When Judging is a Virtue

05/18/2015 Comments (36)

G.K. Chesterton once remarked that one of the principal disasters of the breakup of Christendom was not that it loosed Christian sins on the world, but that it loosed far more dangerous Christian virtues. For it is virtue, untethered from the governance of God and running amok which can do vastly more damage, since it is convinced of its own rectitude all the while it lays waste and destroys.

A case in point is the Christian virtue of forbearance, summed up in the famous text, "Judge not, that ye be not judged." For countless people in our culture, this is imagined to be the only thing ever uttered by Jesus of Nazareth and the only religious text in the world which remains out of the ruins...READ MORE

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Ross Douthat: Churches That Pay to Help Poor But Don't Pray With Them Are Like NGOs

05/17/2015 Comments (13)

Recently, the Catholic Church has taken a hit from President Obama and Robert Putnam, the author of Our Kids, the latest bestseller on the social and economic marginalization of poor and working-class Americans who are increasingly less likely to marry, find work, attend college or go to church.

“Over the last 30 years,” Putnam said in an interview with The Washington Post, “most organized religion has focused on issues regarding sexual morality, such as abortion, gay marriage, all of those. I’m not saying if that’s good or bad, but that’s what they’ve been using all their resources for..."

Really? Tell that to Catholic Charities, USA, the national office for local diocesan affiliates...READ MORE

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‘Grave, But Not Without Hope’: Iraqi Nun's Full Testimony to Congress

05/15/2015 Comment
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Sister Diana Momeka, OP appeared before the House of Foreign Affairs Committee in Washington D.C. on May 13, 2015.

– Matt Hadro/CNA.

WASHINGTON — “Grave, but not without hope.” Those words summarize the situation of the future of Christianity in Iraq, and the future of Iraq itself, according to Sister Diana Momeka, a Dominican Sister of St. Catherine of Siena from Mosul, Iraq. She appeared on Wednesday before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday to testify about the persecution her people have endured at the hands of the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group that forced more than 120,000 Christians to flee northern Iraq for the safety of the Kurdistan region last summer.

Sister Diana is a refugee in her own country while ISIS occupies the birthplace of Christianity in Iraq: Mosul and the Nineveh Plain. She...READ MORE

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Commencement Speakers Update 2015

More insight on who is being honored — and where

05/15/2015 Comments (43)

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This year’s college commencements appeared to have several strong Catholic commencement speakers, as reported earlier in the Register. However, the same report noted there were several colleges that still ignore the bishops’ directives and invite speakers who hold public views in opposition to Church teaching.

Since the original report, several more colleges and universities have come to light on both sides of the proverbial fence.

The May 16-17 weekend figures prominently for a number of the ceremonies.

Georgetown University, whose ceremonies have been scheduled from May 14 to 17, continues its questionable track record by inviting two conspicuous advocates for legal abortion to receive...READ MORE

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The Future Isn't What It Used to Be

05/15/2015 Comments (14)

Here’s a really cool site called Paleo-Future, devoted to chronicling the History of the Future.  I’ve often thought such a subject would make a great book.  After all, people have been making predictions forever. So, it would really be fun to see how the Assured Prophecies of Yesterday have panned out.

Browsing through Paleo-Future, I note such prophetic insights as these from 1957:

Interplanetary travel will become "commonplace" in the next 50 years, World War I ace Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker predicts.

"In fact," he told an audience of Rotarians yesterday, "space ships in the year 2007 will be semi-self-sustaining planets in themselves."

Rickenbacker, who is now chairman of the board...READ MORE

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Couple Runs Online Fundraiser to Pay for Abortion

05/14/2015 Comments (14)

The House passed legislation banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The legislation stands little chance of becoming law, as President Barack Obama is unlikely to sign it but still, I believe the bill is important.

I believe that the bill has essentially changed the conversation on abortion and I don't mean just politically, although politically it has certainly done that. The pro-lifers running for office now have something to make the pro-abort politicians look like extremists about. For years, pro-lifers have been harassed by the media about abortion in cases of rape or incest or their stance on the morning after pill. It was a way to marginalize them.

It's just good strategy...READ MORE

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Columbia Students Lay Siege to Themselves

05/14/2015 Comments (29)

Psychological triggers are real. People who have endured assaults or abuse may be highly sensitized to external reminders of that trauma, and images, words or even sounds or smells can land like a blow on the psyches of certain victims. It's a phenomenon related to PTSD, and it is fairly rare.

And it is deeply offensive, says Tom McDonald, to "trivialize the real struggles of those who suffer from psychological problems" by calling everything that startles or alarms us a "trigger," and to demand that others shield us from exposure to these disturbances.  Yet the "trigger" has become a more and more popular concept, especially in academic circles -- and it seems to be gaining more clout...READ MORE

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Real Relief Comes from Loving God, Says Teresa of Avila

05/14/2015 Comments (5)

"God grant you may always find relief in loving Him."

The purpose of the newest book in the Navigating the Interior Life book series, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, is to reveal the unique personality, wisdom, and insight that often emerges out of the letters of the saints. These letters are a window into Saint Teresa’s genuine humanity, witness, and pragmatic advice for pursuing an intimate friendship with God.

I’ll be sharing some of the letters here, in the hope that you’ll be inspired to spend time prayerfully reflecting on them.

Today's excerpt comes from Day 7.

Salamanca, December 3, 1573
To the Father Master Domingo Bañez, Valladolid
The Saint’s loneliness. Advice for Mother...READ MORE

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