The West Lacks One Essential Tool to Defeat ISIS

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In an article covering President Obama’s reluctant decision to begin limited airstrikes against the so-called Islamic State (IS), New York Times writer Peter Baker quoted Ambassador Ryan Crocker, who affirmed US national security interests and added “This is evil incarnate.”Few would disagree. Do not click here unless you are willing to see horrific images of beheaded children, or videos of young men being led into trenches and summarily executed, but their existence -- along with news that t … [Read more...]

A Freaky Little Coda to the “Black Mass” Story

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You like a little freaky? I got a little freaky for you, right here! This gave me goosebumps when I heard it, this morning, while visiting the gang at the Son Rise Morning show.Recall this earlier post about Joris-Karl Huysmans, the French novelist who described the "Black Mass" meant to be re-enacted at Harvard, on May 12 of this year. Huysmans died in 1907, as a Benedictine Oblate.Do you know the date of his death? You'll never guess, so I'll tell you: he died on May 12. 107 years to … [Read more...]

James Martin SJ: Gravity in Face of MSNBC Condescension – UPDATED

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Having read and followed the work Father James Martin, S.J. for a decade or more, I would be hard-pressed to identify a time when he was less than smiling and serene in his discussions on matters of faith, prayer, church-life and more.So, it was striking, and meaningful, to see this most temperate of priests bring a respectful-but-grave presence to an MSNBC discussion that, it seems to me, was handled poorly. The participants, save the Jesuit, seemed unserious and … [Read more...]

Adoration and Intercession: One Way to Pray

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So after the great showing in Cambridge, MA, where "Catholics Answered Black Mass with Prayers of Reparation, the whole topic of Adoration has come up in my email -- "how does one do a Holy Hour?" -- so I thought I would repost this piece from a few years back. It's one way to spend time before the Blessed Sacrament. There are no "right" ways. Sometimes, you just look at Him, and He looks at you. Like a sunburn, you feel the effects later.When I go to Adoration, it is such a privilege … [Read more...]

To Suffer With Us: the Duty and Privilege of Priesthood

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Here on Long Island, the little town of Farmingdale is reeling as they deal with the stark pain that comes of burying five teenagers, all lost in one horrific car accident. Families, students at their high school, even perfect strangers within the community are bound in grief, and our prayers must fly to heaven for their sustenance and consolation.Frequently quoted amid the many reports is Father Michael Duffy, an associate pastor at Saint Kilian's Church. The parish is located not far from … [Read more...]

Patheos Celebrates 5 Years: The Best Memory is YOU

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Be on the lookout, for the next couple of days, for horns blowing and confetti flying at random as you open pages here at Patheos, because we're celebrating our Fifth Anniversary online! Woohoo! (#patheos5yrs), and we're making it interesting, too, by giving you a lot to look at and learn about starting with some background on our energetic founding under Leo and Cathie Brunnick, and also a little bit about how we've grown as a 'net presence (the Catholic Channel alone averages over 2 million … [Read more...]

Constitutional Crisis: Freedom of Religion is Fundamental

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Over at Patheos' "Public Square" page, they're asking whether religious freedom is under threat in America.Not as many takers on the offer to opine on this topic as I had supposed, but some of the essays may (or may not) surprise you.Indianapolis' Bishop Christopher Coyne is a participant and he points out that "Freedom of Worship" is not "Freedom of Religion":[Catholic Bishop Shlemon Warduni of Iraq] issued a very clear warning to the gathered American bishops on what he saw … [Read more...]

Thinking Outside the Box on Catholic Religious Education – UPDATED

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Joanne McPortland posted only two pieces in all of January, but they were both hum-dingers.Yesterday, she dared to ask "What is really wrong with Catholic Religious Education" and then answered her own question with: "just about everything". In fact, she says we're catechizing "the wrong damn people!". . .part of the reason the adult formation classes and workshops we do offer are so poorly attended—adult catechesis just not a part of our regular expectation and structure. And a … [Read more...]

So, what IS the “new evangelization?” – UPDATE

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In Catholic circles, everyone talks about "The New Evangelization", but explaining what exactly it is, is not always easy. In my column in this issue of The Catholic Answer Magazine, I more or less "go to the sources" to help give solid examples of The New Evangelization, in Theory and Application:Weeks before his death in 2005, Pope John Paul still appeared at his apartment window and, unable to speak, showed his faithful attention to the people and received theirs in return. His mere … [Read more...]

Transparency: Can you see the illusion, now?

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As the great Edward G. Robinson might say, "How do ya like yer transparency now? Ya! Ya!"Obama's "transparency" was always a damned illusion, of course. People bought it b/c they wanted to. In truth, I can't think of a less transparent administration than this one, which keeps using that word as though it means something else.So, here's the latest:The Sunlight Foundation notes that Change.gov, the website created by the Obama transition team in 2008, ceased to exist after June 8, … [Read more...]


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