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Bishop: Families Need Contact With the Consecrated Life (1287)

As the Year of Consecrated Life begins, getting families closely involved with consecrated men and women is key to nurturing future vocations.

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Bishop Michael Burbidge

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WASHINGTON — As the universal Church gears up for the Year of Consecrated Life in November, it faces a challenge, as the numbers of men and women religious continue to decline. But families may hold the key to reviving interest in the consecrated vocation in the 21st century.

Family is the key to forming vocations for the consecrated life, according to Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Diocese of Raleigh, N.C., one of the fastest-growing dioceses in the U.S.

Bishop Burbidge chairs the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, and in this interview with the Register, he explains how the bishops’ conference is trying to get that conversation...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: Fighting for the Poor Doesn’t Make Me Communist, It Makes Me Catholic (1382)

The Holy Father said the world has forgotten God and so become ‘an orphan’ because it has turned away from him.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis spoke out against oppression of the poor due to greed and warned again of the growing presence of a “globalization of indifference” — a warning, he said, which has wrongly characterized him.

“It is not possible to tackle poverty by promoting containment strategies to merely reassure, rendering the poor ‘domesticated,’ harmless and passive,” the Pope told those gathered for his Oct. 28 encounter with leaders of various Church movements.

He called the basic needs for land, housing and work an “aspiration that should be within the reach of all but which we sadly see is increasingly unavailable to the majority.”

“It’s strange, but if I talk about this, there are...READ MORE

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Archbishop Aquila: Media Missed Message of Joy at Synod (614)

The shepherd of the Archdiocese of Denver said in his newspaper column that ‘the media never reported on the strong witness given to marriage and the stories of the joy that comes from living out the Church’s teaching. They didn’t fit the media narrative.’

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Archbishop Samuel Aquila


DENVER — The joy of the Gospel of Marriage is alive, said Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver, explaining that although the mainstream media may have missed the message at the recent Synod on the Family, Pope Francis’ remarks were “especially clear.”

“In the days since the Synod on the Family ended, I have had some people tell me they are confused or worried about the results of the gathering,” Archbishop Aquila stated in an Oct. 27 column for the Denver Catholic Register.

“Many of them have listened to the secular media reports that openly advocate for the Church to change her teaching on marriage and human sexuality, but they did not read the actual documents.”

Saying that the beautiful...READ MORE

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Philadelphia Priest Placed on Immediate Leave Following Arrest (918)

In a statement, the archdiocese said that there had been no prior indication that the priest was involved in any illicit and illegal activity.

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PHILADEPHIA — A 55-year-old priest in Philadelphia was placed on immediate administrative leave after being arrested on child pornography charges.

According to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Father Mark Haynes was arrested by Chester County Police and “charged with two counts of dissemination of child pornography, two counts of possession of child pornography and two counts of criminal use of a communications device.”

“These charges are serious and disturbing,” the archdiocese said in an Oct. 24 statement.

“The Archdiocese is cooperating fully with law enforcement regarding this matter and remains fervently committed to preventing child abuse as well as protecting the children and...READ MORE

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Why Christianity Opposes Same-Sex Relations But Not Pork-Eating, Didn't See It Coming and More! (2248)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Click on Why Christianity Opposes Same-Sex Relations But Not Pork-Eating via Big Blue Wave link to read more.

Why Christianity Opposes Same-Sex Relations But Not Pork-Eating via Big Blue Wave - BigPulpit.com

Raising the Tone of Catholic Music – Beverly Stevens, Regina Magazine

Synod Fallout: Anti-Gay Security Guards Lose Jobs – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

The Liturgy & the New Evangelization – Dr. Jeremy Sienkiewicz & Celina Pinedo, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Pope Francis Marrying Sinners Is No Surprise by Bernard Toutounji of Ignitum Today - BigPulpit.com

The Pope Who Confronted the Modern World – Carlos X, Catholic Lane

Father Groeschel Is Still Teaching – Jamey Brown, Catholic Stand

The Ironic Outcome of the Benedictine-Jesuit Controversy – Peter Kwasniewski, New...READ MORE

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Can Death Be Beautiful? A Response to Brittany Maynard (1785)


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DENVER — Brittany Maynard announced plans to end her life on Nov. 1.

The 29-year-old has been diagnosed with an advanced brain tumor, and in April, she was given a prognosis of six months to live. Not long afterwards, after researching her options, Maynard and her family left their California home and moved to Oregon, where Maynard could opt for physician-assisted suicide via the Death With Dignity Act.

She carries a prescription in her purse that will kill her if ingested. If she changes her mind, she won’t take the pills.

In an op-ed written for CNN, Maynard said: “I’ve had the medication for weeks. I am not suicidal. If I were, I would have consumed that medication long ago. I do not...READ MORE

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A Millennial’s Perspective on Pope Francis and the Church (2675)

COMMENTARY: Mistrustful of both individuals and institutions alike, Millennials find meaning from an unlikely source.

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Pope Francis waves to a large group of pilgrims as he arrives in St. Peter's Square for his weekly audience on Oct. 22.

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Earlier this year, the Pew Foundation released the results of a major new study on “Millennials in Adulthood.” It found that the Millennials, my generation, are: less religious than other generations (29% have no religious affiliation at all); financially more burdened, though more optimistic than other generations; and less trusting of both individuals and institutions (only 19% believe that most people can be trusted).

Writing in The Atlantic, Derek Thompson analyzed Pew’s report by summing up Millennials as “deeply contradictory.” Upon first consideration, then, it might seem odd that Pope Francis is widely popular among this cohort. Upon further review, however, it makes perfect sense....READ MORE

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The Nine Choirs of Angels in One Beautiful Infographic, Iraqi Christians Uncertain Future and More! (1198)

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