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Of True Feminism, Early Martyrs and Thomas Aquinas

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The paradoxes continue in our modern era, not least of which is that concerning 'gender' and feminism, with two stories that come to mind: First, there is the sad and tragic Emma Watson, the child star of the Harry Potter series, Hermione, now all grown up, flashing her, ahem, bosom in a rather seductive way (what word does one use?) on the front cover of Vanity Fair. Ms. Watson, who last year hung out and went on a scooter ride with ... (Continue reading)

The Big Bang and Creation

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  By John Paul Meenan   Caeli enarrant gloriam Dei... (Ps. 19)   The Church has always held that the universe was created by God, coming into being at a certain point 'in time', a dogma clarified at the Fourth Lateran Council in 1215. God…creator of all visible and invisible things, of the spiritual and of the corporal; who by His own omnipotent power at once from the beginning of time created each creature from nothing, spiritual and corporal, namely, angelic and mundane, and finally the human, constituted ... (Continue reading)

Sloth and the Vagabond Mind

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(by Father Scott Murray)   A few days ago, I joined a high school class discussing ‘digital footprints’. The teacher asked them to list some ‘cons’ of social media. My group wrote a couple things about privacy and creeps, which are legitimate concerns, but nothing about wasting time. I said to them, “Do you ever waste time on social media?” One girl gave me a confused look, as to say, “Waste time, impossible!” “Really, you’ve never wasted time on social media?” I responded. ... (Continue reading)

Catholic Teaching: Counter-Cultural and Necessary

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(by John Baldino) Many of the teachings, traditions and practices of the Catholic Church are in contrast to the beliefs, habits and norms of modern American society. The Church’s teachings are rooted in sacred scripture, philosophy, and theology developed over the past 2000 years. While these teachings have evolved with science and society, many of those who oppose and/or disagree with the Church’s ideology still believe its teachings to be antiquated and out-of-touch with the changing modern world. In order to understand ... (Continue reading)

The Shadow State and the Rule of Law

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Donald Trump and his team are complaining of being stymied in his presidential efforts, to which I will return in a moment.  Whatever one thinks of any leader's policies and orders, it is probably a good thing that neither a president nor a prime minister, nor even a king, can do whatever they want, a la Machiavelli's Prince, whether we like them or not.  That was the central point of the 13th century Magna Carta, wherein the monarch's power would be ... (Continue reading)

Amoris Laetitia, Mortal and Grave Sin

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A rather stark and sobering teaching of the Church is that everyone of adult age on the face of this good Earth, and that means all who can discern between good and evil (which occurs sometime soon after the dawn of reason), is either in a state of grace or in a state of mortal sin, which means that should we all die this instant by some cataclysmic disaster, each one of us would go either to hell or to ... (Continue reading)

The Tower of Babel

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Today, in the liturgical readings for Mass, we read the mysterious and anthropomorphic story of the Tower of Babel, when God foiled Man's attempt to build a structure all the way to heaven, by diversifying their languages.  Pope Benedict back in this homily from 2012 understood the story in its spiritual dimension, the solution to which was the spiritual, unifying power of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.  In other words, it is the Church that unites, and sin which ... (Continue reading)

Motion M103 and the Perilous Ambiguity of ‘Islamophobia’

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Tomorrow, our noble Parliament will vote on Motion M103, which is a motion to get into a motion laws forbidding 'Islamaphobia'.  Said Motion is put forward by Iqra Khalid, a native of Pakistan.  I know not her motives, but other commentators are wondering, why Islam? There are far more reported 'hate crimes' against Jews. But, anon. Here is the text of the motion, for your perusal: Text of the Motion That, in the opinion of the House, the government should: recognize the need ... (Continue reading)

Life’s Purpose

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On this feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, and the World Day of Prayer for the Sick, here is a gem from our archives, that all lives, no matter how small or suffering, has a purpose in God's providential plan.  His ways are not our ways, and what is wise or great amongst Men may not be so before God. (Editor). "Every night when I go to bed I ask God to not wake me up anymore," she confided. I studied her ... (Continue reading)

Reading St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans

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  The letter of St. Paul to the Romans uses the same basic structure found in his other letters. It features one important aspect of the mystery of Christ (chapters 5-11) and brings out its implications for Christian life, morality, and spirituality. In this case, the focus is on Christ as enacting the new and eternal covenant in His blood. The early parts of Romans (chapters 1-4) show our desperate need for Christ while the final portions (chapter 12-16) set forth ... (Continue reading)

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