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  • From no faith to a mountain-top of meaning: Father John Nepil (Catholic Caucus)

    10/21/2012 2:01:56 AM PDT · by A.A. Cunningham · 3 replies
    Denver Catholic Register ^ | 17 October 2012 | Roxanne King
    From no faith to a mountain-top of meaning: Father John Nepil By Roxanne King This story is the first in a Year of Faith series sharing testimonies of Catholics from all walks of life. See the powerful related video of Father John Nepil’s witness at A fast-paced suburban life focused on success had left 17-year-old John Nepil burned out and without faith when an encounter with Christ changed his life. It was July 14, 2001. The Littleton High School junior’s parents had bribed him to attend a Steubenville of the Rockies youth retreat. He despised it. Since his freshman...
  • Priest Treks Across US on Pro-Life Pilgrimage

    10/20/2012 11:23:56 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Our Sunday Visitor ^ | 9/23/12 | Emily Stimpson
    Father Dan Pattee spent his summer spreading Gospel of Life and witnessing firsthand the devastation of abortionRising at dawn and offering Mass is nothing out of the ordinary for any priest. Walking 30-plus miles after the Mass, across America’s highways and byways with a bunch of college students, however, is a little less ordinary — unless you’re Father Dan Pattee. In the summer of 2012, Father Pattee, a professor of theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, teamed up with Crossroads for the second time (the first was in 2007), and walked across America, from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., on...
  • Christians 'Frightened to Speak About Faith' [UK]

    10/19/2012 12:41:35 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    BBC ^ | 10/18/12 | Joe Wilson
    A Christian group has claimed that some people in Lancashire are frightened of speaking out about their faith because they fear reprisals. The Christian Legal Centre, based in London, claim they have had Lancashire people contact them after openly endorsing Christian principles. The claims were made at the launch of an Awake Arise group held in Preston. Awake Arise is a nationwide movement aimed at better integrating Christian principles into society. Andrea Williams, chief executive of Christian Concern at the Christian Legal Centre, said: "There are people from Lancashire who have come to the Christian Legal Centre because as a...
  • Episcopal Church Takes Action Against the Bishop and Diocese of South Carolina

    10/18/2012 10:02:42 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Titus Online ^ | 10/17/12 | Kendall Harmon
    On Monday, October 15, 2012, Bishop Mark J. Lawrence, the 14th Bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina was notified by the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, Katharine Jefferts Schori, that on September 18, 2012 the Disciplinary Board for Bishops had certified his abandonment of The Episcopal Church. This action by The Episcopal Church triggered two pre-existing corporate resolutions of the Diocese, which simultaneously disaffiliated the Diocese from The Episcopal Church and called a Special Convention. That Convention will be held at St. Philip’s Church, Charleston, on Saturday, November 17, 2012. Read it all . Other Documents: Certificate of...
  • Jewish groups pull out of interfaith dialogue over Protestants’ letter to Congress

    10/18/2012 10:00:34 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 14 replies
    St Louis Jewish Light ^ | October 17, 2012
    Jewish groups pulled out of an upcoming meeting with Protestant colleagues over a letter from Christian leaders to congressmen calling for a possible suspension of U.S. aid to Israel. “While we remain committed to continuing our dialogue and our collaboration on the many issues of common concern, the letter represents an escalation in activity that the Jewish participants feel precludes a business-as-usual approach,” stated a letter sent by seven Jewish groups to their Christian counterparts in canceling their participation in the Oct. 22 -23 meeting in New York. The event, an annual gathering, is known as the Christian-Jewish Roundtable and...
  • Pope will deliver year-long teaching series on restoring faith

    10/18/2012 9:35:14 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    cna ^ | October 18, 2012 | Matthew A. Rarey
    Pope Benedict kisses a baby girl during the Oct. 10, 2012 general audience in St. Peter's Square. Credit: L'Osservatore Romano. Vatican City, Oct 17, 2012 / 01:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At his first general audience during the Year of Faith, Pope Benedict XVI initiated a new, year-long cycle of teachings aimed at healing the division between what Christians say they profess, what they actually believe, and how they live their lives. “Christians often do not even know the core of their Catholic faith, the Creed, thus leaving room for a certain syncretism and religious relativism, without clarity on the...
  • Pope sending NY Cardinal Dolan on peace mission to Syria

