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Pope to Homeless on Vatican Visit: ‘This Is Everyone’s House and Your House’ (638)

‘The doors are always open for all,’ the Holy Father told his guests during their March 26 visit to the Vatican Museums.

03/27/2015 Comment
Daniel Ibáñez/ CNA

6 19 1 26 Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square before general audience on Oct. 29, 2014

– Daniel Ibáñez/ CNA

Pope Francis stopped by to visit with 150 of Rome’s homeless in the Sistine Chapel after they were invited for dinner and a private tour by the Vatican.

“Welcome. This is everyone's house and your house. The doors are always open for all,” the Pope told his homeless guests during their March 26 visit to the Vatican Museums. He said that their visit was like a tender caress from God.

The group was invited by the papal almoner, Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, who oversees the office of papal charities.

In the course of the visit, the homeless guests received a tour of the Vatican City, passing by the guesthouse where the Pope lives, as well as several galleries in the Vatican Museums,...READ MORE

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The ‘Bach to School’ Program (649)

COMMENTARY: The world of music offers its own example of the healing power of music and how good can triumph over evil.

03/27/2015 Comment
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Johann Sebastian Bach (aged 61) in a portrait by Elias Gottlob Haussmann, copy or second version of his 1746 canvas.

– Wikipedia/public domain

“Musick,” wrote William Congreve in The Mourning Bride, “has Charms to sooth a savage Breast, to soften Rocks or bend a knotted Oak.”

Congreve’s words are far truer than he may have suspected back in 1697. Music’s healing effects have been well documented in contemporary clinical studies, although Congreve’s reference to rocks and trees may be taken as poetic hyperbole.

Nonetheless, music’s basic charms and healing potentialities have been recognized throughout history. Pythagoras called music medicine. For Plato, “Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” In the Middle Ages, the study...READ MORE

Filed under brahms, classical music, donald demarco, handel, johann sebastian bach, music, mussorgsky, objective beauty, plato, pythagoras

Cardinal Müller to Cardinal Marx: Bishops’ Conferences Are Not the Magisterium (4697)

The Vatican’s prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith reminded his fellow countryman that ‘the president of an episcopal conference is nothing more than a technical moderator, and he does not have any particular magisterial authority.’

03/27/2015 Comments (12)
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Cardinal Gerhard Müller

– CNA/Lauren Cater

VATICAN CITY — Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has told a French newspaper that doctrinal, or even disciplinary, decisions regarding marriage and family are not up for determination by national bishops’ conferences.

“It is an absolutely anti-Catholic idea that does not respect the catholicity of the Church,” Cardinal Müller said when asked, “Could certain doctrinal or disciplinary decisions on marriage and family be delegated to the episcopal conferences?”

“Episcopal conferences have authority on certain matters, but they are not a magisterium beside the magisterium, without the Pope and without communion with all the bishops,” he...READ MORE

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Bullets or Needles? Death Penalty Faces New Scrutiny as States Mull Changes (601)

On Monday, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed a bill to legalize a five-person firing squad as the official back-up method of execution for the state.

03/27/2015 Comments (4)

WASHINGTON — Firing squads, gas chambers and the electric chair may seem like methods of state-mandated execution of the past, but some states in the U.S. are bringing them back, prompting a debate about the most humane form of the death penalty or whether the very idea is a contradiction in terms.

“I think we’re at a critical point right now, where the myth that lethal injection was swift, effective and painless has been destroyed,” said Robert Dunham, director of the Death Penalty Information Center.

“And there’s kind of an irony here, because lethal injection was the choice when states were moving away from other more extreme, more overtly violent forms of execution.”

On Monday, Utah...READ MORE

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Cuomo’s Political Ploy Could Cost Catholic-School Tax Credits (2257)

By tying the education tax credit to a proposed state Dream Act, New York’s governor has jeopardized an initiative he has publicly endorsed.

