Why Prophecy?

Monday, July 21, 2014 10:37 AM Comments (20)

"Despise not prophecies. But prove all things; hold fast that which is good." --1 Thessalonians 5:20

From time to time on a Catholic blog or Facebook post someone will make reference to the prophetic utterance or alleged message from some saint, seer, or sage.

Almost always in discussions about prophecy, whether old or new, somebody will correctly state that even approved private revelation is not binding on us and nobody is ever obligated to believe in it.

So the question is, why bother with it at all?

In order to answer the question, I think it is important to understand its purpose. Why does God provide for such heavenly communication? Why bother telling us such things about the...READ MORE

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What Did The Pope Just Say? Zero Things To Know And Share

Monday, July 14, 2014 1:05 AM Comments (75)

The internet is once again abuzz with the second-hand hearsay of an unrecorded Papal interview.

Pope Francis once again (the third time by my estimation) has given an unrecorded interview to known atheist Eugenio Scalfari in the Italian newspaper La Repubblica. And once again we have "shocking" quotes from the Pope that are impossible to substantiate.

And once again we have Vatican Spokesman stating that the 'non-interview' interview authentically "captures the spirit of the conversation," but that the interviewer in the non-interview is a scheming to "manipulate some naïve readers" with inaccurate quotes in his accurate interview.

So let's bottom line this.  The interview is accurate,...READ MORE

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I'm Making the Jump to Homeschooling

Tuesday, July 08, 2014 2:46 PM Comments (104)

I'm making the big jump to homeschooling. If you'd have told me five years ago that I'd be teaching my children at home I'd have asked for a drug test. For you and me.

But it's come to it. And I'm nervous and anxious. AND COMPLETELY IGNORANT!!!! I'm used to being ignorant but nervous and anxious are new to me.

So here's me tale of woe. My kids went to our local parish school and we loved it. The faith formation in that school was excellent; so excellent that I was willing to overlook the fact that sometimes the teachers weren't the best and I had to do some of the heavy lifting at home. I really was fine with it.

But then we were regionalized. (Cue the impending doom music.)...READ MORE

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Cardinal Dolan Addresses Holy Innocents Situation

Thursday, July 03, 2014 11:13 AM Comments (61)

Since news broke in April that Holy Innocents parish in midtown Manhattan, the site of the only daily traditional Latin mass in the NYC, was on the list of recommended church closures, concerns among Traditional Latin Mass community and Catholic traditionalists in general have grown.

These concerns reached a peak a few weeks ago when Father Justin Wylie, a priest from South Africa who works at the United Nations and helps serve the Traditional Catholic community at Holy Innocents, was removed from his job and ordered to return to South Africa after a homily in which he exhorted the traditional community to charitably demand pastoral care and to stop “scurrying about like ecclesiastical...READ MORE

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Hobby Lobby Wins!

Monday, June 30, 2014 10:39 AM Comments (37)

This morning the Supreme Court released its decision in the cases of Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood v. Sebelius about the ability of the government to force businesses and business owners to violate their religious principles by mandating contraception and abortifacients.

The decision is a narrowly defined 5-4 win for Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood that says closely held corporations, like Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood, cannot be required to provide contraception coverage.

From Scotusblog

RFRA applies to regulations that govern the activities of closely held for-profit corporations like Conestoga, HL and Mardel.

The Court says that the government has failed to show that...READ MORE

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U.S. Supreme Court Ruling a Win for Sidewalk Counselors

Thursday, June 26, 2014 11:56 AM Comments (18)

In a stunning unanimous decision in favor of pro-lifers, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Massachusetts' 35-foot "buffer zones" around abortion clinics to keep pro-lifers away from women considering abortion, are unconstitutional.

"Petitioners wish to converse with their fellow citizens about an important subject on the public streets and sidewalks -- sites that have hosted discussions about the issues of the day throughout history," Roberts reportedly wrote in the decision. He added that the Masachusetts law attempted to shut down a "traditional public forum to all speakers" namely the sidewalk.

About a decade ago, the court had upheld an eight foot buffer zone but Massachusetts...READ MORE

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Archbishop Listecki and Common Core-tesy

Thursday, June 19, 2014 11:25 AM Comments (46)

If the implementation of Common Core in the schools of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee is not enough to make you think twice about sending your kids to Catholic school there, Archbishop Listecki's response letter to concerned parents might be.

A growing number of Catholic educators and parents have been expressing concerns about the implementation of Common Core in Catholic schools, with some dioceses rejecting its use. This mirrors a generalized concern about common core throughout the country, but with added emphasis and concern about Catholic identity.  Catholics in Milwaukee started a petition and sent a letter with their concerns to the Archbishop as well as bringing their concerns to...READ MORE

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In This Age of Nice, Mercy is a Dead Letter

Monday, June 16, 2014 2:56 PM Comments (48)

We've all seen those sharp spikes on buildings meant to keep birds from nesting on ledges. They're put there because birds are messy and a nuisance. I've always felt a little bad for the birds seeing those but it's perfectly understandable why building owners would have them there. I've even seen them on churches.

But I've got to say, the thought of buildings erecting spikes in alcoves to keep homeless people away is absolutely abhorrent. One building in London is doing exactly that though. And they're not alone.

Now, some might argue that this is a case about property rights. But I'm not arguing that. What one can and should do are often very different. This is not about property...READ MORE

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