Masculine and Feminine, Evangelical and Catholic

12/12/2014 Comments (20)

In a mathematically perfect world, conversation between Catholics and Evangelicals would be conducted on the level of pure theology and many misunderstandings would instantly be clarified:

Evangelical: [Stirs sugar into teacup] Tell me, Friend Catholic, what your understanding is of the place of Mary in the economy of salvation? It would appear (though I could be wrong) that you worship her in some way. How do you reconcile this with the biblical witness that God alone is to be worshiped? [Offers teacup to Catholic. Begins pouring his own cup and nodding in profound listening attentiveness throughout following speech.]

Catholic: [Takes teacup. Sips thoughtfully.] Actually, Friend...READ MORE

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Woman Aborts Baby at 28 Weeks Because of Baby's Deformed Left Hand

12/11/2014 Comments (27)

A couple in Australia has aborted their unborn child at 28 weeks after learning that the baby would be born with a deformed left hand.

Mind you, at 28 weeks a baby has over a 90% chance of surviving outside the womb with proper healthcare. But the mother said she was "really, really depressed" about the baby's diagnosis so that would seem to trump the illegality or immorality of late-term abortions.

The mother said she believed she would feel guilty for allowing a baby to live with a disability. "I grew up with many people who were disabled, and… there was discrimination," the mother told The Brisbane Times. "I didn't want my child to be discriminated against. The problem is... obvious...READ MORE

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If It Saves Even One American Life . . .

12/11/2014 Comments (105)

After reading the CIA's report on interrogation techniques, here is what many Americans are saying:

"If it saves even one American life, then I can live with it."

Here is what the Catechism of the Catholic Church says in Chapter One: The Dignity of the Human Person:

II. GOOD ACTS AND EVIL ACTS

1755 ... There are some concrete acts ... that it is always wrong to choose, because choosing them entails a disorder of the will, that is, a moral evil.

1756 It is therefore an error to judge the morality of human acts by considering only the intention that inspires them or the circumstances (environment, social pressure, duress or emergency, etc.) which supply their context. There are acts...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' World Day of Peace Message 2015

Sin of estrangement from God gives rise to a culture of enslavement with all its consequences extending from generation to generation.

12/11/2014 Comments (2)

Pope Francis addresses the scourge of modern slavery and human trafficking in his message for the 48th World Day of Peace which takes place on the Solemnity of the Mother of God, Jan. 1st, 2015. Here below is the full text: 

"No longer slaves, but brothers and sisters"

 

1. At the beginning of this New Year, which we welcome as God’s gracious gift to all humanity, I offer heartfelt wishes of peace to every man and woman, to all the world’s peoples and nations, to heads of state and government, and to religious leaders. In doing so, I pray for an end to wars, conflicts and the great suffering caused by human agency, by epidemics past and present, and by the devastation wrought by natural...READ MORE

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Killing Religion: the Suicidal Savagery of Trotskyite ‘Islamists’

12/10/2014 Comments (21)
alarabiya.net

Arbaeen Wali shrine, which dates to the 11th century, was destroyed by Islamic militants.

– alarabiya.net

Islamic State (IS) fighters in Iraq and militant forces in Syria are often described as extremists, but they are more extremely barbaric than extremely religious.

On Sunday, tunnels hand packed with explosives were detonated by “extremists,” blowing up the al-Sultaniyeh mosque in Aleppo, Syria, built between 1186-1216, sacred to Islam. Some regional media blamed Syria’s al-Qaeda affiliate, al-Nusra Front.

Without pictures, the full extent of destruction isn’t yet known, but Syrian state TV said the mosque itself was destroyed, a result largely confirmed by American experts.

Probably gone forever are delicate calligraphic carvings decorating external walls and inside floors as well as a...READ MORE

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Lineamenta Raises More Concerns About Synodal Process

12/10/2014 Comments (3)
Edward Pentin

Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops.

– Edward Pentin

The lineamenta – or preparatory document – for next year’s ordinary synod of bishops on the family that the Vatican published Tuesday is raising further questions about the way the synodal process is being handled.

Usually the secretary general of the Synod of Bishops holds a press briefing on the day of a lineamenta’s publication, and the media is notified of its release sometime before the event. The lineamenta is usually then ready right away in various languages and sent to bishops conferences, religious superiors, laity and others.

But in this case, no briefing took place, the document appeared unexpectedly on the Vatican website, and then in Italian only. The press was given no...READ MORE

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Supporting Young Moms with ‘Tiny Blue Lines’

12/10/2014 Comments (3)

Among the women who need real-life encouragement, women who need a hug without judgment, are young moms. I’m not just talking about moms with young kids (though they need it too), but moms who are young themselves.

Chaunie Brusie, who wrote Tiny Blue Lines: Reclaiming Your Life, Preparing For Your Baby, and Moving Forward in an Unplanned Pregnancy (Ave Maria Press), is one of the women out there who is doing this well.

Tiny Blue Lines is a book that had me laughing out loud and tearing up in ways I just didn’t foresee. I wasn’t a young mom (by the definitions of “still in college, early 20s”) and I didn’t have unplanned pregnancies, not really. Even so, this book spoke to my heart and not...READ MORE

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It Was a Beautiful Confession

12/09/2014 Comments (12)

On Saturday, we went to confession. Mine was a pretty standard operation: "Bless me, father, for I have sinned. It has been two months since my last confession. I did that thing I always do, and that other thing I always do. I also did that other thing I always do, except more so than usual. And I stopped doing that thing I usually do, but then I started again.  And I was mean on the internet. For these and all my sins, I am truly sorry."

And the priest said what this particular priest always says: "Thank you for that beautiful confession." He says this when I have a long and sordid list, or a short and sordid list, or when he can barely understand me because my nose is running from the...READ MORE

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