The Crusades Were a Reasonable Response to Unchecked Islamic Aggression

05/17/2016 Comments (36)

Karl Friedrich Lessing (1808-1880), “The Return of the Crusader”

There's nothing a person says that more serves better to convinces me of their ignorance than when they use the "C" word. They use it as if it was a magical talisman that would make us crumble to the ground and eagerly convert to whatever twaddle they're peddling. People who believe the Crusades were somehow "bad" inevitably are completely and unforgivably ignorant of both Christian and Moslem histories, let alone the infamous and barbaric treatment of Christians under invading Moslem armies in Spain, Portugal and France between AD 711-1492.

The Crusades weren't started by Christians or the Church. Instead, they were slow, measured, moral, reasonable and rational responses to violent and...READ MORE

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Jim and Jeannie Gaffigan's Commencement Speech at Catholic University of America

05/16/2016 Comments (6)

 

On Saturday, May 14, thousands assembled at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC for the Catholic University of America’s Commencement 2016 ceremony.

Comedy duo Jeannie and Jim Gaffigan were the asked by President John Garvey asked the couple months ago to be the speakers and the Catholic parents of five happily accepted.

“This couple has changed the face of comedy and the entertainment industry by putting the great adventure of marriage and family life on center stage. I have no doubt that our graduates will be inspired by the Gaffigans’ commitment to their Catholic faith, which shapes both their personal and professional vocations,” Catholic University...READ MORE

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Armando Valladares, Imprisoned and Tortured By Castro, Awarded Canterbury Medal

05/16/2016 Comments (3)

ABOVE: Armando Valladares. BELOW: A print made by Valladares.

Hitler. Stalin. Lenin. Trotsky. Pol Pot. Mao. Tito. Mussolini. Che Guevara. Ho Chi Minh. Deng Xiaoping. Plutarco Elías Calles. Kim Il-sung. Slobodan Milošević. Ataturk. Napoleon. Mohammad. Tamerlane. Genghis Khan. Attila the Hun. Diocletian.

All genocidists. All of whom labored under the delusion that fate, or their interpretation of “God,” and their inflated narcissism blessed their violence against Christians. 

All of them hoped to wipe out the Church.

And now they are all gone. Gone to their final just rewards.

And here we wait. Praying for our persecutors. Steeling ourselves against the next paroxysm of self-righteous, hatred that is similarly destined to fail.

And we remember.

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Supreme Court Punt is a Huge Win for Little Sisters and Religious Liberty

05/16/2016 Comments (9)

Sometimes a punt is a win.

And the Little Sisters of the Poor seem to have won a great victory for religious freedom by the Supreme Court's decision to punt the case back to the lower courts. Now, many in the media seem to be saying that this was essentially a "no-decision" but that's not really the case.

The Supreme Court did decline to make a definitive ruling, saying both sides should attempt to forge a compromise which doesn’t mandate that religious organizations offer contraceptive coverage in a way that infringes on their religious freedom. But here's the thing. That's been the argument made by the Little Sisters since the beginning.

Many believed that the court, with now only...READ MORE

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VIDEO: Pope's 'Mercy Friday' Visit to L'Arche Center in Rome

05/16/2016 Comments (2)

Pope Francis’ much loved human touch was on display on Friday when he made a surprise visit to a community in Italy which houses and cares for persons who have severe mental disabilities.

CNA provided the above video of the visit which was part of the Pope’s “Mercy Friday” initiative, in which he carries out one act of mercy a month on a Friday throughout the Jubilee of Mercy.

The Holy Father sat at table and ate with the volunteers and the disabled, and listened to their testimonies.

The Il Chicco center, located in Ciampino, a town just outside of Rome, was founded in 1981 by L'Arche, a federation dedicated to making known the gifts of persons with intellectual disabilities. It houses...READ MORE

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What Is A Good Catholic Science Curriculum, C.S. Lewis and a Writing Group and More!

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/16/2016 Comment

The Best in Catholic Blogging

What Is A Good Catholic Science Curriculum? – Stacy Trasancos Ph.D., Science in the Light of Faith

C.S. Lewis Would Want You to Join a Writing Group – Rachel Motte, Catholic Stand

Francis and the Deaconesses – Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, Fr. Z’s Blog

Open Your Eyes to Creation – Erin Cain, Ignitum Today

Feels Every Christian Has Had While Praying – Alex R. Hey, epicPew

You Can’t Make a Silk Purse Out Of A Sow’s Ear – Melanie Jean Juneau, Catholic Stand

Newman Society Responds to Obama Administration’s ‘Guidance’ on Gender Identity - Cardinal Newman Society Staff, Catholic Education Daily

May 12, 1935: First Meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous – Donald R. McClarey J.D., The American Catholic

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Mary: Mother of God

05/16/2016 Comments (26)

Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617-1682), “La Virgen del Rosario”

Why does the Church bother having dogmas about Mary anyway? Why not just stick to talking about Jesus?

To find out why, consider Nestorius. He was a fifth-century bishop and theologian who disliked the way common folk talked about Jesus and his mother because it played havoc with a theory he had concocted. Nestorius’ theory was rooted in a deep discomfort that is as old as the Church: the discomfort with the fact that the Word really and truly became flesh. This discomfort with the Incarnation is a continual pattern among false teachers from New Testament times (1 John 4:2) down to today. It animates everybody from the ancient Gnostics (who held that spirit was good and matter was evil) to...READ MORE

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Still Threatened by Genocide, Ancient Christian Artifacts at the Louvre and More!

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/15/2016 Comment

Click onStill Threatened by Genocide, We Must Heed Message of an Armenian Saint by Vahan Dilanyan of Catholic Herald link to read.

Still Threatened by Genocide, We Must Heed Message of an Armenian Saint – Vahan Dilanyan, Catholic Herald

Lessons Learnt at Home: Prayers and Other Christian Customs – David Torkington, Catholic Stand

Ancient Christian Artifacts at the Louvre – Gregory DiPippo, New Liturgical Movement

Despite Hopes of Being a Nun, St. Frances of Rome Became a Model of Piety – David Werning, OSV Newsweekly

Book Review: The Knights Who Took on Pirates, Sultans and Hitler – Michael Duggan, Catholic Herald

Tradition: A Guide for Better Living – James Kalb J.D., Crisis Magazine

Ancient Churches in Northern Italy – Gregory DiPippo, New Liturgical Movement

The Mass and the Recovery of Transcendence –...READ MORE

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