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The Roman Missal: Three Misconceptions
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The Roman Missal: Three Misconceptions

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As the implementation date for the new English translation of the Roman Missal approaches (less than 180 days away at this point) now seems an appropriate time to address some of the more common misconceptions that are floating about. We’ll begin with the following three: 1. The new English translation of the Roman Missal isn’t […]

The Cruelty of Casual Canonizations
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The Cruelty of Casual Canonizations

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In recent years it has become commonplace to turn funerals into casual canonizations. “Bob is in a better place,” we’re told, which, if taken literally, can only mean Heaven, as neither Hell nor Purgatory are better places than earth. Never mind the fact that Bob wasn‘t very generous with his time or money, drank too […]

45 Seconds: Memoirs of an ER Doctor from May 22, 2011
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45 Seconds: Memoirs of an ER Doctor from May 22, 2011

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My name is Dr. Kevin Kikta, and I was one of two emergency room doctors who were on duty at St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Joplin, MO on Sunday, May 22, 2011.  You never know that it will be the most important day of your life until the day is over.  The day started […]

Like a Mighty Wind
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Like a Mighty Wind

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As we approach the celebration of Pentecost we pause to consider the Third Person of the Holy Trinity, the Holy Spirit.  The first person of the Trinity is God the Father.  Known as the Creator of the universe, he is awesome.  And then there is Jesus the Son, the second person of the Trinity.  Jesus, […]

The Economics of Abundance
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The Economics of Abundance

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The end of the world is coming soon. Not the eschaton, that final end of all things and the return to their Maker of all that is. That may come tomorrow or in 10,000 years, but in either case I don’t find the subject interesting; there is nothing much I can do about it one […]

The High-Stakes Showdown Over Medicare Reform
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The High-Stakes Showdown Over Medicare Reform

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The trustees of the Medicare system recently reported that the program will go broke in the year 2024—five years sooner than was projected just last year. The millions of Americans who have been counting on Medicare to be a reliable, stable guarantor of affordable healthcare in their senior years should be asking themselves, “Who is […]

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Bl. Peter To Rot – Defender of Matrimony

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One of the patron saints of World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney, Australia, was Blessed Peter To Rot, a native son of Papua New Guinea.  A second-generation Catholic during the evangelization of his Southern Pacific island in the early twentieth century, he was an exemplary husband, father and catechist.  In 1945 he suffered martyrdom at […]

What We’ve Got
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What We’ve Got

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Sometimes I marvel at the creative power of the human mind.  Like whoever first thought of grabbing the wind out of the sky and putting it to work for us.  Someone, somewhere long ago, needed more grain milled.  What to do?  Get more serfs, hire more hands, harness more horses.  But what if you don’t […]

Little Plots of Liberty: From Garden to City and Back Again
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Little Plots of Liberty: From Garden to City and Back Again

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The economic, political, and cultural challenges facing the city of Detroit are well-known, and have received international coverage in recent months. And while hope springs eternal, there are still signs that the city’s culture of stifling bureaucracy and corruption will be difficult to reform. Nowhere is this simultaneous promise and peril of Detroit’s future more […]

Pray as Though You Were the Image and Likeness of God -- Because You Are!
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Pray as Though You Were the Image and Likeness of God — Because You Are!

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Far too often man seeks God in prayer merely to improve his future standing with the kingdom of heaven or in the present kingdom of man.  Recognizing his own sins, man seeks forgiveness from God in order to regain God’s favor.  Continually afflicted as he is by the wretchedness in others, man seeks God’s help […]

Fin de Régime in Syria?
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Fin de Régime in Syria?

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The revolt in Syria offers great opportunities, humanitarian and geo-political. Western states should quickly and robustly seize the moment to dispatch strongman Bashar al-Assad and his accomplice. Many benefits will follow when they reach their appointed dustbin of history. Foreign: The malign but tactically brilliant Hafez al-Assad blighted the Middle East with disproportionate Syrian influence […]

Raising a Culture of Life
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Raising a Culture of Life

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As I pulled the minivan into our garage late one night my 14-year-old son came out to help me carry in the bins and boxes of materials I had used at a talk I gave that evening at church.  I knew the real reason he was being so helpful:  I had promised to bring home […]

My Favorite Software Freebies
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My Favorite Software Freebies

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We have an abundance of free software options that can help us make better use of our PC’s and Mac’s. Several of them are based in the “cloud” which means our information stays static while we are portable – we can access it wherever we have Internet access.  My favorites can make your digital life […]

