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The Seal of Confession and Canadian Law

Seal of Confession and Canadian Law.jpgThe Seal of Confession and Canadian Law by Gregory
Zubacz (Wilson & Lafleur, 2009)

This book is a study on the seal of
confession. This topic goes to the root of the relationship between
Church and State, which has challenged and troubled law makers, politicians,
judges and scholars since the Reformation of the 16th century. It traces
the development of the sacrament of confession from its beginnings in the early
Christian Church both in the East and the West. The author follows the
developments of the historical Church Councils, Pontiffs and scholars,
directing confessors to maintain absolute confidentiality, privacy and silence
concerning what is heard in confession from a penitent. Civilly, the work
explores the threads from the English speaking legal jurisdictions around the
world. This book is a compelling read for every student of the law and human

About the Author

Rev. Dr. Gregory J. Zubacz has taught several courses
on canon law at the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute at Saint Paul
University in Canada. His work experience includes work for the
Legislative Assembly of Manitoba and other federal branches of
government. In canon law, he had served as the Defender of the Bond for
the Marriage Tribunals of Ottawa and Winnipeg. 

From the Author

“Not only
does the secular world need to have a clear understanding of the canon law; the
Church and its clergy also need an accurate perspective on their rights and
obligations at civil law with regard to the seal of confession.”

Simon, Called Peter: In the Company of a Man in Search of God

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Ignatius Press recently published a new book on Saint Peter called, Simon, Called Peter: In the Company of a Man in Search of God by a Cistercian Abbot with roots in Communion and
Liberation, Dom Mauro-Giuseppe Lepori, O.Cist.

Dom Mauro-Giuseppe Lepori, O.Cist. writes of his book: “At every stage of my life as a man, a Christian, a monk, an
abbot, I have found Saint Peter to be a companion to walk ahead of me… Peter
is the Gospel saint who is more ‘us’ than any other, closer to our own
humanity, yet so close to Christ. Peter is the one we can always follow.”

What others have said

You are carried into the events narrated here…
and you see them with your own eyes and heart, more than if you had been

from the Foreword by Cardinal Angelo Scola, Patriarch of Venice

Lepori’s account of Peter reminds us of just how often this first of the
Apostles appears in the Gospels. When we see Peter spelled out in his
encounters with Christ, we realize that this ‘Rock’ is being formed, but also
that he was someone who could be formed. It is not without interest that the
Church is founded on Peter, a solid man, yet also a sinner. With Lepori’s
guidance, we realize that Peter’s life is a portrait of how God deals with men.
We cannot but be moved by this Peter, a man like unto us, sin included, but a
brave man who acknowledges, who learns, who, in the end, is ‘the Rock’ that he
was called to be from the first time Christ saw him.

James V. Schall, SJ,
Author, The Order of Things

About the author

Dom Mauro-Giuseppe Lepori, O. Cist., is the abbot
of the Cistercian Abbey of Hauterive outside of Fribourg, Switzerland. He
received his licentiate in philosophy and theology from the Catholic University
of Fribourg and as a layman was an active member of Communion and Liberation.
In 1984, he entered the Abbey of Hauterive and ten years later was elected
abbot. Written originally in Italian, Simon Called Peter has been translated
into both French and German. Other works by Lepori include L’amato presente.

An interview with Dom Mauro-Giuseppe at the Rimini Meeting.

A brief essay by Dom Mauro called “The Re-Creation Brought about by Christ,” published in Traces.

Civilization of Love launched in Italian

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A Civilization of Love – What Every Catholic Can Do to
Transform the World
 (2008) by Carl Anderson, the head of the Knights of Columbus has a
new edition,
Una Civilta dell’Amore.

Watch the book launch (video
clip) in Rome and read a CNA news brief and a review
of the book.

I also recommend the book.

The Difference God Makes: A Catholic Vision of Faith, Communion and Culture

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Join us for a dialogue with Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I. on the publication of

The Difference God Makes: A Catholic Vision of Faith,
Communion, and Culture


Moderated by Monsignor Lorenzo Albacete,

Author, Columnist


Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 7:00PM

The Metropolitan Club, 1 East 60th Street (corner of 5th
Avenue), NYC

·RSVP AND PROPER ATTIRE REQUIRED. No T-shirts, sneakers, or jeans. For men, jackets and ties required. Clerical
dress or religious habits permitted. 

·To make a reservation, send an e-mail to with
full name and address.

Presented by Crossroads Cultural Center, The American Bible
and The Lumen Christi Institute

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His Eminence, Francis Cardinal George, 72, the Cardinal-Archbishop of Chicago since 1997, is widely
recognized as a leading intellectual figure in the American Catholic
hierarchy. His new book, The Difference God Makes: A Catholic
Vision of Faith, Communion, and Culture
, brings together some of his most
influential writings on the Catholic vision — not just of the Church herself,
but also of all the peoples of the world. 

Weaving together intellectual insight and personal wisdom,
this investigation offers a luminous Catholic vision of communion, illustrating
the Church’s relation to numerous religions as well as the secular
world.  Drawing from both the author’s observations of Catholicism in
cultures around the globe and countless theologians’ perspectives–including
Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI, Thomas Aquinas, and Francis of Assisi–this
analysis demonstrates how to recognize the self-giving, liberating God who
provides freedom from the competitive, oppressive gods of secular
modernity.  This overview also recalls an assortment of fascinating
stories, from a poignant moment with a non-Christian in Zambia to the humbling
dedication of volunteers who came to observe Pope John Paul II’s visit to
Mexico City.  

Confronting controversial issues head-on, this volume will
inspire Christians everywhere while also offering non-Christians a renewed
understanding of what a lived Christianity means for political and personal
life today.

Fires of Faith: Catholic England under Mary Tudor: Eamon Duffy strikes again

EDuffy Mary Catholic England.jpgStuart Chessman, the blogger at The Society of St. Hugh of Cluny recently gave his musings of Eamon Duffy’s newest work, Fires of faith: Catholic England under Mary Tudor (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009).

Professor Duffy was at Yale this past week to present the Bainton Lecture on his work.

While I have not read the book, I am always intrigued by Duffy’s perspective: it tends to be strikingly real and on-the-mark. Even Chessman’s review has drawn me closer in getting the book.You?

About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement, and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]
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