Catherine Bauer

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Vatican releases survey on faith and doctrine: world says Church is now democracy

The Vatican just released a survey asking for parish-level input on next year's Synod on Faith and Family. The questionnaire has been sent to all Catholic parishes; England has already set up a website where Catholics can complete the form. It is 38 questions long and includes a preamble detailing the Church's official position on each subject. The reader is meant to answer the questions according to how they understand and live the teachings. Despite what most "news" sites are claiming, Pope ... (Continue reading)

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When virginity is no good

“Twenty may sound early to get married, but tell that to the girl who had her knees locked since puberty and the boy who spent years trying to convince her that just the tip didn’t count.” The above line is from an article by freelance writer Jessica Ciencen Henriquez called "My Virginity Mistake." Before I go any further, read it. Go ahead. I’ll wait. Jessica’s thesis is that her choice to remain a virgin was a colossal mistake; that if she had ... (Continue reading)

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Homophobia: Or, why gays are like spiders.

In my search for an apartment in LA, I came across a Craigslist posting for two people looking for a third roommate. In their rather lengthy advertisement, they mentioned—in bold caps—NO HOMOPHOBES. First of all, this displays a disgraceful lack of sensitivity towards someone's mental issues. Phobias are serious. Phobics deserve respect. Would they have written NO ACROPHOBES? Second of all, this violates the Craigslist discrimination clause. What other phobias do they discriminate against? If I told them I disagree  with the ... (Continue reading)

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Abuse. Blasphemy. Communion in the hand?

"I'm heartbroken to announce that last week, we discovered a crushed consecrated Host beneath one of the kneelers," the pastor of a small yet devout Californian parish says. He pauses for a moment before he goes on, his voice choked by just indignation and sadness: "This is God, people. God." Then he drops the bomb. "I'm writing to Pope Francis to do away with the practice of Communion in the hand altogether. I believe most of the abuses and blasphemies ... (Continue reading)

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Education: the root of heroism.

"Education" may not be the first word that comes to mind if you are asked what causes heroism, but it's an interesting idea. Today many people believe “heroes” are musicians, entertainers, athletes, or actors. However, a “hero,” in the true sense of the word, is one who steps out of the ordinary with courage, resolution, and selflessness. And Our Lord revealed through His teachings and example the ultimate essence of heroism, so those who are educated in Christian principles become ... (Continue reading)

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A.J. Cronin: Take a look

I thoroughly enjoy books which give great insight to the inner workings of man's character and soul while being breathtakingly eloquent. Character-driven, the substance of my preferred novels are usually heavy with tight-lipped drama and caged passion which cannot seem to break its chains, and usually span years and decades in their timelines. Reading, for me (and I would hope for everyone) is not just a form of entertainment by which one passes time: it is the stepping into worlds; ... (Continue reading)

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Fake it till you make it.

Discouragement has to be one of the most debilitating feelings. It's not so much depressing as it is zapping of any kind of energy that you had to pursue your goal. It can come in many forms: your plans are foiled, the promotion at work did not come, or you feel as if everything you do doesn't quite work out. There is also discouragement in prayer: you pray and pray and pray and nothing seems to happen; you feel as ... (Continue reading)

Love, and do what you will

I've been reading the Myers-Briggs personality profiles, assessing my personality, hoping that somewhere in the pages and pages of internet sources I will find the key to my success. I've learned a lot about myself—insomuch as I recognized traits and tendencies that I wasn't able to put into words before. I've also learned what my weaknesses are and what internet gurus suggest I do to work through them. And what is my greatest weakness? I lack follow-through. I always have. Not ... (Continue reading)

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Catholic marriage: you’re worth it.

A few days ago, one of my fellow bloggers posted an article entitled, “Marry that virtuous Atheist!” I respect Mary’s opinion—but I think she is dead wrong. And my reasons are based on Church teaching and logic. The belief that you can marry an atheist and be happy is based on hope—hope that your atheist spouse will eventually convert and espouse your faith. This is true and it can happen; anything is possible with God and with prayer. St. Monica ... (Continue reading)

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Oh…bama

Oh...bama

Last night a well known—and well loved—celebrity retweeted the comment, "The two rape guys lost." I can accept that people have different political views. Even when the answer seems so obvious: I can accept that people do not see it. What I can't accept is the kind of ignorance and offensiveness that lets you say, "The two rape guys lost." This is where the discussion is? Calling republicans ... (Continue reading)

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