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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Logos, Shepherd, and Only King of All Creation

Singing through Advent: Part One

By Peter M.J. Stravinskas on Nov 26, 2020 06:00 pm
“Beauty will save the world,” says’s Dostoevsky’s Idiot. We need beauty. The preeminent theologian of beauty, we might say, was Hans Urs Von Balthasar, who rhapsodized on this notion thus: Beauty is the last thing which [...]
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Supreme Court overturns NY church restrictions, Brooklyn bishop says religion ‘essential’ during pandemic

By Catholic News Agency on Nov 26, 2020 04:33 pm
CNA Staff, Nov 26, 2020 / 01:23 pm (CNA).- The Supreme Court said Wednesday night that NY state restrictions  during the coronavirus pandemic are a violation of the First Amendment’s protection of free religious exercise. [...]
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Thanksgiving with the Saints

By Joseph Pearce on Nov 26, 2020 02:43 am
It is of course right and proper to keep Christ in Christmas, but can it be right and proper to introduce the saints into Thanksgiving? Isn’t Thanksgiving a secular holiday, as oxymoronic as that might [...]
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New history of Catholics in the United States full of scholarship, insight, humor

By Bradley J. Birzer on Nov 25, 2020 07:14 pm
Dr. Kevin Starr (1940-2017) was an amazingly prolific, talented, and innovative historian. His books on California, especially the five-volume California Dream series, which he completed while he was California State Historian, remain models of true [...]
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Kentucky dioceses keep Masses open despite governor’s request

By Catholic News Agency on Nov 25, 2020 06:54 pm
CNA Staff, Nov 25, 2020 / 03:00 pm (CNA).- Kentucky’s four Catholic dioceses will not suspend public Masses despite the governor’s request that religious services be held online only until December 13. Gov. Andy Beshear [...]
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It is bleak in weird London—but there are chinks of light

By Joanna Bogle on Nov 25, 2020 05:09 pm
At London’s Waterloo station the announcements have a ritual lilt: “You must wear a face-covering unless you are exempt…stay safe…social distancing…” I am inadvertently reminded of a scene from a film about St John Paul [..]
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Thanksgiving and the paradox of death

By George Weigel on Nov 25, 2020 03:01 am
The juxtaposition of Thanksgiving with the Church’s annual month of prayer for the dead hadn’t previously struck me with force; that it did this year has something to do, I expect, with my late sister-in-law, [...]
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Christ Child at the capitol

By Joseph M. Hanneman on Nov 24, 2020 08:52 pm
Nearly two-thirds of state capitol buildings in the United States will display a Nativity crèche this Christmas season, a nearly 50 percent increase in just two years under a partnership between American Nativity Scene and [...]
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Analysis: Archbishop Gregory says he won’t deny Biden communion. How will Catholics respond?

By Catholic News Agency on Nov 24, 2020 08:36 pm
Denver Newsroom, Nov 24, 2020 / 04:25 pm (CNA).- Washington’s archbishop, who will be made a cardinal this weekend, told a journalist Tuesday that in his diocese, he will not deny Holy Communion to a [...]
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Horror begets horror

By Nick Olszyk on Nov 24, 2020 07:32 pm
Netflix, 2020 MPAA Rating: TV-14 USCCB Rating: NR Reel Rating: 3 out of 5 reels (Disclaimer: The following review contains spoilers.) There is no greater trauma in this world than the death of a child. [...]
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Chinese Patriotic Association announces ordination of new bishop

By Catholic News Agency on Nov 24, 2020 11:14 am
CNA Staff, Nov 24, 2020 / 08:00 am (CNA).- The Chinese Patriotic Association announced Monday the ordination of a new bishop of Qingdao. The episcopal ordination of Thomas Chen Tianhao,
陈天浩, took place on Nov. [...]
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Giving a damn (about work, life, and faith)

By Father Jerry J. Pokorsky on Nov 24, 2020 01:55 am
Remove modern cultural sentimental accretions from the Catholic faith, and a muscular Church Militant emerges from the Catholic tradition. We are in an epic, life-long battle for the salvation of souls. Hence, military metaphors are [...]
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What kind of relationship? On the “one”, the “many”, and things in the world

By Dr. Randall B. Smith on Nov 24, 2020 12:12 am
Editor’s note: This is Part 1 of a two-part essay. Should we consider “relation” a transcendental property of Being? That may seem an odd question. The transcendental properties of Being are those that belong to [...]
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Vancouver archbishop criticizes pandemic restrictions on Masses

By Catholic News Agency on Nov 23, 2020 11:59 pm
CNA Staff, Nov 23, 2020 / 08:00 pm (CNA).- Archbishop Michael Miller of Vancouver expressed disappointment with the government’s decision to ban religious services as part of a plan to curb the pandemic in British [...]
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“Axe-grinding and message spoil what you make”: An interview with Marly Youmans

By Carl E. Olson on Nov 22, 2020 09:41 pm
Novelist, poet, and story-teller extraordinaire Marly Youmans, author of fifteen books, has been described as “the best-kept secret among contemporary American writers” and “a novelist and poet out of sync with the times but in [...]
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“Thy Kingdom Come!”: Christ the King reigns in consciences

By Douglas Bushman on Nov 21, 2020 08:50 pm
That Jesus taught His disciples to pray for the coming of the kingdom (Mt 6:9–13; Lk 11:2–4) long before they could fully understand its true nature has long intrigued me. Clearly, Jesus intends to lead [...]
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McCarrick’s modus operandi: deceit, division, diversion, and discouragement

By Ines Angeli Murzaku on Nov 21, 2020 08:14 pm
How did Theodore McCarrick make it to the helm, becoming a leading bishop and a prince of the Church? His journey and thirst for positions, power, and ambition is quite remarkable: from his 1977 appointment [...]
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The McCarrick Report: A timeline

By Catholic News Agency on Nov 21, 2020 12:55 pm
CNA Staff, Nov 21, 2020 / 03:22 am (CNA).- The following is a timeline of important dates from the McCarrick Report. Published by the Vatican Nov. 10, the report examines the “institutional knowledge and decision-making” [...]
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The God Question Revisited

By Jack Gist on Nov 21, 2020 02:18 am
Walker Percy’s father committed suicide when Walker was a teenager. After his mother drove her car off a Louisiana bridge, he was raised by an agnostic first-cousin. Such experiences have driven many a young soul [...]
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Christ the Foolish King

By Stephen G. Adubato on Nov 21, 2020 02:10 am
The Gospel reading for the Solemnity of Christ, King of the Universe calls to mind Nietzsche’s critique of the foolishness of Christianity and its Founder: When we hear the ancient bells growling on a Sunday [...]
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Jesus Christ: Logos, Shepherd, and Only King of All Creation

By Carl E. Olson on Nov 20, 2020 03:30 pm
On the Readings for Sunday, November 26, 2017, The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe [...]
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