There's a Right Way to Fight Tyranny, and a Wrong Way

06/24/2016 Comment

Father Jerzy Popiełuszko is pictured in a Solidarity mural in Ostrowiec Swietokrzyski, Poland (Photo credit: “Krugerr”, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

During this Fortnight for Freedom, the US Bishops have asked us to “Hold firm, stand fast, and insist upon what belongs to you by right as Catholics. — Our First, Most Cherished Liberty.” Furthermore, Archbishop Lori has pointed out that we must fight for freedom in a spirit of joy, signaling out the Little Sister of the Poor saying, “Look at the Little Sisters of the Poor, They are certainly defending themselves, but they are also joyful. They are not just trying to win a lawsuit. They are bearing witness to the Gospel, and doing so joyfully.”

This type of resistance stands in stark contrast to a common fallacy that is easy to ascribe to: fight fire with fire. When faced with oppression...READ MORE

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Need Help? Don't Ask the Internet; Go Ask Dad

06/24/2016 Comments (1)

I guess I just don’t watch enough television, because I missed a TV commercial put out by Gillette pegged to Father’s Day. Fortunately for me, after hearing about it, I found it on YouTube.

Gillette set up a kind of contest between fathers and the internet. They asked teenage boys from different countries to learn certain tasks using the internet as their source of information. Their assignments included frying an egg, asking a girl out on a date, and learning to shave.

It’s fun to watch the teens as they attempt to master each undertaking while watching instructional videos. And even more fun—and heartwarming—when their dads come in to help.

You can watch the commercial, which they...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Mentions Genocide in Context of Armenia's Tragedy

06/24/2016 Comments (1)

Pope Francis has set aside diplomatic sensitivities with Turkey by unexpectedly referring to the word “genocide” in a speech in the Armenian capital Yerevan this afternoon.

Addressing Armenian President Serzh Sargsián, Catholicos Karekin II, and civic dignitaries, Pope Francis departed from his prepared text to say the word while referring to the visit Karekin made to the Vatican last year.

In April 2015, Armenian Church leaders and the Holy Father commemorated in St. Peter’s basilica the centenary since the massacre of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians.

Turkey has condemned the use of the word genocide as it believes the number killed to be an exaggerated figure, and it claims they...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Gives Thanks for 'Light of Faith' in Armenia

06/24/2016 Comment


In a world marked by division, poverty and conflict, ecumenism offers a “convincing witness” to Christ’s love, mercy and reconciliation, Pope Francis said in his first discourse on arrival in Armenia.

Speaking at a joint prayer service in the Apostolic Cathedral in Etchmiadzin together with Karekin II, the Orthodox supreme Patriarch-Catholicos of All the Armenians, and a select group of around 100 other dignitaries, the Holy Father said the world “expects from a Christians a witness of mutual esteem and fraternal cooperation capable of revealing to every conscience the power and truth of Christ’s resurrection.”

For this reason, he said, the “patient and enduring commitment to full unity”...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: Brexit Showed 'Will of the People'

06/24/2016 Comments (6)
Edward Pentin

Pope Francis speaking to reporters on the papal plane this afternoon on his way to Armenia for a three day visit.

– Edward Pentin

Pope Francis has said the result of the U.K.’s referendum to leave the European Union reflects the “will of the people” and that there is now a “great responsibility” to ensure the well being of people in the U.K. and peaceful coexistence on continental Europe.

Addressing reporters on the papal plane to Armenia in a sombre mood, the Holy Father said he had only read basic information in Il Messaggero newspaper about the result of the vote just before leaving Rome, but said he felt it was “the will of the people”.

“It demands great responsibility on our part,” he said, “to ensure the well being of the people in the United Kingdom, and the coexistence of the people on the European...READ MORE

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The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/24/2016 Comment

Click on After Jumping Through Many Hoops and Finally Reintroducing the Traditional Latin Mass, Springtime for St. Ann’s Church, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA by Zachary Levering of Regina Magazine link to read more.

After Jumping Through Many Hoops and Finally Reintroducing the Traditional Latin Mass, Springtime for St. Ann’s Church, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - Zachary Levering, Regina Magazine

What It’s Like to be a Hermit – Fr. Paulinus Redmond, Catholic Compass

Looking at the Dangers of ’Sharenting’ from Parents (on Social Media) – Emily Stimpson, OSV Newsweekly

Biting Your Tongue Helps You to be a Saint, Say Pope Francis – Carol Glatz, epicPew

Archbishop Gomez Assisted Suicide in California: The Beginning of Tyranny – The Dispatch via The Catholic World Report

Samuel Gregg: Some Political and Social Movements ‘Prioritize Equality Over Freedom’ - Michael Severance, PowerBlog via Acton...READ MORE

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Britain Chooses to Brexit

06/24/2016 Comments (8)

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Britain has voted to exit the European Union, leaving behind a project with Catholic origins but which many believe has lost its way and departed from its founders' original vision.

The EU was born out of the desire to bring peace and stability to the continent after two catastrophic world wars but became increasingly criticized, above all in Britain, for becoming a bureaucratic, undemocratic monolith. Among the many other criticisms, Catholics have resented the way it has increasingly promoted and imposed secular values on member states, although in the weeks leading up to the poll they appeared to be as divided as the rest of the country on how to vote. 

But what has happened in today’s...READ MORE

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How Tradition Gave Us the Bible

06/24/2016 Comments (1)

Valentin de Boulogne (1591-1632), “Saint Paul Writing His Epistles”

Last time, in this space, we started looking at how doctrine develops in the life of the Church.  Today, we will take a look specifically at how the Church's doctrine regarding "which books should we read in the liturgy?" developed.  For that, of course, is all we mean by "the canon of Scripture".  The Church chose these books and not those for its readings as Mass, put them all together in The Book (Biblia) and used them Mass.  How did they make that call?

In some cases, the Church in both east and west has a clear memory of just who wrote a given book and could remind the faithful of this.  So, for instance, when a second century heretic named Marcion proposed to delete the Old Testament...READ MORE

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