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Charles Martel Aid Us! Catholic Relief Services on the Syrian Refugee Crisis, Bye Europe, and More! (2018)

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11/23/2015 Comment

Click on Charles Martel Aid Us! by Donald R. McClarey, J.D., of The American Catholic link to read more.

Charles Martel Aid Us! by Donald R. McClarey, J.D., of The American Catholic - Big Pulpit

Syrian Refugee Crisis – Catholic Relief Services

To Understand Social Justice, Understand Subsidiarity – Leila Miller, Catholic Stand

Titian the Trailblazer: The Balance of Naturalism and Symbolism – David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

Catholic Colleges Sponsor Chapters of Group Supporting Planned Parenthood by Kimberly Scharfenberger of Catholic Education Daily - Big Pulpit

The Lesson of Paris: Elites Have a False View of Islam – William Kilpatrick, The Catholic World Report

The Decline of Europe and the Rise of Belligerent Islam - Big Pulpit

12 Southern Catholic Problems – Brooke Gregory,...READ MORE

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What Did The Pope Really Say about Lutherans and Communion, Pope Benedict Was Right, and Much More! (3839)

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11/22/2015 Comment

Click on What Did The Pope Really Say. . . about Lutherans and Communion? by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf of Fr. Z’s Blog link to read more.

What Did The Pope Really Say. . . about Lutherans and Communion? by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf of Fr. Z’s Blog - Big Pulpit

U.S.C.C.B. Head: Paris Violence Won’t Alter Church Outreach to Refugees – Dennis Sadowski, Catholic Herald Magazine

The Startling Absence of Catholic Men in the Pews – Matthew James Christoff, Catholic Stand

Seven Steps to Bring Your Child Home to the Faith – Brandon Vogt, OSV Newsweekly

Pope Benedict Was Right – Donald R. McClarey J.D., The American Catholic

Fr. Rosica on Islam: 180º From Reality – Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture

The Decline of Europe and the Rise of Belligerent Islam - Big Pulpit

The Tenderness of the Sacred Heart – Charlie Johnson, Ignitum Today


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Hollywood’s ‘Spotlight’ Film and Boston Globe Reporting; Defend France and More! (1609)

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11/21/2015 Comment

Click on Hollywood’s ‘Spotlight’ Film and the Boston Globe’s Dishonest Reporting by David F. Pierre Jr. of TheMediaReport.com link to read more.

Hollywood’s ‘Spotlight’ Film and the Boston Globe’s Dishonest Reporting by David F. Pierre Jr. of TheMediaReport.com - Big Pulpit

U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision on the H.H.S. Mandate Will Have Big Implications for the Catholic Church – Editorial Board, OSV Newsweekly

Editor’s Note: Prayers for Discernment Concerning the Jihadist Paris Attacks – Diane McKelva, Catholic Stand

After the Jihadist Paris Attacks: It’s Hard to Love Your Enemies – Bob Kurland Ph.D., Reflections of a Catholic Scientist

St. Louis of France, Defend France! – Donald R. McClarey J.D., The American Catholic

The Decline of Europe and the Rise of Belligerent Islam - Big Pulpit

Is Islam Really a Peaceful Religion?...READ MORE

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Atlanta Falcons’ QB ‘Catholic for a Reason’ (3186)

The Church shapes third-year pro Sean Renfree’s vision.

11/20/2015 Comments (1)
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Sean Renfree

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After undergoing losing seasons in 2013 and 2014, the Atlanta Falcons have a renewed focus and energy. If the season ended today, the team’s 6-3 record would earn them a wild-card berth in the NFL playoffs.

Backup quarterback Sean Renfree is hopeful the Falcons’ success will continue and is relying, in part, on the team’s camaraderie to make that happen. Solidarity in sports is nothing new to the 2013 seventh-round draft pick, who has had Catholic teammates and coaches since his high-school days in Phoenix.

