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Of Courage, Humanae Vitae, and the Martyrdom of Speaking Up

When I got to St. Anthony’s for Mass last Saturday, I noticed the bulletins in the rack had the same cover as the ones at my own parish. “Canonization of Saint Paul VI & Saint Óscar Romero,” they read across the top, “October 14, 2018.” Beneath was a portrait of the two men side by side: Paul with his white papal skullcap (or zucchetto), the bespectacled Archbishop with his episcopal reddish one. …

http://www.ncregister.com/blog/becker/of-courage-humanae-vitae-and-the-martyrdom-of-speaking-up


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Synod Father: Teach Life Issues With Greater Clarity Than Ever

In his latest dispatch from the synod hall Oct. 17, Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP of Sydney, Australia, says the Africans are making “quite a splash” at this Synod.
“Cardinal Napier [archbishop of Durban, South Africa] spoke directly and with passion about how international governments, agencies and aid organisations continue to colonise Africa, by imposing conditions on aid and by cultural interference regarding sexuality, marriage, contraception, abortion right up to birth, and so on. We must teach the young with greater clarity than ever, rather than collaborating by our inaction in a culture that encourages multiple abortions and more in young people’s lives. With St Paul VI interceding for us, we can form young people as apostles for life and love. …

http://www.ncregister.com/blog/edward-pentin/youth-synod-teach-life-issues-with-greater-clarity-than-ever


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GENERAL AUDIENCE: On the 5th Commandment ‘Thou Shall Not Kill’ (II) (FULL TEXT)

This morning’s General Audience was held at 9:30 in St. Peter’s Square, where the Holy Father Francis met with groups of pilgrims and faithful from Italy and from all over the world.
Continuing with the series of catecheses on the Commandments, in his address in Italian the Pope focused his meditation on: “Do not kill” according to Jesus (Biblical passage from the Gospel according to Matthew 5:21-24). …

https://zenit.org/articles/general-audience-on-the-5th-commandment-thou-shall-not-kill-ii-full-text/


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Pope Decries Abortion: One Cannot Do Away With a Human Being, Even If Small, to Resolve a Problem

Abortion, Pope Francis said today, is a way of “eliminating someone” that is similar to the services of a “hired assassin.”
The Pope deviated from his prepared text to underscore this during his General Audience on October 10, 2018, reflecting on the 5th Commandment “Thou shall not kill.” He reminded: “The ‘he’ or ‘she’ that one presents as a problem, is, in reality, a gift from God, which can make me come out of my egocentrism and make me grow in love.” 

https://zenit.org/articles/pope-decries-abortion-one-can-not-do-away-with-human-being-even-if-small-to-resolve-a-problem/


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Cardinal O’Malley Calls for Accountability and Consequences

Citing a loss of patience among Catholics and loss of confidence from civil society, Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston on August 21, 2018, called for “clear and transparent systems of accountability and consequence for Church leadership”. …

https://zenit.org/articles/cardinal-omalley-calls-for-accountability-and-consequences/


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Pennsylvania: Court Releases Report on Abuse in Six Dioceses

We have a long way to go yet. Weeding out the evil takes a lot of work. 

The much-anticipated grand jury report on clerical abuse in six Pennsylvania dioceses was released August 14, 2018.
The document – more than 1,350 pages long – cites credible accusations of abuse against more than 300 priests, with more than 1,000 victims involved. The study took two years and was overseen by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro.
“The cover-up was sophisticated. And all the while, shockingly, church leadership kept records of the abuse and the cover-up. These documents, from the dioceses’ own ‘Secret Archives,’ formed the backbone of this investigation,” he said at a news conference in Harrisburg, according to Associated Press.
“Most of the victims were…

https://zenit.org/articles/pennsylvania-court-releases-report-on-abuse-in-six-dioceses/


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Archbishop Sample Emphasizes ‘Liturgy According to the Mind, Heart of the Church’

PORTLAND, Ore. — The feast of Corpus Christi June 3 marked a special event in the Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon, with the release of the new “Archdiocesan Liturgical Handbook.”
The 375-page handbook, which was disseminated in print to all 120 parishes and chapels of the archdiocese, deals with all things liturgical, outlining the proper celebration of the Eucharist, from what the priest does to how the congregation is to participate.
In his introduction, Archbishop Alexander Sample explained the handbook is intended as a guide to many aspects of life in the archdiocese and parishes “that concern the celebration of the Sacred Liturgy and the understanding of the faith it expresses.” …

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/archbishop-sample-emphasizes-liturgy-according-to-the-mind-heart-of-the-chu