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  • Are You Falling Away?: Three Warning Signs

    07/30/2014 2:49:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Catholic Education ^ | PAUL THIGPEN
    What a frightening prospect is the destiny of the backslider! Yet even for the worst of us sinners, God offers hope. A foolish old farmer, so the story goes, concluded one day that the oats he had fed his mule for years were simply costing him too much.  So he hatched a plan: He mixed a little sawdust in with the feed, and then a little more the next day, and even more the next, each time reducing the amount of oats in the mix. The mule didn't seem to notice the gradual change, so the farmer thought things were...
  • John Paul II and The Blessed Sacrament

    04/24/2014 1:32:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Catholic Education ^ | JASON EVERT
    Between 5:00 and 5:30 a.m. — and sometimes as early as 4:00 — Pope John Paul II would arise each morning, keeping virtually the same schedule he had as the bishop of Kraków. Although he enjoyed watching the sunrise, the main reason for his early start was to make time for prayer. He prayed the Rosary prostrate on the floor or kneeling, followed by his personal prayers, and would then go to the chapel in order to prepare for 7:30 Mass. According to his press secretary, Joaquín Navarro-Valls, his sixty to ninety minutes of private prayer before Mass were the...
  • Christ's Temptation and Ours (An explanation of the three temptations) [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    03/09/2014 2:06:38 PM PDT · by Salvation · 20 replies ^ | 2009 | FATHER GEORGE WILLIAM RUTLER
    Christ's temptation and oursFATHER GEORGE WILLIAM RUTLERChrist was tempted three times as an act of love to prepare his Church for three temptations which would assault her in every generation. The Spirit that "drove" Jesus into the desert to be tempted by Satan (Mark 1:12) is the Third Person of the Most Holy Trinity, the bond of love between God the Father and God the Son. Christ was tempted three times as an act of love to prepare his Church for three temptations which would assault her in every generation.Satan tested Christ to figure out if he truly was...
  • Report: Homeschooling Growing Seven Times Faster than Public School Enrollment

    06/26/2013 6:33:03 PM PDT · by Coleus · 52 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 06-08-2013 | Dr. Susan Berry
    As dissatisfaction with the U.S. public school system grows, apparently so has the appeal of homeschooling. Educational researchers, in fact, are expecting a surge in the number of students educated at home by their parents over the next ten years, as more parents reject public schools. A recent report in Education News states that, since 1999, the number of children who are homeschooled has increased by 75%. Though homeschooled children represent only 4% of all school-age children nationwide, the number of children whose parents choose to educate them at home rather than a traditional academic setting is growing seven times...
  • Catholic Sources and the Declaration of Independence - Democracy not a "child of the Reformation"

    02/02/2012 6:27:03 PM PST · by Brian Kopp DPM · 139 replies
    Catholic Sources and the Declaration of IndependenceREV. JOHN C. RAGER, S.T.D.The American Declaration of Independence, which is so admirable and dignified an expression of the American mind, is at the same time an accurate expression of the Catholic mind, medieval and modern. The general historical background, which projected the American Declaration of Independence, is well known. There has been much discussion, however, concerning the parentage, direct and indirect, of the political principles that make the American Declaration what it is, that most wonderful work ever struck off at a given moment by the hand and purpose of man. Two facts...
  • Bishops have denied communion before

    07/14/2004 5:39:13 PM PDT · by Coleus · 13 replies · 511+ views ^ | 07.10.04 | Tim Townsend
    In November 2003, Raymond Burke, then the bishop of LaCrosse, Wis., instructed priests in his diocese to deny Communion to three politicians unless they publicly recanted their pro-abortion rights positions, an action some Catholic scholars say is tantamount to excommunication. Since then, Burke's supporters have increasingly pointed to what they see as parallels with another case, and another moral hero, from 40 years ago. In the wake of the United States Supreme Court's 1954 Brown v. Board of Education ruling, Joseph Francis Rummel, Archbishop of New Orleans, began planning the integration of the archdiocese's schools. It would take eight years,...
  • Prudence: Mother of All Virtues

