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Saturday, May 22, 2021

Sacraments and Politics

Opinion: Infantilize, Bully, Shun

By Ronald L. Jelinek, Ph.D. on May 20, 2021 08:33 pm
Recently, I was asked by a popular financial media group to offer commentary on whether emotional appeals in car insurance advertising were misleading. I responded that while I didn’t necessarily think they were deceptive, I [...]
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Discipleship, Vocation, Formation: On Antiquum Ministerium: Instituting the Ministry of Catechist

By Rolando Moreno on May 20, 2021 08:11 pm
With the recent release of the Motu Proprio, Antiquum Ministerium: Instituting the Ministry of Catechist, Pope Francis draws our attention to the critical importance of lay discipleship and the formation of catechists in our time. [...]
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Benedict XVI to minor seminary: What has withered in Germany still blossoms in Poland

By Catholic News Agency on May 20, 2021 06:51 pm
CNA Staff, May 20, 2021 / 13:00 pm (CNA). Pope emeritus Benedict XVI has written to a minor seminary in Poland, saying that he is delighted to see “how in Poland still blossoms what in [...]
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Communion, communication, and controversy

By Russell Shaw on May 20, 2021 12:33 pm
If you’re seeking evidence of how hard it is for the Church to communicate its message in and to our secularized, polarized, hyper-politicized society, consider reactions to the news that the American bishops are thinking [...]
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Archbishop Cordileone: “I sense a growing sense of urgency among the bishops…”

By Carl E. Olson on May 19, 2021 08:13 pm
On May 1st, the Memorial of St. Joseph the Worker, Archbishop Salvatore Joseph Cordileone of San Francisco issued a 17-page Pastoral Letter, titled “Before I Formed You in the Womb I Knew You”, focusing on [...]
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Bishop Wall on politicians and Communion: ‘Our concern is not political but pastoral’

By Catholic News Agency on May 19, 2021 07:35 pm
Gallup, N.M., May 19, 2021 / 14:53 pm (CNA). Bishop James Wall of Gallup responded Tuesday to a recent essay from Bishop Robert McElroy, in which the Bishop of San Diego opined that in discussions [...]
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A most unfortunate Roman intervention

By George Weigel on May 19, 2021 10:48 am
On May 7, Cardinal Luis Ladaria, SJ, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, sent a letter to Archbishop José Gomez, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. To all [...]
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Lessons from Catholic censorship during Hollywood’s Golden Age

By Dr. Christopher Shannon on May 19, 2021 01:49 am
On Sunday, April 25, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences held its 93rd Academy Awards. Closing in on its 100th birthday, striving for contemporary relevance, it succeeded only in showing its age. Whereas [...]
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Despite protests from senators, Planned Parenthood affiliates still received PPP loans in 2021

By Catholic News Agency on May 18, 2021 05:27 pm
Washington D.C., May 18, 2021 / 13:00 pm (CNA). Planned Parenthood affiliates have continued to be approved for emergency small business loans in 2021, despite protests by senators who say they should be ineligible for [...]
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NBC, the SPLC, and Me

By William Kilpatrick on May 18, 2021 03:17 pm
An NBC news station recently did a report on Cultures in Context. When the reporter first contacted me, he indicated that the segment would discuss the Southern Poverty Law Center’s claim that my nonprofit organization [...]
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Exploring the dark world of vaccines and fetal tissue research: Part 1

By Monica Seeley on May 18, 2021 02:30 am
Editor’s note: The following is Part 1 of a two-part essay on the complex and often disturbing relationship—scientifically, historically, and otherwise—between the creation of vaccines, the eugenics movement, and the abortion industry. Part 1: The [...]
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Native American Catholics focus of Knights of Columbus documentary

By Catholic News Agency on May 18, 2021 01:52 am
Hartford, Conn., May 17, 2021 / 19:01 pm (CNA). The historical and contemporary witness of Native American Catholics are the subject of a Knights of Columbus-produced documentary set for broadcast in upcoming weeks. “It is [...]
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Bishop Donald Hying: “Our faith calls us to do, to act, to imitate Jesus…”

By Paul Senz on May 17, 2021 06:13 pm
It is not enough to believe; the faith must be lived. We are not called to simply adhere to a creed, or give our assent to a series of propositions. But taking these creeds as [...]
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Crucifixion display vandalized at New York church

By Catholic News Agency on May 17, 2021 02:06 pm
Washington D.C., May 17, 2021 / 11:15 am (CNA). A crucifixion display at a church in the Brooklyn diocese was vandalized last week in what is being investigated as a possible hate crime. “This was [...]
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Corruptio optimi

By Leon J. Podles on May 17, 2021 02:48 am
France has been shaken by the realization that gifted people have been abusers. Some were known but their abuse was ignored; the pedophile author Gabriel Matzneff, once honored, is now in disgrace. But the worst [...]
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Sex abuse in the German Church: Notes on a groundbreaking report

By Dr. Adam A. J. DeVille on May 16, 2021 07:18 pm
Many readers here, I’m guessing, do not have access to, or make a regular habit of reading, dark and dolorous articles in scholarly journals devoted to the sex abuse crisis in the Catholic Church in [...]
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Refocusing on the Ascension of Christ

By Fr. Matthew MacDonald on May 15, 2021 07:27 pm
Certain mysteries in the life of the Church and certain beliefs and practices can become obscure over time, for a variety of reasons. This is evident, I think, in the commemoration of the Solemnity of [...]
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Two California bishops represent divided state of abortion-Communion debate

By Monica Migliorino Miller on May 15, 2021 02:03 pm
On May 1st, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco issued his pastoral letter “Before I Formed You in the Womb—I Knew You”. It is an exhaustive and unprecedented tome laying out nearly every argument why [...]
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On World Communications Day and the need for personal encounter

By Teresa Tomeo on May 15, 2021 11:47 am
It was one of the main reasons I decided to leave the secular media. I was so very tired of fighting endless battles with producers, news directors, and promotions department managers; staff who rarely left [...]
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Pelosi and the bishops: Cutting through the fog of controversy

By Carl E. Olson on May 14, 2021 10:53 pm
Back in 2010, Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi famously remarked, in advocating for the passage of the Affordable Care Act: “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is [...]
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Sacraments and Politics

By Dawn Beutner on May 14, 2021 04:59 pm
Should Catholic politicians who publicly support abortion be denied Holy Communion? Various Church leaders have weighed in on the topic, both for and against. Bishop Robert McElroy recently continued the debate with an article that [..]
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Dare to be Irrelevant

By Father Jerry J. Pokorsky on May 14, 2021 04:32 pm
For better or for worse, most priests and bishops try to be relevant. In 1965, Pope Paul VI released the documents of Vatican II. Among them was Gaudium et Spes, “The Church in the Modern World.” [...]
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