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Catholic View for Women Begins New Season!






CVFW 2013-1 SmWelcome back to season three of the Catholic View for Women!  Janet, Astrid, and I believe that you will find the topics we cover are spot on in terms of what’s happening in our culture and our Church today.  That’s because the shows are designed around issues facing you, our viewers.  The shows are also a direct result of …

Just Married: A Patheos Book Club Interview with Dr. Greg and Lisa Popcak

Deborah Arca of the Patheos Book Club interviewed Lisa and I yesterday on our new book, Just Married:  The Catholic Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the First 5 Years of Marriage (Ave Maria Press).

"I Will Change the Church" – On Super 8 Eve, Reports Tip Interview #2

 
Monday, September 30, 2013
 
Six and a half months into the new Rule of Francis, among other patterns to emerge is that, when the Pope gets excited, he likes to “load the cannon.”

One earlier example of this came on 5 July, when – within a matter of hours – Papa Bergoglio released his first encyclical (a work “of four hands” with his predecessor), announced the canonizations of John XXIII and John Paul II and made his first joint public appearance with B16. And now, on the day that he formally set next 27 April for the first sainting of two Popes at once – and with the all-important summit of what’s now officially in business as the “Council of Cardinals” opening in the morning – an already full news-cycle will reportedly soon see an added dose of chaos: namely, another interview.

The Pope’s second on-the-record conversation to emerge in 11 days, a notice late tonight on the website of Italy’s largest daily, La Repubblica, announced the imminent publication of an interview with Francis conducted by the paper’s co-founder, the atheist Eugenio Scalfari, long a significant figure of the Italian Left. It’s not the first interaction between the two; a July letter Scalfari sent to Francis was replied to by the pontiff in an extensive op-ed for the paper earlier this month.

The news was likewise relayed in a midnight tweet from the daily’s editor, Ezio Mauro.

 

For once, an exposé that helps the Vatican bank

  • “Earthquake at the Vatican Bank,” a story in the Oct. 3 edition of l’Espresso
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Steamy magazine exposés are rarely good news for the people or institutions featured in them. That’s probably especially true for the troubled Vatican bank, which over the years has been the church’s premier magnet for conspiracy theories and scandals of every imaginable sort.

On Friday, however, the bank finally caught a break.

There was yet another gossipy piece in an Italian newsmagazine, in this case l’Espresso, featuring ominous storm cloud art, which was full of unnamed sources describing an “earthquake” related to the bank. (The place is technically the “Institute for the Works of Religion,” often referred to by the Italian acronym IOR.)

Immediately after it appeared, the piece had phone lines buzzing inside the Vatican, in part because after last summer’s leaks scandal, the perception that insiders are spilling the beans to reporters usually means going to Defcon 1.

Yet despite the melodramatic flourishes in the piece, its overall effect is probably to burnish, rather than erode, the bank’s new image. 

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That’s because the “earthquake” to which the title refers is a growing sense of shock that bank officials aren’t just talking about transparency, but actually implementing it – beginning with insisting that Vatican personnel, including those at the very top of the food chain, explain where the money they have parked at the bank comes from and what they’re doing with it.

“In the Vatican, the unthinkable is happening,” the article reports. “A deadly tightening up has been imposed … in the name of legality and absolute transparency.”

For most outsiders, the application of tighter controls probably seems less unthinkable than long overdue. Aside from its checkered historical past, such as the celebrated scandals involving Roberto Calvi and the Banco Ambrosiano in the 1980s, the IOR has recently stumbled through a series of embarrassments:

Read the rest here: http://ncronline.org/blogs/ncr-today/once-expos-helps-vatican-bank

After Years of Decline, Catholics See Rise in Number of Future Priests

    

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Faculty and candidates for graduation assemble in the Bruening-Marotta Library of Saint Mary Seminary in Wickliffe, Ohio, on May 8, 2013. (Photo by Renata M. Courey / courtesy Saint Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology and Diocese of Cleveland)

After decades of glum trends—fewer priests, fewer parishes—the Catholic Church in the United States has a new statistic to cheer: More men are now enrolled in graduate-level seminaries, the main pipeline to the priesthood, than in nearly two decades.

This year’s tally of 3,694 graduate theology students represents a 16 percent increase since 1995 and a 10 percent jump since 2005, according to Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA).

Seminary directors cite more encouragement from bishops and parishes, the draw of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and the social-justice-minded Pope Francis, and a growing sense that the church is past the corrosive impact of the sexual abuse crisis that exploded in 2002.

Ultimately, it was “a calling in my heart,” says Kevin Fox.

He walked away from his electrical engineering degree and a job in his field, working with CT scanners, to enter St. Mary Seminary in Wickliffe, Ohio, in his home diocese, Cleveland, this fall.
“I always had an inkling that I might want to be a priest and my parish priest told me he thought I might be called,” said Fox, 24. “But I put it aside.”

With a fresh degree from Case Western Reserve and his first post-graduation job, Fox soon realized the secular path “wasn’t filling my soul with joy.”

Now, after years of pure science, Fox is immersed in pure theology–and loving it. The challenges of the culture, such as crude jokes from strangers about the abuse crisis, have not dissuaded him.

Read the rest here: http://www.charismanews.com/world/41158-after-years-of-decline-catholics-see-rise-in-number-of-future-priests

Today on "Kresta in the Afternoon" – September 30, 2013

Talking about the “things that matter most” on September 30

4:00 – Kresta Comments – Reza Aslan’s “Five Myths About Jesus”

4:20 – The Testimony and Writing of Elizabeth Ficocelli
Elizabeth Ficocelli is a best-selling, award-winning author of fourteen books for adults and young people, including Seven From Heaven: How Your Family Can Find Healing, Strength and Protection in the Sacraments; Lourdes: Font of Faith, Hope & Charity; Shower of Heavenly Roses: Stories of the Intercession of St. Thérèse of Lisieux; and The Imitation of Christ for Children. She here in Southeast MI today and stops into the studio to talk about her faith journey, her writing, and her passion for the Faith.

5:00 – Kresta Comments – Reza Aslan’s “Five Myths About Jesus”

5:20 – Kresta Comments – “Miss World” Pageant in Bali And The Muslim Reaction

5:40 – Partnering for Catholic Education in Kenya
Two schools – Embul-Bul Catholic Schools and St. Andrew Nkaimurunya are both located in the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya where the unemployment rate is 40%, half of the population lives below the poverty line, life expectancy is just 63 years and infant mortality rate is 43 deaths  for every 1,000 births. Though Kenya offers free public education, in reality too few public schools exist — most are full and turn children away. They also turn away children who are academically behind for the ironic reason that they were previously unable to attend school. But Embul-Bul and St. Andrew welcome children off the streets and provide them with a quality education, daily nutritious lunches and a firm grounding in Catholic moral values. Jim Cavnar of Cross Catholic International Outreach is here to talk about their partnership with Ave Maria Radio to provide scholarships for Kenyan children.

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