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We've got to be carefully taught, before it's too late, to learn how to love.....

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Our long, difficult summer in this country seems to continue without end. Even as the violence of Charlottesville and its aftermath still weigh heavy on our hearts and minds, this past weekend we saw the outbreak of new violence and racial tensions in St. Louis. We have come a long way in America — but we still have a long way to go...

Our Lady of La Salette reminds us keep holy the Sabbath...

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The feast of Our Lady of La Salette commemorates the apparition of the Blessed Virgin to two French children, 11-year-old Maximin Giraud and 14-year-old Mélanie Mathieu, which took place on a mountain near the village of La Salette-Fallavaux on Saturday, Sept. 19, 1846. The two children worked as shepherds and lived in the nearby town of Corps in southeastern France...

Veni, vidi, gone: A death map of the Roman emperors...

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Totalus Rankium is “a fun, informative podcast where we rank the Roman Emperors based on: fighting ability; madness; their successes; what they looked like and how long they lasted”. For that last metric they also produced this map, showing the locations where Roman emperors expired. To be the Emperor of Rome was to be leader of the biggest and most powerful empire the world had yet seen...

Jailed priest: Abortion centers are ‘modern-day Calvary.’ The Church must be there.....

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A priest arrested Friday at a Virginia abortion center says these are the “modern day Calvary” and that he had a “moral obligation” to take part in the peaceful attempt to rescue women and unborn children from the violence of abortion. “The Church needs to be there,” Fr. Fidelis Moscinski told LifeSiteNews. “Just as the Blessed Mother and St John were present at Calvary where the innocent blood of Jesus was shed...

For centuries, people celebrated a little boy’s first pair of trousers...

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John Neal, an 18th-century resident of post–Revolutionary War America, remembered the day that he and his twin sister were torn asunder. “They put me into jacket and trousers,” he wrote in 1795. He gathered up his collection of petticoats and flung them over to his sister. “‘Sis may have these.’ Being twins, we had always been alike...

In Vatican trial, question remains: Whose reputations are on the line?

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As the latest major Vatican criminal trial resumed on Tuesday, judges seemed to challenge claims by the main defendant that spending $500,000 from funds belonging to a papally-sponsored children's hospital to remodel the private apartment of a Vatican cardinal was entirely routine and above-board. As the trial plays out, the reputations of both that cardinal and Pope Francis's broader financial reform appear at stake...

Pope issues apostolic letter ‘Summa Familiae Cura,’ changes status of John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family...

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The Vatican announced today that Pope Francis has established a new Pontifical John Paul II institute for “Marriage and Family Sciences” to replace the previous academic institution founded by John Paul in 1981. In an apostolic letter Summa Familiae Cura issued motu proprio and published Sept. 19, the Vatican said the new entity — whose name will be the Pontifical John Paul II Theological Institute for Marriage and Family Sciences — is being established to carry forward the work of the two recent Synods of Bishops and the apostolic exhortation that came from those meetings...

On prioritizing the values we teach to our children...

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“You can’t die in every ditch.” It was a favorite saying of Fr. Ed Madden, my pastor and boss, when I was a greenhorn DRE back in Boulder. So many problems, so many complaints, so many challenges crop up in the course of ordinary parish work, and I was motivated (at first) to tackle them all at once. Fr. Madden, drawing on decades of parochial experience...

Catholics beware: The attack on free speech is growing stronger...

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Hate is a strong word. It means “to regard with extreme ill-will, have a passionate aversion to, treat as an enemy” (source: Online Etymology Dictionary, etmyonline.com). True hatred is ugly. One should exercise care in attributing hatred to others because it identifies a dangerous level of passion in them and can poison reputations...

Vatican calls alleged bombshell over vanished girl ‘false and ridiculous’...

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Every culture tends to develop its own peculiar obsessions with conspiracy theories. To this day, for instance, a great way to get three or four Americans arguing is to ask their opinions about whether Oswald acted alone in the JFK assassination. The rest of the world, however, really doesn’t hold a candle to Italy when it comes to generating what are known here as gialli...

Catholics come out guns a blazin'...

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I watched a forgettable film the other evening called Tombstone. It was a predictable Western with Wyatt Earp, his brothers and Doc Holliday shooting up the OK Corral. It made me think of this week’s shoot out between Fr Martin and his pals and some conservative commentators. Both sides came out guns a-blazin’ about Fr Martin’s rather slight and sentimental book about being friendly to gay people...

Fr. James Martin Is creating chaos in Catholic circles...

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You might not follow inside Catholic baseball. I wouldn’t blame you. Lately it has recalled the infamous 1962 Mets, who won only 40 games while losing 120. Their manager, Casey Stengel, famously asked the team, “Can’t anybody here play this game?” But the latest wild pitch and lost game are important, both to Catholics and other Christians...

Pope writes letter to Japan: ‘My thought runs to the witness of so many martyrs’...

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Pope Francis said that when he recalls the Church in Japan, his “thought runs to the witness of so many Martyrs, who offered their life for the faith.” His comments came in a letter to the bishops of Japan during the pastoral visit of Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of People, September 17-26...

Don't look at 1917 through a rose-colored looking glass...

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Recently, London’s British Library concluded its five-month exhibition: Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy and Myths. I was handed a free ticket and went along, and quickly found myself dismayed at the myths peddled yet again, the real tragedy still ignored. One wonders, given the history of Communism in the 20th century, why there is still so much residual romanticism attached to it—at least in some quarters in the West...

About the roots of the Father James Martin/Theological College controversy...

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It would be hard to name a media figure in American Catholicism who is more popular than Father James Martin, in part because he is witty, candid and concise. He understands how journalists work, pays attention to deadlines and is relentlessly cooperative. Martin has his points to make and he makes them, both with his words and with strategic silence...

Four months after kidnapping, Philippine military rescues Marawi's captive vicar-general...

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A senior Philippine priest taken hostage by IS-inspired militants in the conflict torn southern city of Marawi has been freed after almost four months of captivity. President Rodrigo Duterte's peace adviser Jesus Dureza broke the news on Sept. 17 that Marawi Prelature Vicar-General Father Teresito Soganub was free on his Facebook account...

Lady Gaga posts photo of herself praying Rosary with explanation for tour cancelation...

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Music artist Lady Gaga posted a picture of herself praying the rosary on social media, along with a explanation for why her European tour this fall has been canceled. “I have always been honest about my physical and mental health struggles,” she wrote on Instagram. “...

In defense of bad priests...

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I recently prepared third graders for their First Holy Communion. Going through the story of the Last Supper several times, I noticed that they had a fascination with a certain Apostle... You guessed it – Judas. A fascination with such a character is understandable, as it seems rather out of place in a story which one would think is supposed to be exclusively upholding models of virtue...

Can you influence how the Lord will judge you?

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The readings from Mass for the 24th Sunday of the Year were a continuation from the previous Sunday, when our Lord taught us of the requirement that we correct one another. Yesterday’s readings remind us that our correction must be done with mercy and humility. Failing to correct an erring or sinning brother is not mercy at all...

Bioethics expert says ‘de-valuing’ human beings is 21st century malady...

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In the early 21st century, the list of bioethical conundrums facing humanity is almost infinitely long. Just because we can whip up new human lives in a petri dish, should we? Just because we can extend life almost indefinitely, should we? Just because we can alter a new life’s genetic code to give it certain perceived enhancements...