CATHOLIC BISHOPS & THE HOLY SEE (THE VATICAN)
CATHOLIC BISHOPS CONFERENCES & WRITINGS
Catholic Newspapers - "Bishops Conferences. International Publications. National Publications. Diocesan Publications." Note: Some news may be out of date, but other information is useful.
Pastoral Letter to Catholic Men - This is a spiritually beautiful letter that should be read by all Catholic men and their families. "A Pastoral Letter to the Catholic Men from the Catholic Bishops of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands."
CHURCH DOCUMENTS & STUDIES
The Department of Communications of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) commissioned CARA to conduct this survey. The following are the primary topic areas of the survey:
How Catholics have entered the Church.
The general sacramental lives of Catholics.
The Mass and Eucharist.
Anointing of the Sick.
Ordinations and vocations.
Religious devotions and practices in daily life.
General Catholic beliefs and attitudes.
Parish life in a time of fewer priests.
Satisfaction with Church leaders."
Guide to Early Church Documents - "New Testament Canonical Information - The Apostolic Fathers - Patristic Texts - Creeds And Canons - Later Text - Related Documents - Miscellaneous Documents - Relevant Internet Sites." Major Councils of the Church - 1st Council of Nicaea - Constantinople One - Council of Ephesus - Council of Chalcedon - Constantinople Two - Constantinople Three - 2nd Council of Nicaea - Constantinople Four - Lateran One - Lateran Two - Lateran Three - Lateran Four - 1st Council of Lyons - 2nd Council of Lyons - Council of Vienne - Council of Constance - Council of Florence - Lateran Five - Council of Trent - First Vatican Council - Second Vatican Council Papal Encyclicals Online - "Your guide to online Papal and other official documents of the Catholic Church." Complete collection of papal encyclicals & church councils.
POPE JOHN PAUL II's ENCYCLICAL ON THE EUCHARIST - "The Church draws her life from the Eucharist. This truth does not simply express a daily experience of faith, but recapitulates the heart of the mystery of the Church. In a variety of ways she joyfully experiences the constant fulfillment of the promise: “Lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age” (Mt 28:20), but in the Holy Eucharist, through the changing of bread and wine into the body and blood of the Lord, she rejoices in this presence with unique intensity. Ever since Pentecost, when the Church, the People of the New Covenant, began her pilgrim journey towards her heavenly homeland, the Divine Sacrament has continued to mark the passing of her days, filling them with confident hope." SicutInCælo.org - "Dedicated to offering Free Down loadable Booklets particularly pertinent to the present crisis in the Catholic Church." These Stone Walls - "Many of the faithful are scandalized yet again when beloved priests disappear in the night, presumed by their shepherds to be guilty of crimes claimed to have occurred two, three, or four decades earlier. Many accused priests have been simply abandoned by their bishops and fellow clergy. Church laws governing their support and defense have been routinely set aside, and many have languished under dark clouds of accusation for years. Some, far too many, have been summarily dismissed from the priesthood at the behest of their bishops without due process or adequate civil or canonical defense." The Six Ages of the World - "A Christian historical periodization outline first written about by Saint Augustine circa 400 AD."
The Vatican - The Holy See - Most visited Catholic website. Highly recommended. Wide variety of information - Holy Father's writings - Church teachings - Library - Vatican newspaper - Vatican Radio - Organizations - Holy Offices, and some contact information.
L'Osservatore Romano - Weekly Vatican newspaper - Very few articles are available online, other portions of newspaper must be downloaded. However, the download only includes the opening page because a subscription is required. Vatican Radio - Categories: Charity & Solidarity - Church - Culture & Society - Synod - Ecumenism - Family - Youth - Justice & Peace - Politics - Religion & Dialogue - Science & Ethics - Audiences & Angelus - Pastoral Visit(s). Zenit - "Media sources that use Zenit are varied. They include television and radio stations, newspapers and magazines, Web pages, diocesan and parish bulletins, and newsletters."
OTHER VATICAN INFORMATION
Contacting Vatican Officials - Very Small list of contacts. It is questionable whether you will receive any type of response with an e-mail - most likely a letter will be more beneficial.
Admission to the Seminary and to Holy Orders - "Regarding acts...Sacred Scripture presents them as grave sins. The Tradition has constantly considered them as intrinsically immoral and contrary to the natural law. Consequently, under no circumstance can they be approved.
Deep-seated homosexual tendencies, which are found in a number of men and women, are also objectively disordered and, for those same people, often constitute a trial. Such persons must be accepted with respect and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. They are called to fulfil God's will in their lives and to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord's Cross the difficulties they may encounter."
Vatican - Cardinal Electors (From EWTN) - "The Cardinal Electors are those members of the College of Cardinals who have not reached their 80th Birthday on the day on which a Pope dies. That is, if they turn 80 years of age before the Pope dies, or on the day he dies, they are ineligible to vote in the Conclave to elect his successor. However, if they turn 80 years of age the day after the Pope dies they are eligible. Interestingly, even if they cannot vote they can be elected." Vatican - The College of Cardinals (From EWTN) - "The College exists to advise the Pope in the governance of the Catholic Church and to elect his successor should he die or resign. Its members consist of officials of the Roman Curia, archbishops of major sees from around the world, and others chosen at the pleasure of the Pope." Vatican - The Vacancy of the Holy See (Papal Interregnum) - From EWTN - "The period between the death or resignation of a Pope and the election of his successor, is formally referred to as 'The Vacancy of the Apostolic See.' It can also be called the Papal Interregnum, from the Latin for between the reign (of one Pope and another). It is a period governed by papal law, which admits of no changes to Church governance, or to the spiritual or material patrimony of St. Peter, save the election of his successor."