Meeting in Assisi, and much mor (2557)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/20/2011 Comment

A Callus on the Soul - Anthony Esolen, The Catholic Thing

Roman-Era Shipwreck Reveals Ancient Medical Secrets - Nick Squires, The Telegraph

Islamic Prince to Attend Pope’s Interfaith Meeting in Assisi - Giorgio Bernardelli, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Saint Elizabeth of Portugal - Catholic Lane

New York Archbishop: Believers Will Soon Be Hauled Into Court for Questioning Gay ‘Marriage’ - Kathleen Gilbert, LifeSiteNews.com

“Mystery” in the Making in Medjugorje: 1981-06-24 (the first day) - Louis Bélanger, Medjupedia

Movie Review: Zoo Keeper - Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide

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

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‘Brain Dead’ Woman Wakes Up, Religious Freedom, St. Basil the Great, and much more! (2902)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/19/2011 Comment

Saint Basil the Great - Catholic Lane

‘Brain Dead’ Quebec Woman Wakes Up After Family Refuses Organ Donation - Rebecca Millette, LifeSiteNews.com

Religious Freedom and the State of New York - Kathryn Jean Lopez

How Should Catholics Respond to Islam? - Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

Arguing with Blowhards - Anthony S. Layne, Outside the Asylum

Why Do Religiously Intense People Have So Many kids? - Peter Berger, The American Interest

Movie Review of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, PG13 - Christine, Catholic Media Review

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Archbishop Charles Chaput Takes the Helm in Philadelphia (5416)

The former archbishop of Denver will officially become the ninth archbishop of Philadelphia Sept. 8 as Cardinal Justin Rigali’s resignation is accepted by Pope Benedict XVI.

07/19/2011 Comments (6)

Archbishop Charles Chaput speaks at the press conference July 19 announcing his appointment to Philadelphia while his predecessor, retiring Cardinal Justin Rigali, looks on.

– Courtesy Archbishop Chaput's Facebook page

PHILADELPHIA — In a decision sure to have a far-reaching impact on the Church in America, Pope Benedict XVI has chosen Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput to be the next archbishop of Philadelphia.

As the replacement for retiring Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop Chaput will take over not only a major metropolitan area with a reputation for faithful Catholicism, but also an archdiocese that has been shaken to its foundation by the latest episode of sexual abuse in the Church.

Both archbishops met the press July 19 in the administrative building behind the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, the 137-year-old structure where Archbishop Chaput will be installed as the 13th bishop and ninth...READ MORE

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Christendom College Founder Warren Carroll Dies (4961)

Pre-eminent historian, educator and convert is remembered as a staunch defender of Catholic identity.

07/19/2011 Comments (5)
Courtesy of Christendom College

Portrait of Warren Caroll

– Courtesy of Christendom College

FRONT ROYAL, Va. — Warren H. Carroll, the founder and first president of Christendom College, died at home July 17 at the age of 79 after a series of strokes.

He had received the last rites the prior week, and a priest brought him holy Communion the day before he died peacefully in his sleep.

“He was a great man,” said Timothy O’Donnell, current president of Christendom. “He was a convert. In 1968, the time of great chaos, when many were leaving the Church, he came in. He had a deep love for Our Lord and our Blessed Mother and the Church. That’s something that was communicated in everything he did after his conversion.”

O’Donnell sees Carroll as among those unsung heroes who stood in the...READ MORE

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The Great Catholic Choir Struggle, Sex and the Empire State, St. John Francis Regis, and much more! (2324)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/19/2011 Comment

The Great Catholic Choir Struggle: Figuring Out What to Sing - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Archbishop Dolan: Battle On Marriage Goes On - Mundabor’s Blog

Sex and the Empire State - Kathryn Jean Lopez

Movie Review: Green Lantern, PG13 - Christine, Catholic Media Review

Saint John Francis Regis - Catholic Lane

All Gay All The Time - Jerry Newcombe, LifeSiteNews

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Vatican Source: Pope Will Appoint Archbishop Chaput to Head Philadelphia Archdiocese (4610)

Report: The Holy Father specifically chose Denver's spiritual shepherd for the post.

07/18/2011 Comments (10)

– Facebook

VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA) — A Vatican source has confirmed that on July 19 Pope Benedict XVI will appoint Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver as the shepherd of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Several news outlets reported on July 18 that Archbishop Chaput will lead the Philadelphia Archdiocese beginning this coming September.

Archbishop Chaput’s appointment was confirmed to EWTN News late on July 18 by a Vatican source who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the

On June 30, the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops picked the name of a potential Philadelphia archbishop from a list of three candidates — known as a “terna” — to recommend to Pope Benedict.


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