    05/02/2009 9:36:43 PM PDT · by Salvation · 27 replies · 1,004+ views
    Prudence: Mother of All VirtuesFR. WILLIAM SAUNDERSI keep hearing about the importance of virtue and being virtuous, but no one explains what virtue is. Why dont you do a column about this? St. Paul, in his Letter to the Philippians, captured the idea of virtue and the living of a virtuous life: "My brothers, your thoughts should be wholly directed to all that is true, all that deserves respect, all that is honest, pure, admirable, decent, virtuous or worthy of praise" (4:8). With this in mind, the classic definition of virtue is a habit or firm disposition that inclines a...
  • Fickle Gods of Global Warming (Oil Tanker Saves Carbon-Neutral Yachters)

    05/19/2009 12:39:49 PM PDT · by Coleus · 12 replies · 728+ views
    cerc ^ | 05.09.2009 | REX MURPHY
    I believe there's a God, and while it is legendarily difficult to pronounce on such questions, I believe he lives in Texas or Fort McMurray. It's one or the other. I'm driven often to the Bible, both for its wisdom and its prose. Strange that the only text that seriously can be said to rival Shakespeare in trenchancy and power of expression should be a work primarily of religion, not literature, a compound book by many authors and, for English readers, a work of translation as well. The King James Bible is the only -- as we say these days,...
  • Shakespeare Scholars Say the Bard was Catholic?

    03/31/2009 1:07:00 PM PDT · by Coleus · 16 replies · 611+ views
    cerc ^ | 05.11.99 | Paul Burnell
    An international gathering of scholars this summer examined the theory that playwright and poet William Shakespeare was a secret Catholic. MANCHESTER, England - It is early in the Protestant Reformation, and a time of fierce persecution of Catholics in England. Every Catholic faces the same questions: Will I rise up against the Queen if required? Will I become a martyr if given the chance? If a group of English scholars are right, one Catholic poet summed up the dilemma nicely:To be or not to be, that is the question.Whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and...
  • "In 1968, something terrible happened in the Church" (how dissenters tore Church apart)

    03/01/2009 3:12:28 PM PST · by NYer · 25 replies · 1,173+ views
    Cardinal James Stafford reflects on how dissenters to Humane Vitae tore the Church apart -- and how that rift left scars that remain to this day. "Lead us not into temptation" is the sixth petition of the Our Father. Peirasms, the Greek word used in this passage for 'temptation,' means a trial or test. Disciples petition God to be protected against the supreme test of ungodly powers. The trial is related to Jesus's cup in Gethsemane, the same cup which his disciples would also taste (Mk 10: 35-45). The dark side of the interior of the cup is an abyss....
  • Prayer or politics? (It was an inauguration conspicuous in its religious dimension)

    01/25/2009 3:04:31 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies · 422+ views
    President Obama continued his effort to reclaim religion for progressive politics in general, and his Democratic Party in particular. In recent decades, the Republicans have become the religion party in the United States. While Obama did make gains among religious voters, religious practice is still one of the most powerful predictors of voting behaviour: The more often you attend religious services, the more likely you are to vote Republican.It is not necessary that this should be the case, for there is a long history of religious movements on the left. The "social gospel" movement in both Canada and the...
  • Ignoring the most important right of all

    11/28/2007 8:03:35 PM PST · by Coleus · 1 replies · 74+ views
    cerc ^ | October 26, 2007 | Michael Coren
    It is tragically ironic that the most vital and profound issue facing this country is considered by many of its citizens and most of its establishment to be at best irrelevant and at worst a dangerous digression championed by zealots. The issue is, of course, abortion. And Canada is almost unique in the civilized world in having no abortion law at all. In other words, any unborn child can be aborted and in most of the country the taxpayer will finance the procedure. Can we, however, genuinely regard ourselves as part of a "civilized world" if we treat our most...
  • More a cause than a science, Global warming is the new Key to All Mythologies

