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Friday, October 29, 2021

When secular dogmas trump sacred dogmas

A Letter to a Priest in Crisis

By Conor Dugan on Oct 28, 2021 11:57 pm
A number of years ago, my spiritual director, a priest, went on a leave of absence because of various troubles. He was considering leaving the priesthood. I wrote a heartfelt letter to offer my thoughts [...]
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A funeral feeling from Emily Dickinson

By Sean Fitzpatrick on Oct 28, 2021 11:35 pm
The season of souls is upon us, marked with playful front-porch ghosts and ghouls, prayerful cemetery remembrances, and all things spine-tingling, mind-shaking, and funereal. It is a chipper, cheerful time of year, despite the deathly [...]
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Journalists protest as Vatican cancels live coverage of Joe Biden greeting Pope Francis

By Catholic News Agency on Oct 28, 2021 12:30 pm
Pope Francis and Joe Biden in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 24, 2015. / Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images. Vatican City, Oct 28, 2021 / 10:30 am (CNA). One day before U.S. President Joe Biden is due to meet with Pope Francis, the Vatic... [...]
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Ars Moriendi: The Art of Dying

By Dr. R. Jared Staudt on Oct 28, 2021 03:14 am
We are born to die. This inevitable fact could lead to fatalism, although, more often, we simply fall into denial. We avoid thinking about death and stigmatize it as the greatest evil. If this world [...]
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Christian California teen, Los Alamos lab workers latest to sue over vaccine mandates

By Joseph M. Hanneman on Oct 28, 2021 12:40 am
A California high school student athlete and eight workers at the high-security Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico are the latest to file federal lawsuits challenging COVID-19 vaccine mandates on religious and constitutional grounds. [...]
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Saints in the News: Fall 2021

By BK O'Neel on Oct 28, 2021 12:00 am
Spanish martyrs beatified C√≥rdoba, Spain—On Oct. 16, Marcello Cardinal Semeraro beatified 127 martyrs of the Spanish Civil War. According to the Catholic News Agency, “The Spanish Civil War was fought from 1936 to 1939 between [...]
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White House: Pope Francis ‘has spoken differently’ than Biden on abortion

By Catholic News Agency on Oct 27, 2021 04:00 pm
Pope Francis greets then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden at the Vatican in this April 29, 2016. / Vatican Media Washington D.C., Oct 27, 2021 / 14:00 pm (CNA). Ahead of President Joe Biden’s Oct. 29 meeting with Pope Francis, a White House spokesw... [...]
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In defense of trick-or-treating

By Rachel Hoover on Oct 27, 2021 03:07 pm
Alas, it is that time of year again when certain suburban moms across America log onto the neighborhood Facebook group to request that Halloween trick-or-treating be moved to a different day so that their kids [...]
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A Shanksville meditation

By George Weigel on Oct 27, 2021 03:15 am
The most moving feature of the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, are the pictures of the 40 brave men and women who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, while preventing al-Qaeda terrorists [...]
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Canadian diocese requires COVID-19 vaccination to attend Mass

By Catholic News Agency on Oct 26, 2021 04:20 pm
null / Ball Lunla/Shutterstock Washington D.C., Oct 26, 2021 / 11:10 am (CNA). A Catholic diocese in Canada will be requiring proof of vaccination and identity verification for anyone age 12 or older to attend Mass or other events held at parish... [...]
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Illinois health workers file federal class-action suit over vaccine mandate

By Joseph M. Hanneman on Oct 26, 2021 02:58 pm
Fourteen Illinois health care workers who had their request for religious exemptions from a COVID-19 vaccine mandate rejected at least in part because of their objection to the shots’ use of abortion-derived cell lines have [...]
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Abortion is failing women: An interview with Angela Wu Howard

By Catholic News Agency on Oct 26, 2021 06:50 am
Angela Wu Howard, a legal scholar with Becket, a nonprofit organization that focuses on religious liberty issues. / Courtesy Angela Wu Howard Denver Newsroom, Oct 25, 2021 / 15:50 pm (CNA). Part of a continuing series examining the U.S. Supreme ... [...]
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Authoritarianism and the power of Catholic solidarity

