When an Officer Falls & The Power of Confession

12/06/2012 Comments (5)
Tim Drake

Funeral procession for Officer Tom Decker.

– Tim Drake

Prior to last week, it had been 17 years since a Central Minnesota police officer was last killed in the line of duty. That officer, Brian Klinefelter, just 25, was killed after attempting to apprehend three suspects who had robbed a liquor store.
Last week's killing of Cold Spring Officer Tom Decker, 31, remains unsolved.

Yesterday's funeral at St. John's Abbey and police procession was something I hope not to have to witness again in my lifetime. Knowing that the procession would pass very near our home, I encouraged my wife and children to dress warm, and we proceeded to a pedestrian walkway bridge that spans Interstate 94. At about 1:30 p.m. the general procession began. For the...READ MORE

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Ask the Pope a Question via Twitter

Pope Unveils Twitter Account

12/03/2012 Comments (3)

The Vatican revealed Pope Benedict XVI's new Twitter account @Pontifex today. Followers are encouraged to ask the Pope questions via the hashtag #askpontifex or #B16. He will answer one of the questions in his first tweet on Dec. 12.

"The initiative comes from the Pope's desire to utilize all opportunities for communication which technology offers and are characteristic in the world today," Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, told L'Osservatore Romano.

In just two hours on Monday morning, the Pope's followers grew from 18,000 to more than 76,000.

A Vatican official told CNN that the Pope will be composing the tweets for the...READ MORE

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Register Radio: Putting Out into the Digital Deep & Advent

Cindy Black and Lisa Hendey

11/30/2012 Comment

Today on Register Radio, Cindy Black, director of the Office of Youth, Young Adult & Campus Ministry with the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Ind. spoke about the launch of their innovative "My Year of Faith" mobile app and blog.

Black described how the initiative came to be through an idea raised by the Curia as a way to reach those who may not be engaged in the life of the Church during the Year of Faith.

She said that after the idea was raised, it took Little i Apps, a local developer, about two months to create.

"Each day there is a post that gets people to think about their faith and the beauty of our faith," said Black. "There are also prayers, calendars, and challenges to...READ MORE

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Share Your Pro-Life Stories of Hope

11/27/2012 Comments (2)

Today, The Gregorian Institute at Benedictine College launched its "Stories of Hope" project to collect and share moving stories of pro-life conversion.

Abortion, according to the Institute's press release on the project, is the "Achilles Heel of the powerful anti-family movement."

"Achilles was unstoppable, triumphing over everything in his path, until his one weak spot - his heel - brought him down," says the release. "So it is with the anti-family forces that won big in November. They seem unstoppable. But the abortion issue is essential to them - and it is extremely vulnerable."

Those who work for the pro-life cause know that the tide has turned in favor of life. One has only to...READ MORE

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Diocese Launches Year of Faith App

11/26/2012 Comment

Demonstrating that it can use New Media for the New Evangelization, the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend has become the first to launch a blog and mobile app to coincide with the Church's "Year of Faith." The Diocese lauched the blog and app in response to Pope Benedict XVI's call to "witness to the Gospel in the digital age."

"The Year of Faith offers many opportunities to examine and deepen our Catholic faith," said Diocese of Fort Wayne - South Bend Bishop Kevin Rhoades. "The Diocese has designed a special website to help you learn more about your faith and to encourage you on this journey to deepen and strengthen your faith."

The My Year of Faith blog and mobile app will offer...READ MORE

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Register Radio: Post-Election Analysis

Thomas Peters and Michelle Bauman

11/09/2012 Comments (22)

Today, on a special edition of Register Radio, Thomas Peters, cultural director with the National Organization for Marriage, and Michelle Bauman, Washington, D.C. correspondent with Catholic News Agency/EWTN News joined us for the entire show for a post-election roundtable discussion on the election results, the Catholic vote, and the outcome on various ballot initiatives.

Bauman began by providing a breakdown of the electorate and whom they voted for. She pointed out that President Obama received the majority of votes from minorities, such as Latinos and African-Americans, as well as single females, the youth, those who were unmarried, and the religiously unaffiliated. By comparison,...READ MORE

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Election Night: Live Blogging

11/06/2012 Comments (2)

10:53 p.m. CST

With all of that unfortunate news, I await my wife's return home. She served as an election judge. It's nearly 3 hours past when the polls closed here in Minnesota, and she's still not home. I'm ceasing my blogging and retiring to pray for our country and our president.

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10:45 p.m. CST

On the marriage ballot initiatives in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington, the news isn't looking much better. According to Forbes, it appears as if Maine has approved so-called same-sex "marriage."  The Seattle Times is suggesting that it will also be approved in Maryland as well, and it looks as if Minnesota's marriage amendment defending traditional marriage has been...READ MORE

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How Barack Obama Betrayed the Civil Rights Movement

11/02/2012 Comments (139)

When Christian voters enter the voting booth on Tuesday they must realize that by voting against President Barack Obama, they are not rejecting the Civil Rights movement, or Abraham Lincoln, or Martin Luther King, Jr., or Christian beliefs.

Rather, it is President Obama who has betrayed the very movement that so many thought he would lead. He has abandoned the Civil Rights’ moral and Christian base, embracing practices that pit him against American and African black Christians while he aligns with their secular detractors.

Recall that the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, and the Abolitionist movement that preceded it by more than 100 years, were both fundamentally religious...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.