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New York Redefinition of Marriage: A Prophetic Sign of the Times (3676)

07/07/2011 Comments (9)

The state of New York redefined marriage to accommodate same-sex couples on the feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. This may have been a prophetic occurrence, as one recalls: “John the Baptist did not lose his head because he protested against Roman occupation or other social injustices,” as Jesuit Father George Schultze once reminded me. “He lost his head because he pointed out that Herod had no ‘right’ to marry his brother’s wife. This was against the law. This was the prophetic statement that was most challenging to Herod, and it dealt directly with marriage and the nature of family.”

A statement released by the New York bishops stated, “We realize that our beliefs about the...READ MORE

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Possible Pius XII Miracle Investigated (4107)

Husband and wife travel to Rome to tell their story to the Vatican.

07/07/2011 Comments (3)
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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News) — Maria Esposito has come to Rome to tell the Church and the world about the man she believes saved her life from deadly cancer: Pope Pius XII.

“I’m convinced of this. I’m convinced that my healing was a grace, thanks to Pope Pius XII and his intercession. I was listened to. All of us who prayed were heard — so many of us,” the 42-year-old teacher told EWTN News.

The couple traveled to Rome from their home in Castellammare di Stabia, a coastal town near Naples in southern Italy, to publicly support the creation of a museum dedicated to the wartime Pope, an idea that is backed by the mayor of Rome.

Pope Pius XII occupied the papacy from 1939 until his death in...READ MORE

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Moral Revolutions in America, Is Unconditional Love Realistic, Speaking of Liturgy, and much more! (2729)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/07/2011 Comment

Want to know about the liturgy in the first three centuries, click on the Dallas Catholics link and learn!

Why Gay Marriage is Straight Business - Doctor Jeff Mirus, CatholicCulture.org/On the Culture

Moral Revolutions in America - George Weigel, Crisis Magazine

Is Unconditional Love Realistic for Marriage? - Anthony Buono, Catholic Exchange

Speaking of the Liturgy. . . - Tantamergo, Dallas Catholics

The Story of My Abortion. . . - Infinite Grace, Postabortion Journey

The Emergence of an Authentically and Distinctly Catholic Culture - Catholic Cogitations

Biggest-Ever All-Ireland Rally for Life Holds - John Smeaton, SPUC

Red Skelton, Abraham Lincoln and One Nation Under God - Donald R. McClarey

U.S.: Shrine of Our Lady Near Green Bay Sees Attendance Soar - Alex Morrell, Green Bay Press...READ MORE

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Shakespeare: Closet Catholic? (4933)

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

07/06/2011 Comments (10)

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! (2721)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/06/2011 Comment

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 (2337)

Cardinal recalls legacy of Austrian man of faith.

07/06/2011 Comment

– Wikipedia

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 (2016)

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

07/06/2011 Comments (1)

– Wikipedia

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! (1746)

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

07/06/2011 Comment
News.va via L’Osservatore Romano

– News.va via L’Osservatore Romano

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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