How Not to Kill Catholicism

05/20/2015 Comments (55)

Catholicism is in the crosshairs. There's little doubt about that. The secularist elites of the West are intent upon driving Catholicism from the public sphere and perhaps out of existence altogether. But on the other hand there's really nothing new about that. So many people have put killing Catholicism on the top of their to-do list throughout the centuries.

Catholicism has, of course, outlived all these attempts. But that doesn't mean some will not continue trying.

You see, Catholics have a guarantee from no less than Jesus himself that the gates of Hell will not prevail over the Church. But those hellish gates always seem to want another crack at it, that's for sure.

Many in power...READ MORE

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Cardinal Pell: No Parent Should Fail to Teach Christ's Core Teachings

05/20/2015 Comments (6)

Here below is the full text of a keynote speech given by Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy, to the Rome Life Forum on 9th Mary.

The annual meeting was this year co-sponsored by Associazione Famiglia Domani, Family Life International New Zealand, Human Life International, LifeSiteNews, and the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children.


Parents as the best teachers of their children

by H.E. Cardinal George Pell


The story is told of a rich American family who decided that their family history should be written. One problem was that Uncle Charlie had been executed in the electric chair. When this difficulty was explained to the historian,...READ MORE

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A Little Fish Can Go a Long Way

05/19/2015 Comments (6)

When does a lump of iron save lives? When it looks like a fish, and you cook it up with your evening meal. 

Christopher Charles, a Canadian epidemiologist, was studying anemia in Cambodia, and discovered that almost half the children and pregnant women in the area were anemic because of poor diet. Chronic iron deficiency was leading to exhaustion, mental and physical weakness, and developmental problems in children; and women were sometimes so anemic that they hemorrhaged to death in childbirth.

In the first world, anemic people can get stronger simply by eating more iron rich foods or by taking an over-the-counter supplement.  Even cooking meals in an iron pot can help, as the iron...READ MORE

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The Secret to Successful Meditation from Teresa of Avila

05/19/2015 Comment

"Do not tire your brain by trying to work it during meditation." - St. Teresa of Avila

The purpose of the newest book in the Navigating the Interior Life book series, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, is to reveal the unique personality, wisdom, and insight that often emerges out of the letters of the saints. These letters are a window into Saint Teresa’s genuine humanity, witness, and pragmatic advice for pursuing an intimate friendship with God.

I’ll be sharing some of the letters here, in the hope that you’ll be inspired to spend time prayerfully reflecting on them. Today's excerpt is from Day 8 in the book.

Segovia, beginning of June 1574
To Antonio Gaytan, Salamanca
Advice about...READ MORE

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Five German Bishops Back Bishop's Public Criticism of Lay Statement

05/18/2015 Comments (35)
Bistum Passau

Bishop Stefan Oster of Passau

– Bistum Passau

Five German bishops have written a letter in support of Bishop Stefan Oster of Passau who last week openly criticized a document released by the German Church’s top lay organization, the ZdK.

In the letter published over the weekend, the bishops said they thanked Bishop Oster for his opinions on the ZdK statement and that they agreed “wholeheartedly” with his remarks on the importance of Church teaching, especially concerning Christian marriage “based on the teaching of Jesus in Scripture and on the tradition of Church.”

Last week, the ZdK — the Central Committee of the German Catholics — released a declaration that called for the admittance of civilly remarried divorcees to holy...READ MORE

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The Pope, Mahmoud Abbas, and the 'Angel of Peace'

05/18/2015 Comments (38)

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

– Wikipedia

According to Italian and Spanish media outlets, Pope Francis did not call Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas “an angel of peace”.

The BBC, the New York Times, NBC, the Huffington Post, the Washington Post and many others all carried the story that the Holy Father had praised Abbas as “an angel of peace” during the president’s visit to the Vatican on Saturday. Many drew on reports from the three largest news agencies: AP, AFP and Reuters.

The news caused consternation in Israel. An Israeli foreign ministry spokesman responded by alluding to the Palestinian leader’s unilateral moves against Israel and the way he uses international forums to attack the country. Others pointed out that Abbas...READ MORE

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When Judging is a Virtue

05/18/2015 Comments (42)

G.K. Chesterton once remarked that one of the principal disasters of the breakup of Christendom was not that it loosed Christian sins on the world, but that it loosed far more dangerous Christian virtues. For it is virtue, untethered from the governance of God and running amok which can do vastly more damage, since it is convinced of its own rectitude all the while it lays waste and destroys.

A case in point is the Christian virtue of forbearance, summed up in the famous text, "Judge not, that ye be not judged." For countless people in our culture, this is imagined to be the only thing ever uttered by Jesus of Nazareth and the only religious text in the world which remains out of the ruins...READ MORE

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Ross Douthat: Churches That Pay to Help Poor But Don't Pray With Them Are Like NGOs

05/17/2015 Comments (13)

Recently, the Catholic Church has taken a hit from President Obama and Robert Putnam, the author of Our Kids, the latest bestseller on the social and economic marginalization of poor and working-class Americans who are increasingly less likely to marry, find work, attend college or go to church.

“Over the last 30 years,” Putnam said in an interview with The Washington Post, “most organized religion has focused on issues regarding sexual morality, such as abortion, gay marriage, all of those. I’m not saying if that’s good or bad, but that’s what they’ve been using all their resources for..."

Really? Tell that to Catholic Charities, USA, the national office for local diocesan affiliates...READ MORE

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