    10/18/2007 9:41:08 PM PDT · by Coleus · 21 replies · 84+ views
    cerc ^ | June 7, 2007 | Rex Murphy
    The key imprint of George Eliot's masterpiece, Middlemarch, is its sadness. There is the sadness of Dorothea, the heroine, led by guileless idealism into a loveless marriage with the desiccated scholar, Edward Causabon. Eliot's craft is to present the Reverend Causabon, who in a less skillful writer's hands would have been a repellant bore, as a figure of much melancholy affect. Causabon's relentless and sterile quest to write a universal book, the chimera of The Key to All Mythologies, first strikes the reader as vain and, then, as simply sad. Eliot's artistic triumph was to place Causabon and his mania...
  • The Catholic Church and the Creation of the University, The Church played a central role (caucus)

    10/18/2007 4:16:06 PM PDT · by Coleus · 3 replies · 124+ views
    cerc ^ | May 16, 2005 | THOMAS E. WOODS, JR.
    The Catholic Church and the Creation of the UniversityThe Church played a central if not exclusive role in the establishment and encouragement of theuniversity. The substantial output of medieval scholarship that was produced in the twentieth century should have put this inane caricature to rest once and for all, but here we have another case of specialized knowledge that hasnt managed to trickle down to the general public. It was, after all, in the High Middle Ages that the university came into existence. The university, which developed and matured at the height of Catholic Europe, was a new phenomenon in...
  • Death on Demand, The assisted-suicide movement sheds its fig leaf

    07/08/2007 7:42:19 PM PDT · by Coleus · 16 replies · 420+ views
    CERC ^ | 07.07.07 | Wesley J. Smith, Esq.
    Should laws against assisted suicide be rescinded as "paternalistic?" Should assisted suicide be transformed from what is now a crime (in most places) into a sacred "right to die"? Should assisted suicide be redefined from a form of homicide into a legitimate "medical treatment" readily available to all persistently suffering people, including to the mentally ill? According to Brown University professor Jacob M. Appel, the answer to all three of these questions is an unequivocal yes. Writing in the May-June 2007 Hastings Center Report ("A Suicide Right for the Mentally Ill?"), Appel argues in that assisted suicide should not only...
  • Unholy Anger: Disciplining Ourselves Before Disciplining Our Children

    07/07/2007 9:34:03 PM PDT · by Coleus · 2 replies · 238+ views
    There is a wonderful letter in which St. John Bosco advised his priests to avoid anger in their dealings with the foster children they cared for. St. John Bosco 1815-1888 He had founded a religious congregation, the Salesians, to care for homeless boys, so he and his priests certainly had plenty of unruly behavior to contend with, and plenty of opportunities to flare up in anger. But in his letter St. John Bosco tells his priests, "They are our sons, and so in correcting their mistakes we must lay aside all anger and restrain it so firmly that it is...
  • Debating the Embryo's Fate

    06/29/2007 9:42:43 PM PDT · by Coleus · 12 replies · 394+ views
    CERC ^ | June 2007 | Fr. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D.
    The debate over embryonic stem cell research continues to escalate in our country, and remains a topic of significant public interest. Because of this growing public interest, I am often invited to participate in public debates on stem cell research and cloning. My sparring partners are usually other scientists, politicians, or public policy experts. The debates are typically held at universities or colleges, and audiences generally have the opportunity to ask questions of both sides afterwards. Having participated in a number of these debates over the past few years, I've been surprised by how often certain arguments are trotted out...
  • Religious Freedom in America

    04/07/2007 8:59:59 PM PDT · by Coleus · 4 replies · 825+ views
    CERC ^ | December 2006/January 2007 | Roger Scruton
    When James Madison agitated to make religious freedom fundamental to the United States Constitution, it was not from hostility to religion. It was from hostility to established religion, with its presumption of an authority in worldly affairs that only an elected government should exercise. James Madison (1751-1836) The first freedom listed in the Bill of Rights tells us that Congress shall "make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof" a rule that is just as important in its second half as in its first. However, the free exercise of religion involves living by...

    04/03/2007 8:06:22 AM PDT · by milwguy · 23 replies · 1,529+ views
    opinion journal ^ | 04/03/2007 | TAWFIK HAMID
    Not many years ago the brilliant Orientalist, Bernard Lewis, published a short history of the Islamic world's decline, entitled "What Went Wrong?" Astonishingly, there was, among many Western "progressives," a vocal dislike for the title. It is a false premise, these critics protested. They ignored Mr. Lewis's implicit statement that things have been, or could be, right. But indeed, there is much that is clearly wrong with the Islamic world. Women are stoned to death and undergo clitorectomies. Gays hang from the gallows under the approving eyes of the proponents of Shariah, the legal code of Islam. Sunni and Shia...
  • Is environmentalism the new religion? (with 'Must See' Illustration!)

