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Friday, March 26, 2021

Good news after a very bad year

New book explores the surprising—and often ecumenical—reality of deification

By Dr. Adam A. J. DeVille on Mar 26, 2021 02:50 am
Jared Ortiz is Associate Professor of Religion at Hope College and founder and executive director of the Saint Benedict Institute. He is the author of You Made Us for Yourself: Creation in St Augustine’s Confessions (Fortress Press, [...]
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Yes, Pope Francis was involved in the CDF’s document on same-sex blessings

By Catholic News Agency on Mar 26, 2021 01:12 am
Vatican City, Mar 25, 2021 / 07:19 pm (CNA).- Following a Vatican clarification that the Church cannot bless same-sex unions, some media outlets have speculated about Pope Francis’ involvement – or lack thereof – in [...]
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The future is here for Catholics in America

By Russell Shaw on Mar 25, 2021 11:21 am
Eight years ago I published a book called American Church. The subtitle explained what it was about: “The Remarkable Rise, Meteoric Fall, and Uncertain Future of Catholicism in America.” Now the future is here. That [...]
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Joseph Ratzinger: The Mystery of the Annunciation is the Mystery of Grace

By CWR Staff on Mar 25, 2021 09:00 am
From Dogma und Verkundigung, quoted in Co-Workers of the Truth: Meditations for Every Day of the Year (Ignatius Press, 1992): The mystery of the annunciation to Mary is not just a mystery of silence. It [...]
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Dante and the glory of God in man

By Fr. Charles Fox on Mar 25, 2021 01:29 am
The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri (c 1265-1321), who died 700 years ago this year, takes the poet on an epic journey from earth to the utter depths of hell, on a long climb up [...]
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What an upcoming appointment will tell us about Vatican financial reform

By Catholic News Agency on Mar 24, 2021 05:18 pm
Vatican City, Mar 24, 2021 / 12:00 pm (CNA).- The Vatican’s financial watchdog will soon get a new director responsible for its supervision unit. Carmelo Barbagallo, president of the Vatican Supervisory and Financial Information Authority [...]
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Why Saint Joseph now?

By Dawn Beutner on Mar 24, 2021 03:37 pm
Many Catholic writers have been explaining, examining, and encouraging devotion to Saint Joseph ever since Pope Francis declared a “Year of Saint Joseph” in December of 2020. As the March 19th annual solemnity in honor [...]
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Good news after a very bad year

By George Weigel on Mar 24, 2021 09:00 am
There is no need to belabor the awfulness of the year of lockdowns, shutdowns, and other downers that began in mid-March 2020. Among the failures that will bear serious scrutiny going forward are those of [...]
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Wisconsin legislators vote to ban church closures and mandatory vaccinations

By Joseph M. Hanneman on Mar 24, 2021 01:12 am
MADISON, Wisconsin — For the second time in 2021, Wisconsin legislators have approved bills to protect churches from government-ordered shut-downs and ban governments and employers from requiring individuals get a COVID-19 vaccine. The Wisconsin Assembly [...]
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God’s Law of Love: A Spirituality of the Ten Commandments (Part 5)

By Peter M.J. Stravinskas on Mar 23, 2021 08:32 pm
Sixth and Ninth Commandments In examining the Sixth and Ninth Commandments, we follow the lead of Christ Himself, who took cognizance of the sixth law of the Decalogue and immediately connected it to that desire [...]
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Knoxville bishop hopes restrictions on Masses at St Peter’s Basilica will be reversed

By Catholic News Agency on Mar 23, 2021 08:06 pm
Knoxville, Tenn., Mar 23, 2021 / 04:01 pm (CNA).- Bishop Richard Stika of Knoxville expressed his sadness Monday over the restrictions on private Masses in St. Peter’s Basilica, and his hope that they will be [...]
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The foundational (but largely ignored) problem with the Equality Act

By Amy Welborn on Mar 23, 2021 03:09 pm
Cardinal Timothy Dolan recently published an opinion piece in Public Discourse about the Equality Act, legislation passed by the House of Representatives on February 25, the topic of a Senate Judiciary hearing on March 17, [...]
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Convert from Islam reflects on Pope Francis’ historic visit to Iraq

