Is Premarital Abstinence Making a Comeback?

“We must all aim to love ourselves and to love others in the most perfect way possible. That is chastity in its fullness.”

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Believe it or not, there are indications that it may be. At the very least it’s a topic that’s being discussed in places that might surprise you.

The Washington Post recently published a piece in its “Acts of Faith” section called “I’m a 32-year-old virgin, and I’m living the feminist dream.” To her great credit, Kate Bryan, a young Catholic woman, openly writes about her decision to save sex for marriage. Not only does her “commitment to sexual integrity” allow her to do the things she wants to do, it saves her a lot of worry. “I’m not wasting my time worrying about waking up next to a stranger, contracting a sexually transmitted infection or missing a period.”

Bryan cites a study in the...READ MORE

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Archbishop Gänswein: New Benedict XVI Book 'Deconstructs' Old Image of Pope Emeritus

Benedict XVI's personal secretary highlights "new" and "illuminating" passages related to the Pope Emeritus' resignation.

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Archbishop Georg Gänswein.

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Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI “never became so human” as he does in a new book interview he has given the German journalist Peter Seewald, a work which achieves a “final deconstruction” of how both friends and foes have seen him in the past.

This is according to Archbishop Georg Gaenswein, Benedict’s personal secretary, in a Sept. 12 address at a launch of the book in Munich.

Entitled Benedict XVI — Last Testament, the 200 or so pages of conversations were published in various languages last Friday and will be published in English in November. Seewald has previously interviewed Benedict for Salt of the Earth, God and the World, and Light of the World.

Archbishop Gaenswein, who is also...READ MORE

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Pope’s Critique of ‘Gender Theory’ Emboldens Bishops to Speak Out, and More Links!

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Click on Pope’s Critique of ‘Gender Theory’ Emboldens Bishops to Speak Out by Inés San Martín of Crux link to read more.

Pope’s Critique of ‘Gender Theory’ Emboldens Bishops to Speak Out – Inés San Martín, Crux

After Decline in Sales, Target Tests Out Bathroom Compromise – Catholic News Agency

Let’s Follow Mother Teresa and Prioritize Abortion in 2016 – Carl Anderson, Crux

Must Catholics Believe that Islam Is Peaceful? – William Kilpatrick Ph.D., Crisis Magazine

7 Sweet and Romantic Ways Catholics Celebrate An Anniversary – Matt Vander Vennet, epicPew

What’s It Like to be a Persecuted Christian? This Exhibit Shows You – Andrea Gagliarducci, Catholic News Agency

Pope Francis’ Angelus: “Our Life Is Not a Video Game or a Soap Opera; Our Life Is Serious” - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, Fr. Z’s Blog

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“Jesus’ Wife” Claim Exposed as a Whopping Fraud

In a bombshell article, The Atlantic exposes a Harvard professor who bet her reputation on the veracity of a pornographer.

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These days, people who get their theology from cable TV all seem to “know” that Jesus had a wife.

How do they know? Because the news media has told them time and time again that He did.

How does the media know? Well, there’s a celebrated professor at Harvard Divinity School – Dr. Karen King – who says so. She’s been talking up the fact from Boston to Rome.

How does she know? She possesses an ancient papyrus where Jesus tells us He had a wife. Then the prestigious Harvard Theological Review published a whole journal edition on the “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife,” and the Smithsonian Channel produced a major documentary. National Geographic confidently declared, “No Forgery Evidence Seen in...READ MORE

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So The Apostles Faked the Resurrection? Really?

The lives (and deaths) of the Apostles prove that Christ really did rise from the dead.

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I've read a number of times (including a rather nasty email) that the apostles probably faked the resurrection? It always makes me laugh.

The late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said, "The 'wise' do not believe in the resurrection of the dead. It is really quite absurd [to them]. The Ascension had to be made up by groveling enthusiasts as part of their plan to get themselves martyred."

On the day, that Christ was crucified, the Bible states that the apostles were scattered and on the run. Their leader had just been arrested, tortured, and crucified. Running kinda' made sense. But you know what doesn't make sense though? Everything that happened next if you don't believe in the...READ MORE

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Recent Key Appointments Unsettle John Paul II Institute on Marriage and Family

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Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia

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Last month, Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, until now president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, as the new grand chancellor of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family.

The Institute, established in 1981, is devoted to the study of the truth about the human person in all its dimensions with the aim of generating a “culture of life”. Headquartered in Rome, it has centers in Washington D.C. and around the world.

Archbishop Paglia has often spoken out in defense of the Church’s teaching on family, marriage and human sexuality, but he has also made it clear through his statements and actions that he is no standard-bearer of the...READ MORE

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Meet Church Curmudgeon: The Grumpiest, Funniest Guy on Twitter; and Many More Great Links!

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09/12/2016 Comment

Click on Meet Church Curmudgeon: The Grumpiest, Funniest Guy on Twitter by Mary Rezac of the Catholic News Agency link to read more.

Meet Church Curmudgeon: The Grumpiest, Funniest Guy on Twitter - Mary Rezac, Catholic News Agency 

Have Catholic Merchandise You Want to Sell? Someone Just Made It Ridiculously Easy - Shaun McAfee, epicPew

Deaconesses and the Dangers of Antiquarianism – Christian Browne, Crisis Magazine

True History of Celibacy Shows Married Men, If Ordained, Lived Continently – Fr. Jerome Bertram, Catholic Herald

St. Clare: Virgin Warrior Against Islamic Terror! – Taylor Marshall Ph.D.

Islam: When the Church can Speak Authoritatively, and When She Cannot – Jeffrey A. Mirus Ph.D., Catholic Culture

Lessons from Prison Ministry – Laura De Maria, Catholic Stand

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Homily: Prodigals, Pig Slop, Pornography and Penance

09/11/2016 Comments (5)

The Return of the Prodigal Son (Rembrandt, 1662–1669)

Note: The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks came up a number of times in Sunday’s Mass at my home parish of St. John’s in Orange, NJ — but not in my homily. I was open to it, but the readings, especially the parable of the prodigal son, led me in other directions. I was surprised at how important the topic of pornography became in this homily; still, I tried to keep the main focus on God’s mercy and on two of the three things that are called “penance”: repentance or contrition and the sacrament of confession. (The third kind of penance, prayers or other outward works of “satisfaction,” wasn’t discussed.) This lightly edited version is actually longer than either of the two forms of the...READ MORE

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