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Sts. John and John Paul

April 27, 2014

Today witnessed a historic canonization ceremony in which two former popes, John XXIII (1958-1963) and John Paul II (1978-2005), were canonized as saints with two living popes, Pope Francis and the retired Pope Benedict XVI (2005-2013), on hand.  Here is a clip from the canonization ceremony at the Vatican earlier today: Pope John XXIII is [...]

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Movie Review: The Conjuring

July 25, 2013

While I used to be a big horror movie fan, my tastes have generally moved on.  I’m not into gross or overly elaborate death scenes.  I’ve come to yawn at those masked serial killer movies.  However, every once in a while a horror movie comes along that piques my interest.  The Conjuring is one such [...]

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The Catholic Church is Wrong on Illegal Immigration

June 30, 2013

There I was, minding my own business during Sunday morning mass, when my priest referred to a little prayer in the bulletin for what he called “comprehensive immigration reform.”  He went on to suggest that it should be put on our refrigerators to remind us of the issue.  The prayer, called “A Prayer for Immigrant [...]

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Catholic Civil Disobedience

November 15, 2012

Now that ObamaCare is going to be coming into effect, the Catholic Church has a tough decision to make in regards to their hospitals.  Because ObamaCare mandates that health plans contain contraceptive coverage and the Catholic Church considers contraception to be morally wrong, the Church is in a tough spot.  The Catholic Church represents 12.5% [...]

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The Catholic Church Strikes Back

May 21, 2012

The Catholic Church is not a fan of the contraception mandate required under Obamacare.  So, they recently decided to take action.  Forty-three organizations have filed twelve separate lawsuits against the provision.  Two Catholic universities have decided that the extra insurance cost warrants dropping student coverage altogether!  Here’s the beginning of the First Amendment (my emphasis [...]

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Los Angeles Times Questions the Case for Pope John Paul II Canonization

May 4, 2011

I’ve always said the first thing anyone wanting to learn about Catholicism should do is to ignore everything they read in the mainstream media on the subject.  Take today’s column by Tim Rutten in the Los Angeles Times titled:  “Is John Paul II Fit for Sainthood?” According to Rutten, John Paul II may not be [...]

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The Blessed John Paul II

May 1, 2011

This morning (or this afternoon in Rome) the late Pope John Paul II was officially beatified by Pope Benedict XVI.  Beatification is the final step before sainthood in the Catholic Church.  The “Blessed John Paul” needs another miracle attributed to his intercession in order to finally be canonized a saint. JPII’s contribution to growing the [...]

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Looking Critically at the Attacks on the Pope

April 13, 2010

There have been many attacks on Pope Benedict as of late in regards to his alleged handling of clergy sexual abuse cases during his tenure as prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith.  Atheists around the world, intent on destroying the Church, are calling for his resignation, or in some quarters his [...]

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The Catholic Bishop’s Complicity in Pushing ObamaCare

November 9, 2009

Every time I write a post that is critical of the Catholic Church, a part of me feels uneasy.  After all, I am a committed Catholic who believes in and follows the teachings of the Universal Church, and usually defer to the authority of the Bishops in most matters.  However, after serious consideration and reflection, [...]

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Movie Review — Angels and Demons

May 17, 2009

I’m generally not a big fan of Ron Howard, but occasionally I’ll indulge in one of the remarkably formulaic movies he directs.  Angels and Demons was one of them that I indulged in and generally enjoyed.  With all the anti-Catholic buzz surrounding The DaVinci Code a few years back, I thought I’d have to see Angels and [...]

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Holy Week: Easter Sunday

April 12, 2009

This is the day the Lord has made;  let us rejoice and be glad, Alleluia! With the ritual and ceremony of the great liturgy of the Triduum now concluded with the fanfare of the Easter Vigil, Holy Week draws to a close with Easter Sunday.  As a Liturgy, the Mass of Easter Sunday is fairly [...]

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Holy Week: The Easter Vigil

April 11, 2009

This is the night when Jesus Christ broke the chains of death and rose triumphant from the grave. The final part of the great Triduum liturgy, the culmination of Holy Week, and the most solemn Mass of the Church Year is the great Easter Vigil.  One of the most ancient rites of the Church, the [...]

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Connecticut Liberals Push For State Control of the Catholic Church

March 9, 2009

Connecticut State Senators Andrew McDonald and Michael Lawlor (Democrats) have proposed legislation that would strip Catholic clergy of control over their budgets and place it in the hands of the laity.  The Church has denounced the move and the Catholic League has called for the two libs to be expelled from the Senate.  People routinely [...]

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Pelosi: Contraception is Economic Stimulus

January 26, 2009

According to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Contraception funding is an economic stimuls, apparently because less babies will save the states money.  In an exchange George Stephanopoulos on This Week: STEPHANOPOULOS: Hundreds of millions of dollars to expand family planning services. How is that stimulus? PELOSI: Well, the family planning services reduce cost. They reduce cost. The [...]

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Catholic and Conservative Without Contradiction

January 13, 2009

I have heard a lot over the years about how Catholics tend to be divided in their political beliefs between liberalism and conservatism.  Indeed, the Catholic electorate tends to swing back and forth between the Democrats and Republicans depending on the year.  It is widely assumed that being Catholic means that you are socially conservative [...]

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Catholic Schools Catering to Muslims?

December 2, 2008

The Bishops of England and Wales are now catering to Muslim demands.  According to a report in the UK Daily Mail, the Bishops of England and Wales are requiring Catholic Schools to install Muslim prayer rooms and to ensure that toilet facilities cater to Muslim cleaning rituals. Say what?  Although 30% of students at UK [...]

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Easter Vigil 2008

March 22, 2008

The coolest and longest mass of the Catholic year officially begins the Easter celebration!  So, what’s news about Easter Vigil Mass?  Roman Catholics will tell you that there are Baptisms, First Communions, and Confirmations performed at this mass, along with fires, candles in the dark, Gregorian Chant-style readings and lots of Latin.  It’s also 2-3 [...]

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