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Friday, January 8, 2021

Learning to Sing “Catholic”

 

Norbertine nuns mark 900th anniversary of Order with biography of founder

By Jim Graves on Jan 07, 2021 11:06 pm
The Norbertine Canonesses of the Bethlehem Priory of St Joseph of Tehachapi, California have released a new book about the founder of their community: The Life of St. Norbert: Founder of the Order of Prémontré. The [...]
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Analysis: Pro-lifers will have to fight hidden abortion funding battles in the Senate

By Catholic News Agency on Jan 07, 2021 04:32 pm
Washington D.C., Jan 7, 2021 / 01:24 pm (CNA).- With Democrats projected to win Tuesday’s Senate races in Georgia, the political landscape for pro-lifers is now clear—they will be defending on multiple fronts against an [...]
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Popular beliefs and unpopular evidence

By Thomas M. Doran on Jan 07, 2021 03:08 pm
I recently read a meditation by a 9th-10th-century saint. Doing so, it came to me how different this saint’s thoughts and perspectives were from today’s popular notion of the “dark ages” from the fall of [...]
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Who are we, really, as Americans?

By Carl E. Olson on Jan 06, 2021 09:13 pm
Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), made the following remark as part of a longer statement about the violence in the United States Capitol: “I [...]
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Epiphanytide and the three epiphanies

By Peter M.J. Stravinskas on Jan 06, 2021 07:30 pm
One of many “calendar mistakes” in the post-conciliar reform was the suppression of Epiphanytide, subsuming two of the “epiphanies” into Christmastide and leaving the third out almost completely. As you undoubtedly know, “epiphany” comes into [...]
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The Soul of brilliant animation

By Nick Olszyk on Jan 06, 2021 06:18 pm
MPAA Rating: PG USCCB Rating: A-III Reel Rating: 4 out of 5 stars In the 2000s, every Pixar movie was a masterpiece. That magic waned, but Soul is a return to former greatness, the best [...]
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Catholic coherence, Catholic integrity

By George Weigel on Jan 06, 2021 11:47 am
In 2007, the bishops of Latin America and the Caribbean completed their fifth general conference with a final report, known from the Brazilian city where they met as the “Aparecida Document.”  Its principal authors included [...]
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The remarkable and wide-ranging legacy of Mother Seton

By Dr. Christopher Shannon on Jan 06, 2021 01:56 am
Americans traveling to Italy, quarantined to prevent the spread of a deadly disease! Essential medical services denied in the name of public health! Death resulting from the denial of these services! Conversion to Catholicism! Wait. [...]
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Father Michael Pfleger, activist Chicago priest, faces claim of abusing minor

By Catholic News Agency on Jan 05, 2021 11:57 pm
Chicago, Ill., Jan 5, 2021 / 08:55 pm (CNA).- The outspoken activist Chicago priest Father Michael Pfleger faces an allegation that he sexually abused a minor over 40 years ago, Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago [...]
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Why we need a distribution of power

By Bishop Robert Barron on Jan 05, 2021 05:08 pm
A crucially important feature of Catholic social teaching, but one frequently underemphasized or misunderstood, is a clear animus against the concentration of power within a society. This perilous agglomeration can happen economically, politically, or culturally. [...]
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Heeding Obianuju Ekeocha’s warning about Western elitism

By Stephen G. Adubato on Jan 05, 2021 04:25 pm
Nigerian biomedical scientist and pro-life activist Obianuju Ekeocha first made headlines when she penned an open letter to Melinda Gates, cautioning her not to impose her markedly Western understanding of women’s liberation onto African countries. [...]
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Vistas & Valleys: The instructive paths, perspectives of Maritain and MacIntyre

By Carrie Gress, Ph.D. on Jan 04, 2021 08:10 pm
Since the ancient Greeks, there have generally been two opposing impulses for political thought. The first is summed up in Plato’s Republic, the second in Aristotle’s polis. The republic is large and relies on the [...]
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The implicit faith of “Follow the science”

