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Pope: Psalms 'Are a School of Prayer' (2854)

Songs of praise draw us to God, the Holy Father said at his June 22 audience.

06/22/2011 Comment

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA) — The Book of Psalms can teach people how to pray and is the “prayer book ‘par excellence,’” Pope Benedict XVI said in his June 22 audience with pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square.

“These inspired songs teach us how to speak to God, expressing ourselves and the whole range of our human experience with words that God himself has given us,” he said.

The Book of Psalms consists of 150 prayers traditionally ascribed to the authorship of King David.

The Pope explained that a whole range of human emotions are found in the Psalms, ranging from “joy and suffering” to the “fullness of life to fear of dying.”

“In these prayers, the Psalms are manifestations of the soul...READ MORE

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Renewing the Mission of Catholic Charities (10352)

Archbishop Chaput on Catholic identity and the future of the Church's social ministry.

06/22/2011 Comments (7)

The following is Archbishop Chaput’s June 21 address to the Catholic Social Workers Association.

We’re here today — or anyway, we should be here today — because we believe in Jesus Christ. Everything in Catholic social ministry begins and ends with Jesus Christ. If it doesn’t, it isn’t Catholic. And if our social work isn’t deeply, confidently and explicitly Catholic in its identity, then we should stop using the word “Catholic.” It’s that simple.

Faith in Jesus Christ — not as the world likes to imagine him, but the true Son of God as the Catholic Church knows and preaches him — is the only enduring basis for human hope. Real hope has nothing to do with empty political slogans. It has...READ MORE

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CUA to Be Sued Over Single-Sex Dorms? (2948)

D.C. professor threatens to bring suit against The Catholic University of America over recent housing decision.

06/22/2011 Comments (4)
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WASHINGTON (CNA) — The Catholic University of America says its plan to house men and women separately will withstand any legal challenge from John Banzhaf, known for his lawsuits over fast food and women’s bathrooms.

In a June 21 statement provided to CNA, the university said it “has not received service of any legal proceedings from professor John Banzhaf regarding the university’s plan to phase in single-gender residence halls.”

Earlier this week, a Fox affiliate in the District of Columbia reported that Banzhaf had issued the school an “intent to sue” notice because of the plan. The university, however, says it is still waiting to “review any legal documents if and when they are...READ MORE

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Needed: Real Faith (2181)

Archbishop Chaput says Catholics need to boldly live Church teaching to counteract increasing societal moves to discount religion.

06/22/2011 Comment

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DENVER (CNA/EWTN News) — Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver warned Catholic social workers against the danger of Church institutions losing their religious identity amidst increasing hostility from the government and society.

“The more that Catholic universities or hospitals mute their religious identity, the more that Catholic social ministries weaken their religious character and the less useful to the Gospel they become,” he said June 21.

Archbishop Chaput delivered a dual message to Catholic social workers, urging them to not let their Christian identity wane and also stressing that the government has no right to impede the work of Catholic institutions.

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Belmont Abbey College Breaks Ground on Pregnancy Center (3008)

This will be the first campus-based pro-life residence of its kind.

06/22/2011 Comments (2)

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BELMONT, N.C. (EWTN News) — Belmont Abbey College held a ground-breaking ceremony on June 20 to begin the building of a pregnancy center that will meet the needs of college-age women.

“Statistics showed that the most abortion-vulnerable population was the college-age population,” said Jeannie Wray, executive director of Room at the Inn, a Catholic nonprofit organization that will run the center. “I am looking at this as the next step in building a culture of life.”

At the ceremony, Belmont Abbey College’s president, William Thierfelder, said he hopes the center will raise the consciousness of the students at Belmont, helping them better understand what it takes to value every human life. ...READ MORE

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New Translation Available!, The Garden in Our Souls, The Vocational Group, and much more! (2749)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/22/2011 Comment

Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina will be the first college in the nation with a maternity center.

Handmissal for the New, Corrected Translation Available! - Father John Zuhlsdorf

Peace in Oneself Makes a Peacemaker - Peter Kwasniewski, Cowboys-Philosophers-Poets

Beauty: The Garden in Our Souls - Carlos Caso-Rosendi, Catholic Lane

Belmont Abbey College Has Nation’s First College-Based Maternity Center - BACRoads

Trasimene and Relativism - The Mad Monarchist

The Vocational Group - Thomas Storck, The Distributist Review

A Good Start: Planned Parenthood Closes 6 Minnesota Centers, 8 in Indiana - Thomas Peters, Catholic Vote/American Papist

. . .Fr. Zuhlsdorf: Planned Parenthood must close some centers, griping ensues. . .

Libertarian Social Justice: Trees Make A Forest - Lisa Graas...READ MORE

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Go-To Investigator on the Dallas Charter (9688)

Archbishop Chaput discusses his approach to combating sexual abuse.

06/21/2011 Comments (16)
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Priests aren’t being “thrown under the bus,” if the “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People” is followed correctly, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver affirmed.

During their spring general meeting last week, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops approved minor changes to the charter, known popularly as the Dallas Charter, and related norms. The bishops, meeting in Seattle, resisted calls by some victims’ groups for a broader review of their framework for guarding against child sexual abuse by priests and other Church personnel.

Bishop Blase Cupich, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on the Protection of Children and Young People, argued that the recent John Jay...READ MORE

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How to Appeal to the Catholic Voter (1948)

The impact and infuence of the faithful on America's elections.

06/21/2011 Comments (2)

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NEW ORLEANS (CNA) — While Gov. Haley Barbour has told the Southern Republican Leadership Conference that primary voters should not expect a “perfect candidate” or demand “purity,” commentator Deal Hudson says Republicans must have a “pro-life and pro-marriage” nominee to attract Catholic voters.

“It’s not a matter of demanding ‘purity’ from a candidate, but, rather, a matter of expecting principle and prudence. It’s a matter of principle because the Catholic Church teaches, and most Americans agree, that unborn life should be protected and that marriage is between a man and a woman,” Hudson said.

Selecting such a nominee is also a matter of “political prudence” because a nominee who is...READ MORE

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