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Friday, January 14, 2022

What did baptism do for you?

Supreme Court halts vaccine-or-test mandate for businesses

By Catholic News Agency on Jan 13, 2022 03:20 pm
President Joe Biden announces the vaccine mandate at the White House on Sept. 9, 2021 / The White House Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jan 13, 2022 / 13:20 pm (CNA). The Supreme Court has blocked President Joe Biden's sweeping vaccine-or-test manda... [...]
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Mark Twain’s correct solution to the race problem

By Russell Shaw on Jan 13, 2022 02:12 pm
Here is today’s quiz: What 19th-century novel points the way to a lasting solution to the racial tensions afflicting America today? If you said Uncle Tom’s Cabin, you’re wrong. As President Lincoln remarked, Harriet Beecher [...]
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What did baptism do for you?

By Peter M.J. Stravinskas on Jan 13, 2022 09:00 am
Editor’s note: This homily was preached on the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, January 13, 2022 (Extraordinary Form), at the Church of the Holy Innocents in New York City. Today we find ourselves [...]
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Pope Francis: Synodality is not a ‘search for majority consensus’

By Catholic News Agency on Jan 13, 2022 08:30 am
Pope Francis meets a delegation of the French Catholic Action movement at the Vatican, Jan. 13, 2021. / Vatican Media. Vatican City, Jan 13, 2022 / 06:30 am (CNA). Pope Francis said on Thursday that synodality is not a “search for majority cons... [...]
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The horrors of Communism and the resilience of faith in Albania

By Filip Mazurczak on Jan 13, 2022 12:55 am
Although all Communist regimes persecuted religion to varying degrees, nowhere did the anti-religious campaign employ such diabolically creative methods of cruelty, and nowhere was it as fatally thorough, as in Albania. Isolated from the rest [...]
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Francis X. Maier: Catholic journalists called to report the truth with ‘a consuming passion for excellence’

By Catholic News Agency on Jan 12, 2022 05:08 pm
Catholic journalists are called to report the truth with "a consuming passion for excellence," veteran journalist and scholar Francis X. Maier says. / Shutterstock Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jan 12, 2022 / 15:08 pm (CNA). Editor’s not... [...]
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Who invented the individual?

By George Weigel on Jan 12, 2022 11:04 am
A common misconception holds that early “modernity” invented the “individual”: the idea that everyone is a someone with a unique identity independent of family, tribe, racial group, or nation. And from that idea of individuality, [...]
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Opinion: Seven signs of serious synodality

By Dr. Adam A. J. DeVille on Jan 11, 2022 11:09 pm
Social media is, rightly, roasting the release by the USCCB of “Seven Attitudes for Walking the Synodal Path,” which, as I commented on Twitter, embody Christopher Lasch’s ever-memorable phrase about the “banality of pseudo-self-awareness.”  These slogans [...]
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“Strange Rites” and the promise of natural religion

By Bishop Robert Barron on Jan 11, 2022 02:51 pm
Along with many other cultural commentators, I have been tracing for the past many years the phenomenon of religious disaffiliation, the sobering fact that armies of people, especially the young, are leaving institutional religion behind. [...]
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The USCCB tweet Catholic Twitter can’t stop talking about

By Catholic News Agency on Jan 11, 2022 12:43 pm
Synod on Synodality logo / Courtesy USCCB Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jan 11, 2022 / 10:43 am (CNA). The U.S. bishops took to Twitter Monday seeking feedback on the upcoming Synod on Synodality. And hoo, boy, they got it.The 11 a.m. tweet from t... [...]
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Why I left the Society of St. Pius X: An Open Letter to Fr. Gołaski

By Andrew Bartel on Jan 10, 2022 04:58 pm
Editor’s note: A slightly different version of the following essay/letter was emailed to Rorate Cæli at the end of December 2021.  Dear Fr. Wojciech Gołaski, I read your open letter to Pope Francis and to our Order [...]
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Pope Francis laments ‘cancel culture’ in annual address to diplomats

By Catholic News Agency on Jan 10, 2022 06:20 am
Pope Francis meets with diplomats accredited to the Holy See at the Vatican’s Hall of Blessings, Jan. 10, 2022. / Vatican Media. Vatican City, Jan 10, 2022 / 04:20 am (CNA). Pope Francis lamented “cancel culture” in an address to diplomats at t... [...]
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Luther, modernity, and placing the blame: A response to Carl R. Trueman

By Casey Chalk on Jan 09, 2022 06:41 pm
A historian, according to Ambrose Bierce’s Devil’s Dictionary, is a “broad-gauge gossip.” By that, I suppose, the nineteenth century satirical (and irreverent) American writer meant that academics who study history — if they want to [...]
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Nigerian bishop who criticized government over Christian persecution called in for questioning: report

By Catholic News Agency on Jan 08, 2022 05:33 pm
Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah. / Aid to the Church in Need/James Nicholls. Denver Newsroom, Jan 8, 2022 / 15:33 pm (CNA). A prominent Nigerian bishop has reportedly been ordered in for questioning by a state security agency, after the prelate cri... [...]
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Pascal, intellectuals, and the love of God

By Chilton Williamson, Jr. on Jan 08, 2022 01:35 pm
Intellectual work is performed principally by four categories of people. The first is wise men: men of contemplation, true philosophers whose end is the discovery of truth. These have been for the most part the [...]
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“Suppression of dissenting voices is a feature, not a bug…”

By Monica Seeley on Jan 07, 2022 09:51 pm
Noelle Mering’s new book Awake, Not Woke: A Christian Response to the Cult of Progressive Ideology (Tan Books, 2021), takes as its theme Ephesians 5:14: “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ [...]
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Was it fitting and necessary for Jesus to be baptized?

By Carl E. Olson on Jan 07, 2022 07:00 pm
Readings: • is 42:1-4, 6-7 • Ps 29:1-2, 3-4, 3, 9-10 • Acts 10:34-38 • Mt 3:13-17 Was it fitting and necessary for Jesus to be baptized? It is an important question the answer says [...]
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