The Hidden Catholic References in ‘Star Trek’

‘Star Trek’ is replete with positive references of religion and especially Christianity.

09/21/2016 Comments (21)

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“For 3.2 seconds, I … saw perfection.”
—Seven of Nine to Captain Janeway, Star Trek: Voyager, "The Omega Directive"

Let's get this straight — I'm a Trekker, not a Trekkie.

And, as a Trekker, I felt called to celebrate Star Trek's 50th anniversary at New York's Jacob Javits Center during the first week of Sept. 2016.

And as I stood amongst my outrageously costumed Trek confreres and consoeurs, immersing myself in all things Trek, I came to consider Trek's Catholicity.

It's certainly true that Gene Roddenberry was a militant atheist, anti-religionist and Rosicrucian, and hoped to portray the future as a techno-secularist paradise sans religion (read: Catholicism). But the sad truth (for...READ MORE

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How to Pray the ‘Te Deum’, the Ancient Hymn of Praise to God

“You are God; we praise you. You are the Lord; we acclaim you. You are the eternal Father; all creation worships you.”

09/21/2016 Comments (19)

Gebhard Fugel, “Te Deum Laudamus” (1901)

We all have our favorite prayers, novenas, devotions and aspirations.

One of mine is a prayer that seems to have fallen out of popular use lately: the ancient “Te Deum”, commonly attributed to St. Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, Doctor of the Church and the man who baptized St. Augustine. However, the authorship of this venerable hymn of praise has never been firmly nailed down and Nicetas of Remesiana has been put forward as a possible composer too. More recently an argument that the Te Deum is part of an ancient Easter Vigil hymn has been proposed.

The Te Deum (whose name is simply the first two words of the prayer itself, not unlike the title of a papal document) is unique in that it is...READ MORE

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Seminary Enrollment Surge for Vocations in Philadelphia; What Is Truth, Hint: Not Facebook and More!

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Click on Seminary Enrollment Surge for Vocations in Philadelphia! by Lou Baldwin of Catholic Philly link to read more.

Seminary Enrollment Surge for Vocations in Philadelphia! – Lou Baldwin, Catholic Philly

The TV Dinner and the Sexual Revolution – Denise J. Hunnell M.D., Catholic Stand

The True and False Meaning of “Social Justice” – Anthony P. Stine, Crisis Magazine

“Mutual Submission” between Husbands and Wives in Ephesians 5? – Josh Kush, Crisis Magazine

Relation to Princess Diana on Road to becoming a Saint – Simon Caldwell, Catholic Herald

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity: What Does the Science Say? – Catholic News Agency

Is ‘Corruption’ the Right Way to Describe the Dysfunction of the Catholic Hierarchy? – Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture

What Is Truth? (Hint: Not Facebook) – Sarah...READ MORE

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Could St. Joseph of Cupertino Really Fly?

The lesson we take from the life of St. Joseph of Cupertino is that the material world is stranger and more unpredictable than we can imagine.

09/20/2016 Comments (10)

Ludovico Mazzanti (1686-1775), “Saint Joseph of Cupertino”

September 18 was the feast day of St. Joseph of Cupertino, who was famous for levitating and is therefore the patron saint of pilots. 

Joseph was born into a poor family in Cupertino, Italy in 1603. His father was a poor carpenter who died before he was born, and his impoverished mother gave birth to him in a stable.

The poor boy started out with no advantages and his misfortune continued. To put it bluntly, he was stupid to the point of being unteachable. Everything he attempted he failed. His ecstasies began early in life and he would suddenly stop and stand and stare — totally distracted as if in a trance.

He got the idea that if he was good for nothing he might make it as a friar,...READ MORE

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On Humanae Vitae, the Church is Right and the Wijngaards Institute is Wrong

When I became Catholic, I went searching for answers to the elusive question of contraception — and found them in the impressive writings of Pope Paul VI, Pope St. John Paul II and Pope Pius XII.

09/20/2016 Comments (4)

Official portrait of Pope Paul VI, who promulgated Humanae Vitae in 1968.

Last week, I learned that a UK-based group of Catholic scholars is suggesting that Humanae Vitae got it wrong when it comes to artificial birth control. The Wijngaards Institute is proposing, as we approach the 50th anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s landmark encyclical, that the Catholic Church allow for the use of modern artificial contraception.

Who said being Catholic isn’t interesting?

Funnily enough, the wholesale rejection of birth control was not terribly hard for me to accept, as a formerly-contracepting convert. This was, I admit, largely because the pill had made me sick (and a little bit crazy) early on in my marriage. Plus, over time, I had begun to question this whole mentality...READ MORE

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Neither Right Nor Left, But Catholic

The point of voting and political action has less to do with how we, as individuals, might contribute to shaping the world than how we ourselves are shaped.

09/20/2016 Comments (39)
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An early voting center in Rockville, Maryland, in 2012.

– Ben Schumin, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

“The least of our acts done in charity redounds to the profit of all” (CCC 953).

This campaign season has been a wild ride so far, and it’s clearly not letting up. In fact, my working title for this essay was “Election 2016: Now What Are We Going to Do?!” (with question mark and exclamation point intact) because that seems to be what everybody’s feeling. The ups and downs, the rancor and revelations, the caustic personalities and dubious track records of the candidates – it’s all made an already difficult deliberative process well-nigh impossible. For many of us the question has ceased to be “Who can I vote for?” and instead we’re asking ourselves, “Can I vote for anyone at all?”


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The Great Virtue of Humility, Reasoned Analysis vs. Blah, Blah, Sneer, and Blah and More Links!

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09/20/2016 Comments (1)

Click on The Great Virtue of Humility by Veronica Arntz of Truth and Charity Forum link to read more.

The Great Virtue of Humility – Veronica Arntz, Truth and Charity Forum

Reasoned Analysis vs. Blah, Blah, Sneer, and Blah – Austin Ruse, Crisis Magazine

Why I Remain Catholic – Nada Mazzei, Catholic Stand

Bishops ‘Don’t Get It’, Fundamental Problem Is a Corrupt Clerical Culture - Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture

15 of the Most Unforgettable Episodes of The Journey Home – Shaun McAfee O.P., epicPew

A Defense of Single-Issue Voting – Howard Kainz Ph.D., The Catholic Thing

A Pure Distillation of 1970s Catholicism - Fr. Robert P. Imbelli, The Catholic Thing

The Desert in Carmelite Spirituality – Carmelite Sisters, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Are Traditional Catholics “Weird”? – Peter...READ MORE

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Blood of St. Januarius Liquefies Again in Naples

The liquefaction of the blood of St. Januarius (San Gennaro) in the Cathedral of Naples, Italy has just occurred again, on the saint's feast day.

09/19/2016 Comments (4)
Paola Magni, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Cardinal Crescenzio displays the reliquary containing St. Januarius' blood in 2009

– Paola Magni, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The liquefaction of the blood of St. Januarius (San Gennaro) in the Cathedral of Naples, Italy is an extraordinary miracle of the Church that has just occurred again, on September 19, 2016, the saint's feast day. This miracle has been occurring up to 18 times each year for the past 600 years. It is only one of a number of blood miracles that have taken place with blood that was collected soon after the death of certain martyrs.

St. Januarius was a bishop and martyr who lived in Italy in the third and fourth centuries during the reign of the Roman Emperor Diocletian. It was a common practice of early Christians to collect the blood that was shed by the martyrs as a relic. The persecution of...READ MORE

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