What’s Religious Freedom to the White House?

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The above is a good and honest question, if you’ve been watching the Obama administration. Look away, they said, during the campaign. What they’ve communicated might be best summed up and translated for transparency: We’re all about “women” and their “reproductive health” rights and “health care” and, oh, by the way, if we and our [Read More...]

Why Daily Mass?

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Over at Catholic Voices USA (which I am a director of), Elise Italiano mentions Servant of God Catherine de Hueck Doherty, who founded Madonna House. The passing reference had me hungry for her riches, and Magnificat today did not disappoint. The passage is titled “How Christ Comes to Heal Us” and follows: The Mass is [Read More...]

Do We Live Constantly with God?

From Cardinal George’s deacon ordination homily in May: The goal of every Christian is to live constantly with God. We practice living constantly with God in this life so that we might be able to live forever with God in the next. God’s presence is felt most intensely in the liturgy and in personal prayer; [Read More...]

Your love willed this, O Eternal Trinity.

We have been known to make a cult of youth and our own supposed genius. We seek to invent our own wisdom, instead of going to its Source. Fr. George Rutler reflects on this arrogance with a little help from one of the great women doctors of the Church: There is a curious study in [Read More...]

Don’t Be Trapped by the Spirit of the World

Last night, a man at a checkout counter started telling me some alarming stories. About a crime around the corner earlier in the day, about crimes in his apartment building. It was all a bit jarring — and graphic. He obviously needed to talk. And when it was over, I simply said “God bless you.” [Read More...]

Settle for Cosmo No More

The June issue of Elle features Kerry Washington, from the sex-and-sex-scandal-drenched ABC series Scandal, in which she plays a former campaign and White House aide who the president cannot get enough of, and the reflex is mutual. Elle‘s cover and inside photo layout play up Washington’s sex appeal, with non-existent necklines and shorts that make [Read More...]

Why Church?

How much do I love the Church? Do I pray for her? Do I feel part of the family of the Church? What am I doing to make it a community in which everyone feels welcomed and understood, feels God’s mercy and love that renews life? Pope Frances posed these questions during his Wednesday audience [Read More...]

A Culture of Piercing Wounds

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I wish people listened to Cardinal Dolan’s Catholic Channel Sirius XM radio show like they watch The Voice or The Today Show — or whatever the top rated shows are these days. It’s an hour, so it affords him more time than a sound bite, a quote picked up in the New York Times — [Read More...]


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