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Time to Tell the Truth About Islam (5702)

COMMENTARY: The important thing about a religion, said C.S. Lewis, is not whether it makes one feel good, but whether it is true.

08/30/2015 Comments (30)

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The important thing about a religion, said C.S. Lewis, is not whether it makes one feel good, but whether it is true. This observation came to mind while reading a recent piece by Jesuit Father James Schall, titled “Speaking Honestly About Islam.”

Father Schall suggests that we haven’t been telling the truth about Islam because to do so violates the feel-good principle that currently rules Western societies. According to the feel-good principle, self-esteem is the highest value. And, therefore, every person, culture and religion has an inalienable right to feel good about oneself/itself.

People hew to the Islam-is-peace line because they don’t want to give offense and also because they...READ MORE

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The Problem with Pews: They Should be Removed; Five Ways Daily Mass Will Change You and Much More! (5149)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/30/2015 Comments (2)

Click on The Problem with Pews: They Should be Removed by Fr. George W. Rutler of Crisis Magazine link to read more.

The Problem with Pews: They Should be Removed by Fr. George W. Rutler of Crisis Magazine - Big Pulpit (this link has been repaired, you can click on it now)

Planned Parenthood and Embryonic Stem Cell Research – Nicholas Danne, Dead Philosopher's Society

Five Ways Daily Mass Will Change You – Robert Barbry II, Epic Pew

How You Can Protect, Respect, Love, and Serve Life – Annie Deddens, Catholic Stand

National Abortion Federation Tells Me Everything – Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

Are Jesus and Mary Appearing Today? – Bernard Toutounji, Ignitum Today

On Catholic Concerns About Pope Francis and the Integrity of the Church – Fr. James V. Schall S.J., The Catholic World Report


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Catholicism by Osmosis Is Dead by George Weigel Hits the Nail on the Head; Beardly Glories and More! (3934)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/29/2015 Comment

Click on ‘Catholicism by Osmosis Is Dead’, George Weigel Hits the Nail on the Head by Phil Lawler of Catholic Culture link to read more.

‘Catholicism by Osmosis Is Dead’, George Weigel Hits the Nail on the Head by Phil Lawler of Catholic Culture - Big Pulpit

A Course on Poetry Inspired by the Mystical Tradition of the Church – David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

Laughing at Dead Babies: The Avenging Conscience – Leila Miller, Catholic Stand

An Ode to the Glories of the Beard – Samuel Guzman, The Catholic Gentleman

Roller Skating, the Wandeirng in the Desert, and the Patience of God – Luke Arredondo, Ignitum Today

Quæritur: Can We Ask God to Strike Down Enemies? – Fr. Z’s Blog

20 Reasons to Not Visit Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception – Mel West, Epic Pew

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‘Brother Ass’ or ‘Stupid Apes’? Transhumanism, the Imago Dei and Hollywood (3213)

Movies like Ex Machina and Her explore our society's growing openness to turning to machines for our emotional needs.

08/28/2015 Comments (4)
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An old family friend of mine who enjoys playing Internet village atheist on Facebook often expresses his great hope to see his consciousness someday uploaded into cyberspace and to live out the ages in a virtual paradise of his own devising.

Where St. Francis referred to his body with affectionate severity as “Brother Ass,” my friend uses the phrase “stupid apes” to disparage human existence in its living, breathing corporeality, its bodily existence. For him, it seems, the whole business of flesh, blood and bones, of nerves, muscle and skin, of appetites, instincts and emotions — the very stuff of human existence — appear as a disposable and indeed rather discreditable first stage in a...READ MORE

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Vatican: Pope Did Not Endorse ‘Gay Penguin’ Book (3514)

The Holy See Press Office has rebutted media claims that a courtesy letter to the book’s lesbian author constituted an endorsement.

08/28/2015 Comments (22)

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican has rejected claims in the media that Pope Francis is supporting a book on gay adoption, saying a letter responding to the author should not be interpreted as an endorsement.

In responding to the author’s letter, the Vatican Secretariat of State did not intend in any way to support “behavior and teachings which are not in accordance with the Gospel,” and using the Vatican response to imply otherwise “is completely out of place,” Passionist Father Ciro Benedettini, deputy director of the Holy See Press Office, said Aug. 28.

The Holy See statement came in response to a media frenzy following reports that Francesca Pardi, author of a children’s book supporting gay...READ MORE

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St. Augustine’s Historic Church Gets More Historic (1673)

Philadelphia Historical Commission honors first foundation of the Augustinian Order in the United States ahead of papal visit.

08/28/2015 Comments (1)
Diana von Glahn

The exterior and interior highlights of St. Augustine Church in Philadelphia.

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Philadelphia’s Old St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church is a very historic church.

It is the first foundation of the Augustinian Order in the United States (1796), and at the time, it was the fourth and largest Catholic Church in Philadelphia. The original church was burned down on May 8, 1844, during the anti-Catholic and anti-immigrant Nativist Riots of 1844. As a result of that experience, William Penn’s “Holy Experiment” was tested in the courts, and the Philadelphia Police Department was created. In 1922, when the Benjamin Franklin Bridge was built, the entire area around the church was lowered, changing the position of the original front door. Movie buffs recognize its interior as...READ MORE

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Former Nuncio Wesolowski Facing Sex-Abuse Trial Dies (1239)

The Vatican has said that preliminary investigations indicate he died of natural causes.

08/28/2015 Comments (4)
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Józef Wesolowski, former apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic

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VATICAN CITY — Jozef Wesolowski, the laicized former apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic, who faced criminal charges of possession of child pornography and pedophilic acts in Vatican City, died on Friday at the age of 67.

The Holy See Press Office announced Aug. 28 that Wesolowski was found dead in his room at the Vatican's Collegio dei Penitenzieri in front of a TV, which was turned on, at about 5am, by a Franciscan religious.

The Vatican has said that preliminary investigations indicate he died of natural causes, but an autopsy will be performed.

In 2013, allegations arose that then-Archbishop Wesolowski had engaged in sexual misconduct. He resigned as apostolic nuncio to the...READ MORE

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Educational Renewal (1601)

EDITORIAL: Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco has challenged the status quo — in this case, the curriculum and hiring practices of the Catholic schools in his archdiocese

08/28/2015 Comments (9)

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This spring, after Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco sparked protests by proposing that all teachers contractually agree to adhere to Catholic teaching on faith and morals, a local columnist accused him of purposely “courting controversy.”

“He attended rallies against same-sex marriage unapologetically [and] imposed ‘morality classes’ on teachers at local Catholic schools,” noted C.W. Nevius in an April 16 San Francisco Chronicle column, which further asserted that the archbishop had already lost a fight he had started for no good reason.

The columnist was wrong on two counts: First, the archbishop has repeatedly stated that he had no intention of needlessly stirring up...READ MORE

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