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Pope: Fraternal Correction Is Essential to Christian Life (3263)

Benedict quotes St. Augustine while discussing how to charitably correct the behavior of those gone astray on Sept. 4.

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St. Augustine

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA) — Correcting the behavior of those gone astray is an essential part of Christian life, said Pope Benedict XVI in his Sunday Angelus address Sept. 4.

“This approach is called fraternal correction: It is not a reaction to injury suffered, but is moved by love for one’s brother,” said the Pope to pilgrims gathered at his summer residence of Castel Gandolfo.

The Pope made his comments in the light of the Gospel in which Jesus suggests that “if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone.”

The text of the Gospel “tells us that brotherly love also involves a sense of mutual responsibility,” said the Pope, “so if my brother...READ MORE

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Philly’s New Archbishop Will Leave a Rich Legacy in Denver (4271)

Archbishop Charles Chaput's installation is set for Thursday. Auxiliary Bishop James Conley was named apostolic administrator for the Denver Archdiocese.

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Archbishop Charles Chaput

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DENVER — Philadelphia welcomes a new Church leader this week, and if Archbishop Charles Chaput remains true to form, his distinctive managerial style and commitment to the New Evangelization will have a strong impact on the City of Brotherly Love.

During his 14 years in Denver, Archbishop Chaput oversaw a slew of striking initiatives, including a thriving new seminary, a pastoral center for Hispanics and the establishment of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (Focus).

Close collaborators say he encourages autonomy and even a measure of “risk-taking,” while maintaining a steady, probing engagement with senior staff.

“The Archdiocese of Denver has a reputation for being an...READ MORE

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The Problem with Christian Rock, B16's Favorite Bach Cantata, Moscow Schemes, and much more! (2976)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Pope Benedict XVI's Favorite Bach Cantata click on the link by Sandro Magister to learn more.

The Problem With Christian Rock - Marc Barnes, VirtuousPla.net

Papa Bene’s Favorite Bach Cantata - Sandro Magister, Chiesa

Moscow: The Patriarchate’s Schemes - La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Keep Watch on Jesus’ Disciples at Work in the World - The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Same-Sex Marriage: A Conspicuous Absence of Children - David van Gend, MercatorNet

Secular Fundamentalism & Islamic Fundamentalism - Joseph Pearce, St. Austin Review

Apologetics: The Immaculate Conception (Part I & Part II)- Anthony S. Layne, Outside the Asylum

Of 9/11, CNN, and a Random, Unremarkable “Steel Beam” - Tom Crowe, Catholic Vote

Ireland Accepts Vatican’s Offer - Gerard O’Connell, La Stampa/Vatican...READ MORE

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Remembering 9/11 (5649)

A well-known priest granted general absolution on the scene. Later, he encouraged young couples to go forward with their weddings, as a sign of hope in a devastated city.

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When Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda carried out the 9/11 attacks 10 years ago this week, America responded with a “War on Terrorism.” Father George Rutler and many other priests were at the first battle.

Father Rutler, a well-known speaker and author who is a pastor in New York City, knew that when soldiers are about to go into battle, it’s possible for a priest to grant general, conditional absolution. He saw firefighters and police officers headed into the towering infernos in lower Manhattan, in a desperate attempt to save as many people as they could. And he responded to their requests for general absolution.

The Register this week is recalling the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001....READ MORE

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Why We Celebrate Labor Day, Contrition, Month of 7 Dolors, Graham Greene, and much more! (3229)

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09/05/2011 Comment

September, The Month of the Seven Dolors. Click on the link by Fr. Ryan Erlenbush to learn more.

What We Celebrate on Labor Day (U.S.) - Fr. Roger Landry, Integrated Catholic Life™

Trickle Down and Bottom Up - Stephen B. White, The Catholic Thing

Labor is a Gift From God that Precedes Original Sin - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Hymn to Saint Joseph the Worker - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Lest It Go Unspoken - Sarah Babbs, VirtuousPla.net

Billie Mandle’s Striking Series of Portraits of Confessionals - Rosecrans Baldwin, The Morning News

Contrition - David Werling, Ars Orandi

September, The Month of the Seven Dolors - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

What is the Essence of Catholic Spirituality? Part II of II - Fr. John Bartunek,...READ MORE

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Where Are the Jobs? (2199)

For Catholics struggling with unemployment, their local parish may have answers.

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CHESTERFIELD, Mo. — There is little good news for the unemployed this Labor Day.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s monthly report, released at the beginning of the long holiday weekend, bodes ill for those who want to end their unwanted “holidays” and get back to work. The economy failed to add new jobs in August, and the unemployment rate remained at 9.1%.

At times like these, it is natural for some people to seek divine intercession. And they may be able to find help at their own churches.

A number of Catholic parishes are drawing on the network of trust and common faith already in place to help unemployed individuals prepare for interviews and find a job.

One of the larger efforts is...READ MORE

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U.S. Bishops' Labor Day Letter Focuses on Present Economy and Dignity of Work (3688)

Letter: 'This Labor Day we need to look beyond the economic indicators, stock-market gyrations and political conflicts and focus on the often invisible burdens of ordinary workers and their families, many of whom are hurting, discouraged, and left behind by this economy.'

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WASHINGTON (CNA) — Work has dignity because it participates in God’s creation and builds up the common good, the U.S. bishops said in their annual Labor Day statement. They called for shared sacrifices to heal the country, while recognizing the rights of workers and the stark facts of unemployment, poverty and insecurity.

“An economy that cannot provide employment, decent wages and benefits, and a sense of participation and ownership for its workers is broken in fundamental ways,” said Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton, Calif., in the letter.

The chair of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development emphasized the suffering of those in difficult situations.


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Twin Towers Pastor (7585)

Priests were among the first responders to the scene. Second in a series remembering the 9/11 terrorist attack on America.

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Peter McDermott, Irish Echo

Father Kevin Madigan was tending the wounded at Ground Zero when the south tower of the World Trade Center began to fall.

– Peter McDermott, Irish Echo

The Register this week is recalling the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. We began the series yesterday, featuring New York fireman Tom Marsich.

For many Americans, the wounds inflicted on their country 10 years ago have been slow to heal. But the healing began right away, in the midst of the Twin Towers falling, as Catholic priests rushed to the scene to anoint the dead and dying, provide solace to the grieving and grant conditional absolution to those going into the inferno in a desperate attempt to rescues whomever they could.

One such priest lived within a stone’s throw of the Twin Towers. Father Kevin Madigan was and still is pastor of St. Peter’s, the oldest Catholic parish in...READ MORE

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