Crazy Anti-Catholic Political Attack Site

10/26/2014 Comments (31)

A website opposing the candidacy of Mark Miloscia, a pro-life Catholic, may just be the most vehemently anti-Catholic political attack you've seen this election season.

Thus far, it's uncertain who created the site, but it's certainly from those opposing the Republican state senate candidate.

Interestingly, Miloscia switched from Democrat to Republican precisely because he felt that religious people were no longer welcome in the Democrat party. It appears to be growing increasingly difficult to argue with that.

We're getting to the point where this can hardly be called surprising. Radical Muslims are slaughtering Christians in many parts of the globe but it's hardly worth the raise of...READ MORE

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Register Radio - Synod Recap and Rule of St. Benedict in an Inner City School

10/24/2014 Comments (4)

, Jeanette De Melo and the Register's Rome Correspondent Edward Pentin recap synod on the family highlights and take a look forward in the Pope's schedule; and in the show's second half, Dan Burke talks with Register writer Tom McDonald about The Rule, a film the work of Benedictine fathers in a Newark inner city school.

Synod Recap with Edward Pentin

Edward Pentin began reporting on the Pope and the Vatican with Vatican Radio before moving on to become the Rome correspondent for the National Catholic Register. Today he’ll discuss highlights from the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family, just concluded at the Vatican.

The Pope “gave a very interesting and very well-praised recap...READ MORE

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This Week's Top Catholic Videos

10/24/2014 Comments (11)

So this is the New Evangelization, huh?

Say what you will YouTube is a place where souls can go to die. But many folks out there are shedding a little light out there -sometimes to great effect. Other times not so much. We've had monks and nuns singing their way onto the charts. But now we've got priests tap dancing their way into a viral hit. It's pretty fun.


Now we've got a nun singing Madonna's Like a Virgin. One of these things is not like the other. What next? Monks reinterpreting the theological intent of "Whoomp there it is?"

Here's a fun one. Students, priests, and faculty at Boston College chose to "Shake It Off" offering an invitation to “shake off our burdens and choose to...READ MORE

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Two Kinds of Questions

10/24/2014 Comments (33)

When you spend your time talking about volatile stuff like politics or, in my case, religion (especially that unique species of religion called “the Catholic Faith”) you discover pretty quickly that conversations can move along two tracks simultaneously.

The first track is the “intellectual”. Somebody asks a question like, “Was the gospel of John actually the testimony of John the apostle?”

That’s a straightforward question with a straightforward answer: “Yes.” You can back it up with all sorts of evidence from the text itself, and from the testimony of the early Church, as well as a general consensus of biblical scholars. Usually, such questions and answers can be dealt with quickly--if...READ MORE

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Other People's Blessings

10/23/2014 Comments (28)

The suffering one-upper! You know who I'm talking about. You say you're scrambling to pay for a new transmission? He says he just wishes he even had a car. You sigh because it's hard to find safe foods for your severely allergic child?  She swats you down with a tale of her triplets who stop breathing in the presence of the color yellow. You tweeted from the hospital, where you are slowly and painfully recovering from your eleventh foot surgery? Behold, the man born without legs is doing just fine, and even plays the mandolin! Now aren't you ashamed?

Cross-comparing -- when we look at someone else's suffering and call it little, nothing, or even something to be envied -- is...READ MORE

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UPDATE: The Boy With the Front-Door Key to Heaven Loved St. John Paul II

10/22/2014 Comments (12)
Frank & Maura Kelly

Two saints meet in person

– Frank & Maura Kelly

UPDATE: Originally posted Oct. 16, this update contains results of the race that had an “extra” or two that made a most fitting addition.


When Austin Ruse was going to rename his Down syndrome fundraising team, he had no doubt who to honor and why. It was Brendan Kelly.

Ruse, the president of the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute (C-FAM), shared in writing one story among many about young Brendan, the son of Frank and Maura Kelly.

It happened on Nov. 26, 2008. That day, at a major hotel in Mumbai, India, Islamic terrorists set off bombs, trapping hundreds of tourists and businessmen. Outside, the terrorists with machine guns began an assault intent on killing everyone inside.


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Top 10 Reasons It Makes Sense That St. John Paul II Loved 'Princess Bride'

10/22/2014 Comments (5)

The news is terrible, the future worrisome. What better time to relax with Princess Bride?

In his new book about the making of the movie Princess Bride, Cary Elwes reveals some surprising fans the 1980s comedy-adventure movie has won. Elwes starred as Westley/Dread Pirate Roberts — and happens to be a practicing Catholic, too.

First: John Gotti. Director Rob Reiner encountered the boss of the Gambino crime family at a New York restaurant, and the Mafioso (in a far different accent from Inigo Montoya’s from the movie) called out “Hey! You killed my father. Prepare to die!”

Second, from mobster to saint — Pope John Paul II. When Elwes met him at the Vatican (who, ironically, he would later...READ MORE

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Discernment: What It Does and Doesn't Mean

10/21/2014 Comments (18)

This year, I've been thinking a lot about what it means to give a decision over to God -- how to discern what God wants us to do, when we have a choice before us. It's one of the more widely misunderstood areas of our practical spiritual life, and I'm still figuring out what it means to live this way. Here are a few things I've figured out about what to expect when I pray for guidance in a decision:


It doesn't mean: You're no longer responsible for your behavior or your behavior's consequences. Prayer is not divination, where you split open the dove before the battle, and then become enemies with Athena if you lose. When we pray about something, that doesn't absolve us from using our...READ MORE

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