By David G. Bonagura, Jr. on Jan 04, 2021 03:03 pm
“Follow the science” ranks high on 2020’s long list of patronizing phrases. If we yield obsequiously to scientific data, we are told, coronavirus, climate change, and all our other problems will be solved. “Science will [...]
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Vatican’s doctrinal office: Don’t promote alleged apparitions connected to ‘Lady of All Nations’

By Catholic News Agency on Jan 04, 2021 01:59 pm
CNA Staff, Jan 4, 2021 / 06:10 am (CNA).- The Vatican’s doctrinal office has urged Catholics not to promote “the alleged apparitions and revelations” associated with the Marian title of “Lady of All Nations,” according [...]
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The Bicentenary of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

By Father Seán Connolly on Jan 04, 2021 03:01 am
When the first American-born saint was canonized in 1975, Pope Saint Paul VI called on American Catholics to “Rejoice for your glorious daughter. Be proud of her. And know how to preserve her fruitful heritage.” [...]
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Learning to Sing “Catholic”

By Peter M.J. Stravinskas on Jan 03, 2021 11:23 pm
The Committee on Doctrine of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops completed work on a document dealing with the doctrinal content (or lack thereof) in hymns used in the Sacred Liturgy in September 2020, [...]
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My Top Ten Movies and Shows of 2020

By Nick Olszyk on Jan 03, 2021 07:45 pm
Despite the government’s best efforts and the guilds’ shameful neglect, 2020 produced some truly stellar visual storytelling. Streaming services, which were already gaining steam, became an essential window to the outside world for those imprisoned [...]
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Pope Francis calls for a commitment to ‘take care of each other’ in 2021

By Catholic News Agency on Jan 03, 2021 07:33 pm
Vatican City, Jan 3, 2021 / 09:30 am (CNA).- Pope Francis warned Sunday against the temptation to ignore the suffering of others during the coronavirus pandemic and said that things will get better in the [...]
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On the Limits and Failures of Saints

By Fr. Matthew MacDonald on Jan 02, 2021 10:13 pm
The life and papacy of Saint John Paul II have had an immense impact on the Church after the Second Vatican Council and beyond. One only has to look at his contributions and personal witness [...]
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“I should be glad of another death”: T.S. Eliot’s timeless poem for Epiphany

By Dr. Kelly Scott Franklin on Jan 02, 2021 05:00 pm
With its natural imagery suggesting a spiritual coming-to-life, Eliot’s 1935 poem moves symbolically from the barrenness of winter into the verdant fertility of Christ’s arrival. [...]
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“You have come and revealed Yourself, O Inaccessible Light.”

By Carl E. Olson on Jan 02, 2021 09:00 am
A Scriptural Reflection on the Readings for Sunday, December 7, 2017, the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord [...]
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Identity and Catholicism

By James Kalb on Jan 02, 2021 02:32 am
Identity pervades Catholic thought. Things are what they are, and that doesn’t change when our way of thinking changes. A human being is either male or female, and whichever it is stays that way. Similarly, [...]
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Pope Benedict’s secretary reflects on awful 2020 with German magazine 

By Catholic News Agency on Jan 01, 2021 08:32 pm
CNA Staff, Jan 1, 2021 / 01:29 pm (CNA).- Archbishop Georg Gänswein has spoken about life with Pope emeritus Benedict XVI and a personally challenging year. “I’m grateful to God that 2020 is finally over,” [...]
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Largest recorded earthquake in Croatia kills 7; destroys homes and churches

By Stjepo Bartulica on Jan 01, 2021 07:42 pm
The earthquake that struck the area around Petrinja in Central Croatia on December 29th with a magnitude of 6.4 was the strongest ever to hit Croatia. In 1969 a somewhat stronger quake completely destroyed Banja [...]
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