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Theodore McCarrick removed from clerical state for sex abuse but money and power questions remain...  

The Holy See announced Saturday the conviction of Theodore McCarrick on charges of the sexual abuse of minors and adults - aggravated by the abuse of power - and solicitation in the confessional. The administrative penal process imposed a penalty of laicization. A special congresso of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith imposed the Jan...

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2019-02-17 14:50:20



Why you should read Church history...  

A good reason for reading church history is that it gives one hope, helping one navigate the stormy waters of yesterday's news with a calm hand on the tiller. And not only does it put present turmoil into perspective, but it helps one realize that things have often been bad, but despite all the death sentences pronounced on Christians and Christianity...

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2019-02-17 11:55:24



Two common myths you probably believe about the Catholic Church that are totally wrong...  

How about a little remedial ecclesiology today? Trigger warning: if you don't like going past 1200 words, this piece might stretch you 5 uncomfortable minutes past your limit. I know, I know. Same! I tried my best to rein it in. The summer of shame is well in the rearview now, and we're underway into a whole new calendar year...

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2019-02-17 10:50:12



Blessing or woe — you decide.....  

The Gospel passage this Sunday is Luke's version of the Beatitudes. Being paradoxical, they are difficult to understand. We do not usually refer to the poor as blessed, but rather the well off; we do not typically call those who mourn blessed, but rather the joyful. The word "beatitude" itself means "supreme blessedness...

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2019-02-17 07:35:39



Here's a thought about Bible reading and the Sunday Gospel...  

This Sunday's Gospel - for those of us not blessed with Septuagesima Sunday -  is the Beatitudes as presented in the Gospel of Luke - in the context of a Sermon on the Plain, rather than a Sermon on the Mount as in Matthew. Those of you who have studied or taught anything about Scripture, including these passages...

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2019-02-17 07:24:35



Mother Teresa's secret to true peace of heart, explained by a parish priest...  

We have heard Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta said, "Peace begins with a smile." What does that mean? We talk much about kindness, compassion, and mercy as essential human qualities, but how come we still see so many people without peace? We see a lot of people advocating for world peace and justice, but how come those initiatives and campaigns sound so nice...

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2019-02-17 04:03:26



The surprising little-known story behind St. Thérèse's famous St. Joan of Arc photo...  

Sister Theresa Aletheia of the Daughters of St. Paul explained the sad, but humbling story about the famous photo of St. Therese of Lisieux dressed as St. Joan of Arc. St. Therese loved St. Joan of Arc, and had a very deep devotion to her. The photo below depicts her portraying the medieval saint in a play.

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2019-02-17 02:43:10



McCarrick's dismissal caps the most precipitous fall of a top-level cleric anywhere in modern times...  

Over the last two decades, some 5,000 men worldwide have been dismissed from the clerical state following a credible allegation of the sexual abuse of a minor. Only now has one of them once worn the red hat of a cardinal. Anticipated for months, the Pope's decree ousting Theodore Edgar McCarrick, now a former archbishop and priest...

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2019-02-16 10:51:10



Theodore McCarrick dismissed from the clerical state...  

As had been widely expected, the Vatican today announced it had removed Theodore Edgar McCarrick from the clerical state. In a short statement, the Vatican said at the end of a penal process, the Congresso — a weekly meeting of superiors and officials of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith — issued a decree finding McCarrick guilty of committing "delicts" while a cleric...

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2019-02-16 06:21:33



The Church's long 'German moment'...  

The Rhine Flows Into the Tiber was published in 1967; it is an account of how the priorities and positions of German Catholicism had a massive influence in Rome in the mid-20th century in general and on the Second Vatican Council in particular. Did the Rhine bring fresh waters to the stagnant, fetid Tiber? Or did it pollute the Tiber with noxious effluent...

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2019-02-15 18:39:44



Smoking pot as teenager increases risk of depression by 40 per cent, Oxford study finds...  

Smoking cannabis as teenager could increase the risk of depression in adulthood by almost 40 per cent, a landmark study by Oxford University has found. Researchers warned that use of the drug in adolescence may be responsible for around 60,000 cases of the condition in subsequent decades - around one in 14 of all cases. They urged parents to be less relaxed about teenage use of cannabis...

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2019-02-15 16:33:28



The evil of banality...  

A famous phrase was coined after the Nuremberg trials..."the banality of evil." Wishing to stand things on their head I wonder sometimes about the evil of banality. I'm thinking of the banality of much religious life which is given over to dull talk about theology, rules, regulations and rubrics. It's boring. It's banal and perhaps the banality is evil...

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2019-02-15 15:08:29



The Catholic Church — A community that is More Than You Realize...  

Please share this video message with your friends, family and community. Learn more at MTYR.org.

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2019-02-15 13:05:31



The anatomy of original sin...  

