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The Franklin and Father O’Callahan

January 20, AD2015 0 Comments
The Franklin and Father O’Callahan

A hallmark of the Jesuit Order has been courage.  The Order founded by that Basque soldier turned saint, Saint Ignatius Loyola, had as little use for fear as it did for doubt.  The “black robes” of the Jesuits in New France were typical of the Jesuit soldiers of Christ in their almost super-human courage in disdaining […]

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Conspiracies & Catholicism: Nunsense

January 13, AD2015 28 Comments
Conspiracies & Catholicism: Nunsense

– Didn’t you hear about that big archaeology dig they did a decade or two back, that one that found a bunch of dead babies secretly buried near a nunnery? – You mean the one with the babies in the septic tank? – No… – You mean the one in South America? – No… – […]

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Cardinal Burke On Female Altar Servers

January 12, AD2015 31 Comments
Cardinal Burke On Female Altar Servers

On January 5, 2015, Matthew James Christoff of the organization The New Emangelization published an interview he conducted with Raymond Cardinal Burke. In this interview, the cardinal made some very candid remarks about the Catholic Church becoming “feminized” as a result of radical feminism from the 1960s and 1970s. The candor of the cardinal’s remarks […]

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Balancing Culture and Christianity

January 9, AD2015 10 Comments
Balancing Culture and Christianity

Culture is a word with a depth of meaning – a mixture of pain, joy, pride, love, restriction, and tradition. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definitions include “the beliefs, customs, arts, etc., of a particular society, group, place, or time” and “a particular society that has its own beliefs, ways of life, art, etc.” […]

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How To Legally Beat Up A Little Sister

January 5, AD2015 2 Comments
How To Legally Beat Up A Little Sister

Remember when you saw a group gathered together on the school playground that surrounded a kid. You rushed over to them because it looked like something exciting was happening. You were not scared, because you were not the center of attention. You could be anomyous, except for the friends that might have been there. The […]

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Saint Thomas Becket, Sin and Contrition

December 26, AD2014 2 Comments
Saint Thomas Becket, Sin and Contrition

As the year ends, I always recall my confirmation saint, Saint Thomas Becket, the holy, blessed martyr, whose feast day falls on December 29.  His story tells us how foreign to our time the Middle Ages are.  Becket was a worldly cleric who had risen to be chancellor of England for Henry II.  Henry seized the […]

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Edelweiss

December 3, AD2014 2 Comments
Edelweiss

Edelweiss, a show tune written for the musical Sound of Music, refers to the sturdy mountain flower, which in the 19th century became a symbol for the people of the Alps.  In 1907, it became a symbol of the elite Alpine troops of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.  The song is a good reflection of the quiet Austrian patriotism […]

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The Attractiveness of the Christian Message

November 10, AD2014 50 Comments
The Attractiveness of the Christian Message

I know this is old news now, but so is the resurrection of Jesus. The Extraordinary Synod on the Family that ended on October 19, 2014, was extraordinary not only because of it’s session being a necessary preliminary discussion of issues in preparation for the Ordinary Session next year, but for the extraordinary difference in the […]

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The Evil Dictator: A True Story?

October 25, AD2014 5 Comments
The Evil Dictator: A True Story?

Long time ago, in a far away country lived a boy, John, with his parents and one younger sister. One day his parents told him that long ago, in their country, lived a people that a war wiped out. The boy wanted to know more about these people who lived there and walked these same […]

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Provoked With Their ‘No-God’

September 30, AD2014 10 Comments
Provoked With Their ‘No-God’

The rhetoric of the American Revolution was mild compared to that of the French Revolution. In Great Britain the monarchy had long since been replaced by the republican form of government by those exercising political power enabled by the power of the new economy. The American colonies merely seceded from the union of Great Britain. […]

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The Red Sword of ISIS

September 11, AD2014 4 Comments
The Red Sword of ISIS

They bowed their heads to say grace, then started to eat a rare breakfast together when the cell phone rang. The man and his two-and-a-half year old son were the only ones at the table this morning. Normally, they are accompanied by the son’s three older siblings and his mother. Today was different. The others […]

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Jefferson Davis and Pio Nono

September 9, AD2014 15 Comments
Jefferson Davis and Pio Nono

Jefferson Davis was always a friend to Catholics.  In his youth as a boy he studied at the Saint Thomas School at the Saint Rose Dominican Priory in Washington County Kentucky.  While there, Davis, the only Protestant student, expressed a desire to convert.  One of the priests there advised the boy to wait until he […]

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You Can Fly With An Eternity Attitude At A Heavenly Altitude

September 4, AD2014 3 Comments
You Can Fly With An Eternity Attitude At A Heavenly Altitude

The old man was generous to a fault, had raised a passle of kids, and loved even more grandkids. He and one son-in-law, though so different in age, had shared the experience of serving their country, he in combat in WWII in the Pacific and the son-in-law serving stateside during the Vietnam War. The son-in-law […]

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St. John Paul II’s Rapprochement with Science: A Quest for Common Understanding

September 1, AD2014 5 Comments
St. John Paul II’s Rapprochement with Science: A Quest for Common Understanding

“Science can purify religion from error and superstition; religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes. Each can draw the other into a wider world, a world in which both can flourish.”  St. John Paul II, Letter to Rev. George Coyne, S.J., Director of the Vatican Observatory.  “Christianity possesses the source of its justification […]

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Conspiracies & Catholicism: The Inquisition

August 26, AD2014 6 Comments
Conspiracies & Catholicism: The Inquisition

Bouncing off of last month’s mention that the Spanish Inquisition didn’t burn witches, I decided I’d talk about what “The Inquisition” is and what they did. Mandatory reference: “I didn’t expect some kind of Spanish Inquisition!” “No-one expects The Spanish Inquisition! Our chief weapon is surprise, fear and surprise; two chief weapons, fear, surprise, and ruthless […]

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Vietnam: A Franciscan Friar Tackles the Improbable – Part II

August 19, AD2014 3 Comments
Vietnam: A Franciscan Friar Tackles the Improbable – Part II

In yesterday’s column (Part I), I told you about a Franciscan Friar, Brother Anthony Pham Dinh Tuyen OFM Conv, beginnings and escape from Vietnam as a young person after the fall of Saigon in 1975, his new life in the U.S., eventual poor health, then news of imminent death. Today, I finish this inspiring story. Can I go […]

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Vietnam: A Franciscan Friar Tackles the Improbable – Part I

August 18, AD2014 6 Comments
Vietnam: A Franciscan Friar Tackles the Improbable – Part I

Imagine finding yourself in a hostile land. It has a history of being violently hostile to everything Christian –  person and property. What do you do if you are a Franciscian friar? If I proclaim the gospel, this gives me no ground for boasting, for an obligation is laid on me, and woe to me if […]

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