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Four months ago, after the release and praise/outcry over the Post Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia (AL), I asked the question: Whither Francis and the Church. I won’t rehash the controversy, but will restate my main questions: 1) Will Pope Francis change the discipline (based on doctrine) of not allowing the divorced and remarried to receive […]

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We know him as St. Dominic, and today the Church celebrates his Memorial. Dominic founded the Order of Preachers (whom we affectionately call Dominicans). Of the Order, the Fundamental Constitution says this: “The Order of Friars Preachers, founded by St. Dominic, is known to have been established, from the beginning, for preaching and the salvation […]

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It is bad enough to be scolded by President Barack Obama that we were the cause of the massacre in Orlando, but when our bishops do it too, I want to hang my head in shame. Bishop Robert Lynch of St. Petersburg, Florida, wrote in a national editorial: “sadly it is religion, including our own, […]

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The Czechoslovak Underground Church (II)

 

I’m back in Prague and am finally getting around to fulfilling my promise to keep writing about religion in the Czech lands under communism. In my first post, I mentioned the extreme repression the Catholic church suffered under communism in the former Czechoslovakia and the ways the church and its clerics sought to maintain a vibrant faith community for lay people. Many formerly “official” priests risked imprisonment by participating in religious education and similar activities in private homes. Many had served terms in the labor camps adjacent to uranium mines in the 1950s. This camp, called Vojna, is the site of a memorial today.

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Pope Francis dropped a bomb on the Church with the release of his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia, On Love in the Family (AL). This is a document long in the making. The Holy Father convened an Extraordinary Synod on the family in 2014.* Discussion “on the family” at the Synod and in the media […]

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Last night, in the drive through, my daughter asked me the following: “Why do you insist that I be a Christian?” I replied simply, “I insist that you be raised Catholic, with a foundation in faith and an understanding of the history of the Church, Bible, and rituals. I want you to understand references to […]

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Spotlight is a remarkable film, and a remarkably well-crafted one. It tells the story of how the Boston Globe exposed the scope of child molestation by Catholic priests in Boston, that the Church hierarchy moved known molesters from parish to parish, and that high-level Church leadership knew it was happening. The movie’s power, however, comes […]

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Twenty-eight years ago today, we welcomed Patrick Carter, our first child, into the world. Thus began a transformation of our lives. As a new father, I remember leaving the hospital with my wife and son and wondering where the operating manual was for this new experience. As parents, we are not only tasked with providing […]

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So says a report in The Australian. It’s behind a pay wall so I’ve taken this from a report on the report: Civil war has erupted at the top of the Catholic Church, with 13 ­cardinals, including Australia’s George Pell, warning the Pope in a letter that the church is in ­danger of collapsing like […]

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It’s times like this I wish the US were more aggressive not just at spreading the idea of democracy around the world, but also at cloning its specific Constitution and Bill of Rights for use in other countries. The First Amendment would be handy in Tasmania at the moment, where a left-wing Greens Party candidate has lodged […]

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‘To Those That Were Robbed of Life…’

 

Pope Francis babyTO THOSE WHO WERE ROBBED OF LIFE: the unborn, the weak, the sick, the old, during the dark ages of madness, selfishness, lust and greed for which the last decades of the twentieth century are remembered….” C. Everett Koop, MD

Much has been made of the recent decision of Pope Francis to allow priests to absolve those involved in the grave sin of abortion. Catholics and non-Catholics alike who depend on the major media for what this means might misinterpret his letter. Many outlets are reporting that this decision leaves the possibility that the act of an aborting a child might no longer be a grave sin, or was not a grave sin in the first place. This is not the case.

Let me start with a quote from Pope Francis’s full letter as reprinted by The Catholic Herald UK.

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My attachment to the Church continues to weaken and my husband and I find ourselves discussing more and more the possibility of searching for a different Christian home. The discussion is renewed today after a quick perusal of the weekly church bulletin.  Under the heading “Across the Diocese” is this gem: “Peace and Justice Forum.  […]

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Fr. Schall on “Laudato Si”

 

SchallEighty-seven years old, Rev. James Schall, S.J. is one of the most respected Catholic scholars in the nation. A philosopher, theologian, and political theorist, Fr. Schall, the author of dozens of books, served as a professor of government at Georgetown University for 35 years before retiring to a Jesuit home here in California in 2012. (If you’d like a thrilling intellectual experience, go to YouTube, then, in the search bar, type “Fr. Schall’s final lecture at Georgetown.”)

Fr. Schall has just published a long article on Laudato Si, the encyclical on the environment that Pope Francis published earlier this summer. Fr. Schall’s analysis is respectful, erudite, intellectually humble — and devastating.

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Bold Moves the Church Should Make for Freedom

 

Long the counterweight to the state’s “public” functions — parochial schools, charity hospitals, etc — the American Catholic Church is uniquely positioned to advance the cause of liberty against Leviathan. Unfortunately, she has also become deeply entangled with the bureaucracy in ways that threaten freedom of conscience for all Americans, not just Catholics. There are three constructive ways the Church can resist the forces of tyranny: relinquish her tax-exempt status, remove her priests as agents of the state in marriage, and refuse tax dollars for her charitable organizations and activities.
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Patrick Madrid is a noted Catholic apologist, author, and host of Catholic Radio’s Right Here, Right Now program. On a recent show, he advocated that the Church forfeit her tax-exempt status in order to more freely exercise her right to free speech. And, yes, she has that right, just as corporations do. She is an incorporated body: the Body of Christ.

The Church has an essential voice on morality and the benefits of virtue that accrue to the public good and affect public policy. Fear of losing her her tax-exempt status muffles — and arguably mutes — her voice. Even an issue as central as abortion has, in my experience, never been preached from the pulpit and is rarely mentioned in sermons. In the 2008 election, my parish’s message the weekend before the election was on “social justice.” The weekend after the election, someone (although not the homilist) spoke on abortion.

AA vs. the Church: A Generational Observation

 

omalleysI live in a town called Seal Beach in the “Old Town” district where there are no fewer than four Irish bars on the same block of our very short Main Street. I noticed lately that I seem to be making friends in these establishments with the parents of old friends of mine. During the folly of our youth, we drank too much and caused too much trouble, and so did our parents I imagine. Those of us still alive had to have help lest things got irreversibly out of control.

The main reason I only see my friends’ parents in these pubs is because their kids, if still alive, became sober turning to Alcoholics Anonymous or similar organizations, and they have all rejected the Catholic Church. So, what I have in common with their parents is that I did not reject the Church. I still see their parents at mass. Their parents never got to the point where they had to refrain from alcohol 100% but I assume they are like me, in that the Church and its teachings have instilled some kind of temperance that keeps us from going to the point of no return. We are admonished against gluttony and debauchery and with the help of our faith and our confessors, we somehow manage to stay on the right track.

I suppose it’s healthier to drink zero alcohol than to drink like an adult Irish Catholic but I’m grateful it’s a step I didn’t have to take. There’s no getting around it. My friends should have listened to their parents. That’s a given. This is probably too peculiar of an observation to justify an “anyone else notice this?” but I’ll try anyway. Anyone?

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Liberals, collaborating with the “new paganism”, are driving the Catholic Church towards a split, according to Bishop Athanasius Schneider, the liturgical specialist who is carrying on a rearguard fight against “abuses” in the Church. So serious are the problems, Bishop Schneider said in an interview last week, that this is the fourth great crisis in […]

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