Sunday 14th February 2016

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Candidate Brings Abortion Horror To U.S. Living Rooms

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By REY FLORES

A couple of weeks ago, I told you about pro-life Democratic presidential candidate Henry Hewes and his campaign to place as many controversial pro-life TV ads in American living rooms as possible.
So far, Hewes managed to stir things up in the New Hampshire primaries where his ad was run locally during the national broadcast of Good Morning America the day before the elections. Never had local ABC affiliate WMUR received as many complaints about any ad in their history. The Hewes campaign, however, has gotten some positive responses by pro-lifers in that state.
Viewers, mostly parents, complained directly to the television station while others vented their anger directly at Hewes on his Facebook page. Most of the complaints were about viewers’ children being “traumatized” by the image of an aborted baby in Hewes’ ad.
In his defense, Hewes did not place the ads during Sesame Street or any children’s TV programming. Many of the complainers stated that because of inclement weather, their children were glued to their television sets waiting to hear the school closings report.
“You should be the one that needs to be aborted!” commented one surly woman, who … Continue Reading

Snack-Happy Doritos Baby . . . May Give Cultural Clue About End Of Abortion, Even If Candidates Dither

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By DEXTER DUGGAN

A strong clue about the future of permissive abortion in the United States probably occurred two days before the February 9 New Hampshire primary election, the second stop on the 2016 presidential candidates’ pilgrimage to receive the voters’ verdicts.
Whether the voters end up being misled by certain hopefuls’ pro-life pledges, the bigger cultural clue on abortion occurred during the typically memorable commercials for Super Bowl 50 on February 7. A preborn baby on ultrasound supposedly grabbed for Doritos snack chips.
Some of the most effective commercials may highlight a surprising, improbable turn in common, everyday life — something startlingly unexpected when you just order pizza, or fix the kids’ breakfast.
This time, the common, everyday event was going to the ultrasound office to get one of those routine scientific looks — unimaginable 50 years ago — of the living baby in the womb.
Indeed, the event had become so commonplace that Dad oafishly munched away on his Doritos chips while the technician provided the image inside Mom. The commercial pivoted on the baby being so wowed by the snack that he wanted to get born and grab some for himself.
No one thinks preborn babies actually do this. But everyone knows what preborn babies do do. And wanting to be aborted into shredded flesh isn’t on the little ones’ wish lists.
Going for a prenatal ultrasound probably still isn’t as common as ordering pizza, but just about every American realizes what’s involved — seeing the recognizable infant doing another busy day in inner space while waiting to emerge into the outer.
No ultrasound watcher thinks they’re looking at “the woman’s body” when they see a completely distinct little body, with its own body parts, who even may be the opposite sex than Mom. However, pro-abortion warriorettes still assert that the only issue is “a woman controlling her own body.” … Continue Reading

Marco And The Atheist

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By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

Marco Rubio’s rise in the polls and unexpectedly strong showing in the Iowa caucuses is being attributed by most commentators to his performance in the Republican debate the previous week. Frank Luntz’s questioning of a panel of Iowa Republicans on Fox News immediately after the debate revealed a dramatic change of opinion about Rubio based on what they saw.
There is something else that is being pointed to, however: a YouTube video that circulated in the weeks before the caucuses, one that featured Rubio engaged in an earnest discussion with a young atheist at one of his campaign rallies. It is said to have made a big impression on Iowa voters, especially Iowa’s evangelicals. I know it impressed me.
I still think that Rubio’s youthful appearance will be a drawback if he runs against Hillary. They say that John Kennedy’s youthful looks did not hurt him back in 1960. But that was different. Kennedy was young, but he was a veteran of World War II and sophisticated in appearance. He looked like the man in the old Arrow collar ads. In contrast, Rubio still comes across as, well, boyish. I suspect that even his most ardent backers harbor the thought that it may not be the time for him to make a run for the presidency; that he needs some wrinkles and a few streaks of gray hair to complete the sale with the voters. Time will tell. … Continue Reading

