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Girl Subdeacons, Choosing the Apostles over Muhammad and Joseph Smith, + more! (3656)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/28/2011 Comments (1)

Straw Subdeacons, Women, Acolytes, and Father John Zuhlsdorf’s Analysis - Rubric Monster, The Noise of the Crusade

Why Trust the Apostles over Muhammad or Joseph Smith? - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Pope John Paul II: Beating Back the Smoke of Satan - William Oddie, Catholic Herald

. . .Father John Zuhlsdorf comments here. . .

Baptist Convert: Lori Miller - Why I’m Catholic

Orthodoxy Begets Priests - Rich Leonardi, Ten Reasons

Pope Benedict on Divine Mercy - Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Understanding the Book of Acts, Part III: More Similarities Between Luke and Acts - Michael Barber, The Sacred Page

An Interview with Catholic Hollywood Director Mike Disa - Peggy...READ MORE

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John Paul II and the End of the Cold War (7212)

The peaceful social movement that toppled Soviet communism began with the Pope and the spiritual renewal of the Polish people.

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“But what do we mean by the American Revolution? Do we mean the American war? The Revolution was effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments of their duties and obligations.” — John Adams, “Letter to Hezekiah Niles,” Feb. 13, 1818

What John Adams observed about the American Revolution of the 1770s was also true about the Polish Revolution of the 1980s that helped bring about the end of the Cold War.

Before there was a Solidarity trade union with 10 million members that ultimately toppled Soviet Communism, there was a revolution in the minds and hearts of the Polish people that made Solidarity...READ MORE

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College Debt: Is It Worth It? (4191)

Large families calculate tuition strategy.

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The contracts are due May 1, but the struggle to cover costs isn’t over.

Erin Vander Woude, a mother of 10 in Knokesville, Va., tackles college tuition and student-debt issues with a blend of practical and spiritual tactics: “It’s a huge amount of money to send your kids to college, but they all have summer jobs, and we all pray for guidance from God.”

Last year, Erin and her husband — both graduates of Christendom College in Front Royal, Va. — managed to send their three oldest children to their alma mater simultaneously, courtesy of the sibling-discount program.

“The oldest is about to graduate from Christendom, and two more just started as freshmen. We took advantage of a 25% tuition...READ MORE

Filed under catholic colleges, christendom college, college debt, education, thomas aquinas college, thomas more college, tuition

2 Examples: Margaret Sanger vs. St. Gianna (10604)

On her feast day, why St. Gianna Beretta Molla offers a much better model for life.

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Planned Parenthood has been in the headlines lately, as the Republican House, led by Roman Catholic Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, battles to end taxpayer funding of the nation’s largest abortion provider. This has provoked hysteria in liberal Democrats, who have described defunding attempts as everything from a “vendetta” against women (Sen. Barbara Boxer) to a “war on women” (Congresswoman Barbara Lee) to a “bull’s eye” on the chest of women (Sen. Harry Reid).

As a pro-life Catholic deeply disturbed by the death culture, I can’t avoid Planned Parenthood’s founder, Margaret Sanger, and her legacy. Ben Wiker and Don DeMarco aptly described her as one of the “architects of the culture of...READ MORE

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Eucharistic Theology of Early Church Fathers, Why is JP2 on Trial by Media, Poetic Theology, + more! (2904)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/28/2011 Comment

Saint Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons, and Father of the Church.

The Eucharistic Theology of Early Church Fathers - Michael Barber, The Sacred Page

Why is John Paul II on Trial in the Media Today? - Phil Lawler, CatholicCulture.org/On the News

Father Michael Pfleger Removed and Suspended - The American Catholic

. . .Father Zuhlsdorf comments here. . .

On the Poetic in Theology - Peter Kwansniewski, Cowboys-Philosophers-And-Poets

Some Interesting Stats on Vocations. . . - Diane M. Korzeniewski O.C.D.S., Te Deum Laudamus!

. . .Robert Kumpel comments here. . .

Faculty Kills Resolution Citing U. of Notre Dame to Culture of Life - The Cardinal Newman Society Blog

Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws Has Created Many Martyrs - Nasir Saeed, Catholic Herald


Filed under bible, catholic blogosphere, culture of life, early church fathers, eucharist, european union, lent, media, new media, news aggregation

‘I Know This Is Where I Should Be’ (5571)

Gen. Josiah Bunting: Why I became Catholic

04/28/2011 Comments (8)

I write in the full consciousness that each person’s route to reception into the Catholic Church is singular, a pathway he must follow alone, however conscious (and grateful) he may be for the solicitude and friendship of those who lead and guide him.

I was raised in a conventional Protestant household; “went to church” with my parents in a small New England village — a Congregational church, one of whose ministers was Richard Niebuhr (whose piety and earnestness I well remember, and with gratitude). My boarding school obliged us to “attend chapel” daily, the rituals and hymns being more or less standard Episcopalian observances; the music of some of the great old hymns made a far more...READ MORE

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Pseudonymous Blogging, The Pope Who Lived on Broth and Crayfish, Resurrection Rock Video, and more! (3173)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/27/2011 Comment

Underground Bishop Li Hongye of the Diocese of Luoyang passed away during the Easter Vigil on his 67th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. He suffered hard labor in the 50s and 60s under the brutal Communist Chinese and was under house arrest since the 80s.

In Defense of Pseudonymous Blogging - Reginaldus, The New Theological Movement

Examining Newt Gingrich’s Conversion - Father John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

Where is the Ordination of the Apostles Recorded in the Bible? - Devman, St. Joseph’s Vanguard

The Holy Pope Who Lived on Vegetable Broth & Crayfish, Saint Pius V - Spiritual Life, Catholic Herald

Remembering Pope John Paul II - George Weigel, First Things/On The Square

Archbishop Thomas E. Molloy (1884-1956 A.D.), Bishop of Brooklyn - Pat McNamara, McNamara’s Blog

Resurrection: The Rock Video - Christopher Blosser, The American Catholic

The Church Gets Going (Jn 20:19-31) - Father John Bartunek, Catholic...READ MORE

Filed under archbishop thomas e. malloy, assisi, bishop li hongye, catholic blogosphere, communist china, easter, gay "rights", new media, news aggregation, newt gingrich

The Culture of John Paul II (2923)

The man from Krakow changed the world’s conversation.

04/27/2011 Comment

“You’re confusing a modern man with an American liberal. An American liberal isn’t necessarily a modern man.” The words date from 1983, spoken by the Jewish-born archbishop of Paris, Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, to a New York Times reporter. They might better serve as an enchiridion for appreciating Pope John Paul II’s relationship to the century in which he was born and bore witness.

In all the ways that we typically understand “modern,” the humble priest from Krakow cut an unlikely modern figure. Notwithstanding his learning and his early experience with Nazism, he languished under the communist shadow in what many in the West regarded as the most backwards branch of the Catholic Church...READ MORE

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