ACLU Leader Quits After Daughters Encounter Men in the Women’s Restroom and More Great Links!

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06/08/2016 Comment

Click on ACLU Leader Quits After Daughters Encounter Men in the Women’s Restroom by Donald R. McClarey, J.D., of The American Catholic link to read more.

ACLU Leader Quits After Daughters Encounter Men in the Women’s Restroom - Donald R. McClarey J.D., The American Catholic

Catholic Teen Girls Cancel Disney World Trip To See Pope Francis Instead – epicPew

Catholic Spirituality: Scripture and Tradition – David Torkington, Catholic Stand

Jennifer Fulwiler Interview On Homeschooling Apostolate, Kolbe Academy – Stacy A. Trasancos Ph.D., Science in the Light of Faith

Virtues A Father’s Guide to Growth – Steven R. McEvoy, Maccabee Society

A Traditional Society of Priests That Practices True Mercy – Michael Tamara, Crisis Magazine

Ever Wonder What Happens to Neglected Children in a Secular Culture – Jim Bryant, Regina Magazine

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After International Pressure, Norway Returns Children to Bodnariu Family

06/07/2016 Comments (5)

(Photo: BodnariuFamily.org Gallery)

Last November a Romanian Christian family living in Norway were accused of spanking their children, resulting in the seizure of their five children by Norwegian Child Protective Services. Some sources close to the family claim the drastic measure was motivated by anti-Christian sentiment and a belief that they were “indoctrinating” their children.

After more than six months of separation, authorities are returning the children back to their parents later this month. The official statement from the Bodnariu family states:

“The Naustdal Municipality of Norway has come to terms with Marius & Ruth Bodnariu for the return home of all of their five (5) children.

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6 Ways the Catholic Church is More Like a VHS Than a DVD

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(Image Credit: “Empoor”, CC-BY-SA-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

I recently shared a meme on Facebook. The meme laughingly named the reasons that old VHS tapes of yesterday are better than DVDs of today. It was hilarious and though I said it had absolutely nothing to do with Catholicism, in the back of my head it did seem to ring of some hidden truth analogous to the truth found in the Catholic Church. Let me share the reasons the Church is a lot like the VHS tape, and not the DVD.

 

VHS: Haven’t used it in years? Will remember when you left off.
DVD: Haven’t used it in years? Will likely not work.

Imagine that you have been away from the Church in a while. Some of you might actually be away from the Church now! The scariest thing is going back,...READ MORE

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Mrs. Tittlemouse's Intruders and Our Bad Habits

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An illustration from Beatrix Potter's 1910 book, “The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse” (via Wikimedia Commons)

My love for Beatrix Potter has been ever expanding since I have had children, and as each child grows I delight rereading the little books out loud. There is something so beautiful and timeless in the stories Potter tells of the personified animals. And while I really enjoyed this essay on Squirrel Nutkin, my life lately has been much like that of Mrs. Tittlemouse in The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse.

“Mrs. Tittlemouse was a most terribly tidy particular little mouse, always sweeping and dusting the soft sandy floors.

Sometimes a beetle lost its way in the passages.

‘Shuh! shuh! little dirty feet!’ said Mrs. Tittlemouse, clattering her dustpan.“(p. 12)

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Five Hard Bible Passages and What They Mean

Understanding the difficult parts of the Bible.

06/07/2016 Comments (16)

Elisha and the bears.

Problematic Biblical passages are only a problem because we don’t approach them properly. Either we’re taking a passage too literally (or perhaps not literally enough), excising it from context, assuming an action of humans is a divinely approved, relying on faulty translations, or simply failing to understand the real meaning because of our distance from the time, place, and culture in which it was written.

These are human, not divine, errors, and they require intelligent engagement. They’re easy to mock, and the internet is full of scoffers doing just that rather than trying to understand the real meaning. Sites such as The Skeptic’s Annotated Bible pile ignorant derision on the text as...READ MORE

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Blessed are the Bloggers, Blogs Filled Venom and Vitriol, Handling Criticism, and Other Great Links!

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06/07/2016 Comment

Click on Blessed are the Bloggers by Stephen Bullivant of Catholic Herald link to read more.

Blessed are the Bloggers - Stephen Bullivant, Catholic Herald

Fr. Thomas Rosica: Catholics Have Filled the Internet with Venom and Vitriol – Catholic Herald

Radical Catholic Blogs May Be Filled with Venom and Vitriol, But Saying So Won’t Help - Fr. Dwight Longenecker

Handling Criticism – Pete Socks, Catholic Stand

Gender Ideology: The Value of Personal Relationships – Jeffrey A. Mirus Ph.D., Catholic Culture

The Narrow Way: On Catholic Sexuality – Emily Hess, Catholic Lane

Three Verses That Fail to Prove Sola Scriptura, and Never Will – Scott Eric Alt, epicPew

What’s the Best Way to View Reality? – Thomas Clements, Ignitum Today

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The Holy Faceplant and the Communion of Saints

06/06/2016 Comments (4)

This weekend — with 21 other men with whom I was privileged to share a five-year journey of diaconal discernment and formation — I went down on my face on the marble floor of the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, New Jersey.

Prostration is a confession of unworthiness. A document from the Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff, discussing the prostration of the sacred ministers on Good Friday, explicitly links this Good Friday gesture to the day of ordination, adding:

Thus he expresses the conviction of being nothing before the Divine Majesty, and repentance for having dared to measure himself, through sin, with the Omnipotent. As the Son who abased...READ MORE

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The Love Story of Chiara Corbella Petrillo,Get Rid of the Cable TV, and Many More Great Links!

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06/06/2016 Comment

Click on Book Review: The Love Story of Chiara Corbella Petrillo and Her Husband by Anabelle Hazard of Catholic Stand link to read.

Book Review: The Love Story of Chiara Corbella Petrillo and Her Husband - Anabelle Hazard, Catholic Stand

On the Need to Receive the Eucharist Worthily – Monsignor Charles Pope, Community in Mission

Get Rid of the Cable TV – F.S. Lerner, Maccabee Society

Oh, How I Blushed in the Men’s Dressing Room! – Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

10 Things No Theology Teacher Ever Misses During Summer Break, Ever – Sara Spitt, epicPew

Students Recite Lord’s Prayer at Graduation After School District Cuts It – Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Radical Egalitarians on the Loose – George J. Marlin, The Catholic Thing

The Couch or the Confessional – Vicki Burbach, Catholic Spiritual...READ MORE

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