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Friday, December 3, 2021

The heart of Advent: “Awaken! Remember that God comes!”

The question of the sexes

By James Kalb on Dec 03, 2021 12:05 am
Women find men puzzling, and men say they don’t understand women. So the relation between the sexes is evidently a part of human life in which clear understanding is hard to come by. Academic expertise [...]
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Why did the Vatican act so quickly on Archbishop Aupetit?

By Christopher R. Altieri on Dec 02, 2021 11:01 pm
Well, the Holy Father turned that one around right quickly. “That” is the resignation of the Archbishop of Paris, Michel Aupetit, which the Press Office of the Holy See on Thursday told the world Pope [...]
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Lost sheep, scandals, and returning to the Church

By Jack Gist on Dec 02, 2021 06:26 pm
I was talking to my neighbor Frank a few evenings back when the subject of religion came up. Though I suspected Frank was Catholic, we’d never talked about religion. I think we were both a [...]
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Upcoming SCOTUS case focuses on religious education, “sectarian exclusion”

By Russell Shaw on Dec 02, 2021 04:28 pm
Four years ago, in a case from Missouri, a majority of justices of the Supreme Court agreed that a Lutheran church that operated a day school was entitled to funding from a state program for [...]
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Dobbs v. Jackson: What did Roberts, Kavanaugh, and Barrett say?

By Catholic News Agency on Dec 01, 2021 07:22 pm
Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett testifies during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Oct. 13, 2020. Denver Newsroom, Dec 1, 2021 / 17:22 pm (CNA). By Jonah McKeownAs the wait begins for a decision in ... [...]
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US bishops respond to Supreme Court arguments in Dobbs v Jackson

By Catholic News Agency on Dec 01, 2021 04:32 pm
Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, outgoing chair of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities, presents pro-life initiative Walking with Moms in Need to the U.S. bishops in Baltimore, Nov. 17, 2021. / Screenshot from USCCB v... [...]
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Advent and the Jewish Prophets

By Dawn Beutner on Dec 01, 2021 03:03 am
Why did Michelangelo paint seven Old Testament prophets in the Sistine Chapel? Because Jewish prophets such as Ezekiel, Isaiah, and Jeremiah are important figures both in the Jewish faith and to Christians. The Catholic Church [...]
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Books for Christmas 2021

By George Weigel on Dec 01, 2021 03:02 am
Some suggestions for Christmas giving, in the form of books that amuse, inspire, educate or all-of-the-above: Prison Journal, Volume 3 – The High Court Frees an Innocent Man, by Cardinal George Pell (Ignatius Press). The [...]
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The complicated story of Catholicism, religious tolerance, and early America

By James Matthew Wilson on Nov 30, 2021 09:17 pm
For the Catholic Church, America has never been just a nation or a state. It constitutes rather a political and theological problem. That is as much the case now as it has ever been. The [...]
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On translating Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange, Divine Liturgy, and cocktails

By Derya M. Little on Nov 30, 2021 08:30 pm
When we first met, Dr. Matthew K. Minerd greeted us with his favorite cocktail and a warm smile in his home where the smell of books and good food invited every newcomer to a cozy [...]
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Catholic priests survey finds lower morale, ‘conservative shift’ among U.S. clergy

By Catholic News Agency on Nov 30, 2021 12:00 am
Priest collar / / null Denver Newsroom, Nov 29, 2021 / 13:00 pm (CNA). First in a series of articles examining the 2021 Survey of American Catholic Priests (SACP) findings.A new survey released this month suggests a more “pessimistic” view of t... [...]
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Quick notes on Synods, Phil Saviano, and Christianity in Honduras

By Christopher R. Altieri on Nov 29, 2021 07:26 pm
A friend from Rome wrote to ask me: “How is the upcoming Synod not an Ecumenical Council?” “If it’s not a disguised Ecumenical Council,” my friend continued, “how does it differ from all the other [...]
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Continued controversy over crucifixes in Italian classrooms

