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Steve Jobs Impact on the Church, Whatever Is Nobel, On Hairy Knees and Bra Straps, and much more! (3941)

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Steve Jobs Impact on the Catholic Church. Click on Rocco Palmo's link to learn why.

Steve Jobs Impact on the Catholic Church - Rocco Palmo, Whispers in the Loggia

Whatever Is Nobel - Bonnie Engstrom, VirtuousPla.net

On Hairy Knees and Bra Straps - Therese Rita, Zeal

Allowing Girl Altar Servers Was A Mistake, It’s Time to Withdraw It - William Oddie, Catholic Herald

Why Do We Reverence During the Nicene Creed? - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

General Sherman’s Jesuit Son - Pat McNamara, Patheos

Book Review: Michael Coren’s Why Catholics Are Right - Fr. James V. Schall SJ, Ignatius Insight Scoop

Msgr. Ronald Knox Would have been a Great Blogger - Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

The Pope Has No Checks and Balances! - Devin Rose, St. Joseph’s Vanguard

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Military Archdiocese Sees More Priestly Vocations (3023)

Increase in future-chaplain seminarians comes after declining numbers in recent years.

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WASHINGTON (EWTN News/CNA) — The Archdiocese for the Military Services in the U.S. is welcoming a steady increase of priestly vocations after declining numbers in recent years.

The upcoming fall academic year will greet 31 new seminarians, compared with 23 last year, 12 in 2009, and only three in 2008.

Father Kerry Abbott, OFM Conv., and director of vocations, noted that the rise in numbers is due to recruiting efforts as well as Catholic bishops around the U.S. agreeing to co-sponsor seminarians.

Father Abbott said that the archdiocese “is most grateful” for the bishops’ support and explained that co-sponsorship involves a diocesan bishop accepting a young man as a seminarian who will...READ MORE

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Judge Rules Against Illinois Catholic Charities (3099)

Ruling: State has the right to stop contracting with the agencies on foster care and adoption placement. New civil-unions law sparked the lawsuit from Catholic Charities, which wanted to retain the right to accept state contracts while placing children with families according to Catholic tenets.

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CHICAGO — An Illinois judge ruled that that the state has the right to stop contracting with Catholic Charities on foster care and adoption placement.

The Aug. 18 ruling, issued by Judge John Schmidt of the Circuit Court for the Seventh Judicial Circuit, affects Catholic Charities branches of the Dioceses of Belleville, Joliet, Peoria and Springfield.

Catholic Charities filed suit against the state in order to continue operating according to Catholic moral principles that were allowed before Illinois’ new civil-unions law took effect June 1: accepting state contracts to provide foster care and adoption services, but only to married couples and singles living chastely.

The ruling is...READ MORE

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Father Barron: The Mainstream Media Missed the Point of World Youth Day (5647)

Father Robert Barron says WYD was 'splendid, unforgettable' and explains why the Church's future, filled with enthusiastic, faith-filled young people, is full of hope.

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I have just completed one of the most extraordinary weeks of my life.

For the past eight days, I participated in World Youth Day in Madrid, a gathering of some 1.5 million Catholic young people with Pope Benedict XVI.  I met enthusiastic teen and 20-something Catholics from the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Netherlands, Sweden, Nigeria, England, Australia, New Zealand, China, the Philippines, India, Denmark and many other countries.

The universality of the Church has never been, for me anyway, on fuller and more thrilling display. My Word on Fire team and I were especially encouraged to see so concretely the outreach that the Internet and the new media provide. To hear, over and...READ MORE

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Earthquake Damaged Catholic Churches in Baltimore and Washington (3132)

The oldest church in the Archdiocese of Baltimore has been closed for repairs for at least several weeks.

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St. Patrick's Church in Baltimore has been closed for repairs.

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WASHINGTON (CNA) — Churches in the Archdioceses of Baltimore and Washington suffered some damage in the Aug. 23 earthquake that shook the northeastern United States. The oldest church in the Archdiocese of Baltimore will be closed for repairs for at least several weeks.

St. Patrick Catholic Church in Baltimore’s Fells Point neighborhood has been deemed unsafe. Its steeple was badly damaged. Several concrete parts of it fell, and one piece gouged the sidewalk.

Archbishop Edwin O’Brien of Baltimore visited the church on the morning of Aug. 24 and reviewed the damage with parish administrator Father Robert Wojtek.

“We thank the Lord that no one was injured,” Archbishop O’Brien told The...READ MORE

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Pope: WYD Pilgrims Are 'Precious Gift Which Gives Hope for the Future of the Church' (2537)

Holy Father also announced themes for next World Youth Days. Theme for Brazil in 2013: ‘Go and make disciples of all peoples.’

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Christ the Redeemer statue overlooks Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (EWTN News/CNA) — Pope Benedict XVI has unveiled the theme for the next international World Youth Day to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2013.

“The motto will be the command of Jesus: ‘Go and make disciples of all peoples.’ Even now I entrust to the prayers of all the preparation of these very important appointments,” said the Pope in his Aug. 24 general audience at the papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo.

The theme is drawn from the resurrected Christ’s commission to his disciples, as chronicled in the Gospel of Matthew.

The Pope also unveiled the theme for next year’s World Youth Day, which will be held locally in the individual dioceses across the...READ MORE

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Teens Follow in the Footsteps of Saints (3033)

How holy lives inspire today’s young people. Aug. 28 print issue feature.

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Do the lives of the Church’s saints still make an impression on teens?

According to Eddie Cotter Jr., founder of the Dead Theologian Society, the answer is an emphatic “Yes.”

“I believe that young people are interested in the lives of the saints now more than ever. Partly because most are so unfamiliar to them, and it’s an entirely new discovery. It is literally like they have just discovered a gold mine,” says Cotter.

Cotter should know. Since 1997, he has witnessed thousands of high-school lives changed through the Dead Theologian Society’s (DTS) program. At the heart of this parish-based youth ministry is a mission to inspire the youth of today to become the saints of...READ MORE

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Pope's Essentials to Youth Ministry, Book Review: Catholicism, God's Wild Idea, and more! (2578)

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A Book on Catholicism by Fr. Robert Barron. Click on Brandon Vogt's link to read the book review.

The Pope’s Five Essential Keys to Youth Ministry - Amy Welborn, Headline Bistro

Book Review: “Catholicism: A Journey To The Heart Of The Faith” by Fr. Robert Barron - Brandon Vogt, The Thin Veil

Fertility Monitoring Software is Natural Family Planning’s New Face - Kevin J. Jones, Catholic News Agency

After Madrid, How Benedict Has Improved World Youth Day - Sandro Magister, Chiesa

. . . Thomas Peters: WYD Pumped Over $230,000,000 into Spain’s Economy . . .

. . . Fr. Dwight Longenecker: Richard Dawkins’ Rage at World Youth Day . . .

The Spanish Civil War: Sadly, Still Relevant - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Freedom! - Andrew & Cristina, VirtuousPla.net

Among the...READ MORE

Filed under 9-11, altar boys, antonio gramsci, catholic blogosphere, catholicism, mayor bloomberg, natural family planning, pope benedict xvi, richard dawkins, sspx

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