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Marriage: Church Trumps Politics, iChant App, Square Dancing, Private Revelation, and much more! (3262)

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05/21/2011 Comment

Father Vincent Van Long Nguyen is the new Auxiliary Archbishop of Melbourne.

Marriage: Church Attendance Trumps Politics - Tom Hoopes, Catholic Vote

iPhone App: iChant Gregorian - Diane M. Korzeniewski O.C.D.S., Te Deum Laudamus!

New Auxiliary for Melbourne: Father Vincent Nguyen O.F.M. Conv. - Kate Edwards, Australia Incognita

Square Dancing as an Image for the Church? - Monsignor Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Arnold and Maria’s ‘Catholic’ Marriage - Brad A. Greenberg, Get Religion

The Catholic Church & Private Revelation - Father Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Doctor Rapped for Talking about God with Patient - Jonathan Wynne-Jones, The Telegraph

Father Pfleger Returning to Pulpit at Saint Sabina - Manya Brachear, Chicago Tribune

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Love and Wonder (2075)

Saturday Book Pick: Peter Kreeft’s Socrates Meets Hume.

05/21/2011 Comments (1)

I studied philosophy under Peter Kreeft, so reading this book was like going back in time to sit in the classroom again.

Which is a good thing, because Professor Kreeft was always challenging, rigorous, honest and humorous. Philosophy under his guidance was exciting: to unfold the basic tasks of human beings; to try to find out why things are the way they are; to love wisdom, which is what the word philosophy means. And that love, he said, quoting St. Augustine, begins in wonder.

Wonder is not something David Hume wrote much about. He was an 18th-century English philosopher who seems to have refuted just about everything he could: the idea of a self, the validity of general ideas, the...READ MORE

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Catholic Photography & Weddings, An Evangelical Praises Catholic Seminary, Fascinosum, and more! (2909)

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05/21/2011 Comment

Saint Bede, Historian and Doctor of the Church, born 672 or 673 A.D.; died 735 A.D.

Pope Recommends Spiritual Direction to Everyone - Catholic Spiritual Direction

Saint Bede the Venerable - The Guild of Blessed Titus Brandsma

How Jesus is the Way, & How He is the Truth & the Life - Reginaldus, The New Theological Movement

Saint Bernardine of Siena, Priest - Catholic Lane

Catholic Photographer Explains Importance of Capturing Beauty of Wedding Day - Zoe Romanowsky, Our Sunday Visitor

A Visit to Heaven, an Evangelical Visits a Catholic Seminary - Pietrosquared, P-Squared

I Wish You Plenty of Fascinosum & Equal Doses of Tremendum - Monsignor Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Renewed Obedience to Ecclesiastical Superiors - Doctor Jeff Mirus, CatholicCulture.org/On...READ MORE

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EWTN Pitches in to Aid Tornado Victims (2260)

05/20/2011 Comment

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (CNA/EWTN News) — The Eternal Word Television Network, in cooperation with Bishop Robert Baker of Birmingham, is reaching out to help victims of the devastating tornadoes that hit Alabama.

Michael Warsaw, the network’s president and CEO, and other staff members will join Bishop Baker, along with the Knights of Columbus and local churches, to serve breakfast to tornado victims in Pratt City’s Scott School May 23. After the breakfast, they will distribute $70,000 worth of new clothes.

“Many of us in the EWTN family living in Alabama watched our friends and neighbors lose everything they had in the destructive tornadoes that hit the southeastern United States,” Warsaw said...READ MORE

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On Sex Abuse, the Buck Stops With the Bishops (3405)

News analysis: The Vatican confirms that bishops bear ultimate responsibility for dealing with clerical perpetrators. A recent scandal sheds some light on how that responsibility is being carried out.

05/20/2011 Comments (3)
CNS photo/Paul Haring

Cardinal William Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, arrives for a Mass with new cardinals in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican in this Nov. 21, 2010, file photo. The doctrinal congregation has written a letter to all bishops' conferences around the world about preparing policies and guidelines for dealing with cases of clerical sexual abuse of minors.

– CNS photo/Paul Haring

WASHINGTON — Bishops have the ultimate responsibility when it comes to dealing with sexually abusive priests.

That reality was affirmed this week by Cardinal William Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

The American cardinal, who holds the position long held by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, issued a “circular letter” to bishops “to assist episcopal conferences in developing guidelines for dealing with cases of the sexual abuse of minors perpetrated by clerics.”

Cardinal Levada confirmed that the bishop should meet personally with abuse victims. The letter noted that “responsibility for dealing with cases of sexual abuse of minors belongs, in the first place,...READ MORE

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20 & Engaged, Christians Outrank Pop Stars on Facebook, Legit General Absolution, and much more! (2644)

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05/20/2011 Comment

Christian groups outrank pop artists on Facebook.

Twenty and Engaged - Elizabeth Hanna, Crisis Magazine

Facebook Pages on Christianity Outrank Pop Stars in User Activity - Catholic News Agency

Priests, Abuse, & the Meltdown of a Culture - George Weigel

A Look at the T in LGBT - Austin Ruse, The Catholic Thing

When General Absolution is Legitimate - Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

Solzhenitsyn Christian Faith - Joseph Pearce, Ignatius Insight

Imagining Jesus as a Bartender & Other Egregious Effects of Bad Music - Lorraine Murray, The Integrated Catholic Life™

The Role of Conscience: Vocation of Catholic Health Care Professionals - Brother Ignatius Perkins O.P., Catholic Lane

Using Light Bulbs For Votive Candles? - Cody C....READ MORE

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SDG Reviews 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' (8784)

Fourth film offers more Jack Sparrow, more religious themes and more innuendo.

05/20/2011 Comments (12)
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Johnny Depp, center, stars in a scene from the movie Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13: parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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Was Catholic novelist Tim Powers’ 1987 historical fantasy-adventure novel On Stranger Tides in some way the inspiration, or an inspiration, not only for this fourth Pirates of the Caribbean flick, but for the whole Pirates franchise?

Powers’ fans noted striking connections eight years ago, when The Curse of the Black Pearl made its debut: Like the novel, there were sailors’ tales about a dreaded pirate ship crewed by the undead and glimpsed only at night and an impoverished hero forced to turn pirate in order to save a heroine — named Elizabeth — who has been kidnapped by pirates. Powers’ novel even featured a boozy hero named Captain Jack S. (not Sparrow, but a different two-syllable...READ MORE

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You Need Facial Hair to be a Catholic Apologist, Lord of the Rings & Education, and much more! (3402)

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05/20/2011 Comments (1)

The beauty in Catholic art is well depicted by El Greco's painting of Saint John the Baptist.

“I Am Not Worthy to Unfasten the Sandals of His Feet” - Reginaldus, New Theological Movement

You Need Facial Hair to be a Catholic Apologist - LarryD, Acts of the Apostasy

Paul Ryan & Archbishop Timothy Dolan on Catholic Social Teaching & Budget - Black Adder, The American Catholic

Lord of the Rings & Christian Education: Developing the Human Person - Andrew Seeley

New Vatican Instruction on TLM & the Impact It’s Likely to Have in the U.S. - Joseph O’Brien, Our Sunday Visitor

The Power of Generic Public Prayer - Terry Mattingly, Get Religion

ACLU: Cover Up that Cross! - Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Breaking Stained Glass Windows - John Zmirak, Crisis Magazine

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