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Friday, December 25, 2020

The scandalous, glorious point of Christmas


The scandalous, glorious point of Christmas

By Carl E. Olson on Dec 24, 2020 04:00 pm
“There has fallen on earth for a token A god too great for the sky. He has burst out of all things and broken The bounds of eternity: Into time and the terminal land…” In [...]
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The Christmas Question: What Child is This?

By Fr. Charles Fox on Dec 24, 2020 03:00 pm
Every person’s life involves a story and a mystery. One of the reasons Christmas is such a poignant holiday for all, young and old alike, is that Christmas involves both a story and a mystery. [...]
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Property rights are fundamental to supporting religious freedom

By Kevin Schmiesing on Dec 24, 2020 01:57 pm
Government-imposed public health measures during the COVID pandemic have ignited a new round of church-state conflict, whose resolution—or lack thereof—will resonate long after the coronavirus crisis has passed. These legal clashes have for the most [...]
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What Is “The Nativity”?

By James V. Schall, S.J. on Dec 24, 2020 01:00 am
“What is?” questions are of particular significance. When we see or hear of something before us or of something happening, we want to know what it is. We are not satisfied until we find out. [...]
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Singing through Advent, Part Five: Gloria in excelsis Deo!

By Peter M.J. Stravinskas on Dec 23, 2020 06:33 pm
Gloria in excelsis Deo et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis. Laudamus te, benedicimus te,adoramus te, glorificamus te, gratias agimus tibi propter magnam gloriam tuam, Domine Deus, Rex caelestis, Deus Pater omnipotens. Domine Fili unigenite, [...]
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What the Magi teach us

By George Weigel on Dec 23, 2020 03:01 am
Among the tenured professorial skeptics, few Gospel episodes have been sliced, diced, and tossed to the dissecting room floor as “mythology” more often than the story of the Magi: the “wise men from the East [...]
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Exposing the seductive, false anthropology of the culture of death

By Carl R. Trueman on Dec 23, 2020 01:51 am
I have often commented to my students that the fact that an idea is self-evident nonsense will not keep large numbers of people from believing it and sometimes doing countless damage thereby. The past century [...]
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Archbishop Naumann: Covid vaccine morally licit, but not obligatory

By Catholic News Agency on Dec 22, 2020 11:25 pm
Washington D.C., Dec 22, 2020 / 05:48 pm (CNA).- Catholics are not morally obliged to take the coronavirus vaccine and should appeal to the Holy Spirit for wisdom, Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City in [...]
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Christmas Trees: Christian symbolism and development of the custom

By Dave Armstrong on Dec 22, 2020 02:55 pm
It appears that virtually all who look into the origin and Christian symbolism of Christmas trees trace the first overt example to St. Boniface (bet. 672-679 to 745 or 755). The story he is most [...]
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Opinion: The Limits of Law and Obedience

By John Paul Meenan on Dec 22, 2020 02:35 am
Obedience is not necessarily a virtue. It did not excuse the Nazis at Nuremberg, who were just ‘following orders’. Just as Serviam has its exceptions and nuances, so too Non Serviam can be firmly stated [...]
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The Nativity scene in Italy displaying the biblical story of salvation

By Paolo Fucili on Dec 21, 2020 09:30 pm
St. Francis of Assisi’s words: “I want to stage the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem to show the wonders of the Spirit through the eyes of the body,” have struck a chord with Italian priest, [...]
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Pope Francis urges Roman Curia to confront the ‘ecclesial crisis’

By Catholic News Agency on Dec 21, 2020 11:30 am
Vatican City, Dec 21, 2020 / 07:00 am (CNA).- Pope Francis urged the Roman Curia Monday not to view the Church in terms of conflict, but to see the current “ecclesial crisis” as a call [...]
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Ecumenism, triumphalism, and conscience

By Eduardo Echeverria on Dec 21, 2020 01:00 am
In The Bishop and Christian Unity, the December 4, 2020 document from the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, the question addressed briefly regards the following issue: “Changing ecclesial affiliation as an ecumenical challenge and [...]
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Opinion: All are (maybe) welcome

By Amy Welborn on Dec 20, 2020 05:35 pm
So my oldest landed in his former town of Atlanta this morning and tried to go to Mass. Good luck with that. No entrance without a ticket, and even then you had to be there [...]
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The significance of the Diocese of Brooklyn case in fighting restrictions

By Deborah Castellano Lubov on Dec 20, 2020 01:21 am
In this interview with Catholic World Report, attorney Randy Mastro discusses the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of the right to religious freedom in the case presented by the Diocese of Brooklyn, demonstrating religions were [...]
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Catholic archbishop: ‘The Church in France is jostled from many sides’

By Catholic News Agency on Dec 19, 2020 03:07 pm
CNA Staff, Dec 19, 2020 / 06:00 am (CNA).- The Church in France is under pressure, according to the president of the French Catholic bishops’ conference. But for Archbishop Éric de Moulins-Beaufort, that is no [...]
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Early voting and this election season have raised important questions for Catholics

By Ronald L. Jelinek, Ph.D. on Dec 19, 2020 12:52 pm
Finding broader meaning in election results is the political commentator’s raison d’être. This election has already produced a host of conflicting interpretations. Some of which are quite depressing. We won’t go there. After all, the [...]
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Hail, Mary! Tabernacle of God and the Word!

By Carl E. Olson on Dec 19, 2020 02:55 am
On the Readings for Sunday, December 24, 2017, the Fourth Sunday of Advent [...]
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A World Alive: How Tolkien transformed England-as-Elfland into Middle-earth

By Sandra Miesel on Dec 19, 2020 01:30 am
Middle-earth is almost as vivid a character in J.R.R. Tolkien’s work as any sentient being who walks upon it. Its finely detailed vistas read like descriptions of actual places. The believability of the setting invites [...]
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Czech cardinal: Coronavirus crisis is drawing people to the Catholic Church

By Catholic News Agency on Dec 18, 2020 02:41 pm
CNA Staff, Dec 18, 2020 / 12:00 pm (CNA).- The coronavirus pandemic has inspired many people in the Czech Republic to rediscover the Catholic Church, according to Cardinal Dominik Duka. In an email interview with [...]
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The culture wars continue apace

By Russell Shaw on Dec 18, 2020 12:02 pm
Just because it’s the Christmas season is no reason to pause the culture war. And here to celebrate peace and good will in its own peculiar fashion is the Secular Democrats of America PAC, with [...]
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