    02/10/2007 8:10:32 AM PST · by GMMAC · 64 replies · 3,773+ views
    National Post - Canada ^ | Saturday, February 10, 2007 | Joseph Brean
    The green fervour Is environmentalism the new religion?Joseph Brean, National Post Published: Saturday, February 10, 2007 In his new book Apollos Arrow, ambitiously subtitled The Science of Prediction and the Future of Everything, Vancouver-based author and mathematician David Orrell set out to explain why the mathematical models scientists use to predict the weather, the climate and the economy are not getting any better, just more refined in their uncertainty. What he discovered, in trying to sketch the first principles of prophecy, was the religious nature of modern environ-mentalism. This is not to say that fearing for the future of...
  • Miracle Babies, Priest

    04/07/2007 9:24:46 PM PDT · by Coleus · 2 replies · 419+ views
    CERC ^ | 02.23.07 | ALICIA COLON
    A photograph that accompanied the top headline on the Drudge Report at one point Monday looked very familiar to me. It showed two tiny feet peeking through the fingers of a hand, and I thought at first that it was a typical anti-abortion photo that marchers carry at pro-life marches. In fact, it was a photo of Amilia Taylor, born four months ago at 22 weeks gestation, weighing only 10 ounces. She is believed to be the only baby born at less than 23 weeks to have survived. Amilia now weighs four pounds, and doctors are preparing to release...
  • Christmas 1981: A Candle That Burned Bright for Freedom 25 Years Ago

    01/05/2007 10:35:55 PM PST · by Salvation · 15 replies · 338+ views
    CERC ^ | 2006 | Paul Kengor
    Christmas 1981: A Candle That Burned Bright for Freedom 25 Years Ago PAUL KENGOR It's difficult to explain how much the world has changed in 25 years and for the better. Those who lived through December 1981 would be well served to pause and give thanks for the differences. view from Wawel Hill, Cracow, Poland In December 1981, much of the world lived in totalitarian darkness. This was captured at the time by Freedom House, the group begun by Eleanor Roosevelt and today headed by freedom fighter Nina Shea. Freedom House published its map of global freedom, which...
  • "Animal Rights" vs. Human Rights

    12/27/2006 7:16:20 PM PST · by Coleus · 10 replies · 1,060+ views
    CERC ^ | 10.01.06 | Fr. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D.
    Sometimes sincere people concerned with protecting innocent human life will express sentiments along these lines: "Animal rights advocates are eager to protect all kinds of animal life, but seem to ignore the most important animal of all, the human animal. Terrine of Foie Gras They are willing to save the whales, but abort the humans. Protecting animals can never be as important a task as protecting young humans from abortion, embryonic stem cell research or other forms of experimentation." Such a viewpoint, though fundamentally correct, should not be taken to signify that animal abuse in our society is an...
  • Bringing Christmas to Life Again

    12/23/2006 4:11:18 PM PST · by NYer · 11 replies · 744+ views
    Catholic Educators ^ | FR. ROGER J. LANDRY
    n 1223, St. Francis of Assisi inaugurated a pious practice that in places today has become so common that many think that it always existed. This great saint, as he was traversing the rolling hills of central Italy one December to proclaim the Gospel, noticed that few of his countrymen were taking the mysteries of the faith seriously. Many were not preparing for Christmas at all. Of those who were getting ready to celebrate the Lord’s birth, they looked at it as an event tied exclusively to the past. The mysteries of the faith had become sterile. The central persons...
  • Bringing Christmas to Life Again

    12/09/2006 9:45:41 PM PST · by Coleus · 3 replies · 234+ views
    December 23, 2005 | FR. ROGER J. LANDRY
    In 1223, St. Francis of Assisi inaugurated a pious practice that in places today has become so common that many think that it always existed. This great saint, as he was traversing the rolling hills of central Italy one December to proclaim the Gospel, noticed that few of his countrymen were taking the mysteries of the faith seriously. Many were not preparing for Christmas at all. Of those who were getting ready to celebrate the Lords birth, they looked at it as an event tied exclusively to the past. The mysteries of the faith had become sterile. The central...
  • Do Catholics Believe in Purgatory?

