Register Radio - Military Operations in Iraq and the Register’s College Guide

08/25/2014 Comment

This week on Register Radio Dan Burke and the Register's Senior Editor Joan Frawley Desmond discuss Pope Francis and military options in Iraq. Also, Jeanette DeMelo talks to Register writer Joseph Pronechen about the upcoming Register College Guide.

Military Operations in Iraq

Joan Frawley Desmond is the Register’s senior editor. She is an award-winning journalist widely published in Catholic, ecumenical and secular media. A graduate of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies of Marriage and Family, she lives with her family in Menlo Park, Ca, in the San Francisco Archdiocese. She's been following the U.S. policy response to developments in Iraq.

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Behold the Spam of God!

08/24/2014 Comments (35)

Almost every other day it seems, I will (like thousands of other Catholics) open my email and get something like this specimen (culled from my "delete" file):

Dear Mark, just came from your Website and have some questions. It sounds like you were a "Protestant" before becoming a Catholic? I don't know which church you were in but I have to question whether you were ever taught the Word of God there? If you had been in a church which taught the truth concerning Baptism according to the Word of GOD and not the "traditions of men" you would have learned that not only does baptism NOT save nor "grant justification" but it is ONLY for those who ARE BORN-AGAIN by the SPIRIT of GOD by placing...READ MORE

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Are Saints New Revelation?

08/21/2014 Comments (10)

It seems, said my friend, that the Church contradicts itself. On the one hand, Catholic teaching declares revelation complete with the close of the apostolic era. Yet consider the canonization of, say, Joan of Arc. It appears a Catholic must believe one of the following:

1. Revelation continues. It was revealed to the Pope in 1920 that Joan of Arc was in heaven.

2. Revelation ended with the apostles, but before the Ascension, Christ gave Peter a long list of those who would eventually be canonized and Joan's name was on the list.

3. There is no revelation concerning Joan of Arc and we have no way of knowing where she is now.

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Consecrated Host for Satanic Mass in Oklahoma City Returned to Bishop

08/21/2014 Comments (37)

Yesterday, the Register reported that Archbishop Coakley of Oklahoma City had filed suit seeking the return of the consecrated host that was obtained for use at a black mass, scheduled to be celebrated at the city's civic center next month. 

Today, Archbishop Coakley confirmed that the host had been returned to him.

“This is a tremendous victory for decency and all people of faith,” Michael Caspino, one of two attorneys who filed the lawsuit on behalf of the archdiocese in Oklahoma District Court, told the Register. 

“The host has been returned and we have a written agreement that the group will not use a consecrated host at their ‘black mass.’ This takes all significance out of their...READ MORE

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Ten Things I Learned the Hard Way about Sending Kids to School

08/21/2014 Comments (25)

As I've mentioned a million times, we have tried nearly every form of schooling that is out there. We make changes when they are necessary, and we try to learn from the adjustments we've had to make. The biggest change was going from home school to the classroom. Here are ten things we learned the hard way.

(Please note: this post is intended to help parents who have some trepidation about starting their kids out in school. All of the "lessons" in it come directly from my own family's experience, and are not intended to mock, belittle, or stereotype anyone. If you insist on assuming that my motives are foul, just remember what they say: "assume" makes an "e" out of you and your, um, ass....READ MORE

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Student Suspended for Saying "Bless You" After Classmate Sneezed

08/20/2014 Comments (44)

This is just straight up nuts.

A public school teacher who outlawed students saying "bless you" in class suspended a young girl for breaking the rule after a classmate sneezed. Seriously.

CBS in Charlotte reports: Kendra Turner, a senior at Dyer County High School, said bless you to her classmate who sneezed and the teacher told her that the term was for church.

“She said that we’re not going to have godly speaking in her class and that’s when I said we have a constitutional right,” Turner told WMC.

When she defended her actions, the teacher told Turner to see an administrator. The student said that she had to finish the class period in in-school suspension.

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The Culture of Blechh

08/19/2014 Comments (60)

The other day, I announced my pregnancy on my Patheos blog. Having used up all my creativity in making the actual baby, I didn't order custom-printed baby announcement M&M's to sprinkle around the house and then video my kids' reaction when they discovered them. I just put a picture of my belly sticking out and wrote, "Hooray!"

Because I am lucky, I got dozens of happy congratulations, some from people I know, some from people I've never met or heard of. Then, inevitably, a surprsingly slow 48 hours later, a commenter left the first poo in the punchbowl, saying:

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Pope 'Deeply Saddened' Over News of Relatives Killed in Accident

08/19/2014 Comments (26)
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UPDATE II: The Vatican released the following statement Wednesday evening: "This afternoon, Mrs. Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, President of the Republic of Argentina, telephoned the Holy Father to offer him condolences on behalf of the Argentine people for the bereavement that has affected his family." 
 

UPDATE I: At his weekly general audience on Wednesday, the Holy Father said:

"I thank you for the prayers and condolences for what happened in my family. Even the Pope has a family. We are 5 siblings, I have 16 nieces and nephews. One of these nephews had a car accident. His wife died as well as two young children; one was 2 years old and the other only a few months old. And he right...READ MORE

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