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How to Respond to ‘the Last Acceptable Prejudice’ (8380)

A look at recent and current examples of attacks on Christianity, in the wake of the Muslim response to a video that mocks their religion.

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Bill Maher is unabashed in his enmity for Catholicism and the Church.

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NEW YORK — As an anti-Islamic video fuels deadly unrest in northern Africa and the Middle East, and a 15-year-old exhibit mocking Jesus Christ reopens in New York, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) points out that Catholics are frequently the targets of anti-religious bigotry in art and popular media.

His organization condemns the violent Muslim reactions to The Innocence of Muslims, but spokesman Ibrahim Hooper wonders why Christians, and Catholics in general, don’t make more effort to peacefully defend against attacks on Jesus, Mary, the Eucharist and the Church.

“We’ve seen a crucifix in urine, elephant dung on Mary and The Last Temptation of Christ,...READ MORE

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Summorum Pontificum, 5 Years Later (7774)

Pope Benedict’s 2007 motu proprio brings renewed appreciation for the sacred liturgy.

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Ever since Summorum Pontificum took effect in September 2007, Mary Kraychy has heard many laudatory comments regarding the traditional Latin Mass.

Kraychy is the executive director of the Coalition in Support of Ecclesia Dei, a group formed to support Pope John Paul II’s 1988 apostolic letter, issued motu proprio (“on his own initiative”).

In the document, the Holy Father notified the Church of the excommunication of five clerics associated with the Society of St. Pius X, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre being the most notable among them.

However, Ecclesia Dei also contained the announcement of a pontifical commission by the same name, whose purpose was to facilitate the full ecclesial...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict: Service, Not Greatness, Is Key to Christian Journey (2377)

Mary should be our model, the Holy Father said, because she is "perfectly 'in tune' with God" and can teach Christians “to follow Jesus faithfully on the path of love and humility.”

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Pope Benedict XVI is calling upon Christians to follow the example of Jesus Christ in becoming “last of all and servants of all.”

“A key point in which God and man are different is pride,” said the Pope during his Angelus address to pilgrims at Castel Gandolfo Sept. 23.

“We, who are little, desire to appear great, to be first; while God, who is truly great, is not afraid to humble himself and make himself last.”

The Pope drew his reflections from the Gospel according to St. Mark in which Jesus announces his impending death and resurrection. His disciples, however, “did not understand the saying, and they were afraid to ask him.”

In response to discussions among the apostles as...READ MORE

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As Occult, New Age Practices Increase, so Does Need for Exorcists (29482)

Father Gary Thomas, upon whom the book and film The Rite was based, and other exorcists discusses their unique ministry.

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Father Gary Thomas, the subject of the book The Rite and the 2012 movie of the same name, was one of a half dozen exorcism experts to speak at the Southern California Renewal Communities’ Catholic Renewal Convention held Labor Day weekend in Anaheim, Calif.

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Evil has not fallen out of fashion. Exorcism is a rite developed — and promulgated — to meet a need that still exists, due to more people delving into New Age and occult practices.

And, yes, satanic worshippers are a reality.

“They come in the church and steal the Blessed Sacrament to use in a ‘black mass,’” explained Father Gary Thomas, pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Saratoga, Calif., and the exorcist for the Diocese of San Jose.

He has alerted his fellow priests to this danger — and trained his extraordinary ministers of holy Communion so that they note whether people receiving Communion are actually consuming it, not simply transporting it elsewhere for obscene purposes.

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Avoiding Cooperation With Evil, Canon Lawer Dissects Female Deacons, Music Liturgy Culture and More! (3152)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Avoiding Cooperation with Evil: Keeping Clean in Dirty World. Click on the link by Dr. William Newton to read more.

Avoiding Cooperation with Evil: Keeping Clean in Dirty World – Dr. William Newton, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Bishop Wcela’s Essay on Female Deacons by Dr. Ed Peters of the Canon Law blog – Big ulpit

Towards a New Culture in Liturgical Music – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Will Money Make Everyone Virtuous? – DarwinCatholic, The American Catholic

What to Sing? The Liturgy – Jeffrey A. Tucker, New Liturgical Movement

Letting Our Kids Struggle and Fail – Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

Unity of Faith in a Diversity of Traditions – Christopher B. Warner, Catholic World Report

A Pilgrim-Watching Pilgrim in Santiago de Compostela – Cristina Montes, Ignitum Today

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Freedom Under Attack (2757)

Sept. 23 issue editorial

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The recent assassination of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and the blasphemy trial of a 14-year-old Christian girl with Down syndrome in Pakistan shine a spotlight on the increasing threat to religious freedom around the globe.

It is not yet clear why a large group of militants waged their murderous attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, killing Ambassador Chris Stevens. Early reports suggested that a U.S.-produced video expressing disrespect for the prophet Muhammad played a role. In the immediate aftermath of the attack, the Vatican issued a strong statement opposing public expressions of disrespect for any religious belief.

That theme was echoed in several statements issued by the...READ MORE

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Counting Down to Thérèse (2562)

User's Guide to Sunday, Sept. 23.

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St. Thérèse

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Sept. 23 is the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Liturgical Year B, Cycle II).

 

Saints

There are several popular saints to celebrate this week.

Sept. 26: Sts. Cosmas and Damien, medical doctors who were martyred for their faith in 301. Pray for Catholic identity in Catholic hospitals today.

Sept. 27: St. Vincent De Paul (1581-1660). Give something to the poor today.

Sept. 29: The archangels Sts. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. Pray a Rosary (which quotes St. Gabriel’s “Hail Mary”) and add a St. Michael prayer today.

Sept. 30: St. Jerome (347-420), Bible translator. Read a chapter of the Gospels today.

 

Readings

Wisdom 2:17-20, Psalm 54:3-8, James 3:16 – 4:3, Mark 9:30-37

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True Beauty Satisfies the Human Heart (9126)

Sept. 23 issue feature on how loveliness helps our faith and well-being.

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After hearing a lecture about the influence beauty can have on mental health, Margaret Laracy, who has a doctorate in psychology, was intrigued enough to look deeper into the subject. She discovered that, contrary to popular opinion, there actually are objective standards for beauty. However, a personal response to that beauty must occur for true appreciation to take place.

Laracy has witnessed the positive effects of natural and artistic beauty in her own clinical practice and instructs others on the topic as an assistant professor at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences in Arlington, Va., which is featured annually in the Register’s Catholic Identity College Guide.

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