    11/05/2005 9:15:01 PM PST · by Coleus · 116 replies · 2,699+ views
    Do Catholics Believe in Purgatory? FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS I hardly hear purgatory mentioned anymore. I have even heard some Catholics say we do not believe in it since Vatican II. What is the right teaching? On Sept. 17, 2002, our late beloved Pope John Paul II stressed the need to pray for the Souls in Purgatory. He said, "The first and highest form of charity for brothers is the ardent desire for their eternal salvation ... . Christian love knows no boundaries and goes beyond the limits of space and time, enabling us to love those who have already...
  • The truth about embryonic stem cell (ESC) therapies

    10/27/2006 1:33:14 PM PDT · by Coleus · 21 replies · 680+ views
    CERC ^ | 10.17.06
    The truth about the technical challenges and scientific hurdles for embryonic stem-cell (ESC) therapies is finally getting out. The truth, of course, is that there are no human embryonic stem-cell therapies even in clinical trial, let alone ready for therapy, and there have been no major treatment models in animals, either. Adult stem cells, however, have already been successful in treating more than seventy different diseases in actual human beings. Readers of First Things are well aware that the main objection to current methods of embryonic stem-cell research is that they involve the destruction of living human embryos,...
  • The Sacraments

    10/22/2006 6:44:52 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies · 549+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | Peter Kreeft
    Protestants dont see why Catholics who come to disagree with essential teachings of the Church dont just leave. The answer is symbolized by the sanctuary lamp. They do not leave the Church because they know that the sacramental fire burns there on the ecclesiastical hearth. Even if they do not see by its light, they want to be warmed by its fire. The real presence of Christ in the Eucharist is a magnet drawing lost sheep home and keeping would-be strays from the deathly snows outside. The Churchs biggest drawing card is not what she teaches, crucial as that...
  • Judaisms Sexual Revolution: Why Judaism (and then Christianity) Rejected Homosexuality

    05/29/2005 6:21:09 PM PDT · by Coleus · 126 replies · 9,424+ views
    Catholic Education ^ | DENNIS PRAGER
    Judaisms Sexual Revolution: Why Judaism (and then Christianity) Rejected Homosexuality DENNIS PRAGER When Judaism demanded that all sexual activity be channeled into marriage, it changed the world. The Torah's prohibition of non-marital sex quite simply made the creation of Western civilization possible. Societies that did not place boundaries around sexuality were stymied in their development. The subsequent dominance of the Western world can largely be attributed to the sexual revolution initiated by Judaism and later carried forward by Christianity.This revolution consisted of forcing the sexual genie into the marital bottle. It ensured that sex no longer dominated society, heightened...
  • Satan and the Millennium

    10/17/2002 11:52:35 AM PDT · by Irisshlass · 9 replies · 1,285+ views
    Catholic Educators ^ | 1999/Oct 17, 2002 | PETER KREEFT
    Satan and the Millennium PETER KREEFT -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ABSTRACT: Religion (which includes commandments) and spirituality (which doesnt) are increasingly the major combatants in our culture. The meaning of life, according to just about every single page of the Bible, is spiritual warfare. This is also what life is according to all the saints, even the most gentle. Saints are spiritual warriors, not nice people. There is a war on. So lets get on with it, whup the Devil, and win the world. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Harry (not his real name, but a real person) was an amateur philosopher and professional fishing guide. We...
  • Seeking an Ethical Option to Embryonic Stem Cell Research

    11/19/2005 9:30:34 PM PST · by Coleus · 3 replies · 1,016+ views
    Seeking an Ethical Option to Embryonic Stem Cell Research REV. THOMAS BERG There might be an ethically acceptable alternative for obtaining embryonic stem cells, says a bioethicist. Legionary of Christ Father Thomas Berg, executive director of the Westchester Institute, a Catholic ethics think tank located in suburban New York, sees hope for a process known as altered nuclear transfer. He gave an overview of the status of stem cell research in this interview with ZENIT.Q: What is the ethical problem with embryonic stem cell research? Father Berg: The problem is that the methods currently used to obtain these cells...
  • Father Solanus Casey and his 'favors' (Capuchin mystic)

