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  • Web Site Reviews : Request a Review | Catholic Culture
    What You Need to Know Catholic Dictionary Catechism Church Fathers Most Collection Free eBooks Web Site Reviews Request a Review First please search above to make sure that your site has not yet already been reviewed If it has not already been reviewed please fill out the below form to the best of your ability Do not use this form to request an update of an existing review or to email us regarding any matter not related to Site Reviews For such communications please use the form located at Contact Us key required not required Personal Contact Information Full Name State Province Country Email Address Webmaster Requests made without a valid return email address will not be processed I am the webmaster or other developer of the site named below I am a non affiliated individual who would like to see this site reviewed Web Site Contact Information Name of Webmaster Email Add of Webmaster Street City State Province Zip Code Country Phone Fax Web Site Information Web Site URL Name of Web Site Site Description Feel free to be as detailed as you like but please do not include things that your site does not cover in a significant

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  • Commentary : What You Need To Know | Catholic Culture
    moral evil is also the centerpiece of the contemporary culture wars which divide most Western nations particularly the United States which is split almost evenly The abortion problem has so many medical psychological political economic and cultural ramifications including its contribution to a growing culture of death that it is impossible to cover all important aspect of it in three documents Still it is wise to begin an examination of this question with a definition of abortion including the distinction between direct and indirect abortion and a clear statement of the Church s unchanging moral position It is also necessary to understand that the evil of abortion can be known not only from Church teaching but from the natural law In fact the natural law provides all that we need to know to determine the immorality of direct abortion and the morality of indirect abortion in certain circumstances Closely related to abortion in this regard are such matters as euthanasia in vitro fertilization embryonic stem cell research and human cloning which merit separate topics Some Catholic dissidents who have been too influenced by the surrounding culture have tried to justify abortion by arguing that the Catholic tradition on this issue is confused or unclear A careful look at the history of the Church s position easily refutes this claim and is important for discussions within the Church herself Many other considerations are also very apt making the If you have more time section unusually important in this case Essential Perspective What Is Abortion Abortion Correct Application of Natural Law Theory The Roman Catholic Church and Abortion An Historical Perspective Extra Reading Abortion is closely related to sterilization and contraception the psychological well being of women men and children the health of the family socio economic patterns materialism and consumerism and

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  • Commentary : What You Need To Know | Catholic Culture
    Collection Free eBooks Action Alert SOLIDARITY MONTH 10 is as good as 1 000 Help set a new record for the number of gifts this month Goal 1 000 769 to go Anointing of the Sick What You Need to Know Anointing of the Sick is that sacrament which is administered to strengthen Christians who are in danger of death from sickness or old age The Apostle James refers to this sacrament when he says Is any among you sick Let him call for the elders of the church and let them pray over him anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord and the prayer of faith will save the sick man and the Lord will raise him up and if he has committed sins he will be forgiven James 5 14 15 Anointing of the Sick bestows upon the recipient the courage and peace necessary to bear his suffering forgives his sins and prepares him for death On occasion when spiritually beneficial the sacrament heals the physical infirmities of the recipient but this ought not to be expected Catholic Answers provides a helpful summary of the origin effects and value of the sacrament The Catholic Catechism systematically explains the Anointing of the Sick with a more thorough exploration of the effects of the sacrament For an in depth treatment of Anointing of the Sick see the Catholic Encyclopedia article on Extreme Unction an older name for the Sacrament This early twentieth century source describes the rite universally used before 1972 which is currently considered the extraordinary form of the sacrament but the discussion of the sacrament s matter and form along with extensive citations from Scripture and Tradition in support of the Sacrament apply to all forms of the rite Essential Perspective Catholic Answers Anointing of

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  • Commentary : What You Need To Know | Catholic Culture
    from a wide variety of angles How it was instituted how it is celebrated and by whom what it accomplishes what it demands of us and so on Our Lord Himself stressed the importance of baptism commissioning his disciples to go out to all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit Mt 28 19 The least understood aspect of this baptism is probably the nature of baptismal grace and what it accomplishes The Catechism contains a clear and well organized treatment of this very question Those who come to Faith as adults naturally wish to be baptized but there has been a tendency in our own day to undervalue and even postpone infant baptism which is also frowned upon by some Protestants For this reason we are wise to revisit the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith s statement on this important topic in 1980 Finally since baptism is so obviously the ordinary means by which we are claimed for God the question of whether salvation is possible for unbaptized infants is of great concern At the request of Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI the Vatican s International Theological