    10/18/2012 9:27:19 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    cna ^ | October 18, 2012 | Kevin J. Jones
    Smoke billows skyward as homes and buildings are shelled June 9, 2012 in the city of Homs, Syria. Credit: UN Photo-David Manyua. Vatican City, Oct 17, 2012 / 04:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York will be part of a papal delegation to Syria that will voice “fraternal solidarity” with the Syrian people and encourage peace amid the country’s violent conflict. The Holy See’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, said Oct. 16 that the world’s Catholic bishops cannot be “mere spectators of a tragedy such as the one that is now unfolding in Syria.” He...
  • Vatican's deputy official for religious to lead Indianapolis archdiocese

    10/18/2012 9:22:15 AM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    cna ^ | October 18, 2012
    Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin Vatican City, Oct 18, 2012 / 08:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict named Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin as head of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis on Oct. 18. Archbishop Tobin is taking over leadership of the Indianapolis archdiocese from Archbishop Daniel M. Buechlein, who resigned Sept. 21, 2011 at the age of 73 after numerous health problems. Since Archbishop Buechlein's resignation, auxiliary Bishop Christopher J. Coyne has served as apostolic administrator of the archdiocese. The Detroit-born Archbishop Tobin was ordained a priest for the Redemptorist Fathers in 1978. He served in American parishes until 1991, when he...
  • Ignorance of Faith Risks Creating Cafeteria Catholics, Says Pope

    10/18/2012 6:56:51 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 10/17/12 | Carol Glatz
    Ignorance of the faith puts Christians at risk of following a “do-it-yourself” religion, Pope Benedict XVI has said. People need to become more familiar with the Creed because it is there that the “Christian moral life is planted and … one finds its foundation and justification”, the Pope said today at his weekly general audience. Before an estimated 20,000 people gathered in St Peter’s Square, the Pope began a new series of audience talks to accompany the Year of Faith, which marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. He said he hoped the series of...
  • St. Ignatius of Antioch and the Early Church

    10/18/2012 6:53:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Ignatius Insight ^ | 10/17/12 | Kenneth Whitehead
    St. Ignatius of Antioch and the Early Church | Kenneth D. Whitehead | From One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic: The Early Church Was The Catholic ChurchSometime around the year 107 A.D., a short, sharp persecution of the Church of Christ resulted in the arrest of the bishop of Antioch in Syria. His name was Ignatius. According to one of the harsh penal practices of the Roman Empire of the day, the good bishop was condemned to be delivered up to wild beasts in the arena in the capital city. The insatiable public appetite for bloody spectacles meant a chronically short...
  • Synod: Pope Calls Nuncios to Rome

    10/18/2012 6:44:07 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    V atican Radio ^ | 10/17/12
    (Vatican Radio) – In his intervention to the Synod of Bishops Wednesday morning Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone announced that Pope Benedict XVI will be calling his diplomatic representatives across the globe – known as Apostolic Nuncios – to Rome for a special meeting. Below find the full transcript of Cardinal Bertone’s intervention:The transmission of the faith is a very fundamental task of the Church in being able to represent a description of her very own essence: she is in fact a community since always composed of the double movement of receiving and transmitting the precious treasure of...
  • Retiring: Ron Sider, Social Justice Pioneer

    10/17/2012 1:20:38 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 23 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | October 17, 2012 | Jeremy Weber
    Ron Sider, founder and president of Evangelicals for Social Action (ESA), announced yesterday (Tues, Oct. 16) that he will retire in June 2013. His replacement: a "consensus model" leadership team of two co-directors. Sider, who founded ESA in 1973, is most known for his ground-breaking 1977 book Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger. CT ranked the book No. 7 on its list of the Top 50 Books That Have Shaped Evangelicals. Scot McKnight, in his review yesterday of Moral Minority by David Swartz, described Sider and his influence as follows: Sider emerged out of a quietist Brethren in Christ...
  • Bishop: Abuse fallout demands ‘profound change of mentality’

