One College, Two Possible Saints?

Vens. Nelson Baker and Michael McGivney Continue Their Process Towards Sainthood

10/21/2015 Comments (4)

With Pope Francis’s canonization of Junípero Serra, O.F.M. here on American soil last month, a quick trivia question comes to mind: who is the only American-born priest who has been canonized as a saint in the Catholic Church?

But this is really a trick question: the answer is “none”. The United States rightfully celebrates St. John Neumann as one of our own; although he was born in Bohemia, he served in Niagara Falls and Buffalo before becoming the Archbishop of Philadelphia. And we do have some outstanding home-grown women saints such as Katherine Drexel, Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton, and Kateri Tekakwitha—as well as the naturalized St. Frances Mother Cabrini. But no American-born male has...READ MORE

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'Journeying Together' at the Synod Requires Bridge-Building

10/20/2015 Comment

VATICAN CITY -- As the Synod on the family enters its third and final week, discussions have turned to consider “The Mission of the Family Today.” In the life of the Church, families can oftentimes be bridges between generations and peoples, but bishops have a special obligation to fulfill that role of service to the Christian family.

Bishops as Bridges, the Example of Archbishop Benedict Mar Gregorios

On Saturday here in Rome, Cardinal Leonardo Sandri delivered a memorial lecture at the Pontifical Urbanianum University on the Janiculum Hill beside the Vatican. He is the Prefect of the Congregation for the Eastern Churches and his address commemorated the centenary of the birth of...READ MORE

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'Journeying Together' at the Synod Requires Bridge-Building

10/20/2015 Comment

As the Synod on the family enters its third and final week, discussions have turned to consider “The Mission of the Family Today.” In the life of the Church, families can oftentimes be bridges between generations and peoples, but bishops have a special obligation to fulfill that role of service to the Christian family.

Bishops as Bridges, the Example of Archbishop Benedict Mar Gregorios

On Saturday here in Rome, Cardinal Leonardo Sandri delivered a memorial lecture at the Pontifical Urbanianum University on the Janiculum Hill beside the Vatican. He is the Prefect of the Congregation for the Eastern Churches and his address commemorated the centenary of the birth of Archbishop Benedict Mar...READ MORE

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Save the Baby Humans

Kentucky Pro-Life Students Denied Right to Free Expression

10/20/2015 Comments (2)

Photo by Lynn Mills

Pro-life students in Kentucky have had a difficult week: In Union, KY, a pro-life group has been denied permission to hang posters in a school hallway advertising their meetings. And in Highland Heights, a cemetery of innocents display at Northern Kentucky University has been vandalized by protesters who seek to silence the pro-life message on campus.

High School Students for Life Group Denied Permission to Post Signs

A high school student association in Boone County, Kentucky had an idea: To attract incoming freshmen to their campus pro-life group, they planned to post signs during Freshman Orientation, encouraging students to join their effort in defense of Life.

Their posters were...READ MORE

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“The Martian” and Why Each Life Matters

10/20/2015 Comments (6)

(Spoiler Alert!)

Ridley Scott’s The Martian is a splendidly told tale of survival and pluck, reminiscent of the novel Robinson Crusoe and the films Life of Pi and Castaway. In this case, the hero is Mark Watney, an astronaut on a mission to Mars who is left behind by his crewmates when he is presumed dead after being lost during a devastating storm. Through sheer determination and an extraordinary application of his scientific know-how, Watney manages to survive. For example, realizing that his food supplies would run out long before a rescue mission could ever reach him, he endeavors to produce water and, through some creative fertilizing, grow an impressive crop of potatoes. At another...READ MORE

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Who's Your Monster?

10/20/2015 Comments (29)

David R. Tribble, "Gargoyle and Girl" (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Want to learn something about a society? Then take a look at what sort of fictional monsters are currently in vogue. What we fear tells us what kind of people we are.

Mary Shelley's book Frankenstein (subtitled The Modern Prometheus) expressed, among other things, the early 19th-century concern over how far man should go in trying to tame and manipulate the natural world. It was the dawn of the industrial revolution in England, and it was not at all clear that this was a good thing.  According to Anna North in a NYT op-ed, Shelley's book

came out at a time when experiments like Galvani’s with electricity were challenging previous ideas about the basis of life. “People were really nervous...READ MORE

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This Pro-Abortion Liam Neeson Ad Reeks of Anti-Catholicism

10/19/2015 Comments (83)

By Karen Seto (CC BY 2.0)

I expect this from Amnesty International but not the guy who voiced Aslan.

There's a push in Ireland right now to legalize abortion which would require a repeal of the 8th amendment. Amnesty International Ireland has recruited actor Liam Neeson, the voice of Aslan in the Chronicles of Narnia movies, to literally be the voice of the movement. 

The ad itself is blatantly anti-Catholic. Just so you don't think I'm being over-sensitive, I'll quote Entertainment.ie about the ad:

Over a montage of a moss strewn, abandoned church, Neeson says: "A ghost haunts Ireland. A cruel ghost of the last century... It blindly brings suffering, even death, to the women whose lives it touches. Feared by...READ MORE

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No Majority for 'Divorced Communion' at 'Language Event' Synod, Says Archbishop

10/19/2015 Comments (7)

After Sunday’s beautiful canonization of four saints, including the parents of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Monday marked the beginning of the third and final week of work of this month’s Synod. As Pope Francis and some 270 Synod fathers conclude their deliberations in Rome, here are three points to consider.

First, there is no majority in favor of admitting the divorced and civilly remarried to sacramental communion. Other issues have predominated at this Synod.

As the Synod on the family enters into its third and final week, discussions in plenary and small group sessions are turning toward the last part of the Instrumentum Laboris on “The Mission of the Family Today.” Comprised of four...READ MORE

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