Bishop McElroy: Catholics should focus on ‘deep-level conscience formation’

San Diego bishop gave second Cardinal Bernardin Common Cause Lecture at Loyola University in Chicago last week, favors "affective and inspiring" over "cognitive and exhortational"

San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy called last week for the U.S. bishops to shift from focusing on Catholic principles and moral issues in the political arena to a “deep-level conscience formation” inspired by Pope Francis. “As bishops, we tend to teach from principles and moral norms,” McElroy said. “Our approach is cognitive and exhortational, not affective and … [Read more...]

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Where are the people? On the Internet and on their phone

Oakland diocese encouraging use of online Catholic platform 'Formed' to meet the people where they are

"The new evangelization, as we have heard, needs to be ardent and expressive," said Rev. Alexander Castillo, who serves as director of Faith Formation and Evangelization for the Diocese of Oakland. "Pope Francis calls us to own the process of the new evangelization. He makes it very clear we need to meet people where they are," Father Castillo says. And where are the … [Read more...]

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Government vs. God

People are less religious when government is bigger, research says

Researchers call it an exchange model of religion: If people can get what they need from the government (be it health care, education or welfare) they’re less likely to turn to a divine power for help, according to the theory. But are people actually more likely to drop religion in places where governments provide more services and stability? In a new paper, psychology … [Read more...]

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Maronite Church: Stop the online “doctrinal brawls”

Maronite Patriarch Béchara Boutros Raï: Those who use social media, writings, teaching and any other activity to spread content incompatible with the doctrine of the Church are sinning against Christ

Intra-ecclesial online brawls on doctrinal matters are now spreading among Christians in the East. A drift that the Maronite Church is now trying to counter with a singular initiative: a doctrinal handbook, with pastoral instructions, which paradoxically is directed not to those who approach Christianity for the first time, but to all those - priests, religious, self-proclaimed … [Read more...]

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Eucharistic Adoration attracts adorers from near and far at Buena Park parish

At any given time, approximately a dozen adorers can be seen kneeling and praying solemnly in front of the Blessed Sacrament at St. Pius V Catholic Church

The 60-year-old St. Pius V Catholic Church located in Buena Park is the place to go after a long day of work and fighting traffic on the way home.  Adoration hours are from noon to 8 p.m. At any given time, approximately a dozen adorers can be seen kneeling and praying solemnly in front of the Blessed Sacrament. The busiest time is from 4 to 7 p.m. when people, coming from … [Read more...]

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Citing growing interest in Traditional Latin Mass, Archbishop Chaput creates quasi-parish

The archbishop made his decision after consulting with local pastors, local priests who celebrate the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, and the archdiocese’s Council of Priests

A new quasi-parish for Catholics interested in the Traditional Latin Mass will open in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia at a church that had been part of a 2014 parish merger. “In response to a growing interest, it has become timely to provide additional pastoral care for those wishing to participate in Divine Worship in the Extraordinary Form,” Archbishop Charles J. Chaput’s … [Read more...]

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A wake-up call to liberal theologians

Younger Catholics turning to neo-traditionalist circles for instruction, re-examining what’s happened in the church since the 1960s and reacting against the theology that came out of the Second Vatican Council

The estrangement between academic theology and the institutional Church is one reason many younger Catholics are now turning to neo-traditionalist circles for instruction. A new generation is re-examining what’s happened in the church since the 1960s and reacting against the theology that came out of the Second Vatican Council. Some younger Catholics are also questioning the … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis to issue apostolic exhortation on holiness

Gaudete et exsultate (Rejoice and be glad), will likely expound on modern errors of “new Pelagianism” and “new Gnosticism”

Pope Francis will next week publish an apostolic exhortation on holiness titled Gaudete et exsultate, or “Rejoice and be glad”, the Vatican announced Thursday. Subtitled “on the call to holiness in the contemporary world”, the exhortation will be presented April 9 by Archbishop Angelo De Donatis, vicar general of the Diocese of Rome and archpriest of the Archbasilica of St. … [Read more...]

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Three days of holiness

Easter Triduum honors the selfless death and glorious resurrection of Jesus

If “Triduum” isn’t the most commonly mispronounced word in history, there’s a good chance it’s in the top 10. At first glance, it may look like “Try-doo-um.” Some folks insist that it’s “Tree-do-um.” It’s actually pronounced “Trih-doo-um.”   Regardless of how it mellifluously rolls off the human tongue, Easter Trid-uum is a glorious three-day period, the most solemn time of … [Read more...]

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Vatican: Modern individualism reflects ancient heresies

Feb. 22 letter from Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith cites new expressions of Pelagianism and Gnosticism, reaffirms Christ as the only means of salvation, which is offered through the sacraments

A new letter issued by the Vatican's doctrinal office has reaffirmed that Christian salvation can only come through Christ and the Church, and highlighted modern expressions of Pelagian and Gnostic thought which contradict this belief. Signed by Archbishop Luis Ladaria SJ, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, on the Feb. 22 feast of the Chair of St. … [Read more...]

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