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Ask Tony: Did the CCC 2267 Rescript Change Catholic Doctrine?

August 9, AD2018 0 Comments
Ask Tony: Did the CCC 2267 Rescript Change Catholic Doctrine?

Many people argue that the rescript issued on August 2, which changed Paragraph 2267 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to call the death penalty “inadmissible,” was a change of doctrine. In fact, some have gone so far as to treat it as a heresy on a level with denying the divinity of Christ. […]

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Time’s Up for the Bishops

August 8, AD2018 0 Comments
Time’s Up for the Bishops

I’m angry. I’m disgusted. And I don’t like being played for a sucker. The Requirements I Must Meet As a Catholic school teacher, I’ve been required to take several “safe touching” classes. I’ve had to sign document after document in which I agree to abide by Church teaching. I am prohibited from being in a […]

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Wisdom from an Existential Jewish Mystic

August 2, AD2018 0 Comments
Wisdom from an Existential Jewish Mystic

I don’t think Mr. Hogg would have been employed in the first place had his predecessor not suddenly dropped dead on his way to school. Mr. Hogg was what was called in those days a ‘hippy’ and would not, in the normal way of things have been accepted as a suitable candidate to teach English […]

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Mt. Tabor Moments- It Is Good That We Are Here!

August 1, AD2018 0 Comments
Mt. Tabor Moments- It Is Good That We Are Here!

After roughly three years of public ministry, Jesus took Peter, James, and John up a mountain and revealed His glory to them. They had spent day after day with Jesus as He walked from town to town, preaching the Gospel and calling sinners to repent. He told them many stories, spoke numerous parables, and worked […]

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The Hunger Years

July 31, AD2018 0 Comments
The Hunger Years

Dr. Taylor Marshall had a recent post on the state of the priesthood by the numbers. The “priest to Catholics” ratio (taken from the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown) indicates that in 1950 there was one priest to every 652 Catholics in the United States. In 2016 that ratio had dropped […]

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Understanding Your Emotions & Using Anger

July 28, AD2018 0 Comments
Understanding Your Emotions & Using Anger

An Unfair Reputation Why have the emotions earned such a poor reputation? Perhaps, the reason is that the emotions are always present in our vices, and, because of this, we most highly associate emotion with sin. Hatred can lead one to commit sins like racism and prejudice. Anger can lead one to commit sins like […]

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Saint Michael, Help Me With My Diet?

July 24, AD2018 0 Comments
Saint Michael, Help Me With My Diet?

During my thirties, I began putting on extra weight. Since I was a tiny, skinny child I really paid no heed until it was ‘too late’. This would have been the time to change my diet, but I failed to take that step. There is nothing like the perception of an insurmountable obstacle to make […]

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My Mother Was a Priest.

July 19, AD2018 0 Comments
My Mother Was a Priest.

We were all shocked and shattered when my brother announced that he wanted to become a priest. It was not just that he wanted to become a priest, but he wanted to become a Cistercian priest. That meant that once he left home he would never return. Naturally, my mother was totally bereft. She was […]

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Hell Yes!

July 17, AD2018 0 Comments
Hell Yes!

Many in the Church have made serious assertions that we can have a reasonable hope that at the Final Judgement Hell will be empty – that the Mercy of God is so great that even those that do not repent will be saved. Some have even gone so far as to assert that in the […]

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The Doctrine of the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist

July 10, AD2018 0 Comments
The Doctrine of the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist

The Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist has been believed by Christians since the time of the Apostles. Understanding this metaphysically and describing our belief in human terms has been a development over time, but the teaching that Jesus – Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity – is present in the bread and wine after […]

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Cdl. McCarrick and the Conspiracy of the Well-Meaning

July 7, AD2018 0 Comments
Cdl. McCarrick and the Conspiracy of the Well-Meaning

If you ask me what I know of the accusations against the archbishop emeritus of Washington, D.C., Cdl. Theodore McCarrick, I must reply, very little. I know he’s accused of sexually abusing at least one minor and three adults; while accusation isn’t proof, the reports seem credible enough to take his guilt as a working […]

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Some Thoughts on Freedom and Truth

July 4, AD2018 0 Comments
Some Thoughts on Freedom and Truth

Some 242 years ago Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence and the United States of America was born. We declared our freedom from the tyranny of King George.  It’s been an interesting 242 years, to say the least.  And the country – and the world – has come a long way since then. But […]