    06/28/2006 7:36:08 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies · 3,068+ views
    Catholic Educators ^ | VIVIAN M. BAULCH
    When Father Solanus Casey died in Detroit in 1957, all he left after 86 years on this earth were a small crucifix, an old pair of sandals, several religious pictures, a wooden statue of St. Anthony, some dog-eared religious books, a knot of heavily darned socks and a framed, 40-year-old picture of his family. Bl. Solanus Casey (1870-1957) But he left another rich legacy a long list of curious "favors" to an equally long list of devoted believers. Father Solanus Casey had come to Detroit to be a Capuchin friar. During his years as a priest he spent...
  • Fr. Walter Ciszek, S.J. (Survivor of the Siberian gulag)

    08/11/2006 7:36:07 PM PDT · by Coleus · 3 replies · 2,203+ views
    CERC ^ | June 2006 | Fr. GEORGE W. RUTLER
    Walter Ciszek (1904-1984) Before there was an Armistice Day, Walter Ciszek was born on November 11, 1904, and lived through a crucified century. Death came gracefully in 1984 on the feast of the Immaculate Conception. In boyhood he was a bully in a gang on the gritty streets of Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, and Ciszeks Polish immigrant father dragged him to the police station, hoping to put him into a reform school. Everyone thought he was joking when the eighth grader announced that he would enter the Polish minor seminary. The seminarian swam in an icy lake and rose before dawn...
  • "Imposing Our Beliefs" on Others

    08/11/2006 7:49:14 PM PDT · by Coleus · 47 replies · 1,147+ views
    CERC ^ | September 2005 | Fr. TADEUSZ PACHOLCZYK, Ph.D.
    Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D. After I gave my testimony, one of the senators asked a pointed question. "Father Tad, by arguing against embryonic stem cell research, don't you see how you are trying to impose your beliefs on others, and shouldn't we as elected lawmakers avoid imposing a narrow religious view on the rest of society?" A lot of hot-button topics are being debated in our state legislatures these days, topics of great ethical and bioethical importance, ranging from emergency contraception to gay marriage. These debates address important issues for the future of our society. Lawmakers face the daunting...
  • Theology or embryology? (Making Sense Out of Bioethics)

    07/02/2006 11:34:59 AM PDT · by · 4 replies · 274+ views
    Home Theology or embryology? REV. TADEUSZ PACHOLCZYK Embryonic stem cell researchers typically marshal several arguments to encourage public approval and funding for their research, which requires the direct destruction of five to seven day old human embryos. A life lesson from Mr. Rogers One argument runs like this: "Well, that's your feeling about embryos, your narrow religious viewpoint, and you shouldn't impose that on me. Your sentiments about embryos are different than mine, and we're all entitled to our own sentiments and opinions." Pervasive argument This pervasive argument has embedded itself in the modern American mind to a...
  • Planned Parenthood Celebration Jolted by Abortion Survivor [Colorado]

    06/28/2006 11:25:07 AM PDT · by Salvation · 278 replies · 8,269+ views ^ | May, 2006 | Ted Harvey
    Planned Parenthood Celebration Jolted by Abortion Survivor TED HARVEY She sings the anthem to applause, then her secret is revealed to stunned silence. Gianna Jessen I want to share with you an awesome experience I had in the Colorado House of Representatives on May 8. It is a humbling experience to look back and realize that God used me to play a role in His divine orchestration. I was leaving the House chambers for the weekend when our Democrat speaker of the House announced that the coming Monday would be the final day of this year's General Assembly. He...
  • Gospel Authorship