Dr. Gerster Dies . . . Pro-Life Pioneer Helped Lay Foundation That The Young Build On Today

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By DEXTER DUGGAN

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — A leading pro-life legislator in the U.S. House of Representatives attributed his position today to the influence of the woman whose funeral he had just attended in this Phoenix suburb.
Cong. Trent Franks (R., Ariz.) told The Wanderer that a speech given about 37 years ago by a national pro-life leader of that time, Carolyn Gerster, MD, “changed the direction of my life.”
Just after Gerster’s February 5 funeral at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Franks said that her talk at a Dallas gathering “moved me so deeply that I became committed to that cause ever since….It’s very unlikely I would be in Congress or carrying the nation’s major pro-life bills” without having heard her talk.
Gerster, 88, may not be a familiar name these days to teenagers hoisting their “I Am the Pro-Life Generation” signs across the nation, but she was a vital participant in forming the infant national pro-life movement beginning in the early 1970s, a cause taken up powerfully by successive generations.
In Congress, Franks sponsors the federal Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act, against abortion for sex and race-selection and genetic conditions; the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, sharply limiting abortion against preborn babies at least 20 weeks old, and the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, requiring medical care for babies who survive abortion. … Continue Reading

Justice And Mercy: Complementary Virtues

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By LAWRENCE P. GRAYSON

The Pope has declared this year to be a Jubilee of Mercy. This is not meant to be an opportunity to shed the punishment for our sins so that we can continue uninhibited in our lifestyles. This is not a spiritual “get out of jail free” card. We still are responsible to a just God for our sins.
Justice and mercy are complementary virtues. Perfectly blended in God, they are necessary here on Earth for a fair and harmonious society. Justice creates order and adherence to obligations. It ensures that all obtain what they are due, whether that be the good they have earned or the punishment they have warranted. It is impartial and objective.
Without mercy, however, justice can be insensitive and harsh. How many of us truly want complete and pure justice for all, including ourselves? Have we not failed more often than we like to admit in our obligations, in our relations with others? Are we not all flawed? Are we not all sinners? Everyone needs God’s forgiveness.
Mercy, in contrast, is compassion for the failings and difficulties of others. It is understanding, patient, and forbearing, even if it makes our own life more difficult. Mercy forgives others’ offenses and the punishment that may be due, and gives offenders a chance to repent and to reform their lives. In this broken world, to which we with our fallen natures contribute, mercy makes relationships possible. … Continue Reading

Restoring The Sacred . . . What “Ash Wednesday Catholics” Can Teach Us About Catholic Worship

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By JAMES MONTI

Ash Wednesday is coming very early this year — February 10. And with it will come the annual return of the “Ash Wednesday Catholics.” We are all familiar with the phenomenon that on Ash Wednesday the Catholic population of almost any given place seems to swell beyond measure as churches that normally see little more than a modest attendance at Sunday and weekday Masses are suddenly flooded with unfamiliar faces all in search of ashes for their foreheads.
No sooner do these visitors receive their tiny portion of dust than they disappear, largely not to be seen or heard from in church for the other 364 days of the year — although some will put in one more visit on Palm Sunday to lay claim to their share of blessed palms.
There is in this behavior a tacit admission, albeit unarticulated, that ultimately earthly comforts, pleasures, and success cannot satisfy the ever-restless heart. What this curious phenomenon tells us is that buried deep within these seemly indifferent souls rests a potent longing for the sacred, an ill-defined desire for what Lent and Holy Week represent.
Like the seed that fell amid thorns, this aspiration is choked by an obsessive preoccupation with the things of this world, yet it lingers just enough to draw these non-practicing Catholics irresistibly back to church when Ash Wednesday returns.
This all speaks to the power of sacred ritual, that even the simplest gestures of liturgical ceremony are integral to the expression of our faith and of God’s invitation to us, calling us through these rites to reconciliation and communion with Him. … Continue Reading

The Academic Roots Of The President’s Radicalism

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By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

