The #1 Reason Parishes are Suffering can be Solved with This Simple Program and More Great Links!

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07/25/2016 Comment

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The #1 Reason Parishes are Suffering can be Solved with This Simple Program - Shaun McAfee O.P., epicPew

A Visit to Azman’s Market a Traditional Mom and Pop Business, an Example of Practical Distributism - John M. DeJak, The Distributist Review

Notes on Laudato si’ and the Theology of the Body – Patrick Malone, Catholic Stand

Blessing of the Beer: Benedictio Cerevisiæ Included in 17th-century Roman Rite – Daniel Esparza, Aleteia

The Star of David Is Also Christian – Frank Rega, The Shield of Faith

Steubenville Receives “Reconsecration” to Blessed Virgin Mary – Shaun McAfee O.P., epicPew

Sam’s Justice – Kevin Aldrich, Catholic Stand

Beyond Radical Secularism – George J. Marlin, The...READ MORE

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Priests are Men, Not Vending Machines

07/25/2016 Comments (10)

When I was a kid I believed my family knew everything. My brother Mike, after all, could work wonder by turning me invisible with a mere “Abracadabra!” I’d run around the house waving at everybody and making faces and they would all stare right through me saying, “I hear you, Mark, but I can’t see you! Where are you?”

More than that, my parents knew everything there was to know about anything from ancient history like World War II to all the names of airplanes to dinosaurs. My oldest brother, Rick, was a fountain of information on subject that came to hand. They were gods—until the day I asked “Who invented shoes?” and was flummoxed to discover none of them knew.

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A Physician Exposes the Truth About the Pill

07/24/2016 Comments (4)

(Image credit: “Bryancalabro”, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Dr. John Littell vividly recalls being at a medical conference a few years ago and asking the lecturer on women’s health why he didn’t discuss the connection between oral contraceptives and cervical cancer. Replying to the room full of three hundred doctors he replied, “Let’s keep that to ourselves.”

The message was clear. Preventing unplanned pregnancies was more important than informing women about the risks associated with the Pill. “Physicians in training during the past thirty years or so have been taught to find any reason to put women on some form of contraception—without mentioning any possible risk associated with these methods,” Littell writes in Verily magazine. In other words,...READ MORE

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Can We Stop Kidding Ourselves About “I’m Personally Opposed, But”?

07/24/2016 Comments (60)

Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/1498–1543), “Sir Thomas More”

In 1984, after much interior laboring over the thorny issue of abortion, Catholic Governor Mario Cuomo delivered the speech that would free Catholics from being swaddled in Church teaching while liberating them to cuddle up to pro-abortion policy. The New York Governor conceived the hair-splitting notion that amounted to – “I’m personally opposed to abortion, but politically pro-choice.” Born of a desire to appear to be pro-life (and adhering to Catholic teaching), while also appeasing the pro-choice juggernaut that doesn’t allow for choice on the issue, Cuomo seemingly resolved the unresolvable. Catholic politicians and others have hung onto it for dear life ever since. 

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Catholic Social Justice Is Not What the SJWs Are Pitching, A Role Model for Bishops, and More Links!

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07/24/2016 Comments (1)

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Catholic Social Justice Is Not What the Social Justice Warriors (SJWs) Are Pitching – Gene Van Son, Catholic Stand

A Role Model for Bishops – Fr. C. John McCloskey III, The Catholic Thing

If We Can Keep It – Serena Sigillito, Public Discourse

Why Do You Repeat Your Sins? – Fr. Robert McTeigue S.J., Aleteia

New Novel, ‘The Missionaries’, Mocks Secularist Attempts to Mimic Christianity – F.S. Lerner, Maccabee Society

How Did This Mythical Animal Make Its Way Into a 5th-Century Church? – Daniel Esparza, Aleteia

Fr. Emil Kapaun, Shepherd in Combat Boots, One Step Closer to Canonization – Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

There was No Music on Calvary – Christian Renaissance Movement


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07/23/2016 Comment

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Ordinariate Liturgy et al. at Sacra Liturgia 2016 – David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

35 Sometimes Hilarious Things Popes Have Signed or Autographed – Ryan Mayer, epicPew

Death Penalty Fosters Revenge, Not Justice, Says Pope Francis – Catholic Herald

Revisiting the The Catholic Enlightenment - Leroy Huizenga Ph.D., The Catholic World Report

On California College Bill Controversy, Media Drift Toward One-Sided Reporting – Jim Davis, Get Religion

Leadership 101 for Dads – Patrick Simons, Practical Ponderings

Why Did Medieval Knights Fight Snails? – Daniel Esparza, Aleteia

An Unfulfilled Dream and a Fulfillment of Trust – Cecily Lowe, Catholic Stand

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The Holy League Is Reborn and Forming Again

The first Holy League Won the Battle of Lepanto; Today's Holy League Can Win Back Souls and Culture

07/22/2016 Comments (7)

In 1571 as Christendom was threatened to be overwhelmed, St. Pope Pius V asked for a Holy League to form and meet the threat. With the terrible world threats today, a new Holy League was reborn to meet the menace.

First, the historical background. When St. Pope Pius V saw Christendom not more than a shambles and Moslem Turks getting ready to deal the last blow, he got Don Juan of Austria to head remnant armies from a few nations to join together forming the first Holy League. St. Pius V called on people in Rome and the regions to pray the Rosary and implore Our Lady for her intercession. Don Juan gave every man in the naval armada a rosary, and all prayed it.

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Saving Souls on a Nazi Death Train

A Catholic veteran dedicates his final years to Holocaust education

07/22/2016 Comments (3)

After their liberation, dozens of train passengers succumbed to disease and were buried in unmarked graves in the displaced persons camp in Hillersleben, Germany. Frank Towers (right) and Christian Wolpers (Bergen-Belsen museum curator) are pictured in the cemetery on August 3, 2011. (Photo by Katja Seybold, Memorial Museum, Bergen-Belsen)

As an officer in the U.S. Army’s 30th Infantry Division, Frank Towers heard rumors about Nazi persecution of the Jews. He dismissed them as propaganda.

“They couldn’t be doing this to the Jews,” Towers said he thought at that time. “That’s just not possible,” he thought — “until I saw it, like Thomas in the Bible.”

On April 14, 1945, the Catholic lieutenant encountered the Holocaust.  

Six days earlier, the Nazis had crammed a 50-car train with 2,500 Jewish prisoners of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp and attempted to transfer them to Czechoslovakia. Advancing from opposite directions, Soviet and American forces unknowingly trapped the train between them. Most of the guards fled before...READ MORE

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