When a Hurricane Ruined Their Church, This Parish Saw an Evangelization Opportunity

10/02/2015 Comment

Photos by Tom Upshur

All summer long, Catholics on Long Island had the beautiful experience of Mass on the beach, with the sand, sea, and sky their church.
For the second year in a row, Father Brian Barr, pastor of St. Mary's of the Isle in Long Beach, arranged for a Sunday 6:30pm outdoor Mass. Each week, as word traveled about the beautiful beach liturgy, the number of congregants grew, with over 1,000 people in attendance at the last outdoor Mass over Labor Day weekend.
Father Brian wanted a way to bring the Mass to the people.  He hoped especially to reach people who hadn't been to church in a long time and who, for whatever reason, were unlikely to walk back into a church.   "We're a beach community;...READ MORE

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A Catholic Doctor's Perspective on Addyi, the "Female Viagra"

10/02/2015 Comment

R. Jared Staudt raises some valid concerns about the FDA’s recent approval of Addyi, a drug that has been popularly touted as the “female Viagra.” Professor Staudt is right to be concerned that the existence of Addyi (Flibaneserin) may represent an attempt—or be used—to force female sexuality into a male pattern. But we should be careful about both the bath water and the baby in the tub: abusus non tollit usum, the abuse of a thing does not take it away its use. There is a legitimate (and moral) use for drugs like Addyi, Viagra, etc. which aim to treat sexual dysfunction.

Surprisingly, even the FDA recognizes that Addyi should not be seen as a magic pill to treat hypoactive sexual desire...READ MORE

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Wheels Up for the Synod on the Family

10/02/2015 Comments (2)

Lorenzo Cardinal Baldisseri (YouTube)

Pope Francis will convene the 14th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops next week. On Sunday, he will celebrate an opening liturgy for the three-week-long summit of 270 Church leaders at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican at ten in the morning. The Synod fathers will concelebrate with him. Then, Monday will be the first working day of the assembly dedicated to the theme of the “Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and the Contemporary World.”

But, already two events this week are preparing the groundwork for Sunday’s kickoff. At the Holy See Press Office this morning, Fr. Federico Lombardi held a briefing for accredited journalists covering the Synod. The event...READ MORE

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Oops! Watch MSNBC's Pro-Abortion Hit Job Backfire on Live TV

10/02/2015 Comments (37)

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What happens when a liberal news show executes a hit job on a pro-life target, only to watch their attempt fizzle? Watch this MSNBC interview to find out.

Here is the context for the MSNBC interview: 

Following a slew of undercover videos that appeared to show Planned Parenthood affiliates profiting from the sale of fetal body parts,  the organization and its powerful allies have retaliated with a full-bore assault on the Center for Medical Progress, the pro-life investigative group that produced the videos.

CMP has been attacked for improperly editing the video images to manipulate public opinion and foster support for defunding Planned Parenthood.

Carly Fiorina, the only woman among a...READ MORE

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Oregon Gunman Singled Out Christians for Killing

10/02/2015 Comments (55)

Are you a Christian?

That's the question Chris Mercer reportedly asked his victims at the Oregon college yesterday. Reportedly, he shot Christians in the head and those who said they weren't Christian were shot in the leg. In all, ten are reported to have died.

NY Post:

A gunman singled out Christians, telling them they would see God in “one second,” during a rampage at an Oregon college Thursday that left at least nine innocent people dead and several more wounded, survivors and authorities said. “[He started] asking people one by one what their religion was. ‘Are you a Christian?’ he would ask them, and if you’re a Christian stand up. And they would stand up and he said, ‘Good, because...READ MORE

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Vatican Issues More Detailed Statement on Pope's Meeting With Kim Davis

10/02/2015 Comments (60)

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi SJ

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi SJ this morning issued the following statement regarding the meeting of Pope Francis and Kim Davis at the Nunciature in Washington, DC:

"The brief meeting between Mrs. Kim Davis and Pope Francis at the Apostolic Nunciature in  Washington, DC has continued to provoke comments and discussion.  In order to contribute to an objective understanding of what transpired I am able to clarify the following points:

Pope Francis met with several dozen persons who had been invited by the Nunciature to greet him as he prepared to leave Washington for New York City. Such brief greetings occur on all papal visits and are due to the Pope’s characteristic...READ MORE

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Same-Sex Attracted Individuals Underline Importance of Church Teaching Ahead of Synod

10/02/2015 Comments (40)

The Church must lose her “seeming bashfulness” and find the nerve to consistently preach the truth of the Church’s doctrine on human sexuality, individuals with a history of same-sex attraction have said.

Speaking on the eve of the Synod on the Family, they offered views rarely heard due to ideologically-driven rights movements taking precedent in the media and elsewhere.

Four of those who have had experience of SSA discussed challenges and expectations regarding the upcoming synod at a teleconference Thursday.

The teleconference also coincided with the publication of ‘Living the Truth in Love: Pastoral Approaches to Same-Sex Attraction’ – a book published by Ignatius Press in which...READ MORE

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Why You Should Love Your Guardian Angel (And Not Name Him)

10/01/2015 Comments (3)

Alexey Tyranov (1801-1859), "Angel Fighting for the Soul"

I remember learning about guardian angels as a child, and being completely freaked out by it. In my spiritual immaturity, the idea of a being that I could not see following me around wherever I went was unsettling.

As I grew and matured, of course, I began to not only understand the beauty and importance of guardian angels, but I also came to love, respect, and appreciate mine.

It’s the very thing that originally freaked me out – the constant presence of a being I could not see – that eventually endeared him to me. Given to me by God, my guardian angel is always there, loving me, caring for me, and guiding me.

I’ve called upon him and all the usual day-to-day things, and certainly in...READ MORE

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