How I Almost Fell For the Catholic Spin Re. That Cordoba Baptism

Yesterday I spent a lot of time working on an article regarding the baptism of the same-sex couple's baby, little Umma Blue, in the Cordoba cathedral.My working title was: Cordoba Archbishop Decries Media Distortion Re. Baptism of Lesbians' Baby I was going to tell you about how the media has misrepresented the story, making it seem as though the Church is abandoning its constant teaching and really “getting with the times.” I wrote about the archbishop's correction of several “factual err … [Read more...]

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This Lent, Go To Confession! New Website Can Help

Whatever happened to Confession?  A generation ago, Catholics lined up on Saturday afternoon to take advantage of the Sacrament of Reconciliation at their local parish.  Nowadays, not so much.  CARA, the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University, asked Catholics in 2005 and again in 2008 about the frequency with which they took advantage of the sacrament.  The results were discouraging:  Only 2 percent of self-identified Catholics went to Confession once a mor … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: “Confession Is For the Courageous”

"The forgiveness of our sins is not something we can offer ourselves." That was Pope Francis' message to thousands of faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square for the General Audience on Wednesday, February 19. "...It is not the result of our efforts, but rather a gift from the Holy Spirit, which fills us from the wellspring of mercy and grace that surges endlessly from the open heart of Christ, crucified and risen again. … It reminds us that it is only by allowing ourselves to be reconciled th … [Read more...]

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