    05/28/2006 4:46:37 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies · 213+ views
    Catholic Educators ^ | May 2006 | FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS
    With so much talk lately about the Gospels, I wonder, who wrote the Gospels and how do we know? To answer this question we must first be clear on how the Gospels were formed and what constitutes authorship. Citing Vatican II's Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation (Dei Verbum), the Catechism has a very succinct presentation on the formation of the Gospels (cf. No. 125-127). The foundational premise is that Holy Mother Church has firmly and with absolute constancy maintained and continues to maintain, that the four Gospels [Matthew, Mark, Luke and John], whose historicity she unhesitatingly affirms, faithfully hand...
  • The plot to kill the Pope

    04/06/2006 6:24:36 PM PDT · by Coleus · 5 replies · 446+ views
    CERC ^ | 03.23.06 | John OSullivan
    This May will mark the 25 th anniversary of the attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II. It took place on May 13, 1981 in St. Peters Square in Rome. Only a few weeks earlier, on March 30, Ronald Reagan had survived an attempted assassination in Washington. There are some remarkable similarities between the two crimes. Their would-be assassins both appeared to be lone gunmen acting on personal motives. They were within six or seven yards of their victims when they opened fire. The bullets entered both bodies, moved toward the hearts, and either stopped or passed within a few...
  • Population Politics and the Shambles of Africa

    03/17/2006 9:41:09 PM PST · by Coleus · 5 replies · 907+ views
    cerc ^ | JIM PERON
    People often argue that countries are poor because they have too many people and not enough resources. If there are too many people, then each newborn is a threat to every other human being and population control policies are needed. But this logic just doesn't hold for Africa. Ideas have consequences, and the idea that the world is overpopulated leads to certain inescapable conclusions. If there are too many people in the world, then each newborn is a threat to every other human being. If these babies are threats, then it would be acceptable to eradicate the threat. Now,...
  • 12 Claims Every Catholic Should Be Able to Answer

    01/15/2006 2:37:14 PM PST · by NYer · 95 replies · 3,210+ views
    Catholic Educators ^ | Deal Hudson
    Freedom of speech is a great thing. Unfortunately, it comes at an unavoidable price: When citizens are free to say what they want, theyll sometimes use that freedom to say some pretty silly things. And thats the case with the 12 claims were about to cover. Some of them are made over and over, others are rare. Either way, while the proponents of these errors are free to promote them, we as Catholics have a duty to respond.1. Theres no such thing as absolute truth. Whats true for you may not be true for me. People use this argument...
  • The History of Lent (Did the Church always have this time before Easter? )

    03/04/2006 4:10:46 PM PST · by NYer · 13 replies · 341+ views
    Catholic Education ^ | FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS
    Lent is a special time of prayer, penance, sacrifice and good works in preparation of the celebration of Easter. In the desire to renew the liturgical practices of the Church, The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy of Vatican Council II stated, "The two elements which are especially characteristic of Lent the recalling of baptism or the preparation for it, and penance should be given greater emphasis in the liturgy and in liturgical catechesis. It is by means of them that the Church prepares the faithful for the celebration of Easter, while they hear God's word more frequently...
  • Evangelizing in a 'Post Pagan' Culture

    03/14/2006 6:26:11 PM PST · by Coleus · 6 replies · 491+ views
    CERC ^ | July 2001 | Fr. Anthony Mastroeni, J.D., S.T.L., S.T.D,
    We need to have some of that sense of urgency of St Paul who said, "Woe is me if I do not preach the Gospel." The aim is not simply to win arguments, but to win hearts. The best way to conquer your "enemy" is to make him your friend. Few people see the turn of a century and fewer still the turn of a millennium as we have. Sad to say, many of those who were privileged to experience this awesome shift of time did not take note of the reason for it all. Very few realised it was...
  • Against Abortion, But Pro-Choice?

    03/10/2006 9:57:55 PM PST · by Coleus · 19 replies · 539+ views
    Sometimes I have met Catholics especially where I work who say, "I am personally against abortion, but I am pro-choice." To me, that makes no sense, but how can I argue with them? The pro-abortion movement has made great gains using the "pro-choice" label. First, the "pro-choice" label numbs our moral sensitivity because its masks that anyone really is for abortion, ignores scientific and medical evidence and diverts attention from the act itself. Secondly, the idea of being "pro-choice" seems to appeal to Americans who cherish freedom and the idea of being free to choose rather than being...
  • The Holy See's Teaching on Catholic Schools

