A Great Example of the New Evangelization…from Canada?!


Beware the conventional wisdom. I mean, everyone knows that the Catholic Church is dead in Europe, right? And in Canada, our neighbors to the north? Aren’t they arresting parishioners and marching them off to gulags and such up there?

Well, in a word, no. [Read more...]

Cardinal Dolan Notes Media Silence on Recent Court Decision

Though regular readers here, on New Advent, and at Stand With the US Bishops Against HHS learned all about the recent decision regarding the HHS Mandate in suits filed by the Archdiocese of New York, Cardinal Dolan notes that no one outside of the Catholic bubble noticed it. I reckon the Sunday news shows are busy discussing Fiscal Cliffs and trouble with Health Exchanges to bother reporting on a rebuff to the Administration.

No news is better than bad news? Perhaps for the Administration and its apologists. His Eminence explains, [Read more...]

Before We See “il Papa’s” First Tweet…

here’s a tweet-sized shot of vitamin B-XVI, circa 2010. Maybe it’s a taste of  tweetable tidbits  to come?

 

Don’t forget to check in on @pontifex tomorrow.

Because of Thomas Merton, OCSO (January 31, 1915 – December 10, 1968)

This is part VII of my conversion story, tagged as 2BFrank in the Tag Cloud. I run it every year on this day to commemorate the death of Thomas Merton, who was also known as Father Louis.

Yes, I am well aware that he is not a canonized saint, but the salient point about Fr. Louis’ life is not whether he was a good Catholic, or a bad Catholic. The main thing isn’t even that his writings helped bring me into the Church. [Read more...]

For the Incorruptible, Bilocating, Blue Nuns’ Vision of the Immaculate Conception UPDATED

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary

I’m always the last one to know. And that is pretty much because I keep my head down, my blinders on, and just keep plowing. You know, as if everything I needed to know about anything can be conceived of, and imagined, inside my little head, or from my limited experiences.

But then I woke up after a very long slumber. [Read more...]

As We Commemorate the Beginning of the Last Just War…

Feast of St. Ambrose

I am reminded of the things the digital age will completely miss when looking back at their history: revisions to speeches such as this one by Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

From the National Archives, FDR’s draft of the  speech to Congress following Pearl Harbor. [Read more...]

Judge Cogan Allows NY Archdiocese Lawsuit Against HHS Mandate to Continue UPDATED

Back in May, the Archdiocese of New York filed suit against the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) because of the HHS Mandate requiring contraceptive, abortifacient, and sterilization coverage for employees.

The plaintiffs in the case are as follows: [Read more...]

Capital vs. Labor and the Ruling Class vs. the Rest of Us = the Same Thing

Folks are starting to take notice of this development. Catholic social teaching has always noticed it, especially since the time St. Thomas Aquinas was writing his summas.  And the Church has been outspoken about just wages and the dignity of workers for some time now.

Below is a short video of the fellows over at Yahoo! Finance wondering if it’s time for labor unions to make a comeback. [Read more...]

“All That Remains” Praise Report

Just a brief note to say Thank You to everyone who gave to the latest (and hopefully, the last) All That Remains fundraising campaign hosted recently by Indiegogo. For those keeping track, the amount in the jar 16 days back was $45. The campaign ended in the wee early morning hours today with $3,110 dollars on tap. [Read more...]

Because of Dorothy Day (November 8, 1897 – November 29, 1980) UPDATED

This was written three years ago by my (then) blogging partner, Webster Bull.  Given all the excitement about her cause for sainthood, I think it’s a good time to take a look at Dorothy Day not only from Webster’s viewpoint, but in her own words too.

So sit back, relax, and meet Dorothy Day (and Peter Maurin) and come to know why an encounter with her helps lead us to Christ.

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Today is the anniversary of the death of a great Catholic. A one-time radical, a sinner, a convert, a courageous pacifist (no, that is not an oxymoron), not yet a saint—she gets my vote for most compelling American Catholic of the 20th century. Her name? Dorothy Day. She died 29 (ed. 32) years ago today.

Let’s begin with three quotes: [Read more...]


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