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07/17/2016 Comment

Click on Christian Humility and Sexual Orientation by Timothy Kirchoff of Ethika Politika link to read more.

Christian Humility and Sexual Orientation – Timothy Kirchoff, Ethika Politika

In Armenia, Pope Francis Uses the Word “Genocide” – Diane Montagna, Aleteia

Breaking Down Whole Woman’s Health: A Critical Abortion Ruling – Stephanie H. To, Catholic Stand

Considering Obergefell v. Hodges and the Sublime Dignity of Marriage – Veronica Artz, Truth and Charity Forum

In Defense of the Journey – Julie Machado, Catholic Stand

Suffering Loss of a Child? Nathan & RyAnne Carr of Immaculate Hope Ministries – Matt Vander Vennet, epicPew

Six Ways to Avoid Being a “Stealth” Catholic – Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

On Converting for the Wrong Reasons – Nicholas Senz, Crisis Magazine

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14 Reasons Why God Wants Nothing To Do With Deism

07/16/2016 Comments (28)

The 14 Stations of the Cross depict 14 more good reasons to abandon the tired philosophy of deism. (Image credit: Rangan Datta Wiki, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

How do we know that God didn't wind up the Cosmos and simply walk away, as Deism professes?

Fourteen reasons come immediately to mind.

First, there's no evidence such a thing happened, and a great deal of evidence to contradict this presumption.

Second, it's odd in the extreme to think God would make an anthropic universe designed specifically for us only to simultaneously be apathetic about us. If He were apathetic towards us, why did He bother with the tiniest details on the subatomic level and make them consistent throughout space and time?

Third, the universe has purpose and order. The Anthropic Principle clearly shows the Creator had foresight and omniscience (i.e., knowledge...READ MORE

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Thomas Aquinas and the Art of Making a Public Argument, Pope No on Death Penalty, and Much More!

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07/16/2016 Comment

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Archbishop Thomas Wenski Calls Out Bishop Lynch for Judgmental Pro-Homosexual Remarks – Archbishop Thomas Wenski, Miami Archdiocese

Watch Apologist Trent Horn Masterfully Debate God’s Existence – Shaun McAfee O.P., epicPew

Thomas Aquinas and the Art of Making a Public Argument – Bishop Robert Barron, Word on Fire

There’s No Excuse For It: Pope Francis on the Death Penalty – epicPew

19 Amazing Quotes from the Last Month of St. Therese of Lisieux’s Life – Theresa Williams, Ignitum Today

Book Review: “Invited” and Interview With Author Stephanie Calis – Anabelle Hazard, Catholic Stand

Orlando and the Mysterious Sacredness of the Other – Anna O’Neil, Aleteia

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St. Swithin's Day If Thou Be Fair

07/15/2016 Comments (3)

St. Swithin's shrine at Winchester Cathedral (Photo credit: “”, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

On a recent road-tripping holiday with my family, we immersed ourselves in Howard Pyle’s land of fancy in the Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. In the stories we caught a glimpse of a merry medieval England, but another thing we got a sense of was a continual reference to the intercession of the saints. There were favorite saints of the time, like St. Dunstan and St. Aelfrida and it made my husband and I want focus even more on saints and their feast in our family lives.

I want my children to grow up knowing about things like St. Swithin’s day, which is July 15, and on that day you say this rhyme:

St. Swithin's day if thou dost rain
For forty days it will remain
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Pope Francis and His Unofficial Spokespeople

07/15/2016 Comments (12)
Edward Pentin

Pope Francis and Father Federico Lombardi speaking to reporters on the papal plane to Armenia, June 24, 2016

– Edward Pentin

Pope Francis raised eyebrows this week by choosing a Protestant theologian, Marcelo Figueroa, to edit a new Argentine edition of L’Osservatore Romano.

From September, Figueroa, who is a personal friend of the Holy Father and former head of Argentina’s Biblical Society, will begin editing the edition that will combine eight pages of exclusive local content with the weekly Spanish-language edition of L'Osservatore Romano.

His appointment follows reportedly increasing opposition to the Pope in his native country.

In an interview with the Argentine newspaper La Nacion last week, Francis denied he had any problems with the country’s new center-right president Mauricio Macri (the Pope recently...READ MORE

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Abortion Lobby Thinks Abortion Makes Good Comedy

07/15/2016 Comments (2)

It’s a commercial you might think some clever but unsavory pro-life folks created in order to make their opponents look bad. Really, really, terribly bad. But it’s not.

NARAL/Pro-Choice America created this video to highlight all the supposed barriers that stand between a pregnant mother and her “right” to get un-pregnant. It is nearly impossible to overstate how crude, callous, insulting and vile this piece of work is. But NARAL is quite proud of their work, wanting as many people to see it as possible. Ironically, pro-lifers want the same thing, perhaps even more so. It would advance the pro-life cause tremendously if every pair of eyes over the age of 15 viewed it. It’s that...READ MORE

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The Saints Proclaim the Happy News: In Heaven, We'll Meet Again!

07/15/2016 Comments (3)

Hans Sandreuter, “An der Himmelspforte” (1894)

I wrote at the Register a couple weeks back that I had no idea there was so much that saints said about life in heaven, and how we’ll meet again.

Growing up as a Protestant I received the gamut of opinions, arguments, and exegesis on the possible outcomes.

Then there was that confusing book turned movie, The 5 People You Meet In Heaven. The story is about a guy who dies in an attempt to save a young girl, and in heaven he meets 5 people who impacted him or he had an impact on. They each teach him an important lesson. As a Catholic, I can only entertain it as a nice spin on Purgatory, but it still put a stalling question in my mind, Other than God, who DO we meet in heaven?

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Act Like a Christian. The World is Watching

07/15/2016 Comments (4)

I recently read a piece about an Islamic convert to Christianity who withstood torture at the hands of Islamic radicals. It's an amazing story but it's not the one I want to focus on here. (That has to be the worst lede ever.)

In explaining his conversion, he said what made Christ intriguing to him was meeting Christians at college who seemed at peace and ready to forgive wrongs done to them. He said their openness to sacrifice shocked, surprised, and inspired him to begin reading about Christ. He didn't go into the particulars about what he specifically saw in Christians and it would likely make for boring reading. It may have been something as simple as forgiving gossip or a harsh word....READ MORE

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