I was convinced that the liberal critics were going to jump all over Steve Forbes for his January 18 editorial in Forbes magazine. So far, I haven’t come across that criticism. Maybe it has taken place and I missed it. Maybe it is yet to come.
I thought that the critics were going to go at Forbes hammer and tong for describing President Obama’s worldview as one in which the “U.S. has been a force of evil in the world,” and in which the “smaller our role, the better. Most anything bad happening has at its source American and European colonialism.” Forbes contends this view has created in Obama a “mental construct increasingly at odds with murderous reality,” one which plays “down the awful behavior of Islamic barbarians and other notorious actors, such as Vladimir Putin.”
Strong words. Forbes is saying that our president is intentionally conducting American foreign policy to dramatically weaken the power and influence of the United States in the world. He is describing Obama’s position as one that is far different from those on the right, such as Patrick Buchanan, who call for less U.S. intervention in the wars between the forces in the Middle East. Buchanan sees the United States as a country that has behaved admirably and with good intentions in the world arena in the struggle against Nazism and Communism, but that it is not in our national interests — and not worth the loss of billions of dollars and the lives of our fighting men and women — to seek to impose our will in the Middle East at the present time.
Obama, on the other hand, writes Forbes, sees the United States as an “evil force in the world,” a country that ought not exert itself in the Middle East because we have no moral right to shape the politics of that part of the world — because we are not worthy to do so. … Continue Reading

Ash Wednesday Offers An Opportunity To Evangelize

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By REY FLORES

Do you know why we receive ashes on Ash Wednesday? I asked that question this past week to some of my Catholic friends and thankfully most of them gave me a pretty good answer. One had no clue, but then again, this person, though Catholic, doesn’t pray the rosary every day.
One of my favorite aspects of every Ash Wednesday is trying to count how many ashes I’ll see on people’s foreheads throughout the day. It’s especially fun when you’re riding on public transportation or walking down the street in a busy downtown area in a big city.
Another thing I enjoyed immensely happened when I worked as a communications specialist in a very non-religious union office environment. I entered the office after going to Mass and getting my ashes.
One comment I overheard whispered behind my back went like this: “That is so weird the way those people mark themselves up like vampires!” It didn’t help that Fr. Fanelli at St. Thomas More in Chicago had put an extra-large cross on my forehead, covering my face almost down to between my eyes. But I wore my ashes proudly that day.
Several people on the elevated train gave me funny stares and puzzled looks. One woman pulled her small child closer to her as I walked by to get a seat. I was looking right back at several of them all wide-eyed, daring them to ask me why I had a huge cross on my face.
My absolute favorite part, however, is when we walk in public with our ashes on Ash Wednesday when we are literally shouting with passion to the world: “I am a Catholic and I belong to the greatest Church in the universe! To God be the glory!” … Continue Reading

Texas Bishop Tells Red Mass… Public Officials Should Treat People As Family, Not Strangers

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By DEXTER DUGGAN

PHOENIX — Public officials should treat those they deal with as if they’re family members, not strangers, a Texas bishop told the congregation at the Diocese of Phoenix’s annual Red Mass at St. Mary’s Basilica here.
The Diocese of Brownsville’s Bishop Daniel Flores was guest homilist at the January 26 Mass marking the start of the Arizona state legislative session, attended by a few hundred lawmakers, judges, attorneys, and other public officials.
Flores, who is one of two bishops asked to represent U.S. bishops during Pope Francis’ visit to Mexico from February 12 to 17, spoke for about 25 minutes in a resonant voice to the Arizona leaders. His full black beard might have made a person think of a biblical prophet.
The service lasted just under an hour and a half in the historic downtown Phoenix church visited by St. John Paul II during his U.S. trip in 1987. The spot is marked where the Pope knelt.
Flores, drawing attention to the day’s Gospel reading about Jesus’ mother and brothers looking for Him, said, “In a certain way, we are all related under one God in Heaven.”
An age-old question, the bishop said, is, “What is due to my neighbor?. . . … Continue Reading

National Review Versus The Donald

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By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