    10/17/2012 11:43:52 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 3 replies
    Catholic San Francisco ^ | October 17th, 2012 | CNS
    A Canadian bishop whose diocese was rocked by clerical sex abuse crises told the Synod of Bishops that the new evangelization must address the reality of distrust and disappointment the scandal left in its wake. With the sex abuse crisis, Catholics have experienced “a great disorientation that leads to forms of distrust of teachings and values that are essential for the followers of Christ,” Bishop Brian J. Dunn of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, told the synod Oct. 12. The Diocese of Antigonish has sold hundreds of properties in an effort to raise the money necessary to cover legal settlement and sexual...
  • Refusing to be Spectator, Pope to Send ‘Solidarity Delegation' to Syria

    10/17/2012 11:43:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Daily Bhaskar ^ | 10/17/12
    ï»ż Vatican City: Pope Benedict XVI will send a delegation to the Syrian capital to "express his brotherly solidarity with the entire population", the Vatican said Tuesday. "We cannot be mere spectators to the tragedy taking place in Syria," the Holy See's number two official, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, said during a global synod of Catholic bishops at the Vatican. In remarks broadcast by Vatican Radio, Bertone said the delegation would likely travel to Damascus next week, adding that the bishops supported the pope's decision. The delegation will include Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York; Cardinal Laurent Mosengwo Pasinya,...
  • Colonial Baptists used Bible to rally support for revolution

    10/17/2012 9:42:02 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 5 replies
    The Baptist Standard ^ | October 16, 2012 | Ken Camp
    From the days surrounding the American Revolution, Baptists used religious arguments to make political points and political arguments to make religious points, historian James P. Byrd, associate dean at Vanderbilt Divinity School, told a conference at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. At the same time Baptists argued for separation of church and state, they did not hesitate to preach on political topics or embrace patriotic causes with religious fervor, Byrd said, addressing an Oct. 12-13 conference on “Baptists and the Shaping of American Culture.” In a sense, Baptists reflected their culture. Neither Thomas Jefferson nor Benjamin Franklin accepted orthodox Christian...
  • Baptists vs. Obama

    10/17/2012 8:10:19 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 1 replies
    National Review Online ^ | October 17, 2012
    Samuel W. “Dub” Oliver is the president of East Texas Baptist University, which last week joined the more than 100 plaintiffs who are suing the Department of Health and Human Services over its religious-liberty-eroding abortion-drug, contraception, and sterilization mandate.Oliver talked to National Review Online’s Kathryn Jean Lopez about the suit. KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ: Isn’t the HHS mandate a Catholic problem? What do Baptists have to do with it? SAMUEL W. OLIVER: The coverage of this issue has been overwhelmingly focused on Catholic concern with the contraceptive mandate. But I must point out that this is not just a Catholic issue....
  • Ontario Bishop Mulhall: We Won’t Let the Government Define Catholic Teaching

    10/17/2012 7:06:32 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 10/16/12 | Patrick B. Craine
    PEMBROKE, Ontario, Oct. 16, 2012 ( – After Ontario’s Education Minister shocked Catholics last week by declaring that under the law their schools should not be teaching that abortion is wrong, the Bishop of Pembroke insists that the Church has no intention of letting the government define the Catholic faith. The Church will “defend her legitimate autonomy from outside organizations which attempt to define the content of Roman Catholic teaching,” Bishop Michael Mulhall stated in a letter to parishes on Oct. 11th. “As a Bishop of the Catholic Church, this is a sacred obligation and a joyful mission which was...
  • An Introduction to Eastern Monastic Spirituality: Solitude

    10/17/2012 6:58:43 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Treasures of the Church ^ | 10/16/12 | Wolfsbane
    In an earlier post, I discussed the historical origins of Eastern Christian monasticism, from St. Anthony to St. Basil. In this post and two later ones, I will discuss some of the major themes of Eastern Christian monastic spirituality. This will be by no means comprehensive, and I apologize if I misrepresent any part of monastic spirituality. I just hope that this is in some extent helpful. "Flee, be silent, pray always, for these are the source of sinlessness." Abba Arsenios heard God command him thus in prayer (AP, Arsenios #2). This summarizes three of the key themes of monastic...
  • Newburgh man sues church for losing leg when crucifix fell on him

