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Former Anglican Archbishop Is Happy to Be a Catholic Parish Priest (11050)

At the conclusion of a year of dramatic developments for converts from Anglicanism, newly ordained Father Peter Wilkinson says he has ‘no regrets’ about joining the Catholic Church.

12/10/2012 Comments (53)
Steve Weatherbe

Bishop Richard Gagnon of Victoria ordains former Anglican-Catholic Metropolitan Archbishop of Canada Peter Wilkinson into Catholic priesthood.

– Steve Weatherbe

VICTORIA, B.C. — When Father Peter Wilkinson returned to his hometown of Victoria, B.C., 42 years ago, with five years of service in the Anglican Church in England under his belt, he was deemed too “Catholic” by the local bishop and never got an Anglican parish of his own.

But as an Anglican Catholic member of a worldwide communion of dissenters from the direction of Anglicanism, he rose swiftly to bishop and then to metropolitan for Canada — before giving that all up earlier this year to be received as a simple layman into the Catholic Church.

On Dec. 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, and at the ripe age of 72, he was ordained a Catholic priest and immediately assumed his...READ MORE

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What You Get if You Ask an Atheist to Build a Cathedral? Catholic Dads: Hitting the Bar and More! (4462)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/10/2012 Comment
Dreadful architecture designed by an atheist.

What Do You Get if You Ask a Communist Atheist to Build a Cathedral? Follow the link by Fr. Simon Henry of Offerimus Tibi Domine blog to read more.

– Dreadful architecture designed by an atheist.

What Do You Get if You Ask a Communist Atheist to Build a Cathedral? by Fr. Simon Henry of Offerimus Tibi DomineBig Pulpit

Catholic Dads: Hitting the Bar. . . – E. Neubauer, 21 Century Pilgrim

Google+ Launches ‘Communities’ With Great Benefits For Parishes – Brad West, Catholic Tech Talk

The Anglican Use Hook – Shane Schaetzel, Catholic In The Ozarks

On Missing Advent Traditions and the Immaculate Conception – Emily C. Hurt, Ignitum Today

The Pope Must Read American Catholic Blogs – Tom Crowe, Catholic Vote

Franciscan Fasting – Wolfsbane, Θησαυρος της Εκκλησίας

For My Catholic Male Friends – Super Trad Mum, Saint Etheldreda’s Place

How to Market an Anglican Patrimony –...READ MORE

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Science Confirms Pope Right on Contraception/Abortion Link, Blossoming Faith in France and More! (4838)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/09/2012 Comment

Science Confirms Pope Was Right on Contraception/Abortion Link. Follow the link by Matthew Archbold to read more.

Science Confirms Pope Was Right on Contraception/Abortion Link by Matthew Archbold of the Creative Minority Report blogBig Pulpit

Today: The Miracles of a Priest Who Made the Faith Blossom in Marseille, France – Sandro Magister, La Repubblica/www.chiesa

The Oh-So-Thoughtful-Church Still Steamed about the Translation – Austin Ruse, Crisis Magazine

The Christian Origins of Islam – Peter J. Leithart, First Things/On The Square

Quæritur: Should I, a Deacon, Go on Strike when I See Liturgical Abuses? – Fr. Z’s Blog

Celebrating Advent in the Byzantine Edition – Rob Hall, Road to Rome

Defining Subsidiarity – Anna Williams, First Things/First Thoughts

The Obstacles of the New...READ MORE

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A Catholic Couple’s Guide to Infertility (3709)

Saturday Book Pick: The Infertility Companion for Catholics

12/08/2012 Comments (3)

The Infertility Companion for Catholics

Spiritual and Practical Support for Couples

By Angelique Ruhi-Lopez and Carmen Santamaria

Ave Maria Press, 2012

236 pages. $16.95

To order: (800) 282-1865 ext. 1 or online


The Infertility Companion for Catholics definitely delivers on what its title promises. The authors, who have both experienced infertility themselves, provide a comprehensive, informative and supportive guide to the increasing number of couples walking this often lonely and confusing journey. Not only do Ruhi-Lopez and Santamaria present practical advice and comforting words for infertile couples, they also offer challenging spiritual exercises aimed at...READ MORE

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New York Archdiocese Wins ‘Preliminary Victory’ in HHS Mandate Challenge (7654)

A federal judge rules the archdiocese’s lawsuit against the contraceptive mandate should proceed now, calling the mandate 'a speeding train that is coming toward plaintiffs.'

12/07/2012 Comments (6)

NEW YORK — Faced with an explosion of legal challenges to the federal contraception mandate filed by objecting religious institutions, the Obama administration has petitioned to have the lawsuits dismissed, arguing in court papers that the church-state dispute would ultimately be resolved and that the time was not “ripe” for the cases to advance.

On Nov. 27, two separate lawsuits filed by the Dioceses of Nashville and Pittsburgh were both dismissed, suggesting that the administration’s legal strategy was working. But on Dec. 5, U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan of the Eastern District of New York allowed a lawsuit filed by the Archdiocese of New York to move forward, marking a...READ MORE

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Supreme Court to Hear Marriage Cases on DOMA, Prop 8 (3094)

12/07/2012 Comments (8)


WASHINGTON — In a move that could have wide-reaching consequences, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will hear two cases involving the redefinition of marriage next year.

The court announced on Dec. 7 that it will hear cases challenging the federal Defense of Marriage Act and a California’s Proposition 8.

The 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which received overwhelming bipartisan support in Congress and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton, defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman for all federal policies.

Last year, President Barack Obama instructed the Department of Justice to stop defending the law in court.

While the majority of U.S. states...READ MORE

Filed under defense of marriage act, president barack obama, proposition 8, religious freedom, u.s. supreme court

Wine in the Gospel of Saint John, I've Been Excommunicated! Are We in End Times? and More! (3189)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/07/2012 Comment

Wine in the Holy Gospel of Saint John. Click on the link by Thomas L. McDonald to read more.

Wine in the Holy Gospel of Saint John – Thomas L. McDonald, Patheos/God and the Machine

I’ve Been Ex-communicated! by Larry D of the Acts of the Apostasy blogBig Pulpit

Quæritur: Are We Now in the End Times? – Fr. Z’s Blog

Some Things We Can Do to Re-Christianize Christmas - Cristina Montes, Ignitum Today

The Jarring Secular Santa – Jacob Tawney, Roma Locuta Est

Selfing Others Right in the Face – Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

Divorce: A Widely Ignored Self-Inflicted Tragedy – Stephen M. Krason, Crisis Magazine

St. Nicholas, Bishop of Myra – Jean M. Heimann, Catholic Fire

Reviving the TLM in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee – Augustinus, Rorate Cæli

The Book of...READ MORE

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Notre Dame Creates ‘GLBTQ’ Student Organization (4456)

A critic of the decision says the organization is 'astonishingly extensive' and provides a potential venue for homosexual activists to undermine Catholic teaching.

12/07/2012 Comments (25)

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame has established a “GLBTQ” student organization.

Notre Dame's president, Father John Jenkins, on Dec. 5 accepted the Office of Student Affairs’ recommendation to “expand and enhance the support and services for students who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and questioning (GLBTQ).” The recommendation includes the creation of a university-recognized student organization.

One critic says the organization is “astonishingly extensive” and provides a potential venue for homosexual activists to undermine Catholic teaching.

William Dempsey, president of the Sycamore Trust, said the university opposed a homosexual student...READ MORE

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