I can’t think of any topic in recent years that has dominated the right-wing talk shows in a manner comparable to National Review’s crusade to put an end to Donald Trump’s campaign for the Republican nomination for the presidency. It calls to mind William F. Buckley’s rendition of the magazine’s mission purpose when he founded it in 1955: that it will be a journal of opinion that “stands athwart history, yelling Stop, at a time when no one is inclined to do so, or to have much patience with those who so urge it.”
Buckley was attempting to turn the tide against the regnant liberalism of the middle years of the 20th century. His successors at National Review have decided that a full-court press is needed to stop Trump; that the ongoing individual attacks against Trump by leading conservatives in their syndicated columns and appearances on the talk shows is not enough to do the trick.
The conservative writers who joined against Trump are some of the best-known and respected commentators on the scene today, people such as L. Brent Bozell III, Andrew McCarthy, Thomas Sowell, Jonah Goldberg, and Cal Thomas.
They minced no words, calling Trump an “unmoored political opportunist who would trash the broad conservative ideological consensus within the GOP in favor of a free-floating populism with strong-man overtones”; a man whose “political opinions have wobbled all over the lot,” who has “supported abortion, gun control, single-payer health care…and punitive taxes on the wealthy.” … Continue Reading

COMPLETE 3 PART Interview With Cardinal Burke . . . Insights On The State Of The Church In The Aftermath Of The Ordinary Synod On The Family

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By DON FIER Part 1 (Editor’s Note: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, recently traveled from Rome to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis., a magnificent place of worship which he founded and dedicated. (His Eminence graciously granted an extensive interview to The Wanderer during which he…Continue Reading

In historic statement, Pope and Russian Patriarch speak for persecuted Christians, defense of family

“We are not competitors but brothers,” Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill declared in a joint statement that punctuated their historic meeting on February 12. After a lengthy private conversation—the first meeting ever between a Roman Pontiff and a…Continue Reading

Trump: Pope Francis ‘doesn’t understand’ America’s problems

Donald Trump dismissed Pope Francis’s upcoming visit to the U.S.-Mexico border Thursday, arguing the Catholic leader is in the dark on America’s border crisis. “I think that the Pope is a very political person,” he said on Fox Business Network’s…Continue Reading

Washington state Republicans join Democrats to uphold transgender bathroom bill

OLYMPIA, Washington, February 11, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – A bill to reverse a public accommodations law that allows transgender people to use opposite-sex bathrooms and locker rooms was blocked in the state Senate – in part thanks to three Republicans who…Continue Reading

‘Justice has been served’ – Bishop Conley on why he invited Bishop Finn to Lincoln

Lincoln, Neb., Feb 5, 2016 / 11:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop James D. Conley of Lincoln defended his decision to allow Bishop Robert Finn, former bishop of Kansas City, Mo., to take a position as chaplain of a community of…Continue Reading

Marco Rubio, David Daleiden; Chi-Town priest ‘outs’ himself

The young investigative journalist and pro-life activist David Daleiden – whom GOP presidential hopeful Marco Rubio recently defended – will present himself before Judge Brock Thomas in Houston on February 4. Peter Breen, special counsel for the Thomas More Society,…Continue Reading

Catholic Italy mobilises as conservatives mount last stand against same-sex unions

It has been 2,000 years since Romans gathered at the Circus Maximus to watch chariots roar around the racetrack, but a new battle was brought to the ancient site on Saturday . Clutching banners reading “We defend our children” and…Continue Reading

New documents prove Planned Parenthood profited from selling aborted body parts: pro-life group

HOUSTON, January 29, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – A pro-life organization has released documents that may show Planned Parenthood illegally profited from the sale of aborted babies’ body parts, furthering a Texas state investigation and possibly triggering a new grand jury in…Continue Reading

TRUMP’S SPOKESWOMAN MUST APOLOGIZE

Bill Donohue comments on a remark made by Donald Trump’s national spokeswoman, Katrina Pierson: On December 18, 2011, Katrina Pierson sent the following tweet: “Just saw a commercial from Catholic Church stating that Catholic Church

Faithful Catholic Education Offers Understanding of True Freedom, Says Archbishop Lucas