In the readings at Mass this week we are pondering the account of original sin. Let's explore the stages of sin that are manifested in Adam's and Eve's struggle. Many tend to describe original sin merely as the eating of a forbidden fruit. While this accurate, it is incomplete and leads many to wonder why all this trouble came just from eating a piece of fruit...

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2019-02-15 09:51:59



Another welcome return to the earlier age for Confirmation...  

Bishop James Wall of Gallup NM just announced that Catholic children in his diocese can receive the sacraments of Confirmation and holy Communion in a single Eucharistic liturgy celebrated for them around their attaining age seven or eight. This makes a dozen arch/dioceses that have jettisoned the practice of delaying Confirmation until well into a young person's teenage years...

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2019-02-15 09:03:59



Gerhard Cardinal Müller: “The Rotten Fruit of Secularization”...  

The root cause of this evil is disregard for the Sixth Commandment. Without chastity, piety and strict discipline, priestly life cannot succeed. Only he who lives according to the commandments of God can be a good shepherd and a model for the flock. When it comes to a path toward healing with respect to episcopal accountability...

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2019-02-15 07:02:11



Eucharist desecrated, statues smashed in series of French church attacks...  

At least 10 incidents of vandalism and desecration of Catholic churches have been reported in France since the beginning of February, according to French news sources and watch groups. Vandals in Catholic churches throughout the country have smashed statues, knocked down tabernacles, scattered or destroyed the Eucharist, burnt altar cloths and torn down crosses...

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2019-02-15 06:12:41



6th Sunday of Ordinary Time: The upside-down Kingdom of God...  

As we continue our journey through the Gospel of Luke in Ordinary Time, Jesus keeps teaching us that his kingdom, the Kingdom of God, reverses many of our expectations and stereotypes. His is a kingdom where the typical markings of "blessing"—health, wealth, prosperity, power—are doomed to woe, and the typical markings of "curse"—weakness...

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2019-02-15 05:04:19



Vatican ambassador to France under investigation for sexual assault...  

Bishop Luigi Ventura, apostolic nuncio to France since 2009 and a long-time Vatican diplomat, is under investigation for alleged sexual assault. The French newspaper Le Monde reported Friday that Ventura, 74, is being investigated by Paris authorities after he was accused late last month of having inappropriately touched a young male staffer of Paris City Hall...

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2019-02-15 03:45:15



Rome remembers Fr. Paolo Dall'Oglio, celebrated Jesuit missionary kidnapped in Syria...  

Last night, a torchlit rally took place in front of Rome's Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore for Father Paolo Dall'Oglio, a native Roman and Jesuit missionary in Syria who disappeared in 2013, along with the thousands of both natives and foreigners who've been subject to kidnapping or arbitrary detention in Syria since violence broke out in 2011...

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2019-02-14 15:06:22



Once again, Cardinal O'Malley has found himself in the middle of a crisis.....  

A few years after Sean O'Malley took over the Archdiocese of Boston in 2003, at the peak of the clergy sexual-abuse crisis in America, he led novenas of penance at nine of the city's most affected parishes. At each church he visited, he lay facedown on the floor before the altar, begging for forgiveness. This is how O'Malley has spent his life in ministry: cleaning up after pedophile priests and their apologists...

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2019-02-14 13:07:47



A first look at 'How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World'...  

Nine years ago, How to Train Your Dragon threw together Vikings, dragons and a standard-issue Junior Knows Best plot, and came up with something pretty cool. If it was about time-worn themes of overcoming prejudice and accepting differences, it was also about young Viking Hiccup's journey of self-discovery as an inventor and student of natural philosophy...

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2019-02-14 11:20:11



“Glorious chastity” is truly a gift from God...  

In the year 2019, we live in a world that's off kilter. One of the deepest roots of the present chaos is the lack of willingness to embrace Glorious Chastity. I specifically use the word "glorious" because I believe it is God's plan that obedience to His will with regard to this virtue is a key that will unlock God's wondrous plan for every individual person and for all of humanity...

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2019-02-14 10:29:15



Cardinal Kevin Farrell named new camerlengo by Pope Francis...  

Pope Francis Thursday nominated a new camerlengo, Irish-American Cardinal Kevin Joseph Farrell, prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life and a former bishop of Dallas. Cardinal Farrell's responsibilities as camerlengo will include overseeing the preparations for a papal conclave and managing the administration of the Holy See in the period between a pope's death or renunciation and the election of a new pope...

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2019-02-14 10:13:56



'It Will Cause a Scandal' — The Pope and Cardinal O'Malley clash over sex-abuse crisis...  

Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston, chief adviser to Pope Francis on protecting children from sexual abuse, called a meeting with top papal aides in 2017, concerned the Vatican wasn't living up to its promise of "zero tolerance." An appeals panel set up by the pope had reduced the punishments of a number of Catholic priests found guilty of abusing minors...

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2019-02-14 08:32:58



In the winter of faith, just keep working...  

