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How Christians Can Help the World (2457)

Pope: 'Awaken hope in place of despair, joy in place of sadness, and life in place of death.'

04/27/2011 Comments (1)

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christians are called to bring hope, happiness and life to a world marked by despair, sadness and death, Pope Benedict XVI said.

Believing in Christ and his resurrection means bringing new life to others and “dedicating oneself without reserve to the most urgent and just causes” with God’s grace and his logic of love, the Pope said April 27 at his weekly general audience.

More than 20,000 people packed into St. Peter’s Square, many of them young Italian students who were still off from school for the Easter holidays. Banners commemorating Pope John Paul II and his pontificate were hung between the columns surrounding the square in the run-up to the Polish Pope’s May...READ MORE

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Federal Judges: Let Us Pray! (2936)

National Day of Prayer survives federal court challenge.

04/27/2011 Comments (3)
CNS photo/Rafael Crisostomo, El Pregonero

Washington Archbishop Donald Wuerl offers the opening prayer at the National Day of Prayer service at the Cannon House Office Building in Washington last year.

– CNS photo/Rafael Crisostomo, El Pregonero

WASHINGTON — Thursday, May 5, will mark the 60th annual National Day of Prayer. Designated by Congress as a day for people “to turn to God in prayer and meditation,” the observance has been challenged, but those opposed to it lost their latest battle, having their challenge thrown out by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Reversing a 2010 ruling by a U.S. District Court, the three-judge panel ruled on April 14 that the Freedom From Religion Foundation (the plaintiffs suing to abolish the law) had no legal standing to challenge it, since it only requires the president to proclaim the day of prayer and in doing so, he is only requesting that citizens observe it by praying.

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‘Deep Down, I Knew There Was 1 Truth’ (7997)

Bryan Kemper: Why I'm returning to the Catholic Church

04/27/2011 Comments (41)

My first real introduction to the Catholic Church as an adult came with my entrance to full-time pro-life work. While I had been baptized as a Catholic as a child, it was only done for the sake of my great-grandmother and meant nothing to my family. 

In 1993 I joined Missionaries to the Pre-Born in California, a ministry of Operation Rescue. My first day in the office I was shocked to find three of the five other people there were Catholic. I actually spent my first few days trying to explain to the Catholics why they were in danger of going to hell and could not possibly be Christians. 

The problem I had was that what I had been told about Catholicism was simply not true; it was...READ MORE

Filed under catholic, catholic church, catholic faith, catholicism, father frank pavone, pro-life

Mystics of the Church, 7 Habits of Saints, The Ordinariate News, Pope Encourages Latin, and more! (3600)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/26/2011 Comments (1)

The Sacred Heart of Jesus.

The 7 Habits of People Who Place Radical Trust in God - Jennifer Fulwiler, Conversion Diary

Nellie Organ: Little Nellie of Holy God - Mystics of the Church

The Holy Spirit is at Work in the Ordinariate - William Johnstone, Catholic Herald

Book of Acts: Part II, Acts of Jesus and Acts of the Apostles - Michael Barber, The Sacred Page

A Review of Ethics and the National Economy - Doctor Peter Chojnowski, The Distributist Review

The Pope Renews his Encouragement for Spoken Latin - Patrick Owens, Cowboys-Philosopher-And-Poets

The Future of Catholic Schools - DarwinCatholic, The American Catholic

The Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus - Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

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Anti-Catholic Row, Defending JP2's Beatification, Civilization Killers, Vocations Boom, + more! (3519)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/26/2011 Comment

The impending marriage of the UK's Prince William and Kate brings into focus that nation's anti-Catholic legislation, called the Act of Settlement, barring Catholics from ever sitting on the throne.

Coming to Know the Resurrected Jesus Christ - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Easter Sermon, 1876 A.D.: Father Algernon Al. Brown, C.S.P. (1848-1878 A.D.) - Pat McNamara, In Ages Past

Did Lambeth or Buckingham Palace Stop Reform of The Act of Settlement? - Damian Thompson, Telegraph

Same-Sex Attraction: Science and Philosophy - Philip Sutton, MercatorNet

Herod’s Temple in the Gospels: Scriptural Events - Stacy Trasancos, Accepting Abundance

Sola Scriptura Problems: Material Sufficiency of Scripture - Anthony S. Layne, Outside the Asylum

A John Paul II Beatification Catechism: Responding to the Skeptics & Critics - George Weigel

Civilization Killers: The Decline of Three Basic...READ MORE

Filed under bible, buckingham palace, catholic blogosphere, culture, easter, england, great britain, herod's temple, homosexuality, jesus christ

The John Paul II Generation Grows Up (6625)

A Register series on the beatification of Pope John Paul II

04/26/2011 Comments (11)

Twelve years ago, when Pope John Paul II lit up an arena packed with cheering throngs of teens and 20-somethings in downtown St. Louis, I was working a few blocks away as the youngest member of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial board. My colleagues, most of whom were Baby Boomers and self-professed secular humanists, were stumped by the Pope’s popularity. Why, they asked me, were young Catholics stampeding to see this frail, palsied pope who sermonized about sexual purity and self-sacrifice? Isn’t youth the time to rebel against religious authority? What’s with young people today, anyway?

Many Baby Boomer Catholics had been asking similar questions since 1993, when hundreds of...READ MORE

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Philadelphia and the Dallas Charter (5242)

Are Church authorities unfairly lumping priests who simply patted a knee with those accused of serious allegations?

04/26/2011 Comments (9)
CNS photo/Tim Shaffer, Reuters

Msgr. William Lynn walks away from courthouse after a hearing in Philadelphia March 14. Msgr. Lynn, 60, former secretary of the clergy for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, has been charged for allegedly failing to protect children from two of alleged abusers of clergy sex abuse.

– CNS photo/Tim Shaffer, Reuters

PHILADELPHIA — The clergy abuse scandal that recently erupted in Philadelphia is fueling scrutiny of the U.S. bishops’ extensive, multimillion-dollar effort to secure compliance with the Dallas Charter and related guidelines for abuse prevention and reporting.

The unprecedented mass suspension also raised concerns about the rights of priests previously cleared of abuse allegations, and others tainted by so-called “boundary violations” that pose no clear or actionable threat to the public.

Cardinal Justin Rigali suspended 21 priests of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia March 8, following a grand jury report that indicted an archdiocesan official with endangering the welfare of minors and...READ MORE

Filed under archdiocese of philadelphia, boundary violations, dallas charter, falsely accused priests, gina maisto smith, justin rigali, sexual abuse, teresa kettelkamp

The New Catholic Subculture, Herod's Temple, The Origins of the Easter Egg, and much more! (2708)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/26/2011 Comment

The New (2011) Roman Missal, coming this Advent!

Tending the New Catholic Subculture - Russell Shaw, InsideCatholic

New Translation of the Roman Missal: The Greeting - Jake Tawney, Roma locuta est

Spiritual Direction is Not a “Just Me & Jesus” Effort - Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Herod’s Temple in the Gospels: Construction of the Temple - Stacy Trasancos, Accepting Abundance

First Communion Denied Child with Cerebral Palsy - Father John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

The Homeschool and the Church School Should be Friends - Matt Bowman, Catholic Vote

Sola Scriptura Problems: Authority over the Bible - Anthony S. Layne, Outside the Asylum

Origins of the Easter Egg: The Resurrection, Saint Mary Magdalene, &...READ MORE

Filed under 2011 roman missal, catholic blogosphere, catholic subculture, cerebral palsy, easter egg, first communion, homeschooling, lenten fast, new media, new roman missal

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