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East-West Catholic Dialogue in D.C. (4584)

Orientale Lumen conference tussles over the role of the papacy. Greek Orthodox bishop suggests a Ratzingerian solution.

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A roof dome icon in the Rila Monastery, Bulgaria, shows Christ in glory.

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WASHINGTON — “Many Orthodox view all bishops as successors to Peter,” Metropolitan Kallistos Ware of the Greek Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarchate said recently, “but most would concede that the bishop of Rome is a successor of Peter in a special way.”

What exactly is that special way? Like others at the Orientale Lumen conference in Washington at which he spoke, Metropolitan Kallistos acknowledged that the papacy is entitled to primacy in some form, but he stopped far short in his willingness to grant it the kind of jurisdictional role the papacy enjoys in the Catholic Church.

Of course, that’s nothing new. The Catholic and Orthodox Churches split in 1054, and attempts to heal the fracture...READ MORE

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Museum Will Exhibit Vatican's Secret Archives (3080)

Historic papal documents will leave the Holy See for the first time in 2012.

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA) — An unprecedented 2012 exhibition of around 100 historical documents from the Vatican’s Secret Archives will include items from Pope Pius XII’s wartime papacy and Galileo’s trial.

Cardinal Raffaele Farina, the Vatican’s archivist and librarian, explained the importance of the exhibit to the media on July 5: “Ancient pontifical documents of great importance, as well as letters concerning significant aspects of the life of the Church in the world, will be leaving the Vatican for the first time.”

Entitled “Lux in Arcana: The Vatican Secret Archives Unveiled,” the exhibition will run from February to September next year at Rome’s Capitoline Museums. It marks the...READ MORE

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Vatican: Pius X Society Ordinations Are Illegitimate (5112)

Spokesman: Canonical status will not be resolved 'until the doctrinal questions are clarified.'

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SSPX seminary in Switzerland.

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA) — The Vatican spokesman, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, has dismissed the recent ordination of 20 priests by the Society of St. Pius X as illegitimate.

“As long as the society does not have a canonical status in the Church, Benedict XVI underlines, its ministers do not exercise legitimate ministries in the Church,” said
Father Lombardi in response to a question from EWTN News at a July 5 media conference.

Father Lombardi said that the society’s canonical status will not be resolved “until the doctrinal questions are clarified.”

The Society of St. Pius X is a traditionalist group founded in 1970 by the Frenchman Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre. Their...READ MORE

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Archbishop Gomez: 'The Light of the Gospel Is Still What Is Most Important for America' (2214)

Column discusses New Evangelization in light of American history and the country's religious legacy.

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ROME (CNA/EWTN News) — The Fourth of July is an opportunity to reflect on the American founders’ “Christian vision” of the human person and the influence of Spanish missionaries in bringing Christianity to the land, Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles said in a call for a New Evangelization.

“Although it was founded by Christians, America has become home to an amazing diversity of cultures, religions and ways of life,” the archbishop wrote in his July 1 column for his archdiocesan newspaper, The Tidings.

“This diversity flourishes precisely because our nation’s founders had a Christian vision of the human person, freedom and truth. It is a basic American belief that men and women are...READ MORE

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New Jersey Defunds Planned Parenthood (27933)

Governor's budget revisions include veto of $7.5 million from family-planning businesses — including PP.

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Trenton, N.J. (CNA) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stripped $7.5 million in Planned Parenthood and other funding from the state budget on June 30 and transferred the money instead to federal health centers.

The governor narrowly avoided a midnight deadline that would have shut down the state government. He did so by individually cutting $900 million from the Democrat-proposed budget and then signing it, as opposed to rejecting it outright.

The move allowed Christie to enact the state’s $29.7 billion budget seven hours before the new fiscal year began.

“It is my solemn pact with the residents and taxpayers of New Jersey to never allow a return to the kind of reckless, autopilot spending...READ MORE

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Pope Will Administer Confession at WYD, John Michael Talbots 53rd Album, and much more! (2797)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Papa Bene will be hearing confessions at World Youth Day in Madrid this year.

Pope Benedict, Will Administer Sacrament of Confession in Madrid - Sandro Magister, Chiesa

John Michael Talbot Releases His 53rd Album - California Catholic Daily

Anglicans On The Move - Charlotte Hays, The Daily Register

What Reading & Spiritual Discipline Do You Recommend a Priest? - Father John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Where to Buy the New Missal - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Pope Saint Sixtus I and the Holy Mass - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

The Accidental Catholic, A Conversion Story - Fred Noltie, Called to Communion: The Reformation Meets Rome

On The Matter Of Language - Mundabor’s Blog

U.S.: Ginsburg’s Non-Retirement a 2012 Pro-Life Election...READ MORE

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Father John Corapi Resigns From SOLT (40679)

In a July 5 press release, Father Gerard Sheehan, the priest’s superior, outlines multiple violations of Father Corapi’s holy orders and directs him to return to the community.

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Father John Corapi has submitted his resignation from the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT), the Register has learned.

Father Gerard Sheehan, regional priest servant of SOLT, said in a press release dated July 5 that the popular priest and speaker has inspired countless thousands of Catholics, “many of whom continue to express their support of him.”

However, Father Sheehan added, “SOLT also recognizes that Father Corapi is now misleading these individuals through his false statements and characterizations. It is for these Catholics that SOLT, by means of this announcement, seeks to set the record straight.”

The press release follows in full:

Father John A. Corapi...READ MORE

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Bishops Speak Out Against Rhode Island Civil-Unions Bill (2353)

Bishop Thomas Tobin asks Catholics to pray for 'God's patience, mercy and forgiveness in these distressing times.'

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Providence, R.I. (EWTN News) — The U.S. Catholic bishops have expressed their disapproval with a civil-unions bill likely to be signed into law after passing Rhode Island’s state Senate on June 29.

“In no way can civil-union measures be considered a permissible compromise or a step in advancing the common good, said Bishop Salvatore Cordileone, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, in a July 1 statment. “Instead, they directly violate principles of justice and accelerate the push to redefine marriage itself.”

The bill, likely to be signed by Gov. Lincoln Chafee, would allow same-sex couples to enter into a “legal union” with “all the rights,...READ MORE

Filed under bishops, catholic marriage, catholic morality, church teaching, civil-unions bill, rhode island, traditional marriage

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