As I write this, it is mid-winter in the Northern Hemisphere. Like each season, winter has its time, its three months. To many of us, there seems to be a metaphorical winter in the Church and in our culture, one that has lasted for years. Those of us who are older probably remember a time when Masses were crowded. The church parking lots were packed full...

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2019-02-14 08:02:03



Vatican, Microsoft team up on prize for artificial intelligence ethics...  

The Vatican says it is teaming up with Microsoft on an academic prize to promote ethics in artificial intelligence. Pope Francis met privately on Wednesday with Microsoft President Brad Smith and the head of a Vatican scientific office that promotes Catholic Church positions on human life. The Vatican said Smith and Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia of the Pontifical Academy for Life told Francis about the international prize for an individual who has successfully defended a dissertation on ethical iss

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2019-02-14 05:14:29



Independent investigation confirms Covington students didn't instigate confrontation...  

An independent investigation into the interaction last month between Covington high school students and a Native American man has exonerated the students, the Diocese of Covington has announced. In a Feb. 11 message to Covington Catholic High School parents, posted on the diocesan website, Bishop Roger Foys said a third-party inquiry had determined that "our students did not instigate the incident that occurred at the Lincoln Memorial...

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2019-02-14 04:46:19



Ignatius Press turns 40 years old...  

In a celebration in St. Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco this past November, the founders, staff, and several authors recalled the many books and initiatives that have poured forth from that dynamic and innovative source of insight and wisdom known as Ignatius Press. Since its founding in 1978, the Press has published some 39 million books...

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2019-02-14 03:11:15



When a mentally absent spouse is apportioned a third of a marriage...  

Fans of "reality TV," willing to be entertained by stories of exhibitionists behaving badly (and willingly) for a camera, some cash, and the most vulgar sort of celebrity notice, are being promised a new diversion, this time in the form of one husband's decision to openly bring his mistress into his marriage because his wife suffers from early-onset Alzheimer's disease...

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2019-02-14 02:36:42



The Christian art of letter writing...  

The advent of February heralds the approach of the day for which most of us write our only letter of the year, Valentine's Day. We walk into the nearest stationary shop and pick out a single card with an eye to the picture and witticism, mindful that we should not choose a card too big to be filled with a few choice words. The more daring of us believe that an entire page can be filled with such words...

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2019-02-14 02:18:15



It should be clear that a church is a place not just of community, but of Communion...  

Most Sundays I celebrate Mass at Saint Raymond of Peñafort Parish in Springfield, Virginia. During the Liturgy of the Word, as the priest is at the chair, I find myself gazing at the enormous, beautiful stained-glass window in the north transept, opposite the priest's chair. The window depicts the Church triumphant—the Lamb of Revelation and our Lord appearing in glory...

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2019-02-14 01:21:37



Pope Francis to canonize Blessed John Henry Newman, declares Cardinal Mindszenty Venerable...  

Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman is to be canonized following a Vatican announcement on Wednesday that the Pope had formally approved a miracle attributed to his intercession. Oratorian Father Ignatius Harrison, postulator for Blessed John Henry's cause, told the Register Feb. 13 that he heard the news with "enormous elation...

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2019-02-13 13:42:30



New Mexico close to passing 'most extreme bill in nation' on abortion...  

Since the end of January, the legislatures of New York, Virginia and other states have made headlines by approving or introducing policies that relax abortion restrictions, even in the third trimester and during labor. Now New Mexico is one step closer to passing a similar bill that loosens the state's already liberal abortion laws and would erase virtually all abortion restrictions in the event that the landmark Supreme Court decision Roe v...

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2019-02-13 12:30:42



What the apparition of 'Our Lady of America' reportedly said about the U.S. in 1956...  

Growing numbers of Americans are looking with horror at what has become of our Church and country. Moral confusion and indifference to human life is common. Legal boundaries continue to be stretched to favor abortion, same-sex marriage and pornography without limits. Finally, the Church seems to be rotting from within from a massive problem of homosexuality among the clergy...

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2019-02-13 08:11:11



Impossible cookware and other triumphs of the Penrose tile...  

In 1974, Roger Penrose, a British mathematician, created a revolutionary set of tiles that could be used to cover an infinite plane in a pattern that never repeats. In 1982, Daniel Shechtman, an Israeli crystallographer, discovered a metallic alloy whose atoms were organized unlike anything ever observed in materials science. Penrose garnered public renown on a scale rarely seen in mathematics...

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2019-02-13 06:40:04



Diocese of Gallup moves to 'restored order' of Baptism, Confirmation and First Communion...  

Bishop James Wall of the Diocese of Gallup has announced in a pastoral letter the restoration of the order of the sacraments of initiation in his diocesan territory, making it the 12th U.S. diocese to do so. Once the new policy is implemented, children will receive Confirmation and First Holy Communion in the same Mass, at around the age of 7 or 8...

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2019-02-13 06:25:54



Actor Gary Sinise describes his road to the Catholic Church...  

