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Perfect Successor to John Paul II (9839)

Celebrating 5 Years With Pope Benedict XVI

04/13/2010 Comments (7)

Editor’s note: Matthew Kenefick is a Church historian and contributing writer for The American Spectator, First Things, Catholic Exchange and other periodicals.

As I am a Church historian, my first reaction to the news was relief.

The election of Pope Benedict signaled the beginning of the end of 40 years of purgatory that began with the post-Vatican II co-opting of “the spirit of Vatican II.” Of course the Church is divine, but its earthly members are sinners and very fallible.

For a variety of reasons, including the “progress” of science, resurgent Islam and the growing prosperity of a newly globalized world, the Church faced worldly challenges on all sides. In addition,...READ MORE

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Catholics Mourn Polish Tragedy (2987)

04/12/2010 Comments (1)
REUTERS/Wojciech Grzedzinski

A NATION GRIEVES. Poles light candles next to a cross at Pilsudski Sqare in Warsaw April 11, 2010, the feast of Divine Mercy. President Lech Kaczynski's coffin returned home to a stunned nation on Sunday, a day after he and much of the country's political and military elite perished in a plane crash in Russia.

– REUTERS/Wojciech Grzedzinski

Polish President Lech Kaczynski, his wife, and almost 100 others were killed Saturday morning when their plane crashed in western Russia. The group, which included government officials, relatives of Polish prisoners of war, and clergy, including Catholic Bishop Tadeusz Ploski, were traveling to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Katyn Forest massacre, where Soviet Secret Police killed 20,000 Poles.

President Kaczynski, a Catholic, was a champion of Christian values and advocate for continuing the country’s Catholic legacy, along with his twin brother, Law and Justice Party leader and former prime minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski.

Pope Benedict XVI offered his condolences to the people...READ MORE

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Archbishop Kurtz: He's 'Our Gifted Shepherd' (4524)

Celebrating 5 Years With Pope Benedict XVI

04/12/2010 Comments (4)

Pope Benedict XVI will celebrate his fifth anniversary as pope April 19.

It’s clear by now that he won’t get the same treatment on that day that he did for his other anniversaries. For the world’s media, this one will be another opportunity to try to taint his reputation by pinning on him the lion’s share of the blame for the developing abuse scandal.

Many Catholics know that the evidence shows Pope Benedict has probably done more than any other bishop to reach out to victims and root out what he has called “filth” from the Church. Those Catholics are frustrated. Other Catholics, who get their news about the Church from the secular media, are confused or even scandalized.

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Modern-Day Simon of Cyrene (6304)

Celebrating 5 Years With Pope Benedict XVI

04/11/2010 Comments (18)

Pope Benedict XVI will celebrate his fifth anniversary as pope April 19.

It’s clear by now that he won’t get the same treatment on that day that he did for his other anniversaries. For the world’s media, this one will be another opportunity to try to taint his reputation by pinning on him the lion’s share of the blame for the developing abuse scandal.

Many Catholics know that the evidence shows Pope Benedict has probably done more than any other bishop to reach out to victims and root out what he has called “filth” from the Church. Those Catholics are frustrated. Other Catholics, who get their news about the Church from the secular media, are confused or even scandalized.

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John Allen Jr. Gets It (5312)

Weekend Book Pick

04/10/2010 Comments (6)

John Allen Jr. says he received — and rejected — many suggestions for inclusion in his The Future Church: How Ten Trends Are Revolutionizing the Catholic Church.

Judging by the ones he picked, he is a man who truly “gets it.”

The Vatican analyst for CNN and NPR (and senior correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter), Allen is the consummate Catholic journalist. There are certainly other excellent Catholic journalists who respect both sides of a disputed question, treat ideological “opponents” as legitimate voices, and who aren’t afraid to report a fact, even if it challenges their worldview.

But there are precious few.

Catholic opinion journalists are often so...READ MORE

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‘The Face of God’? (9900)

Shroud of Turin, on Display through May, Continues to Amaze

04/09/2010 Comments (9)
CNS photo/Paul Haring

A bronze statue, titled 'The Body of the Man of the Shroud,' is seen in an exhibit on the Shroud of Turin at Regina Apostolorum University in Rome. The actual artifact is on display through May 23 in Turin.

– CNS photo/Paul Haring

The Shroud of Turin, believed by many to be the burial cloth of Christ, went on public display in the city’s cathedral today, providing a valuable opportunity for the truth about the relic to become better known to the public.
That’s according to John Iannone, an American author who is an authority on the shroud. He told the Register Feb. 23 that the display, which takes place through May 23, is “particularly important” because it will provide an opportunity to present evidence, which today is “overwhelmingly in support of the shroud’s authenticity.”

More than 2 million people are expected to visit the shroud while it’s on public display for the sixth time in 100 years. The...READ MORE

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Archbishop Gomez (7138)

New L.A. Leader’s Focus Is on Evangelization

04/08/2010 Comments (5)
CNS photo/Victor Aleman, Vida Nueva

TRANSITION BEGINS. Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles (l) and Archbishop José Gomez of San Antonio attend a press conference inside the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles April 6. Pope Benedict XVI has chosen Cardinal Mahony's successor by appointing Archbishop Gomez as the Los Angeles coadjutor.

– CNS photo/Victor Aleman, Vida Nueva

LOS ANGELES — The appointment of Archbishop José Gomez as coadjutor and successor to Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles signals the decisive role Hispanic leaders will increasingly play in the Church throughout the country.

But the appointment of the 58-year-old archbishop of San Antonio also marks a likely sea change in the Los Angeles Archdiocese. Cardinal Mahony — who has held his post for 25 years and who will reach the official age of retirement in February 2011 — is viewed as a Church leader who has emphasized social justice concerns, increased lay participation in Church structures and encouraged liturgical experimentation.

Welcoming his successor Tuesday, Cardinal...READ MORE

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American Downfall, Fictionalized (8952)

Catholic Author Looks at How the Pill and Cable TV Transformed the Family

04/07/2010 Comments (3)
Don Tracy

– Don Tracy

Former Madison Avenue advertising executive Brian J. Gail has published his first novel, Fatherless.

Already in its fourth printing, it’s the first of three planned novels the Catholic author refers to as “the American tragedy in trilogy.”

Gail recently spoke with Register senior writer Tim Drake about the book from his winter home on Jupiter Island, Fla.


Tell me about your family and growing up.

I was born and raised in Philadelphia. My father was a salesman. My mother was a full-time homemaker. I have two brothers and one sister, all younger. We are extremely close. Our mom made it clear to each of us that the faith is the pearl of great price. One brother and one sister went...READ MORE

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