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Liturgy Should Say: ‘We’re not in Kansas Anymore’
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Liturgy Should Say: ‘We’re not in Kansas Anymore’

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Last Wednesday night I had the pleasure of addressing a “Theology on Tap” gathering of young adults on the topic of how to prepare for the new English translation of the Roman Missal. During the Q&A portion of our time together I was somewhat surprised when a number of attendees wondered aloud about how the […]

Muslim 'Inferiority Complex' Kills Christians
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Muslim ‘Inferiority Complex’ Kills Christians

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Days ago in Egypt, throngs of Muslims (henceforth, “Islamists”), estimated at 3,000, fired guns and rifles and hurled Molotov cocktails at Coptic churches, homes, and businesses in the Imbaba region near Cairo: twelve Christians were killed—some shot by snipers atop rooftops—232 injured; three churches were set aflame to cries of “Allahu Akbar,” while Coptic homes […]

Egypt – "Serious, but not hopeless"
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Egypt – “Serious, but not hopeless”

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Following the violent attacks on Christian churches in Cairo last weekend, the Coptic Catholic Patriarch of Alexandria, Cardinal Antonios Naguib has spoken of a “very serious situation,” but one not without hope. Last Sunday, May 9, the president of the Sunni Al Azhar University in Cairo issued a joint declaration, together with representatives of all […]

Strange Things are Done
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Strange Things are Done

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The Bard of the Yukon, Robert Service, penned the immortal lines:  There are strange things done in the midnight sun,         by the men who moil for gold; The Arctic trails have their secret tails,         that would make your blood run cold; So began The Cremation of Sam McGee, the poem that would make […]

There Be Dragons Indeed
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There Be Dragons Indeed

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I am one of the apparently few people who have seen There Be Dragons, Roland Joffe’s film about St. Josemaria Escriva, founder of Opus Dei.  Only it isn’t really about Josemaria at all.  It’s about Spain. The photography is beautiful and the settings are wonderful (so good that they made me homesick for Spain, where […]

Religion Books in the Catholic School
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Religion Books in the Catholic School

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[This report was prepared on behalf of a group of Catholic parents to address issues locally that may also be going on elsewhere in the country.  It is published here as a resource for parents who may find it useful.] Religion Books in the Catholic School: Parental Concerns and Suggested Remedies Our parent’s group has […]

Recapturing the Vertical Dimension of Faith
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Recapturing the Vertical Dimension of Faith

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Laboring in the desert of the kingdom of man, the true believer finds himself bent by the weight of sin, stiffened by the pain of sorrow and stained by the sweat of fear.  While he knows that God created him out of pure love, redeems Him out of pure mercy and awaits his full return […]

Call for Federal Investigation of Fetal DNA/Autism Vaccine Link
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Call for Federal Investigation of Fetal DNA/Autism Vaccine Link

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Children of God for Life ( www.cogforlife.org )  and Sound Choice Pharmaceutical Institute ( www.soundchoice.org ) are calling on federal officials to investigate the cause of autism in children who have received vaccines produced using aborted fetal cell lines. Past studies have focused on the use of thimerosal in vaccines as reason for the rise in autism.  […]

World Day of Prayer for Vocations: Think God; Trust God; Thank God!
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World Day of Prayer for Vocations: Think God; Trust God; Thank God!

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In the 1980 film Oh, God: Book II 11-year-old Tracy Richards believes that God is talking to her.  In fact, God (played by George Burns) wants Tracy to tell everybody she knows that he is real.  So she does.  She drafts a slogan and message, just two words, is conclusive and clear: THINK GOD.  She […]

New Document on the Ever New Traditional Mass
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New Document on the Ever New Traditional Mass

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“Introibo ad altare Dei“: Document on How to Implement Summorum Pontificum Published in Rome Today, May 13, 2011 A day of rejoicing for Catholics who love the rich, profound tradition of the old Latin liturgy. A day — May 13, 2011 — which, bracketed with July 7, 2007, when the Pope published Summorum Pontificum, will […]

Understanding Rand
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Understanding Rand

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Christians have a deep ambivalence about Ayn Rand that probably draws as deeply from the facts of her biography as from her famous novels. When the refugee from the old Soviet Union met the Catholic William F. Buckley, she said, “You are too intelligent to believe in God.” Her atheism was militant. Rand’s holy symbol […]

Is the Antichrist Here?
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Is the Antichrist Here?