    10/17/2012 6:50:36 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 16 replies
    Daily Freeman ^ | October 17, 2012 | Mid-Hudson News Network
    David and Delia Jimenez of Newburgh consider themselves very religious Catholics, so, when Mrs. Jimenez’s diagnosed cancer disappeared two years ago, they attributed it to their praying at St. Patrick’s Church. Mr. Jimenez wanted to show his appreciation, so his wife asked the priest if he could clean the large crucifix outside the house of worship as a thank-you. He was granted the OK and, on Memorial Day 2010, as he stood on a step stool scrubbing the stone image of Jesus Christ, the monument toppled over, crushing his leg. He was rushed to Westchester Medical Center, where his leg...
  • Catholic school funding unconstitutional, T.O. woman argues in court challenge

    10/17/2012 6:45:46 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 3 replies
    CTV News ^ | 10/17/2012 | The Canadian Press
    Ontario's funding of Catholic schools violates the charter and should be stopped, a Toronto woman is arguing in a court challenge the province will try to shut down today. Reva Landau doesn't agree with some of the church's teachings, and is arguing that it infringes her freedom of religion to help foot the bill for its schools. "They're entitled to have beliefs I don't agree with," she said in an interview. "There are many people who have beliefs I don't' agree with. But these beliefs are being funded with my tax dollars." The Roman Catholic school system gets about one-third...
  • Are Latinos Reshaping Catholicism in the United States?

    10/17/2012 6:45:36 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 20 replies
    ABC News ^ | Oct. 16, 2012 | CRISTINA COSTANTINI
    Catholicism is on the decline in the United States. But the numbers would likely be even worse if it weren't for Latino immigrants, according to a recent Pew Research Center study. The study indicates that Catholicism has experienced the "greatest net losses" of any religion as a result of religious converts. While nearly one-in-three Americans (31 percent) were raised as Catholics, fewer than one in four adults call themselves Catholics, the survey found. But the attrittion has been slowed by immigration and the growth of the Hispanic population. One in three Catholics is Hispanic, and 62 percent of all Hispanics...
  • On the “Beauty” of Dying

    10/16/2012 3:40:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | October 15, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In the Gospel from this past Sunday the Lord spoke of us giving away all we had to come and follow him. TO many that sort of talk seems crazy and we wonder how we can ever do it. But in fact we WILL all do it, as we finally die to this world and have our only treasure in Heaven.As a priest it has been my privilege to accompany many on their final journey as they prepare for death. Some have gone quickly, others have lingered for years in nursing homes. From a pure worldly perspective, death seems little...
  • Bishops tell synod church needs lively parishes, Bible literacy

    10/16/2012 2:00:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    cns ^ | October 16, 2012 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The solemn yet exuberant liturgies of African Catholic churches are a model for other Catholic communities seeking to invigorate their parishes and reach out to lapsed members, a Nigerian bishop told the world Synod of Bishops. The celebrations of the Eucharist and other sacraments must be "more efficacious moments of faith impact," Bishop Emmanuel Badejo of Oyo told the synod Oct. 15. Bishop Badejo was one of dozens of synod members who spoke about enlivening parishes as the primary agents of the new evangelization. "This can be done if we continually update homiletics and sacramental procedure...
  • A New Monastery in the Midwest

    10/16/2012 12:42:31 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The New Liturgical Movement ^ | 10/15/12 | Matthew Alderman
    My contributions here been a bit scarce of late but our readers will be pleased to hear that I have a very good reason for my silence. Some time ago, I accepted a position at Cram and Ferguson Architects in Concord, Massachusetts. We have had, in this difficult economic time, the blessing of being quite busy. One of the most exciting new projects to come into the firm during this time is a new design for a monastery in Wisconsin. It will be the new home of the nuns of Valley of Our Lady Monastery. It has been a great...
  • Bishop to Biden: No Communion in Colorado Springs Diocese

