ISIS “split her in two; she would not convert!”

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When I was a little girl, and afraid of monsters in my darkened bedroom, I used to think that if I would just close my eyes and turn my head away, I would be alright. If I could just look away, the monster could not see me, would not get to me, could not use and abuse me. I would be safe.Looking away did not keep the monster at bay. It just ended up fracturing me in ways that still demand daily work at reconstruction and restoration.I know people want to look away from this evil. Our … [Read more...]

Sisters Rescuing Women from Sex Trades

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They are the Mary Queen of Heaven Missionaries, and who looking at them could imagine that they have taken upon themselves -- as have so many great missionary sisters before them -- such difficult work, serving populations invisible to so many?Nuns reach out to sex workers in fight against prostitution in the Philippines:In a red-light district in Cebu, central Philippines, the taxi stopped when its passenger called out, “There, that girl,” pointing to one of the women standing in the … [Read more...]

ISIS Sells Them, Female Kurds Fighting UPDATE

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UPDATE: This picture is flying around Twitter right now, and purports to be an televised image of ISIS selling their female captives into slavery. In fact, via Google Translate, and a Twitter friend, we discover it is something else, entirely:Witnessed a march of supporters of President Mohamed Morsi, isolated in Abu silos in Beheira, students do Antmyat Brotherhood to wear white clothes, and put themselves in the form of an iron cage, was mounted on one of the cars during the march, … [Read more...]

Round-Up Part II: The last of the Synod Symposium

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Our Summer Symposium highlighting the issues we anticipate being addressed during October's Extraordinary Synod on the Family ended several weeks ago, but my ongoing pneumo-drama, and the serious circumstances in Iraq and Syria proved distracting, and I have not been able to tidy up the loose ends by rounding up those pieces that had published after my first round-up of links and issues.On the topics of Divorce, Annulment Reform and the interesting "Orthodox Option" some have been … [Read more...]

Patheos Welcomes Kyle Cupp and Rebecca Frech!

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It is a rare thing for the Patheos Catholic Channel to announce the launch of two blogs at once, and we're only doing it this time, and the next two times, in order to avoid announcing six new bloggers at once -- and great scott, they all look so young! -- which might cause distraction and a general feeling of being overwhelmed.Call it, then, "The Week of Launching New Patheos Bloggers". We take great pleasure in kicking it off thusly:Kyle Cupp is a husband, a dad, and a freelance … [Read more...]

Can Finding Peace and Joy in Life Really Be This Simple?

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Not easy, mind you, but simple? As in not overburdened with worldly reason and trendy thought; as in intuitive, rather than taught; as in off-the-grid, beyond the collective and as singular as you and I really are?This is a pretty good argument that yeah, peace and joy may not be easy to find, but the method to attaining them is actually pretty simple. I think she's correct.Again, and again, Saint Gregory of Nyssa proves true: Only wonder leads to knowing. … [Read more...]

Assumption of Mary and Microchimerism: Theology and Science Have Met

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I've never understood why people who have no problem with Elijah and Enoch being assumed into paradise have a problem with Mary -- the greatest, and most blessed of all created creatures -- being assumed into heaven. "It's not in scripture" doesn't cut it, (as Msgr. Charles Pope demonstrates here) because what did the early Christians reference before the bible as we know it finally came into being in the fifth century? Teachings and traditions, as Saint Paul writes to the Thessalonians, … [Read more...]

Kolbe Would Have Worn the Nun (ن)

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I meant to write this earlier but the day got away from me. Now, it's sundown and past the feastday of Saint Maximilian Kolbe -- we're actually in the Vigil of the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, but I'll write about that tomorrow. Let's look at Kolbe one more time before calling it a day, or a night, and I'll tell you why.Kolbe was a Catholic priest and very much a subversive:He’d been arrested, in part, for hiding and assisting Jews — 2000 of them. Subversive. H … [Read more...]

The Experience of the Islamic State Horror, First-hand

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These are not easy to read; imagine your families trying to deal with this."What prayers shall I say now?:Father Anis Hanna explained in detail how life has now changed for the different minorities who once lived in peace for centuries under the reign of Islam in Iraq and Syria. In July, ISIS declared from different mosques in Mosul that, starting on 28 July 2014, new laws and rules would be applied to everyone living in the territories under the Islamic State. They also declared that … [Read more...]

Editorial: “The World Can’t Afford US Gov’t This Bad for So Long!”

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Wow, first Dana Milbank, then Richard Cohen, then New York Magazine and now this*:After [the president's] truth-challenged oversell of the Affordable Care act, the unconscionable overreach of his CIA and his disastrous indecision on so many foreign policy issues, it's unnerving to realize that his presidency still has two more years in office. An administration with no agenda and no competence would be hard enough to live with on the domestic front. But the rest of the world simply can't … [Read more...]


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