Go to Joseph

03/19/2009 Comment

Those who dispute the power of Catholic sacramentals will be interested in the tale of how the holy card (pictured) was the seedbed for this Lutheran’s conversion to the Catholic Church and work as a Catholic journalist. The feast of St. Joseph is the perfect day to recount the story.

While in high school and staying at a friend’s house, I discovered the holy card sitting on my friend’s dresser. As a Lutheran, I hadn’t come across many holy cards, particularly one with such beautiful artwork and a prayer devoted to a particular saint. I told my friend that I liked the card. In his generosity, he told me I could have it.

I put the card on my nightstand, and through high school and college...READ MORE

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When Does Life Begin?

03/11/2009 Comments (1)

“How do you know when a baby’s life begins?”

That’s the worthy question that starts off this scene from the film “Come What May,” which is available on DVD beginning next week.

Produced by the Advent Film Group, a core team of 40 home-educated students from 16 different states worked on the movie, which examines the issue of life.

It’s a film our President should watch.

“Life doesn’t begin incrementally,” says the young man’s father in the movie clip. “It’s radical. It’s an event, and it only happens once. It’s so simple even a 10-year-old can understand it.”

President Barack Obama’s executive order on Monday to rescind President George W. Bush’s limits...READ MORE

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Poor Economy = Vocations Increase?

03/02/2009 Comment

The New York Post is reporting an interesting trend. Many New Yorkers who have lost their jobs to the economic downturn are considering religious vocations.

According to the Post, at least 45 individuals have responded to subway ads to become friars through a Midtown-based Franciscan community, the Holy Name Province.

From the article:

“I thought it was speaking to me,” said George Camacho, 29, a Flushing, Queens, resident who saw one of the 1,000 “BeaFranciscan.org” ads on the subway.

The NYU graduate, who rents the basement of his parents’ home, was laid off as an on-air promotions producer for PBS in June.

“Getting laid off, it forced me to reflect,” he said. “What do I really...READ MORE

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The Church's Yearbook

03/02/2009 Comment

Pope Benedict XVI was presented this morning with the Church’s annual yearbook - the 2009 Pontifical Yearbook - by the Vatican’s Central Office for Statistics. The yearbook features statistics on the global Roman Catholic Church.

Among 2009’s promising statistics, it appears that the numbers of Catholic priests worldwide is rising slowly. The yearbook shows an increase of several hundred priests per year since 2000, thanks primarily to large increases in Africa and Asia. In Africa and Asia, the number of Catholic priests rose 27.6% and 21%. The number of Catholic priests in Africa and Asia rose from 405,178 in 2000 to 408,024 in 2007, the report said.

Meanwhile, another annual yearbook -...READ MORE

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Pelosi to Remain Pro-Abortion

02/19/2009 Comment

Those wondering what impact Nancy Pelosi’s meetings with Pope Benedict XVI yesterday, and San Francisco Archbishop George Niederauer 11 days ago have had on the Speaker, have to wonder no more. They haven’t had an impact, at least not on her positions on the life issue.

Pelosi’s spokesman, Brendan Daly confirmed with me just minutes ago that she has no plans to change her position on abortion.

“She has said, as it says in the Democratic party platform, she wants to reduce the number of abortions,” said Daly. “But she will remain pro-choice.”

While much was made of Pelosi’s meeting with the Pope yesterday, few knew about her meeting 10 days prior with her own local ordinary.

That...READ MORE

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Confessing ‘Round the Clock

02/19/2009 Comment

Another sign that the sacrament of reconciliation is making a comeback. The Archdiocese of New York is planning “24 Hours of Confession” in conjuction with the Cathedral of St. Patrick Young Adults during Lent.

Scheduled to take place between 7 a.m. Friday, March 6 through 7 a.m. Saturday, March 7, 2009, “24 Hours of Confession” will be offered at 21 parishes throughout Manhattan. The participating parishes will have their confession doors open for a total of more than 120 hours during the 24-hour period.

This idea isn’t new.

I first wrote about it for the Register here. The Archdiocese of Chicago’s St. Mary’s Church in Lake Forest, Ill., was one of the first to offer what they called...READ MORE

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Scorsese Plans Catholic Film?

02/14/2009 Comments (2)

According to an AFP report Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese plans to adapt the 1966 novel “Silence” by Shusaku Endo for the screen.

The book tells the story of a young Jesuit priest from Portugal who lands in southern Japan, and of Japan’s brutal persecution of Catholics during the 17th century.

From the report:

Academy Award-winning art director Dante Ferretti, who is close to Scorsese, and producer E. Bennett Walsh this week visited the Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture to research the film.

“They are going to make a movie and so they visited to research Japanese Christian history,” museum spokesman Koichiro Nishijima said.

He said that the pair carefully studied a...READ MORE

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Obama Receives Red Envelopes

02/12/2009 Comment

Red Envelope Project

A grassroots initiative to express moral outrage over President Obama’s administration’s promotion of abortion is garnering much Internet attention.

Just as American revolutionaries used tea to protest the action’s of the British government, those concerned with life are utilizing the power of red envelopes to protest abortion.

Supporters have been encouraged to send an empty red envelope to President Obama, symbolizing a single child who died because of abortion.

On the back of each envelope, is a handwritten message that reads: “This envelope represents one child who died in abortion. It is empty because that life was unable to offer anything to the world. Responsibility begins with...READ MORE

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Tim Drake is an award-winning writer and former journalist and radio host with the National Catholic Register/EWTN. He currently serves as New Evangelization Coordinator for the Holdingford Area Catholic Community in the Diocese of St. Cloud, Minnesota. He resides with his wife and five children in St. Joseph, Minn.