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Catholic Morality: Some Helpful Definitions

October 7, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Catholic Morality: Some Helpful Definitions

By DONALD DeMARCO In the interest of clarity, it is necessary to define what we mean by the words “Catholic” and “morality.” “Catholic” is used in two different senses. The first is what we may call the “sociological” meaning that conceptualizes “Catholic” in terms of how Catholics behave. In this sense, Catholics who are living their faith and those who are not are mixed together. “Catholic” becomes an umbrella term that applies to any Catholic who calls himself a Catholic. Here, practice is separated from any unifying standard. The second meaning, which is the proper one, views Catholics as those who are living their faith and abiding by the teachings the Church has honored throughout her history. A Catholic, then,…Continue Reading

New Ordinations In Finland… This Country Shows Remarkable Catholic Growth

October 6, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on New Ordinations In Finland… This Country Shows Remarkable Catholic Growth

By ALBERTO CAROSA HELSINKI, Finland — August and September are bound to go down in history of Catholic Finland as two important months for the growth of the Catholic community in this Nordic country, with probably one of the fastest growing local churches, both in terms of conversions and of vocations. On August 11, Tuomas Nyyssola was ordained as the ninth native priest since the Reformation in the ancient and imposing church of St. Lawrence in Lohja, about an hour’s drive east of Helsinki. Over 600 Catholic and non-Catholic attendees witnessed his Ordination. The Ordination liturgy was graced by the presence, in the first pew, of a number of representatives of the Order of the Most Holy Savior of St.…Continue Reading

HHS Stops Funds For Aborted Baby Parts

October 5, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on HHS Stops Funds For Aborted Baby Parts

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has terminated the contract between the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Advanced Bioscience Resources (ABR), which would have used taxpayer dollars to fund the use of aborted fetal tissue for research, according to a September 25 report from Liberty Counsel. National and state pro-life leaders recently sent a letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar urging the government to end the taxpayer-funded use of aborted fetal tissue for research. The letter read, in part: “We were shocked and dismayed at the news report that the FDA has signed a contract to purchase ‘fresh’ aborted fetal organs from ABR, for the purpose of creating humanized mice with human immune…Continue Reading

Romanitas, Wheat And Tares, Holy Russia

October 4, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Romanitas, Wheat And Tares, Holy Russia

By GEORGE A. KENDALL One of the things likely to be an obstacle to the reform of the Church (something which needs to be done yesterday) is a subculture that reigns supreme in the Vatican and is known as Romanitas. From what I am told, one of Romanitas’ principal effects on behavior has been a whole pattern of speech and communication where clear, straightforward speech is carefully avoided and would, indeed, be regarded as a serious breach of etiquette were someone so rash as to engage in it (something like the academic world, actually). It creates an atmosphere where people talk around and around something without ever clearly specifying what the something might be (think of Dickens’ Circumlocution Office), where…Continue Reading

A Movie Review . . . Gosnell: A Terrific Film About A Horrific Man

October 3, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on A Movie Review . . . Gosnell: A Terrific Film About A Horrific Man

By REY FLORES Based on the true story of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, the movie Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer takes audiences behind the scenes of the investigation and trial of the man who deserves his title. Gosnell is not only a terrific film about a horrific man: It’s also a testament to all of the hard work the entire pro-life movement has done since even before Roe v. Wade became the law of the land in 1973. The mere fact that this film was completed and is about to be released on October 12 nationwide is a miracle in and of itself. It’s a miracle because of the difficulties encountered by filmmakers, now working on the under…Continue Reading

A Report On Progress

October 2, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on A Report On Progress

By DONALD DeMARCO I was addressing a group of high school students on a Toronto TV program. One of the students voiced his complaint that I was making reference to old dead guys of the past. It was a complaint that I had heard too many times. I saw it as indicating youth’s enthusiasm for progress and disdain for the past. I had mentioned, among others, Martin Buber. Should we relegate this fine theologian/philosopher to oblivion? Is he no longer relevant? His notion of “I-Thou” has been refined, amplified, and applied to the fields of psychology and philosophy. It is a handy way of remembering that our whole being is involved in the “I-Thou” relationship whereas the “I-It” relationship involves…Continue Reading

In Print And Onscreen . . . Honoring The Life Of A Solidarity Priest

October 1, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on In Print And Onscreen . . . Honoring The Life Of A Solidarity Priest

By MICHAEL J. MILLER (Editor’s Note: Michael J. Miller translated Blessed Jerzy Popieluszko: Truth Versus Totalitarianism for Ignatius Press.) + + + It is difficult to write a good literary life of a saint. A dry recital of the facts captures neither character nor motives and makes as much of an impression as a plaster statue on a pedestal. Sanctity is a love story, but the Protagonist is invisible, known only indirectly through the effects of grace on a frail human being. Cinematic lives of saints are vivid but usually do not avoid the pitfalls of sentimentality and empty pageantry. Most biopics of holy men view them through the lens of contemporary preoccupations and quickly become dated. Even an outstanding…Continue Reading

Protestant Leaders Petition Beijing To Stop Persecuting Christians

September 30, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Protestant Leaders Petition Beijing To Stop Persecuting Christians

BEIJING (AsiaNews) — A mid-September petition signed by 297 Protestant Church leaders from 21 provinces and autonomous regions calls on the government to stop its “violent actions” against Christians and to accept the separation of state and Church. By signing such a statement, the clergymen are denouncing new religious regulations that have recently come into force and which have put greater pressure on Chinese churches, leading to acts of violence not seen in decades. The petition notes: “In September 2017, the State Council issued the new ‘Regulations on the Administration of Religious Affairs’ and began implementing these regulations in February 2018. Ever since then, Christian churches across China have suffered varying degrees of persecution, contempt, and misunderstanding from government departments…Continue Reading

Sacred Music: A Marriage Of Beauty To Reverence

September 29, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Sacred Music: A Marriage Of Beauty To Reverence

By JAMES MONTI Dietrich von Hildebrand (1889-1977) was wont to cite an observation from Plato’s Phaedrus: “The vision of the beautiful, as Plato says, causes the soul ‘to grow wings’ ” (Transformation in Christ, Manchester, NH, Sophia Institute Press, 1998, p. 231). In the context of the sacred liturgy, such a winged ascent to “the things that are above” (Col. 3:1) can only be made with reverence. Without reverence the soul cannot become airborne, without reverence it cannot ascend to what is above. In a recent conversation, Dr. Alice von Hildebrand proposed to me the following definition for sacred music: sacred music is “beauty married to reverence.” How is this so? To begin with, the beauty of a genuine work…Continue Reading

San Diego Catholic Says … Homeless Show More Interest In Evangelization Than The Better Off

September 28, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on San Diego Catholic Says … Homeless Show More Interest In Evangelization Than The Better Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN SAN DIEGO – Homeless people are more open to recognizing their need for God than members of the general public are, a director of a Catholic street ministry of evangelization told The Wanderer as he took a break from his job as a patent attorney downtown. Steve Beuerle, 48, central San Diego Director of St. Paul Street Evangelization, said he can hand out more religious objects in a short time where the homeless congregate than at popular locations here where people don’t have such material want, such as a famous local park or a historic sailing ship that became a maritime museum on San Diego Bay. “I can distribute more Miraculous Medals and rosaries in 20 minutes…Continue Reading