LA Archdiocese Moves ‘Always Forward’ With Launch of Catholic News Platform

07/01/2016 Comment


LOS ANGELES — “Always forward, never back.” St. Junipero Serra’s motto in proclaiming the Good News in California captures perfectly the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ vision for Catholic news as it launches this week its new multimedia platform, Angelus News.

 At a time when many dioceses have decided to cut back or even shutter their newspapers, the Los Angeles archdiocese has taken a bold step forward to embrace the cutting edge of communications and the mandate of Vatican II in Inter Mirifica, the decree on social communications, for the Church to meet or exceed the excellence of its secular counterparts.

“When we talk about the New Evangelization, we have to meet people where they...READ MORE

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Mel Gibson’s Newest Film Explores Heroism and Faith

The Movie Tells the Story of Private Desmond Doss, an Army Medic Who Was the First Conscientious Objector to Receive the Medal of Honor for Bravery in Battle

07/01/2016 Comments (3)

“Lord, help me get one more,” he prayed. “One more!” And as bullets flew through the Okinawa air on May 1, 1945, as shells burst around him, Private Desmond T. Doss, a medic in the U.S. Army's 307th Infantry, 77th Infantry Division, lifted first one, then another of his wounded comrades and carried them to safety. Three years later, on November 1, 1945, he would be honored for his heroism by President Harry S. Truman, who presented the conscientious objector with the Medal of Honor.

The official Medal of Honor citation describes Doss' heroic rescues during the Battle of Okinawa:

As our troops gained the summit, a heavy concentration of artillery, mortar and machinegun fire crashed into...READ MORE

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Which Catholic College Is Right For You, The Next Vatican Scandal: Money, and Many More Great Links!

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/01/2016 Comment

Click on Which Catholic College Is Right For You? by Chloe Mooradian of epicPew link to read and find out.

Which Catholic College Is Right For You? - Chloe Mooradian, epicPew

Hypnotizingly Beautiful: Video of Byzantine Church Taken with Drone – ChurchPOP

The Next Vatican Scandal: Money – Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture

Maronite Monks Work to Establish Monastery in Washington State – Jim Graves, The Catholic World Report

What Benedict Could Teach the USCCB About Muslim Dialogue – William Kilpatrick Ph.D., Crisis Magazine

Loretto Sisters, Still in Dissent, Summoned to Rome to Explain “Ambiguity” – Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

Pope Francis: Euthanasia Is a Triumph of Selfishness, Not Compassion – Catholic Herald

John Adams and the Mass – Donald R. McClarey J.D., Catholic Stand

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The Grace of Christian Marriage is a Fruit of Christ's Cross

07/01/2016 Comment

Vladimir Makovsky (1846-1920), “The Wedding at Cana”

A couple of weeks ago when Pope Francis made his most recent comments about valid marriages, I was busy making preparations for my sister’s wedding. I read the commentary surrounding it, and discussed it with my husband, but mostly I thought about the upcoming wedding of my sister and her now husband.

They were married in a beautiful Catholic wedding at the Cathedral Basilica in St. Louis, which was a long awaited event on both sides of the family as the bride and the groom had both been hoping and praying to find someone to marry for several years. And that made the event all the more joyful as they were surrounded by many nieces and nephews and family and friends who were so happy for...READ MORE

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How I Came to Think Differently about Mary

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Stefan Lochner (c. 1400/1410–1451), “Madonna im Rosenhag”

It once seemed perfectly obvious to me that Catholics honored Mary too much. All those feasts, rosaries, icons, statues and whatnot were ridiculously excessive. Yes, the gospel of Luke said something about her being "blessed" and yes I thought her a good person. But that was that.

No Mary, No Salvation

People who celebrated her or called her "Mother" or did all the million things which Catholic piety encourages bordered on idolatry. It was all too much. Jesus, after all, is our Savior, not Mary.

However, after looking at the gospel of Luke afresh and thinking more and more about the humanity of Jesus Christ, some things dawned on me. For it turns out that Luke said more than "something"...READ MORE

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10 Great Books About Priests

06/30/2016 Comments (9)

A priest reads outside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (Image credit: “Almonroth”, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Summer is nearly here and that means a raft of new books in a sea of old ones (newly re-jacketed) are available for your summer reading. But why settle for some pulp fiction (or worse) when lounging on the beach or on your back deck? Herewith, ten books—in my mind, “classics”—that feature priests:

1. Hadrian the Seventh by Fr. Rolfe (Novel): No, “Fr. Rolfe” is not “Father Rolfe”; it is short for “Frederick Rolfe” (aka “Baron Corvo”)—both short for Frederick William Serafino Austin Lewis Mary Rolfe, the Baron Corvo (1860-1913), who saw nothing wrong with the idea of wanting to be pope. Problem is, he himself was thrown out of the seminary (twice). His revenge? Writing a novel in which his...READ MORE

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New Book Interview With Benedict XVI Due Out in September

'Corriere della Sera' reports it will be an autobiographical interview written by German author Peter Seewald.

06/30/2016 Comment

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is to discuss the most important parts of his life in a new book interview with German author Peter Seewald, the Italian daily Corriere della Sera has reported.

The book, the first of its kind in history and due out in September, will be an autobiographical interview that will cover Joseph Ratzinger's childhood in Nazi Germany, the discovery of his vocation, and his service at the Vatican.

The Pope Emeritus will also touch upon the anxiety he suffered during his first days as Successor of Peter, and his “painful” decision to resign.  

He will discuss “his faith, his weaknesses, his private life”, Corriere della Sera says, as well as the highs and lows of the...READ MORE

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Coming Soon in Virtual Reality: “The Story of Christ”

06/30/2016 Comments (1)

Perhaps you have heard about Virtual Reality, the latest technology that allows viewers to be immersed in a 3D, computer-generated game or movie. You put on the odd goggles, say the Oculus Rift, and suddenly you are thrown into the middle of a virtual reality Paris, where you can look all around you, and see everything (more or less) that you would see if you were actually in Paris. Or into the middle of a flaming castle with demon warriors charging at you from all directions. Or into the midst of a feast thrown for a bevy of elves by friendly, pink, curiously-dexterous unicorns.

Or, as of this coming December, into the ancient Holy Land, so that you look around at the birth of Jesus, at...READ MORE

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