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March 7, 2013

In a prior post we looked at reasons why Church teaching on contraception not only belongs in any  “seamless garment” approach to life issues, but in fact must serve as its keystone. As Archbishop Gerhard Müller, prefect of the CDF, put it, only when sex is properly regarded as a cooperation with God’s life-giving goodness can we build a truly coherent and comprehensive life ethic. Without Humanae...

March 6, 2013

Today the Vatican has invited the whole Church to pray with the cardinals as they gather for eucharistic adoration in St. Peter's Basilica for the upcoming papal conclave and election, starting at 5 p.m. Rome time (11 a.m. EST).

The cardinals sent a telegram to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI:

To His Holiness, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, 
The Cardinal Fathers, gathered at the Vatican for the...

March 5, 2013

In his memoirs, Treasure in Clay, Bishop Fulton Sheen (1895–1979) tells of giving instructions in the Catholic Faith to a young woman. During the lesson on confession, the young woman suddenly jumped from her chair and yelled at Bishop Sheen that she would never become Catholic because of what he had told her about confession. Sheen waited for her to...

March 4, 2013

The death last weekend of Miracles founding member Bobby Rogers—may he rest in peace—reminded me of one of my personal bête noires: the retreat from marriage. The Motown singing group fronted by Smokey Robinson scored their first No. 1 (and first No. 1 for the label) with “Shop Around,” a memorable if not especially deep number extolling the alleged merits of a man’s taking his time to find just the right wife. What the Miracles meant exactly by shopping is not made altogether clear...

March 4, 2013
From the video for the Annual Catholic Appeal

The Diocese of Madison consists of eleven counties in southcentral and southwestern Wisconsin. It was formed in 1946 from parts of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and the Diocese of La Crosse (which diocese is famous, at the Catholic Answers office, for having been the first bishopric of Raymond Cardinal Burke, our favorite papabile). The present bishop of Madison is Robert C. Morlino, who was appointed in 2003. His flock consists of 277,000 people, about 30 percent of the area’s total...