Catholic education prepares students to live a life of faith, but also offers students a true understanding of God-given freedom in an environment in which they can grow in virtue, said Archbishop George Lucas of the Archdiocese of Omaha, Neb.,…Continue Reading

NFL star who refused to meet Obama over abortion gives powerful talk at March for Life

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 22, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – All the speakers at the 2016 March for Life play a pivotal role – but only one was regularly called an MVP. Matt Birk, the former center for the Minnesota Vikings and the…Continue Reading

2016 March for Life heats up blizzard-stricken Washington (PHOTOS)

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 22, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – The blizzard snows are falling on the nation’s capital, layering the city in a blanket of frost that could be two to three feet thick by tomorrow morning. But for awhile this afternoon,…Continue Reading

SPECIAL REPORT: Planned Parenthood Offices Located Near Half of Catholic Colleges, Alarming Pro-Life Leaders

Half of all four-year, residential Catholic colleges in the U.S. are within five miles of Planned Parenthood facilities, a study by The Cardinal Newman Society has found. Catholic pro-life leaders warn that the close proximity of these Planned Parenthood centers…Continue Reading

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A Powerful Weapon: 15 Quotes on the Holy Rosary

We live in evil times. I hardly need elaborate the multitude of crises that fill the globe. Sadly, many are being swept away by this flood of evil and are succumbing to an overwhelming anxiety and discouragement. But no matter how tempting it is, we must not shrink back. We must pray and fast with a living faith and a firm confidence—and there is no better way to…Continue Reading

12 Ways to Become a Committed Catholic Man

There is a Catholic “man-crisis.” Large numbers of men who were baptized Catholic have left the Church and the majority of those who remain are “Casual Catholic Men”, men who do not know the Catholic faith and don’t practice it. This large-scale failure of Catholic men to commit themselves to Jesus Christ and His Church has contributed to the accelerating…Continue Reading

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Pope at Mass in Mexico city: Mary tells us that those who suffer do not weep in vain

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(Vatican Radio) On the first full day of his visit to Mexico, Pope Francis celebrated Mass at the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City. The shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe is the most visited Catholic pilgrimage site in the world and one that is particularly important to the first Latin American pope. During his homily, drawing inspiration from the episode of the visitation of the Virgin Mary to her cousin Elizabeth, the Holy Father…Continue Reading

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia found dead at 79

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February 13, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, 79, father of nine children and a hero of pro-life and pro-family Americans, was found dead Saturday at a resort in West Texas. His passing was confirmed by a statement from Chief Justice John Roberts. “He was an extraordinary individual and jurist, admired and treasured by colleagues,” said Roberts. “His passing is a great loss to the court and the country he so loyally served.”…Continue Reading

Pope Francis in Mexico: discourse to bishops

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis addressed the Catholic Bishops of Mexico on Saturday, the first full day of his Apostolic visit to the country. Below, please find the full text of the Holy Father’s prepared remarks, in their official English translation. *** I am pleased to have this opportunity of meeting you the day after my arrival here in this beloved country, which, following in the footsteps of my predecessors, I also have come to visit.…Continue Reading

Pope Francis: speech to civil authorities and diplomats

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis delivered an address to Mexican civil authorities and the Diplomatic Corps in Mexico on Saturday, the first full day of his Apostolic visit to the country. Below, please find the full text of the Holy Father’s prepared remarks, in their official English translation +++ I thank you, Mr President, for your words of welcome. I am happy to set foot on Mexican soil which holds a special place in the heart…Continue Reading

Cardinal Burke . . .The Great Cardinal Speaks From Krakow

Today we jump back to the Great Cardinal, His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke’s visit to Krakow. The above video is from the Krakow lecture with questions, promoting his book Divine Love made flesh: The Holy Eucharist as the Sacrament of Charity which appeared in Polish. The sponsor of this promotional event and the publisher of the Polish version is Christiana Polonia. Original video see here. The lecture itself was in English so there was no…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “How Dissenters Attack The Universality Of The Church”

