Yes, Agenda-Driven Infiltrators Are Hijacking the World Meeting of Families

06/02/2015 Comments (99)

When my daughter was about three, she went into the bathroom and locked the door. Then I heard a shriek. She burst through the door and yelled, "Somebody bite me!" Sure enough, there on her arm were two perfect semi-circles of teeth marks where someone had bitten her.

But no one else was in the bathroom. She had bitten herself. And she was mad about it.

This is more or less what happens every day in the Catholic blogosphere. The latest example of self-inflicted bite wounds: The Lepanto "Institute" reported the other day that the World Meeting of Families was being infiltrated with a gay agenda. The evidence? The contact person for Talley Management, which is the third party company...READ MORE

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The Way to Convert Hearts

06/02/2015 Comments (3)

"The slower more patient way of love ... allows God to bring about the conversion of hearts." 

The purpose of the newest book in the Navigating the Interior Life book series, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, is to reveal the unique personality, wisdom, and insight that often emerges out of the letters of the saints. These letters are a window into Saint Teresa’s genuine humanity, witness, and pragmatic advice for pursuing an intimate friendship with God.

I’ll be sharing some of the letters here, in the hope that you’ll be inspired to spend time prayerfully reflecting on them. Today I'm sharing Day 19.

From the Appendix of Volume I of
The Letters of Saint Teresa
St. Teresa’s address to the...READ MORE

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Laughing at the Devil

06/01/2015 Comments (7)

Some years back, my kids discovered the work of the great genius Weird Al Yankovic. Weird Al, for them what don't know, is a musician who has graced the pop music world with something it richly deserves and badly needs: parody. Weird Al takes the self-absorbed world of yer garden variety rock/pop artiste and knocks it down with gusts of laughter. Sent by heaven to shatter the mirror of Narcissus, Weird Al transforms tunes like Queen's elephantine opus "Bohemian Rhapsody" into a polka tune replete with accordion and banjo, Michael Jackson's "Beat It" into the truly memorable "Eat It" (a protracted lecture to a kid who won't touch dinner), or Sting's pretentious "King of Pain" into "King of...READ MORE

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Secret Study-Day Invitation and Program

05/29/2015 Comments (112)

Father Eberhard Schockenhoff

The Register has obtained a copy of the invitation and program for last Monday's closed-door study-day held at the Pontifical Gregorian University, a translation of which appears below.

Of particular note is the prominence of Father Eberhard Schockenhoff in the discussions, as well as the other speakers chosen. Father Schockenhoff's previous controversial statements on homosexual relations are listed here. Some passages that are likely to cause concern are included in the text at the end of the program, highlighted in bold below.

Also of note is that sympathetic journalists were invited, and had their expenses paid as well as the other participants, so they could be supplied with...READ MORE

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So Why Are They Drawing Muhammad?

05/29/2015 Comments (107)

An event is scheduled to take place outside of a mosque in Phoenix where a drawing of Muhammad will be exhibited. The event coordinators are encouraging those attending to come armed...just in case.

But I've got to wonder, what are they trying to prove? Is it that many Muslims are violently radical and will kill without pity? Well, considering when they held the event to draw Muhammad, two armed terrorists attempted to kill those involved but were taken out, I'm thinking we got the idea.

The Islamic Community Center of Phoenix, where the event will take place, is where the two previously alive terrorists previously worshiped.

The coordinator of the event itself called the event "stupid...READ MORE

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Bishop Consecrates Virgin This Sunday — Pittsburgh Makes History

05/29/2015 Comment

Bishop David Zubik.


PITTSBURGH — The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh is witnessing history on Sunday, when Bishop David Zubik for the first time — and for the first time in local church’s history — consecrates a woman to perpetual virginity with an ancient rite restored in 1970.

Sheila Ryan will be specially consecrated to Jesus Christ at St. Richard’s parish in Richland Township during the 8 a.m. Mass on May 31, when Bishop Zubik will celebrate the Rite of Consecration of Virgins Living in the World. When the rite is celebrated, Ryan will be dressed like a bride, and Bishop Zubik will give her a veil, a ring, and a book of the Liturgy of the Hours — all symbols of her new life committed to Christ.

This rite...READ MORE

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Catholic Health Association Uses Its Freedom to Bear False Witness

05/28/2015 Comments (61)

Sister Carol Keehan, president and CEO of the Catholic Health Association, makes a point during the session 'Open forum: Is Religion Outdated in the 21st Century?' at the 2013 meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

– Wikipedia

At a time when numerous Catholic dioceses and institutions are having to go to court to challenge the onerous mandates of the Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare, I was astounded to see this May 26 statement by the Catholic Health Association (CHA):

“President Barack Obama will address the Catholic Health Association’s 2015 annual membership Assembly on June 9 in Washington, D.C., where he will focus on the future of health care and the Affordable Care Act.”

I had to pinch myself to be sure I wasn’t having a nightmare, but then I read further and saw that the CHA president and chief executive officer, Sister Carol Keehan, a Daughter of Charity, was full of praise for Obama...READ MORE

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Gee, Your Corpse Smells Terrific!

05/28/2015 Comments (16)

I've just witnessed a miracle! My guilty reading pleasure, the tell-all, anything-goes, don't-you-judge-me women's site XO Jane has published a remarkably unsnarky and informative piece on incorruptibles -- the saints whose bodies have not decomposed as expected, presumably as an outward sign of inward holiness. 

The author gives a brief, accessible overview of some famous incorruptibles, and explains how recent investigations have thrown some doubt on the miraculous nature of the bodies' preservation. But her tone is more of fascination and even fondness than of derision, and she graciously concludes, 

Preserved by the hand of God or by the hand of man, the incorruptibles are a glimpse...READ MORE

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