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Penn State and the Church (4002)

Editorial from our Nov. 20 issue.

11/13/2011 Comments (9)

– Wikipedia

When a grand jury indicted a former Penn State football assistant coach on eight counts of child sexual abuse, and also charged a university official with neglecting to report allegations, media coverage linked the news to the Church’s failures to protect the innocent.

A Reuters story noted that “details of the case are similar to the sweeping scandals involving sexual abuse by priests the Catholic Church tried to keep hidden for decades.” The implication in that story and elsewhere was that Penn State, like the Church, set aside credible reports of criminal conduct to protect the institution from public embarrassment and financial repercussions.

But there’s another way to establish a...READ MORE

Filed under abuse, penn state, society

Proportion, Integrity and Honesty: 3 Foundations for Church Architecture (2023)

Renaissance and renewal of church design for the new millennium.

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New Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Greenville, South Carolina

– OLRGreenville.net

I met one of our local architects, a good Catholic, at the soccer game where our sons were playing. We got to talking about the problems of architecture for modern churches. In the old days, the materials and methods of architecture lent themselves naturally to the forms we feel in our bones to be beautiful. Buildings were made of brick and stone, so columns were necessary to hold up arches, which were necessary to hold up the walls. The resulting forms became the language of the Christian church, and over many centuries, we came to understand sacred buildings according to that language.

But then the modern age came along with its mania for utilitarianism. “Form follows function!” became the...READ MORE

Filed under church architecture, worship

New Mass Translation and 'God's Long Nose' (3038)

Part 5 in a series on the revised Roman Missal: Nov. 6 issue feature.

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PROPONENT OF THE NEW TRANSLATION. Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles celebrates Mass earlier this year at St. Ignatius of Loyola Church in Rome. He said the new translation of the Roman Missal promises to help Catholics ‘enter more deeply into the mystery of faith.’

– CNA photo

When Moses came down Mount Sinai with the Ten Commandments, he saw the disobedience of Israel and was so enraged that he smashed the tablets.

So God commanded him to make two new tablets and come up the mountain again, to receive the Ten Commandments once more.

The text tells us that, when Moses went back up, God came down in a cloud and proclaimed his name: Yahweh. Then there follows a proclamation of some of God’s well-known attributes: He is a God of compassion and graciousness; he is great in mercy and faithfulness; he is long of nose.

Wait. … What?

That’s right. The text proclaims that God is long of nose. At least that’s what it says in Hebrew.

This makes no sense in English, but we don’t...READ MORE

Filed under liturgy, new mass, new missal

Rhyming Past and Future (2337)

The point, once again, is that history does not so much repeat itself as rhyme. Jesus Christ — the same yesterday, today and forever. Nov. 6 issue column.

11/12/2011 Comment

– Shutterstock

We talked about the fact that, since God is the Author of the Great Story of Creation and Salvation History, he knows the end from the beginning and can tell us about that end as he chooses. What we immediately notice is that God only tells us enough to give us a general shape of history, not to give us details. In that, he is like every good storyteller we know. He offers us hints and foreshadows which tell us something of the end, even in the beginning. So, for instance, in the beginning of The Lord of the Rings, Gandalf rebukes the thought that it is a pity that Bilbo did not slay Gollum when he had the chance with the famous words, “Pity? It was pity that stayed Bilbo’s hand. Many that...READ MORE

Filed under christ, heaven and hell, old and new testaments, salvation

Conspicuous Consumption (3373)

On the virtual world, vanity and self-identity. Nov. 6 issue column.

11/12/2011 Comment

– Shutterstock

The original poster child for the vice of vanity is a mythological Greek youth by the name of Narcissus. He was an incredibly beautiful young man, but he was not conscious of this fact, having grown up in a culture where mirrors did not exist. One day, he was out in the woods, and he came upon a perfectly still pool. Bending down to drink, he caught sight of an unbelievably attractive face. Immediately, he fell in love with his own image and was so transfixed that he was immobilized — indeed his name is derived from the word narcosis, meaning “numbness” or “sleep,” from which we get words like narcolepsy and narcotic. Benumbed by his own beauty, he lost his humanity and was transformed into...READ MORE

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A Catholic Alternative to Dr. Spock (2880)

Saturday Book Pick: An experienced father takes a look at Ray Guarendi’s latest book, Raising Good Kids.

11/12/2011 Comments (1)

As a father of four children between the ages of 6 and 12, I need all the help I can get. But I don’t have time to read books on childrearing because I’m too busy actually doing it.

Before our first was born, I bought and tried to read Benjamin Spock’s 1946 tome Baby and Child Care, but I didn’t get too far before I was knee deep in diapers and rattles; so I checked Spock only when our baby showed signs of illness. Regardless of what you think of Spock’s philosophy, his book’s length discouraged me.

Another doctor, Dr. Ray Guarendi, a father of 10, radio-show host and clinical psychologist (and Register “Family Matters” columnist), has written a book a parent actually has time to read....READ MORE

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Vatican Aims for Stem Cell Paradigm Shift, My Pagan Passion, Surrogate Gods, and much more! (2690)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/12/2011 Comment

Vatican, Biotech Firm Aim for Stem Cell Paradigm Shift. Click on the link by Brian Fraga to learn more.

Vatican, Biotech Firm Aim for Stem Cell Paradigm Shift - Brian Fraga, Our Sunday Visitor

A Reflection on the Saints - Bob Waruszewski, VirtuousPla.net

Will There Ever be a Doctrine that Allows Contraception? - Stacy Trasancos PhD, Accepting Abundance

Revisiting the Reformation Pope: A Defense of Pope Leo X - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

My Pagan Passion - Ralph McInerny, Crisis Magazine

Is College Overrated & too Expensive? - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Catholic Colleges Are Just Too Expensive - Cardinal Newman Society/Campus Notes

Expressing Human Dignity via the Death Penalty - Louie Verrecchio, RA

Foggy Controversies, Empty Protests, & Faux Freedom - Carl E....READ MORE

Filed under adult stem cell research, apologetics, catholic blogosphere, college, contraception, death penalty, holy see, human dignity, pope leo x, snap

Certainty and Silliness of Atheism (5099)

… And Nothing but the Truth: Atheism and the Audacity of the Catholic Worldview, Part 5

11/11/2011 Comments (36)

Christopher Hitchens

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Seeking certainty is a lifelong quest. To live life as we should, we must understand it. But sometimes when we seek certainty, we see what we want to see. And, sometimes we do this because we have already made up our minds. And when we see what we want to see, it leaves us with certainty, a certainty that relies not on truth, but on belief. It leaves us with certitude without substance, with a certainty that is more like silliness than real wisdom.

Now, the prominent “heralds” of atheism, Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris, all claim to have looked for God and not found him. They claim believing in God is a delusion, for “religion is man-made” as Hitchens tells us. And...READ MORE

Filed under atheism, catholic morality, catholicism, christopher hitchens, philosophy, richard dawkins

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