Even before entering high school, Renfree’s Catholic sporting formation had a good start with his father, Dr. Kevin Renfree, an orthopedic surgeon at the Mayo Clinic’s Phoenix campus....READ MORE

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SDG Reviews ‘Spotlight’ (10283)

Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams star in Tom McCarthy’s meticulously well-crafted drama about the journalistic investigation into clerical sex abuse and cover-up in the Archdiocese of Boston.

11/20/2015 Comments (79)

In a crucial sequence in Thomas McCarthy’s Spotlight, a victim of sexual abuse by a priest telling his story to a Boston Globe reporter says simply, “Then he molested me.”

The reporter, Sacha Pfeiffer (Rachel McAdams), looks at him empathically. “I think language is going to be so important here,” she prompts gently. “Just saying ‘molest’ isn’t enough. People need to know what happened.”

We cloak the monstrous in euphemisms. We call it “unspeakable” or “unthinkable” — designations that are accurate simply because in using them we make them so. In Catholic circles a dozen years ago, one sometimes heard about “The Crisis”; later it became “The Scandal.” We all knew what these terms referred...READ MORE

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How Islamic Are Islamic Terrorists? (8257)

According to experts, the fundamentalist jihadists who carry out murderous attacks are Muslims whose beliefs are rooted partly in longstanding Islamic teachings.

11/20/2015 Comments (23)
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People flee from a Nov. 20 terrorist attack at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, Mali. The government of the former French colony has been fighting against Islamic extremists with the assistance of French forces since 2013.

– AP Photo/Harouna Traore

ROME — President Barack Obama refrained from describing Nov. 13’s Paris attacks as “Islamic terrorism” or even radical Islamic terrorism, continuing his policy of distancing such atrocities from the religion.

But that nonetheless leaves open the question: How Islamic are Islamic terrorists?

To equate the attacks with “views of Islam” creates “stereotypes” that are “counterproductive” and “wrong,” Obama told reporters at the G20 Summit in Antalya, Turkey, Nov. 16. “They will lead, I think, to greater recruitment into terrorist organizations over time, if this becomes somehow defined as a Muslim problem as opposed to a terrorist problem.”

The Nov. 13 coordinated terrorist attacks of mass...READ MORE

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Breaking Point: US Military Archdiocese Needs More Priests Now (1934)

The military archbishop is begging dioceses to send him priests, even on short rotations, so the Church does not fail military personnel and their families.

11/20/2015 Comments (11)
US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dustin Knight/Released

US Navy Chaplain Lt. Tung Tran says Mass aboard the USS Rushmore, June 21, 2014.

– US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dustin Knight/Released

BALTIMORE — Archbishop Timothy Broglio is begging for more priests for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, saying that he soon may be “unable to provide Catholic priests for the military.”

During his address at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) general assembly in Baltimore, Archbishop Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS), which serves United States military personnel and their families all over the world, said that even though many dioceses across the country are stretched, military service members and their families must not be forgotten.

“Indeed, I recognize that every archdiocese, diocese and eparchy is understaffed and struggling to meet...READ MORE

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Preschooler Whose ‘Celebration of Mass’ Went Viral Dies of Cancer (5086)

Rafael Freitas, 4, was known to invite all the patients at the hospital to the common area to attend his ‘Mass.’

11/20/2015 Comments (8)

SAO PAULO, Brazil — A young Brazilian boy whose solemn re-enactment of the Mass drew hordes of online traffic has passed away, after nearly two years of battling an aggressive form of cancer.

Rafael Freitas, age 4, loved to pretend to celebrate Mass. He said he wanted to be pope someday.

On Nov. 14, he passed away, according to his family.

In a Facebook post reflecting on his life, his father, Randersson, cited the Book of Psalms: “You show me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

Last year, a video of Rafael pretending to celebrate Mass went viral, receiving hundreds of thousands of views. The boy, then 3 years old,...READ MORE

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