Gary Sinise, the actor perhaps best known for playing Lieutenant Dan in the 1994 movie "Forrest Gump," followed a rather unusual path to becoming a Catholic. In a Feb. 4 telephone interview with Catholic News Service from Los Angeles, Sinise told his story. "At one point in the late '90s, I remember my wife (Moira) was doing a play...

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2019-02-13 04:38:22



Facing breast cancer like a man...  

No one enjoys flummoxing their doctor, unless it's some singular distinction of good health, like having perfect cholesterol levels, or never having taken an antibiotic in one's entire life. I can claim neither. But I do have an exceptional family medical history. My mother died suddenly due to complications of lung cancer surgery at the age of 51...

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2019-02-13 04:04:33



In countdown to summit, abuse scandals rock Pope's native Argentina...  

As a Feb. 21-24 Vatican summit on the protection of minors approaches, ferment related to clerical sexual abuse continues to percolate in Pope Francis's native Argentina. The episodes in question range from a bishop given refuge in the Vatican who is now facing charges, to a monastery in trouble and a bishops' conference president with great expectations for the pope's assembly...

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2019-02-13 02:31:22



The ever-present totalitarian temptation...  

First circulated underground in communist Czechoslovakia in October 1978, Vaclav Havel's brilliant dissection of totalitarianism, "The Power of the Powerless," retains its salience four decades later. It should be required reading for politicians given to describing the Knights of Columbus as an "extremist" organization because of the Knights' pro-life convictions and activism...

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2019-02-13 01:14:57



Archdiocese of New York responds to Cardinal Spellman groping allegation...  

The Archdiocese of New York has said it had only recently learned of an allegation that the deeply influential Cardinal Francis Spellman groped a visiting West Point cadet in the 1960s, but says it will take the accusation seriously and has invited the accuser to contact the archdiocese. "This is the first time we have learned of this allegation and take what the writer says seriously...

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2019-02-12 19:49:27



Geneva, Switzerland, votes to ban religious symbols on public employees...  

Geneva residents on Sunday voted for a controversial new "secularism law", which will among other things ban elected officials and public employees from wearing visible religious symbols. Geneva residents on Sunday voted for a controversial new "secularism law", which will among other things ban elected officials and public employees from wearing visible religious symbols...

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2019-02-12 16:18:17



Why did the New York Times ignore an apparition of the Blessed Virgin in Mabel Grammer's obit?  

I had no idea there was a woman who took it upon herself to find homes for the many "brown babies" conceived in post World War II Germany between black American occupying soldiers and German women. But when the New York Times recently ran the obituary of Mabel Grammer, a black journalist (which was unusual in itself in the '40s for a female of any color to be a reporter)...

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2019-02-12 14:06:34



Four students arrested in Egypt for mocking Christianity online, may face 5 years in prison for “contempt of the Christian religion”...  

Egyptian authorities have arrested four students for mocking Christian rituals in an online video and ordered them to be kept in custody for four days, a judicial source said Monday. The university students aged between 19 and 24 were accused of being in "contempt of the Christian religion," the source said. If tried and found guilty they could face up to five years in prison...

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2019-02-12 11:58:29



For some reason, this town in Switzerland (especially its cathedral) is obsessed with the number 11 ...  

On a recent morning, at precisely 11:00, Therese Stählin was waiting in silence outside the entrance to the baroque town of Solothurn, clock-watching. "At 12:00, we need to be at our 11-hour clock," she said, all aflutter upon my arrival. Eleven was the most auspicious time to meet in the city, she'd emailed a few days prior...

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2019-02-12 11:44:09



Spokane's Bishop Thomas Daly makes waves with clear warning to pro-abortion Catholic politicians...  

When Father Bob Dunn read the headlines sparked by his friend Spokane Bishop Tom Daly's strong corrective for Catholic politicians who promote abortion rights, the New York City priest told his friends, "This is the type of witness we need." "Politicians who reside in the Catholic Diocese of Spokane, and who obstinately persevere in their public support for abortion...

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2019-02-12 10:46:33



The young are better prepared with earlier Confirmation...  

Later this month, the Vatican is hosting an international summit of bishops to address the clerical sex-abuse crisis. Based on comments Pope Francis has made to the press, the gathering will focus its attention on prayer and penance, but also educating the Church's shepherds on what the issue is all about. As if the U.S. bishops needed more educating—or any of us in the pews for that matter...

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2019-02-12 10:31:19



Push to rehabilitate 14th-century Pope Benedict XIII illustrates great truth about the present...  

As William Faulkner put it in Requiem for a Nun, "The past is never dead. It's not even past." That may be a general insight about the human condition, but when it comes to the Catholic Church, which makes a fetish of yesterday the same way the fashion industry does of today, it's especially applicable. It's thus entirely contemporary that a private association in Spain is petitioning the Vatican to rehabilitate the figure of Benedict XIII...

