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Friday, October 22, 2021

St. Teresa of Avila and the fearful Catholic

Covid-19 vaccination should not be mandatory

By Dr. Edward Feser on Oct 22, 2021 01:48 am
In a recent post on my personal blog, I argued that a Catholic can in good conscience take one of the Covid-19 vaccines, but also that such vaccination should not be mandatory.  In a follow-up post, I [...]
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Remembering the souls in Purgatory

By Russell Shaw on Oct 21, 2021 06:36 pm
Coming just after Hell and just before Heaven, the second of the three books that make up Dante’s Divine Comedy is the Purgatorio—Purgatory. In its ninth canto, Dante places these words in the mouth of [...]
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Maine health workers fighting vaccine mandate turn again to Supreme Court

By Joseph M. Hanneman on Oct 21, 2021 02:01 pm
For the second time in a week, a group of Maine health-care workers challenging that state’s COVID-19 shot mandate has turned to the U.S. Supreme Court for an emergency injunction to suspend the policy while [...]
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When will Bl. Charles de Foucauld be canonized?

By Catholic News Agency on Oct 21, 2021 08:05 am
A statue of Bl. Charles de Foucauld in Strasbourg, France. / PhotoFires/Shutterstock Rome Newsroom, Oct 21, 2021 / 06:05 am (CNA). A canonization Mass is a global event, drawing thousands of people to the Vatican — the heart of the Catholic Chur... [...]
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Franzen’s blunted edge of belief and Tolkien’s defense of fantasy

By Joshua Hren on Oct 20, 2021 06:05 pm
Recently the capacious novelist Jonathan Franzen disclosed an ongoing preoccupation with “the inescapable nature of religion.” This is welcome news from unexpected quarters, proof that (as Pope Benedict XVI puts it) “men today feel the [...]
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Did comedian Dave Chappelle crack the LGBT edifice?

By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman on Oct 20, 2021 03:45 pm
A recent Netflix special starring the comedian Dave Chappelle has sent the biggest names in the American corporate media into a fit of histrionic indignation. The evident reason for this frenzied backlash, which has taken [...]
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Pope Francis, “estranged” Catholics, and holy communion

By George Weigel on Oct 20, 2021 03:05 am
Certain Catholic media platforms that often function as de facto extensions of Jen Psaki’s White House Press Office have continually urged the U.S. bishops to dodge the issue of pro-abortion Catholic politicians receiving holy communion. [...]
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The French bishops have only themselves to blame

By Christopher R. Altieri on Oct 19, 2021 09:09 pm
Alfred Hitchock’s 1953 I Confess! Is one of the master’s lesser-known noir efforts. It tells the story of a Quebecois parish priest who is framed for murder. The film is signature Hitchcock in style, but [...]
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Supreme Court rejects Maine health care workers’ request for emergency injunction in COVID-19 shot mandate case

By Joseph M. Hanneman on Oct 19, 2021 03:34 pm
Updated at 7:00pm Eastern, Oct. 19, 2021 | United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer denied a petition for emergency injunction made by a group of 2,009 Maine health care workers who are [...]
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All the light we cannot see

By Thomas M. Doran on Oct 19, 2021 02:57 pm
Some years ago, I read a novel entitled All The Light We Cannot See (2014) by Anthony Doerr, a title with multiple meanings: scientific, cultural, and moral. This was a story of a blind French [...]
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‘I hope that I can join them soon’: Benedict XVI sends condolence message after friend’s death

By Catholic News Agency on Oct 19, 2021 11:00 am
Benedict XVI. / Giulio Napolitano via Shutterstock. Wilhering, Austria, Oct 19, 2021 / 09:00 am (CNA). Pope emeritus Benedict XVI has said that he looks forward to joining his friends in heaven in a condolence message following the death of a Ci... [...]
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“Tell His Glory Among the Nations”

