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There must be an app for that


One morning at breakfast we sisters were talking about something that had happened between some people we knew and one sister said, "Well, we can only change ourselves." Another said, "I continue to realize this more and more that I can only change myself; I have to look in the mirror myself." And then one of the sisters said very quietly, "There's an app for that, you know." There really wasn't but we had a great laugh to start the day since we all have smart phones of one kind or another.

Now with the launch of the new "Confession: A Roman Catholic App" on Monday the blog world is abuzz with chatter and commentary abounds.

Press Release: Tom Monaghan steps aside at Ave Maria U


The press release:

Ave Maria University Board of Trustees
Announces Jim Towey as School’s Next President

AVE MARIA, Fla. (February 10, 2011) – Ave Maria University’s board of trustees announced today that Jim Towey will be the university’s next president. Towey will be responsible for the day to day operations as president when his term begins on July 1, 2011. Thomas S. Monaghan, who currently serves as Chancellor and CEO of AMU will remain Chancellor, but will relinquish the responsibilities of CEO and hence the oversight of the daily operations of the university.

The board of trustees voted on the appointment of Towey at its regularly scheduled meeting earlier this week. Chairman of the board of trustees, Michael T. O. Timmis, made today’s announcement on behalf of the board. Timmis praised the incredible vision of Monaghan and the solid foundation that he has set in place for AMU. He also talked about the confidence the board has that Towey is the right person for AMU at this stage of its development.

From the mailbag


From the mailbag comes this news release from the Medical Mission Sisters of Philadelphia, Pa.

75th Anniversary of Historic Vatican Decree

February 11, 2011 marked the 75th anniversary of the Vatican Decree Constans Ac Sedula, a proclamation that enabled Catholic Sisters to train and have their members work as medical doctors, surgeons and obstetricians.

The Medical Mission Sisters and many bishops, priests and missionaries around the world had appealed to Rome for many years to change a Middle Ages Canon Law that prohibited Sisters with public vows from being doctors. 75 years ago the Vatican not only lifted the ban but also encouraged that “new Sisterhoods be founded which shall devote themselves ... to the care of mothers and children in peril of life and health.”

Muslim Brotherhood's vision for Egypt sounds oddly Catholic


The mass of protesters in Egypt are making one demand that everyone in the media seems to be picking up: President Hosni Mubarak must resign.

But what happens if -- or when -- Mubarak steps down? What's the larger vision for the future?

An op-ed written for yesterday's New York Times by a member of the Muslim Brotherhood -- Egypt's outlawed opposition party -- seems to set forward that vision. And it looks oddly Catholic.

From the op-ed:

As our nation heads toward liberty, however, we disagree with the claims that the only options in Egypt are a purely secular, liberal democracy or an authoritarian theocracy. Secular liberal democracy of the American and European variety, with its firm rejection of religion in public life, is not the exclusive model for a legitimate democracy.

Catholics play key roles in Maryland marriage equality debate


Catholics are playing a pivotal role in the marriage equality debate that is heating up in Maryland. While the Maryland Catholic Conference opposes the Religious Freedom and Marriage Protection Act, Catholic lawmakers and Catholic citizens are making the difference to work for the passage of this bill.

State Senate Majority Leader Rob Garagiola (D), a Catholic, is the primary sponsor of the bill in the Senate. Numerous other Catholic state legislators have already co-sponsored the bill, including Delegate Heather Mizeur (D), a lesbian Catholic. Maryland’s Catholic governor, Martin O’Malley, has stated that he will sign the bill into law if both houses of the legislature pass it. Twenty Senators have already pledged to vote for the bill; 24 votes are needed for passage in the Senate.

A vote will likely happen before the end of February.

Philadephia priests arrested on sex abuse charges


Breaking news from the Philadelphia Inquirer:

Monsignor William Lynn, former head of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Office for Clergy, has been charged for allegedly failing to protect children from sexual abuse by priests, District Attorney Seth Williams announced today.

Two felony counts of endangering the welfare were lodged against Lynn follow a grand jury investigation, Williams said at a news conference.

Williams said Lynn, who was the Archdiocese's Secretary of the Clergy from 1992 to 2004, "supervised two of the abusers . . . knew they were dangerous and chose to expose them to new victims."

Read the full story: 4 priests charged in sex abuse investigation

Irish priests ask for five-year delay in missal adoption


Last week, the newly formed the Association of Catholic Priests of Ireland, which according to Catholic News Service, represents about 400 of Ireland's 4,500 priests, called for a five-year waiting period to study alternatives to the new English translation of the missal.

Here's the text of a news release that I received today:

New Translation of the Missal Unacceptable says the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP).

The ACP understands that the Irish Conference of Bishops has decided that the new translation of the Missal will be introduced in Ireland on the First Sunday of Advent 2011. While a new and improved version of the current missal would be welcome, this new translation is not what is needed.

The ACP urgently calls on the bishops to defer its introduction for five years. During that period the bishops, together with the people and priests, can properly examine the suitability of these texts for the Irish Church.


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