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Prayer Beads & St. Bede, Papa Bene on Prayer, Joyful Duty of Catholic Education, and much more! (5254)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/30/2011 Comment

His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, sometimes affectionately called "Papa Bene"!

New Bill Would Effectively Ban U.S. Catholic Adoption Agencies - Kevin J. Jones, EWTN News

Papa Bene on Prayer - Catholic Lane

. . .Saint Thomas Aquinas on prayer here. . .

Presenting What is Beautiful: The Joyful Duty of Catholic Education - Andrew Seeley

Prayer Beads and the Saint Bede the Venerable - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Tornado Devastation: Traditional Catholic Family Loses Two Young Sons - David Werling, Ars Orandi

Quaeritur: What Do I Call a Friend About to be Ordained a Priest? - Father John Zuhlsdorf, WDTPRS?

Apologetics Toolbox: Communion of Saints, Part II - Anthony S. Layne, Outside the Asylum

The Silent Apostasy - Father Simon Henry, Offerimus Tibi Domine

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Defender of Life, Liberty and Marriage (5276)

Congressman Chris Smith discusses the controversy over pro-life Speaker John Boehner, his assessment of the current state of the pro-life movement in the U.S., the Defense of Marriage Act, and the Obama administration’s relentless push to make same-sex “marriage” a key aspect of U.S. foreign policy.

05/30/2011 Comments (20)

He’s known as the most passionate advocate for unborn children in Congress, leading the pro-life caucus in the House of Representatives.

Yet despite the challenges and struggles that have increased under the current administration, Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J. remains undaunted in his defense of life in American politics.

In an interview with the Register on May 18, Congressman Smith discussed the controversy over pro-life Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, who was recently criticized by more than 80 academics, including 30 Catholic ones, for his approach to budget cuts (they signed letters saying he had ignored his moral obligation to make protecting the poor a priority). Smith also gives his...READ MORE

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At Mass, Do This (4486)

A Register editorial

05/29/2011 Comments (23)

It’s mystifying to watch online shouting matches between Catholics about the ordinary form and the extraordinary form of the Mass. “Picking sides,” after all, makes no sense in Catholicism.

The whole point of Pope Benedict’s new instruction on the “correct interpretation and proper application” of his 2007 motu proprio letter Summorum Pontificum, which facilitated wider use of the Traditional Latin Mass, is that there are no “sides.” Both forms are the patrimony of all.

But the past looms large and heavy over us. The fragmentation of Catholic liturgical sensibility is a direct result of the silliness of the 1960s and 1970s, because its roots are in the greatest societal problem of that...READ MORE

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1962 Roman Breviary: There's an App for That, 400000 Registered for World Youth Day, and more! (3275)

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05/28/2011 Comment

1962 Roman Breviary, there's an app for that!

Prayers for the Dead: Memorial Day in 2 Maccabees - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

. . . Donald R. McClarey: Battle Hymn of the Republic. . .

iPhone App Review: 1962 Roman Breviary - Father John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

400,000 Registered for World Youth Day - Zenit

Papal Latin Mass in Constantinople (Pope Saint John I) - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Canterbury: William Shakespeare Was Probably a Catholic - Anita Singh, The Telegraph

What Would Saint Augustine Say About the Ordinariate? - John Whitehead, Once I Was A Clever Boy

Extraordinary Jewish Converts Arrested and Sent to Auschwitz - Tancred, The Eponymous Flower

Growing Faith Shapes Catholic School...READ MORE

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Cardinal George on God in Action (2549)

Chicago’s archbishop reflects on religion’s place in an increasingly secular society. Part two of two.

05/28/2011 Comments (5)
CNS photo/Karen Callaway, Catholic New World

Chicago Cardinal Francis George anoints the hands of Phillip Owen, 26, during the ordination liturgy at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago May 21.

– CNS photo/Karen Callaway, Catholic New World

Yesterday, Cardinal Francis George spoke to Register correspondent Matthew A. Rarey about his new book, God in Action: How Faith in God Can Address the Challenges of the World. Today, we continue that conversation, which took place in his residence May 5.


Your Eminence, in your book, you note that the law in the past 100 years has radically shifted from a Burkean, common-law tradition to that of law by judicial fiat. For quite some time the American people have been given laws that don’t arise from “we the people” — laws issuing from culture and actual human experience — but from judges and legislators who have personal ideological agendas which tend to be anti-Christian. Speaking of...READ MORE

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Is God Happy With You, Scylla & Charybdis of Bible Interpretation, Ronald Knox, and much more! (2101)

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05/28/2011 Comments (1)

The Holy Bible.

Saint Bakhita - Sister Lisa Marie Doty F.D.C.C., Nunspeak

I Am Always Worrying that God is Not Happy With Me… - Trent Beattie, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Navigating the Scylla & Charybdis of Biblical Interpretation - Eric Sammons, The Divine Life

Nihil Sub Sole Novum . . . Unless, of Course, It’s New to Me - Will, Catholic Phoenix

Ronald Knox and the Eucharist - Father Milton Walsh, Ignatius Insight

Is America a “No-Vacation Nation?”, God’s Command that We Rest - Monsignor Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

War and Moral Sanity: Nuclear Attacks - William Doino Jr., Public Discourse

Shaw: A guide to ‘Good Enough’ Parenting - Russell Shaw, Our Sunday Visitor

Theologian...READ MORE

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Penalized for Putting ‘Best Interest of the Child’ First (8926)

Treating Children Like Pets / Why homosexual adoption in Illinois is a travesty: a guest commentary.

05/28/2011 Comments (168)

– Catholics for the Common Good

The implementation of the new civil-union law in Illinois is leading to a showdown between Catholic Charities as a provider of adoption services for children and a state law that places the private interest of adults over the human rights of children. Catholic Charities will actually be put in jeopardy of lawsuits and losing public funds to serve the poor if they refuse to deprive children they serve of married mothers and fathers. How crazy is that?

Catholic Charities sought an exemption from the law for religious organizations as a matter of conscience, but the bill is bottled up in committee and not likely to pass before June 1, when the civil-union law takes effect. As the clock ticks...READ MORE

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Saints for the Sick (3460)

Saturday Book Pick: Don't let a headache stop you on the road to sanctity

05/28/2011 Comments (4)

Have you ever thought of becoming a saint, only to find physical or mental suffering get in your way? 

“If only this backache were gone, I could volunteer more, but I’m useless now.” 

This is not how the saints think.

The saints, as bestselling author Joan Carroll Cruz shows us in Saints for the Sick: Heavenly Help for Those Who Suffer, embrace sufferings in order to become more Christ-like. After all, Jesus did not come to earth to engage in pleasant community-building activities, but to suffer and die for us.

Our salvation is worked out in suffering, first and foremost in that of Jesus Christ, and secondarily in our own. In 1 Peter 4:13 we are told: “If you partake of the...READ MORE

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