CORRECTED: US Bishops Have No Case in Court If They Won’t Stand for the Faith at Home

CORRECTED:  Kathy Schiffer graciously reminds me that Bishop Finn has asked NCR to stop calling itself Catholic.  So on to the next step, then.  My original post below.***Remember when "Real Catholic TV" was told to drop the word "Catholic" from its name?  Quick refresher from CNA:During its time as “Real Catholic TV,” the apostolate was told by the Archdiocese of Detroit that it did not have permission to describe itself as “Catholic.” The Roman Catholic Church's current Code of Cano … [Read more...]

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Easy, Effective, No-Cost and Low-Cost Catechist Training

It's the time of year when desperate directors of religious education drag parishioners out of the pews and shove them into classrooms.  Someone has to teach these kids, and those someones usually come in three categories:Experienced teachers who don't know much about the faith; Knowledgeable Christians who don't know much about teaching; Really nice people who are willing to give it their best.Turnover can be high, and the last few volunteers tend to arrive about three weeks into … [Read more...]

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Resources for Small Groups: Life After Sunday

I've written before about the importance of discipleship and the ease with which you can start a small discipleship group.  (No, really! It's easy! Do it!)  Today Sherry Weddell writes:Life After Sunday is a beautifully written, very inexpensive, highly flexible adult small group process that fosters encounter and discipleship and is downloaded directly off Lumen's website. Inspired by Communion and Liberation. I know the authors! Take a look. There are 26 different topic modules which can b … [Read more...]

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On Discussing Abortion and Other Horrors With Young Children

A friend posed a question in a private forum, and I'd like to share my response.  The original question was: Innocent question from my 7-year-old after talking to the older kids about what's going on with Planned Parenthood: "Why doesn't the president stop them?" She can't seem to wrap her mind around how this is legal. Some thoughts before we begin:Evil is going to find your children.  It is neither necessary nor desirable to introduce evil to your children, enough of it will come to th … [Read more...]

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Want Religious Freedom? Ditch the Assembly Line and Start Raising Mature Catholics

So my How to Prevent Same Sex Couples from Suing Us post garnered reactions pretty similar to all my other what if we did what the Church says we should do posts about catechesis (a smattering linked below).  The three main reactions are:Nice idea, but priests have too much work as it is. Nice idea, but how exactly do we make this happen? Um. What??But to give you an idea of how far off the cliff the Church has already fallen, a very fearless, no-nonsense, ardently faithful priest as … [Read more...]

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10 Things Christian Kids Need to Prepare for an Uncertain Future

In a private conversation Elizabeth Scalia posed a question, and I'm going to paraphrase it wildly: If you are the parent of young children, are you afraid for what the future holds for them?It's a question people are answering this week whether it's been asked or not: What does the future hold for faithful Christians in a culture that despises our faith?My answer is, very bluntly, is that whenever I've had my head on straight, I've always been terrified and I mean that in a good … [Read more...]

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Gay Marriage, Slack Parents, and Religious Ceremonies: An Even Simpler Solution

The usually sensible Fr. Longenecker proposes that the Catholic Church get out of the civil marriage business as a way to avoid being forced to officiate at same-sex ceremonies.There is a much simpler solution: We could decline to offer Catholic wedding ceremonies to couples unless at least one of the two is a practicing Catholic.We already try to do this, witness the massive hoops that Catholic couples are forced to jump through in order to get a church wedding as it stands.  We attempt … [Read more...]

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