    10/16/2012 6:38:11 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    New American ^ | 10/15/12 | R. Cort Kirkwood
    If Vice President Joe Biden travels to Colorado to campaign for re-election, it would be better if he did not present himself for Holy Communion at a Catholic Church within the Diocese of Colorado Springs. Because Bishop Michael Sheridan (pictured beneath the diocesan coat of arms and logotype), a stalwart defender of the unborn, says the pro-abortion Catholic won’t likely receive it. Sheridan said he would ensure that Biden knows he is not to partake of Holy Communion, which Catholics believe is the actual body and blood of Jesus Christ. Sheridan’s StatementSheridan warned Biden during an interview with a writer...
  • Australian Jesuit Sets Record as World’s Oldest Schoolteacher

    10/16/2012 6:31:53 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    CathNews ^ | 10/15/12
    Australian Fr Geoffrey Schneider SJ, has been declared the world's oldest working teacher, by Guinness World Records, reports the Independent Catholic News. Father Geoffrey Schneider, who has been teacher and chaplain at Sydney’s St Aloysius’ College's Junior School for 47 years, said he has no intention of retiring, as he approaches his 100th birthday in December. The secret of his success, he said, is “a mountain of patience”. “If things are going wrong, don’t start shouting. Just proceed quietly and things will settle down eventually. Their books will eventually open.” Fr Schneider has taught at schools in Sydney, Melbourne and...
  • No New or Different Church

    10/15/2012 9:23:54 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 10/15/12 | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J.
    “The Council Fathers neither could nor wished to create a new or different Church. They had neither the authority nor the mandate to do so. It was only in their capacity as bishops that they were now Council Fathers with a vote and decision-making power, that is to say, on the basis of the Sacrament and in the Church of the Sacrament. For this reason they neither could nor wished to create a different faith or a new Church, but rather to understand these more deeply and hence truly to ‘renew them.’ This is why a hermeneutic of rupture is...
  • The Scandal of Faith

    10/14/2012 9:33:25 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 10/11/12 | Carl. E. Olson
    The Year of Faith and the 50th anniversary of Vatican II are occasion for self-examination and bold proclamation."It was by no means only yesterday that truth became embarrassing." With those rather wry words, Jean Daniélou, S.J., opened his book, Scandaleuse Vérité, published in English as The Scandal of Truth in August 1962. Daniélou, whose father was a Communist, was not taken in by the starry-eyed optimism of the early Sixties; on the contrary, he saw clearly that a humanism divorced from faith in Jesus Christ ends in despair and ruin, for "while man may be destined for happiness, he has...
  • A day of judgment for liberal bishops

    10/13/2012 1:20:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Telegraph ^ | October 12, 2012 | Damian Thompson
    The strangest thing happened last week, though few people noticed it. America officially ceased to be a Protestant country. According to the Pew Forum, the percentage of Protestants has dropped to 48 per cent, down from 53 per cent in 2007. That’s a huge shift. But, before Catholics start punching the air, let me point out that the percentage of Catholics has been flatlining for years at 22 per cent. The big jump is in unaffiliated Americans, including atheists – up from 15 to 20 per cent. These “Nones”, as pollsters call them, are laying waste to the religious landscape...
  • America Is One of the Fastest Growing Mission Fields in the World

    10/12/2012 11:32:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/11/2012 | Jeff Schapiro
    America is one of the fastest-growing mission fields in the world, the most recent issue of Unfinished magazine says, but if Christians are not careful they will miss opportunities to reach their "least reached neighbors." The fall edition of the magazine, which is published by The Mission Society, focuses on the increasing diversity throughout the U.S. and how Christians can engage in cross-cultural ministry without leaving the city they live in. The diversity that can be found in cities and university campuses, in particular, provides both opportunities and challenges for ministries that hope to do mission work here at home....
  • Pro-life news career helps journalist discover religious vocation

