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Pope Benedict: Jesus Fulfills God's 'Story of Love' (2247)

Christians 'have to keep the heart of a child ... in order to recognize that we are not self-sufficient, but that we need God, that we have to seek him, listen to him, speak to him.'

12/07/2011 Comment

Child Jesus and John the Baptist

– Wikipedia

VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Pope Benedict XVI told pilgrims at today’s general audience that through prayer Jesus calls the “child-like” into a loving relationship with him and the Father.

In his “cry of exultation,” Jesus “gives thanks to the Father because he has willed to reveal the mystery of salvation not to the wise and learned, but to the ‘little ones,’” the Pope told several thousand pilgrims gathered in the Vatican’s Paul VI Audience Hall on Dec. 7.

Pope Benedict continued his weekly catechesis on prayer with a mediation on the “jewel” of Christ’s prayer, his “Hymn of Joy,” which is found in the Gospels of St. Matthew (11:25-30) and St. Luke (10:21-22).

This prayer, he said, is...READ MORE

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The ACLU'S Siri-ous Abortion Problem (3147)

The iPhone’s new voice-recognition software won’t find abortion businesses. Controversy highlights the question of how to engage with emerging technologies.

12/07/2011 Comments (8)
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– Courtesy of Apple

NEW YORK — When the latest iPhone 4S model was unveiled in October, Apple’s “Siri” voice-recognition software was widely hailed as its catchiest new feature. Smartphone experts said Siri can do so many things effectively by voice alone that it could revolutionize how people use the ever-more ubiquitous gadgets.

But Siri caught the critical attention of the American Civil Liberties Union last week for something it couldn’t do: locate abortion facilities.

When iPhone users ask Siri to find something, the technology utilizes a built-in Internet search engine similar to Google to glean related information from the Internet. News that Siri couldn’t find abortion facilities or places to...READ MORE

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Cultivate a Spirit of Evangelization, Mary Ark of the New Covenant, Liturgy Sings Itself, and more! (2638)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/07/2011 Comment

Mary, the Ark of the New Covenant. Click on the link by Joe Heschmeyer to learn more.

How to Cultivate a Spirit of Evangelization - Eric Sammons, OSV Newsweekly

What Does It Mean to Be Baptized With the Holy Spirit? - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Mary, the Ark of the New Covenant - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Why Does the Catholic Church Oppose Embryonic Stem Cell Research? - Rebecca Taylor, Catholic Lane

Messianic Prophecies: Isaiah 7: 11-16 & 9: 1-7 - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

The Liturgy Sings Itself - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

St. John the Baptist, Forerunner - Frank Sheed, Ignatius Insight Scoop

Adultery as Links in a Chain (St. Gregory of Nazianzus) - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Haunted by a Phantom Heresy -...READ MORE

Filed under adultery, australia, capitalism, catholic blogosphere, embryonic stem cell research, evangelization, homosexuality, pedophilia, same-sex "marriage", st. john the baptist

How the New Missal Is Already Fostering a Deeper Understanding of the Mass (2342)

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, author Edward Sri and musician Matt Maher discuss the opportunity of the new translation.

12/07/2011 Comments (13)
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– Archdiocese of Washington Facebook

A panel of liturgical experts recently noted that the early weeks of using the new English translation of the Roman Missal should be an occasion for Catholics to grow deeper in their understanding of the Mass.

Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington said that the new translation provides a “great opportunity” for those who are familiar with the old responses to gain a “deeper grasp of their faith.”

The cardinal participated in a Dec. 6 phone conference to discuss the impact of the new translation, which went into effect in the English-speaking world on Nov. 27, the First Sunday of Advent.

“It helps to step back” and reflect on the Mass from time to time, said Cardinal Wuerl.

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Military Chaplains Are Allowed to Opt Out of Officiating Same-Sex 'Marriages' (2142)

New amendment provides that a military chaplain who objects to performing a marriage ceremony 'as a matter of conscience or moral principle' may not be forced to do so.

12/07/2011 Comments (1)

WASHINGTON (EWTN News)—The U.S. Senate drew applause from religious-liberty advocates after it approved a measure allowing military chaplains to opt out of performing same-sex “marriage” ceremonies.

Military chaplains should be free to continue serving their country “without fear of reprisal” for their beliefs on sexuality and marriage, said Ron Crews, executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty.

An amendment to the Senate’s version of the 2012 defense authorization bill was introduced in November by Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Wicker said that the legislation would allow military chaplains to “maintain the freedom of...READ MORE

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Massachusetts Voters Likely to See Physician-Prescribed Suicide Measure (2131)

Success in November 2012 ballot initiative could make commonwealth third state to allow the practice.

12/07/2011 Comments (2)
David Kerr/CNA

Cardinal Seán O’Malley has spoken out forcefully against a proposed ballot initiative to legalize assisted suicide in Massachusetts, warning citizens not to be "seduced by the language, ‘dignity, mercy, compassion.'"

– David Kerr/CNA

BOSTON — The Massachusetts secretary of state is expected to announce today whether enough signatures have been collected to allow a physician-assisted suicide ballot initiative in the state for November 2012.

A successful initiative would make the state the third in the nation to allow the practice of someone ending his own life with the help of a physician prescribing lethal drugs. Oregon and Washington currently allow the practice.

But gauging widespread popular support of the Massachusetts Death With Dignity Act is difficult. Language of the initiative and its campaign avoids the term “suicide,” instead using “compassion,” “dignified” “humane” and “end-of-life care.” Whether voters...READ MORE

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Pope Amused by Seat Belt Complaint, Jimmy Fallon is a Liturgical Traditionalist, and much more! (5214)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/07/2011 Comments (2)

Jimmy Fallon, Liturgical Traditionalist. Click on the link by Matthew Schmitz to read further.

Pope ‘Amused’ by Seat Belt Complaint - John Thavis, Catholic Herald

Jimmy Fallon, Liturgical Traditionalist - Matthew Schmitz, First Things/First Thoughts

Garden Tools and First Amendment Rights - Anthony S. Layne, Outside the Asylum

Is the Vatican Declaring War on U.S. Secularism? - The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

U.K.: EnCourage Call for Chaplains - Fr. Tim Finigan, The Hermeneutic of Continuity

Holy See Joins International Organization for Migration - Catholic News Agency

Could Obama Flip on Religious Exemptions for Health Care? - Bob Laird, HLI America/Truth & Charity Forum

False Visionaries, Mediums, Clairvoyants, & Healers in the Church - Mystics of the Church

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Archbishop Chaput on Ad Limina Visit, Advent, Religious Liberty and Philadelphia (2921)

'I beseech the Lord quite often and quite intensely to help me be a good bishop of Philadelphia.'

12/06/2011 Comments (3)

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Archbishop Charles Chaput is using his December ad limina visit to Rome to pause, pray and reflect upon the whirlwind that has surrounded him these past six months.

“2011 has been an extraordinary year of change for me. The world seemed to stop on July 5 and turned my life upside down,” Archbishop Chaput told EWTN News while in Rome.

That was the morning he received the phone call from the U.S. papal nuncio informing him that Pope Benedict XVI wanted him to leave the Archdiocese of Denver and head the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

“Since then, the time has passed very quickly,” he said. “It’s hard to imagine that it’s already December and the year’s almost...READ MORE

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