By Father Seán Connolly on Mar 23, 2021 02:28 pm
The Islamic State (also known as ISIS, ISIL, or Daesh) achieved its greatest victory in 2014 when its fanatic militants seized control of Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city. The group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, ascended [...]
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Resurrection Remix

By Nick Olszyk on Mar 22, 2021 11:04 pm
Distribution Service: Discovery+ Year: 2021 MPAA Rating: Not rated at the time of this review USCCB Rating: Not rated at the time of this review Reel Rating: 3 out 5 reels The Bible was a [...]
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Nigerian sisters raise awareness on rape, violence against women

By Patrick Egwu on Mar 22, 2021 04:53 pm
Nigerian sisters and their communities are raising awareness on gender-based violence, rape, and child abuse across the country, as part of ongoing activities marking International Women’s Day [IWD], March 8. The day celebrates the social, [...]
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German-speaking theology professors criticize Vatican ‘no’ to same-sex blessings

By Catholic News Agency on Mar 22, 2021 03:38 pm
CNA Staff, Mar 22, 2021 / 12:00 pm (CNA).- More than 200 professors of theology in the German-speaking world have signed a statement criticizing the Vatican’s rejection of blessings for same-sex couples. The statement, drafted [...]
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How should one now live? Insights from Pale Horse, Pale Rider

By Mary Dudro Gordon on Mar 21, 2021 09:49 pm
This past Wednesday marked the one year anniversary of my hometown going into lockdown. It was Lent then, it is Lent now, and every step forward comes with warnings from public officials that we are [...]
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Kataklusmós, “challenges the estrangement of science, philosophy, and faith”

By CWR Staff on Mar 21, 2021 09:04 pm
T. M. Doran is an environmental engineer and an adjunct professor at Lawrence Technological University in Michigan. He is the author of Terrapin (Ignatius Press, 2012), Toward the Gleam (Ignatius Press, 2011), Iota (Ignatius Press, 2014), and The [...]
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Art vs. Deceit: On poets, copywriters, truth, and lies

By Jack Gist on Mar 20, 2021 09:59 pm
Only a fool would fail to notice that the world has been turned upside down. Anything goes. Men can be women. Women can be men. A man who was a woman yesterday can become a [...]
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Opinion: Preventive war and quarantining the healthy

By Dr. Edward Feser on Mar 20, 2021 04:11 pm
A “preventive war” is a war undertaken proactively against a merely potential enemy, who has neither initiated hostilities nor shown any sign of intending imminently to do so.  The Japanese attack on the United States at Pearl [...]
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A beautiful, enchanting children’s book about “the good thief”

By Anne Hendershott on Mar 20, 2021 03:07 pm
Creating a children’s book about forgiveness and redemption is not an easy task. And illustrating a children’s picture book with images of the crucifixion and the promise of eternal salvation is even harder. But bestselling [...]
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Priest who celebrated Biden’s inaugural Mass under investigation

By Catholic News Agency on Mar 20, 2021 01:07 am
Washington D.C., Mar 19, 2021 / 07:04 pm (CNA).- A Jesuit priest who celebrated Joe Biden’s inaugural Mass in January is under investigation for alleged inappropriate behavior, according to the California university he heads. Father [...]
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Cruel and (Very) Unusual: On the banning of Masses in the Vatican Basilica

By George Weigel on Mar 19, 2021 07:58 pm
A week after a bizarre instruction banning early morning Masses at the side altars of the Papal Archbasilica of St. Peter in the Vatican was released (and subsequently posted on the door of the basilica’s [...]
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Staring death in the face: “Lazarus, come out!”

By Carl E. Olson on Mar 19, 2021 07:00 pm
Readings: • Ez. 37:12-14 • Psa. 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 • Rom. 8:8-11 • Jn. 11:1-45 “Lazarus, come out!” With that simple, dramatic command, the Incarnate Word spoke words that demonstrated his power over death. It concludes one [...]

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