By Fr. Charles Fox on Oct 19, 2021 03:05 am
Evangelization is  not for the faint of heart. It is for those whose hearts are conformed to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, pierced for sinners. The Church’s mission of proclaiming the Gospel is aided by [...]
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The Italian missionaries who introduced Christianity to Tibet

By Paolo Fucili on Oct 18, 2021 02:49 pm
For the past 70 years, Tibet has been dominated by China, which is actively trying to erase the region’s cultural and religious roots. The Chinese invasion of Tibet dates back to 1950. In 1959, after [...]
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The blood of the North American Martyrs

By Dawn Beutner on Oct 18, 2021 01:05 pm
When Mel Gibson’s movie The Passion of the Christ was first released in 2004, the secular world focused almost exclusively on its depiction of violence. Movie reviewers who had been recommending horror films for decades [...]
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Catholic priest who sought to give last rites to British lawmaker says he respects police decision

By Catholic News Agency on Oct 18, 2021 07:00 am
Belfairs Methodist Church, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex. / David Howard (CC BY-SA 2.0). London, England, Oct 18, 2021 / 05:00 am (CNA). A Catholic priest said on Sunday that he respected the police’s decision not to grant him access to a crime scene to g... [...]
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Service members fight vaccine coercion

By Joseph M. Hanneman on Oct 17, 2021 05:19 pm
United States military service members have been demoted, harassed, abused and threatened by superiors for seeking religious exemptions to the Department of Defense’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, a federal class-action lawsuit alleges. One Air Force technical [...]
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Opinion: Mixed Messages on Catholic Schools

By Peter M.J. Stravinskas on Oct 17, 2021 11:39 am
Way back in 1987, Father Stephen O’Brien penned a slim but important volume entitled: Mixed Messages: What Bishops and Priests Say about Catholic Schools (National Catholic Education Association). A major point was that, while clergy generally [...]
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No Cross, no Kingdom. Know the Cross, know the Kingdom.

By Carl E. Olson on Oct 17, 2021 11:00 am
Readings: • Isa 53:10-11 • Ps 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22 • Heb 4:14-16 •  Mk 10:35-45 “No pain, no gain.” The well-known saying became popular among exercise enthusiasts in the 1980s. It was a motto [...]
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Catholicism in Myanmar: Solid faith amid a tenuous existence

By Ray Cavanaugh on Oct 16, 2021 07:10 pm
Catholicism has never been easy in Myanmar. The Church first arrived in 1514, but failed to find enduring success, as fledgling missions were either driven out or abandoned. Not until 2017 did the Vatican finally [...]
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Los Angeles renames Father Junipero Serra Park, despite Catholic praise for sainted missionary

By Catholic News Agency on Oct 16, 2021 07:00 pm
Photograph of a bronze statue of Saint Father Junipero Serra in the Gardens of the Carmel Mission Basilica in Carmel, California / Terry Huntingdon Tydings/Shutterstock Denver Newsroom, Oct 16, 2021 / 17:00 pm (CNA). While Catholic leaders have ... [...]
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Catholic doctor takes up cause for natural immunity against vaccine mandates

By Joseph M. Hanneman on Oct 16, 2021 01:07 am
Doctor Aaron Kheriaty will soon be suspended without pay from his post as a professor of psychiatry in the University of California-Irvine’s School of Medicine. He has been threatened with being fired for his refusal [...]
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St. Teresa of Avila and the fearful Catholic

By Sean Fitzpatrick on Oct 15, 2021 12:20 pm
Fear is antithetical to the Catholic heart, as is retreating into seclusion out of fear. Ours is a boldly incarnational faith with an attitude of universal togetherness, and the secular agenda at large is one [...]
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What is the seal of confession? A Q&A with Cardinal Mauro Piacenza

By Catholic News Agency on Oct 15, 2021 06:30 am
Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, Major Penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary / / Gianluigi Persi (public domain). Vatican City, Oct 15, 2021 / 04:30 am (CNA). The release this month of a watershed report on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in Fr... [...]
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