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New York's Basilica ... and Its Saints (5525)

St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral illustrates the history of U.S. Catholicism.

03/17/2011 Comments (1)
Joseph Pronechen

MAKING HISTORY. St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral illustrates the history of U.S. Catholicism. On March 17, 2010, it was officially named the first basilica in the Archdiocese of New York.

– Joseph Pronechen

Fittingly, on March 17, 2010, St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in Manhattan was officially named the first basilica in the Archdiocese of New York.

This is not the new St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue in Midtown that receives about 20,000 visitors and worshippers every day — but the 200-year-old church that was the city’s original cathedral. Its cornerstone was laid in 1809, and it was officially dedicated on the feast of the Ascension in 1815.

But until it was named a basilica, most visitors were unaware of this church in Lower Manhattan.

This St. Patrick’s, America’s second cathedral, was a beacon of Catholicism in the early 19th century. It became a parish church on May 25, 1879,...READ MORE

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Theology of the Body and the Transformation of Culture (3326)

03/17/2011 Comment

Pope John Paul’s reflections on what he sometimes called “the gospel of the body” unfolded through his Wednesday audiences in St. Peter’s Square, but his teaching was developed in numerous other speeches and addresses, encyclical letters and exhortations on marriage, women and the Blessed Virgin Mary.

It has become increasingly clear that these meditations have the potential to transform our understanding, not only of human sexuality and ethics, but of human nature and culture in general.

It is often assumed that the theology of the body is all about sex. But it is not so simple.

Sexual relations are only a part of something much bigger and deeper. Before we can follow what the Pope is...READ MORE

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A Synthesis of Eternal Truths (3782)

Theology of the Body and the New Evangelization

03/16/2011 Comments (6)

“The New Evangelization” is a term coined by Pope John Paul II the Great to describe the current need for the evangelization and re-evangelization of countries and areas of the world that are historically Christian, but for various reasons are no longer so, or are Christian in name only. Pope Benedict XVI has taken up this clarion call with regard to Europe in particular, as he witnesses Europe’s attempts to deny even the factuality of its Christian roots. Pope Benedict even instituted the Pontifical Council for New Evangelization last year.

The “re-evangelization” of countries is not new. There are precedents wherein a country/people received the kerygma (the initial proclamation of the...READ MORE

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Death Struggles Return (3609)

Here comes the assisted-suicide debate again. Fights are heating up worldwide and here at home.

03/16/2011 Comments (4)
REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

PROPHESYING IN PARIS. Protestors stage a demonstration against euthanasia near the French Senate in Paris which debates a law proposal which would legalise the practice January 25, 2011. Sign reads, "Treating is not Killing."

– REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

LONDON, Ont. — State by state, supporters of assisted suicide are ramping up their efforts to seek friendly legislators or sympathetic judges to enable the terminally ill to get help ending their lives if they are incapacitated.

Hawaii, Montana, New Hampshire and Vermont are among half a dozen states where legislators have recently faced bills to either legalize or outlaw assisted suicide.

Opponents have hastily assembled to fight the measures, aided by national or international groups like the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, Not Dead Yet and the Patients Rights Council.

Outside the U.S., since the beginning of 2010 five countries have defeated efforts to pass more radical laws...READ MORE

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Adam, Christ, & Us, Aristotle, Feast Days During Lent, and much more… (3410)

The Best of Catholic Blogging

03/15/2011 Comment

Aristotle from The School of Athens fresco of Raphael

Adam, Christ, and Us - Peter S. Williamson, Speaking of Scripture

On Aristotle’s Wide Applicability - Robert T. Miller, Public Discourse

Late to the Debt Party - David Mills, First Things/On the Square

Feast Days During Lent, or “Plenus Uenter Facile de Ieiuniis Disputat” - Father John Zuhlsdorf, WDTPRS?

New Irish Government Raises Concerns for Catholics - Michael Kelly, Catholic World Report

‘Champagne Reception’ with Pro-Abortion Susan Sarandon at Catholic University - California Catholic Daily

Another Santorum Scandal? - Matthew Archbold, National Catholic Register

Japan’s Super-Earthquake Is A Warning - The Catholic Knight

Margaret Sanger Outs Planned Parenthood - Doctor Paul...READ MORE

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Egypt’s Growing Persecution (5760)

Anti-Christian violence escalates in the wake of revolution.

03/15/2011 Comments (2)
CNS photo/Mohamed Abd El-Ghany, Reuters

SEEKING PEACE. A Christian cleric clasps hands with a Muslim sheik during a rally to demonstrate unity between Muslims and Christians in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, March 11. The rally took place after recent sectarian clashes left 13 people dead.

– CNS photo/Mohamed Abd El-Ghany, Reuters

CAIRO, Egypt — Hopes that the Egyptian revolution would lead to greater religious tolerance were jeopardized last week, after Muslims clashed with Christians who were protesting the arson of an Orthodox church.

According to media reports, a mob of rampaging Muslims killed six Christians and five Muslims in the violence, which took place in the Cairo suburb of Soul. At least 90 people were injured.

The attack occurred shortly after Egypt’s new leader, Prime Minister Essam Sharaf, met with Coptic leaders to reassure them of his commitment to religious equality.

Thousands of Christians held a sit-in in front of the Television Building in central Cairo, blocking traffic in a major...READ MORE

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Is Love Solid Enough? (3645)

Three keys to understanding Pope John Paul's vision of theology of the body.

03/15/2011 Comments (1)

Is it possible to believe in love?

To our culture, love seems funny, interesting, desirable, maybe necessary … but certainly not trustworthy. It does not seem to be solid and lasting enough so that one can build one’s entire life on it.

Pope John Paul II’s theology of the body is precisely an attempt to show that we can believe in love (1 John 4:16), that love is strong enough to provide an explanation for the whole of our life: our origin, our identity and our destiny.

Three points are crucial to understand John Paul II’s vision.


Christ reveals the dignity of the body and the truth of love.

Central to John Paul II’s teaching is a paragraph from the Second Vatican Council: “Christ,...READ MORE

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Spiritual Wisdom from St. Teresa of Avila, the Catholic Approach to Scripture, and much more… (3675)

The Best of Catholic Blogging

03/15/2011 Comment

Saint Theresa of Avila

Daily Quote from Saint Teresa of Avila - The Integrated Catholic Life™

Faculty Profile of Horst Buchholz - Jeffrey Tucker, The Chant Café

The Catholic Approach to Scripture - Doctor Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture/In Depth Analysis

Ten Commandments for a Good Lenten Confession - Father Philip Neri Powell O.P. Ph.D., Domine da mihi hanc aquam!

‘Sectarian’ Clash between Copts and Mob? - Terry Mattingly, Get Religion

A Martyr in Parliament: The Honorable Shahbaz Bhatti (1968–2011) - Fr. Raymond J. De Souza, First Things/On the Square

Father Frank Pavone Leads Covert Mission to Rescue Baby Joseph - Priests for Life

An Evening with Saint Joan - Father John Zuhlsdorf, WDTPRS?

The Church and...READ MORE

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