By Theodore Misiak on Oct 26, 2021 01:05 am
It is common nowadays for politicians, university administrators, corporate executives, and many others to declare that they “stand in solidarity” with one group or another. Some give speeches, others participate in demonstrations, and still others [...]
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When secular dogmas trump sacred dogmas

By David G. Bonagura, Jr. on Oct 25, 2021 02:24 pm
“Now we don’t go as missionaries,” ran the homily I heard in New York City on the feast of the North American Martyrs, “to convert anyone. We go to be converted by the encounter with [...]
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Semantic Gymnastics and the Buttigieg Matriarchy

By Robert R. Reilly on Oct 25, 2021 04:00 am
I have been reading I Shall Bear Witness, Victor Klemperer’s diaries from 1933-45. Klemperer was a professor of philology and French literature in Dresden, Germany, until he was dismissed because of his Jewish heritage, even [...]
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Abortionist tried to bribe Marian Blue Wave volunteers praying at abortion clinic

By Joseph M. Hanneman on Oct 25, 2021 12:13 am
As Catholics from the pro-life group Marian Blue Wave knelt in prayer before a New Jersey abortion clinic, the front door swung open and the late-term abortionist emerged and demanded to know who was paying [...]
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Help for the dead: A review of the film Purgatory

By Nick Olszyk on Oct 24, 2021 07:20 pm
MPAA Rating, Not rated at the time of this review USCCB Rating: Not rated at the time of this review Reel Rating: 3 out of 5 stars Polish director Michael Kondrat has been hard at [...]
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Star of the New Evangelization: Following Mary in unleashing the Gospel

By Fr. Charles Fox on Oct 24, 2021 12:14 am
“The Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name. He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation. He has shown the strength of his arm, he has scattered [...]
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Indigenous prayers, dancing in San Bernardino Synod Mass spark backlash

By Catholic News Agency on Oct 23, 2021 01:33 pm
Michael Madrigal, a lay minister in the Diocese of San Bernardino, recites the “Native American Prayer to the Four Directions” at the beginning of the diocese’s opening Mass for the Synod on Synodality, Oct. 17, 2021 at Holy Angels Church in Rive... [...]
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A taste for blood: Vampires, Catholicism, and popular culture

By Eleanor Bourg Nicholson on Oct 23, 2021 01:46 am
During the late seventeenth and eighteenth century, a major outbreak of vampiric hysteria exploded across Eastern Europe. Documentation of purported vampiric incidents was erratic and hysterically exaggerated. This great vampire fright came upon the heels [...]
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The Road of Gathering, Exodus, and Salvation

By Carl E. Olson on Oct 22, 2021 07:00 pm
Readings: • Jer 31:7-9 • Ps 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6 • Heb 5:1-6 • Mk 10:46-52 “In the beginning,” states Lumen Gentium, the Second Vatican Council’s Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, “God made human nature one [...]
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5 ways Saint Pope John Paul II changed the Catholic Church forever

By Catholic News Agency on Oct 22, 2021 06:10 pm
Pope John Paul II circa 1991. Vatican City, Oct 22, 2021 / 16:10 pm (CNA). You probably know that St. Pope John Paul II was the second longest-serving pope in modern history with 27 years of pontificate, and he was the first non-Italian pontiff ... [...]
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A Pontificate under the Banner of Mary: Hans Urs von Balthasar on Pope Saint John Paul II

By CWR Staff on Oct 22, 2021 05:55 pm
Editor’s note: This essay, written by Hans Urs von Balthasar in 1988, was published in the May 2020 issue of KIRCHE heute (Church today) and was published by CWR on May 13, 2020, on the [...]
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A wide-ranging, personal conversation about Eastern Catholicism

By Carl E. Olson on Oct 22, 2021 01:28 pm
Earlier this week I had the pleasure of talking with Eric Sammons, Editor of Crisis Magazine and host of Crisis Point, about my experience as an Eastern Catholic. We touch on a number of topics—historical, [...]

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