Showing posts from September, 2010

Virtual Tour of the Tomb of St. Peter!

Augustine Rap!

Got my DVD from the Archbishop today!

You are the Man Archbishop!  We stand with you!

Ben Franklin wanted the turkey as our national bird...

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Bald Eagle!
Hangin' with the bald eagles in Wabasha, MN!

East and West Coming Closer to Christ and eachother!

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Vienna, Austria, Sep 27, 2010 / 11:54 am (CNA).- Though qualifying that full unity is still in the distant future, leaders from Catholic and Orthodox churches recently indicated that progress is underway in the reunification efforts of the two faith communities. Reuters reported on Sept. 24 that church heads meeting this week in Vienna concurred that the two traditions – which have been separated since the Great Schism of 1054 – could eventually become “sister churches” that recognize the Holy Father as head but maintain their individual liturgies, customs and church structures. Leaders from the International Commission for Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue, a group comprised of around 30 theologians who meet annually, gave comments to reporters in Vienna last Friday, noting the positive advances both churches have made towards full communion. Archbishop Kurt Koch, head of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, said in a news conference last week the the two ch…

VIDEO: Have you any idea what abortion is all about?

VIDEO: Archbishop Nienstedt on Marriage - We stand with our Archbishop!

Ever feel like Norman?


CNN special on Pope repeats ‘debunked’ information on Milwaukee sex abuse priest, authors say

Huntington, Ind., Sep 25, 2010 / 05:48 am (CNA).- The CNN special “What the Pope Knew” repeats “widely debunked” inaccuracies while trying to link Pope Benedict XVI to sexual abuse scandals, two authors say. They contend that the evidence in fact shows then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was not “in any way tolerant of, or insensitive to, the actions of abusers." Gregory Erlandson and Dr. Matthew Bunson, authors of Our Sunday Visitor Publishing’s book “Pope Benedict XVI and the Sexual Abuse Crisis: Working for Reform and Renewal,” discussed in an OSV press release a preview of the CNN special set to air on Sept. 25 and 26. "How exactly does CNN have so little journalistic integrity that it can repeat inaccuracies that were widely debunked seven months ago, and for which there is clear, incontrovertible documentary evidence available?" Erlandson and Bunson asked, discussing the show preview posted on CNN’s Belief Blog on Sept. 23. The special focuses on the case of Fr. Lawrence …
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Same-Sex “marriage” is “a dangerous risk to society” ...

St. Paul, Minn., Sep 23, 2010 / 01:56 pm (CNA).- Minnesota's bishops have taken a new step to reach Catholics in their dioceses with the Church's teaching on marriage - by sending out copies of an educational DVD that reaffirms the unchangeable nature of marriage and opposes attempts at redefinition. Archbishop John Nienstedt spoke to Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) on Wednesday about the issue's urgency and the bishops' reasons for speaking out. “The bishops of the state have an obligation, by ordination, to be teachers,” the Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis told MPR's Tom Crann. “And we all know the state of marriage in our society today,” he continued, citing divorce rates of up to 50 percent, and recounting the exponential growth of fluid arrangements like cohabitation and unwed parenthood. “The state of marriage is not very healthy in our society.” Archbishop Nienstedt indicated that attempts to redefine marriage contribute significantly to this already rap…

Protecting traditional marriage is focus of MN bishops’ initiative

SEPTEMBER 23, 2010 7:00 AM THE CATHOLIC SPIRIT“As the chief pastor of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, I am writing to let you know of an important development that, if suc cessful, will pro foundly im pact families throughout Min nesota,” Arch bishop John Nienstedt wrote in a letter to Cath olics in the archdiocese. “That is, the or gan ized effort to re define marriage in our state.” Archbishop Nienstedt and other bishops in Minnesota are sending a letter and DVD to Minnesota Catholics on the church’s response to legislation recently introduced at the state Legislature that would change the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples. During the 2010 legislative session, five bills to redefine marriage were introduced. “Defining marriage as simply a union of consenting parties will change the core meaning of marriage in the public square for every Minnesotan,” Archbishop Nienstedt wrote in the letter. “At best, so-called same-sex marriage is an untested social experi…

"Like marriage itself, each and every conjugal act...

ought to be an act of mutual self-gift, which means that these acts ought to be open to life.  To separate the ends of marriage through artificial contraception, domestic violence or deliberate use of another for  mere sexual  gratification, not only violates the law of God, it also denigrates our human dignity." - Archbishop John Nienstedt

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Marriage is not just for the couple involved...

