Afterlife Insurance: Planning For the Judgment of Your Soul

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Jaume Huguet, “The Last Judgment” (c. 1470)

I have done my best in the race, I have run the full distance, and I have kept the faith. And now there is waiting for me the victory prize of being put right with God, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on that Day—and not only to me, but to all those who wait with love for Him to appear. (2 Timothy 4:7-8)

Christians believe that the deceased's soul is not winged to Heaven at the moment of death. Instead, it is first judged.

A problem Christians encounter when discussing this judgment is reconciling an omnibenevolent and omniscient God with his function as Divine Judge. Would a loving God judge us? Could a judging God love us?

The answer to both intertwined questions is...READ MORE

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Remembering “Mr. Hockey”, Gordie Howe

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Gordie Howe visits Gordie Howe Hockeyland in St. Clair Shores, Michigan in 1966 (Photo Credit: Arnie Lee, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Today is the funeral for Gordie Howe, the legendary hockey player for the Detroit Red Wings. It’s taking place at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit. Even though Howe wasn’t Catholic, several of his family members are, and Gordie and his family were close to Cathedral rector Father J.J. Mech, and they requested a funeral Mass to honor Howe as a Detroit icon.

Late in life, Howe received experimental stem cell treatment that included both adult stem cells and also, regrettably, fetal stem cells. His children approved the morally problematic therapy, although it’s not clear that Howe understood the moral implications, given his advanced age and health problems.

In any...READ MORE

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10 Summer Ideas for the Catholic Family, Dangers of Superior Attitudes in the Church and More. . .

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Click on 10 Summer Ideas for the Catholic Family by Jeannie Ewing of Catholic Exchange link to read more.

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10 Summer Ideas for the Catholic Family – Jeannie Ewing, Catholic Exchange

The Dangers of Cliques and Superior Attitudes in the Church – Anne De Santis, Catholic Stand

How to Respond to Obama’s Bathroom Law to Public Schools – Theresa Farnan and Mary R. Hasson, OSV Newsweekly

Why I Didn’t Attend My University of Notre Dame Graduation – Alexandra DeSanctis, Ethika Politika

Why Not All Pledge to be Respectful This Election Season? – Gretchen R. Crowe, OSV Newsweekly

Four Courageous Catholic Chaplains who Received the Medal of Honor – Shaun McAfee O.P., epicPew

Beyond Neutrality – Robert Royal...READ MORE

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Vatican's Doctrinal Chief Plays Down Papal Commission on Women Deacons

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Cardinal Gerhard Müller (center) at a Vatican press conference June 14, 2016, to present the new document "Iuvenescit Ecclesia".

– Daniel Ibáñez/Catholic News Agency

Cardinal Gerhard Müller has dampened speculation that a study, commissioned by Pope Francis on the possibility of women deacons into the Church, would result in anything new.

Speaking to reporters at the Vatican today, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said the Vatican is preparing a list of experts on the theme, but stressed that a thorough study was conducted over a decade ago.

“We’re preparing a list on this theme, this historical theme,” he said, but added that the International Theological Commission had already conducted a “major study” in 2002 “with many experts” in systematic and dogmatic theology.

That study, entitled From the Diakonia of Christ to...READ MORE

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Archbishop Fulton Sheen's Cause May Move Forward After Breakthrough Agreement

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(Photo Credit: Fred Palumbo, World Telegram staff photographer, public domain via Wikimedia Commons)

This morning the cause for the beatification of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen has been granted a reprieve from the stalemate it has experienced.

The Diocese of Peoria announced “with great joy” that the family of Archbishop Fulton Sheen petitioned the Supreme Court of New York state to allow all his remains to be transferred to Peoria, Ill.

Up to this point both the Peoria diocese and the Archdiocese of New York, where Sheen is entombed in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, both laid claim to his remains. The cause for his beatification could not move along until this point was settled.

Now it seems decided and settled, thanks to Sheen’s living relatives.

Mrs. Joan Sheen Cunningham, his oldest...READ MORE

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Vatican Calls Loretto Head to Rome to Discuss Sisters' “Dissent”

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(Photo: “Alvesgaspar”, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

The president of the Sisters of Loretto has expressed surprise that she has been summoned to the Vatican to discuss several “areas of concern” regarding her order.

This summons was contained in a letter from the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CICLSAL) to Sister Pearl McGivney, the president of the Loretto Sisters. She informed the order’s members about the summons in a June 1 letter that was leaked to the National Catholic Reporter.

The Reporter’s June 9 article stated that the summons “may raise questions” for other U.S. sisters because the Vatican “has at least in this instance used material” gathered in the 2009-2011 CICLSAL apostolic...READ MORE

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Like the Apple of His Eye: Celebrating God’s Fatherhood This Father’s Day

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Andrea Prevital, “Santissima Trinità” (1517)

In 1908, a West Virginia church held an event to honor the 362 men who had died the previous December in an explosion at the Fairmont Coal Company mines in Monongah. That became the first event specifically meant to honor fathers.

The following year, a young woman in Spokane, Washington named Sonora Smart Dodd attempted to establish a day for male parents equivalent to Mother’s Day. Dodd was one of six children raised by a Civil War veteran. Enlisting the help of local churches, shopkeepers, government officials and the YMCA, Dodd was able to garner enough support for her idea that Washington State celebrated the country’s first state-wide Father’s Day on June 19, 1910. The holiday...READ MORE

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Full Text and Synthesis of 'Iuvenescit Ecclesia' — The Church Rejuvenates

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith letter to bishops covers the relationship between hierarchical and charistmatic gifts in the life and mission of the Church

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Here below is a Vatican summary of Iuvenescit Ecclesia, a letter from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to bishops on the relationship between the hierarchy and new movements and charismatic groups that was published today. The full text can be read here

SUMMARY (Unofficial text)

Letter of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith “Iuvenescit Ecclesia” to the Bishops of the Catholic Church


Hierarchical and charismatic gifts, co-essential in the life of the Church

The hierarchical and charismatic gifts are “co-essential” in the life of the Church: this...READ MORE

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