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Commentary: Faithful Citizenship: Catholics have a stake in politics

February 16th, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized Tags: , ,

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The world’s a mess, isn’t it? Wars, terror, poverty and more. And the U.S. is not immune, with conflicts over religious liberty and secularism, the growing chasm between rich and poor, a struggling economy and assaults on life. Not quite the four horsemen of the apocalypse, but close.

Then there’s politics, that electoral circus in which, every few years, we select those who promise to lead us out of these woes. Or perhaps lead us into new woes.

Because increasingly, today’s problems and even proposed solutions challenge Gospel beliefs and rattle the conscience of the faithful. Read more »

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Scripture readings: Do we reach out to the rejected?

February 9th, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized Tags: ,

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Readings for Feb. 12

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time                       

Leviticus 13:1-2,44-46 1; Corinthians 10:31-11:1; Mark 1:40-45

 

The leper who came to Jesus had a lot of courage. He was not supposed to go near anyone who had healthy skin. And Jesus showed as much courage by touching him. Anyone who did that could be told he was now unfit for society. He would have become like a leper.

The news about Jesus having healed Simon’s mother-in-law, and freeing a man from a demon, had probably spread even to the lepers outside town. The man begged Jesus to make him “clean” must have had faith in this preacher who had been walking through Galilee.

Jesus’ first reaction to this man, who may have had a very unattractive appearance, was compassion. And he healed him.

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Video game review:‘Batman: Arkham City’

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Even after 70 years, the image of Batman — a lone figure prowling the night to protect the innocent — has lost none of its potency. By adopting a code of honor and turning the trappings of evil against those who would do evil, Bruce Wayne transformed his personal torments into an almost chivalric quest to save others.

What most impressed generations of children (and adults) is that he did it all without any “superpowers” beyond his own intelligence, wealth, and physical prowess. Read more »

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Vatican Letter: 50 years after Vatican II, a year of faith

February 9th, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized

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VATICAN CITY — Fifty years ago this October, Blessed John XXIII and more than 2,500 bishops and heads of religious orders from around the world gathered in St. Peter’s Basilica for the opening session of the Second Vatican Council.

Over the following three years, Vatican II would issue 16 major “pronouncements” on such fundamental questions as the authority of the church’s hierarchy, the interpretation of Scripture, and the proper roles of clergy and laity. Those documents, and the deliberations that produced them, have transformed how the Catholic Church understands and presents itself within the context of modern secular culture and society.

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Let’s be persuasive and civil after a presidential poke in the eye

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Call it curious, ironic or just plain strange. New York Cardinal-designate Timothy M. Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, published a Jan. 25 op-ed piece in The Wall Street Journal to express his frustration over President Barack Obama’s ruling that most health insurance plans will have to cover contraception and other measures that are forbidden by official church teaching.

This points to a communication gap between Catholic leadership and the White House that has not always been there.

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Q&A: Episcopal bishop turned Catholic priest discusses new challenges

February 3rd, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized

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Father Jeffrey N. Steenson is finding that there are a lot of new roads to travel and new questions to resolve since his Jan. 1 appointment as head of the Houston-based Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter for former Anglicans who want to become Catholics.

The former Episcopal bishop of the Rio Grande, who was ordained a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, N.M., in February 2009, was to be installed in his new post Feb. 12. Also in February, a class of about 40 former Episcopal priests will begin an intensive, Internet-based course of studies to become Catholic priests within the ordinariate. Read more »

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British bishops are Olympic hopefuls in evangelization

February 3rd, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized

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Catholic News Service

MANCHESTER, England — British bishops plan to use the 2012 London Olympic Games to renew interest in the Catholic faith, with initiatives ranging from fighting human trafficking and homelessness to promoting youth ministry and ecumenical dialogue.

The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales is also preparing resources for liturgies and holy hours and will post them on the Internet before the July 27-Aug. 12 games. Read more »

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Confession celebrates mercy, not inquisition, says Vatican expert

February 3rd, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized

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VATICAN CITY — Priests hearing confessions need to replace any negative or aggressive attitudes with meekness and mercy toward the penitent, said a Vatican expert on confession.

The sacrament of reconciliation “has led to a unilateral overemphasis on the accusation and listing of sins,” said Bishop Gianfranco Girotti, regent of the Apostolic Penitentiary, a Vatican court that handles issues related to the sacrament of penance. Read more »

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Best films of 2011: Catholic News Service list 10 favorites, along with best family movies

February 3rd, 2012 Posted in Featured, Movies, Uncategorized

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In late 1965, the three-decade-old National Legion of Decency announced that it was changing its name to the National Catholic Office for Motion Pictures.

That switch represented more than just altered terminology. It signaled an intent on the part of the U.S. church’s officially sanctioned film agency to take a more open and positive, though by no means uncritical, approach in its assessment of cinema. Read more »

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Sunday Scripture: Consider what God wants for you

February 2nd, 2012 Posted in Catechetical Corner, Uncategorized

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Readings for Feb. 5

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 Job 7:1-4; 6-7; 1 Corinthians 9:16-19; 22-23; Mark 1:29-39

 Today we listen to Job in his misery, sounding very hopeless. He has lost everything — wife, children, extended family, animals, wealth. All is gone and he cries out to God, why? We listen to this reading perhaps asking our own questions of why did this happen to Job since he was such a good man and now he seems in despair.

Perhaps we ponder our own questions of why did misfortune happen to me or to a loved one. Job in all his pain and suffering did not lose hope, he didn’t understand why but he continued to call out to God, he did not turn and walk away from God. What a role model Job is for each one of us. In our journey through life I’m sure there has been a time when you wanted to turn and walk away from God but like Job you stayed or maybe you did turn away and then returned knowing that life without God was impossible. Read more »

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