4 Big Mistakes We've Made With Catechesis

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Jules-Alexis Muenier (1863-1942), “La Leçon de catéchisme”

One of the great struggles in the Church today is effectively catechizing God’s people. In a world so full of error, distortion, and half-truths, this has never been more necessary. I was asked recently to present my thoughts on this topic at a conference. I did so from the perspective not only of a pastor but also of one who grew up at the end of the era of the “old Church” and through the cultural revolution of late 1960s. Today’s post is the first part of my presentation at the conference; I’ll be posting the remainder over the next several days. (See “Here's How to Help Fix the 4 Big Mistakes We've Made With Catechesis”.)

Many approaches and experiments in catechesis have been tried...READ MORE

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3 Protestants Who Helped Me Become Catholic

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Frank O. Salisbury, “John Wesley” (c. 1932)

“I would be a Papist if I could.”
Samuel Johnson

There’s no single path into the Church, that’s clear. We all come with our individual appetites and baggage, hang-ups and history, and yet somehow the Holy Spirit manages to jumble all of it into our individualized itineraries leading home.

That includes elements you’d think would work counter to Catholic conversion – like the atheism of Richard Smythe in Graham Greene’s novel, The End of the Affair. Smythe is a foil for the spiritual longings of Sarah Miles, who is desperate not to believe in God. Amid wartime romantic triangulations, Sarah struggles against belief, and Smythe does his best to bolster her inclinations. In the end,...READ MORE

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Dude Was Not a Lady

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Catholic author Evelyn Waugh (Photo Credit: Carl Van Vechten, via Wikimedia Commons)

Time magazine recently created one of those interesting lists that are ubiquitous across the internet, intended to keep our fickle attention glued to our computer screens and their website. This one listed the 100 most-read female writers in our nation’s college courses. An interesting list and it is indeed a great idea to celebrate the women who have made such rich contributions to literature, especially for our young female students who wonder if they can make important contributions to the world of letters. But there were some very surprising curiosities with the list.

Their #1 and #2 spots were for Kate Turabian and Dianna Hacker. Don’t recognize the two most popular female writers on...READ MORE

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What's the Story with Relics? Part 1

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Within a few days of the martyrdom of St. Polycarp in the mid-second century, the members of his community sent a report to other Churches with a full eyewitness account. In the course of it, they not only described what they saw, but also revealed quite a bit to future generations about the common assumptions they shared with other Christians of the time, and the common misunderstandings their non-Christian neighbors, both Jew and Pagan, had about them. Describing their frustration with the hostility shown their attempts to honor the body of their sainted martyr, they complained that the devil “did his utmost that not the least memorial of him should be taken away by us, although many...READ MORE

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The Importance of Childhood; Catholic High School for Special-Needs Opens This Fall and More!

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Click on The Importance of Childhood by Thomas Clements of Ignitum Today link to read.

The Importance of Childhood – Thomas Clements, Ignitum Today

Unique Catholic High School for Special-Needs Students; Opens This Fall – Adam Cassandra, Catholic Education Daily

The Natural Desire for God – Kevin Aldrich, Catholic Stand

A Reader’s Home Oratory (Updated) – Gregory DiPippo, New Liturgical Movement

Blessed Clemens Von Galen Contra Euthanasia – Donald R. McClarey J.D., The American Catholic

The New Push to End Priestly Celibacy – Jon Anderson, Catholic Herald

The World vs. The Bible – Ray Sullivan, Catholic Stand

Quæritur: Excommunication of Lay People for Attending Women’s Fake Ordination? – Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, Fr. Z's Blog

9 Things Evangelicals Hate About 2nd Century...READ MORE

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Women Have a Vital Role in the Church (But It's Not Preaching!)

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Jean II Restout (1692-1768), “Pentecost”

“Sometimes a student will confide in me,” said the pretty nun at the liberal Jesuit university where I worked, “and it would be the most natural thing if I could then hear her confession and offer her absolution.” In her mind, this was a good idea.

I once saw a video of another woman—a layperson—preaching a homily at the Easter Vigil. When she finished, she plopped down in the presider's chair. Both she and the liberal pastor for whom she worked seemed to think this was a good idea.

Both of these talented women were bold in their Catholic faith, and both were sincerely committed to serving the Church. And both were wrong.

In their pride, which revealed itself in their desire to serve in...READ MORE

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Miracles Are Also Part of the Church's Story

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There is a lot of documentation for events that have occurred over the centuries that many people believe to be the handiwork of God’s divine intervention. These events are called miracles. As Catholics we’ve been shown proof of these many times with the miracles that have aligned themselves with our many saints. It seems that no matter when they occur, however, they appear to be downplayed.

Zeitoun. For example, as a young girl growing up in the 1960s, I remember many news stories centering on the Vietnam War, the Beatles becoming a huge hit in America, Marilyn Monroe’s apparent suicide, John Kennedy’s election and later assassination, and even Pope John XXIII occasionally making news...READ MORE

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How You Can Help Stop the Christian Genocide

03/13/2016 Comments (4)

Pope Francis led a prayer vigil for peace in Syria in St. Peter's Square on September 7, 2013. (Lauren Cater/Catholic News Agency)

The story of Christianity is written in the blood of martyrs.

It is always striking to me that on the day after the joyous feast of Christmas, the Church’s liturgy remembers the first martyr, the deacon St. Stephen. And nearly every week throughout the year, our liturgy remembers the witness of someone who has shed his blood or her blood for following Jesus.

The martyrs are a witness to our conscience. They remind us that Jesus calls us to follow him without compromise, and that we may face intolerance, discrimination and even violence for believing in his name.

Sadly, the Christian witness of blood continues without end in the world today.

Last week in Yemen, four sisters of the...READ MORE

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