    10/12/2012 11:01:50 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    cna ^ | October 12, 2012 | Hillary Senour
    Kathleen Gilbert, former U.S. bureau chief for LifeSite News. Credit: John Henry Westen. Front Royal, Va., Oct 12, 2012 / 12:11 am (CNA).- After years of working as a pro-life news reporter, a Catholic journalist discovered that she had a vocation to be a contemplative nun and that God had been using her work to prepare her to answer the calling. On Oct. 14, Kathleen Gilbert, former LifeSiteNews U.S. Bureau Chief, will begin her first year as a postulant for the Discalced Carmelites in Buffalo, N.Y. Although she was raised in a “Catholic household” where religious life was always...
  • Cebu lector claims Calungsod apparition

    10/12/2012 7:29:40 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 8 replies
    ABS-CBN News ^ | 10/12/2012 | Edgar Escalante
    MANILA, Philippines – A lector in a parish in Toledo City, Cebu claimed that Blessed Pedro Calungsod made an apparition on Thursday noon. Rose Camomot, lector at the San Pedro Calungsod Parish Barangay Cantabaco, said Calungsod appeared to her at noon yesterday inside the church. Camomot said she saw Calungsod arranging some flowers inside the church. She noted that it was the second time that Calungsod appeared to her. The alleged apparition comes amid preparations of the entire Cebu province for the canonization of Calungsod in Vatican City on October 21. Calungsod will be the Philippines' second saint after Saint...
  • What St. Paul’s example as both believer and Bishop can teach us about authority

    10/11/2012 1:41:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | October 10, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In the readings for daily Mass the past few days we have been reviewing the faith journey of St. Paul who describes his personal history and also his authority in the second chapter of the Letter to the Galatians. The story is interesting for three reasons. It can help correct notions that some have of Paul’s rapid assent to the office of apostle (Bishop) and affirm that he was not a lone-ranger apostle. He was a man who was formed in the community of the Church for some length of time, and did not go on Mission until he was...
  • Pope Benedict XVI: May Al-Rab (not Allah) Bless You

    10/11/2012 1:21:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | October 11, 2012 | Andrew M. Greenwell, Esq.
    CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (Catholic Online) - On the Commonweal magazine blog, Michael Peppard posted an article entitled "Pope Benedict: 'May Allah bless you all!" While it is unquestionably true that the Holy Father gave a blessing Arabic, he did not say "May Allah bless you all!" as Peppard states. Peppard says in his article that there is only one word that could have been used by the Pope, and that word was "Allah." But in fact, the whole article is built on a faulty premise.  There are other words that may be used to refer to God other than Allah,...
  • The New Evangelization: Down with Optimism, Up with Hope

    10/11/2012 7:42:13 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 10/10/12 | Dr. Jeff Mirus
    The current Synod on the New Evangelization is not optimistic about the state of the world. This, I am prepared to argue, represents a seismic shift in episcopal perceptions over the past fifty years. In the second half of the twentieth century, the Catholic hierarchy in the West seemed possessed by what can only be called a foolish optimism, almost to the point of believing that human culture would evolve all on its own to a better and more spiritual state. Let’s look back a bit before going forward. For a wide variety of cultural reasons, the world seemed full...
  • N.Y. Times Covers New Archbishop [Cordileone, San Francisco]

    10/11/2012 7:24:03 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The appointment of Salvatore Cordileone as ninth archbishop of the archdiocese of San Francisco continues to send shock waves far and wide. On Saturday, September 29, the New York Times ran a story titled “San Francisco’s New Archbishop Worries Gay Catholics” by Norimitsu Onishi. The story began: “At Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in the Castro, this city’s largest gay district, about 20 of the faithful gathered for 8 a.m. Mass recently, clustering in the middle pews. Led by a visiting priest from nearby Oakland, the parishioners joined in celebrating the 30th anniversary of a gay couple…. But the appointment...
  • Vatican Cardinal Warns Against Syncretism in Dialogue; Polish Prelate Speaks of Divine Mercy

    10/11/2012 7:17:07 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    On the fourth day of the Thirteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, 16 synod fathers spoke on various aspects of the synod’s theme, “The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith.”Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, warned that poorly-catechized Christians should not take part in interreligious dialogue. “Christians, often ignorant of the content of their own faith and incapable because of this of living of and for it, are not capable of interreligious dialogue that always begins with the assertion of one’s own convictions,” he cautioned. “There is no room...
  • US Bishops to Consider Document on Preaching

