Are We on the Side of the Angels?

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In opening Mass of the ongoing Novena to the Mother of God for Our Nation, Bishop James D. Conley said, on the feast of the archangels: Our vocation is to join the angels in their spiritual battle against evil. Our call is to share in their work. St. Paul exhorted the Ephesians to remember, that [Read More...]

CUA, Times Two

My alma mater, the Catholic University of America, makes two appearances in today’s New York Times Weddings/Celebrations section today.  Neither couple was married in a Catholic Church, but it’s also not clear that they are Catholic, just some Catholic schooling. And Catholic schools do serve all. Prayers for their lives and their openness to the [Read More...]

The Reformation Is Over?

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I do open my piece on National Review Online today about evangelicals and Catholics suing the federal government together with a colorful quote involving Martin Luther. Evangelical Wheaton College joining the Catholic University of America in suing the Department of Health and Human Services over is contraception/sterilization/abortion-inducing-drug mandate did give me the opportunity to meet [Read More...]

This Fisher’s a Saint: Following the Bishop’s Conscience Lead

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In his homily opening the Fortnight for Freedom 14 days ago, Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore talked about the enduring witness of Saint John Fisher, particularly at a time when we face unprecedented threats to religious liberty here in the United States. “St. John Fisher found himself at odds with King Henry VIII and with [Read More...]

‘The sacrament of penance was the turning point.’

A revert to Catholicism talks about the power of the sacrament of Confession: I was a young man, and now intensely interested in women and related matters. As high school went on, I began to party more and pray less. My faith dwindled. When I got to college, I threw myself into two things: partying [Read More...]

The Freedom to Love God Is Worth the Fight

In a speech to the meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Atlanta today, Catholic University of America president John Garvey plugged the upcoming Fortnight for Freedom by suggesting that: “Saving religious liberty means reminding people that they should love God.” We need to recover a sense of religion as a good. [Read More...]

Live the Law of the Gift

Timothy Cardinal Dolan spoke at Catholic University of America’s commencement today, receiving the school’s presidential medal. At the same place where B16 spoke about the importance and Heart (think Sacred) of Catholic education in 2008, Cardinal Dolan emphasized the need for schools that stand apart from the culture, preparing students to engage as leaders of [Read More...]


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