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Remembering 9/11 (3062)

Inside the Pentagon, a chaplain recalls ‘days taking bodies out of the building’ — and Providence at work.

09/11/2011 Comment
Courtesy of Msgr. Philip Hill

ON THE GROUND. Msgr. Philip Hill in Baghdad's Saddam Hussein Square.

– Courtesy of Msgr. Philip Hill

The 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has been a time to remember and reflect. Where were we that day? How were we affected by what was the largest attack on our shores since Pearl Harbor? How have we changed as a nation? And how have we changed as individuals?

All this week we have been giving several Catholics who were involved in one way or another a chance to reflect on those questions. We conclude our series today.

Msgr. Philip Hill has served as an Army chaplain in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan. He’s now Command Chaplain at Fort Belvoir in Virginia.

But on Sept. 11, 2001, he was the Chief of Staff for the U.S. Army’s Chief of Chaplains Office at the...READ MORE

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Islam and America (4002)

Ten years after al Qaeda attacks, United States still “wrestling” with the religion of the 9/11 terrorists.

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CULTURE CLASH? A survey conducted recently found that 10 years after the Sept. 11 attacks Americans are evenly divided on the question of whether the values of Islam are compatible or at odds with American values and culture.

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WASHINGTON — “America is wrestling with Islam, and Islam is wrestling with America.”

So says William Galston, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, at a panel convened last week to discuss a new survey of U.S. attitudes on Islam, religious values, immigration and racial discrimination.

The survey found that 10 years after the Sept. 11 attacks Americans are evenly divided on the question of whether the values of Islam are compatible or at odds with American values and culture.

Among the findings: the majority of American Catholics surveyed do not find Islam and American values at variance, while 6 in 10 white, evangelical Protestants do.

But some findings indicated less ease...READ MORE

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Remembering 9/11 (2421)

Catholic firefighter, who was assigned to the department's counseling unit the day before the attacks, looks back on the evil and the good that came out of the attacks. In the end, he lives by the question: 'What does God want me to get out of this?'

09/10/2011 Comments (1)

As the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has approached, the Register has been recalling that terrible day with recollections of individual Catholics who were there or whose lives were impacted by the tragic events.

Ralph Esposito was a 10-year veteran firefighter with the New York Fire Department and just assigned on Sept. 10, 2001, to the Counseling Unit for his day tours.

“I was involved right from the start,” Esposito said. “I spent 10 months, three to four days a week, talking to the guys while they were digging up body parts. I dug up my own share of body parts too.”

In the weeks and months since the attack, he saw “a lot of human suffering, a lot of...READ MORE

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Forgiveness, How Jesus Fulfills Prophecy of Daniel, The Anglican Communion, and much more! (3692)

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7, 77, & 70 times 7, How Christ Fulfills the Prophecy of Daniel. Click on Fr. Erlenbush to learn how.

We Do Harm to Ourselves When We Refuse to Forgive - Bishop David McGough, Catholic Herald

Forgiveness or Death: No Neutral Ground - Fr. Richard Tomasek SJ, Zeal

7, 77, & 70 times 7, How Christ Fulfills the Prophecy of Daniel - Fr. Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

Bitterness Begone! A Time For Love - Godwin Delali Adadzie, VirtuousPla.net

“Christian” Music - Michael Denton, The American Catholic

Uncomfortable Reality About Forgiveness - Marcellino D’Ambrosio PhD, Integrated Catholic Life™

The Anglican Communion’s Long Road to Resolution - Christopher Pearson, The Australian

Canadian Anglicans Vote to Unite with Rome - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Are Anglican Ordinations...READ MORE

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There be 'Isms' (3112)

Saturday Book Pick: John Zmirak's guide to navigating college ideologies.

09/10/2011 Comment

Navigating a new college environment is difficult enough for Catholic freshmen without having to combat each secular philosophy and "ism" that lurks around every corner. Unless you’re fortunate enough to attend a faithful Catholic college or university, you need to discern the agenda of each and every professor. Chances are, it’s not compatible with the Catholic faith.

However, there is good news for students trying to crack the code of these "isms." John Zmirak, author of The Bad Catholic’s Guide to the Seven Deadly Sins and Choosing the Right Catholic College, has asked more than a dozen professors, priests, journalists, philosophers and theologians to help budding scholars navigate the...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict Marks 10th Anniversary of 9/11 by Praying for America (3393)

The Holy Father wrote of the need for global peace in a letter to Archbishop Dolan of New York.

09/09/2011 Comment

NEW YORK CITY (CNA) — Pope Benedict XVI spoke of the world’s need for compassion and justice in a letter marking the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.

“It is my fervent prayer,” the Pope told New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan in the letter, “that a firm commitment to justice and a global culture of solidarity will help rid the world of the grievances that so often give rise to acts of violence and will create the conditions for greater peace and prosperity, offering a brighter and more secure future.”

In the letter, dated Sept. 11 but released two days in advance, Pope Benedict told Archbishop Dolan that his thoughts were occupied...READ MORE

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Mel Gibson to Make a Film on Maccabees, Facebook and Ten Commandments, and much more! (11214)

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Mel Gibson and Catholic convert Joe Eszterhas will make a movie based on the Book of Maccabees. Click on the link by Mike Fleming to learn more.

Mel Gibson, Joe Eszterhas to Make Maccabee Film - Mike Fleming, Deadline New York

No Fairness For Innocent Priests at BishopAccountability.org - Dave Pierre, TheMediaReport.com

Facebook and the Ten Commandments - Gadel, Catholic Fiction

The Thing About NFP - Bonnie Engstrom, VirtuousPla.net

Bette Davis, Abortion and Irony - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Love and Responsibility, Resenting Chastity - Dr. Edward Sri, Integrated Catholic Life™

For Successful Dating, Love Yourself - Anthony Buono, 6 Stone Jars

Sacred Art in Museums - Greg Haas, Gulf Coast Catholic

Vatican II Envisaged that Mass would Mostly be Done in Latin - Fr. Simon Henry, Offerimus Tibi Domine!


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The Register's Catholic Identity College Guide '11 (6228)

Our annual guide features 31 schools and articles on higher education. The College Guide is featured in our Sept. 11 issue.

09/09/2011 Comments (4)

Jesus Goes to College

It’s that time of year again: A new academic year begins. So many possibilities for learning about different subjects — and faith.

The most important must-have students can bring to college is Christ.

Christ is needed more than ever on campus. Be the students who bring Jesus there, witnessing with your words and actions and choices — in and out of class. Be active in Catholic student clubs or your local Newman Center. Go to Mass. Attend a Bible study. Share your faith with others.

I studied English literature and pre-medicine in college at a Big Ten university. I don’t remember organic chemistry anymore, although I can tell you the major themes of Jane Austen’s novels....READ MORE

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