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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Papal Video Messages: An Increasingly Common Means of Communication

Pope Francis releases two video messages this week: on his imminent visit to Armenia and on abolishing the death penalty.

06/23/2016 Comments (2)

Video messages by popes — that is the Pope delivering a message of importance directly to camera — were unheard of until Benedict XVI’s pontificate but now have become a staple means of communication for the Holy Father, especially ahead of papal trips

Yesterday, Pope Francis gave a video message to Armenia on the eve of his visit there this weekend. He said he was visiting as a “messenger of peace”, to strengthen communion, to advance reconciliation, and “to allow ourselves together to be animated by hope.”

He also urged the Armenian people not to “allow the painful memories to take possession of our hearts; even in the face of the repeated assaults of evil, let us not give ourselves...READ MORE

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Rediscovering the Ideal Healthcare Plan, Of Having a Humble Opinion of Ourselves, and More!

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/23/2016 Comment

Click on Rediscovering the Ideal Healthcare Plan by John Horvat, II, of Crisis Magazine link to read and learn more.

Rediscovering the Ideal Healthcare Plan - John Horvat II, Crisis Magazine

Of Having a Humble Opinion of Ourselves – Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Spanish Cardinal Reported Over ‘Hate Crime’ – Catholic Herald

How to Face the Loneliness of Summertime – Brooke Gregory, epicPew

There Aren’t “Two Popes” In Any Way, Shape, Or Form - George Weigel, First Things

Credo Scientific Dogma Part II: Powerism – Guy McClung J.D. Ph.D., Catholic Stand

A Catholic Obituary – Bevil Bramwell OMI, The Catholic Thing

Gender Ideology: Subversion of the Social Order – Jeffrey A. Mirus Ph.D., Catholic Culture

Nancy Pelosi: Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Is Perfectly “Consistent” with Catholic Faith – Fr. John...READ MORE

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