Anglicans Narrowly Beat Vatican in Historic Cricket Match

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09/20/2014 Comments (3)

History was made in Canterbury, England, last night when the Vatican’s newly formed cricket team played its first ever match against the Church of England.

The Vatican narrowly lost the 150 minute game in a nail-biting finish: the Vatican scored 106 runs to which the Anglican XI replied with 108 runs with just five balls - closest equivalent to baseball pitches - left in the game.

The archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, congratulated both sides and presented the trophy to winning captain Stephen Gray, an Anglican college chaplain. “It was a very good match that could have gone either way,” archbishop Welby said. “I seriously hope we do it again – it’s been hugely enjoyable.”

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Register Radio: Secular Media & Breakaway Nuns / The Myth of Centering Prayer

09/19/2014 Comments (5)

This week on Register Radio, why is the secular media so fascinated with nuns who break away from the Vatican?  Jeanette De Melo talks with Register correspondent Ann Carey.  She’ll set the record straight—no non-sense. And also… centering prayer, it’s just prayer, right?  Wrong!  Dan Burke’s guest Sharon Lee Giganti debunks the myth.  Get your facts right.

The Secular Media’s Fascination with Nuns

For many years, Ann Carey has written investigative news stories about Catholic women religious and she has recently published an update to her book Sisters in Crisis.  She’ll talk to us about why nuns who break away from the Vatican make headlines, while nuns who are faithful never get on the...READ MORE

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A Treasure Trove of Gems

Priceless insights about our Blessed Mother appear in a new book.

09/19/2014 Comment
courtesy Marians of the Immaculate Conception

– courtesy Marians of the Immaculate Conception

The September feasts of our Blessed Mother — the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Most Holy Name of Mary and Our Lady of Sorrows — are Marian gems of the liturgical kind.

They reminded me of other kinds of Marian gems, specifically those in a recent book called Marian Gems.

The book’s subtitle — Daily Wisdom on Our Lady — sets the opening scene and reason for this great gem by Father Donald Calloway of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception. It shines and sparkles with beauty and wisdom.

Father Calloway has written several books on Mary, including the exceptionally inspiring Under the Mantle: Marian Thoughts From a 21st-Century Priest.

In that book, he included what he called...READ MORE

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Pray Like a Cheerleader

09/19/2014 Comments (14)

The story begins in fairly typical fashion. But it ends differently that most.

A high school in Tennessee was told they were no longer allowed to have a prayer said over the loudspeaker at football games. You know that part of the story well. It looked like the usual cast of ACLU lawyers, scared administrators, and people too busy to care too much. But something different happened at Oneida High School in Tennessee, according to WBIR. Some people cared.

Kevin Acres, the voice behind the loudspeaker for many years, was told that instead of leading the crowd in a pre-game prayer as had been done for close to eighty years he was instructed to initiate a moment of silence.

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The Pickle of Private Judgment

09/18/2014 Comments (79)

My pal (we'll call him "Hal") is nothing if not a Christian of deep convictions. Hal believes the Bible is the sole source of revelation. He thinks the Spirit guides each believer to individually discover truth for himself (so who needs the Church to tell us what to believe?) He believes that Jesus is his savior because "though he is God, he had a sinful human nature like mine and so was able to be truly human, only he never obeyed that nature." He believes Mormons are heretics for adding to scripture and are therefore "accursed" according to Galatians 1:8 ("But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him eternally condemned!")....READ MORE

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Tantrum Ergo Sacramentum

09/18/2014 Comments (18)

It's a whole year away, but I'm starting to get excited about World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia! There are going to be tons of fantastic speakers, and best of all, there will be a Papal Mass. 

Imagine, if you will, how much preparation goes into a huge, complicated event like this:  the scheduling, the promotion, the legal issues, even just making sure there are enough bathrooms. And how about the music? Which hymns would be appropriate for a Mass which culminates a celebration of all things pertaining to family life? Here are a few suggestions, from someone who's spent the last 17 years drowning in rejoicing in Catholic family living:

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The Humiliation Of Cardinal Burke (The No Spin Zone)

09/18/2014 Comments (342)

By now, most people have heard the rumor from multiple sources that Cardinal Raymond Burke will be removed from the Apostolic Signatura where he serves as Prefect.  This comes after being already removed from the Congregation for Bishops by Pope Francis.

Further, it is rumored that Cardinal Burke will be appointed "Cardinal Patron" of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, a largely symbolic position.  This decision is said to be in response to a book to which Cardinal Burke contributed, to be published soon by Ignatius Press, in which the propositions proffered by Cardinal Kasper in his keynote speech in preparation for the Synod on the Family are systematically dismantled.  The book...READ MORE

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The Fire Challenge, A Parental Challenge

09/17/2014 Comments (9)
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– Tony Alter/ Wikipedia

For weeks I’ve been unable to rid my mind of those gruesome images on the news of teens engulfed in flames.  Earth-shattering screams of horror and pain in the chaos that ensues amidst torture and human sacrifice.

I was not exposed to these images while watching coverage of the Middle East. I didn’t see ISIS soldiers sacrificing teens in the name of Allah. Nor was this some extreme form of riotous protest ignited by the fuel of hatred over recent events in Ferguson, Missouri. 

Believe it or not, these were videos posted in fun on social media for the world to see, as part of a craze known as The Fire Challenge

I watched the news, aghast, as teens made merry, pouring alcohol or lighter...READ MORE

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