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Archbishop Mansell: 'We Must Always Work for Resurrection to Overcome Threat of Death' (2083)

Archbishop of Hartford on religious-liberty fight: 'We must all continue to fight for that fundamental right, basic in the history of our country. '

04/19/2012 Comment

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The recent visits by Pope Benedict XVI to Mexico and Cuba were opportunities for him to speak to the hearts of people in both countries and by communication technology to people across the globe. He underscored the consummate importance of our communion with God. In Jesus Christ we have our freedom; in Jesus Christ we have our truth.

Watching the Holy Father celebrate Mass in León, Mexico, inevitably stirred up searing memories for people in Mexico and elsewhere. From 1926 to 1929, some 90,000 Catholics were killed in that area, as they rebelled against the secular and anti-Church government of the time. Those martyrs were called Cristeros, and their call was, often as they were being...READ MORE

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Why Catholics Leave the Church and What Can Be Done About It (15706)

New survey of fallen-away Catholics sheds light on the current situation.

04/19/2012 Comments (74)

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I saw an advance copy of a survey by William Byron and Charles Zech, which will appear in the April 30 edition of America magazine.

It was conducted at the request of David O’Connell, the bishop of Trenton, N.J., and its focus was very simple: It endeavored to discover why Catholics have left the Church. No one denies that a rather substantive number of Catholics have taken their leave during the past 20 years, and Byron and Zech wanted to find out why. They did so in the most direct way possible and asked those who had quit.

The answers they got were, in many ways, predictable. Lots of people cited the Church’s teachings on divorce and re-marriage, "gay marriage," contraception, and...READ MORE

Filed under church, church's mission, faithfulness, fallen-away catholics

WW2 German Priest Considered for Sainthood, Patron Saint of Gamers, St. Simoen Stylites, and more! (2893)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/19/2012 Comment

Vatican Considers Healing Attributed to Death Camp "Archangel in Hell". Click on the link by Valerie Schmalz to read more.

Vatican Considers Healing Attributed to Death Camp "Archangel in Hell" - Valerie Schmalz, Catholic San Francisco

Who is the Patron Saint of Gamers? - Thomas L. McDonald, Patheos/God and the Machine

St. Simeon Stylites - Catholic Lane

The Vatican Compels U.S. Women Religious (LCWR) to Reform Themselves - ThePulp.it

Stephen Dykes Bower: A Modern Master Architect Revealed - Matthew Alderman, New Liturgical Movement

Subsidiarity & Solidarity: Not Necessarily What You Think - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Reason # 737 To Be Catholic: Gas Prices! - Russ Rentler MD, Crossed The Tiber

Who Survived The Titanic: A Story of Chivalry Not Class - DarwinCatholic, The...READ MORE

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Defending Benedict XVI in His Native Land (2160)

On seventh anniversary of election, Pope has a friend in Germany.

04/18/2012 Comments (5)
Courtesy of Matthias Matussek

Matthias Matussek with Pope Benedict XVI.

– Courtesy of Matthias Matussek

Matthias Matussek is one of the most prominent Catholics in the world of German journalism. He is a popular and frequent guest on talk shows and debates and writes for the German magazine Der Spiegel, where he also has a popular video blog.

His book Das Katholische Abenteuer: Eine Provokation (The Catholic Adventure: A Provocation) provided fodder for energized debates on the Catholic faith and the Church.

He accompanied Pope Benedict XVI during World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid and his visit to Germany last fall.

Today is the seventh anniversary of the election of Pope Benedict XVI. Matussek spoke with Register correspondent Robert Rauhut about his faith and Benedict’s visit to...READ MORE

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Vatican Calls for Reform of the U.S. Leadership Conference of Women’s Religious (7189)

Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain is appointed to oversee the renewal.

04/18/2012 Comments (53)

Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain

– Archdiocese of Seatle

WASHINGTON — The Vatican called for reform amid a doctrinal “crisis” within the U.S. Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), appointing Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle to lead renewal efforts.

The appointment was made as the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith revealed the findings of its multi-year doctrinal assessment of the women’s conference, which has more than 1,500 members throughout the country.

The assessment document explained, “It is clear that greater emphasis needs to be placed both on the relationship of the LCWR with the Conference of Bishops, and on the need to provide a sound doctrinal foundation in the faith of the Church.”


Filed under apostolic visitation of women's religious communities, cardinal william levada, congregation for the doctrine of the faith, women religious

Bishops Appeal Court Ruling, Attempt to Restore Government Contracts for Trafficking Program (2995)

Archbishops Gomez and Lori warn that other faith-based programs will be affected by the ruling.

04/18/2012 Comments (4)
Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Faith-based service providers are "threatened" by a court ruling restricting the U.S. bishops' anti-trafficking program, said Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, chairman of the bishops’ Committee on Migration.

– Archdiocese of Los Angeles

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is appealing a recent federal court ruling that deemed its government contract to provide relief to trafficking victims to be unconstitutional. The federal contract, which has not been renewed, called for the USCCB agency, Migration and Refugee Services (MRS), to serve as a general contractor for a network of services throughout the nation.

The reason given for the ruling: The MRS contract with the federal government barred referrals of abortion and contraceptive services to trafficking victims.

The USCCB filed its notice of appeal April 17 and is requesting that a federal appeals court stay the lower court’s ruling until issuing its own...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, bishops, contraception, migration and refugee services, religious freedom, religious liberty, trafficking victims, usccb

The Passion of Cesar Chavez, Talking About "Gay Marriage", For the Anxious, and much more! (2546)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/18/2012 Comment

The Passion of César Chávez. Click on the link by Chris Shannon to read more.

The Passion of César Chávez - Chris Shannon, Crisis Magazine

Talking About “Gay Marriage” - Bonchamps, The American Catholic

Four Lessons from Emmaus Road for Discouraged and Anxious - Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

Vatican & S.S.P.X Confirm First Step in Reunion - ThePulp.it

Saint Cleophas: Christ's Uncle and Father and Grandfather of four Apostles - Dr. Taylor Marshal, Canterbury Tales

College: Building Character While Developing the Intellect - Maryann Gogniat Eidemiller, OSV Newsweekly

Religion, Religioff - Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

How Did This All Begin? - Sr. Lisa Marie Doty FDCC, Nunspeak

13th Century Chasuble of the Archbishop of Toledo - Shawn...READ MORE

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Notre Dame Interns Serve Pro-Abortion Organizations? (4567)

A university spokesman says Notre Dame will 'review all internships as part of a comprehensive review.'

04/18/2012 Comments (13)
Catholic News Agency

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame is allegedly paying students to spend their summers advocating for homosexual and abortion rights.

The news, reported by the Cardinal Newman Society, suggests the university administration’s efforts to improve the school’s Catholicity are being undermined by particular departments.

“Catholic universities have a sacred obligation to students and families, but also to the Church to be faithful to its teachings,” said Patrick Reilly, president of the Cardinal Newman Society.

Students in Notre Dame’s gender studies department not only served as summer interns at organizations such as the Minnesota Women’s Consortium (whose members include...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, catholic identity, ex corde ecclesiae, planned parenthood, university of notre dame

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