The Only Answer To Muslim Extremism

01/12/2015 Comments (60)

Millions gathered in the streets of Paris to proclaim their solidarity in resisting terrorism and to trumpet to the world their belief that Islam and the West can live in harmony.

Politicians and fools (Dept. of Redundancy Dept.?) rush to every microphone to proclaim that such extremism is not true Islam, it is just an aberration.  Well, if it is an aberration, it is a pervasive 1,400 year old aberration.

Yes, this kind of stuff has been happening long before Gitmo, Abu Ghraib, cartoonists, or even fossil fuels.  It is a feature, not a bug.

So while everyone marches loudly proclaiming their belief that we can live together, evil men scheme to inflict more damage while millions of fellow...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' 2015 'State of the World' Address - Full Text

01/12/2015 Comments (6)

Ambassadors accredited to the Holy See listen to the Pope deliver his annual address to the diplomatic corps in the Sala Regia of the Apostolic Palace, Jan. 12, 2015.

This morning at 10:30 in the Sala Regia of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican, Pope Francis delivered his traditional annual speech to the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See, also called his "state of the world" address.

Following some introductory words by the dean of the diplomatic corps, His Excellency Jean-Claude Michel, ambassador of the Principality of Monaco to the Holy See, the Pope gave the following address:

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Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I thank you for your presence at this traditional meeting, which allows me at the beginning of each new year to offer to you, your families, and the peoples you represent, my cordial greetings and best wishes.  I am...READ MORE

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The Discovery of the Trinity

01/11/2015 Comments (22)

Two basic tenets of Catholic teaching are that 1) God revealed himself in a progressive revelation that was completed with the death of the last apostle and 2) since then the Church's understanding of that complete revelation has deepened and developed.

Perhaps the classic model for understanding this process is seen in the revelation given by God concerning His own Triune nature. Certain critics of the Catholic Faith speak of the doctrine of the Trinity as an "invention" of the Church. However, it is closer to the mark to say that this truth was discovered rather than invented. For the Church, so far from creating anything, simply followed the clues left by God in His complete revelation...READ MORE

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More on the Evangelists Not Making Stuff Up

01/10/2015 Comments (59)

What evidence do we have that the authors of the four Gospels didn't feel free to simply make stuff up about Jesus?

Just a quick note on the reliability of the Gospels.

I’ve written before about the fact that the Evangelists did not feel free to simply make stuff up about Jesus.

One of the signs of that is the fact that, despite the fact that St. Paul’s letters were extremely influential in the early Church and though they generally predate the Gospels, we don’t find the four Evangelists lifting statements from St. Paul and attributing them to Jesus.

Neither, in fact, do we find the Jesus of the Gospels interacting with many of the controversies that characterize the period in which the epistles were written.

 

Some Examples

Evangelical scholar Michael F. Bird makes the point well when he writes:

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‘9 Days for Life’ is a Digital Pilgrimage

01/10/2015 Comment

It will be a few years before I find myself at either the March for Life in Washington, D.C., or the Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco. Though I may long to go, it’s just not feasible for my state in life.

But, thanks to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, I can make a digital pilgrimage and unite my prayers with those of others around the country and the world in a novena to end abortion.

From January 17-25, the bishops are inviting all Catholics to make a nine-day digital pilgrimage. This “9 Days for Life” is for the protection of life at all stages. This nine day period is significant, because it’s surrounding the anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision, Roe v....READ MORE

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Register Radio - Threats To D.C. Catholic Schools / Spiritual Life in the New Year

01/09/2015 Comments (1)

This week on Register Radio, Jeanette De Melo talks to the Cardinal Newman Society's Patrick Reilly about a serious threat to religious freedom on Catholic university campuses in our nation's capitol. And in the second part of the show, Dan Burke and Father of Mercy Father Wade Menezes discuss setting a routine of prayer and making daily duties holy in this New Year.

Patrick Reilly on Threats To D.C. Catholic Schools

Patrick Reilly is president and founder of the Cardinal Newman Society, a wonderful organization dedicated to safeguarding faithful Catholic education. He is a frequent contributor and source to Register news, as well as a regular guest here on Register Radio.

Reilly...READ MORE

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Joint Statement from the Confraternities of Catholic Clergy in Support of Marriage

01/09/2015 Comments (8)

The Confraternities of Catholic Clergy, a group of anglophone priests from dioceses across the world, have issued the following statement pledging their "unwavering fidelity" to traditional Church doctrine regarding marriage and the true meaning of human sexuality.

The priests, who represent nearly 1,000 clergy worldwide, have been holding their annual meeting in Rome. 

Here below is the full text of their statement:

"The International gathering of Confraternities of Catholic Clergy meeting in Rome (January 5th to 9th 2015), have discussed issues pertinent to the forthcoming Synod on the Family in response to the Holy Father's call for reflection. The fathers pledge their unwavering...READ MORE

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Corkscrew and the Art of Sloth

01/08/2015 Comments (6)

My dear Slimemold:

I note with pleasure the High Command is proceeding apace in its inducement of profound spiritual torpor in the American humans. The humans themselves, though made for union with the Enemy and therefore always in search of Him, are still half ready to embrace such torpor, especially under the justification that they are "hard workers" and therefore deserve to be let off from "thinking too much" about issues of life, death, truth, falsehood and such. They can be headed off from Him by pleasures and gifts which, precisely because they are gifts of His goodness, can be palmed off by us as "good enough" and sufficient to satisfy the craving of their hearts. In teaching them...READ MORE

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