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USCCB President, Other Religious Leaders . . . Urge Congress To Protect Religious Freedom Restoration Act

July 7, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A coalition of leaders of diverse U.S. religious denominations and faiths, including Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, announced July 1 that they “are united in [their] staunch support” for protecting the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which passed with nearly unanimous bipartisan support in 1993. In the wake of the Supreme Court’s June 30 ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby, the Freedom From Religion Foundation called for the repeal of the RFRA, which was the basis for the ruling. The religious coalition sent a letter to congressional leadership June 30 asking that they “not amend or repeal RFRA, one of our nation’s most vital legal protections for…Continue Reading

How Do You Solve A Problem Like This Sister?

July 6, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By REY FLORES As soon as the Hobby Lobby decision was handed down last week at the Supreme Court of the United States, our dear old friend Sr. Donna Quinn must have been crying alligator tears. The poor sister has been fighting for the rights of women to keep being exploited by contraceptive drugs and for their right to abort their babies for decades now. Much has been said and written about Sr. Donna and with good reason. Sr. Donna is the ultimate example of dissidence. In her own words in a 2002 interview, she implied that even she could do a better job than God when it comes to death itself: “I think death is the first and most…Continue Reading

A Book Review… Henry VIII’s Catholic Polemic Revisited

July 5, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off
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By FRANCIS PHILLIPS Henry VIII: Defence of the Seven Sacraments. Edited and supplemented by Raymond de Souza; St. Gabriel Communications International. $33.00, including postage and handling; order from Sacred Heart Institute, Inc., P.O. Box 41, Winona, MN 55987. Raymond de Souza, founder of St. Gabriel Communications, has set himself a high-minded goal in publishing this book: to help to restore the Catholic faith in England, tragically lost at the Reformation 450 years ago. For this purpose he has issued a handsome new millennium edition of this historic work to make it more available to a new readership, lay as well as academic. De Souza rightly sees the Reformation as the first major blow in the weakening of Christianity in Europe.…Continue Reading

Prayer As Reversed Thunder

July 4, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By DONALD DeMARCO George Herbert (1593-1633) is one of those rare human beings who combined both scholarship and artistry with personal sanctity. In his three years of ministry as a clergyman, he preached and prayed, visited the poor, consoled the sick, and sat by the bed of the dying — administering true pastoral care to the privileged and the plowman alike. He rebuilt his church out of his own pocket. Unfortunately, consumption cut his life short. His reputation as a major poet rests solely on a single volume that was published shortly after his death by a friend to whom it had been left. In his poem, Prayer (1), he makes the thought-provoking remark that prayer is “reversed thunder.” For…Continue Reading

But Not A Bat… You Can Kill A Baby In The Womb

July 3, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off
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By FR. MARVIN DEUTSCH One day when I was giving a retreat in Minnesota, a lady came up to me with a problem. She said she had bats in her attic and didn’t know how to get rid of them. I suggested that she put a cat up there who would make short work of the bats. She said it was against the law because in Scott County bats are a protected species. She said they eat mosquitoes. But, I told her, the bats have no business in your attic. She finally hired a man to watch where the bats went out at dusk and then stuff up the holes so they could not get back. And so I made…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101… “Can You Be Pro-Life And Support Capital Punishment?”

July 2, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By BRIAN CLOWES (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For an electronic copy of all Culture of Life 101 articles so far with footnotes, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) +    +    + “If the deliberate extinguishment of human life has any effect at all, it more likely tends to lower our respect for life and brutalize our values” — Supreme Court Justice William Brennan, architect of Roe v. Wade, on capital punishment. +    +    + Pro-abortionists sometimes link the issues of abortion and capital punishment in their debates, literature, and propaganda campaigns. Their goal is to try to make pro-life activists look inconsistent because we allegedly support the death penalty…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . Becoming A Domestic Church

July 1, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By MITCHELL KALPAKGIAN The Little Oratory, by David Clayton and Leila Marie Lawler (Sophia Institute Press: Manchester, NH 2014), 186 pp. $19.95. Available through www.SophiaInstitute.com; 1-800-888-9344. While everyone knows the difference between a house and a home, not everyone recognizes the difference between a home and a “domestic church.” Because the Christian faith affects all of life and needs to be lived at home and at work as well as on Sundays in church, the life of Catholic faith grows through a special place in the home the authors define as a “little oratory” or sacred space — a prayer table resembling a home altar adorned with icons, pictures of saints, holy cards, Bible, prayer book, candles, and beautiful tablecloth…Continue Reading

David Brat: Calvinist Catholic Libertarian

June 30, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK I don’t like admitting this in public; I like to think of myself as someone who keeps himself informed on the political issues of the day. But I never heard of David Brat before he defeated Eric Cantor in Virginia’s Seventh Congressional District Republican primary on June 10. I thought Cantor was a shoo-in, so I never spent time reading about the campaign in Virginia. To make up for my oversight, I have been racing to find out as much about Brat as I can. One thing I discovered I found especially intriguing. Brat, an economics professor at Randolph-Macon College in Virginia, identifies himself as a “Calvinist Catholic libertarian.” We owe it to ourselves to examine…Continue Reading

The Devil Ain’t Lazy

June 29, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By REY FLORES “Welcome to the jungle, we’ve got fun and games. We got everything you want, honey, we know the names. We are the people that can find whatever you may need. If you got the money, honey, we got your disease.” That above set of lyrics is from the 1987 song Welcome to the Jungle from the now-defunct rock band Guns N’ Roses. The song is an ode to hard living in the big city and it also conjures up visions of the serpent in the Garden of Eden. Perhaps you’ve had someone ask you, “What’s your poison?” when offering to buy you a drink. Well — what is your poison? We all have one; don’t we? Is…Continue Reading

Is There Still A Particular Judgment?

June 28, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES LIKOUDIS Yes, in answer to the above question, there is. But silence regarding this dogma from all too many pulpits together with funeral Masses that focus on celebrating the life of the deceased and are replete with eulogies (amounting to instant canonization) have tended to make the Particular Judgment disappear from the mental horizon of many Catholics who, steeped in sin, sit comfortably in the pews of their parishes, forgetful of the “hard sayings” of Christ regarding eschatology. Eschatology is the area of doctrine and theology that deals with the “Last Things” (the “eschata”): death, judgment, Purgatory, Heaven, and Hell. The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches as an article of Catholic faith that “the New Testament…repeatedly affirms…Continue Reading