<i>Heaven in the American Imagination</i>: An Interview with Dr. Gary Scott Smith
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Heaven in the American Imagination: An Interview with Dr. Gary Scott Smith

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Dr. Paul Kengor: Dr. Gary Smith, describe the thesis of your new book. Dr. Gary Scott Smith: My book examines two primary questions: how have Americans conceived of heaven, and on what basis do people gain admission to heaven? My thesis is that while Americans’ beliefs about the grounds for entry to heaven have remained […]

Turkey's Christians under Siege
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Turkey’s Christians under Siege

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The brutal murder of the head of Turkey’s Catholic Church, Bishop Luigi Padovese, on June 3, 2010, has rattled the country’s small, diverse, and hard-pressed Christian community.[1] The 62-year-old bishop, who spearheaded the Vatican’s efforts to improve Muslim-Christian relations in Turkey, was stabbed repeatedly at his Iskenderun home by his driver and bodyguard Murat Altun, […]

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Mercy Is Life

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The feast of Divine Mercy is celebrated by the Catholic Church on the first Sunday after Easter Sunday. At least one of the purposes of celebrating this feast in the heart of the Easter season is to remind us that the salvific death of the now risen Lord, replete with the promise of Resurrection and […]

Movie Review: <em>Resurrect Dead</em>
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Movie Review: Resurrect Dead

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Perhaps about five years ago I began to hear the word “random” with increasing frequency, usually from a teenager, and often as a one-word commentary on life’s apparent incongruities.  FreeDictionary.com defines “random” as “a concept of non-order or non-coherence in a sequence of symbols or steps, such that there is no intelligible pattern or combination.”  […]

"Illegal" Babies Abducted by Chinese Population Control Officials
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“Illegal” Babies Abducted by Chinese Population Control Officials

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As Beijing continues to vigorously pursue its infamous one-child policy, PRI has gathered evidence showing that Chinese villagers who cannot afford to pay these fines have their “illegal” children abducted and sold by Chinese population control officials. It is well known that those who violate the one-child policy have sometimes been subjected to coerced abortions […]

On Precedence and Authority: A Reply to Donal Anthony Foley
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On Precedence and Authority: A Reply to Donal Anthony Foley

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The other day, I learned that British author Donal Foley has written on the subject of “The Lady of All Nations.”[i]  Foley is the original English translator of the Vatican document Normae Congregationis (NC), on the norms for discernment of apparitions.  Knowing Foley’s work in private revelation, I was interested to read his remarks on […]

Spring Contrasts: Madison, Wisconsin vs. Tuscaloosa, Joplin, and the Mighty Mississippi
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Spring Contrasts: Madison, Wisconsin vs. Tuscaloosa, Joplin, and the Mighty Mississippi

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Madison, Wisconsin’s winter follies relinquished their national attention to Tuscaloosa’s tornado in April, events along the Mississippi in May, and finally to the most recent twister in Joplin, Missouri, where genuine suffering puts into perspective tenured teachers who are learning that they must actually pay a fraction of their healthcare costs. Fitting substitutions, these last […]

Nutritional Support and Human Dignity within the End-of-Life Context
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Nutritional Support and Human Dignity within the End-of-Life Context

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The Problem “Quality of life” and “death with dignity” have more than a few folks erroneously asserting that the range of legally-acceptable end-of-life options should include “voluntary euthanasia,” and/or “physician-assisted suicide” also known as “physician aid in dying.” [1]  In a recent commentary entitled Human Dignity and the End of Life, Cardinal Rigali and Bishop […]

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May Blossoms, Part III, The Visitation

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Just when I thought I was home free, it hit. I caught one of those nasty Spring viruses that come racing around the corner while you’re looking in the other direction. Because the buds are beginning to swell on the trees and the first warm breezes are beginning to blow, you forget about watching out […]

Saints Alive! Padre Pio and the Stigmata: Sanctity on Trial
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Saints Alive! Padre Pio and the Stigmata: Sanctity on Trial

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Today,  May 25, is Saint Padre Pio’s birthday. Francesco Forgione, who became the modern world’s most beloved Saint Padre Pio, was born 124 years ago today on 25 May 1887 to Mario Forgione and Maria Giuseppa de Nunzio Forgione in Pietrelcina, Italy. On the next day, 26 May 1887, he was baptized. Padre Pio was proclaimed […]

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France Considers Codifying Eugenics

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Today the French government holds the fate of thousands of innocent lives in their hands. The French Parliament is considering a bill mandating that health care professionals offer universal pre-natal testing for Down syndrome. When a diagnosis of Down syndrome is given to a pregnant woman in France, there is a 96% abortion rate. Most […]

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