It’s Fourth of July Weekend: Will Your Parish Sing Patriotic Hymns?

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Will your parish include patriotic songs in the liturgy this weekend? I'm talking about the old "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" and "God Bless America" and "America the Beautiful" sort of tunes.I read a discussion about this sticky issue over on Reddit:  Some very reasonable Catholics take exception to the practice of interrupting the sacred liturgy with a celebration of a secular holiday--in this case the Fourth of July. The Redditor who complained over on /r/Catholicism said, We have Christ -- … [Read more...]

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Is It Really “Shameful” to Follow Your Faith? The Free Press’ Contemptuous Sneer at Faith-Based Adoption

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"Another shameful moment for Michigan." That's what the Detroit Free Press Editorial Board said yesterday regarding House Bills 4188-4190, which were approved by the Michigan House and Senate and signed into law by Governor Rick Snyder.The legislation grants legal protections to faith-based child placement agencies, ensuring that they can continue to provide foster care and adoption services in concert with the agencies’ religious mission. That means that the bills guarantee that Catholic and … [Read more...]

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Faith of Our Fathers: Abraham Lincoln’s Daily Devotional

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Abraham Lincoln, in his Second Inaugural Address, quoted Matthew 7:1-3, a scripture which has become inextricably linked to the papacy of Pope Francis: "Let us judge not, that we be not judged." Lincoln sought to move this nation forward with as little hate as possible; and so he repeated that "judge not" line when Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts called for Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States, to be hanged.In 1858, speaking in Springfield, he delivered what has b … [Read more...]

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