Is Dorothy Day Suitable for Canonization, Non-Judgmental Shepherds and More!

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05/06/2016 Comment

Click on Is Dorothy Day Suitable for Canonization? by Fr. Brandon O’Brien of Crisis Magazine link to read.

A Thinker, A Man Of Faith – Guy McClung J.D. Ph.D., Catholic Stand

Is Dorothy Day Suitable for Canonization? – Fr. Brandon O’Brien, Crisis Magazine

Non-Judgmental Shepherds – Fr. Jerry J. Pokorsky, The Catholic Thing

Poland: Eucharistic Miracle! Bleeding Host Is Human Cardiac Tissue – Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, Fr. Z’s Blog

Five (5) Things My Mother and Daughter Taught Me about Caring for People with Dementia – Nancy Valko, Catholic Lane

St. John Vianney’s Preaching on Unworthy Communions – Peter Kwasniewski Ph.D., New Liturgical Movement

Broken Trust: The Cause of Angry Politics – John Horvat II, Crisis Magazine

The Best Way To Experience Lourdes – Fr. Matthew Pittam, Catholic Herald


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Mary Is Not a Warmed-Over Pagan Goddess

05/06/2016 Comments (2)

Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo (1727-1804), “The Adoration of the Shepherds”

The basic problem that faces those approaching Mary from outside the Catholic tradition is the seeming disproportion between what Scripture tells us about Mary and the enormous amount of space she appears to occupy in the life of the Church. Part of that appearance of disproportion is due to Catholic devotion and part of it is due, paradoxically, to the exaggerated fears of non-Catholics about Catholic devotion.

The dynamic works this way: Scripture doesn’t spell out for us, say, a command to pray the Rosary. But Catholics pray the Rosary anyway (due to the fact that they don’t regard the Bible as the Big Book of Everything given by God to micromanage our prayer lives under the rubric...READ MORE

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Now, here is a REAL religion

05/05/2016 Comments (11)

Andrei Mironov, “The Last Supper”, 2009 (CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Having just returned from a fantastic parish pilgrimage to Poland, I’ve been busy catching up in the parish and at home. I’ve jumped back into the details of building a new church, organizing a growing parish, finishing our fundraising efforts and then dealing with family life on top. 
As a result I have not had the chance to blog very much, and in the midst of the busy-ness, being able to stop and celebrate Mass has provided that “still point in the turning world” which is so vital to retain one’s sanity.
On weekdays I increasingly celebrate Mass ad orientem— this gives me the chance to pray the Mass focused more on God and not looking at the people all the time. Yesterday the...READ MORE

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4 Ways Target Created Its Own Mess, And What You Can Do About It

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

Target opened up a big and unexpected can of worms recently with their new potty policy. Giving the mom-hornet nest a good smack, they riled up folks like this gutsy mom and the growing movement she is a part of.

Target’s rationale for this jaw-dropping move, as stated in their official corporate statement, is that they desire an atmosphere where their employees and customers are “protected from discrimination, and treated equally.” Who can’t sign onto that?  

But there are obviously many problems with their new policy establishing totally open, non-sex distinct restrooms and changing areas. Anyone can use either. If questioned, all they have to do is explain they are indeed a member of...READ MORE

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Ann Coulter’s Embarrassing Failure to Grasp Basics of Christianity

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In a recent column, avowed pro-Trump supporter Ann Coulter takes John Kasich—who dropped out of the presidential race earlier this week—to the woodshed for a surprising reason: his tendency to talk about his Christian faith in public. More surprising is her criticism of the way he speaks about his faith.

John Kasich, she says, “rants about religion in a way that only he can understand.” Her first example: 

Kasich is constantly proclaiming that illegals are “made in the image of God,” and denounces the idea of enforcing federal immigration laws, saying: “I don’t think it’s right; I don’t think it’s humane.”

For someone who famously called for the United States to invade Muslim countries...READ MORE

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Spiffy Prayer Coasters!, Do Protestant’s Believe the Same Gospel as Us and More!

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05/05/2016 Comment

Click on Spiffy Prayer Coasters! And Other Cool Items. . . via Fr. Z’s Blog link to read.

Motivated by Love: Working Despite Criticism – Julie Machado, Catholic Stand

Spiffy Prayer Coasters! And Other Cool Items. . . – Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, Fr. Z’s Blog

Superman and a 38-Year-Old Boy – Nic Davidson, Ignitum Today

Do Protestant’s and Catholic’s Believe the Same “Gospel”? – Charlie Johnson, Catholic Lane

Choosing The Cross – Karen Reep, Catholic Stand

Dreams, Ideals, and Living Better Naturally – James Kalb, The Catholic World Report

Bruce Springsteen Praised by Men Who Think They Are Women – Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine

‘Behind the Door Was a Painting That the Owners Did Not Know About’ – Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, Fr. Z’s Blog

The Ultimate Apologist’s Reading List – Trent...READ MORE

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Cardinal Müller: Magisterium on Remarried Divorcees Unchanged by 'Amoris Laetitia'

05/04/2016 Comments (70)
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Cardinal Gerhard Müller

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Cardinal Gerhard Müller has spoken publicly for the first time about Pope Francis’ post-synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, saying that the document does not open the door to Holy Communion for civilly remarried divorcees, contrary to the claims of Cardinal Walter Kasper and others.

In a lecture at a seminary in Oviedo, Spain, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith emphatically pointed out that the magisterium of the Church still applies to those passages in Amoris Laetitia on pastoral care for remarried divorcees.

According to a May 2 article in the German Catholic newspaper Die Tagespost, Cardinal Müller said what Pope St. John Paul II taught on this...READ MORE

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How the Leonine Prayers Helped Create the Vatican State and Crushed the Soviet Union

05/04/2016 Comments (11)

Giuseppe Cesari (1568-1640), “Archangel Michael and the Rebel Angels”

Two years ago this month Edward Pentin reported on this site that there was a “Campaign Under Way to Introduce Prayer at Mass for Persecuted Christians”. Let’s hope that’s still true. The prayers, which were to follow the dismissal at Mass, and were more or less successors to the Leonine Orations, have a long tradition of being so efficacious that, once they accomplished their original object, they were retained (until 1965) for new intentions.

They were named after one of the longest reigning pontiffs, Pope Leo XIII (1878-1903). According to the Roman Missal: “These prayers were introduced by Pope Leo XIII to obtain an acceptable solution to the Vatican’s relations with the Italian State...READ MORE

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