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06/24/2016 Comment

Click on After Jumping Through Many Hoops and Finally Reintroducing the Traditional Latin Mass, Springtime for St. Ann’s Church, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA by Zachary Levering of Regina Magazine link to read more.

After Jumping Through Many Hoops and Finally Reintroducing the Traditional Latin Mass, Springtime for St. Ann’s Church, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - Zachary Levering, Regina Magazine

What It’s Like to be a Hermit – Fr. Paulinus Redmond, Catholic Compass

Looking at the Dangers of ’Sharenting’ from Parents (on Social Media) – Emily Stimpson, OSV Newsweekly

Biting Your Tongue Helps You to be a Saint, Say Pope Francis – Carol Glatz, epicPew

Archbishop Gomez Assisted Suicide in California: The Beginning of Tyranny – The Dispatch via The Catholic World Report

Samuel Gregg: Some Political and Social Movements ‘Prioritize Equality Over Freedom’ - Michael Severance, PowerBlog via Acton...READ MORE

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Britain Chooses to Brexit

06/24/2016 Comments (8)

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Britain has voted to exit the European Union, leaving behind a project with Catholic origins but which many believe has lost its way and departed from its founders' original vision.

The EU was born out of the desire to bring peace and stability to the continent after two catastrophic world wars but became increasingly criticized, above all in Britain, for becoming a bureaucratic, undemocratic monolith. Among the many other criticisms, Catholics have resented the way it has increasingly promoted and imposed secular values on member states, although in the weeks leading up to the poll they appeared to be as divided as the rest of the country on how to vote. 

But what has happened in today’s...READ MORE

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How Tradition Gave Us the Bible

06/24/2016 Comments (1)

Valentin de Boulogne (1591-1632), “Saint Paul Writing His Epistles”

Last time, in this space, we started looking at how doctrine develops in the life of the Church.  Today, we will take a look specifically at how the Church's doctrine regarding "which books should we read in the liturgy?" developed.  For that, of course, is all we mean by "the canon of Scripture".  The Church chose these books and not those for its readings as Mass, put them all together in The Book (Biblia) and used them Mass.  How did they make that call?

In some cases, the Church in both east and west has a clear memory of just who wrote a given book and could remind the faithful of this.  So, for instance, when a second century heretic named Marcion proposed to delete the Old Testament...READ MORE

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Brexit and the Principle of Subsidiarity

06/23/2016 Comments (7)

It’s final. Britain is exiting the European Union. I am inclined to think that leaving the EU will be one of the best decisions Britain could make—even while admitting that I could be wrong. But such is the way with politics and the prudential decisions it involves: there are so many contingencies in human political life that accurate predictions of success are usually made only in hindsight.

That’s why it is clarifying to shift our attention from trying to make accurate predictions about Britain’s future, to a consideration of principles that are more enduring than opinion polls and media pundits. In this instance, we should be looking at the most Catholic principle of subsidiarity, one...READ MORE

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3 Ways to Push Back Against Anti-Christian Witch Hunts

06/23/2016 Comments (6)

Thomkins H. Matteson (1813-1884), “The Trial of George Jacobs, August 5, 1692”

“Have Christians Created a Harmful Atmosphere for Gays?” asked The New York Times’ opinion page, in the wake of Omar Mateen's deadly attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando that killed 49 people.

Mateen was a Muslim who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State on Facebook and in calls to 911. After the massacre, political and religious leaders, including many Catholic bishops, rightly warned the public not to retaliate by scapegoating people of his faith. 

But, instead, Christians were ambushed by allegations that they bore some responsibility for the deadliest shooting in the nation's history. And some LGBT activists and their media allies accused opponents of same-sex marriage who expressed...READ MORE

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O Mary, Ark of the New Covenant, Pray For Us

Unique New Image of Mary Combines Divine Revelation, the Old and New Testaments, and Devotion to Mary and Jesus

06/23/2016 Comment
courtesy Bernadette Conklin

– courtesy Bernadette Conklin

When Bernadette Conklin came to practice the faith more fully through the Divine Mercy devotion and then to consecrate herself to Jesus through Mary in 2009, she didn’t realize what it would lead to.

“The very next week after Easter when I attended the Divine Mercy Sunday celebration,” she said, “the words ‘There needs to be a greater devotion to Jesus within the womb of Mary’ were resonating in my soul for days.”

In short order Conklin would be inspired to begin her Preborn Jesus Ministry ( in the Pittsburgh area, to bring to fruition a new icon called Vessel of the Preborn Jesus, and then to follow it with a statue combining the ministry and a specific role of our...READ MORE

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The Cold War Hero Who Averted World War III

06/23/2016 Comments (2)

Soviet communism was a very bloody business. While the number of Jews killed by the Nazis – six million – is generally viewed as the height of atrocities, the Soviet Gulags, forced labor camps where people were worked to death, were in fact much, much worse in terms of numbers. The rough numbers of those who died in the Gulags is estimated to be around twenty million, although as Anne Applebaum in her book “Gulag: A History” explained, this number does not touch those who died because relatives were sent to camps. Millions of the very young and the very old died from starvation or disease because there was no one left to care for them.

Life under communism was ruthless, both in and outside...READ MORE

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What's With These Weird "Good Thoughts" Everyone's Sending?

06/23/2016 Comments (16)

Leonid Pasternak (1862–1945), “The Passion of Creation”

I heard someone say "I'll keep a good thought for you" on the side of the softball field the other day. (Well, pretty much any interaction I have with adults is on the side of a field or a court nowadays.)

But some lady was explaining that her mother was sick and her husband has been drinking again. My heart broke for her. (I'll never get over the way women talk to each other and really connect whereas guys could have all sorts of calamities and debacles occurring and sit there and talk about football and politics.) But anyway, this other woman said, "I'll keep a good thought for you."

What the heck is that? Seriously. What even is that? We've all heard things like people talking...READ MORE

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