At Some Catholic Universities, Education is Costly and Human Life is Cheap

04/19/2016 Comments (10)

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Former president Bill Clinton will address the graduating class at Loyola Marymount University next month. The president of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, Cecile Richards, will give a speech at Georgetown University this week. The University of Notre Dame welcomed former Texas state senator Wendy Davis to campus recently, and the school will bestow a prestigious honor, the Laetare Medal, on Vice President Joe Biden in May. These schools share three things in common: they are all Catholic universities, they are all providing a platform for speakers who are in direct contradiction to the Catholic Church’s doctrine on the value of human life, and they are all...READ MORE

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Porn and the Curse of Total Sexual Freedom

04/19/2016 Comments (3)
The most recent issue of Time Magazine features a fascinating and deeply troubling article on the prevalence of pornography in our culture. The focus of the piece is on the generation of young men now coming of age, the first generation who grew up with unlimited access to hardcore pornography on the Internet. The statistics on this score are absolutely startling. Most young men commence their pornography use at the age of eleven; there are approximately 107 million monthly visitors to adult websites in this country; twelve million hours a day are spent watching porn globally on the adult-video site Pornhub; 40% of boys in Great Britain say that they regularly consume pornography - and on...READ MORE

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Someday, You and Everyone Who Ever Lived Will Be Bodily Resurrected

04/19/2016 Comments (1)

Carl Heinrich Bloch, “The Resurrection” (1881)

Every Sunday at Mass we say we believe in “the resurrection of the Body.” Not just Jesus’ resurrection, but the resurrection of my body. How do I do that? I thought it was “ashes to ashes, dust to dust, if the Lord don’t get you the devil must.”
We know that our bodies will decay and fall to dust and ashes, but then what do we mean by the “resurrection of the body”?
What does this mean and how can this be? Is God going to gather up every last particle of me and put me back together again? What about the people who were blown to bits by bombs? What about those who drowned and were eaten by fish? What about those whose bodies were eaten by lions and tigers and bears? Oh. My.

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Is Your Attention Split Between Gadgets and God's Gifts?

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Last Friday night, our family of ten visited a local pizza place to celebrate the completion of our new kitchen--and yes I do see the irony there, but I figure the new kitchen stayed clean that way and I didn’t have to cook. So, winning. The kids were of course beyond excited for the outing, because dining out is a pretty rare treat for the likes of us--did I mention there are ten people in our family? 

As we sat drinking our sodas and eating our Chicago-style slices, my twelve-year-old daughter leaned in and whispered, “Mom!  Do you see how all the people around us are on screens?  Those adults over there are all looking down, on their phones, and that little boy at that other table is...READ MORE

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The Need for Theological Precision on Limbo

04/19/2016 Comments (15)

Pietro Longhi, “The Baptism” (1755)

Scott Eric Alt has recently written two articles on the “Limbo of Infants” arguing that limbo is not dogmatic and explaining why he disagrees with it as a theological opinion. This is a highly debated and very emotional point for many, especially those who have experienced miscarriage and still birth. There has been both a development in theological opinion and also it seems that a development of doctrine may be working itself out as well. Sorting out all of the theological details will take some time. I would at least like to make a few clarifications to help guide a discussion of this topic.

1. Limbo is not a distinct, fourth place in the afterlife; it is a part of hell. The teaching on...READ MORE

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Play Ball! On Faith and Baseball, A Rome Story, Laugh and Grow Strong and More!

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/19/2016 Comment

Click onPlay Ball! On Faith and Baseball by George J. Galloway of The Dispatch link to read.

Play Ball! On Faith and Baseball – George J. Galloway, The Dispatch

Laugh and Grow Strong – Melanie Jean Juneau, Catholic Stand

Pope Asks Bishops To Set Up New Charities To Mark Year of Mercy – Cindy Wooden, Catholic Herald

Making A Murderer, Loving the Guilty – Nic Davidson, Ignitum Today

The Truth Is Rarely Safe – Francis J. Beckwith Ph.D., The Catholic Thing

A Rome Story – Cecily Lowe, Catholic Stand

Regensburg Revisited: Ten Years Later, A West Still in Denial – Samuel Gregg Ph.D., The Catholic World Report

Update on Reginald Foster’s ‘Ossa Latinitatis Sola’, Request for Old Ludi Domestici – Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, Fr. Z’s Blog

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Countdown to World Youth Day: Marking the Holocaust and Warsaw’s Uprisings

04/18/2016 Comments (7)

Memorial of the Warsaw Uprising of 1944, unveiled in 1989. (Photo Credit: Carrie Gress)

Different countries have chosen various days of the calendar to recognize the Holocaust. Poland marks the solemn occasion on April 19, the anniversary of the start of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

World War II was perhaps the darkest period of Poland’s history. It is difficult to wrap one’s mind around just how awful it was. Certainly it was beyond horrific for the Jews that made up 10 percent of Poland’s population, but it was also a nightmare for non-Jewish Poles. The Nazis, in their maniacal drive to create the “master race,” killed six million Jews from all over Europe, while nearly two million non-Jewish Poles were killed for their “inferior race.” Twenty percent of the Polish...READ MORE

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EWTN’s ‘World Over’ Panel Highlights Concerns Over 'Amoris Laetitia'

04/18/2016 Comments (21)

A panel on Raymond Arroyo’s most recent The World Over program on EWTN had a very candid but respectful discussion of Pope Francis’ post-synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia.

In the half hour segment (see above) first aired last Thursday, Robert Royal, president of the Faith and Reason Institute and editor-in-chief of The Catholic Thing, and canonist Father Gerald Murray, weighed in on various aspects of the document. 

Royal began by noting the positive points in the exhortation and that the Holy Father speaks “very clearly” about “at least five controversial issues”: contraception, the right to life, conscientious objection for medical workers, same-sex “marriage” not being in...READ MORE

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