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Pope Benedict: ‘The Liturgy Is Celebrated for God and Not for Ourselves’ (7823)

The Holy Father’s Oct. 3 general audience

10/04/2012 Comments (28)

Pope Benedict XVI has reminded Catholics that the liturgy belongs to Jesus Christ and his Church, and it should not be changed according to individual whims.

“It is not the individual — priest or layman — or the group that celebrates the liturgy, but it is primarily God’s action through the Church, which has its own history, its rich tradition and creativity,” the Pope said during his Oct. 3 general audience in Rome.

“This universality and fundamental openness, which is characteristic of the entire liturgy, is one of the reasons why it cannot be created or amended by the individual community or by experts, but must be faithful to the forms of the universal Church,” he stated.


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Catholic School Uniforms, Baring Soul to Boast of Weakness, Trojan Horse of Pastoral Care, and More! (2042)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/03/2012 Comment

On Catholic School Uniforms and Mass Music. Click on the link by Jake Tawney to read more.

On Catholic School Uniforms and Mass Music – Jake Tawney, Roma Locuta Est

Baring My Soul to Boast of My Weakness – Katie Sciba, The Catholic Wife

The Trojan Horse Of “Pastoral Care” by The Larry D of the Acts of the Apostasy blog – Big ulpit

Three Riveting Theological Debates That Will Never Happen – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Five Ways to Defend Faith Against Unexpected Attacks – Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Getting Children Involved in Simple Songs and Chant – Arlene Oost-Zinner, The Chant Café

Insanity for Catholics! - Elizabeth Hoxie, Ignitum Today

What is the GIRM? Why is it Important? – Lisa Schmidt, The Practicing Catholic

Mainstream is Cartesian;...READ MORE

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Change How You Think About Confession, Faithful Citizenship, Magazine Is Anti-Family, and More! (3389)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/03/2012 Comment

Five Tips That Will Change the Way You Think About Confession. Click on the link by Ryan Eggenberger to read more.

Five Tips That Will Change the Way You Think About Confession – Ryan Eggenberger, Ignitum Today

Faithful Citizen: Vote with a Well Formed Conscience – BirgitJ, Catholic Sistas

Australian Jesuit Magazine: Family Has No Inherent Value by Kate Edwards of the Australia Incognito blog – Big ulpit

Evangelical Convert: Mindy Goorchenko – Why I’m Catholic

From an Ordinary to Extraordinary Altar at Mariawald Abbey (Germany) – New Catholic, Rorate Cæli

Silence and Inaudibility in the Extraordinary Form – Fœderatio Internationalis Una Voce

Is Islam Becoming The De Facto Religion of the United States? – Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Reform of the Reform in England and Wales...READ MORE

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Archbishop Gerhard Müller: 'The Church Is Not a Fortress' (12049)

In an exclusive two-part interview with the Register, the new prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith discusses his new job and highlights the Church’s positive message of hope.

10/02/2012 Comments (32)

Archbishop Gerhard Müller

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On July 2, the Vatican announced that Pope Benedict XVI had appointed Bishop Gerhard Müller the new prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, arguably the most influential and prestigious of all the Vatican’s departments. The 64-year-old native of Mainz in central Germany was subsequently elevated to archbishop and made ex officio president of the Pontifical Biblical Commission and the International Theological Commission. He also now heads the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei — the body charged with bringing the Society of St. Pius X into communion with Rome.

In this exclusive interview, given last month at the congregation, Archbishop Müller discusses his new role...READ MORE

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Archbishop Lori Discusses Presidential Debates, Polls and the Beatitudes (8205)

The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty talks about the spiritual and political challenges of the current election cycle.

10/02/2012 Comments (42)

Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore

Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, as the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, has helped to direct the conference’s response to the First Amendment threat posed by the federal Health and Human Services’ contraception mandate.

In this capacity, he has testified before Congress and worked with constitutional scholars and other religious leaders to mount a broad interfaith challenge to the mandate in the federal courts and from the pulpit. Since his installation as archbishop of Baltimore in May, he worked to secure the Maryland referendum to strike down same-sex “marriage” legislation that passed in March. Just days before the...READ MORE

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Joseph for October: Defending Marriage, The End of Men, God's Love: Reason for Hope, and More! (1667)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/02/2012 Comment

Saint Joseph for October: Defending Marriage. Click on the link by Kristina Johannes to read more.

Joseph for October: Defending Marriage – Kristina Johannes, The Catholic Thing

The End of Men: The End of Women Too? by Peter Blair of the Public Discourse website – Big ulpit

God’s Love: Reason for Hope – Fr. William P. Clark OMI, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Catholic BioTalk With Rebecca Taylor and Fr. Pacholczyk – Chelsea Zimmerman, Ignitum Today

Saint Seraphim and Renewal – Ric Ballard, Eastern Catholic Spiritual Renewal

Vestment Embroidery Work of the Dominican Nuns of Galway – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Broken Gate – Sword of Peter

Seven Practical Steps to Draw Closer to Jesus - Deacon Mike Bickerstaff of the Integrated Catholic Life™

Three Part Catechesis...READ MORE

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Loyola (L.A.) Law Students Support IVF in Legal Brief (3033)

The students’ brief ignores Catholic moral objections to the embryo-killing medical practice.

10/02/2012 Comments (13)

Students at Los Angeles’ Loyola Law School have drawn criticism over writing a legal brief in support of Costa Rica legalizing in vitro fertilization, a practice condemned by the Church.

The Catholic school issued a statement on its decision to submit the brief, saying it is “committed to the academic freedom of faculty members and students to participate in the study of different perspectives.”

But Anthony Lilles, professor of spiritual theology at St. John Vianney Seminary in Denver, countered that a Catholic understanding of academic freedom means that it should be guided by truth, as revealed in Scripture and Tradition, and as taught by the magisterium of the Church.

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Archbishop Sheen's Secret to Evangelization, Thousands of Churches Threatened, and Much More! (3357)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/02/2012 Comments (2)

Fulton Sheen’s Secret to Evangelization. Click on the link by Brandon Vogt to read how to evangelize the Fulton Sheen way.

Fulton Sheen’s Secret to Evangelization - Brandon Vogt, Ignitum Today

Who Are the Melkites? – Melkite Eparchy of Newton

Threatening Letter Sent to 60,000 Churches by Thomas Peters of the American Papist blog – Big ulpit

Mass at Brinkburn Priory (England) – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

India: Bishops Criticize Bollywood Film that Mocks Christians – La Stampa/Vatican Insider

The Southampton Priest was Right to Ban Yoga Classes – Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald

Which Saints Suffered from Temptations and Evil Thoughts? - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Updating the Traditional Roman Calendar (Extraordinary Form) – Fr. Z’s Blog

Solidarity Health...READ MORE

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