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The Greatest Challenge to the Catholic Faith

July 2, AD2018 0 Comments
The Greatest Challenge to the Catholic Faith

  This column is about worldview (metaphysics and epistemology) although it touches on social justice and politics as well. It is about the greatest challenge to the Catholic Faith and gets to the very root of the polarization both outside and inside the Church. The greatest challenge to the Catholic Faith is Postmodernism, which is […]

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Principles for Your Spiritual Life: Insights from the Carmelite Rule

Principles for Your Spiritual Life: Insights from the Carmelite Rule

Here then are a few points I have written down to provide you with a standard of conduct to live up to; but our Lord, at his second coming, will reward anyone who does more than he is obliged to do. See that the bounds of common sense are not exceeded, however, for common sense […]

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Practical Advice on Sharing the Faith

June 25, AD2018 0 Comments
Practical Advice on Sharing the Faith

Faith is the belief in something intangible, something invisible – and it’s the hardest thing to relay in words to those who don’t believe, or who haven’t experienced the depths of faith.  St. Paul put it more eloquently in his letter to the Hebrews: Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction […]

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The Importance of a Sacramental Outlook

June 21, AD2018 0 Comments
The Importance of a Sacramental Outlook

No one recognizes the power of a symbol like the Catholic Church. Catholic theology itself is imbued with the law that the physical order is a reflection of the spiritual order. It is a theology that is deeply tied to the Philosophy of the Human Person which understands man as a composite of body and […]

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A Tale of Two Cooks and Two Meals

June 20, AD2018 0 Comments
A Tale of Two Cooks and Two Meals

We understand the adage “too many cooks spoil the broth” to mean that splitting a task in too many directions can be counterproductive.  Certainly, having five people with equal authority directing a play or project is a prescription for trouble.  Invariably, there will be disagreements and power plays which will sabotage the group’s efforts to […]

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Moral Relativism vs. Reasonable Judgement

June 16, AD2018 0 Comments
Moral Relativism vs. Reasonable Judgement

I grew up in a Catholic family and attended Catholic school through high school.  One of the many teachings involved in this upbringing was the aphorism my Mom frequently cited –  “Never judge another until you’ve walked a mile in his moccasins.”  I took this to mean that we should not sit in judgment of […]

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A Call to Compassion in the Catholic Online Community

June 12, AD2018 0 Comments
A Call to Compassion in the Catholic Online Community

Online Catholics I’ve recently been discouraged by a number of responses to Catholics asking advice on the internet. Usually, a sincere Catholic posts a question on a group page, or on a column, asking for some support or guidance on a matter related to faith. These people are hoping for encouragement, support, and guidance on […]

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The Joy of Ordination

June 7, AD2018 0 Comments
The Joy of Ordination

  It is well known that there is a crisis in the Catholic Church across the western world.  Parishes have closed due to declining attendance and demographics; churches sold off to private parties and converted to condominiums, offices or nightclubs; the assault on religious liberty seems to continue unabated; the shadow of the clergy abuse […]

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Come Home to the Church: You’ve Been Asked

June 6, AD2018 0 Comments
Come Home to the Church: You’ve Been Asked

The funeral Mass was about to begin. Friends and acquaintances of the deceased and of his family sat in pews behind or to the side of the area where the rather large family sat. Many of those paying their respects—family and non-family alike—were somewhat familiar with the Rite of Christian Burial. They were cradle Catholics, […]

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A Win for Morality But the Fight Goes On

June 5, AD2018 0 Comments
A Win for Morality But the Fight Goes On

According to SCOTUS, an individual’s religious beliefs are equally as important as another person’s objectively disordered sexual proclivity.  Or to say it another way, Christian beliefs in regard to homosexuality and same-sex marriage are at least legally on equal par with the LGBTQ activists’ notions of what is acceptable moral behavior.   As an NBC […]

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Overcoming Dryness in Prayer

June 2, AD2018 0 Comments
Overcoming Dryness in Prayer

There’s probably a good chance there are others, like me, who get bogged down in their everyday attempts to pray. But not giving up on prayer when the going gets tough is the only real solution to overcoming dryness in prayer. Everyone who prays regularly probably goes through dry periods in their prayer life. I […]

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