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The Goodness and Necessity of Latin, Atheists in Assisi, Forgiveness for Mel Gibson, and much more! (4544)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/19/2011 Comment

Robert Downey, Jr. Asks Hollywood to Forgive Mel Gibson. Click on the link by Frank Weathers to learn more.

The Acceptable Sphere for Talking About Abortion - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Tolerance, Decadence and Violence - Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Robert Downey, Jr. Asks Hollywood to Forgive Mel Gibson - Frank Weathers, YIMCatholic

The Goodness & Necessity of Latin in Religious Ed. - Chris Owens, Benedictus Dominus

In Remembrance - Sarah Babbs, VirtuousPla.net

How “Noninfallibilists” Diminish Virtues of Docility & Obedience - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archd. of Washington

Pornography, Public Morality, & Constitutional Rights - Robert P. George, Public Discourse

Trouble Inside SSPX - Ches, The Sensible Bond

Abp. Timothy Dolan to President Obama: Push the Reset Button on...READ MORE

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Bob Hope and His Ladies of Hope (18039)

His mother, wife and Our Lady of Hope made all the difference in his life.

10/19/2011 Comments (10)

Bob and Dolores Hope in 1999.

– Getty Images

Bob Hope — “the most honored entertainer” ever, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, for his achievements in theater, radio, film, TV, philanthropy and business, and an extraordinary record of service to country, with 199 USO shows around the globe — won the biggest prize of all in the waning days of his life when he converted to Catholicism.

Born Leslie Townes Hope on May 29, 1903, in Eltham, England, he was the fifth of seven boys.

Leslie’s mother, Avis, was very devoted and loving. His father, William Henry “Harry,” a stonecutter, “had only one fault,” as Hope recalled in his memoir, Have Tux, Will Travel: Bob Hope’s Own Story: “It was his theory that, as a result of...READ MORE

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Pope Names New Bismarck Bishop (1799)

Benedict appointed Msgr. David Kagan from the Rockford, Ill., Diocese to be the North Dakota diocese's seventh bishop on Oct. 19.

10/19/2011 Comments (1)

– Bismarck Diocese website

BISMARCK, N.D. (EWTN News/CNA)—On Oct. 19, Pope Benedict appointed Msgr. David Kagan from the Rockford, Ill., Diocese as the new bishop of Bismarck, N.D.

Bishop-elect Kagan, 61, will succeed Bishop Paul Zipfel, who has served as leader of the diocese since 1997. The Pope also accepted Bishop Zipfel’s resignation, which he submitted at the mandatory retirement age of 75.

Msgr. Kagan was born in Waukegan, Ill. He holds a M.A. in sacred theology and a licentiate in canon law from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

He was ordained a priest in Rockford, Ill., in 1975 and has served at a number of parishes in the diocese as a teacher, parish pastor and parochial administrator.


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U.S. Bishops Will Discuss Adding John Paul II Prayer to Liturgical Calendar (2507)

USCCB will vote on the measure during their upcoming general assembly.

10/19/2011 Comment
Official beatification portrait

– Official beatification portrait

WASHINGTON (EWTN News)—The U.S. bishops will consider including two new sets of prayers in the Proper of Saints calendar — one for Blessed Pope John Paul II and the other for Blessed Marianne Cope — during their upcoming fall meeting.

At the Nov. 14-16 general assembly in Baltimore, the bishops will vote on adding the prayers as part of several liturgical items up for discussion.

“Because blesseds are not normally inscribed on the universal calendar, it is left to the local authorities to suggest the inscription of the observance of a blessed on a diocesan, religious or national calendar,” the U.S. bishops’ conference said in an Oct. 18 press release.

The Vatican’s Congregation for...READ MORE

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Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters Featured in 'The Mighty Macs' (3499)

Catholic director offers faith-and-family-friendly (and inspiring) true story.

10/19/2011 Comment
Mighty Macs movie Facebook page

– Mighty Macs movie Facebook page

WASHINGTON (CNA)—The Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary are featured in the upcoming movie The Mighty Macs, an inspirational true story about a small women’s college basketball team that defies all odds and achieves victory.

“We gave the sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary final approval of the script,” said director Tim Chambers. “So, in many ways, they collaborated with us to tell a story that just had a values-based infrastructure.”

The Mighty Macs is based on the true story of the early 1970s’ women’s basketball team at Immaculata College in Philadelphia. The small all-women’s Catholic college seemed to have no hope at competing for a national championship. But led by coach...READ MORE

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St. Luke, St. Faustina's Vision of Hell, Crypto Christians in Iraq, Clare and Francis, and more! (2963)

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10/19/2011 Comment

Clare and Francis, a poem. Click on the link by J.B. Toner to read a beautiful poem.

St. Luke, the Most Prolific New Testament Writer - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

The Only Apostle Not a Jew & Never Saw Christ - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

St. Faustina’s Vision of Hell (Seven Characteristics of Hell) - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

When Children Arrive, Iraq’s Christians Live Double Lives - BP News

Vatican to Approve Distinct Order of Mass for Personal Ordinariates - Msgr. Andrew Burnham, Ordinariate Portal

Traditional Family Values from a Kids’ Perspective - Steven W. Mosher, Catholic Lane

Clare and Francis - J.B. Toner, Dappled Things

Mother Teresa and Me. . . and Me Too - Patti Maguire Armstrong, Catholic Lane

2012 is Year of Faith,...READ MORE

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Catholic Athletes for Christ Keeps Players Fit in the Spirit (3576)

Former government lawyer Ray McKenna perceived a ‘distinct need’ for Catholic sports ministry. Now he brings the sacraments to players.

10/19/2011 Comments (1)
Courtesy of Catholic Athletes for Christ

Ray McKenna, founder of Catholic Athletes for Christ, stands at right, along with five-time all-star first baseman Mike Sweeney and actors Jim Caviezel, Eduardo Verastegui and Matthew Marsden.

– Courtesy of Catholic Athletes for Christ

While coaches provide for players’ physical training, Ray McKenna is one who wants to ensure baseball players get spiritual care as well.

A federal government lawyer for 20 years, and later working for President George W. Bush’s administration, McKenna has moved outside the D.C. Beltway in recent years. While maintaining a private law practice, in 2006, he founded Catholic Athletes for Christ, a nonprofit organization that serves Catholics in professional sports by providing retreats, team chaplains and priests for clubhouse Masses. While evangelical groups are far ahead of Catholics in forming prayer groups and Bible studies and promoting famous athletes (think Tim Tebow), McKenna soon...READ MORE

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Papal Delegate Says Legion's Lay Movement Has 'Many and Challenging' Issues (2491)

Cardinal De Paolis publishes a letter noting changes will be forthcoming to Regnum Christi.

10/18/2011 Comment
Regnum Christi Facebook page

– Regnum Christi Facebook page

VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Following a review of Regnum Christi, the lay movement affiliated with the Legionaries of Christ, changes will be made in the way its consecrated laymen and women are overseen.

“It will be necessary to find an adequate configuration that corresponds to canon law, in order to better conserve, promote and develop this treasure,” said Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, the pontifical delegate to the Legion, in a letter published Oct. 17 (dated Oct. 15).

Cardinal De Paolis was appointed last year to review the purpose and structure of the Legion after the Vatican concluded its investigation of the order’s late founder, Father Marcial Maciel.

In turn, Cardinal De Paolis...READ MORE

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