Archdiocese of Philadelphia: The Love that Moves the Sun

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Remarks of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. at the Faith and Reason Institute at Gonzaga University: The Love that Moves the Sun September 14, 2018 Last October, the journal First Things carried my comments on the encyclical Veritatis Splendor. In March, it published my thoughts on Fides et Ratio. Each text needs the other. They’re a diptych. And both mark anniversaries this year; 25 and 20 respectively. I went into a lot of detail in each of those First Things pieces, and I won’t repeat it here for two reasons. First, the landscape of the Church in the United States has changed drastically, and painfully, over the last six months. And second, I’m a pastor, not a scholar. My interest in any papal document is very practical: Does it help me help others to know God, live his will, and get to heaven, or not? For a layman – …

Even the Sparrow Blog: “The World Is Rotten Because of Silence”

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“The World Is Rotten Because of Silence” Posted at 8:15 pm by claire dwyer, on September 12, 2018 The stories in the Catholic world these days, stories of abuse, cover-ups, and promotion of predators have me profoundly sad. The word “silence” has me angry. I want to tell a story, which is still a mystery to me, but one which I find I cannot stop thinking about these days. It is a brief story, because I don’t have all the details. But for a reason I do not understand, God wanted me to know the story. And for what it’s worth, I feel that I am to tell it now. Off the bat, I need to say that the story begins with a good and upright priest. Seven years ago, home in Arizona, I was awakened from a sound sleep in the middle of the night. I felt almost as …

Channel NewsAsia: Sex abuse claims rock Dutch Catholic Church

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Sex abuse claims rock Dutch Catholic Church 15 Sep 2018 11:58PM THE HAGUE: More than half of the Netherlands’ senior clerics were involved in covering up sexual assault of children between 1945 and 2010, a press report claimed Saturday (Sep 15), further engulfing the Catholic Church in a global abuse scandal. Over the course of 65 years, 20 of 39 Dutch cardinals, bishops and their auxiliaries “covered up sexual abuse, allowing the perpetrators to cause many more victims”, the daily NRC reported. https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/sex-abuse-claims-rock-dutch-catholic-church-10725000  

Diocese of Madison Catholic Herald: Bishop Morlino calls for prayer and fasting

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Bishop Morlino calls for prayer and fasting Around the Diocese Written by Office of Worship, Diocese of Madison Thursday, Sep. 13, 2018 — 12:00 AM MADISON — In a letter written by Bishop Robert C. Morlino to the people of the Diocese of Madison regarding the ongoing sexual abuse scandal in the Church, he called all within the diocese to intensify their prayer and fasting for purification from this heinous sin. Masses of reparation are being held throughout the diocese on September 14, the Feast of the Holy Cross. Bishop Morlino will preside at the 12 noon Mass on Friday, Sept. 14, in the chapel at Holy Name Heights. The bishop also invited people to observe the Au- tumn Ember Days (September 19, 21, and 22) “as days of fasting and abstinence in reparation for the sins and outrages committed by members of the clergy and episcopacy.” http://www.madisoncatholicherald.org/news/around-diocese/7779-morlino-prayer-fasting.html  

Just Another Priest Blog: A Letter to Seminarians

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Just Another Priest Blog I am a Roman Catholic Priest of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. This is where I share some things I write. There are so many priest blogs. Tuesday, September 11, 2018 A Letter to Seminarians: Dear Seminarians, It is not an easy time right now to be a priest or one studying to be a priest. Praise God. The Church is being not only humbled but humiliated by the sins of Her own ministers. Praise God. Countless innocent priests are looked at with suspicion if not outright hatred because of the sins of their guilty brothers. Praise God. I praise God in this not to downplay the depravity of my brothers’ crimes or ignore my own frustration, anger, and sadness at every bit of this awful situation. I praise God because the truth always sets us free and the Cross always conquers. The fact is, I …