Rather, marriage provides the setting in which new life is formed and nurtured.  - Archbishop John Nienstedt

Defining marriage as an exclsve

Defining marriage as an exclsve rltnshp btwn 1 man & 1 woman does not...deny the inviolable dignity of the humn prsn... -Arch Nien

Four threats to the meaning

Four threats to the meaning and purpose of marriage: contraception, same-sex unions, divorce and cohabitation. -US Bishops
"Confessions of a Mega-Church Pastor" by Allen Hunt .... Sweet! Thanks Brad Utpadel!
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UK Trip Coordinator: Pope Was Here as a Father

Image via Wikipedia Says Pontiff Spoke to Hearts, From the Heart

LONDON, SEPT. 20, 2010 ( The coordinator of Benedict XVI's state visit to the United Kingdom says the Pope "was here for all of us, as a father."

Monsignor Andrew Summersgill gave this evaluation to Vatican Radio in speaking about the Pontiff's four-day trip to Scotland and England, which concluded Sunday.

He also emphasized the "great consistency" of the papal message: "In all places he spoke of the importance of reason and faith: He spoke to civil society of the function of religion in public life, during the liturgies he taught us the faith and he showed his faith to young people and to the elderly."

The coordinator of the visit said that what impressed him most was "the welcome the Holy Father received, both by Catholics as well as other Christians, those belonging to other religions and those who only went to see him as he went through the city."

Do what he says


Child protection chair: Benedict XVI made objective clear

Birmingham, England, Sep 20, 2010 / 05:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In the first ever meeting of its kind, the Holy Father told U.K. child safeguarding workers that they are an important part of the Church's response to the problem of child sex abuse. The national chair of the protection commission said the Pope made it "very clear" that the Church needs to work to better protect children and support victims. On Saturday, after a morning meeting with five victims of clerical sex abuse at the nunciature, the Holy Father later met for the first time ever with a delegation of child safeguarding professionals. At St. Peter's home for the elderly in London, he held an audience with Bill Killgallon, Chair of the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission in England and Wales and seven colleagues representing parish, diocesan and national levels of the organization. According to a statement released by the Holy See, Pope Benedict told them: "It is deplorable that, in such mark…

The Catechism in light of todays Gospel: Luke 16:1-13

2424 A theory that makes profit the exclusive norm and ultimate end of economic activity is morally unacceptable. The disordered desire for money cannot but produce perverse effects. It is one of the causes of the many conflicts which disturb the social order.
A system that "subordinates the basic rights of individuals and of groups to the collective organization of production" is contrary to human dignity. Every practice that reduces persons to nothing more than a means of profit enslaves man, leads to idolizing money, and contributes to the spread of atheism. "You cannot serve God and mammon."

Bishop Quinn: "act against same-sex ‘marriage’ dangers"

Winona, Minn., Sep 19, 2010 / 07:47 am (CNA).- The bishops of Minnesota are “alarmed” by continuing attacks on marriage, Bishop of Winona James Quinn has said. He reported that Catholics of his diocese will receive a DVD and a letter from him to remind Catholics of church teaching and to explain the dangers of the legal recognition of same-sex “marriage.” “From the beginning, the church has taught that marriage is a lifetime relationship between one man and one woman,” the bishop wrote in his diocese’s newspaper The Courier. “It is a sacrament, instituted by Jesus Christ to provide the special graces that are needed to live according to God’s law and to give birth to the next generation.” The “most threatening” of current attacks on marriage are efforts to legalize “same-sex” marriage, he remarked. The mailed DVD will provide more detail about Catholic teaching on marriage and about the possible effects that the recognition of same-sex “marriage” will have in Minnesota, he explained. “I h…