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2019-02-12 01:05:23



Lord, to whom shall we go?  

On Monday of last week this headline sat atop my hometown newspaper: "Priests urge Catholics not to leave church." Why would, assuming the headline is accurate, priests of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston find it necessary to "urge Catholics not to leave church"? Because on Sunday the diocese released a list of 42 priests accused of sexual abuse in recent decades...

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2019-02-11 15:13:02



The marvelous, miraculous preservation of St. Bernadette's body...  

Incorruptibility is a tricky subject. The preservation or decay of human remains can be affected by numerous factors ranging from preparation of the body to environmental conditions and beyond. St. Margaret of Cortona, once counted among the incorruptibles, was subsequently shown to be mummified at the time of interment. Others are not so easy to explain...

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2019-02-11 13:26:22



Lay Catholics: Stop waiting for bishops to do your job...  

It is a familiar story. The particulars are more radical this time. But it is essentially the same story. A Catholic politician commits some grave public violation of basic human rights. Outraged Catholics call for his head on an ecclesiastical platter. The bishop wrings his hands but does essentially nothing. The most brazen example yet is that of New York Gov...

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2019-02-11 12:30:50



On the role of the angels at the Second Coming...  

This is the last in a series of five posts on the role of the angels in our lives and in creation. The content of these posts comes from a series I have been teaching at the Institute of Catholic Culture on the mission of the angels. Angels are ministering spirits mystically present and active throughout creation, in the events of Scripture...

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2019-02-11 11:31:03



Why the notorious Cardinal Spellman was called “Cardinal Mary”...  

Lucian K. Truscott IV writes about the time he, as a West Point cadet, went to visit Cardinal Francis Spellman, the Archbishop of New York, for a cadet magazine interview. Spellman granted the interview in part because Truscott's grandfather was a famous general whom Spellman had known in World War II. It was a memorable encounter...

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2019-02-11 11:21:20



The 26,000-year astronomical monument hidden in plain sight at the Hoover Dam...  

On the western flank of the Hoover Dam stands a little-understood monument, commissioned by the US Bureau of Reclamation when construction of the dam began in 01931. The most noticeable parts of this corner of the dam, now known as Monument Plaza, are the massive winged bronze sculptures and central flagpole which are often photographed by visitors...

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2019-02-11 10:53:14



2019 Pebble Beach Pro Am: Tony Romo hits perfect shot from carpet of beer tent...  

We're not even 40 days into 2019, but Tony Romo is having himself a year. There was that AFC title game when Romo's skills at predicting plays became almost as much a part of the game as the outcome itself. Then he got to call his first Super Bowl alongside burnt-toast appreciator Jim Nantz. And now, just five days removed from the biggest stage in sports...

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2019-02-11 09:58:01



Sweeping investigation of Southern Baptist churches reveals 700 sex abuse victims in last 20 years...  

Thirty-five years later, Debbie Vasquez's voice trembled as she described her trauma to a group of Southern Baptist leaders. She was 14, she said, when she was first molested by her pastor in Sanger, a tiny prairie town an hour north of Dallas. It was the first of many assaults that Vasquez said destroyed her teenage years and...

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2019-02-11 08:13:17



A simple defrocking won't mean the McCarrick case is over...  

Various news agencies have reported, and Crux has confirmed, that the Vatican will shortly announce a ruling in the case of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, accused of sexual abuse of a 16-year-old boy more than 50 years ago as well as various incidents with adult priests and seminarians. By all accounts, McCarrick will lose his clerical status...

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2019-02-11 07:03:38



Child sex abuse called 'a serious and pervasive' issue in schools and institutions throughout the U.S...  

Child sexual abuse in the United States is at epidemic levels. More than 60,000 children are reported to have been abused every year, outnumbering those killed by guns or cars. Those who survive are often left not only with physical wounds, but also with psychological wounds that may never heal. These wounds exact both a profound personal and social cost...

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2019-02-11 06:37:52



Study: Social media addicts struggle to make new friends, keep old ones in real life...  

Survey of 3,000 adults shows that people consider less than a quarter of one's Facebook friends to be "true friends" in real life, with the average person seeing seven friendships fizzle thanks to social media reliance.

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2019-02-11 06:36:36



Why kids like sports better than religious ed...  

I used to be one of those catechists with no patience for kids' sports. I believed in the value of athletics, I really did, but disapproved of the modern sports industry's drain on society. People who organized their lives around their kids' games and practices were wrong-headed, period. Then I had a kid who begged for three years straight to please be allowed to try a team sport — any sport at all...

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2019-02-11 06:13:48



Hormones, surgery, regret: I was a transgender woman for 8 years — time I can't get back...  

I started my transgender journey as a 4-year-old boy when my grandmother repeatedly, over several years, cross-dressed me in a full-length purple dress she made especially for me and told me how pretty I was as a girl. This planted the seed of gender confusion and led to my transitioning at age 42 to transgender female. I lived as "Laura" for eight years...

