The Liberal Lie is Collapsing

Have you ever noticed how lies have to keep getting bigger and bigger? Take, for example, the lie of the sexual revolution. It started out being a kind of hippie dream. You could “love the one you’re with” and with artificial contraception, have complete and joyful sexual freedom. But it didn’t stop there. It couldn’t [Read More…]

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Euthanasia and the Bishops of Malta

I posted earlier today on this story in London’s Daily Telegraph. The short version is that a Dutch doctor had decided to kill an old lady who had dementia and the old woman began to resist, so the woman’s family was asked to hold her down while the doctor gave her the injection. In this [Read More…]

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Dutch Doctor Has Family Hold Down Grandma to be Euthanized

So called “Assisted Suicide” has been legal for some time in the land of tulips, wooden shoes and windmills. The Netherlands legalized murder by injection seventeen years ago, and the numbers of old people, depressed, terminally ill and disabled who are injected goes up year by year. To date there have been about 5,500 deaths. The [Read More…]

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Is Immigration a Pro-Life Issue?

Catholics are excited this weekend at the success of the March for Life and the appearance on the platform of the Vice President and White House advisor Ms. Conway. It seems the political tide may be turning in a pro-life direction. On the other hand, many Catholics are dismayed by President Trump’s stance on immigration [Read More…]

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Two Marches, Two Madonnas, Two Americas

Nothing illustrates the two Americas better than last weekend’s Women’s March and this weekend’s March for Life. The Women’s March had unbelievable coverage by the mainstream media. It was as if the major media were unpaid, national and international supporters of a left wing agenda driven campaign. Unless something changes, on the other hand, we [Read More…]

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Why Don’t We Build Beautiful Churches?

A reader sent me an email thanking me for the beautiful new Our Lady of the Rosary Church and asked why we don’t build more beautiful Catholic Churches. It’s complicated. First there is an ideological reason. Some modernists considered the second Vatican Council to be a kind of revolution in the church and that everything [Read More…]

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Ten Reasons Why the Women’s March Will Come to Nothing

Embed from Getty Images   First, let me say that I am totally on board with any woman who thinks Donald Trump’s vulgar words about women are worth protesting. I’m also totally with any woman who thinks his cheating on two wives and marrying a third is not only low class, but mortal sin. I’m [Read More…]

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The Problem With Protestantism

One of the complaints of Protestant converts to the Catholic religion from is that they miss the “fellowship” they enjoyed in their previous church community. By “fellowship” they mean the warm friendship, camaraderie, sense of shared faith and personal commitment. When they come to the local Catholic church they are likely to find not only [Read More…]

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Questions for the Archbishop of Malta

As an ordinary parish priest it falls to me to actually deal with the cases of divorced and re-married people. I’m the person on the front line, and am therefore the one who has to deal with their questions and help them in their chosen situation. Therefore I am grateful for any guidance from above, [Read More…]

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Worried About the End of the World?

It’s the year 2017 and the prognosticators and prophets have come up with a heady mixture this time. When you read history you realize that in every age people have been reading the signs of the times and predicting a great catastrophe. The end of the world, like an overdue bus, is always just around [Read More…]

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On Being a Critical Catholic

When I became a Catholic I had a few people snark, “How nice for you! You won’t have to think anymore.” I’d never deny that there are robotic Catholics who either can’t think for themselves or who think its a sin, but I haven’t met that many. Most of the Catholics I come across are [Read More…]

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Time for Some Ecumenical Common Sense

With the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Revolution this year there seems to be a heightened enthusiasm for ecumenism with the Lutherans. Far be it from me to rain on anyone’s parade, but when Cardinal Kasper says he hopes the Pope’s next statement will open the way to inter-communion in special cases [Read More…]

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Document Discovered of a Jesus Eyewitness?

Here’s one to make people click: The headline reads “Newly Found Document Holds Eyewitness Account of Jesus Performing Miracle” It got me. I clicked through and read the article. It sounded so convincing. In the Vatican archives a scholar unearthed a manuscript from a first century historian who recounts a journey from Persia to Rome, [Read More…]

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Should Dylan Roof Be Executed?

It seems impossible to comprehend why Dylan Roof felt it necessary to gun down nine good Christian people at a Bible study. The fact that he planned the massacre, sat in the Bible study with the folks for half an hour and then opened fire is incomprehensible. His lack of remorse and cold hearted disregard [Read More…]

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Ten Reasons Why the Rosary is Powerful

Saints say it. Popes say it. The Rosary is a powerful weapon against evil. But have you stopped to figure out why? Here are ten reasons why the Rosary prayer is the most powerful and how you can use it most fully. It Engages Your Will  – The human will is powerful because it is [Read More…]

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Episcopalians Use Koran For Church Readings

This time it is the Scottish Episcopalians. As this article relates details about the Epiphany service at St Mary’s Cathedral in Glasgow. The congregation at St Mary’s cathedral heard the Muslim version of the Virgin Mary’s conception of Jesus, from the Koran’s Sura 19, sung by Madinah Javed. The passage explains how Mary gave birth [Read More…]

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Love and Death

Love, by its very nature, is outgoing and in search of another. We are built to love and so God’s command to love him and to love our neighbor is a command that would be similar to saying to a car, “You must provide transportation.” That’s what a car is designed for. The command is [Read More…]

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Shared Communion With Protestants?

Edward Pentin writes here about the possibility that “in special cases” Protestants might be admitted to receive the Body and Blood of Christ at a Catholic Eucharist. The debate specifically over intercommunion with Christian denominations follows recent remarks by Cardinal Walter Kasper who, in a Dec. 10 interview with Avvenire, said he hopes Pope Francis’ next declaration will [Read More…]

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The Catholic Temple Today

I am re-reading Margaret Barker’s  Temple Theology: an Introduction  and am quite delighted by the way the new temple of Our Lady of the Rosary in Greenville echoes the symbolic furnishings of the Old Testament temple. Barker believes the furnishings of the temple represented the six days of Creation. So the Holy of Holies stood [Read More…]

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And All Was For An Apple

          Sometimes my mind makes big jumps, and I think this might be one of the clues to why and how I write. My mind makes connections that surprise and usually delight me and sometimes disturb me and sometimes all three. A case in point was my tooling along in the [Read More…]

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New Year’s Day: Pagan or Christian?

Some atheists, Muslims and Christian fundamentalists like to grumble and gibe that the celebration of Christmas and Easter are “pagan.” They are right and they are wrong. They are right inasmuch as the wellsprings of our Western culture are deep in the pre-Christian cultures of Europe. They are wrong because the early Christians, like the [Read More…]

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Where Are All the Rigid Catholics?

The Holy Father’s favorite scold is against Catholics who are “rigid”. In this he is echoing Jesus and the gospels. Jesus’ big problems were the Scribes and Pharisees. Legalists without mercy, they famously sweated the small stuff–always taking the splinter out of someone else’s eye while ignoring the plank in their own. They burdened people [Read More…]

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