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My former church is having a Reformation celebration honoring the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s nailing of his arguments upon the bulletin board of his day.  I’m not quite sure what I feel about the celebration. My faith tradition is indeed on the Protestant side of the Reformation.  I do see the good things to […]

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Alexandra DeSanctis of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America encourage President Trump to scrap President Obama’s unconstitutional and unilateral program allowing illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, noting the issue ought to be addressed by Congress.  They also slam former FBI Director James Comey upon the revelation that he decided to exonerate Hillary Clinton in her email investigation long before the investigation was done or key witnesses were interviewed.  And they roll their eyes as a Catholic school in California removes most of its statues, including ones of Jesus and Mary, in an effort to be more inclusive and “forward-looking.”

David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss President Trump’s executive orders that scrutinize the amount of land designated as national monuments and Obama-era restrictions on offshore drilling.  They also groan as it looks like the update health care bill is also struggling to find the votes to pass.  And they take aim at the ACLU for suing a Catholic hospital for refusing surgery for a transgender patient.

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The new Liturgical Year began today. We Catholics have moved to the ‘A’ readings of the lectionary. We are in a time of waiting for the Nativity of our Lord. Advent is a time of penance, reflection, and anticipation. In order to not be completely overcome by commercialization, I will be reading Rediscover Advent and Advent with […]

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Item: three months ago, my teen son announced he was converting to Catholicism. (We’re Lutheran.) We let him attend Sunday mass once and the issue seems to have died down. Item: one of my favorite podcasts is the Sci-Fi Christian. Co-host Ben De Bono is an Evangelical convert to Catholicism. Ben’s recent defense of the […]

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Father Jacques Hamel was a committed servant of God in the capacity of a Priest for 58 years. In those 58 years he heard confessions countless times acting in the person of Christ. In those 58 years he offered Mass countless times. In those 58 years he officiated the sacrament of Holy Matrimony an unknown […]

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When most of us think of the supernatural in the Catholic religion, we think of the Shroud of Turin, or sightings of Mary, or exorcisms. These are just the big ones in a limitless line of claims which the Church must investigate.

John Thavis has years of experience working in the Vatican as the Rome Bureau Chief of the Catholic News Service and has written previously about what goes on with the Holy See. He goes deep into how this secretive team must vet miracles of those to be canonized, how they go around the world doing detective work on apparitions, or sightings of the Saints or demons. In The Vatican Prophecies Thavis also sheds some light on Pope Francis, a pope who has been thrust into the limelight at a time when the Church has passionate debate within and increasing pressure from the outside to adapt to an increasingly secular world.

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I thought many of you would appreciate Dr. Taylor Marshall’s essay called, “Islamic Refugee Crisis: Good Samaritan or Maccabean Response? Or both.” I believe that even non-Catholics will appreciate Dr. Marshall’s reasoning here. Using the Bible and citing Thomas Aquinas, he argues that our duty towards our nation’s common good requires us to refuse to bring […]

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Last Tuesday I came back from a week-long trip to Paris. The reason I went was that I had been invited by the founder of the International Children’s Rights Institute to present my testimony at their second annual conference, which was being held there. So my plane fare, two nights accommodations, and a few meals were […]

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Speaking as a Catholic (whose about to leave to view the Papal Procession in Central Park…) There have been a lot of people on the right in recent days who have expended a great deal of time and energy attacking the Pope (apaprently, the current occupant of Saint Peter’s Throne is a crypto-Marxist pagan tree-hugger […]

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Julius II rang in the Renaissance, Pius VI, the Enlightenment. Francis…the Age of Discernment? He has my undivided attention. I am upright, straight backed and eyes front, this Pope has done more to get my attention than even Paul VI, from the balcony in St. Peter’s Square when I was a boy. Preview Open

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The path of Scotch whisky history is said to have evolved from a Scottish drink called ‘uisge beatha‘ (a Gaelic word pronounced ISH-ka BYA-ha), or from aqua vitae, Latin for “water of life.” Over time, the word became “usky,” and eventually “whisky. … Preview Open

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A taboo is a subject, word, or activity that is avoided because it is offensive or embarrassing. It seems to me that children who are not raised by their married biological parents are subject to a new kind of taboo. They are not encouraged to discuss what it is like to live in a situation where […]

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