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Orthodoxy Rises, Clericalism Declines Among Young Catholics; Musica Sacra and Much More! (4752)

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Orthodoxy Rises, Clericalism Declines Among Young Catholics. Follow the link by Matthew Schmitz to read more.

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Seven Reasons to Go to Weekly Confession During Lent – Taylor Marshall PhD, Canterbury Tales

Musica Sacra Saint Louis, Missouri – Arlene Oost-Zinner, The Chant Café

Films While Waiting for the White Smoke – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Praying (and Living) in an Honest Way – J. Andrew, Prayer of St. Ephrem

What Liturgy Means to Me – Sean Connolly, Ignitum Today

Baghdad: New Chaldean Patriarch Enthroned Under Heavy Security – Catholic Culture/Catholic World News

Capitalism and The Common Good – Bonchamps, Catholic Stand

New Atheism is Dead – Ed West, Catholic Herald


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Bishop Vasa Stands Up for Catholic Identity in Santa Rosa’s Diocesan Schools (10379)

Catholics applaud as the California bishop mandates that teachers affirm they accept Church teachings in their personal and professional lives.

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SANTA ROSA, Calif. — School teachers and administrators are not expecting some sort of “Spanish Inquisition” in the Diocese of Santa Rosa, Calif., even though the diocese is the epicenter of a media-generated local furor surrounding Bishop Robert Vasa’s decision to mandate that Catholic educators live the Ten Commandments and reject “modern errors” on life and family in their personal and professional lives.

“I think it‘s a little overblown, in some ways,” said principal Graham Rutherford of Cardinal Newman High School. “The bishop said he wanted to clarify his expectations. ... He never said we‘ve been doing things wrong here.”

And, in fact, Bishop Vasa told the Register there has...READ MORE

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The Path Toward the Conclave (4333)

NEWS ANALYSIS: A push from most cardinals for ample discussion time delayed an originally fast-track plan for an early conclave.

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Cardinals entering pre-conclave meetings March 5

– Intermirifica.net

VATICAN CITY — During these days of the cardinals’ pre-conclave meetings, two competing tendencies have emerged that ultimately led to a brief delay of the beginning of the conclave.

The exact date is expected to be announced tomorrow, on March 8, following the arrival today of the last of the 115 voting cardinals, Vietnam’s Cardinal Jean-Baptiste Pham Minh Man.

A contingent of cardinals has pushed for a short period of pre-conclave meetings, followed by a quick conclave, beginning as early as March 10, to elect the next pope. But more cardinals have wanted a longer pre-conclave period to allow for ample time for informal discussions outside of the rigid etiquette of the formal...READ MORE

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Cardinal Bertone: New Pope Must Have Docility and Strength (4343)

New pope faces the challenge of encouraging society to make our world more humane and peaceful.

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Cardinal Bertone

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ROME — Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, former Vatican secretary of state, said that among the essential qualities the next pope must have is the ability to seek God’s guidance while leading his Church on earth.

In statements to the Spanish daily La Razon on Feb. 28, Cardinal Bertone said the cardinals would continue to meet this week to study “what kind of profile God wants for the Roman pontiff for the present situation in the world and the Church.”

“There are some qualities that are essential: He should be a spiritual man, so that he may be a docile instrument in the hands of God as the vicar of Christ on earth; and he should have the strength and the drive which Benedict XVI spoke about...READ MORE

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Book on Benedict XVI’s Final Speeches Planned (2542)

The Vatican Publishing House will release two books by the pope emeritus.

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ROME — A book on all of Benedict XVI’s speeches from the moment he announced his resignation until his last day as pontiff will be published March 11.

The book’s title is Non Mi Sono Mai Sentito Solo in Italian, which translates as “I Have Never Felt Alone.” It will also include his resignation speech, Ash Wednesday homily and address at a meeting with all of Rome’s clergy.

The Vatican’s publishing house will also release a second book on the pope emeritus in March, which will collect all of his general audiences from the Church’s Year of Faith.

It is titled Beneditto XVI Nell Anno Della Fede or (Benedict XVI in the Year of Faith) and is the last volume of the retired pope’s series...READ MORE

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Final Cardinal Arrives in Rome for Conclave (2870)

Highlights from the day in Rome.

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VATICAN — The last cardinal to arrive in Rome for the election of a new pope is supposed to land this afternoon, in time for Thursday’s second general meeting.

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi began the March 7 daily press briefing by telling reporters, “There is no date,” which was followed by sighs from the media.

However, the progress toward a date for the conclave did make visible progress, with the planned arrival of Cardinal Jean-Baptiste Pham Minh Man from Vietnam, bringing the College of Cardinals to its full count of 115.

“The Vietnamese cardinal made his journey today, and some Vietnamese priests from Vatican Radio are meeting him at the airport. We will see if...READ MORE

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Bishops Raise Concern Over Violence Against Women Act (6154)

In another blow to conscience rights, Congress passes a bill that failed to provide religious liberty protection for Church-affiliated anti-trafficking programs.

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Editor's note: This article was updated at 11:45 am EST March 8, 2013.

WASHINGTON — As threats to human life and religious liberty become embedded in federal law, the U.S. bishops are being forced to withhold support from legislation like the Affordable Care Act, which advances key social goals but authorizes policies that violate Catholic teaching.

This increasingly familiar pattern was repeated when the Senate and House last week approved the Violence Against Women Act of 2013 (S. 47), and President Barack Obama signed the bill into law March 7.

The legislation offers a five-year extension of federal support for the investigation and prosecution of cases involving violence against...READ MORE

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Peaceful Dialogue Requires Religious Freedom, Archbishop Tells U.N. (2286)

Archbishop Tomasi promotes genuine freedom of religion that opens the road to peace and authentic human development through mutual recognition.

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Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations

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GENEVA, Switzerland — True religious liberty, based on the mutual recognition of religious groups, is necessary for peace and authentic human development, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi told the United Nations Human Rights Council.

“Religions are communities based on faith or belief, and their freedom guarantees a contribution of moral values without which the freedom of everyone is not possible,” the Holy See’s permanent observer to the United Nations said March 6.

“The acceptance of the religious freedom of other persons and groups is the cornerstone of dialogue and collaboration.”

The archbishop’s message was delivered as part of the 22nd session of the Human Rights Council and was in...READ MORE

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