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2019-02-11 04:26:23



Can the ol' Catholic blog neighborhood ever come back?  

I've been writing enough years to remember the Golden Age of Catholic Blogging, when there was camaraderie and fun; when bloggers exchanged comments like neighbors chatting across a chain-link fence; when we shared and linked each other's pieces; when there were Cannonball Awards and blogging badges; when the kindest thing one could say is "I'm adding you to my blogroll...

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2019-02-11 02:27:56



Of wound healing, scar tissue and humility...  

My students just finished a unit on perioperative nursing - the nursing responsibilities and interventions associated with caring for surgical patients. One of the most important of these is monitoring surgical incisions for signs of infection and other problems. By definition, surgery is invasive. It requires getting past the superficial layers of our skin in order to manipulate...

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2019-02-11 01:08:39



A day in the life of a family that adopted six blind kids...  

The Bartling family adopted six children that are all completely blind. Join them for a normal day in their life.

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2019-02-10 20:30:48



5th Sunday of Ordinary Time — “But at your command I will lower the nets”...  

This Sunday's Gospel describes the call of Simon Peter, one that takes place in several stages. While it is presented in a compact time frame, for most of us it takes place over a longer period, as the Lord works to deepen our faith and heighten our call. The upshot of the Gospel is that Peter's faith is strengthened by his obedience to the Lord's command...

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2019-02-10 14:28:28



5 reasons to proclaim Christian truths fearlessly...  

Author Saul Bellow once wrote that he would occasionally attend a dinner party and would be asked for his opinion on a politically sensitive issue. His standard answer was non-confrontational: "I support all good policies and oppose all the bad ones." While the arrogance and moral bankruptcy behind political correctness will eventually lead to its own destruction...

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2019-02-10 14:22:57



Archbishop Fulton Sheen's clear warning about the Antichrist...  

During his Jan. 26, 1947, radio broadcast, Venerable Fulton Sheen spoke as if he were peering into the 21st century. During that same talk, he also described what he believed the anti-Christ would be like. It might not at all be what many will be expecting the anti-Christ would be like, especially at first. But as we've seen in this same talk not long after the end of World War II "From now on the struggle will be...

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2019-02-10 12:14:46



Haunted by Moloch: What made this 500-year-old Peruvian society sacrifice its own children?  

The young victim lies in a shallow grave in a vacant lot strewn with trash. It's the Friday before Easter here in Huanchaquito, a hamlet on the north coast of Peru. The throb of dance music, drifting up from seaside cafes a few hundred yards to the west, sounds eerily like a pulsing heart. It's accompanied by the soft chuf...

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2019-02-10 10:36:56



This heroine of Ecuador lived on nothing but the Holy Eucharist...  

On October 31, 1618, a baby girl was born in the city of Quito, which was located in the New Kingdom of Grenada. Today this area is known as Ecuador. The child's father was an upstanding and respected Spanish nobleman from Toledo by the name of Don Girolamo Flores de Paredes. Her mother's name was Doña Mariana Cranobles de Xaramilo and she was descended from the most highly respected of Spanish families...

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2019-02-10 05:56:45



Nun's rape case against bishop shakes a Catholic bastion in India...  

When Bishop Franco Mulakkal agreed to personally celebrate the First Communion for Darly's son, a rare honor in their Catholic Church in India, the family was overcome with pride. During the ceremony, Darly looked over at her sister, a nun who worked with the bishop, to see her eyes spilling over with tears — tears of joy, she figured...

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2019-02-10 04:48:15



“Expel the wicked person from among you”...  

The stepbrother of William the Conqueror, Bishop Odo, was meticulous in observing canon law. Since a cleric was not allowed to "wield the sword," he used a battle club. In the Bayeux Tapestry under the scene of him forcing his men into a hail of arrows, are the abbreviated Latin words: "Hic Odo Eps [Episcopus] Baculu[m] Tenens Confortat Pueros" which means: "Here...

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2019-02-10 03:42:53



You've read J.R.R. Tolkien's books — but have you seen his paintings?  

Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth is an exhibition on the life and art of one of the most celebrated Catholic authors of the 20th century, now (through May 12) at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York. The show explores not just the literary art of J.R.R. Tolkien: a generous selection of watercolors, ink sketches, and colored pencil drawings constitute a main attraction...

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2019-02-10 03:31:10



Pope's Sunday Angelus: “When we put ourselves at Christ's service, He does great things in us”...  

Here is a ZENIT translation of the address Pope Francis gave February 10, 2019, before and after praying the midday Angelus with those gathered in St. Peter's Square.

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2019-02-10 01:11:44



NYTimes: Despite Thursday's setback, pro-life activists still see their best chance in years to chip away at Roe v. Wade...  

Despite a temporary setback at the Supreme Court on Thursday night, the anti-abortion movement nationwide is pursuing its best chance in years to aggressively curb abortion access, and with a bench it believes remains in its favor. For years, anti-abortion activists have advanced a long-term and wide-ranging strategy to control state legislatures and governorships...

