America Needs to Take a Good, Hard Look at Abortion

03/04/2016 Comments (8)

Lila Rose is the president of Live Action, one of the country’s foremost pro-life organizations.  Working with former abortionist Dr. Anthony Levatino, she recently launched a new website, www.abortionprocedures.com.

It features animated videos demonstrating what happens during the four most common abortion procedures. The videos are narrated by Levatino, a practicing obstetrician/gynecologist who performed over 1200 abortions in his career. The information contained in the videos was peer-reviewed by doctors and other medical professionals. 

Despite the fact that the videos are animated and the narration is strictly matter-of-fact, they are nonetheless extremely difficult to watch. And...READ MORE

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Last Living Soldier of the Cristeros Passes Away, The Negativity Fast, Catholic Mexico, and More!

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Click on Last Living Soldier of the Cristeros Passes Away by Donald R. McClarey, J.D., of The American Catholic link to read.

The Via Crucis: Walking the Passion with Jesus, Part One – Paul Senz, Catholic Stand

Birth Control, Alcohol, and Common Sense – Judie Brown, Catholic Lane

Last Living Soldier of the Cristeros Passes Away - Donald R. McClarey J.D., The American Catholic

Pope Francis Appointed a Traditionalist Nuncio to Switzerland, Knives Come Out – Jeanne Smits, Life Site

The Negativity Fast – Kasia I., Ignitum Today

A Huge Donation to Preserve the Walsingham Shrine – Fr. Matthew Pittam, Catholic Herald

9 Thoughts on Our Lady of Guadalupe – Taylor Marshall Ph.D.

Did a Massachusetts Court Ruling Essentially Ban Catholic Schools? – Loredana Vuoto, Catholic News Agency

Catholic Mexico, a Unique Case in...READ MORE

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The Sign Who Was Bartimaeus

03/04/2016 Comments (1)

Carl Bloch, “Healing of the Blind Man” (1871)

A subtle and slender thread often connects the Old and New Testaments. For instance, Jeremiah 31:7-9 prophesies a great throng of returning exiles from Babylon about 70 years after the great catastrophe of Babylonian conquest which struck Israel in 587 BC. Promising that the Lord has not abandoned Israel, he notes several details of a great moment of restoration to come, when the blessings on Israel would be renewed and a great age of glory would begin. Jeremiah foretells that a crowd of celebrants will come from the north (the direction returning exiles from Babylon would come from and also the direction from which, centuries later, the Prophet from Galilee would come). And he tells us...READ MORE

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Navy SEAL Receives Medal of Honor: “May St. Michael Protect Our Warriors”

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Senior Chief Petty Officer Edward C. Byers Jr. was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor on March 1, 2016.

Byers was a SEAL in the U.S. Navy, and after serving eleven deployments to include nine combat tours, was awarded the highest honor of the U.S. Military. He is the 3,497th service member to receive this decoration. What might come as a surprise, Byers is only the sixth SEAL to be awarded the Medal of Honor. He, being from an elite group of soldiers, joins an exclusive family of our country’s bravest.

Having just returned from my own deployment in Afghanistan four weeks ago, this is icing on the cake. It is truly amazing to walk in the mere vicinity of the boots of these...READ MORE

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Does Ephesians 2:8-9 Really Teach Sola Fide?

03/03/2016 Comments (5)

Joseph Noel Paton (1821-1901), “Luther at Erfurt”

One of the proof texts Protes­tants very often cite in order to defend their doc­trine of sola fide—that we are jus­ti­fied by faith alone—is Eph­esians 2:8–9. Here is how it reads in the RSV-CE:

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God—not because of works, lest any man should boast.

The topic of jus­ti­fi­ca­tion is admittedly very large and com­plex, has a lot of nuance, and involv­es a great many texts of Scrip­ture; and so for this post I will limit myself to this one text in Eph­esians and show (1) that it is not suf­fi­cient as a proof text to estab­lish sola fide; (2) that it is entirely con­sis­tent with the Catholic...READ MORE

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Guide to '24 Hours for the Lord'; Padre Pio and the Confessional

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Pope Francis will launch tomorrow what has become an annual event during Lent: the opening of parish churches for 24 hours to encourage the faithful to go to Confession. 

To coincide with this year’s observance, the Vatican has issued a pastoral guide to help each person prepare for the Sacrament and overcome any resistance he or she might have in going to Confession.

The guide, published by the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, is also for parishes and Christian communities so they can “experience the greatest possible fruitfulness during this special time of the Jubilee of Mercy.”

The short booklet, which can be read in PDF format here, is divided into four parts. The...READ MORE

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When We Turn Fish Fries Into Feasts, We Miss the Point of Lent

03/03/2016 Comments (13)

(Image Credit: jeffreyw, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Do you eat fish on Fridays during Lent? I do. For me, it really is a fine tradition. Especially because during Lent it serves as a brilliant reminder of the life and teaching of Christ. Hardly can I even look at a fish, cooked or uncooked, Lent or Ordinary time, and not think about my Savior.

If you do eat fish during Lent, do you participate in the big fish fry meals? Perhaps you have a friend who hosts one annually, or you make it a point to make the annual pilgrimage to the different churches in your diocese that put on these meals.

Recently, I’ve given this idea of fish fries during Fridays of Lent a lot of thought and careful consideration. Why? Last week before Stations of the Cross...READ MORE

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How to Talk to Your Kids About Socialism

03/03/2016 Comments (32)

The "Goddess of Democracy" Statue in Washington, DC, also known as the "Victims of Communism Memorial" by Thomas Marsh. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

An open letter to my niece at college, with excerpts (in boldface) from the Manifesto of the Communist Party by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.

Dear A.,

You recently shared with me that you are studying Karl Marx’s theories in one of your college classes and that you support Bernie Sanders for president. Something about socialism must appeal to you.

As you probably know, Sen. Sanders describes himself as a democratic socialist whose political “revolution” involves reducing income inequality, increasing the minimum wage, eliminating college tuition at public colleges and universities, and combating climate change.

Undoubtedly you’re learning about both socialism and communism. While Sen....READ MORE

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