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A ‘Catholic’ Social Justice Lobby? (10101)

04/19/2010 Comments (22)
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Sister Simone Campbell, a Sister of Social Service and director of Network, a national Catholic social justice lobby, speaks in support of universal health care at an interfaith event in Washington last June. Network stood with the Catholic Health Association and representatives from the Leadership Conference of Women Religious in urging passage by the House of the Senate's health care bill, which the U.S. bishops oppose because they say it would expand federal funding of abortions.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the yearlong battle over health-care reform came to a head last month, an open dispute over public funding for abortion exposed deep fissures within the Church. Some bishops’ conference staffers privately worried that “polarization in political life is being transferred to ecclesial life.”

During the final week of the bruising health reform negotiations on Capitol Hill, Network, a self-described “national Catholic social justice lobby,” endorsed the Senate bill that was about to be voted on in the House of Representatives. In doing so, they called into question the U.S. bishops’ objections to provisions dealing with abortion funding and conscience...READ MORE

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A Holy Risk Taker (2770)

Celebrating 5 Years of Pope Benedict XVI

04/19/2010 Comments (2)
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Pope Benedict presents his lecture on faith and reason at the University of Regensburg in 2006.

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Up until just a few months ago, it seemed clear what Benedict’s legacy was shaping up to be.

In his very first homily after his election, he invoked the legacy of John Paul II and promised that as “the Successor of Peter, I also wish to confirm my determination to continue to put the Second Vatican Council into practice, following in the footsteps of my predecessors and in faithful continuity with the 2,000-year tradition of the Church.”

It may look like there are two elements here, council and Tradition. But in fact there is only one: a dynamic tradition, ever ancient, ever new. And it may seem that all this is just what popes are supposed to say.

But as the past five years have...READ MORE

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Setting the Record Straight (22083)

04/18/2010 Comments (154)

This publisher’s note will appear in the April 25 print edition, due to arrive to subscribers at the beginning of next week.

This is in some way a special edition of the Register, giving our readers an overview of what is involved in the firestorm over the Church’s handling of clergy sexual abuse.

Doing this thoroughly requires setting the record straight regarding previous Register coverage of the abuse scandal surrounding Father Marcial Maciel. I had intended waiting until the Holy See issued its findings after the apostolic visitation of the Legionaries of Christ, mostly to give myself enough time to wrap my mind and my heart around all I have learned about our founder.

I realize,...READ MORE

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Bastion of Christian Unity (3580)

Celebrating 5 Years With Pope Benedict

04/18/2010 Comments (1)
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Our Lady of Atonement Catholic Church in San Antonio, the first Anglican-use church in the United States.

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In 1983 I was a young priest, so recently ordained it seemed the chrism was still clinging to my hands, and I found myself at the dining table of the future Pope Benedict XVI.

Of course, those of us together that evening in Rome could not have known that His Eminence, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, would become the Successor of St. Peter. We had been invited by him to celebrate the completion of our work on the Book of Divine Worship, which would be for liturgical use by the Anglicans entering the Church through the Pastoral Provision of Pope (now Venerable) John Paul II.

To those of us who are converts from Anglicanism, it is not altogether surprising that Pope Benedict XVI should have...READ MORE

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Praying for the Pope Since 1959 (4237)

German-American Carmelite Sister Thanks Pope Benedict for Her Vocation

04/17/2010 Comments (7)
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Carmelite Sister Emmanuel Hofbauer of St. Joseph Carmelite Monastery in Shoreline, Wash., near Seattle, is seen with then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in this undated photo.

– CNS photo/courtesy of Sister Emmanuel Hofbauer

Sister Emmanuel Hofbauer has taken to heart St. Teresa of Avila’s instruction to pray for priests. At the age of 11, she was shown an ordination photo of Father Joseph Ratzinger and his brother Georg. She said this experience mysteriously confirmed her desire to become a nun and to pray in a special way for priests.

Now, one of them is about to celebrate his fifth anniversary as Pope.

Then-Father Georg Ratzinger served in her parish in a small Bavarian village at the foot of the Alps, near the town of Oberammergau, famous for its Passion plays. Father Joseph Ratzinger would eventually become archbishop of Munich, the archdiocese in which she lived.

After moving to the United States in...READ MORE

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Implacable Advocate for Justice (2940)

Celebrating 5 Years With Pope Benedict XVI

04/17/2010 Comments (1)
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Pope Benedict meets Sheik Armando Hussein Saleh (l) and Rabbi Henry Sobel at St. Benedict Monastery in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2007.

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As we approach the fifth anniversary of the election of Joseph Ratzinger as the 265th successor to St. Peter, we reflect back on his extraordinary accomplishments. He has continued to move the Roman Catholic Church in the same direction as his predecessors but also to pave the way for new and equally important missions. There have been and will be many challenges in this noble effort.

I speak as a Jewish man dedicated to interreligious dialogue. Through our gestures and identification of obstacles, we work to purify the name of G-d by denying it from those who will use and abuse it for their own agendas. In this mission, I have found a wonderful ally in the Catholic Church under the...READ MORE

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‘Change in Vatican Culture’ (31061)

A Sex Abuse Expert Sees Hope in Pope Benedict

04/16/2010 Comments (24)

Monica Applewhite

Monica Applewhite is one of the foremost experts on screening, monitoring and policy development for the prevention of sexual abuse and risk management for those with histories of sexual offending.

Applewhite has spent the past 16 years conducting research and root-cause analysis in the area of sexual abuse in organizations in order to assist organizations in developing best practice standards. Formerly with Praesidium Inc., she helped create an accreditation system for the Conference of Major Superiors of Men to hold them accountable to the highest standards of child protection.

She has worked with more than 300 organizations that serve children and youth, including 28 Catholic...READ MORE

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God of Love Is Also God of Truth (2744)

Celebrating 5 Years With Pope Benedict

04/16/2010 Comments (1)
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Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger at the Mass that opened the 2005 papal conclave.

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During the pre-conclave Mass, just before he was elected Pope, Benedict XVI addressed the conclave of cardinals on the subject of relativism. He talked about how the world was “moving towards a dictatorship of relativism.”

This is supreme irony, for the man who many think of as a “dictator” is himself fervently opposed to any form of dictatorship. In his book Truth and Tolerance: Christian Belief and World Religions, then-Cardinal Ratzinger stated: “Relativism, in certain aspects, has become the real religion of modern man.” It approaches, he went on to say, “The most profound difficulty of our day.” These austere words cannot be taken lightly, for Benedict XVI is a most...READ MORE

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