    10/11/2012 7:03:23 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    During its annual fall meeting, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will discuss whether to approve a document entitled “Preaching the Mystery of Faith: The Sunday Homily.”“The ultimate goal of proclaiming the Gospel is to lead people into a loving and intimate relationship with the Lord, a relationship that forms the character of their persons and guides them in living out their faith,” states the draft document, which was prepared by a committee chaired by Archbishop Robert Carlson of St. Louis. “The homilist should strive to live a life of holiness” and “see the world through biblical eyes.”
  • Pope 'working harder than anyone' at synod sessions

    10/10/2012 2:01:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | October 10, 2012 | Matthew A. Rarey
    A screenshot of the Oct. 9 session of Synod of Bishops for the New Evangelization. Credit: CTV. Vatican City, Oct 10, 2012 / 11:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI opened the first working session of the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization Oct. 9 by closely following the proceedings and issuing a call for a “renewed evangelical dynamism” in the Church. “The Holy Father’s participation has been unbelievable,” said Curtis Martin, founder of the U.S.-based Fellowship of Catholic University Students. Martin, who is attending the synod as an observer, said that Pope Benedict took a keen interest...
  • Spokane Diocese claims lawyers mishandled bankruptcy [Spokane Diocese attacks its own lawyers]

    10/10/2012 10:11:56 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 2 replies
    The Spokesman-Review ^ | October 10, 2012 | John Stucke
    The Catholic Diocese of Spokane has accused its own lawyers of mishandling its historic bankruptcy, which exposed decades of clergy sex abuse and cost parishioners and insurers $50 million. A malpractice lawsuit filed this week by the diocese seeks more than $12 million from the venerable Spokane law firm Paine Hamblen Coffin Brooke and Miller. The claim is the latest bombshell in a bankruptcy that staggered along from December 2004 until May. The diocese settled with 180 people who claimed they were sexually abused by priests and other Catholic clergy. The diocese, now under the leadership of Bishop Blase Cupich,...
  • Archbishop Panel Split Over Church's Future [C of E]

    10/10/2012 7:16:38 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10/6/12 | Cole Moreton, and Edward Malnick
    The panel meeting to appoint the successor to Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, is split over the future of the Church.It is the decision that 77 million Anglicans around the world are waiting for: who will become the next Archbishop of Canterbury. But nine days after the successor to Dr Rowan Williams was expected to have been named, the Crown Nominations Commission remains silent. Its work is shrouded in secrecy, but a Sunday Telegraph investigation can reveal that its 16 members are split, not over women bishops or same sex marriages, but the future of the Church itself....
  • Maximilian Kolbe's Story Shows us Why Sainthood is Still Meaningful

    10/10/2012 7:01:57 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 10/10/12 | Steven Hepburn
    On the anniversary of St Maximilian's canonisation, we can learn from the priest who died in place of a stranger in AuschwitzIf the story of the Christian faith is about suffering, death and the power of God in the resurrection, then the 20th-century story of Nagasaki and Auschwitz is about suffering, death and the power of man in destruction. St Maximilian Maria Kolbe, a Polish Franciscan priest who was canonised 30 years ago today, in a unique way embraced both places. With his life he witnessed for the Christian faith in the first and with his death he witnessed for...
  • Cardinal Dolan: Confession is The Sacrament of New Evangelization

    10/10/2012 6:57:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 10/9/12 | David Kerr
    Vatican City, Oct 9, 2012 / 02:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York told the synod of bishops gathered at the Vatican that “the primary sacrament of the New Evangelization is the sacrament of penance.” “Yes the sacraments of initiation – baptism, confirmation and the Eucharist – change, challenge and equip the agents of evangelization, but the sacrament of reconciliation evangelizes the evangelizers, as it brings us sacramentally into contact with Jesus who calls us to conversion of heart and inspires (us) to answer his invitation to repentance,” Cardinal Dolan said on Oct. 9, the third day...
  • Benedict XVI: ‘Being Tepid is the Greatest Danger for Christians’

