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09/17/2016 Comment

Click on A Thriving Midwestern Diocese’s Secrets to Success by Jim Graves of The Catholic World Report link to read more.

A Thriving Midwestern Diocese’s Secrets to Success - Jim Graves, The Catholic World Report

St. Louis Priest Falsely Accused by Anti-Sex Abuse Group – Catholic News Agency

Preaching Key to Attracting Church-Shoppers, Survey Finds – Lauren Marke, Crux

As Welfare Reform Turns 20, Catholics Discuss Its Legacy – Matt Hadro, Catholic News Agency

Britain’s Ordinariate Is in Peril, Here Is How to Save It – Damian Thompson, Catholic Herald

The Art of Being a Good Listener – Sam Guzman, The Catholic Gentleman

A Visit by Pope Francis! – Nace Volcic, Operando May

Open Season on Religious Persons? – Gerald Russello, The Catholic Thing

Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum: If You Want Peace, Ready War – Fr....READ MORE

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Cosmo Learns About the Church's Consecrated Virgins

Whether Cosmo is publishing the story simply to test the market, or because the magazine's editors can see the value in these personal accounts of virtue and chastity, there will be some among their readers who are deeply touched, and who will come to see that “real love” is built not on short-term pleasure but on faith and trust and commitment.

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You know about Cosmo magazine, right? It's a racy women's magazine you see in the checkout line that delves into the world of celebrities, relationships, beauty, style, and sex—lots and lots of sex. This month, though, readers are being treated to a story that seems, at first glance, more likely to be found in a devotional magazine: the story of Carmen Briceno, daughter of  a diplomat and (get this!) a consecrated virgin. Carmen is married to God.

In a respectful article that spans ten pages (at least in the on-line version), Briceno describes her early dating life, and the emptiness that she gradually came to recognize as a yearning for God. Carmen first experienced the longing for Christ...READ MORE

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Trump Towers

Trump reaches out to Pro-Lifers in a tight election.

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As has been noted in earlier blog posts, presidential campaigns can be marked off by the weeks that are won or lost by a candidate, and political fortunes can rise and fall on some of the most unexpected events.

Such so far has been the case with the unprecedented 2016 presidential race. Republican nominee Donald Trump faced several difficult weeks after the Republican convention, with his troubles largely beginning with the media’s attention on Khizr Khan, the father of a fallen U.S. Army Captain in Afghanistan.  The Khan dust-up was just the start of several weeks of batteringly negative coverage. As he has done throughout the entire presidential campaign cycle, however, Trump managed to...READ MORE

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World Famous Exorcist Father Gabriele Amorth Dies at 91

The outspoken Pauline priest had performed over 70,000 exorcisms over the past 30 years.

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Father Gabriele Amorth.

– YouTube

The renowned exorcist, Pauline Father Gabriele Amorth, has died at the age of 91. 

A priest of the diocese of Rome, Father Amorth was admitted to hospital a few weeks ago suffering from pulmonary complications, according to Italian media reports.

His death was announced by the San Paolo group which has published many of his books.

Born in Modena on May 1, 1925, Gabriele Amorth entered the Pauline congregation in Alba in 1947, five years after meeting its founder, Blessed Giacomo Alberione.  Ordained in 1951, he was appointed exorcist of the diocese of Rome in 1985 by Cardinal Ugo Poletti.

Often sought out by media around the world for his views on exorcism and understanding the struggle...READ MORE

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Looking Out for the Little Guy

Empires come and go, but the Catholic Church remains because she puts her stock in the “little guys” of the world — those who are faithful even if they are not successful, and are successful because they are faithful.

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James Tissot (1836–1902), “Zacchaeus in the Sycamore Awaiting the Passage of Jesus”

Not long ago I finished re-reading J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Why is this such a great masterpiece? Not only because Tolkien spent his whole life writing and re-writing until it was perfect, but because of its deeply Catholic themes.

The main theme throughout the whole book is the triumph of the little one. It strikes me that Lord of the Rings is so successful and will endure as a great work of literature because, at heart, it shows the gospel triumph of the little one.

This is so intensely Catholic because, despite all the grandeur and glory that is Rome, the Catholic Church still essentially celebrates the triumph of the common man, the glory of the ordinary and the victory of...READ MORE

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Catholic Artist Preserves Memories of Parochial School Life

St. Mary Elementary School still exists in paintings as vivid as Bernadine Stetzel’s childhood memories.

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Photo Credits: Jerri Donohue (Top); Our Town Gallery (Inset)

– Photo Credits: Jerri Donohue (Top); Our Town Gallery (Inset)

She sometimes neglected to sign her name on her paintings, but artist Bernadine Stetzel routinely marked her completed work with “JMJ” for “Jesus, Mary, Joseph.” As a pupil at St. Mary School in Tiffin, Ohio, Stetzel acquired the habit from the Ursuline Sisters who taught her.

The artist explained this finishing touch when I interviewed her in 2014.

“I thank God for giving me the ability to paint the painting,” she said.

She also began her art sessions with prayer, asking God to help her do her best.

Stetzel died on Aug. 5 at age 89. Her legacy includes more than a 1,000 paintings and a sterling example of faith in adversity. Art and faith helped her bear sorrows that included her...READ MORE

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Why Middle East Christians Feel Betrayed by the West, A Tsunami of Mercy, and More Links!

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09/16/2016 Comment

Click on Why Middle East Christians Feel Betrayed by the West by Kevin J. Jones of the Catholic News Agency link to read more.

Why Middle East Christians Feel Betrayed by the West – Kevin J. Jones, Catholic News Agency

Legendary Dish Gives Catholics Extra Motive to Help on Quake Relief – John L. Allen Jr., Crux

A Tsunami of Mercy – Jonathan B. Coe, Crisis Magazine

Lectio Divina and the Facebook Newsfeed – Brother Michael Baggot, First Things

Meeting Point Sex Education Program Not Ready for Catholic Schools – The Cardinal Newman Society

52 Great Movies For Catholic Family Viewing – Neal J. Conway, Faith and Culture without the Baloney

Coming Soon: A Meeting between Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury – Andrea Gagliarducci, Catholic News Agency

Lone Convert from Bhutan became Priest Thanks to Mother...READ MORE

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Men Don't Have Babies, No Matter What USA Today Thinks

The Catholic Church has always maintained that sexual identity is God-given — male and female.

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“The Creation of Eve”, attributed to Raphael Coxie (c. 1540-1616)

When a person born with female reproduction organs gets pregnant, that is not news.  Not even if she takes hormones and grows a beard and shops in the men’s department.  Her XX chromosomes not only mean that she’s a woman, but also that she might get pregnant.

A man and a man together cannot ever, ever in a hundred million eternities bring new life into existence.  Two sperms don’t do it.  You need one sperm and one egg—a man and a woman. It’s part of God’s law for creation.

Yet, for some objectively-disabled reporters who think wrapping paper can change what’s inside a box, they are reporting on men supposedly getting pregnant.  The first time was when Thomas Beatie made headlines in...READ MORE

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