Category: History

The Rhoda Wise Miracle House of Canton, Ohio
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The Rhoda Wise Miracle House of Canton, Ohio

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For sports fans and road trippers a visit to Canton Ohio is sure to feature a stop in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, where much-loved teams are enshrined for their Super Bowl wins and their grid-iron greats.  Just an hour’s drive southeast of Cleveland, Canton also boasts one of the largest US Presidential tombs […]

Remembrance Day and Our Dying Christian Heritage
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Remembrance Day and Our Dying Christian Heritage

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School children rose from their desks to stand for two minutes silence in memory of soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in two World Wars. We children stood tight-lipped and gazed at the Red Ensign flag at the front of the classroom. Every creak, children shuffling and even slight noises from the school’s ventilation system […]

Dedication of St. John Lateran
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Dedication of St. John Lateran

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As a rebellious teenager, I thought that Catholics should stop wasting their money on expensive churches.  We ought to sell them all and buy food for the poor, I argued.Funny thing.  Jesus, who cared much for the poor, did not have this attitude.  As an adolescent, he yearned to spend time in Herod’s sumptuous Temple […]

US Presidential Election
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“You Be You”

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I sit here listening to one of my favorite reflective CD’s (Carl Herrgesell’s Reflections in the Key of Peace), playing in the background as I attempt to put little letters together and form words on a blank page. We are days away from a national election that has stirred in me an unprecedented level of both […]

Bl. John Henry Newman, 1880
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Newman: Patron of Adult Faith Formation

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Today is the Cardinal’s feast day.

Why the Prophetic Voice of Pope Paul VI Still Matters
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Why the Prophetic Voice of Pope Paul VI Still Matters

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Those of us who live in prosperous countries may not realize the full impact of the contraceptive ideology around the world. You know the ideology I mean: everyone old enough to give meaningful consent is entitled to unlimited sex without a live baby showing up. We tend to think governments should allow people to obtain […]

The Pivotal Point of Christianity
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The Pivotal Point of Christianity

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Have you ever been so heartbroken and your hopes so shattered that you could scarcely consider what your future holds or whether you even had a future? That is what it must have been like for the disciples the day after Jesus was crucified. They had placed their faith in him and dared to hope […]

They're All With Us
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They’re All With Us

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We as Catholics believe that at death our material bodies are temporarily separated from our non-material souls until the end of time. We believe that at the end of time our bodies will be resurrected and re-united with our souls for eternity. For those who lived righteous lives their reunited bodies and souls will be […]

Truth, Treason, and Marriage
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Truth, Treason, and Marriage

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The early part of the first century A.D.: Herod was the one who had John arrested and bound in prison on account of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip, whom he had married. John had said to Herod, ‘It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.’ Herodias harbored a grudge against […]

The Octave of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday
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The Octave of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday

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Easter Sunday is not the end of our Easter celebration.  After forty days of preparation with Lent, and the Easter Triduum from Holy Thursday to Easter Sunday, it is easy to miss looking ahead on the Church’s liturgical calendar. This is, after all, the climax of the Christian year with the celebration of the Passion, […]

The Endless Ages of Purim
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The Endless Ages of Purim

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Every age carries within it the seeds of its ruin.

Black History and Abortion: Genocide or Suicide?
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Black History and Abortion: Genocide or Suicide?

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Through the years I have done more than my fair share of writing about the abortion statistics in the Black community, of Planned Parenthood’s Margaret Sanger and her Negro Project, and of New York City’s black abortion rate that has hovered at 55-60% of all black pregnancies. It is appalling that a population demographic representing […]

Book Review: The Apostasy that Wasn't
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Book Review: The Apostasy that Wasn’t

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We are supposed to love the Catholic Church. After all, Christ is in love with her.  She is his bride. St. Paul desired to present the Church to him as a pure bride (2 Cor. 11: 2) and St. John in mystical vision saw her, glorious and radiant, adorned as a bride ready to be […]

Little Lies, Big Lies, and Narratives
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Little Lies, Big Lies, and Narratives

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Recently I read a collection of essays by various Catholic historians published in a book entitled Catholicism and Historical Narrative, edited by Kevin Schmiesing. As Schmiesing says in his introduction to the book, the fundamental job of historians is to “uncover the truth about the past.” “Yet,” he reminds us, “most historical debate occurs not […]

Vatican II Quinquagenary
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Fiftieth Anniversary of Vatican II Closing

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Beginning of the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

All Saints Icon (detail)
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Is Praying to the Saints Idolatrous?

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Praying to the Saints is the opposite of idolatry.

All Saints Icon (detail)
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Does Scripture Teach Us to Pray for the Departed, and to Pray to the Saints?

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Answer: Yes.

All Saints Icon (detail)
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Three Things You’re Probably Getting Wrong About Praying to the Saints

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The Saints in Heaven are living witnesses and members of the Church.

On Obedience to "the Law."
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On Obedience to “the Law.”

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In Pope Francis’ recent meeting with Kim Davis, the Holy Father’s expression of gratitude for Kim’s courage has dismayed liberal Americans.  The LA Times editorial board felt it sent a “deeply disappointing message.” In his press conference on the plane home to Rome, Pope Francis seemed to affirm Kim Davis’ conscientious objector status, notwithstanding her […]

Enough is Enough
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Enough is Enough

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Human beings have always had an extraordinary capacity for self-delusion. We justify horrible things by telling ourselves that we are acting in the service of a noble cause, or by dehumanizing the victims of our unjust actions. History is littered with the corpses of innocent men and women who died in the name of their […]

What is Past is Prologue: Dietrich von Hildebrand’s “Battle”
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What is Past is Prologue: Dietrich von Hildebrand’s “Battle”

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Under pressure of opposition, Catholic doctrine has usually developed out of necessity. For example, much of the Nicene Creed (AD 325) was a response to the threat from Arianism. Similarly, the Protestant Revolution prompted the Council of Trent to reform Catholicism. Likewise the pressures associated with a powerful regime of political oppression and overt evil […]

Missionary Bishop Uncovered and Shelved; Report on Him Shelved and Uncovered
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Missionary Bishop Uncovered and Shelved; Report on Him Shelved and Uncovered

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Parishioners at North American Martyrs Parish in Seattle have friends in high places—in more than one sense. To be sure, St. Isaac Jogues and his missionary brothers intercede for the souls in their namesake’s parish, but parishioners who attend the 8:00 am Mass at Holyrood Cemetery’s mausoleum have an additional friend likely in Heaven, whose […]

One Nation Under SCOTUS: Some Hildebrandian Parallels
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One Nation Under SCOTUS: Some Hildebrandian Parallels

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In response to the US Supreme Court’s (SCOTUS) decree on same sex marriage, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, head of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops issued this statement: …It is profoundly immoral and unjust for the government to declare that two people of the same sex can constitute a marriage…. Mandating marriage redefinition across the country […]

A Godly Meditation
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A Godly Meditation

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Give me Thy grace, good Lord….

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