A Taste of History That’s Neither Dull Nor Boring

09/24/2014 Comment

In high school, I slept through history class and aced it. In college, I told my honors advisor that I would take science classes instead of history. He argued with me, insisting that history was so easy and on and on. I didn’t care. I’d had enough classroom naps.

Fast forward a few years, and a friend of mine lent me The Frontiersman, by Allan Eckert. My husband—who does not, I should not, think of reading as a hobby or as a fun-to-do evening activity—whipped through it in a week. I finally picked it up and couldn’t put it down.

That was my first taste that I’d been misled in my belief that history was boring. Over the course of the next several years, I realized something stunning:...READ MORE

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Should Catholics Read Anti-Catholic Materials?

09/23/2014 Comments (119)

Yesterday, someone shared this picture with me.

 

 

Well, that's silly. The statue labelled "Semiramis" and "Nimrod" is clearly European and clearly Medieval, which is about as far from "Ancient Babylon" as you can get. A few hardy souls went to the source of the meme and let its anti-Catholic authors know that the statue of "Semiramis" was, in fact, indisputably a Madonna and Child who reside in the South Portal of the Cologne Cathedral.

And guess what? No one cared. They didn't even have the good grace to feel sheepish over the goofy historical error. What mattered to them was that Catholics are wrong, Catholics are always wrong, and if Catholics defend themselves with demonstrable...READ MORE

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Cardinal Mueller and Bishop Fellay Hold 'Cordial' Meeting

09/23/2014 Comments (15)

The prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith this morning met Bishop Bernard Fellay, the superior general of the Society of St. Pius X, the Vatican has announced. 

In a statement, the Vatican said:

"On the morning of Tuesday 23 September from 11 am to 1 pm, a cordial meeting took place at the premises of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, between Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Muller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the Society of St. Pius X.

"The meeting was also attended by Archbishops Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, S.I., secretary of the same Congregation, Joseph Augustine Di Noia, O.P.,...READ MORE

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Streamlined Annulment Of Marriages or Jesus?

09/22/2014 Comments (114)

There is real danger in the decision, announced on Saturday some 7 weeks after the fact, Pope Francis has decided to establish a Special Commission for the study of the reform of the matrimonial processes in canon law, read annulments.

The Holy See Press Office states that the commission has as "its goal to prepare a proposal of reform of the matrimonial process, with the objective of simplifying its procedure, making it more streamlined, and safeguarding the principle of the indissolubility of matrimony."

Simpler and more streamlined while safeguarding principles, who could possibly be opposed to that?

Let's just get this out of the way and state that if the result of the commission is...READ MORE

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Chosenness

09/21/2014 Comments (104)

Some time back, a reader wrote me with an interesting observation:

You know, I just thought of something. I used to have a part-time job as a pest caller (phone surveys, mostly) and so I met a lot of Wiccans. (In the '90's they congregated in phone & restaurant work, for some reason; don't know about now.) And every single one of them was a High Priestess. Every single one. I don't know what that means, if anything, but I noticed it.

I hadn’t thought of it till she pointed it out, but yeah, there does seem to be a glut of High Priestesses and High Priests when it comes to Wicca. Nobody is just a plain old priest, let a alone a mere parishioner. Similarly, all Past Life Regressives seem...READ MORE

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ObamaCare and Abortion—U.S.  Bishops v. HHS

09/20/2014 Comments (23)

This week, the non-partisan Government Accountability Office issued a report that documented widespread  taxpayer funding of elective abortions in insurance plans authorized by the Affordable Care Act. You can find my story on this development here.

The news did not exactly surprise the U.S. bishops or the broader pro-life community. Back in 2010, as Congress debated passage of Obamacare,  pro-lifers warned that the ACA failed to include adequate safeguards to prevent the use of federal subsidies for elective abortion. 

So after the GAO report made headlines, and pro-life activists prepared to use the information against vulnerable Senate Democrats who had voted for ObamaCare, HHS...READ MORE

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Anglicans Narrowly Beat Vatican in Historic Cricket Match

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09/20/2014 Comments (3)

History was made in Canterbury, England, last night when the Vatican’s newly formed cricket team played its first ever match against the Church of England.

The Vatican narrowly lost the 150 minute game in a nail-biting finish: the Vatican scored 106 runs to which the Anglican XI replied with 108 runs with just five balls - closest equivalent to baseball pitches - left in the game.

The archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, congratulated both sides and presented the trophy to winning captain Stephen Gray, an Anglican college chaplain. “It was a very good match that could have gone either way,” archbishop Welby said. “I seriously hope we do it again – it’s been hugely enjoyable.”

The...READ MORE

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Register Radio: Secular Media & Breakaway Nuns / The Myth of Centering Prayer

09/19/2014 Comments (5)

This week on Register Radio, why is the secular media so fascinated with nuns who break away from the Vatican?  Jeanette De Melo talks with Register correspondent Ann Carey.  She’ll set the record straight—no non-sense. And also… centering prayer, it’s just prayer, right?  Wrong!  Dan Burke’s guest Sharon Lee Giganti debunks the myth.  Get your facts right.

The Secular Media’s Fascination with Nuns

For many years, Ann Carey has written investigative news stories about Catholic women religious and she has recently published an update to her book Sisters in Crisis.  She’ll talk to us about why nuns who break away from the Vatican make headlines, while nuns who are faithful never get on the...READ MORE

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