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Chaldean Archbishop: True Christianity Is a Persecuted Christianity (11697)

Archbishop Bashar Matti Warda of Erbil discusses the plight of the faithful in the Middle East.

06/12/2012 Comments (11)

Archbishop Bashar Matti Warda


Archbishop Bashar Matti Warda serves the Chaldean Catholic Archdiocese of Erbil in northern Iraq. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1993 and joined the Redemptorist order. He became archbishop in 2010. He recently spoke with Register senior writer Tim Drake about the violence facing Christians in the Middle East and the primary concerns of Catholics in Iraq.


Where are you from originally? Has your family always been Catholic?

I grew up as a Chaldean Catholic in Baghdad. The Christian roots of my family go very deep.


When were you ordained?

I entered seminary in 1981 at the age of 12. After finishing high school, I was ordained in 1993. I joined the Redemptorists in 1995...READ MORE

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Former Evangelical Cathedral’s Future Is Crystal Clear (7582)

Robert Schuller’s 'Crystal Cathedral' is now 'Christ Cathedral'

06/12/2012 Comments (19)
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GARDEN GROVE, Calif. — In Orange County, California, an iconic church of 20th-century evangelical Protestantism will no longer be called the “Crystal Cathedral.”

For the past several months, the 1.2 million Catholics in the southern California county have been calling it “our new cathedral.”

But as of June 9, when Bishop Tod Brown announced at the end of an ordination Mass that the proposed new name for the Reformed Church in America’s Crystal Cathedral had been approved by the Vatican, they are calling it Christ Cathedral.

“I wanted the name to be Christological,” said Bishop Brown. “Our cathedral can unite all Christians to share our common belief in Jesus Christ.”

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Excommunication as a Restorative Measure (9519)


06/11/2012 Comments (45)

Pope Gregory VII summons Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV to Canossa.

– Wikipedia

Why excommunicate people? Is this not a strange holdover from the medieval Church? Excommunication is a punitive device on the part of the Church and is more than merely denying holy Communion. It also publicly rebukes and shames the person.

The cause for excommunication is explicitly “obstinate persistence in manifest grave sin” (Canon 915). However, a case could certainly be made that the punishment of excommunication could also be attached to “rebuke a person from whose behavior there arises scandal or serious disturbance of order in a manner accommodated to the special conditions of the person and the deed” (Canon 1339, Paragraph 2).

The Church takes this extreme measure only...READ MORE

Filed under canon law, catholic faith, church unity, dissent from church teaching, excommunication, obedience

The LCWR, CDF and the Doctrinal Assessment (8480)


06/11/2012 Comments (9)

Bishop Leonard Blair

– Diocese of Toledo

When you are in a position of leadership or authority, it is a great cross sometimes to know firsthand the actual facts of a situation and then have to listen to all the distortions and misrepresentation of the facts that are made in the public domain.

Having conducted the doctrinal assessment of the entity known as the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), I can only marvel at what is now being said, both within and outside the Church, regarding the process
and the recent steps taken by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) to remedy significant and longstanding doctrinal problems connected with the activities and programs of the LCWR.

The biggest...READ MORE

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Pope Praises Corpus Christi Processions (1233)

The Pope told pilgrims June 10 that the annual feast 'renews in Christians the joy and the gratitude for the Eucharistic presence of Jesus.'

06/11/2012 Comments (1)

– Wikipedia

Pope Benedict XVI has praised the “lively tradition” of holding solemn processions with the Blessed Sacrament “through the streets and squares” on the feast of Corpus Christi.

“The Catholic Church professes worship of the Eucharist ‘not only during Mass, but also outside of its celebration, preserving with the utmost diligence the consecrated Hosts, presenting them for the solemn veneration of the Christian faithful, carrying them in procession with the joy of the Christian crowd,’” he said, quoting his predecessor Pope Paul VI’s 1965 encyclical Mysterium Fidei.

Pope Benedict addressed tens of thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square June 10 to say the midday Marian...READ MORE

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Catholics Sue Obama: Does the Media Care? (7313)


06/11/2012 Comments (42)

Brent Bozell

– Wikipedia

“Check out this headline!” implored an excited email from a friend of mine, a Protestant well aware of my Catholic loyalties. The headline declared: “CATHOLICS SUE OBAMA.

The headline came from a popular website. In mere minutes, more emails flooded into my box. It turned out that on a single day 43 Catholic dioceses, archdioceses, organizations, universities, schools and groups had filed 12 federal lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the Obama administration’s Health and Human Services mandate on contraception, sterilization and abortion drugs. That mandate, a stunning display of executive fiat, has been pushed unrelentingly by President Barack Obama and his HHS secretary,...READ MORE

Filed under catholic church, hhs mandate, mainstream media, media bias, obamacare; patient protection and affordable care act; barack obama; health and human services; contraceptive mandate; u.s. supreme court; individual mandate; subsidiarity; paul ryan; grace-marie turn

Children Make People Happier (4275)

U.S.-Canadian study finds a benefit to childbearing.

06/11/2012 Comments (6)
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Having children makes you happier.

That’s the conclusion of a team of university researchers from the U.S. and Canada, who looked at data from thousands of couples and concluded that parents are happier than non-parents.

The study flies “directly in the face of conventional opinion,” said Catholic parenting expert Ray Guarendi.

But he worried that, with its purely naturalistic approach, the study would necessarily miss the point that religious people accept and embrace childrearing as “a gift from God.”

The researchers called their report, which was the result of three separate studies, “In Defense of Parenthood: Children Are Associated With More Joy Than Misery.”

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Reel Presence and the Real Thing (1028)

User's Guide to Sunday, June 10.

06/10/2012 Comment

Sunday, June 10, is Corpus Christi Sunday in the United States.


In Rome and much of the world, Corpus Christi is celebrated on Thursday, June 7. Pope Benedict XVI will celebrate Mass at 7pm, followed by a Eucharistic procession to St. Mary Major.


For Corpus Christi Day, here are 10 Eucharistic film scenes in no particular order.

The Passion of the Christ: The film presents the Eucharist as a window on the Crucifixion.

Brideshead Revisited: Charles Ryder finds the chapel with an empty tabernacle to be “just an oddly decorated room.”

Marty: This great old movie celebrates the extraordinary in the ordinary, including going to Sunday Mass.

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