Amoris Laetitia is Good for the Church and Good for Families

04/09/2016 Comments (25)

Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) has arrived. Among many Catholics, the anticipation of this statement from the Holy Father was met with great angst, at least for those who paid attention to the general press’ expectation and spin that this Synod on the Family would redefine Catholic thinking regarding God’s first created institution.

So, what’s the conclusion? Will God be shocked and the media elite elated? Or is this a biblical and orthodox pastoral exhortation on the family? Or maybe it is something in between?

First, we must appreciate that this statement is the first major statement from the Vatican on the family since Pope St. John Paul II’s Familiaris Consortio in 1981. While...READ MORE

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The Best Priest I Ever Knew, If You Remember the Victims of Lahore, and More!

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04/09/2016 Comment

Click on The Best Priest I Ever Knew by Austin Ruse of Crisis Magazine link to read.

If You Remember the Victims of Lahore – Dave Griffey, Daffey Thoughts

What Justin Martyr Said About Confirmation in the 2nd Century Will Blow You Away - Matt Vander Vennet, Epic Pew

The Best Priest I Ever Knew – Austin Ruse, Crisis Magazine

The Annunciation: A Pattern for Our Lives – Stephanie H. To, Catholic Stand

A Guide for Engaged Couples to Keep the Faith While Planning Perfect Wedding – Gretchen R. Crowe, O.S.V. Newsweekly

Truth, Beauty, and Goodness: Roads to God – Mitchell Kalpakgian Ph.D., Truth and Charity Forum

If We Don’t Stand Up for Christian Bakers How Can We Defend Pro-Life Doctors? – Ed Condon, Catholic Herald

Book Review: When You Suffer – Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur,...READ MORE

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Call Me Archaic, But I Still Like Doing Things the Old Way

04/08/2016 Comments (3)

Call me archaic, but I still like doing things the old way,

I liked it better when people ran the world instead of machines and self-serve counters.

Take my local library, for example. When we first started going there after we moved into town, nothing was automated. In fact, the library still used card files. Each book had a card assigned to it that was kept in a pouch just inside the cover. To search for a book, you went through the drawers of cards located in the center of the library – each drawer marked alphabetically and each card marked with the Dewey Decimal System so you could locate it on the shelves. When you wanted to check a book out, you went to the front desk where the...READ MORE

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The Pope’s New Document on Marriage: 12 Things to Know and Share

04/08/2016 Comments (40)

What does the new papal document say about Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried?

Pope Francis’s much anticipated document on the family has now been released.

Here are 12 things to know and share . . .


1) What are the basic facts about the document?

It is called Amoris Laetitia (Latin, “the joy of love”), and it is what is known as a “post-synodal apostolic exhortation.”

An apostolic exhortation is a pastoral document in which the pope exhorts the Church. Although it contains doctrine, its primary focus is on pastoral care. (Apostolic exhortations are different than encyclicals, which do focus primarily on doctrine.)

When a pope issues an apostolic exhortation in response to a meeting of the synod of bishops (a gathering of bishops from around the world), it is...READ MORE

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Are Meatless Fridays Still a Thing? Does it Matter?

50 years after the U.S. bishops made it optional, year-round Friday abstinence is making a modest comeback — but for many American Catholics it isn’t even a real option, because they’ve never been told it’s still a thing.

04/08/2016 Comments (55)

“Lent is over. Why bring up meatless Fridays now?”

Yeah. About that…

“Catholics used to eat fish on Fridays instead of meat, but Vatican II changed all that.”


“What’s the point of meatless Fridays? Meat isn’t a luxury these days, and avoiding it for one day isn’t a sacrifice for most people. So why bother?”

Okay, let’s talk about that.

Let’s start at the beginning…

Contrary to common misconception, abstinence from meat on Fridays throughout the year has never been abolished from Roman law. It was not abolished by Vatican II. It was not abolished by Pope Paul VI or Pope St. John Paul II. It was not abolished by the 1983 Code of Canon Law. It remains the universal law of the...READ MORE

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'Amoris Laetitia', On Love in the Family — Full Text and Vatican Synthesis

04/08/2016 Comments (8)

The full text of Pope Francis' post-synodal apostolic exhortation 'Amoris laetitia' (The Joy of Love) can be found on the Vatican website here.

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Visiting Child Victims of Lahore Bomb Was ‘Truly Difficult’, Says Archbishop and More. .

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04/08/2016 Comment

Click on Visiting Child Victims of Lahore Bomb Was ‘Truly Difficult’, Says Archbishop via Catholic Herald link to read.

Visiting Child Victims of Lahore Bomb Was ‘Truly Difficult’, Says Archbishop – Catholic Herald

The Power of Words for Pilgrims of Mercy: The Brilliance of the Resurrection – Sarah Huntzinger, Catholic Stand

Universities are Complicit in the Fetal-Tissue Scandal - Anne Hendershott and Stephen Sammut, The Dispatch via The Catholic World Report

19 Things That Happen When You Read the Summa Theologica – Shaun McAfee, Epic Pew

Dr. Mark Regnerus Journey to the Catholic Church – Martina, Catholic Sistas

Worth Reading: 15 Works of Literature Under 200 Pages - Saint Peter’s List

The Importance of the Often-overlooked State Catholic Conferences – Patti Maguire Armstrong, O.S.V. Newsweekly


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Don't be Afraid to Tell the Truth, God Can Take It

04/08/2016 Comments (3)

A man I know has grappled his entire life with self-hatred. And like salt in the wound, he has absorbed a notion which has only served to exacerbate all the suffering. Once, he told me, "I don't feel like I'm allowed to express any pain over how bad I hurt inside, because I'm a sinner and so anything I'm suffering is my fault anyway. That makes me angry, but then I think 'I can't be mad at God because being mad at Him suggests that He did something wrong, and since He's never wrong, it's wrong for me to be angry at Him.'"


Many of us, like my friend, are walking bottles of pain and frustration sometimes, terrified that if any of it gets seen by God, He will nail us.

Scripture,...READ MORE

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