Pope Prays at Garden Memorial for Aborted Children

08/16/2014 Comments (7)


Pope Francis paid a visit to a garden memorial for aborted children on Saturday as he toured a South Korean hilltop community for the sick and disabled.

During the solemn visit, part of his prearranged itinerary to South Korea, the Holy Father and his entourage stopped for a moment and prayed in silence in front of hundreds of small white crosses representing victims of abortion. Accompanying the Pope was Father Lee Gu-won, a representative of pro-life groups in Korea and missionary to people without limbs.

The moment of prayer today came after the Pope visited Kkottongnae ("Village of Flowers"), a Catholic center about 60 miles south of Seoul which seeks to provide care and...READ MORE

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Summer Reading: A Bible Story Retold Well

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I was raised reading the Picture Bible every night for many years. It’s a tradition I’ve continued, on and off, with my own children, and they enjoy the drama as much as I did as a child. I have my brother’s old childhood copy of it, circa 1982, and just opening it reminds me of curling up with my dad or mom.

For the most part, this is a great way to introduce the excitement of Bible stories to my kids, in the context of bedtime stories. They remember the drawings, the storytelling, the cliffhangers between nights.

I’ve never found a copy of the Picture Bible, though, that has the book of Tobit (or the Maccabees stories either, for that matter). It’s too bad, too: I wasn’t raised with...READ MORE

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The Assumption of Mary

08/14/2014 Comments (29)

The most recent Marian dogma—the Assumption—was promulgated in 1950. But like all doctrinal developments throughout the history of the Church, it is rooted in apostolic teaching and reflected in Scripture. Pope Pius XII defined the dogma this way:

“The Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.”

What evidence is there for the Assumption?

To begin with, we have the witness of the New Testament, which already takes for granted the image of Mary as a Cosmic Heavenly Figure by the time of the book of Revelation (roughly 90 AD).

And a great portent appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with...READ MORE

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The Assumption of Mary: 12 things to know and share

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What is the doctrine of the Assumption, how did it come to be defined, and how can we apply it in our lives? Here are 12 things to know and share . . .

August 15 is the solemnity of the Assumption of Mary.

In the United States, it is a holy day of obligation.

What is the Assumption of Mary, how did it come to be defined, and what relevance does it have for our lives?

Here are 12 things to know and share . . .


1) What is the Assumption of Mary?

The Assumption of Mary is the teaching that:

The Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory [Pius XII, Munificentissimus Deus 44].


2) What level of authority does this teaching have?

This teaching was infallibly defined by Pope Pius XII on November 1, 1950 in the bull Munificentissimus...READ MORE

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LCWR Meets in Nashville, Will They Ignore the Vatican's Mandate?

08/14/2014 Comments (71)

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) is holding its annual assembly in Nashville this week, and the event has sparked a glut of blogs, articles and commentary filled with misinformation, propaganda and near-hysteria that paints the sisters as victims of an oppressive male hierarchy.

Most of these pieces are produced by folks who want a democratized Church that diminishes the teaching authority of the hierarchy and the Holy See. Thus, they are urging LCWR members to ignore a 2012 mandate from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) to reform the organization because of serious doctrinal problems.

Among the most outrageous musings is a blog by Benedictine Sister...READ MORE

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Lessons from the ER

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My mother says she used to pride herself on how safe and healthy she kept her children while we were growing up. All the other mothers were constantly in the emergency room, getting their kids' broken legs set, their noses stitched back together, their concussions evaluated. But her kids had a clean record! 

Then she realized that her kids, on a typical day, saw about as much action as the rosary on Jack Chick's nightstand.  It's pretty hard to break anything when you spend your leisure time lying on your ear reading Archie comics and eating cold noodles out of a sandwich bag.

My kids have managed to break both molds: they are both shamefully sedentary, and monstrously accident prone. We...READ MORE

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Ten Awesome and Terrifying Sounding Catholic Words That May Not Mean What You Think

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The Catholic faith can be confusing. Hey, with two thousand years of vocabulary it's bound to get a little difficult, isn't it? So there are many words that sound kinda' awesome and terrifying that don't actually mean what you might think they mean. So here's a little primer:

Monstrance. It's sounds kinda' terrifying, right? It's the vessel used to hold the Eucharist.

Missal. It's not a weapon (Well, sometimes if a liturgist is involved). Unless it's in the hands of a two year old in the pew who's mad at her brother.

Primate - Referring to an archbishop as a primate sometimes isn't necessarily bad. It all depends on your tone, I guess.

The Abomination of Desolation -OK I'll admit it....READ MORE

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Pope Francis' Address to South Korean Authorities - Full Text

08/14/2014 Comment

Madam President,

Honorable Government and Civil Authorities,

Distinguished Members of the Diplomatic Corps,

Dear Friends,

It is a great joy for me to come to Korea, the land of the morning calm, and to experience not only the natural beauty of this country, but above all the beauty of its people and its rich history and culture. This national legacy has been tested through the years by violence, persecution and war. But despite these trials, the heat of the day and the dark of the night have always given way to the morning calm, that is, to an undiminished hope for justice, peace and unity. What a gift hope is! We cannot become discouraged in our pursuit of these goals which are for the...READ MORE

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