The Catholic Thing: When the Priest Turns Atheist

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When the Priest Turns Atheist Anthony Esolen SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2018 When John Milton names and describes the worst of the fallen angels, he tells us where in the Mediterranean world and the Levant they set themselves up as false gods to be adored. The closer to Sion, the worse you are. So in that sense Moloch, whom he names first, is, after Satan and Beelzebub, the worst of all. It’s bad enough that he was worshipped by the nearby Ammonites: Nor content With such audacious neighborhood, he caused The wisest heart of Solomon to build His temple right against the temple of God On that opprobrious hill; and made his grove The pleasant valley of Hinnom, Tophet thence And black Gehenna called, the type of Hell. Can you do worse than entice the builder of God’s temple, King Solomon, to build you a temple too, cheek by jowl with …

Yahoo News: Cardinal says women should train priests to fight abuse ‘crisis’

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Cardinal says women should train priests to fight abuse ‘crisis’ Michel VIATTEAU 16 September 2018 Women should play a greater role in the training of priests to fight the child abuse “crisis” that has engulfed the Catholic Church, Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet has said. More must be done within the church to tackle the root causes of the latest wave of global abuse scandals to rock the institution, said Ouellet, the prefect of the Congregation for Bishops. “We would need participation of more women in (training) of priests,” he told reporters on Saturday on the sidelines of a meeting in the Polish city of Poznan. Better care must be taken when choosing bishops, he said, adding that more women should select candidates for priesthood and assess their suitability for the job. https://sg.news.yahoo.com/cardinal-says-women-train-priests-fight-abuse-crisis-050804444.html

Catholic News Agency: The “Nine-Eleven” of the Catholic Church

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The “Nine-Eleven” of the Catholic Church (Archbishop Dr. Georg Gänswein, Prefect of the Papal Household)  Sept 11, 2018 Thank you very much for the invitation to this esteemed House, which I accepted gladly, to present this book by the American author Rod Dreher, of which I had already heard a lot. The great monk from Norcia, who gave the book its programmatic title, made it very appealing for me to come here. But I was also touched and moved by the date on which we are meeting with this daring author here in Rome. For it is September 11th, which in America – since the Fall of 2001 – has only been referred to as “9/11” in reference to that apocalyptic disaster in which members of the terrorist organization Al Qaeda attacked the United States of America as the whole world watched, in New York and Washington – using fully …

National Catholic Register: We Must Reflect God’s Compassion

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We Must Reflect God’s Compassion User’s Guide to Sunday, Sept. 9 Jimmy Akin Sunday, Sept. 9, is the 23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time (Year B). Mass Readings: Isaiah 35:4-7, Psalm 146:6-10, James 2:1-5, Mark 7:31-37. In this Sunday’s Gospel, we read the story of a deaf man. Because he couldn’t hear properly, he also couldn’t properly calibrate the way he spoke, and so he had a speech impediment and was hard to understand. Anyone in his situation would find the two conditions painfully frustrating and embarrassing, and though most of us are blessed with good hearing and speech, we’ve all faced the awkwardness and frustration of not understanding others and of not being understood. http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/we-must-reflect-gods-compassion

National Catholic Register: We Can’t Be Distracted and Deflected From Getting to the Root of This Scandal

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We Can’t Be Distracted and Deflected From Getting to the Root of This Scandal A NOTE FROM OUR PUBLISHER Michael Warsaw SEP. 7, 2018 Since Archbishop Carlo Viganò, the former Vatican nuncio to the United States, published his testimony claiming that the highest levels of the Vatican have long known of the scandal surrounding disgraced Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, the responses have fallen within predictable — and mostly ideological — lines. Critical voices contend the motive for our publication of Archbishop Viganò’s testimony arises out of an ideological disagreement with Pope Francis or some sort of coordinated conspiracy against him. Nothing could be further from the truth. Our record is clear. From the first moments of his papacy, EWTN has brought more hours of live coverage of Pope Francis into homes around the globe than any other media organization in existence. The Register, like the rest of EWTN, has covered the …