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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. […]

The Italian Crucifix Case: A Watershed?
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The Italian Crucifix Case: A Watershed?

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The Italian crucifix case (Lautsi case) is the first case in the history of the Court which attracts so much attention and mobilizes so much people to act. With this case, the Court appeared publicly as an ideological battlefield where significant political decisions are passed in certain confidentiality. This case arose in the rather exceptional […]

Inflation: Food, Fuel, and the Fed
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Inflation: Food, Fuel, and the Fed

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As Americans increasingly feel the pinch of higher prices for food and fuel, the Federal Reserve’s QE2 policy of creating more money has been called into question. Asked if the Fed bore some responsibility for these vexing price increases, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke essentially replied, “It’s not our fault.” Instead, Bernanke blamed the price increases […]

A House of Sinners, Not a House of Sin
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A House of Sinners, Not a House of Sin

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It is not news that in the last 40 years the Sacred Liturgy has been treated with a banality that has gone from the sentimental to the silly to the irreverent to the heretical, and back again, a few million times. Now, of course, there is nothing silly or banal about the Eucharist and other […]

Testimony for Minnesota State Senate Hearings on Same Sex Marriage
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Testimony for Minnesota State Senate Hearings on Same Sex Marriage

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Prepared remarks for the Judiciary Committee of the Minnesota State Senate, hearings on same sex marriage Dr Jennifer Roback Morse, founder and president of the Ruth Institute, a project of the National Organization for Marriage April 29, 2011 St.  Paul Minnesota www.ruthinstitute.org   We are here to consider giving the citizens of the State of […]

Adopting a Mom
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Adopting a Mom

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About 23 years ago I packed all my belongings into my Dad’s Suburban and drove 1500 miles from my Rocky Mountain home to live in a place I had never seen and could barely pronounce.  I had never planned to attend college – since there was no such thing as a faithful Catholic college, to […]

How to Gain True Self-confidence
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How to Gain True Self-confidence

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“So, during supper, fully aware that the Father had put everything into his power and that he had come from God and was returning to God, he rose from supper and took off his outer garments” (John 13:2b-3b). This came from the reading on Holy Thursday this year. Each year, in the attempt to emphasize the true […]

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May Blossoms, Part Two

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The guy sitting next to me in the optometrist’s office bugged me. I mean, he really bugged me. He bugged me like I wanted to actually step outside and stand on the sidewalk by the front door until it was time for my appointment; that’s how much he bugged me. Rather than commit an act […]

What Would Jesus Cut?
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What Would Jesus Cut?

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That is the question asked by the left-leaning Christian organization, Sojourners, in its campaign of the same name. It is a most appropriate question given the battle over the budget and given this time of year, not long after the most holy holiday of the year for Christians. Sojourners claims that, despite record budget deficits […]

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