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Shakespeare: Closet Catholic? (4925)

The Portsmouth Abbey conference considers clues of ‘papist’ playwright theory.

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Engraving of William Shakespeare from the First Folio of year 1623

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PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — The archbishop of Canterbury recently broke his church’s long silence on the religious beliefs of England’s foremost playwright — William Shakespeare.

During a presentation at the Hay Festival held in May in Britain, Rowan Williams lobbed his bombshell about the Bard: “I think he probably had a Catholic background and a lot of Catholic friends and associates.”

Archbishop Williams speculated that Shakespeare the man “wasn’t a saint.”

“How much he believed in it, or what he did about it, I don’t quite know,” he said. “He wasn’t a very nice man in many ways — it’s always very shocking, that. The late Shakespeare was hoarding grain and buying up property in Stratford — it...READ MORE

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Facebooking Monk, Building Truly Catholic Schools, Good Night Good Prince, and much more! (2715)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, the Ordinary Christian. A Christian's Christian.

Messaging Monk Keeping It Real on Facebook - Joel Davidson, Catholic Anchor

How Do We Build Truly Catholic Schools? - Father Christopher Jamison, C. T. S. Catholic Campus

Good Night, Good Prince - John Zmirak, Crisis Magazine. . .

A Flash of Joy (Gospel of Saint Matthew 11:25-30) - Father John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Ordinariate’s Liturgy: If Ecclesia Anglicana Stayed Catholic - William Oddie, Catholic Herald

. . .Catholic Herald: Ordinariate Receives Controversial £1M Donation. . .

Should Anointing of the Sick Be Given Before Surgery? - Reginaldus, The New Theological Movement

Distributism & the Current Crisis: The Scale of Government - John Médaille, Catholic Lane


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Otto von Habsburg, Defender of Christianity and Life (2333)

Cardinal recalls legacy of Austrian man of faith.

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VIENNA, Austria (CNA) — Otto von Habsburg, a Catholic leader for a unified Europe and heir to the defunct Austro-Hungarian Empire, died July 4 at the age of 98. Cardinal Renato Raffaele Martino remembered him as one of the 20th century’s “greatest defenders” of the Catholic faith and human dignity.

“Even well into his 90s, Otto von Habsburg campaigned tirelessly to uphold Europe’s Christian values and the sanctity of all human life,” the cardinal said in a statement from the Rome-based Dignitatis Humanae Institute.

“Otto von Habsburg’s father, (Emperor) Blessed Karl of Austria [who tried to bring an end to World War I and was beatified in 2004], instilled in him from an early age that...READ MORE

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New Massachusetts Parish Created By Merger of 3 Churches (2013)

Changing times called for the creation of Blessed John Paul II Parish.

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SOUTHBRIDGE, Mass. (EWTN News) — Faithful from St. Mary, St. Hedwig and Notre Dame Churches gathered to celebrate Sunday Mass together at the new Blessed John Paul II Parish on July 3.

“It became a bit of a homecoming,” said Father Peter Joyce, the pastor of the new parish, in a July 5 interview with EWTN News. “All these people on any given Sunday worshipped in different places, even though we worshipped as Catholics. Now we are all together.”

The new parish will be based at Notre Dame Church, though Father Joyce plans to utilize the other church buildings for weddings and daily Mass.

The merger of the three parishes was proposed after months of public meetings between parish...READ MORE

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Pope: 'Happy Birthday' Vatican Newspaper! (1743)

L’Osservatore Romano celebrated its 150th anniversary with a visit from Benedict XVI.

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA) — Pope Benedict XVI visited the offices of the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano June 5 to celebrate its 150th anniversary.

“Let me tell you with my whole heart, as you would at home: Happy Birthday!” the Pope said to the paper’s staff of 100.

“Through your daily work, hidden and not without effort, you give life to this unique means of communication that is at the service of the ministry of the Successor of Peter, to bring a specific contribution to spreading the Gospel and witness to the truth.”

L’Osservatore Romano ( “The Roman Observer” in English)  was launched on July 1, 1861, to defend the Papal States against the Italian political radical...READ MORE

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Cause of Father Kapaun, War Hero, Heads to Rome (4739)

Courage and holiness of Army chaplain could make him the third American-born saint.

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WICHITA, Kan. (CNA) — U.S. Army chaplain Father Emil Kapaun’s cause for beatification is headed to Rome, an event the Diocese of Wichita, Kan., celebrated with a July 1 Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

Father John Hotze, episcopal delegate for the office of Father Kapaun’s beatification and canonization, said the event marks the culmination of years of work and also celebrates the “gift” of Father Kapaun.

“The fact that we, unlike any other diocese in the United States, in the world, have been blessed by the example of this saintly man, Father Emil Kapaun, boggles my mind,” he said in a June 30 statement. “How can we do anything less than give praise to God for this...READ MORE

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An American Pope in Our Lifetime?, Arranging Stations, Catholic Identity, and much more! (3443)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/06/2011 Comments (1)

Can Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York be our first American Pope?

The Arrangement of Stations of the Cross - Father John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

What’s In a Name? - Mark P. Shea, Crisis Magazine

What Young Men Considering the Priesthood Want. . . - Father Philip Neri Powell O.P. Ph.D., Domine da mihi hanc aquam!

Catholic Identity & Catholic Social Ministry - Archbishop Charles Chaput O.F.M. Cap., Catholic Lane

Is There an Eclipse of Reason in Education? - Doctor Stacy Trasancos, Little Catholic Bubble

US: Ginsburg’s Non-Retirement a 2012 Pro-Life Election Opportunity - Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com

“Gay Marriage” and the Next Gulag - Doctor Jeff Mirus,  CatholicCulture.org/On the Culture

Why Do (Some) Protestants Hate the Catholic...READ MORE

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East-West Catholic Dialogue in D.C. (4423)

Orientale Lumen conference tussles over the role of the papacy. Greek Orthodox bishop suggests a Ratzingerian solution.

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A roof dome icon in the Rila Monastery, Bulgaria, shows Christ in glory.

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WASHINGTON — “Many Orthodox view all bishops as successors to Peter,” Metropolitan Kallistos Ware of the Greek Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarchate said recently, “but most would concede that the bishop of Rome is a successor of Peter in a special way.”

What exactly is that special way? Like others at the Orientale Lumen conference in Washington at which he spoke, Metropolitan Kallistos acknowledged that the papacy is entitled to primacy in some form, but he stopped far short in his willingness to grant it the kind of jurisdictional role the papacy enjoys in the Catholic Church.

Of course, that’s nothing new. The Catholic and Orthodox Churches split in 1054, and attempts to heal the fracture...READ MORE

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