October 2008

Update on Abortion and the Election

October 16, 2008

Can Catholics justify support for pro-abortion candidates? Weigel, Bishop Finn say No http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=794 In a Newsweek column on prominent Catholics supporters of Barack Obama, theologian George Weigel notes that the American bishops have become insistent on the political duties of Catholics. “It seems unlikely that the bishops, having found their voices after discovering the limits [...]

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US Bishop’s President on Abortions and Politics

October 14, 2008

Bp. Kicanas on Catholic pro-abortion politicians (provided by my Canon Lawyer friend Ed Peters): Bp. Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, now vice-president of the USCCB, gave an interview to the National Catholic Reporter’s John Allen on, among other things, the situation of pro-abortion Catholic politicians. While I hesitate to read too much into Kicanas’ answers (they [...]

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It’s Time for Some Campaigning – fun video on politics

October 13, 2008

There’s a lot of truth in this video. If you have a funny bone, prepare to laugh – at least a little bit :-)

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Mary’s House for Marie

October 11, 2008

Marie wanted to join us on this trip but her husband has cancer and she was unable to travel. She sent me an e-mail with a special request. Having a devotion to the Blessed Mary she asked me to take a picture of Mary’s House when we are in Ephesus — where the Blessed Mother [...]

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What My Grandpa Said about the Pope: A Story

October 10, 2008

What My Grandpa Said About The Pope: A Story My grandpa is a nice old gentleman, with gray hair, and gold spectacles, and very fond of his little grandson Billy—that’s me. Grandpa and I often go out to walk together, that is, on fine days, because on cloudy days he never goes out of the [...]

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Quotations on Mary, Ark of the New Covenant

October 9, 2008

Since we will be celebrating Mass tomorrow in Ephesus, at Mary’s House, I thought this would be appropriate. A while ago I compiled over 7 pages of quotations from the Fathers of the Church about Mary, the Ark of the New Covenant Here is a sample from the great St. Athanasius (c. 296-373) who defended [...]

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Women Priests, a Canon Lawyer Speaks

October 8, 2008

My friend and Canon Lawyer Ed Peters on a recent priest’s comment on Women’s Ordination: Fr. Theodore Hesburgh’s recent interview with the Wall Street Journal is getting some attention in the Catholic blogosphere, and it should: the WSJ article presents a casus classicus of how priestly ministry disappeared under the allure of social activism for [...]

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On a Ship with St. Paul

October 7, 2008

Well, not really, but we are on a ship following many of his travels. Right now we are plowing across the Mediterranean between Israel and Turkey. I stood on the deck of the ship last night after dark looking down at the waves. I imagined what it would be like to be in the middle [...]

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E-Priest on “Re-energizing Parishioners with Life-changing Pilgrimage

October 7, 2008

E-priest is the largest e-mail for priests across the country. In this e-letter they talk about energizing priests, parishes and young people. You can read the article here. Would you like to go on a pilgrimage for free? Consider organizing a pilgrimage with your parish or organization. Read Reenergize Parishioners with Life-Changing Pilgrimage, then contact Steve [...]

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Priestless Sundays and the Sunday Obligation

October 6, 2008

From Canon Lawyer Ed Peters: A news story out of the Diocese of Fairbanks in Alaska describes an upcoming “priestless Sunday” wherein priests will be away from their parishes to serve remote missions, leaving their parishioners without Sunday Mass that weekend. I can see arguments for and against this unusual action and I don’t think [...]

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For Homeschoolers Only!

October 6, 2008

We starting homeschooling our kids in the early 80′s when it was still illegal in Michigan. We moved to the country, bought an old farm house and laid low. We could have had our kids taken away but we fought the fight and they turned out all right! Now homeschooling is as popular as frappuccinos and double cheese pizzas. [...]

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Catholic Voters Guide – now on video

October 4, 2008
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Stunning Success of “Fireproof”

October 3, 2008

Review of the Christian movie that defends marriage in Hollywood. It came in fourth in the ratings even though it was only in 850 theatres. With traditional marriage on the rocks, this movie is a strong statement in defense of the God-given gift of marriage. Click here to read the review.

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Married Priests? How Could They Afford Wives?

October 3, 2008

 Even if priests did marry, how would they afford a wife with their meager salaries? Take a look at this comparison from a few years ago. Catholic priests are at the lowest rung of the salary scale compared with the Protestant denominations. I ask about affording a wife with tongue in cheek, but there is [...]

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In Preparation for the Biden-Palin Debate

October 2, 2008

Tonight Joe Biden, the so-called “Catholic” Democratic candidate for vice president will be debating the Evangelical Republican candidate Sarah Palin. To better understand Biden and the problems with his Catholicism, read the Supreme Knight of Columbus’ Letter to Biden. I hope Biden will read it and take it to hear.

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Is Mormonism Christian?

October 2, 2008

The simple answer is NO! Not even close to Christian. To start a new religion by stealing the terminology from an established religion and then redefining the words does not make the new religion the same as the religion they cannibalized. Mormonism’s theology is strange, completely new and foreign to early Christianity. They never tell [...]

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