    10/10/2012 6:54:16 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 10/8/12 | Cindy Wooden
    Pope Benedict XVI has said that to evangelise means to help people understand that God himself has responded to their questions, and that his response – the gift of salvation in Jesus Christ – is available to them as well. “Our role in the new evangelisation is to cooperate with God,” the Pope told more than 260 cardinals, bishops and priests who are members of the world Synod of Bishops on the new evangelisation. “We can only let people know what God has done.” In a 21-minute, off-the-cuff reflection during morning prayer at the synod’s opening session today, Pope Benedict...
  • 14 Surviving Fathers of Vatican II to Take Part in Year of Faith opening ceremony

    10/10/2012 6:49:27 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Speaking at an October 9 press conference, the president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization announced the details of the opening ceremony of the Year of Faith, which commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the beginning of the Second Vatican Council. The Year of Faith begins on October 11 and concludes on November 24, 2013, the Solemnity of Christ the King. The opening ceremony “is an opportunity to revisit that event which left such a deep mark on the life of the Church in the twentieth century, and to examine the influence its teachings have had during the intervening...
  • Christians excited to hear Pope's messages in Arabic

    10/09/2012 2:23:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | October 9, 2012 | David Kerr
    Pope Benedict XVI at the April 18, 2012 general audience. CNA file photo. Vatican City, Oct 9, 2012 / 12:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Arab Christians are reacting positively to the decision to include Arabic as one of the official languages used at the Pope’s weekly general audience. “In this way, in the wake of his recent trip to Lebanon and the publication of the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation ‘Ecclesia in Medio Oriente,’ the Holy Father intends to express his perpetual concern and support for Christians in the Middle East, and to remind everyone of their duty to pray and work...
  • Pope opens bishops' synod with universal call to holiness

    10/07/2012 1:21:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    cna ^ | October 7, 2012 | David Kerr
    The Middle East Synod of 2010 (Credit: Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem) Vatican City, Oct 7, 2012 / 12:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has formally opened the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization with a “universal call to holiness” aimed at all Christians worldwide. “Holy men and women bloom among the generous missionaries who announce the Good News to non-Christians, in the past in mission countries and now in any place where there are non-Christians,” said the Pontiff in his homily during Mass in St. Peter’s Square Oct. 7. “Holiness is not confined by cultural, social, political...
  • A pastor’s take on church shopping

    10/07/2012 12:25:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    ABP News ^ | 10/05/2012 | by Barry Howard
    I readily confess: “Church shopping” is a term that I loathe. I think the phraseology just sounds too commercial to apply to a community of faith. I also think that searching for a church home is a crucial life decision that requires a deeper level of introspection and spiritual guidance than can be found by following the usual church shopping guidelines. Despite my disdain for the terminology, I do understand the popular concept and wish to offer a different, hopefully more pastoral perspective on what persons should look for in a church. I begin by confessing my own biases. While...
  • San Francisco, London, Ephesus, and Catholic Relevance

    10/07/2012 6:13:21 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 10/5/12 | Dr. Jeff Mirus
    “The man who chained me up seemed sorry he had to do it, but I did not feel the least bit sorry for myself. Quite the contrary I became very happy—so good is God to the least of His servants. To recompense the man for his good turn I gave him a little money and told him that it was no punishment to suffer in such a good and noble cause.” Thus wrote John Gerard, SJ in the account of his life as a missionary in Elizabethan England, serving always under a sentence of death. “Everyone” in England thought Catholics...
  • San Francisco’s Newly Installed Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone Calls for Spiritual Renewal

    10/06/2012 4:37:39 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 10/5/12 | Joan Frawley Desmond
    During his installation, the new shepherd apologized for his DUI arrest, as protesters and supporters marked the arrival of the state’s leading proponent of Prop. 8.SAN FRANCISCO — Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone was installed Oct. 4 as the ninth archbishop of San Francisco during a solemn and subdued ceremony that drew more than 40 episcopal leaders and 250 local clergy. Outside the cathedral, a small group of protesters known as the “Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence” — men dressed as women religious — marked the occasion with media interviews attacking the new archbishop’s strong public opposition to same-sex “marriage,” while a much...