By Paolo Fucili on Nov 29, 2021 05:20 pm
The crucifix has long been a central and most venerated Christian symbol, expressing a variety of beliefs and truths about the life, death, and Passion of Jesus Christ. Considering that it represents the torment and [...]
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Christian leaders condemn US government’s removal of Nigeria from religious violators’ list

By Patrick Egwu on Nov 29, 2021 03:21 pm
After the U.S. State Department released a list of Countries of Particular Concern (CPC) – a designation reserved for countries whose governments either engage in or tolerate violations to freedom of religion – in mid-November, [...]
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Paris archdiocese to present plans for Notre-Dame’s interior amid outcry

By Catholic News Agency on Nov 29, 2021 03:00 pm
Repair scaffolding on Notre-Dame de Paris, November 2019. / Vicente Sargues/Shutterstock. Paris, France, Nov 29, 2021 / 13:00 pm (CNA). The Catholic Archdiocese of Paris will present its plans for the restoration of Notre-Dame Cathedral’s inter... [...]
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Arguing for God’s Existence: St. Thomas vs. St. Anselm, Part 1

By Joseph G. Trabbic on Nov 28, 2021 09:02 pm
Among the most famous arguments for God’s existence is St. Anselm’s so-called “ontological argument” in the second chapter of his Proslogion. Anselm contends that God’s existence should be evident to anyone who carefully examines the [...]
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On the extraordinary courage and compassion of Titus Brandsma

By Christopher R. Altieri on Nov 28, 2021 08:12 pm
“Ink on ink” is this journalist’s most vexing professional pet peeve, but in this case, I’ll make an exception. The exceptional case is that of a Dutch scribbler born to the world Anno Sjoerd Brandsma [...]
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All pain, no gain, and very few laughs

By Nick Olszyk on Nov 28, 2021 08:02 pm
MPAA Rating: PG USCCB Rating: NR Reel Rating: 1 out of 5 stars There are bad movies that are nonetheless enjoyable—even thoroughly enjoyable. They won’t make much at the box office and they certainly won’t [...]
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What makes Dobbs the best, and possibly last, chance to overturn Roe? 

By Catholic News Agency on Nov 28, 2021 10:00 am
The exterior of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. / Shutterstock Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Nov 28, 2021 / 00:00 am (CNA). Part of a continuing series examining the U.S. Supreme Court case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Orga... [...]
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Singing through Advent, again!

By Peter M.J. Stravinskas on Nov 27, 2021 10:00 pm
A new year is aborning – a new church year, a new liturgical year. Which is important to note and to observe because, among other things, it stands as a powerful reminder that we believers [...]
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Suffering Advent

By Dale Ahlquist on Nov 27, 2021 09:37 pm
The secular world calls it the Holiday Season. The Catholic Church calls it Advent. The two are starkly different, but the one thing they have [...]
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Award-winning artist David Troncoso on life in a camper van, the Renaissance, and learning from the masters

By Catholic News Agency on Nov 27, 2021 09:42 am
David Troncoso stands in his art studio with an altarpiece he recently completed. / Courtesy of David Troncoso. Kingston, New York, Nov 27, 2021 / 07:42 am (CNA). Sacred artist David Troncoso paints in the Renaissance style with DaVinci, Michel... [...]
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Alasdair MacIntyre on human dignity: Summary, analysis, and comments

By Dr. Edward Feser on Nov 26, 2021 11:02 pm
Recently, Alasdair MacIntyre presented a talk on the theme “Human Dignity: A Puzzling and Possibly Dangerous Idea?” at the Fall Conference of the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre [...]
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The heart of Advent: “Awaken! Remember that God comes!”

By Carl E. Olson on Nov 26, 2021 06:00 pm
Readings: • Jer 33:14-16 • Ps 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14 • 1 Thes 3:12-4:2 • Lk 21:25-28, 34-36 “We preach not one advent only of Christ,” wrote St. Cyril of Jerusalem in the fourth century, [...]
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