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The Beauty of Love: Key for Education in Sexual Purity (6720)

How does theology of the body’s teaching on chastity affect pastoral practice, and how do we teach and live chastity as a result?

03/18/2011 Comments (1)


As John Paul II wrote in his “Letter to Families,” “The contemporary family, like families in every age, is searching for fairest love.” The phrase “fairest love” is a traditional translation of Sirach 24:24: “Ego mater pulchrae dilectionis — I am the mother of fairest love,” or, more simply, “I am the mother of beautiful love.” In Sirach, these are words spoken by Sophia, by Lady Wisdom, in praise of herself. In the Catholic tradition, they are applied to Mary.

At the very top of the first page of his handwritten manuscript of the theology of the body, John Paul placed a verse from the Song of Songs, also applied to Mary, “Tota pulchra es, Maria.” The full verse in the Vulgate reads, “...READ MORE

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Japan’s Nightmare (4323)

Church mobilizes to help evacuees following earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. Caritas priest notes heavy response from young volunteers.

03/17/2011 Comments (2)
CNS photo/Reuters/Yomiuri Shimbun

LIFE IN RUINS. A man cries next to his destroyed house where his dead mother is buried in the rubble in Onagawa, Japan, March 17. Officials estimated that at least 10,000 people were killed and more than 400,000 made homeless by the March 11 earthquake-tsunami disaster.

– CNS photo/Reuters/Yomiuri Shimbun

YAMAGATA, Japan — Residents of the area around a crippled nuclear power plant in Japan were dealing with fear, uncertainty and lack of information in the days following the devastating earthquake and tsunami March 11.

After the magnitude-9 earthquake, reactors at the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant were hit by explosions, and Japanese officials ordered hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate.

Kazuhiro Kikuchi, his wife, Kazuki, and two of their three children were staying at a large sports center-turned-evacuation center in the city of Yamagata, about 40 miles north of Fukushima, where officials were struggling to contain fires and radiation inside the crippled nuclear plant’s six...READ MORE

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New York's Basilica ... and Its Saints (5455)

St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral illustrates the history of U.S. Catholicism.

03/17/2011 Comments (1)
Joseph Pronechen

MAKING HISTORY. St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral illustrates the history of U.S. Catholicism. On March 17, 2010, it was officially named the first basilica in the Archdiocese of New York.

– Joseph Pronechen

Fittingly, on March 17, 2010, St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in Manhattan was officially named the first basilica in the Archdiocese of New York.

This is not the new St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue in Midtown that receives about 20,000 visitors and worshippers every day — but the 200-year-old church that was the city’s original cathedral. Its cornerstone was laid in 1809, and it was officially dedicated on the feast of the Ascension in 1815.

But until it was named a basilica, most visitors were unaware of this church in Lower Manhattan.

This St. Patrick’s, America’s second cathedral, was a beacon of Catholicism in the early 19th century. It became a parish church on May 25, 1879,...READ MORE

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Theology of the Body and the Transformation of Culture (3252)

03/17/2011 Comment

Pope John Paul’s reflections on what he sometimes called “the gospel of the body” unfolded through his Wednesday audiences in St. Peter’s Square, but his teaching was developed in numerous other speeches and addresses, encyclical letters and exhortations on marriage, women and the Blessed Virgin Mary.

It has become increasingly clear that these meditations have the potential to transform our understanding, not only of human sexuality and ethics, but of human nature and culture in general.

It is often assumed that the theology of the body is all about sex. But it is not so simple.

Sexual relations are only a part of something much bigger and deeper. Before we can follow what the Pope is...READ MORE

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A Synthesis of Eternal Truths (3743)

Theology of the Body and the New Evangelization

03/16/2011 Comments (6)

“The New Evangelization” is a term coined by Pope John Paul II the Great to describe the current need for the evangelization and re-evangelization of countries and areas of the world that are historically Christian, but for various reasons are no longer so, or are Christian in name only. Pope Benedict XVI has taken up this clarion call with regard to Europe in particular, as he witnesses Europe’s attempts to deny even the factuality of its Christian roots. Pope Benedict even instituted the Pontifical Council for New Evangelization last year.

The “re-evangelization” of countries is not new. There are precedents wherein a country/people received the kerygma (the initial proclamation of the...READ MORE

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Death Struggles Return (3559)

Here comes the assisted-suicide debate again. Fights are heating up worldwide and here at home.

03/16/2011 Comments (4)
REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

PROPHESYING IN PARIS. Protestors stage a demonstration against euthanasia near the French Senate in Paris which debates a law proposal which would legalise the practice January 25, 2011. Sign reads, "Treating is not Killing."

– REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

LONDON, Ont. — State by state, supporters of assisted suicide are ramping up their efforts to seek friendly legislators or sympathetic judges to enable the terminally ill to get help ending their lives if they are incapacitated.

Hawaii, Montana, New Hampshire and Vermont are among half a dozen states where legislators have recently faced bills to either legalize or outlaw assisted suicide.

Opponents have hastily assembled to fight the measures, aided by national or international groups like the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, Not Dead Yet and the Patients Rights Council.

Outside the U.S., since the beginning of 2010 five countries have defeated efforts to pass more radical laws...READ MORE

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Adam, Christ, & Us, Aristotle, Feast Days During Lent, and much more… (3358)

The Best of Catholic Blogging

03/15/2011 Comment

Aristotle from The School of Athens fresco of Raphael

Adam, Christ, and Us - Peter S. Williamson, Speaking of Scripture

On Aristotle’s Wide Applicability - Robert T. Miller, Public Discourse

Late to the Debt Party - David Mills, First Things/On the Square

Feast Days During Lent, or “Plenus Uenter Facile de Ieiuniis Disputat” - Father John Zuhlsdorf, WDTPRS?

New Irish Government Raises Concerns for Catholics - Michael Kelly, Catholic World Report

‘Champagne Reception’ with Pro-Abortion Susan Sarandon at Catholic University - California Catholic Daily

Another Santorum Scandal? - Matthew Archbold, National Catholic Register

Japan’s Super-Earthquake Is A Warning - The Catholic Knight

Margaret Sanger Outs Planned Parenthood - Doctor Paul...READ MORE

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Egypt’s Growing Persecution (5700)

Anti-Christian violence escalates in the wake of revolution.

03/15/2011 Comments (2)
CNS photo/Mohamed Abd El-Ghany, Reuters

SEEKING PEACE. A Christian cleric clasps hands with a Muslim sheik during a rally to demonstrate unity between Muslims and Christians in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, March 11. The rally took place after recent sectarian clashes left 13 people dead.

– CNS photo/Mohamed Abd El-Ghany, Reuters

CAIRO, Egypt — Hopes that the Egyptian revolution would lead to greater religious tolerance were jeopardized last week, after Muslims clashed with Christians who were protesting the arson of an Orthodox church.

According to media reports, a mob of rampaging Muslims killed six Christians and five Muslims in the violence, which took place in the Cairo suburb of Soul. At least 90 people were injured.

The attack occurred shortly after Egypt’s new leader, Prime Minister Essam Sharaf, met with Coptic leaders to reassure them of his commitment to religious equality.

Thousands of Christians held a sit-in in front of the Television Building in central Cairo, blocking traffic in a major...READ MORE

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