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Friday, January 15, 2021

The life, faith, and struggle of Joseph Ratzinger

 

Fr. James Martin connects Catholic leaders to Capitol riots; Bishop Stika unimpressed

By Catholic News Agency on Jan 15, 2021 02:50 am
CNA Staff, Jan 14, 2021 / 08:42 pm (CNA).- Bishop Richard Stika of Nashville voiced skepticism of Father James Martin’s recent essay claiming that Catholic leaders’ criticism of President-elect Joe Biden’s stance on abortion helped [...]
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Pope Francis and expanding lay ministries: A response to Fr. Stravinskas

By Nicholas Senz on Jan 14, 2021 09:52 pm
This past Sunday, Pope Francis issued a letter motu proprio amending canon law to allow for women to enter into the instituted ministries of lector and acolyte. In an article here at CWR, Fr. Peter [...]
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Opinion: Biden’s progressive agenda will not foster authentic unity

By Russell Shaw on Jan 14, 2021 05:07 pm
With searing images of mob violence at the U.S. Capitol fresh in memory, Joe Biden comes to the presidency as a potential healer of divisions and binder up of wounds. Yet his own prior commitments [...]
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The life, faith, and struggle of Joseph Ratzinger: An interview with Peter Seewald

By Carl E. Olson on Jan 13, 2021 10:58 pm
The veteran German journalist Peter Seewald first met Joseph Ratzinger nearly thirty years ago. Since then he has published two best-selling book length interviews with Cardinal Ratzinger—Salt of the Earth: An Exclusive Interview on the [...]
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Report: North Korea, Nigeria among the worst countries for Christian persecution

By Catholic News Agency on Jan 13, 2021 04:15 pm
CNA Staff, Jan 13, 2021 / 01:27 pm (CNA).- For the twentieth year in a row, North Korea tops the list of countries where Christians face oppression, according to a group that reports on global [...]
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Fr. Maciej Zięba, O.P. (1954-2020) 

By George Weigel on Jan 13, 2021 03:01 am
A wretched year came to a sorrowful end when Father Maciej Zięba, OP, died in his native Wrocław, Poland, on December 31. The birthplace of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Wrocław was also the home of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, who grew [...]
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Ad Memoriam Maximi Magistri Latinae Linguae: Fr. Reginald Foster (1939-2020)

By Father Seán Connolly on Jan 12, 2021 06:11 pm
For the past few years the best Latin lessons in the world were being offered in the unlikely setting of a nursing home basement in Milwaukee. After working in the Vatican for 40 years as [...]
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Vatican Secretary of State knew of investment now under investigation

By Catholic News Agency on Jan 12, 2021 05:32 pm
Vatican City, Jan 12, 2021 / 11:57 am (CNA).- A letter by Cardinal Pietro Parolin leaked to an Italian outlet shows that the Secretariat of State was aware, and approved at its highest ranks, of [...]
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Corruptio optimi pessima

By Ronald L. Jelinek, Ph.D. on Jan 12, 2021 02:26 pm
The Saturday morning following the Capitol riot, I participated in our parish’s (now virtual) monthly 7:00 a.m. meeting of Men of St. Joseph. Our young associate pastor, a friend and very talented priest, reminded the [...]
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Happy 80th Birthday, Fr. Joseph Fessio, S.J.!

By CWR Staff on Jan 12, 2021 02:04 am
Fr. Joseph Fessio, S.J., founder and editor of Ignatius Press—as well as co-founder and publisher of Catholic World Report—celebrated his 80th birthday on January 10th. The following biographical sketch and video tribute were created by [...]
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Medium, Message, Meaning

By Amy Welborn on Jan 11, 2021 07:47 pm
Over the past half-decade or so, blogs – which along with discussion boards of various types, had long provided the main venues for conversation and expression on the Internet – have been thoroughly usurped by [...]
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Confusion twice confounded: On the motu proprio Spiritus Domini

By Peter M.J. Stravinskas on Jan 11, 2021 02:01 pm
Pope Francis’s latest motu proprio, Spiritus Domini, opens up the minor ministries of lector and acolyte to women. On the surface, this can look like much-ado-about nothing since females have been functioning as lectors and [...]
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Why is the internet abuzz with false claims of a ‘Vatican blackout’?

By Catholic News Agency on Jan 11, 2021 11:33 am
CNA Staff, Jan 11, 2021 / 07:30 am (CNA).- On Sunday, Jan. 10, the internet was abuzz with false reports of an overnight blackout at the Vatican, accompanied by a series of claims concerning Pope [...]
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Saints in the News: January 2021

By BK O'Neel on Jan 11, 2021 12:14 am
VILNIUS—The Church has opened the beatification cause of Sr. Wanda Boniszewska, a Polish nun who was a reputed stigmatist and was tortured by Stalin’s secret police. Being a stigmatist means someone either literally or mystically [...]
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Pope Francis: We need unity in the Catholic Church, society, and nations

By Catholic News Agency on Jan 10, 2021 11:27 pm
Rome Newsroom, Jan 10, 2021 / 02:30 pm (CNA).- In the face of political discord and self-interest, we have an obligation to promote unity, peace, and the common good in society and in the Catholic [...]
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City of splendor and filth: A review of The Accursed Tower

By Timothy D. Lusch on Jan 09, 2021 10:49 pm
In 1108 Tughtegin, the Turkic atabeg of Damascus, offered to trade Gervase of Bezoches, the captured crusader Prince of Galilee, for the city of Acre (and two smaller possessions). Baldwin I, King of Jerusalem, refused. [...]
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100th Anniversary of G.K. Chesterton’s first visit to America

By Dale Ahlquist on Jan 09, 2021 06:00 pm
It was exactly one hundred years ago, January 10, 1921, that G.K. Chesterton first set foot on the American continent. His much anticipated arrival from England was a very big event. The press swarmed around [...]
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Pius XII, the New Vatican Archives, and the “hypologists”

By Matteo Luigi Napolitano on Jan 08, 2021 10:42 pm
Church history is a very strange phenomenon. It does not matter whether your academic position classifies you as an historian. If you are a Christian you risk having the label “apologist” put on your work, [...]
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The Baptism of Jesus Christ: Cosmic blessing and invitation to divine life

By Carl E. Olson on Jan 08, 2021 06:00 pm
Readings: • Is 42:1-4, 6-7 or Is 55:1-11 • Ps 29:1-2, 3-4, 3, 9-10 or Ps 104:1b-2, 3-4, 24-25, 27-28, 29-30 • Acts 10:34-38 or 1 Jn 5:1-9 • Mk 1:7-11 Why be a Catholic? [...]
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Making sense of work and leisure in a fragmented, imperfect world

By Dr. Patrick Toner on Jan 08, 2021 02:12 pm
Michael J. Naughton’s Getting Work Right might be viewed as a treatise on the divided life, which puts our working lives into conflict with whatever there might be of our contemplative lives. Naughton says that [...]
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