Science, Saints, and the Shroud of Turin

Friday, May 09, 2014 7:37 AM Comments (49)

Science has newly confirmed something about the Shroud of Turin that saints already knew.

Centuries ago, Saint Bernard of Clairvaux in ecstasy asked Jesus which was His greatest unrecorded suffering and the wound that inflicted the most pain on Him in Calvary and Jesus answered:

"I had on My Shoulder, while I bore My Cross on the Way of Sorrows, a grievous Wound which was more painful than the others and which is not recorded by men. Honor this Wound with thy devotion and I will grant thee whatsoever thou dost ask through its virtue and merit and in regard to all those who shall venerate this Wound, I will remit to them all their venial sins and will no longer remember their mortal...READ MORE

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We Are Not Going Anywhere

Thursday, May 01, 2014 11:21 PM Comments (128)

I'm a Catholic, and I am not going anywhere.

With some of my friends, family, and fellow travellers I have been discussing how a Catholic should respond and behave in these times.

These times?  Well, yes.  Whether you share their concerns, there are a number of good and faithful Catholics out there (myself among them) who are concerned with some of the things going on in the Church these days.  Chief among these worries is the potential for, well, let's just say the potential for genuine problems in the Church following this October's Synod on the Family.  Why are we concerned?  Well, let's just say if the Church follows any of the suggestions of Cardinal Kasper, who gave the keynote at...READ MORE

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Can We Close Down The Sainthood Fast Track?

Monday, April 28, 2014 3:18 PM Comments (48)

So the Church and the world have two more saints.

I wrote two weeks ago about the infallibility of canonizations and we can rest assured of the infallibility that Popes John Paul II and John XXII are in heaven.

Of course, there are lots and lots of people in Heaven who will never be nor considered for canonization by the Church.  The reason why is that only few saints live lives of public significance and of such heroic virtue that they will be put forth by the Church as clear models to be emulated.

Whom the Church chooses to put through this process, the reasons why, and the process itself are all fallible prudential decisions made by people of the Church.

Establishing heroic virtue...READ MORE

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Are Canonizations Infallible? Yes and No

Thursday, April 17, 2014 10:48 AM Comments (83)

The discussion around the infallibility of canonizations comes up from time to time, and with the approaching canonizations of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII we see it naturally being revisited.

Particularly with the lives of Popes, there is always elements of the exercise of the Office or personality that people can reasonably critique. This is true of everyone, but more so with such prominent public figures.

I will not go into the details of any of these criticisms for the above mentioned as any such thing is debatable at best and tangential to my point.

The question is whether canonization is an infallible act and if so, how can it be that people who perhaps did questionable things...READ MORE

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Time To Consecrate Russia

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 10:54 AM Comments (69)

"To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to My Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays. If My requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated. In the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to Me, and she will be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world. In Portugal the dogma of the Faith will always be preserved . . . "

 

Once again, an...READ MORE

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The Loudest Confession

Monday, April 07, 2014 11:27 PM Comments (41)

This weekend I went to confession at a parish near my son's soccer game.  I am weird that way, I seek out parishes away from home for my confession obligations.

Anyway, I went to a parish. Nice enough looking Church with the standalone wood confessionals.

I picked a pew a few rows up from the confessional at the back of the Church to prepare and wait my turn.

A lady came into the Church and stood right near me but closer to the confessional, clearly not intuiting that I was waiting my turn.

So she is standing maybe 8 feet from me when her cell phone rings.  Of course, she answers it.  As loud as can be, she says...

"HI!   WHAT? NO NOT YET?  WHAT?  NO.  I WILL LATER."

An older man that...READ MORE

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Life In Upside-Down World

Monday, April 07, 2014 10:53 AM Comments (14)

Living in an upside-down world (UDW) does take some getting used to.

In UDW, no rights are more vigorously defended than those recently manufactured from whole cloth.  This, while rights granted directly from the creator, such as the right to live in UDW are revoked under the flimsiest of pretexts.

In UDW, tolerance is a bug-eyed and vein popping emotion rather than a calm and serene act of reason.

In UDW, not only can you have it both ways, somebody is legally bound to bake a cake for it.

In UDW, any kind of depravity is forgiven even absent repentance as long the culprit holds to fashionable views.  But to have ever supported something currently unfashionable, even if in fashion at...READ MORE

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The Most Misused Catholic Words

Monday, March 31, 2014 1:23 PM Comments (91)

We hear a lot of Catholics calling using official sounding Catholic words make their arguments or to impugn others, but do we all really understand what these terms mean?

I will try to explain, in the most basic terms possible, the meaning behind the modern uses of these words and how I think they might hit or miss the mark. 

Sedevacantist. We hear this one a lot. The real definition is simple. Sedevacantists hold that, because modern (recent) Pope's have said or done things that seem to be in contradiction to the Tradition of the Church AND that Popes, by virtue of their infallibility, must be perfect in such matters, therefore these Popes must not really be Popes. Therefore,...READ MORE

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Patrick Archbold is co-founder of Creative Minority Report, a Catholic website that puts a refreshing spin on the intersection of religion, culture, and politics. When not writing, Patrick is director of information technology at a large international logistics company. Patrick, his wife Terri, and their five children reside in Long Island, N.Y.