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2019-02-09 13:33:48



Talking about the Virginia train wreck: This hot story is about politics, race and (shush) abortion...  

Who enjoys reporting and writing stories about abortion? How about this journalism issue: Who wants to write news stories about abortion that offer information and viewpoints from the many articulate believers on both sides of this issue that has divided America for several decades now? Who wants to write about a subject that so bitterly divides Americans...

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2019-02-09 10:59:47



5th Sunday after Epiphany AND 5th Ordinary Sunday: Familial military or martial family?  

This Sunday we have what often winds up as a "left over", or a "remaining" or even a "Where the heck is this Sunday in my Missal?!?" Sunday. Because the vagueries of your planets Moon, this year we get quite a few Sundays after Epiphany. It isn't always so. This Sunday's Collect, for the 5th Sunday after Epiphany in the 1962MR (aka "Missal of John XXIII" aka "Missal of the Vatican Council")...

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2019-02-09 10:44:21



Guardian angels and other protectors, as seen in a commercial...  

Most of us struggle with the fact that God allows bad things to happen. Why does he not intervene more often to protect us from attacks of various sorts and from events that cause sadness, setbacks, or suffering? While the answer is mysterious, the clearest response is that God allows suffering in order that some greater blessing may occur...

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2019-02-09 07:38:35



What Christopher Dawson knew about time...  

As noted in previous essays in this series, Christopher Dawson (1889-1970), one of the greatest of the unsung heroes of Christianity in the twentieth century, worried incessantly and critically about the rise of "progressive" thought in world history. As Dawson noted, time and time again, no one in the ancient or medieval Western worlds (or elsewhere...

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2019-02-09 06:35:42



Cardinal Müller, former CDF prefect, issues 'Manifesto of Faith'...  

Cardinal Gerhard Müller has issued a forthright "manifesto of faith," calling primarily on Church leaders to fulfill their obligation to lead people to salvation in the face of "growing confusion" about Church doctrine. In a four-page public testimony (see below) released in multiple languages Feb. 8, and whose title is taken from the Gospel of John "Let not your heart be troubled...

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2019-02-09 05:26:13



Tiny meteorites are everywhere. Here's how to find them.....  

Tons of tiny meteorites fall to Earth every day, but are next to impossible to find once they land. At least, that's what the science community thought...

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2019-02-09 02:56:22



How the Witness Protection Program decides where to send people...  

The U.S. Federal Witness Protection Program, also known as the Witness Security or WITSEC Program, tries to stash you where you'll blend in, whether that's Portland, Oregon, Portland, Maine, or anyplace in between. Thriving cities and sunny beach towns are definitely possibilities, depending on who you are. "If you're relocating [a witness] from New York City...

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2019-02-09 01:23:51



Always take a copy of your restaurant receipt...  

We've all left the "customer copy" of the receipt lying on the table at a restaurant after we've finished dinner. Here's a good reason why you might want to take it with you (and keep it somewhere safe). On a recent thread, Redditor u/Ryan_77, a former restaurant worker, recommended people bring their receipts home, so staff can't adjust gratuity after you leave...

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2019-02-09 01:04:13



Abortion's Dred Scott moment [WSJ paywall]...  

My former home of St. Louis boasts, as one of its historical gems, the Old Courthouse. Countless important moments in American history took place in the 19th-century building. Admittedly, St. Louisans don't brag about its connection to one of the most notorious and degrading legal decisions in American history. It was at this courthouse that two slaves...

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2019-02-08 13:16:31



Vatican to rule next week on defrocking of Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, sources...  

Vatican officials will meet next week to decide the fate of disgraced former U.S. cardinal Theodore McCarrick over allegations of sexual abuse, Vatican sources said on Friday.

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2019-02-08 11:26:47



La Croix: “The question is not 'if' Pope Francis will resign, but 'when' he will actually do so”...  

It is now six years since Benedict XVI announced he was resigning from the papacy. He quietly declared his intention in Latin on Feb. 11, 2013 before a small gathering of cardinals in Rome. But it quickly sent shockwaves through the worldwide Church.Benedict, who had been elected in 2005, later explained that he would officially step down on the following March 28 due to old age and the inability to meet the physical demands of his global office...

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2019-02-08 11:24:39



Pope encourages this prayer to St. Josephine Bakhita in fight against human trafficking...  

The International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking invites people to host or attend a prayer service that fosters awareness of and support for victims of trafficking. The annual day, created with Pope Francis' encouragement in 2015, is celebrated Feb. 8 — the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, who was kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery in Sudan and Italy...

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2019-02-08 09:54:36



Supreme Court blocks law regulating Louisiana abortion doctors...  