    10/01/2005 1:52:37 PM PDT · by Coleus · 7 replies · 1,601+ views
    The Holy See, through its documents and interventions, whether of the Pope or of other Vatican offices, sees in Catholic schools an enormous heritage and an indispensable instrument in carrying out the Church's mission in the third Christian millennium. Ensuring their genuinely Catholic identity is the Church's greatest challenge. Archbishop J. Michael Miller, C.S.B. Secretary for the Vaticans Congregation for Catholic Education Thank you very much for your kind invitation, extended through Frank Hanna and Alejandro Bermudez, to address you this afternoon on a subject of such vital importance to the future of the Church and the nation. It...
  • Eating Children Alive: Why Catholic Schools Matter so Much

    11/01/2005 5:41:48 PM PST · by Coleus · 16 replies · 514+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | 02.19.04 | Steve Kellmeyer
    America got a wonderful present this Christmas past. On Christmas Eve, 2003, Catholic news services reported the findings of a special commission investigating Catholic school resources. The commission found nearly two-thirds of high school catechetical materials used throughout the United States are trash.The Heart of the Church That is, these texts are not in conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church. When asked about the problem, Archbishop Alfred Hughes of New Orleans, the head of the commission, replied, The committee recognizes that the causes are manifold. A particular area of concern is the way in which catechetical leaders,...
  • What We Owe the Monks

    03/10/2006 6:40:23 PM PST · by Coleus · 4 replies · 420+ views
    CERC ^ | 05.25.05 | Thomas E. Woods, Ph.D.
    When Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger took the name Benedict XVI in late April, observers immediately speculated as to what it meant. Papal names often carry great significance. The name John Paul, for example, indicated a profound sympathy with the pontificates of John XXIII and Paul VI, the popes of Vatican II. Although Benedict XVI has pointed to his desire to carry on the legacy of Pope Benedict XV (1914-22) as a primary reason behind the name, his choice of Benedict naturally calls to mind St. Benedict of Nursia (c. 480-547), by far the most important figure in the history of...
  • [PleaseReadBeforeJudging] Why Only Catholicism Can Make Protestantism Work: Bouyer on Reformation

    01/05/2002 11:55:52 AM PST · by Brian Kopp DPM · 1,519 replies · 7,017+ views
    Why Only Catholicism Can Make Protestantism Work: Louis Bouyer on the Reformation    MARK BRUMLEY ABSTRACT: Louis Bouyer contends that the only way to safeguard the positive principles of the Reformation is through the Catholic Church. For only in the Catholic Church are the positive principles the Reformation affirmed found without the negative elements the Reformers mistakenly affixed to them. Martin Luther Interpreting the Reformation is complicated business. But like many complicated things, it can be simplified sufficiently well that even non-experts can get the gist of it. Here's what seems a fairly accurate but simplified summary of the issue: ...
  • Truth and Tolerance, Again

    01/08/2006 6:43:18 PM PST · by Coleus · 4 replies · 173+ views
    CERC ^ | November 2005 | FR. RICHARD JOHN NEUHAUS
    The notion that in matters of religion, but not only in matters of religion, one must make a choice between tolerance and truth is as persistent as it is false. It comes up again in connection with a study designed by sociologists James D. Davidson and Dean R. Hoge that explores how the sexual scandals have influenced Catholic attitudes toward the faith and the Church. The study included a nationwide survey of more than a thousand self-identified Catholics, 60 percent of whom are registered in a parish and therefore, presumably, more active than the 40 percent who are not or...
  • What I learned From a Muslim about Eucharistic Adoration

    07/21/2002 2:01:09 PM PDT · by JMJ333 · 108 replies · 6,629+ views
    CERC ^ | Peter Kreeft
    We do, said John. Your Church teaches that he is really present there, yes? That what's there is the man who was God? Yes. The formula is 'Body and blood, soul and divinity.' And you believe that? Yes. Isa made as if to say something, but stifled it. John assured him he would not be offended. Finally, reluctantly, Isa said, I don't understand. "I understand how you feel. It sounds very shocking. No, you don't understand. That's not what I mean. You will take it as an insult, but I don't mean it to be. I promise I won't...