Baseball Is a Catholic Game, St. Frances De Sales Is a Profile in Courage, and More Great Links!

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Click on Baseball: A Catholic Game by George Weigel of First Things link to read more.

How Lack of Reverence for the Eucharist Puts People Off Catholicism – Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald

Freedom, Truth, and Conscience: Why Religious Liberty Matters – Allison LeDoux, Truth and Charity Forum

Is Catechesis Possible in a Narcissistic Age? Teaching Self-Centered Millennials – Jonathan B. Coe, Crisis Magazine

Baseball: A Catholic Game – George Weigel, First Things 

St. Frances De Sales: A Profile in Courage – Daniel Stewart, The Catholic Gentleman

Visiting the Site of England’s Conversion – Regis Martin, Crisis Magazine

The New Age of Anxiety: Navigating the European Wasteland – Fr. Brandon O’Brien, Crisis Magazine

As the Culture of Death Strangles America – Dave...READ MORE

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Philly Mayor Attacks Eucharistic Doctrine as “Not Christian”

07/09/2016 Comments (54)

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney (Photo credit: “Lasalleexplorer”, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Archbishop Charles Chaput is "not Christian"? That's the claim made by Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, who disagrees with the archbishop's recent directive to priests in his archdiocese to deny communion to gay, divorced and unwed couples. Kenney, who was raised in an Irish Catholic family and who attended St. Joseph's Preparatory School, tweeted his dissatisfaction with the archbishop's statement:

Actually, though, Mayor Kenney disagrees not only with the archbishop, but with the longstanding teaching of the Catholic Church.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (paragraph 1415) states:

Anyone who desires to receive Christ in Eucharistic communion must be in the state of grace. Anyone...READ MORE

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California's Bishop Alphonse Gallegos Declared Venerable

07/08/2016 Comment

“Chaplain of the Lowriders” and lion-like defender of the unborn, Ven. Alphonse Gallegos had a special devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Today in an audience with Angelo Cardinal Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, His Holiness Pope Francis signed a decree recognizing the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Alphonse Gallegos (pro. “Guy-yay-gos”).

Because of the Holy Father’s move, the late auxiliary bishop of Sacramento will now be known as Venerable Alphonse Gallegos.

It is the latest step in his beatification cause, which started ten years ago.

Spokesman for the Diocese of Sacramento Kevin Eckery told the Register, “Bishop Gallegos touched so many people with his ministry. We are gratified to see his cause moving forward and will provide the [cause’s] Postulator with any assistance he needs to...READ MORE

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Jesus Christ is God, and He Alone Can Bring Peace to Our Nation

07/08/2016 Comments (22)

Fernando Gallego, “Cristo Bendiciendo” (c. 1495)

Evangelical atheists and moral nihilists of all stripes would lead us to believe that when we remove God from a society, what we get is reason and rationality.

Despite their own irrational hate talk and irrationality, they posit that the only evil is God—that faith, and faith alone, is responsible for every evil human beings have ever committed or will commit.

Reality puts this fantastical delusion to the lie at the first and every test.

What do we get when we remove God from a society? We get evil. Pure, unadulterated and unapologetic evil. We get an implosion of the civic order and a societal return to the beast.

The steady pounding of politically correct censorship of speech and...READ MORE

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This is What Police Officers Do

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Saint Michael the Archangel, patron of law enforcement officers. (Illustration: “September” by Hans Thoma, 1839-1924)

Dallas Police Chief David Brown reported in a press statement this morning that “...we cornered one suspect and we tried to negotiate for several hours.”

This simple phrase struck me deeply in light of all the terrible things we are hearing about our nation’s police officers lately. Terrible things, and some of them might be true. We should always wait until all the facts are known before condemning our public servants. That’s what a civilized society does. Those who break the law should be punished, even if they are tasked with enforcing the law. But these tragic incidences should be judged in contrast to what Chief David Brown said his officers did.

While more of our nation’s police...READ MORE

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Fr. Paul Scalia's Funeral Homily for Lizz Lovett (Requiescat in Pace)

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Lizz Lovett with her husband and children. (Photo courtesy of the Lovett family)

Lizz Lovett passed away quietly on July 2 surrounded by her husband, children, family and friends after a two-year battle with kidney cancer.

When I published the article When a Mother Has to Say Goodbye to Her Children in early February, Lizz wasn’t expected to live to the month of March. She managed to come back from the brink of death and regain some weight and strength. I remember her proudly telling me when she was able to walk 3000 steps in one day. But this reprieve from the disease didn’t last long and the past few months have witnessed her steady decline. Through it all, she was patient, steady, and uncomplaining, while offering up her sufferings to anyone who needed prayer,...READ MORE

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The Most Accurate Map of Dante’s Inferno You’ll Ever Find Online and More Great Links!

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07/08/2016 Comment

Click on The Most Accurate Map of Dante’s Inferno You’ll Ever Find Online by Daniel Esparza of Aleteia link to read and view more!

Gender Ideology 6: The Common Denominator of Chastity – Jeffrey A. Mirus Ph.D., Catholic Culture

Pope Beatifies Spanish Civil War Martyrs: Happened Before in Living Memory, Can Happen Again – Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, Fr. Z's Blog

Serving the World Through Our Children – Todd Nolan, Catholic Stand

The Most Accurate Map of Dante’s Inferno You’ll Ever Find Online - Daniel Esparza, Aleteia

25 Reasons Natural Family Planning Is a Terrible Idea – Ryan Mayer, epicPew

What Do the Hand Gestures in Icons Mean? Greco-Roman Rhetorical Tradition! – Daniel Esparza, Aleteia

Back to the Land, Back to the Lord – The Catholic World Report

The Basilica of St. Maximin in Provence – Gregory DiPippo, New...READ MORE

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St. Thomas Aquinas and the Sciences

07/08/2016 Comments (3)

Francisco de Zurbarán (1598-1664), “St. Thomas Aquinas”

It is notable that when St. Thomas argues for the existence of God he does not point to seeming exceptions to the laws of nature and ask, "Why are there exceptions to the rules?" That's because he knows the work of the sciences is to discover why there are seeming exceptions to the rules of Nature. The person whose faith rests on exceptions to the rules today ("If there is no God, then explain lightning, or disease.") will find that faith in ruins when the exception is explained with static electricity and germs.

Instead, what Thomas does is begin, not *against* the sciences, but for them. Science is nothing other than the enterprise of learning the rules of nature (and how to exploit them...READ MORE

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