By BRIAN CLOWES Part 1 (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For an electronic copy of the book Call to Action or Call to Apostasy, consisting of a detailed description of the current forms of dissent and how to fight them, e-mail him at…Continue Reading

Death With Dignity: A Dangerous Pretense

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By LAWRENCE P. GRAYSON Every life has value and is worthy of continuing, regardless of how old, infirmed, ill, or limited in future duration. Yet, today, an increasing number of states are empowering physicians to assist terminally ill people in committing suicide, so they can “die with dignity.” The movement, cloaked in an appealing euphemism,…Continue Reading

Pope Francis Says . . . Lent Is A Time Of Pruning And Reconciliation

By ELISE HARRIS VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) — In his Ash Wednesday homily, Pope Francis said that Lent is the perfect time to let go of selfish and indifferent attitudes, returning to God with the help of prayer, penance, and acts of charity. “Lent is a beneficial time of pruning from falsity, from worldliness, from…Continue Reading

Bloomberg Vs. Trump?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN The morning of the New Hampshire primary, Donald Trump, being interviewed on Morning Joe, said that he would welcome his “friend” Michael Bloomberg into the presidential race. Which is probably the understatement of 2016. The three-term mayor of New York and media mogul whose fortune is estimated at $39 billion, making…Continue Reading

A Potpourri . . . To Be Is To Give, And Other Matters

By GEORGE A. KENDALL The most fundamental question for all of is: What are we for? What is life about? What is selfhood about? Are we here to aggrandize ourselves with things like power, wealth, brilliance? Or are we here to give ourselves? We think that by working to add to the self, we increase…Continue Reading

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An Apologetics Course . . . The Infallibility Of The Church Of Jesus Christ

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 41 In our study of apologetics, we have seen that Jesus Christ claimed to be the Son of God, and proved it by His teachings, prophecies, miracles, and above all by His Resurrection. He founded one Church, not many, and endowed His apostles with the power to consecrate the Eucharist, forgive sins, preach in…Continue Reading

Life Everlasting — Heaven

By DON FIER As we continue our examination of the teaching of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) on the Four Last Things — Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell — we recall from last week that at the exact instant man’s immortal soul separates from his body in death, it appears before Christ for the Particular Judgment. This definitive…Continue Reading

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Q. I understand that plenary indulgences are available during this Jubilee Year of Mercy if one passes through the “Holy Door of Mercy” in a Catholic cathedral and meets all the other conditions for an indulgence. But what if one has no opportunity to visit a cathedral? Can the plenary indulgence still be obtained? — P.D., via e-mail. A. Yes.…Continue Reading

Listening To Jesus

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Second Sunday In Lent (YR C) Readings: Gen. 15:-12, 17-18 Phil. 3:1-4:1 Luke 9:28b-36 In the Gospel reading today the apostles were blessed to hear the voice of God speaking about His Son. The first part of the statement, that Jesus is the Son of God, is pretty easy for us to handle. The second part…Continue Reading

The Year Of Consecrated Life Ends . . . Answering God’s Call And Proclaiming His Mercy

By MOST REV. LEO O’REILLY KILMORE, Ireland (ZENIT) — Bishop Leo O’Reilly of Kilmore gave this homily on Sunday, January 31 to mark the closing of the Year of Consecrated Life. The year ended February 2, the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, and the World Day of Consecrated Life. Bishop O’Reilly told consecrated persons that they have been…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Miguel Febres Cordero Munoz

By CAROLE BRESLIN There have been many saints born in Europe who came to the Americas to convert the natives and work among immigrants. These included St. Isaac Jogues, St. Frances Cabrini, and St. Damien of Molokai, to name a few. There were few saints who were born in the Americas and then went to Europe and died there far…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… Blessed Boleslava Maria Lament

By CAROLE BRESLIN The Catholic Church observes the Church Unity Octave from January 18 through January 25. For each day of the octave, we pray for a different form of unity. For example, on January 18, the intention is for the return of separated Eastern Christians to communion with the Holy See. Another day the intention is for the restoration…Continue Reading