POPE: On Blessed John Henry Newman's Love of Mary

"When Blessed John Henry Newman came to live in Birmingham, he gave the name 'Maryvale' to his first home here. The Oratory that he founded is dedicated to the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin. And the Catholic University of Ireland he placed under the patronage of Mary, Sedes Sapientiae. In so many ways, he lived his priestly ministry in a spirit of filial devotion to the Mother of God. Meditating upon her role in the unfolding of God's plan for our salvation, he was moved to exclaim: 'Who can estimate the holiness and perfection of her, who was chosen to be the Mother of Christ? What must have been her gifts, who was chosen to be the only near earthly relative of the Son of God, the only one whom He was bound by nature to revere and look up to; the one appointed to train and educate Him, to instruct Him day by day, as He grew in wisdom and in stature?' (Parochial and Plain Sermons, ii, 131-2). It is on account of those abundant gifts of grace tha…

EXCERPT: Papal Homily at Beatification of Cardinal Newman

ZENIT - Papal Homily at Beatification of Cardinal Newman: "And indeed, what better goal could teachers of religion set themselves than Blessed John Henry’s famous appeal for an intelligent, well-instructed laity: 'I want a laity, not arrogant, not rash in speech, not disputatious, but men who know their religion, who enter into it, who know just where they stand, who know what they hold and what they do not, who know their creed so well that they can give an account of it, who know so much of history that they can defend it' (The Present Position of Catholics in England, ix, 390). On this day when the author of those words is raised to the altars, I pray that, through his intercession and example, all who are engaged in the task of teaching and catechesis will be inspired to greater effort by the vision he so clearly sets before us."

VIDEO: Cardinal Newman Beatified by Pope Benedict 16 - Praised be Jesus Christ!

VIDEO: Pope presides multitudinary prayerful vigil in Hyde Park

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it." ~ Flannery O'Connor

Hyde Park, Prayer Vigil on the Eve of the Beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman, 18 September 2010, Benedict XVI

Hyde Park, Prayer Vigil on the Eve of the Beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman, 18 September 2010, Benedict XVI:

"Each of us has a mission, each of us is called to change the world, to work for a culture of life, a culture forged by love and respect for the dignity of each human person. As our Lord tells us in the Gospel we have just heard, our light must shine in the sight of all, so that, seeing our good works, they may give praise to our heavenly Father (cf. Mt 5:16)."

Ephesians 3:14-21

"For this reason I kneel before the Father,
from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,
that he may grant you in accord with the riches of his glory to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner self,
and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, rooted and grounded in love,
may have strength to comprehend with all the holy ones what is the breadth and length and height and depth,
and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now to him who is able to accomplish far more than all we ask or imagine, by the power at work within us,
to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen."

Pope to Queen: Remain true to Christian Roots

What did the Pope say in Scotland?

GREAT English music and the Pope!

The POPE and QUEEN of ENGLAND together! A Miracle! Praised be Jesus Christ!

VIDEO: Pope Blessing Motor Bikes

Check out the bikers...  I love it!

SONG: "A Sword Will Pierce Your Heart" (Our Lady of Sorrows from the perspective of st. Joseph)

Today is the memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows:

Fr Barron's new TV Show!

Chicago, Ill., Sep 15, 2010 / 05:58 am (CNA).- Fr. Robert Barron of the Archdiocese of Chicago will begin broadcasting a weekly national television show on WGN America to reach Catholics and others searching for Christ. He will be the first priest since Archbishop Fulton Sheen to have a regular, national program on a commercial television network. Fr. Barron, a professor at University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary, runs the global media ministry called “Word on Fire.” His WGN America show will be titled “Word on Fire with Father Barron.” It will premier at 8:30 a.m. Central Time on Sunday, Oct. 3. It will also run on WGN Chicago at 9:30 a.m. “Now is the time to reach out to Catholics and others who are searching for meaning in their lives or who have left the Church because they are disillusioned,” Fr. Barron said. “In each episode, our mission will be to encourage believers and bring the transformative power of the Gospel to the culture.” The priest, who was ordained in 1986…

PAPAL UK Visit Schedule - Let us pray...

Image by Catholic Church (England and Wales) via Flickr

Thursday, 16 September11:00 State Welcome and Audience with HM Queen Elizabeth II, Palace of Holyrood House
17:15 Pope Benedict XVI presides at the celebration of Mass, BellahoustonPark Homily: The Holy Father Glasgow Friday, 17 September