Mass For Fallen Serviceman at Chattanooga Basilica…


... Diocese of Knoxville's Bishop Stika offered mass today for the fallen serviceman who were murdered in the July 16, 2015 terrorist shooting in Chattanooga, TN. The mass was held at the Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul in Chattanooga.My friend, and phenomenal photographer, Stephanie Richer was in attendance and captured these moving images. Below she writes,"Bp. Rick Stika offered Mass for the murdered servicemen this morning at the Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul in Chattanooga. Rep. … [Read more...]

Viral Christmas Advert Inspired by WWI Christmas Truce…


... Have you seen this incredible commercial for Sainsbury’s, a large supermarket chain in the U.K., based on the true events that happened Christmas Eve 1914?The commercial reminded me of a favorite movie, Joyeux Noel.From the History Channel...It was a miraculous event, a true shining moment in humankind and one that is unlikely to repeat itself since our current enemies do not believe in mercy or the love of Christ. We can hope and we can pray, but the past h … [Read more...]

Obama claims ISIL speaks for no religion. Then what’s the “I” in “ISIL” stand for…

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... In another mind blowing attempt to kowtow to Islam, our president goes deeper in denial for the sake of multiculturalism and diversity.This is completely reprehensible and irresponsible. To say that "no religion" speaks for ISIL is an outright lie that I don't think anyone can possibly believe. What exactly does the "I" in "ISIL" stand for then?The Islamic States is just that, Islamic. ISIL has all the trademarks of the past 1300 years of post-Mohammedan culture - Piracy, theft, … [Read more...]

Things you aren’t supposed to do – ask questions about Islam…


... Something totally expected happened when I decided to ask fellow Patheos bloggers at the Muslim channel their thoughts of the atrocities being committed in the name of their religion.I got backlash.But not from who you'd think.Turns out most of the bloggers on the Muslim channel just don't write as prolifically as we do here in the Catholic channel. They have entire weeks between posts. We have hours; a single day at most.So the chances of anyone over there even seeing … [Read more...]

Where is the Patheos Muslim Channel’s Voice in the IS Genocide…


... It's strangely silent over there.Sam Rocha asks what I've been wondering for weeks now,My question to my Abrahamic brothers and sisters at the Patheos Muslim channel is, why are you not reporting on — and joining — the predominant voices of your religious community (and your channel editor)?What are we to make of the silence?Saying nothing can actually say a great deal, and probably not what you intend. Things like silent approval or apathy towards the situation. I can … [Read more...]

We lack the language of faith to win this war…


... I wish I could write but everything I read online and see on the news has me filled with anger, rage, and helplessness. It leaves me depressed and makes me feel like my complaints are trivial and my joys undeserved.I am in mourning.What's there to do other than pray and helplessly watch the news reports come in?Elizabeth Scalia is right, you know. The West lacks the tools to defeat ISIS because ISIS is evil and the West refuses to believe in evil. You cannot defeat something … [Read more...]

Novena for Religious Freedom…


... Yup. Another novena.Tomorrow begins the novena for religious freedom.With threats to religious liberty around the world, we have decided to dedicate this novena for religious freedom.“The saints have always been the source and origin of renewal in the most difficult moments in the Church’s history.” - St. John Paul IIThis novena was written to be a prayer to all Saints and particularly to Martyrs.Sign up here with Pray More Novenas to get daily reminders and the pr … [Read more...]

Church Bells Fall Silent in Mosul


... "Last Sunday, for the first time in 1600 years, no mass was celebrated in Mosul."1600 years. Let that sink in for a moment. 1600 years.The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) seized Iraq’s second largest city on June 10, causing most Christians in the region to flee in terror, in new kinship with the torment of Christ crucified on the cross. The remnant of Mosul’s ancient Christian community, long inhabitants of the place where many believe Jonah to be buried, now faces ann … [Read more...]

“Jesus was a prophet, like the great Mohammed.”


... Can you imagine hearing those words. Spoken in lieu of a homily. Delivered by a Muslim. During the liturgy of mass.Jesus was a prophet equal to Mohammed.Would you have been able to contain your rage?From a Q & A answered by Legionary of Christ Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy and dean of theology at the Regina Apostolorum university.Rome, June 24, 2014 ( our sacred liturgy on Pentecost Sunday, in place of the homily, two leaders … [Read more...]