Mary: Perpetual Virgin

05/20/2016 Comments (12)

Fritz von Uhde (1848–1911), "Christmas Night"

The dogma that Mary is perpetually a virgin (defined at the Second Council of Constantinople in the sixth century) finds its origin, like all Catholic dogma, in the teaching of the apostles.

To see it in Scripture, we must, of course, get past both hyper-sexualized contemporary culture (which can scarcely imagine virginity at all) and the assumptions of much (though not all) of Protestantism which reads the New Testament with the conviction that it “disproves” the Perpetual Virginity of Mary. (Exception include Luther, Calvin, and John Wesley.)  When we do this (by reading Scripture as the earliest Christians did), we discover that, in fact, there is no basis for rejecting her Perpetual...READ MORE

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The Attack of the Hummel Figurines

05/20/2016 Comments (22)

Life-size reproduction of a Hummel figurine, "Merry Wanderer", at the entrance of the Goebel company in Rödental, Germany. (Image Credit: Störfix, CC-BY-SA-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

I have friends of all sorts. Different ethnicities. Different religions. No religion at all. Men and women from different walks of life. I enjoy knowing people who see the world differently than I do. It's great training for the virtue of patience and it also rounds out one's education.

There are, however, limits to open-mindedness and liberality.

One such obstacle for me is Hummel figurines and those who appreciate them.

I'm unsure what drives me mad about them. I find their chubby cheeks, large doe-eyes and whimsical expressions, saccharine.

I also don't like the statues.

I've often wondered if I might be the only human being on the planet who can't stand the statues' cuteness and...READ MORE

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Strong Daughters Need Strong Fathers

05/19/2016 Comments (1)
The heartache of any child raised without a father around is well known. What we're less familiar with is just how crucial it is for a father to stay actively involved and affectionate with his daughter all through her teen and young adult years.
In her new book, Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: Devotional, Pediatrician Dr. Meg Meeker highlights the tendency for fathers to back off just when teen girls start spending more time with their friends, activities and computers. While it may seem that daughters at this stage don't want attention or affection, Dr. Meeker says this cultural thinking is all wrong. The truth is, it's crucial.  Many of the risk-taking behaviors such as sexual...READ MORE

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Restoring a Christian Culture Depends on How You Live, Not Where You Live

05/19/2016 Comments (2)

(Photo Credit: Joe Mabel, CC-BY-SA-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

A few years ago I picked up John Senior’s The Death of Christian Culture and, his follow-up, The Restoration of Christian Culture. Somewhere along the way I’d become intrigued by the Catholic Land Movement—maybe it was the road-trip we took to Wisconsin that spring, where we passed quaint pasture after pasture of cattle and corn, or perhaps I was just tired of living with seven children on an urban city block, perpetually teeming with pedestrians and dogs.

People here in Denver own a lot of dogs. We have a lot of kids, instead. I’m not entirely sure what all that means, but I do know people here also run a lot of marathons, whilst I prefer sitting and eating Trader Joe’s cookie butter by...READ MORE

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The Last Protest Vigil Over Boston Church Closures is Coming to an End

05/19/2016 Comments (4)

After nearly a dozen years of protesting the closure of their parish, a group of Boston Catholics announced the end of their round-the-clock occupation of the church. The Friends of St. Frances X. Cabrini in Scituate, Mass. said in a statement that they had exhausted the appeals process and would leave after a celebration on May 29.

Jon Rogers, spokesperson for the group, said in the statement, “We are proud that we have brought these important issues to the U.S. Supreme Court and are confident that other parishes in similar closure situations will build on our shoulders to carry these matters forward to a successful decision in the Court.”

Throughout the vigil, the Archdiocese of Boston...READ MORE

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Father Tom Uzhunnalil 'Safe', Release Could Be 'Imminent'

But Bishop Paul Hinder urges caution and prudence.

05/19/2016 Comments (1)

An Indian Salesian priest kidnapped in Yemen in early March is “safe”, efforts to release him are in their “final phase”, and he is thought to be in the hands of anti-government rebel forces rather than ISIS, according to both Indian government and Church sources.

Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj, quoted by Asia News May 18, said that Father Tom Uzhunnalil is alive and "safe", and at the moment "last efforts" are being made to "ensure his release".

The news that he is safe is “reliable”, according to The New Indian Express. It added that some Church officials who have been part of the rescue efforts “could speak to Father Tom over the phone.”

The reports have raised hopes of his...READ MORE

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Discussion vs. Ear-Piercing Debate Online, Chinese Baroque, Call Mary Mom and More!

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/19/2016 Comment

Click on Discussion vs. Ear-Piercing Debate Online by Fr. Matthew Schneider, L.C., of Catholic Stand link to read.

Discussion vs. Ear-Piercing Debate Online – Fr. Matthew Schneider L.C., Catholic Stand

Why This One Subject Is the Most Important Thing You Can Study – Shaun McAfee, epicPew

How to Pray When You’re Sick – Erin Cain, Ignitum Today

Mary: Woman, Why Not “Mom?” – Guy McClung J.D. Ph.D., Catholic Lane

Not Just A Father But A Dad – David Torkington, Catholic Stand

Baroque Landscape: Chinese Baroque! – David Clayton, The Way of Beauty

Pope Francis and the Joy of Judging – Dave Griffey, Daffey Thoughts

Some Feminine Observations About Deaconesses (a.k.a. Deaconettes) - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, Fr. Z’s Blog

The Ghent Altarpiece, What Makes It So Suited for the Liturgy? – David Clayton, New...READ MORE

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Donald Trump Names His 11 Top Picks to Replace Antonin Scalia

05/18/2016 Comment

Donald Trump, the GOP’s presumed nominee for the presidency, has released his list of 11 potential judge picks to succeed Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court. The announcement, first broken by the Associated Press, comes in the middle of an effort by Trump to unify a GOP coalition, where a number of its conservative and pro-life constituents have expressed reservations about supporting him in November’s presidential election.

“Justice Scalia was a remarkable person and a brilliant Supreme Court Justice. His career was defined by his reverence for the Constitution and his legacy of protecting Americans’ most cherished freedoms. He was a Justice who did not believe in legislating from...READ MORE

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