The Holy Faceplant and the Communion of Saints

06/06/2016 Comments (4)

This weekend — with 21 other men with whom I was privileged to share a five-year journey of diaconal discernment and formation — I went down on my face on the marble floor of the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, New Jersey.

Prostration is a confession of unworthiness. A document from the Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff, discussing the prostration of the sacred ministers on Good Friday, explicitly links this Good Friday gesture to the day of ordination, adding:

Thus he expresses the conviction of being nothing before the Divine Majesty, and repentance for having dared to measure himself, through sin, with the Omnipotent. As the Son who abased...READ MORE

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The Love Story of Chiara Corbella Petrillo,Get Rid of the Cable TV, and Many More Great Links!

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/06/2016 Comment

Click on Book Review: The Love Story of Chiara Corbella Petrillo and Her Husband by Anabelle Hazard of Catholic Stand link to read.

Book Review: The Love Story of Chiara Corbella Petrillo and Her Husband - Anabelle Hazard, Catholic Stand

On the Need to Receive the Eucharist Worthily – Monsignor Charles Pope, Community in Mission

Get Rid of the Cable TV – F.S. Lerner, Maccabee Society

Oh, How I Blushed in the Men’s Dressing Room! – Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

10 Things No Theology Teacher Ever Misses During Summer Break, Ever – Sara Spitt, epicPew

Students Recite Lord’s Prayer at Graduation After School District Cuts It – Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Radical Egalitarians on the Loose – George J. Marlin, The Catholic Thing

The Couch or the Confessional – Vicki Burbach, Catholic Spiritual...READ MORE

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Of Concupiscence, Wheat Beer, and the Princess Bride

06/06/2016 Comments (5)

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And where sin abounded, grace did more abound.
St. Paul

There’s a Baptist Church around the corner from where I live, and their street-side kiosk is a perpetual source of both amusement and inspiration for me. Although it occasionally announces events or lists worship times, it usually features punchy one-liners that speak to biblical themes.

A couple weeks back, the captions were particularly memorable. Going southbound on Miami Street, the kiosk read, “God can take broken pieces and turn them into masterpieces.”  Northbound drivers got a slightly different message: “Only God can take you from broken to brand new.” I know these were just drive-by faith soundbites, and thus quibbling...READ MORE

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The Doctrine of Purgatory is Biblical and Makes Sense

06/06/2016 Comments (22)

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All who die in God's grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven. (Catechism of the Catholic Church - #1030)

Few doctrines of the Catholic faith are more misunderstood than Purgatory, and yet few make more sense—or are more biblical—when rightly understood.

Misunderstandings of Purgatory abound. Some people think the Church teaches it is a second chance, where deceased souls headed for hell get a shot at working their way to heaven. Still others have the notion that Catholics think Purgatory necessary in order for souls to...READ MORE

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The Man Behind Catholic University of America’s Largest Donation Ever and Other Great Links!

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/05/2016 Comment

Click on The Man Behind Catholic University of America’s Largest Donation Ever by Jim Graves of The Catholic World Report link to read.

The Man Behind Catholic University of America’s Largest Donation Ever – Jim Graves, The Catholic World Report

Africa Could Teach England a Lot about Building a Culture of Life – Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald

Founding Organization of ‘Baby Boxes’ Saves First Life – Eddie O’Neill, OSV Newsweekly

An Intellectually Robust Case for Christianity – Jack Carrigan, Catholic Herald

New Portable Altar In Action! – Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, Fr. Z’s Blog

The Moral Wrong of Physician-Assisted Suicide – Alexander Schimpf, Crisis Magazine

Gender Ideology: Personal Disorder and Personal Sin – Jeffrey A. Mirus Ph.D., Catholic Culture

Want to Learn How to Navigate Science in the Light of Faith? – Stacy...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Issues Motu Proprio on Removal of Negligent Bishops

Holy Father also formally approved today statute for the new Congregation for the Laity, Family and Life.

06/04/2016 Comments (19)
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In the latest effort to stamp out clerical sex abuse, the Vatican announced today that Pope Francis has established new norms to ensure that bishops, or those of equal rank, can be removed when they have been negligent, active or complicit in acts causing grave harm to others or a community.

In a new Apostolic Letter, issued motu proprio, entitled “Come una madre amorevole” (As a Loving Mother), the new norms provide for the removal of bishops (or those equivalent to them in Canon Law) from their offices in cases where they have “through negligence, committed or omitted acts that have caused grave harm to others, either with regard to physical persons, or with regard to the community...READ MORE

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What to Look for in a Catholic University, Transgenderism Worse for You than Smoking and More. . .

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/04/2016 Comment

Click on What to Look for in a Catholic University? by Maryann Gogniat Eidemiller of OSV Newsweekly link to read.

A Subjective Definition of “Death” Would Unleash Great Evil – Wesley J. Smith, First Things

Forms of Lay Spirituality – Howard Kainz Ph.D., The Catholic Thing

What to Look for in a Catholic University? – Maryann Gogniat Eidemiller, OSV Newsweekly

Transgenderism Is Worse for Your Health than Soda or Smoking – Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

A Christian Response to Europe’s Crisis – Joseph Pearce, Catholic Herald

Early Female Mystics and Martyrs: Perpetua and Felicity [Podcast] – Taylor Marshall Ph.D.

Mary O’Regan: Why I Wouldn’t Want to be a Female Deacon – Mary O’Regan, Catholic Herald

Feminism and the War on Masculinity – Benedict Augustine, Maccabee Society

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Can the Hiroshima Bombing Be Morally Justified?

Faithful Catholics have always roundly rejected the utilitarian logic undergirding the decision to use the atomic bomb

06/03/2016 Comments (67)

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President Obama’s recent visit to the Japanese city of Hiroshima is an opportunity to reflect on the moral ramifications of one of the most horrific acts of war in history. Indeed, the President himself—rather than issue a cheap apology for the event—called for just such an exercise in critical thinking.

At the time, the logic behind the use of the atom bomb on Hiroshima—and, in short order, also on Nagasaki—was a simple and compelling one. Many argued the alternative was a grueling trench warfare with suicide Japanese solders—a battle for every hill, every yard, every city and village that would extend the war and result in the loss of as many as a million more lives. That argument...READ MORE

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