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That I May See You: A Look at Benedict XVI's Catecheses on Christian Prayer
Last edited 23rd June 2011

Reading Benedict XVI's recent cycle of catecheses on the Fathers of the Church, one can only imagine what it would have been like to study Church history under Joseph Ratzinger, the professor at Tübingen. Now with the latest series of catecheses, this German Pope takes the faithful on a new course -- his school of prayer. In this article, Kevin M. Clarke reflects on the Pope's recent catecheses on prayer.

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'Without God, Man Falls into Idolatry'
Last edited 17th June 2011

 “When God disappears, man falls into the slavery of idolatry,” Pope Benedict XVI said at the June 15 General Audience in St. Peter’s Square. This phenomenon, he said, is clearly “shown by the totalitarian regimes of our time and with various forms of nihilism, which make man dependent on idols and idolatry, which enslave.”

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New Translation of Liturgy Launched to Mass Applause
Last edited 14th June 2011

A Catholic priest of almost six decades, and another newly ordained, both praised the new English translation of the liturgy celebrated at Sunday mass for the first time in Australia yesterday. Tim Norris, 82, and Greg Morgan, 24, agreed the translation was richer and more devotional, and had been well received.

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Defending the Catholic Church - New Book Clears Misunderstandings
Last edited 29th May 2011

Anti-Catholicism might be the last acceptable prejudice in society today, but Canadian author and journalist Michael Coren isn't going to take it lying down. In his recently published book, "Why Catholics Are Right," he examines a number of common criticisms of the Church.

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Humanae Vitae: Paul VI’s 1968 Encyclical on Human Life - A Summary
Last edited 26th July 2011

In 1968, Pope Paul VI re-affirmed the Catholic Church's truth and teachings on Human Life and the regulation of birth by writing 'Humanae Vitae'. Given that we live in a world with a strong contraceptive mentality, it is important for all Catholics to read and understand this encyclical. Fortunately, Fr. Richard Aladics has produced a shortened version of the famous encyclical, which you can access right here on Xt3!

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A Happy Little Reflection on Hell
Last edited 24th May 2011

The fear of death is universal and quite natural. In fact, Chesterton calls the fear of death common sense, “a coarse and pitiless common sense.”

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Catholic Scholar Dismantles May 21 Judgment Day Claims
Last edited 22nd May 2011

The claim being circulated that May 21 will mark the end of the world and be a day of judgment by God has no basis in Scripture or authentic Christian teaching, according to Catholic scholar Dr. Jared Staudt. The professor of theology at the Augustine Institute, located in Denver, said that Biblical teaching and Church tradition show “it's clear that it is not scriptural to seek for a date for the day of judgment.” Visit this article to read more.

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Conversion: What’s the Key?
Last edited 23rd May 2011

Father C. John McCloskey, a priest of the personal prelature of Opus Dei for the past 30 years, is considered one of the Church’s most accomplished “fishers of men.” He has guided dozens of people into full communion with the Catholic Church, including high-profile figures such as federal Judge Robert Bork, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, Gen. Josiah Bunting III, economist Larry Kudlow, former abortionist Bernard Nathanson and columnist Robert Novak.

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A Biblical Walk Through the Mass: Interview With Author on Finding Scripture in the New Translation
Last edited 28th January 2015

Many Catholics might not realize just how much an hour at church on Sunday mornings puts them in contact with the Bible. In addition to the readings and psalm, "practically everything in the liturgy has some roots in Scripture,” according to a scholar who has written a book to point out these connections. In this interview with Zenit, Dr. Edward Sri explains the biblical roots of liturgy, explored in his book "A Biblical Walk Through the Mass."

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Church Teachings on 'Brain Death' and Organ Donation
Last edited 3rd May 2011

Currently, the Church permits doctors to use “brain death” or “neurological criteria for determining death” in making end-of-life and organ donation decisions. But recently some have suggested that these criteria are no longer acceptable. A recent book by a Catholic doctor even claims that doctors who use “brain death” criteria are committing murder. Dr. John Haas, head of the National Catholic Bioethics Center, is worried that this thinking - which runs counter to Church teaching - is gaining influence and causing confusion. Visit this article to read a clarification.

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