03/27/2015 Comments (7)

– nyscatholic.org

ALBANY, N.Y. — For the second consecutive year, it appears that an education tax-credit bill that would help parents afford to send their children to Catholic and private schools will be left out of New York state’s budget.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he supports the measure, and majorities in both chambers of the state legislature are reportedly on board, but Cuomo’s decision to tie the education tax credit with a state version of the Dream Act — which would allow undocumented immigrants to apply for college financial aid — may have torpedoed the bill’s chances of becoming law.

“To link the education tax credit, which has support in both houses, to a politically nonviable bill, at this time,...READ MORE

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Unraveling New York Times' 'Unravelling Church Ban on Gay Sex', Peripheries and More! (2648)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/27/2015 Comments (1)

Click on Unraveling The New York Time’s “Unraveling the Church Ban on Gay Sex” by William M. Briggs of Statistician to the Stars link to read more.

Unraveling The New York Time’s 'Unraveling the Church Ban on Gay Sex' by William M. Briggs of Statistician to the Stars - BigPulpit.com

Pope Francis’ Evolving Curial Reform – Andrea Gagliarducci, Monday Vatican

Quiz: Which Saint Said It? - Tatiana Federoff, Epic Pew

Why Are Seminaries Afraid of the Extraordinary Form? – Father Christopher Smith, One Peter 5

People of the Lie by Steve Roney of ‘Od’s Blog! - BigPulpit.com

No Excuses: Catholic Schools Must Evangelize – Glenn B. Siniscalchi, Crisis Magazine

Just the Moral Facts, Ma’am - Anthony S. Layne, Catholic Stand

A Tale of Two Suitors: Finding Mister Right – Emily Shaw, Restless Press

The 'Pernicious Habit of Charity' – Elaine...READ MORE

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Black (and Catholic) Like Me in Ferguson (2656)

A Department of Justice report reveals a pattern of institutional racism in the depressed Missouri town, but one observer says the problem of fatherlessness is another key factor that must be addressed.

03/26/2015 Comments (9)
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Protesters gather outside of Ferguson police headquarters in August 2014, following the shooting death of Michael Brown.

– Wikipedia/Jamelle Boule/CC BY 2.0

FERGUSON, Mo. — When her two sons were growing up in the St. Louis metropolitan area, Alice Reese and her husband sat them down for “that special talk.” It wasn’t the talk most Catholic parents in the United States expect to give to their young sons approaching manhood — unless you’re African-American, that is.

This “talk,” Reese explained, involves sitting down with your children and telling them how they need to interact with police safely, avoiding any kind of confrontation.

In short, “If you ever get stopped, be respectful; don’t argue; don’t talk back,” she instructed her sons.

“It’s sad that you have to do that — that you have to warn your children,” Reese said.

Reese is a black...READ MORE

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The Bishops Farrell: An Answer to an Irish Mother’s Prayers (2218)

Bishop Brian Farrell calls the Vatican home, while younger brother Kevin shepherds the Diocese of Dallas.

03/26/2015 Comments (1)
Pat Conway photo

Bishop Kevin Farrell (l) and Bishop Brian Farrell concelebrate Mass in Dublin, in June 2012, while attending an international Eucharistic council.

– Pat Conway photo

WASHINGTON — Bishop Kevin Farrell remembers what his Irish mother would do when her four boys got especially rambunctious at home in 1950s Dublin: “She’d bow her head before the Sacred Heart, and say, ‘All for you, O sweet Jesus and holy mother the Church.’”

And by the Church’s measure, Mrs. Farrell’s prayers were fulfilled: Her two oldest sons, Brian and Kevin, were ordained as priests, in 1969 and 1978 respectively.

Today, they are literally brother bishops, serving the Church in very different ways, in different parts of the world: Bishop Brian Farrell, 71, is the secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity based in Rome, while Bishop Kevin Farrell, 67, has served...READ MORE

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