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Uprising after uprising in the Middle East; sexual and intellectual scandal in the Church; earthquakes in Chile and Haiti; tsunamis in Indonesia and Japan; and financial collapse in almost every market: given the startling increase in the frequency of global crises –political, religious, financial, natural — one is tempted to begin looking for the antichrist […]

Christian Charity and the Welfare State
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Christian Charity and the Welfare State

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One of the great privileges and duties of practicing Christians is to do charitable deeds. Virtually all Christians agree on this point. There is, however, a great divide in Christendom between those who believe that charitable giving should be a voluntary, private-sector ministry and those who believe that a government welfare state should oversee a […]

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A Biblical Roadmap To The One, True Church

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Teach me, LORD, your way that I may walk in your truth. (Ps 86:11) Sounds simple, doesn’t it?  I can’t imagine any Christian looking at the above verse and disagreeing with its content.  Essentially, it is a summary of our mission as followers of Christ. But exactly how does the Lord teach us “His way” […]

Benedict XVI: In No One’s Shadow
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Benedict XVI: In No One’s Shadow

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It was inevitable. In the lead-up to John Paul II’s beatification, a number of publications decided it was time to opine about the direction of Benedict XVI’s pontificate. The Economist, for example, portrayed a pontificate adrift, “accident-prone,” and with a “less than stellar record” compared to Benedict’s dynamic predecessor (who, incidentally, didn’t meet with the Economist‘s approval […]

Do We Recognize Jesus?
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Do We Recognize Jesus?

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This week’s Gospel (Lk 24:13-35) features Jesus and two disciples on the road to Emmaus. Jesus walks with them and talks with them and still, they do not realize who is in their midst until he breaks bread with them.  One thing the Resurrection appearances of Jesus have in common is that those who first […]

Why I Am a Monarchist
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Why I Am a Monarchist

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The announcement that one is a monarchist is greeted with the same regard as the announcement that one has joined the Flat-Earth Society, or espouses geo-centrism, or has expressed a belief in a world only 6,000 years old, where God planted fossils in the ground just for fun. Politically, monarchism has a prestige just a […]

Building a Catholic Bioethics Knowledge Base Amidst a Busy Life
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Building a Catholic Bioethics Knowledge Base Amidst a Busy Life

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Many people today are very busy, sometimes wondering “who’s got time to read?”  And yet, given the rapid and varied scientific breakthroughs which render contemporary research and healthcare contexts evermore complex and morally confusing, relevant reading is arguably imperative given our responsibility to the common good as voters, donors to charities, and investors in corporations […]

Cries of “Saint Now” for JPII Echo “Santo Subito” for St. Francis
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Cries of “Saint Now” for JPII Echo “Santo Subito” for St. Francis

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Nearly 800 years ago, Pope Gregory IX, responded to shouts of “Santo Subito” (“Sainthood Now”) when he left the Lateran Palace in Rome and made the 120-mile arduous journey to Assisi (shown at left) to canonize St. Francis. Francis just wanted to be a humble hermit yet died a very public death in 1226, bearing the […]

Peace Be With You
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Peace Be With You

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In last Sunday’s Gospel we were told that the disciples had locked themselves in a room for fear of retaliation by the Jews. “Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’” We are familiar with the story of Thomas and how he doubted his friends, so I do […]

Something Rotten in Denmark (and Here)
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Something Rotten in Denmark (and Here)

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Surprisingly, on net, last week was not a good one for the Free World.  Despite the signal accomplishment of liquidating Osama bin Laden, Western civilization suffered serious reverses on several fronts. What these reverses all have in common is a deference to the doctrine our enemies’ call “shariah,” in a manner they perceive to be […]

Flipping the Fear about Preaching on Abortion
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Flipping the Fear about Preaching on Abortion

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Early in my work at Priests for Life a woman wrote, “I can’t help but think that if twenty years ago I heard a sermon in my Church against abortion, I would have found the strength to keep my baby instead of killing my baby.” Since then, countless women, as well as men, have said […]

The Armor of God
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The Armor of God

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When I was a young adult there was a wildly popular book about dressing for career success.  It spawned many copycat books, all proclaiming the benefits of proper attire for everything from boardrooms to schoolrooms.  The premise was that your clothes were the first impression others had of you, and consequently had a great impact […]

Pro-Life Provisions In Hungarian Constitution Shock EU
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Pro-Life Provisions In Hungarian Constitution Shock EU

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I was praying before the tomb of the great Cardinal Mindszenty in his cathedral at Esztergom, when I heard the news that his beloved Hungary had passed a new, pro-life constitution. The Cardinal, who took sanctuary in the U.S. Embassy for 16 years after Soviet troops crushed the Hungarian Uprising of 1956, would be proud. […]

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