Of Concupiscence, Wheat Beer, and the Princess Bride

06/06/2016 Comments (5)

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And where sin abounded, grace did more abound.
St. Paul

There’s a Baptist Church around the corner from where I live, and their street-side kiosk is a perpetual source of both amusement and inspiration for me. Although it occasionally announces events or lists worship times, it usually features punchy one-liners that speak to biblical themes.

A couple weeks back, the captions were particularly memorable. Going southbound on Miami Street, the kiosk read, “God can take broken pieces and turn them into masterpieces.”  Northbound drivers got a slightly different message: “Only God can take you from broken to brand new.” I know these were just drive-by faith soundbites, and thus quibbling...READ MORE

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The Doctrine of Purgatory is Biblical and Makes Sense

06/06/2016 Comments (22)

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All who die in God's grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven. (Catechism of the Catholic Church - #1030)

Few doctrines of the Catholic faith are more misunderstood than Purgatory, and yet few make more sense—or are more biblical—when rightly understood.

Misunderstandings of Purgatory abound. Some people think the Church teaches it is a second chance, where deceased souls headed for hell get a shot at working their way to heaven. Still others have the notion that Catholics think Purgatory necessary in order for souls to...READ MORE

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The Man Behind Catholic University of America’s Largest Donation Ever and Other Great Links!

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/05/2016 Comment

Click on The Man Behind Catholic University of America’s Largest Donation Ever by Jim Graves of The Catholic World Report link to read.

The Man Behind Catholic University of America’s Largest Donation Ever – Jim Graves, The Catholic World Report

Africa Could Teach England a Lot about Building a Culture of Life – Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald

Founding Organization of ‘Baby Boxes’ Saves First Life – Eddie O’Neill, OSV Newsweekly

An Intellectually Robust Case for Christianity – Jack Carrigan, Catholic Herald

New Portable Altar In Action! – Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, Fr. Z’s Blog

The Moral Wrong of Physician-Assisted Suicide – Alexander Schimpf, Crisis Magazine

Gender Ideology: Personal Disorder and Personal Sin – Jeffrey A. Mirus Ph.D., Catholic Culture

Want to Learn How to Navigate Science in the Light of Faith? – Stacy...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Issues Motu Proprio on Removal of Negligent Bishops

Holy Father also formally approved today statute for the new Congregation for the Laity, Family and Life.

06/04/2016 Comments (19)
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In the latest effort to stamp out clerical sex abuse, the Vatican announced today that Pope Francis has established new norms to ensure that bishops, or those of equal rank, can be removed when they have been negligent, active or complicit in acts causing grave harm to others or a community.

In a new Apostolic Letter, issued motu proprio, entitled “Come una madre amorevole” (As a Loving Mother), the new norms provide for the removal of bishops (or those equivalent to them in Canon Law) from their offices in cases where they have “through negligence, committed or omitted acts that have caused grave harm to others, either with regard to physical persons, or with regard to the community...READ MORE

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What to Look for in a Catholic University, Transgenderism Worse for You than Smoking and More. . .

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/04/2016 Comment

Click on What to Look for in a Catholic University? by Maryann Gogniat Eidemiller of OSV Newsweekly link to read.

A Subjective Definition of “Death” Would Unleash Great Evil – Wesley J. Smith, First Things

Forms of Lay Spirituality – Howard Kainz Ph.D., The Catholic Thing

What to Look for in a Catholic University? – Maryann Gogniat Eidemiller, OSV Newsweekly

Transgenderism Is Worse for Your Health than Soda or Smoking – Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

A Christian Response to Europe’s Crisis – Joseph Pearce, Catholic Herald

Early Female Mystics and Martyrs: Perpetua and Felicity [Podcast] – Taylor Marshall Ph.D.

Mary O’Regan: Why I Wouldn’t Want to be a Female Deacon – Mary O’Regan, Catholic Herald

Feminism and the War on Masculinity – Benedict Augustine, Maccabee Society

Don’t Let...READ MORE

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Can the Hiroshima Bombing Be Morally Justified?

Faithful Catholics have always roundly rejected the utilitarian logic undergirding the decision to use the atomic bomb

06/03/2016 Comments (67)

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President Obama’s recent visit to the Japanese city of Hiroshima is an opportunity to reflect on the moral ramifications of one of the most horrific acts of war in history. Indeed, the President himself—rather than issue a cheap apology for the event—called for just such an exercise in critical thinking.

At the time, the logic behind the use of the atom bomb on Hiroshima—and, in short order, also on Nagasaki—was a simple and compelling one. Many argued the alternative was a grueling trench warfare with suicide Japanese solders—a battle for every hill, every yard, every city and village that would extend the war and result in the loss of as many as a million more lives. That argument...READ MORE

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Is Rosie Gil the Holy Homemaker JPII Wanted to Canonize?

06/03/2016 Comments (9)

Mary Cassatt (1844-1926), “The Young Mother”

Saint Pope John Paul II had been looking for someone like Rosie Gil: an everyday housewife worthy of sainthood. He had canonized St. Gianna Molla (1922 –1962) in May 2004, an Italian pediatrician, wife, and mother who accepted death rather than abort her fourth child. The Pope wanted to also find a modern-day, saintly mother whose vocation was serving God and family at home.

After she passed away on December 26, 2010, Rosie’s family found many prayers and letters of encouragement that she wrote to her children. When her husband Robert shared them with several priests, the reaction was always the same: “Rosie is a saint.”  

Fr. Angelus Shaughnessy with EWTN, read the writings and agreed....READ MORE

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Catholic Man Sentenced to Attend Baptist Services After Street Fracas

“Proselytizer” Escapes 90-Day Prison Sentence

06/03/2016 Comments (14)

Wilhelm Trübner (1851-1917), “Scuffling Boys”

Don't drink and proselytize! That's the lesson Judge William Mallory hoped to teach 23-year-old Jake Strotman this week, after the young man was convicted in a Hamilton County, Ohio courtroom on a charge of misdemeanor attempted assault. The judge is known for his unusual sentences, and this one is a doozy.

Reading the story, however, I'm left scratching my head—I'm not sure Who was proselytizing Whom.

Leaving a Cincinnati Cyclones hockey game, Jake Strotman and his friends—who may have had a few beers on the Cyclones' “Dollar Beer Night”—encountered a group of Baptist street preachers. Strotman is Catholic, and he was troubled because the Baptists warned him he was not “saved” and was...READ MORE

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