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The History Behind 'For Greater Glory' (10830)

During Cristero Rebellion, Mexico was ‘a kind of collective Christ,’ says the war’s principal historian.

06/04/2012 Comment
Courtesy of Jean Meyer

– Courtesy of Jean Meyer

When a young French graduate student named Jean Meyer arrived in Mexico in 1965 to write his doctoral thesis on the religious war known as the Cristiada, the topic was virtually unknown to historians. A conflict between Catholics and the government that had claimed the lives of approximately 250,000 people between 1926 and 1929 remained cloaked in official silence, and the archives of Church and state related to the struggle were closed to investigators.

The work done by Meyer would ultimately help to provide the general framework for the new movie For Greater Glory, although the movie deviates substantially from the documented facts of the war’s history.

After five years of research...READ MORE

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Knights Fight for Life 1 Ultrasound at a Time (1158)

June 3 issue profile on St. Louis-based Knights of Columbus effort.

06/03/2012 Comment

When the medical mobile clinic pulls up in front of Planned Parenthood each week in St. Louis, the nation’s largest abortion provider is not pleased, to say the least. The clinic provides free pregnancy tests and free ultrasounds on sight.

According to Diane Vaughn, who serves as nurse manager, Planned Parenthood is consistently calling the police on them to make sure all their permits are up to date. Vaughn is on staff with Thrive St. Louis, a Christ-centered organization that empowers people to make life-affirming and healthy decisions about sex, pregnancy and relationships.

“Sidewalk counselors can now offer much more than words,” said Beverly VanMeans, president of Thrive. “They...READ MORE

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The Trinitarian Family (1705)

User's Guide to Sunday, June 3.

06/03/2012 Comment

– Wikipedia

Sunday, June 3, is the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity (Year B, Cycle II).


Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40; Psalm 33:4-6, 9, 18-20, 22; Romans 8:14-17; Matthew 28:16-20

Our Take

St. Augustine was trying to understand the Trinity one morning as he walked on the beach.

He came across a small child who had dug a hole in the sand. He was taking scoopfuls of water from the ocean with a shell and pouring them into the hole.

“My boy, what are doing?” asked Augustine.

“I am trying to bring all the sea into this hole,” replied the boy.

“But that is impossible, my dear child. The hole cannot contain all that water,” said Augustine.

“It is no more impossible than what you are...READ MORE

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Hope for College Students in Boston (3165)

June 3 issue feature on 10-campus evangelization effort.

06/03/2012 Comment
Brotherhood of Hope Facebook

– Brotherhood of Hope Facebook

BOSTON — Referring to college students as “walking question marks,” Brother Joseph Donovan said they grapple with the meaning and purpose of life as well as their place in it. “At the end of that four-year process is the rest of life, so, suddenly, the big questions get asked,” said Brother Joe, as he is called by the students.

Last fall, his religious order, the Brotherhood of Hope, was tasked with the significant challenge of ministering to students at a dozen schools in Boston’s Back Bay.

The brothers have served at the second-largest institution of higher learning in Boston, Northeastern University, since 2005. Last year, Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley asked them to take on the...READ MORE

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Leadership Conference of Women Religious Responds to Holy See's Assessment (3350)

Its leadership will meet in Rome June 12 with Cardinal William Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Updated with Archbishop Sartain's response.

06/02/2012 Comments (26)

Here is the response, in ful, taken from the LCWR's website:



[Washington, DC] The national board of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) held a special meeting in Washington, DC from May 29-31 to review, and plan a response to, the report issued to LCWR by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

The board members raised concerns about both the content of the doctrinal assessment and the process by which it was prepared. Board members concluded that the assessment was based on unsubstantiated accusations and the result of a flawed process that lacked transparency. Moreover, the sanctions imposed were disproportionate to the concerns...READ MORE

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The HHS Mandate and 'Dignitatis Humanae' (2137)

June 3 issue column.

06/02/2012 Comment

Thanks to the Health and Human Services mandate, the question of religious liberty is now of major importance for Catholics in the United States.

Previous generations of Catholics were certainly persecuted, and, yes, anti-Catholicism is the last acceptable prejudice in the public square.

Still, our habit has been to associate religious liberty, an aspect of the Church’s social teaching, with the persecutions of Christians in other parts of the world. We may not yet be used to having to fret about this freedom, but we ought to start.

For this reason, it is important that we look at the Second Vatican Council’s teaching on the subject; for when the question of freedom of religion was...READ MORE

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An Interview with Jason Jones, Three (Catholic) Literary Journals to Feed Your Soul, and much more! (1636)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/02/2012 Comment

Never Respectable: An Interview with Jason Jones. Click on the link by Stephen Herreid to read more.

Never Respectable: An Interview with Jason Jones - Stephen Herreid, Crisis Magazine

Three Literary Journals to Feed Your Soul - J. E. Foyer, Saint Peter's List

I Just Wanna Be a Woman by Melinda Selmys of Sexual Authenticity - The Pulpit

Three Great Novels by Catholic Authors - Sarah Reinhard, Integrated Catholic Life™

Movie Review: For Greater Glory - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

It’s When We Look Back That We See the Blessings - Zellie M. Quinn, Catholic Lane

Lady Gaga Gets the Indonesian Boot - Matthew Cullinan Hoffman, Catholic World Report

Comic Super Hero is Gay: The Green Lantern - Fr. Joe, Southern Fried Catholicism

Spartacus: Human Dignity in Meltdown...READ MORE

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The Pill Will Make You Free? (5312)

Saturday Book Pick: Adam and Eve After the Pill: Paradoxes of the Sexual Revolution.

06/02/2012 Comments (19)

Throughout the centuries, mankind has endured various periods of great struggle and human obstinacy. One such case is the Cold War. It is no secret that the bleak economic conditions and widespread political oppression were dangerously bad for those under communist rule. Despite the evidence of this, many academics and societal elites still refuse to acknowledge the failures of the system — even when the historical record serves as evidence against them.

In a similar manner, others have failed — and are failing — to acknowledge the poisonous repercussions of the sexual revolution.

This “will to disbelieve” is the subject of Mary Eberstadt’s timely new book, Adam and Eve After the...READ MORE

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