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Stand for Catholic Identity Pits University of San Diego President Against Faculty (12023)

After President Mary Lyons disinvites a dissenting British theologian, some faculty collectively rebuke her for ‘compromising campus academic freedom.’

12/07/2012 Comments (152)

SAN DIEGO — A textbook case of division over campus Catholic identity is continuing at the University of San Diego, where a significant step undertaken to promote Catholic fidelity has generated fierce controversy.

Earlier this fall, USD’s president, Mary Lyons, denied a British theologian — who is openly at odds with some of the Catholic Church’s most fundamental moral teachings — her upcoming status as a “visiting fellow” at the university. The firestorm of debate over academic freedom that has ensued pits Lyons against many of her own faculty and has now involved the university’s board of trustees, too.

British Catholic theologian Tina Beattie, the director of the Digby Stuart...READ MORE

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Criticisms of Bishop Finn Described as Misleading, Dishonest (3281)

A recent media report was ‘inaccurate’ in suggesting a widespread lack of support for the bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph, a diocesan spokesman says.

12/07/2012 Comments (7)

Bishop Robert Finn

– Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Calls for the resignation of Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., that have gained media attention are exaggerated and do not depict the real situation in the diocese, according to local Catholics.

Jack Smith, interim director of communications for the diocese, said that a Dec. 2 article by The New York Times was “inaccurate” in suggesting a widespread lack of support for the bishop.

The New York Times said that it had obtained 32 responses from a survey of priests conducted by a consulting firm hired by the diocese and that “half of them seriously doubted whether the bishop should continue as their leader, and several suggested that he resign.”


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The Real St. Nicholas: Not Fat and Jolly, In Praise of the Modern Atheist, and Much More! (2702)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/07/2012 Comment

Father Z and Mickey V. Follow the link by a Catholic in Brooklyn blog to read more.

The Real St. Nicholas: Not Fat and Not Very Jolly Either – Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

In Praise of the Modern Atheist – Colin Gormley, Ignitum Today

Yes, Virginia, There Was A Santa Claus – Nicholas Frankovich, First Things/On The Square

The Secret Society of St. Nick – Rebecca Frech, Shoved to Them

Civil Society is Solidarity’s Natural Home – Stephen White, Catholic Vote

Vatican Office to Launch Pope Smartphone App – Catholic News Agency

Get Ready to Celebrate St. Lucia’s Day! – Catholic Sistas

Messianic Prophecies: Malachi 3:1-5 – Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Pope’s Latest Motu Proprio Signals an End to Dissent in the Church – Dylan Parry,...READ MORE

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Remembering Jazz Legend Dave Brubeck (3171)

Even before the musician ‘joined the Catholic Church’ in 1980, faith imbued his work.

12/06/2012 Comments (4)

Dave Brubeck in 2005

– Wikipedia

NORWALK, Conn. — Fans worldwide are paying tribute to Jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck, who died of heart failure on Dec. 5 in Norwalk, Conn., just one day before his 92nd birthday.

His legendary career as a jazz musician spanned over six decades, beginning during his time as a member of a military band in World War II while under the command of Gen. George Patton.

Rising to popularity in the 1950s and early 1960s by touring college campuses, Brubeck was well known for his unique timing signatures and unorthodox rhythm.

His music is often recognized as the defining sound of “cool” or “West Coast” jazz, a term referring to the relaxed tempos found in the new style of music, as...READ MORE

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Five Suggestions for a Tweeting Pope, Were There Marian Devotions in the Early Church? And More! (1455)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/06/2012 Comment

Five Suggestions for a Tweeting Pope. Click on the link by Brandon Vogt to read further.

Five Suggestions for a Tweeting Pope – Brandon Vogt, BrandonVogt.com

Was There Marian Devotion in First Three Centuries of the Church by Dr. Taylor Marshall of the Canterbury Tales blogBig Pulpit

Modernity is an Attack on Being – Kevin O’Brien, Waiting for Godot to Leave

Subsidiarity in the Tradition of Catholic Social Doctrine – Joe Carter, Acton Institute/PowerBlog

Bread in the Old Testament – Thomas L. McDonald, Patheos/God and the Machine

Jesuit Priest Celebrates Mass With Woman, Priestly Faculties Suspended – Joseph Fromm, Good Jesuit Bad Jesuit

The Dating of Christmas – Jacob Tawney, Roma Locuta Est

Witness – Brianna Hedt, Ignitum Today

Eve and the Forbidden...READ MORE

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Cincinnati Catholic Charities Stress Public-Private Partnership (1019)

Catholic human-services providers from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati ask lawmakers to protect the poor from the ‘fiscal cliff’ by safeguarding program funding.

12/06/2012 Comments (4)

CINCINNATI — Leaders of 11 Catholic human-services providers from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati are calling on lawmakers to protect the poor from the “fiscal cliff” by safeguarding funding to the programs that serve those in need.

The agencies reminded politicians that “it is through a partnership with an adequate federal safety net that the tireless work of our Catholic and all agencies, volunteers, and contributors can more effectively serve those in crisis.”

The consortium of agencies said it believes the best arrangement is for government and private religious groups to work together so that “we can more confidently guide those who are struggling to become self-sufficient, so...READ MORE

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Irish Bishops, Pro-Lifers Mobilize Against Proposed Abortion Law Changes (2527)

‘The direct and intentional killing of an unborn child can never be morally justified,’ the bishops stress in their response to an expert report.

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Pro-life advocates rally Dec. 4 outside the Dáil Eireann in Dublin.

– Youth Defence

DUBLIN, Ireland — The Irish bishops’ conference is insisting that almost all the options recommended by a recent report for changing the country’s abortion laws are unacceptable, since allowing abortion cannot be morally justified.

“Of the four options presented by the Report, three involve abortion — the direct and intentional killing of an unborn child. This can never be morally justified,” the bishops wrote in their Dec. 5 initial response to the report.

The Irish government is debating a 58-page report on abortion that advocates abortion legislation and abortion regulation, the Irish newspaper The Independent reports.

The report was released Nov. 27 after its preparation by a...READ MORE

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Pope to Bishops: Keep Church Charities Catholic (3039)

Pope Benedict XVI’s new motu proprio affirms the importance of Catholic charities and outlines the stewardship responsibilities of bishops.

12/06/2012 Comments (5)

Detail of an old engraving, ca. 1880, depicts St. Vincent de Paul and the Daughters of Charity.

– Shutterstock

WASHINGTON — Seven years after his first groundbreaking encyclical, Deus Caritas Est (God Is Love), Pope Benedict XVI has issued a motu proprio, De Caritate Ministranda (The Service of Charity), designed to guide and strengthen episcopal stewardship of Church-affiliated charitable institutions.

Formally dated Nov. 11, but released in December, the motu proprio (on his own initiative) affirms the central role of charity in the Church’s mission and provides directives for diocesan bishops charged with securing the Catholic identity of Church-affiliated outreach programs.

While that first encyclical drew praise for its rich portrait of “the God with a human face,” the Pope describes the...READ MORE

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