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  • Commentary : What You Need To Know | Catholic Culture
    You Need to Know Catholic Dictionary Catechism Church Fathers Most Collection Free eBooks Action Alert SOLIDARITY MONTH 10 is as good as 1 000 Help set a new record for the number of gifts this month Goal 1 000 769 to go Benedict XVI What You Need to Know While CatholicCulture org posts every document and address of Pope Benedict XVI good materials giving an overview of the life and thought of the current pontiff are hard to come by We will update our recommendations as more become available None of the readily available Internet biographies of Joseph Ratzinger before he became pope is very thorough and not much has been added since his election but this is still the best place to start for a quick overview Understanding the key ideas which will shape Benedict s pontificate will put you ahead of the vast majority of commentators but the work is not for the faint of heart Cardinal Camillo Ruini the Pope s vicar for Rome gave a remarkable address to his priests offering a thorough analysis of these ideas in one strenuous sitting Getting at what Benedict is teaching rather than what he is thinking is much easier

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  • Commentary : What You Need To Know | Catholic Culture
    penalty is a very thorny issue today For most of the second half of the twentieth century nearly all Catholic leaders defended capital punishment But in recent years nearly all Catholic leaders have called for its abolition It is best to begin with the teaching of the current Catechism of the Catholic Church on the subject which already reflects the new shift in emphasis while still upholding traditional moral teaching The reasons for the widespread Catholic shift toward abolition of the death penalty are complex involving both doctrinal and prudential concerns primarily arising out of John Paul II s ever increasing emphasis on the culture of life To avoid confusion it is critical that Catholics understand where doctrine ends and prudential judgment begins in the ongoing discussion Finally it is very helpful to read at least one good example of a sophisticated Catholic exploration of this issue which should help us to separate the wheat from the chaff as various arguments and points of view are proposed in the future Essential Perspective The Catechism on the Death Penalty Capital Punishment Drawing the Line between Doctrine and Opinion Catholicism and Capital Punishment Extra Reading Despite the distinctions made in the middle

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  • Commentary : What You Need To Know | Catholic Culture
    Catholic Dictionary Catechism Church Fathers Most Collection Free eBooks Celibacy What You Need to Know Priestly celibacy is a Catholic tradition which dates back to St Paul and which is mirrored in the similar practice of persons both lay and religious who consecrate themselves to God Celibacy by which a person voluntarily foregoes marriage is a sign of commitment of living exclusively for the Other in the service of His people The most succinct statement on celibacy we have comes from the Catechism of the Catholic Church where ecclesiastical celibacy is briefly described The celibacy entry in our Catholic dictionary gives further background The sexual revolution of the 1960 s and beyond undermined the value of celibacy in the minds of many and led to considerable misunderstanding and discontent even among priests For this reason Pope Paul VI addressed the subject at length in his 1967 encyclical Sacerdotalis Caelibatus In early 2007 on the fortieth anniversary of Paul VI s encyclical Claudio Cardinal Hummes offered a briefer contemporary reflection on the importance of the traditional practice of celibacy today Essential Perspective The Catechism on Celibacy Cardinal Hummes Christ s Precious Gift to His Church Paul VI Sacerdotalis Caelibatus The Celibacy

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    1 000 Help set a new record for the number of gifts this month Goal 1 000 769 to go Confirmation What You Need to Know Confirmation is preeminently the sacrament of the Holy Spirit by which the Spirit seals and perfects the Christian life into which we were initiated by Baptism But because Confirmation is not tied to any specific or particular purpose and perhaps because of its rather generic name we tend not to immediately appreciate its importance Fortunately two brief catechetical audiences by Pope John Paul II clearly explain the power of this sacrament In the first the Pope emphasizes the role of Confirmation in perfecting baptismal grace incorporating us more firmly into Christ and the Church In the second he calls attention to the seal of the Holy Spirit which marks us for service to Christ and guarantees us the Father s protection A more comprehensive exposition by Bishop Alvaro Corrada considers Confirmation s relationship to the other sacraments and to the Christian life as a whole as well as the question of when it should be administered The Church permits considerable latitude on this question but it is well worth our reflection because it forces

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