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As Occult, New Age Practices Increase, so Does Need for Exorcists (29497)

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

09/24/2012 Comments (396)
Photo by Elisabeth Deffner

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.

– Photo by Elisabeth Deffner

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

09/24/2012 Comment

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 (2758)

Sept. 23 issue editorial

09/23/2012 Comment

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.

09/23/2012 Comments (1)

St. Thérèse

– Wikipedia

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



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.



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 (9128)

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

09/23/2012 Comment
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– Register illustration via Shutterstock

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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Rebuilding Catholic Culture, What Books Would JRR Tolkien Recommend, Humans Are Useless, and More! (2825)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/22/2012 Comment

Rebuilding Catholic Culture: Church Music and the Folk Style Fad. Click on the link by Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo C.S.J. to read more.

Rebuilding Catholic Culture: Church Music and the Folk Style Fad – Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo CSJ, Catholic News Agency

What Books Would J.R.R. Tolkien Recommend to a Young Reader? by Brandon Vogt – Big ulpit

Humans Are Useless – Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

Suffering and True Love - Amanda Mortus, Ignitum Today

America’s Top 50 Catholic High Schools Announced – The Cardinal Newman Society Blog/Campus Notes

Does the HHS Mandate Compel Material or Formal Cooperation? – Michael Pakaluk, Ave Maria University

The New Evangelization: Quo Vadis? – Paul Kokoski, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Will Many Be Saved? – Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture/In Depth Analysis

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Health Care With a Catholic Heart (3088)

Sept. 23 issue Pro-Family Profile

09/22/2012 Comment

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If there ever were a model for an all-around Catholic medical practice, it’s the Culture of Life Family Services in Southern California.

With offices in San Diego and Escondido, Culture of Life Family Services provides a list of pro-life, pro-family services that include regular medical care for all ages from board-certified physicians, with certified nurses, prenatal and crisis-pregnancy care. Natural family planning is taught, following the teachings of the Church.

Add bonuses like the availability of spiritual counseling, and you have a practice that respects life from conception to natural death — which appeals to many patients in the area.

"We experienced quite a bit of growth...READ MORE

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For Victims of Sexual Abuse, Much Healing Remains (3134)

Sept. 23 issue op-ed

09/22/2012 Comment

Bishop Conlon

Stories in the news over the past year have shown the horrific reality of something Catholics learned when the clergy sexual-abuse crisis rocked the Church in the United States — the sexual abuse of children is a much larger problem than most people realize, one that has destroyed countless innocent lives and, sadly, does not receive the attention it deserves until a "big name" is involved.

One out of four females and one out of six males are abused before they reach the age of 18.

Society still has not come fully to terms with the sweeping scope of this problem and the reality that so many people are living with the pain it has caused.

Victims of abuse — from within their churches,...READ MORE

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