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Charities Share the Gospel and Change Lives (1418)

How businesses and programs across the country put faith into action. June 17 issue feature.

06/23/2012 Comment
Photo by Suzanne Konopka, Catholic News Herald

George Pfaff supports seminarians as part of his charitable work.

– Photo by Suzanne Konopka, Catholic News Herald

One way people live out Gospel values is through charities, foundations and their businesses. They show there’s no room for an “either/or” response — a “both/and” answer is needed.

One business living Christian charity in a big way is Broetje Orchards of Prescott, Wash. The company’s tagline alludes to Scripture — “First Fruits of Washington” (FirstFruits.com). As one of the largest privately owned apple orchards in the country — the orchard sends apples and cherries coast-to-coast — Broetje’s stated mission as a Christian organization is founded on a biblical principle: “to be a quality fruit company committed to ‘bearing fruit that will last’ (John 15:16).” “The orchard was founded on...READ MORE

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The Crisis of Contemporary Catholic Art & Literature, Making Time for Prayer, and much more! (2668)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/23/2012 Comment

The Crisis of Contemporary Catholic Art & Literature. Click on the link by J. E. Foyer to read more.

The Crisis of Contemporary Catholic Art & Literature - J. E. Foyer, Saint Peter's List

Making Time for Prayer - Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

23 Reasons Why A Priest Should Wear His Collar by Msgr. Charles M. Mangan & Fr. Gerald E. Murray of the Courageous Priest Blog - Big Pulpit

Alabaster Shrine of St John the Baptist - Fr. Lawrence Lew OP, New Liturgical Movement

Fortnight For Freedom Day 2: Martyrs for the Liberty of the Church - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Children of Same Sex Couples - Michael Cook, Crisis Magazine

Death is Not a Right - Chelsea Zimmerman, Ignitum Today

Study Finds Children of Same-Sex Partners Face Difficulties as Adults -...READ MORE

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Vatican Unveils ‘Year of Faith’ Plans (10955)

Kickoff to coincide with the golden anniversary of the beginning of the Second Vatican Council.

06/23/2012 Comments (21)

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican has approved a formula for a special “Mass for the New Evangelization” for the upcoming Year of Faith, as well as devised an official hymn, a dedicated website and a multilingual pastoral guide to coincide with the event.

The innovations were revealed at a June 21 Vatican press conference on the Year of Faith, led by the president of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, Archbishop Rino Fisichella. The year will be held Oct. 11, 2012-Nov. 24, 2013. October 11 is the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council.

The Italian archbishop said the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments had approved “the...READ MORE

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Faith and Freedom in Napa (2284)

A look at the Napa Institute in California, which encourages Catholic business leaders in their work. June 17 issue feature.

06/23/2012 Comment
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When Tim Busch has gotten good ideas, he’s run with them successfully. In 2010, he got an excellent one that is proving to be a winner for Catholic leaders: the Napa Institute.

The first Napa Institute Conference, which was held last year, attracted approximately 250 people from across the country. For this year’s July 26-29 conference at the Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa, Calif., 350 attendees are already expected.

What is attracting attendees?

For one, speakers like George Weigel. For another, the intriguing tagline of the Napa Institute, which Busch credits to Philadelphia’s Archbishop Charles Chaput:“Equipping Catholics in the ‘Next America’” (via an article Archbishop Chaput...READ MORE

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Dire Warning from a Radio Voice (8260)

Saturday Book Pick: Mark Levin's 'Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America.'

06/23/2012 Comments (24)

Radio talk-show host Mark Levin has coined a new term — Ameritopia — to describe what he sees as a growing utopian movement in the United States, a movement that he believes holds the reins of power in this country and poses a threat to authentic human freedom everywhere.

Levin’s primary criticism of utopians is that they believe mankind is perfectible and that it is possible to create a “heaven on earth” through government. This idea is blatantly false because it denies the true nature of mankind. To the utopians, the unwashed masses are “one-dimensional … selfish … [possessing] little moral value” — fallen, to use the Judeo-Christian term — while they themselves are enlightened,...READ MORE

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England & Wales to See Sharp Rise in Ordinations, Pope Peter: The Fisher Pope, and much more! (1885)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/22/2012 Comment

England & Wales to See Sharp Rise in Ordinations. Click on the link by Madeleine Teahan & Francesca Gillett to read more.

England & Wales to See Sharp Rise in Ordinations - Madeleine Teahan & Francesca Gillett, Catholic Herald

Pope Peter: The Fisher Pope - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

CNN Stumbles on Former Catholics Program by Terry Mattingly - Big Pulpit

Central Sacrament Pre-Figured in the First Passover - Jayson M. Brunelle M Ed CAGS, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

How the Fourth Commandment is Necessary for Civilization - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Two Years of Spiritual Life Lessons in Books - Pursued by Truth

The Kids Aren’t All Right: New Family Structures, No Differences Claim - Ana Samuel, Public Discourse

On Altar Rails and Sanctuaries and Proper Liturgical Roles...READ MORE

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Senior Philadelphia Church Official Receives Mixed Verdict in Landmark Child Endangerment Case (7153)

The jury finds Msgr. William Lynn guilty on one child endangerment charge but innocent on conspiracy charge.

06/22/2012 Comments (18)

Msgr. William Lynn

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PHILADELPHIA — A jury today found a former Philadelphia archdiocesan official guilty on one of two counts of child endangerment, but cleared him of the other as well as a conspiracy charge.

In a closely watched landmark case, Msgr. William Lynn, 61, the archdiocese’s secretary for clergy from 1992 to 2004 and the most senior U.S. Church official to be criminally charged in an abuse case, was accused of knowingly placing minors in danger when he reassigned troubled priests to parishes where they would have access to children.

Msgr. Lynn faces three and a half to seven years in prison. His lawyer is expected to appeal.

A statement from the archdiocese released today said, "This has...READ MORE

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Vatican Releases Working Document for Synod on New Evangelization (3342)

The gathering of bishops will coincide with the inauguration of the Year of Faith and the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council.

06/22/2012 Comments (3)

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VATICAN CITY — “People are yearning for a principle in life that inspires hope, a hope which will permit them to look to the future with eyes filled with faith and not the tears of despair,” says the working document for the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization.

“As a Church, we have this principle and source of hope — Jesus Christ, who was crucified and is risen, living among us through his Spirit, who allows us to experience God.”

The document, known as the Instrumentum Laboris, was published June 19 at the Vatican and aims to serve as the basis for discussion and reflection for the 13th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the theme: “The New...READ MORE

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