The Supreme Court has blocked from taking effect a Louisiana law requiring abortion doctors to hold admitting privileges at hospitals near abortion businesses. The court issued a stay on Thursday evening. In a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court granted Feb. 7 a temporary stay blocking the law while it is adjudicated in lower courts. Chief Justice John Roberts was the deciding vote and voted to grant the injunction...

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2019-02-08 09:38:14



Researchers studied how children from single-parent and two-parent families fare in life. So what did they find?  

Family life is more richly varied than ever before. A growing proportion of parents in the UK choose to live together, rather than getting married. And during the past 20 years about one in five children has been growing up in a lone-parent family. This reflects big social shifts in attitudes and opportunities, some of which started in the 1960s...

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2019-02-08 09:29:23



In a speech last week that most U.S. media missed, Pope addresses the “killing in huge numbers” of children...  

This week, Francis spoke to Italian pro-life leaders. In his speech, he spoke about being pro-life as a prerequisite for being pro-justice, pro-human-rights, etc. Here are a few excerpts and my analysis.

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2019-02-08 06:02:48



5 insights on death and dying from Friedrich von Hugel...  

Friedrich von Hugel was one of the great but now mostly unknown Catholic writers of the early twentieth century, and also one of the last barons of the Holy Roman Empire. A man of wide friendships and intellectual sympathies, and widely influential, he was notably concerned with religious experience and the relation of experience to the Church and her dogma...

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2019-02-08 05:02:10



12 reasons for ministry burnout and how to prevent it...  

This verse is used by lay persons who work for the Church all the time, as a half-hearted joke. That is — you will never be appreciated or paid enough for the amount of service given to the Church, at least in this life. But, there is a seriousness behind it as well. I started working for the Catholic Church in 2002. If that sounds like a long time...

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2019-02-08 04:38:20



Aren't these politicians worried about Hell?  

In the past few weeks, a number of states have passed (or attempted to pass) ordinances that allow infanticide. Faced with current regulations like those that allow abortion at 20 weeks, some politicians—including those who claim to be Christian—are apparently not content with any legislation that would ban full-term baby killings...

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2019-02-08 04:35:09



On the role of our guardian angels...  

This is the third in a series of five posts on the angels and their role in our lives. The content of these posts comes from a series I have been teaching at the Institute of Catholic Culture on the mission of the angels. Angels are ministering spirits mystically present and active throughout creation, in the events of Scripture...

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2019-02-08 01:21:32



“I saw ... the tears of the innocent, and they had no comforter”...  

The name of the step-brother of William the Conqueror was a palindrome, and the ladies who made the Bayeux Tapestry must have enjoyed embroidering it and the caption under the scene of Odo at the Battle of Hastings. A year after the Norman Conquest, he became Duke of Kent, assuming vast lands and power, but William had already seen to it that he became a bishop about the age of nineteen...

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2019-02-07 19:49:28



'Zero tolerance' doesn't seem an inflated expectation for pope's summit...  

Twice now, and with ascending levels of authority, we've been cautioned not to expect too much from the summit on clerical sexual abuse Pope Francis has called for Feb. 21-24 for the presidents of bishops' conferences around the world. First came the Vatican's new editorial director, veteran Italian journalist Andrea Tornielli...

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2019-02-07 18:53:51



St. Francis and the Sultan: What really happened in 1219 in Catholic/Muslim dialogue?  

Let's review Francis of Assisi and his visit to the Sultan. Many think that Francis was a bunny-hugging bird kisser. When they think of him, they start to croon the tune from Brother Sun, Sister Moon or the ditty falsely attributed to him, "Make me a channel of your peace". But Francis of Assisi was not a medieval peacenik...

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2019-02-07 12:44:59



Priest warns the U.S. Church is “about to collapse ... and we're barely talking about it”...  

Fr. Matt Fish, the pastoral administrator at Holy Family Catholic Church in Hillcrest Heights, Maryland, wrote a detailed twitter thread describing reasoning for the "collapse" of the Catholic Church in America, or the West. He explained that because our culture has disposed of what is truly "cultural Catholicism," the Church as a whole suffers from the consequences...

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2019-02-07 11:59:31



Pope St. Paul VI's feast day will be celebrated May 29, Vatican announces...  

The Vatican announced Wednesday that Pope St. Paul VI's feast day will be celebrated annually on May 29 as an optional memorial. "Before and after becoming pope, St. Paul VI lived with his gaze constantly fixed on Christ, whom he considered and proclaimed as a necessity for everyone," Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship...

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2019-02-07 11:55:16



Pope Francis meant 'manipulation' when he spoke of 'sexual slavery,' Vatican says...  

The Vatican clarified Wednesday Pope Francis' comments on the sexual abuse of women religious made during his in-flight press conference returning from Abu Dhabi Feb. 5. "When the Holy Father, referring to the dissolution of a Congregation, spoke of 'sexual slavery,' he meant 'manipulation,' a form of abuse of power that is also reflected in sexual abuse...

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2019-02-07 10:53:21






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