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“Through some fissure the smoke of Satan has entered the temple of God.” — Pope St. Paul VI in 1972 The sex-abuse crisis, now in its episcopal phase, is certainly the worst crisis the Church [...] [...]
Thu, Nov 15, 2018
Source: Catholic World Report

Vatican City, Nov 15, 2018 / 04:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis encouraged the community of the Pontifical Latin American College Thursday to avoid cultural fragmentation and to be close to their people.

“One of the phenomena currently afflicting the continent is cultural fragmentation, the polarization of the social fabric and the loss of roots,” the pope said Nov. 15 in the Clementine Hall of the Vatican's Apostolic Palace.

“This is exacerbated when arguments are fomented that divide and propagate different types of confrontations and hatred towards those who 'are not one of us', even importing cultural models that have [...]

Thu, Nov 15, 2018
Source: Catholic World Report

Washington D.C., Nov 15, 2018 / 02:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops' conference and the Holy See face a class action lawsuit filed by six men who claim they were sexually abused by Catholic clergy during their childhoods. They are seeking financial damages as well as public contrition and reparation from the Church.

The 80-page suit filed Nov. 13 claims that the Vatican and the bishops knew about - and covered up for - the “endemic, systemic, rampant, and pervasive rape and sexual abuse” of the plaintiffs and others at the hands of active members of the [...]

Thu, Nov 15, 2018
Source: Catholic World Report
The statement by all five bishops in Missouri is direct and blunt. So is their cover letter to Timothy L. Doherty. Doherty, bishop of Lafayette in Indiana, is the chairman of the U.S. Conference of [...] [...]
Thu, Nov 15, 2018
Source: Catholic World Report
Punta Arenas, Chile, Nov 15, 2018 / 10:56 am (ACI Prensa).- A Eucharistic procession through the Patagonian city of Punta Arenas launched the 500th anniversary commemorations of the first Mass celebrated in Chile. Friar Pedro de Valderrama, the chapla... [...] [...]
Thu, Nov 15, 2018
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By Fr. Dwight Longenecker | You've seen pictures of splendid traditional Catholic worship. The clergy and servers are robed, the incense is billowing, the church building is magnificent. Would Jesus recognize such worship? The... [...]
Thu, Nov 15, 2018
Source: National Catholic Register
By Patti Armstrong | I've always loved John Holmes' quote: “There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” So, it seemed callous when someone posted an article on social media titled: Why I... [...]
Thu, Nov 15, 2018
Source: National Catholic Register
By Justin McClain | Here are ten “take-aways”) from a presentation that I recently gave to a small group of teachers from Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Washington. As a veteran teacher, in my thirteenth year of... [...]
Thu, Nov 15, 2018
Source: National Catholic Register
By Joan Frawley Desmond | BALTIMORE — Five months after Archbishop Theodore McCarrick's suspension from public ministry sparked an unprecedented crisis that has alarmed, angered and demoralized lay... [...]
Thu, Nov 15, 2018
Source: National Catholic Register
By Jim Graves | Looking for an out-of-the-way place to go on retreat? Here are three unique monasteries that welcome visitors for retreats. Holy Transfiguration Monastery (www.monksofmttabor.com) – In a remote forest in Redwood... [...]
Thu, Nov 15, 2018
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As the days get shorter, Bishop Barron's team offers suggested Advent readings to bring on the light. [...]
Thu, Nov 15, 2018
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Heart work and head work are hard work. [...]
Wed, Nov 14, 2018
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When Joe Rogan interviewed mixed martial artist Georges St-Pierre (GSP), the two had a fascinating—but problematic—discussion about consciousness. [...]
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Training your body and mastering your eating habits can have a profound affect on your spiritual life. [...]
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Pope Francis' revision to the Catechism on the death penalty says, among other things, that “there is an increasing awareness that the dignity of the human person is not lost even after the commission of very serious crimes” and that “the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person”. Earlier, Pope John Paul's initial revision to the Catechism had said that public authority should limit itself to “bloodless means”, if they are sufficient to protect human safety, “because they better correspond to the concrete conditions of the common good and are [...]

Thu, Nov 15, 2018
Source: Catholic Culture

When I am not lamenting how tough it is to raise funds for CatholicCulture.org (which is all too frequent this time of year), I'm lamenting the governance of the Catholic Church. As Belloc told the Anglican bishop William Temple, it is a sign of the Church's divine character that “no merely human institution conducted with such knavish imbecility would have lasted a fortnight.”

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Tue, Nov 13, 2018
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