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This Sunday, don't grow accustomed to the dark...  

Last week the Son of Man was resplendent in glory as angels surrounded his throne and the nations assembled before him. This week, the First Sunday of Advent, Year B, he is a long way off and we are left on our own in a dark house, hoping that he will come. The Church does that on purpose...

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2020-11-28 11:26:52



What is a cardinal? Here's a basic review of the college of cardinals in history and today.....  

Now that attention shifts on Saturday to the new Cardinals, (Including Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Washington), it might be good to spend a brief time reflecting on what a Cardinal is and how the College of Cardinals functions. Perhaps it is good to start with a little history and then describe the present realities.

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2020-11-28 10:38:15



Pope Francis creates 13 new cardinals: 'May the cross and resurrection always be your goal'...  

Pope Francis created 13 new cardinals Saturday, urging them to remain vigilant lest they lose sight of their goal of the cross and resurrection. "All of us love Jesus, all of us want to follow him, yet we must always be vigilant to remain on the road," Pope Francis said at the consistory Nov. 28.

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2020-11-28 09:56:48



As Biden plans swift moves to enact LGBTQ promises, religious exemptions in crosshairs...  

As vice president in 2012, Joe Biden endeared himself to many LGBTQ Americans by endorsing same-sex marriage even before his boss, President Barack Obama.

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2020-11-28 05:44:47



2 Timothy 4:4  

2 Timothy 4:4   (4) and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. Once people reject the truth or decide for themselves what the truth is, what is there? What is left? What does it produce? Fables, myths, manmade wisdom, unsound teaching. It is certainly not the pure truth from God, and so Paul writes, "They turn their ears away from the truth and are turned aside to fables." "Fables" is a general catchword for anything that is

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2020-11-28 05:00:00



St. Thomas More: Defender of marriage and fatherhood...  

Born into some of the most tumultuous times in the entire history of the Catholic Church, the brilliant Saint Thomas More has been hailed with many accolades: patriot, genius, statesman, martyr, saint. But to a group of children in the 16th Century, he was simply "father." The legacy of Saint Thomas More is so powerful that even today, centuries later...

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2020-11-28 04:47:12



Patriarch of Venice calls for prayers of reparation after Virgin Mary statue decapitated...  

A statue of the Virgin Mary in a public square in a suburb of Venice, Italy, was vandalized Thursday night. "The head was decapitated and the hands of the monument lopped off" in the early hours of Nov. 26, according to a notice from the City of Venice. The statue is located in a greenspace at the center of a roundabout in the Venice municipality of Marghera...

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2020-11-28 02:49:50



2 Thessalonians 3:2  

2 Thessalonians 3:2   (2) and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men; for not all have faith. An interlinear Bible will clearly show that the definite article "the" should appear before "faith," making this faith a specific kind or level of faith distinct from others. Anybody can have a spiritual faith in somebody or something—even in the Creator God—and still not have saving faith, the faith to which Paul refers here. Many believe i

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2020-11-27 05:00:00



Pandemic conditions have increased Christian persecution globally, says report from Aid to the Church in Need...  

The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated Christian persecution in some places, according to a new report from the group Aid to the Church in Need International (ACN).

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2020-11-26 08:48:19



Numbers 33:53-54  

Numbers 33:53-54   (53) you shall dispossess the inhabitants of the land and dwell in it, for I have given you the land to possess. (54) And you shall divide the land by lot as an inheritance among your families; to the larger you shall give a larger inheritance, and to the smaller you shall give a smaller inheritance; there everyone"s inheritance shall be whatever falls to him by lot. You shall inherit according to the tribes of your fathers. The eighth commandme

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2020-11-26 05:00:00



It is our duty and salvation, always and everywhere, to give thanks to God...  

In December we will mark the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims' disembarking in Plymouth, Massachusetts. What they endured, and how the responded spiritually to it, are guides for us as we mark the national holiday of Thanksgiving and begin to formulate year-end reflections.

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2020-11-26 02:46:28



Romans 13:1-7  

Romans 13:1-7   (1) Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. (2) Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. (3) For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. (4) For he is

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2020-11-25 05:00:00



Watch: Thousands of starlings spotted in mesmerizing murmuration over North Yorkshire, England...  

Thousands of starlings spotted in 'shape-shifting' murmuration above UK's North Yorkshire...

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2020-11-24 16:24:55



Can't visit family for Thanksgiving? Interview them instead. Years from now, you'll be glad you did.....  

After my father died, my sister called up our oldest surviving relative, my great aunt Bebe who lives in Florida, and they ended up having several conversations. The things she told us about our family have been delightful (and occasionally insane). We knew, for instance, that my mother was pregnant when my parents got married...

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2020-11-24 11:38:56



China criticizes Pope over comment on persecuted Uighur Muslim minority...  

China criticized Pope Francis on Tuesday over a passage in his new book in which he mentions suffering by China's Uighur Muslim minority group. Foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said Francis' remarks had "no factual basis at all."

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2020-11-24 11:03:54



Xi Jinping gets his man: Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association announces ordination of new bishop of Qingdao...  

The Chinese Patriotic Association announced Monday the ordination of a new bishop of Qingdao. The episcopal ordination of Thomas Chen Tianhao, 陈天浩, took place on Nov. 23 in Qingdao Cathedral with the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association Chairman Bishop Fang Xingyao presiding, according to a statement and photos on the association's website.

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2020-11-24 08:08:56



This is as evil as anything I've seen in a long time.....  

This is as evil as anything I've seen in a long time. "Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened round his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea." This will be promoted...

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2020-11-24 07:25:46



Catholics can morally take soon-to-be-released COVID-19 vaccines, says U.S. bishops' internal memo...  

Days after some Catholic bishops shared misinformation on social media about Covid-19 vaccines that may soon hit the market, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops distributed a memo to all U.S. bishops stating that at least two of the vaccines are considered ethically sound. The memo also reminded bishops that church teaching allows for even the widespread use of vaccines whose origins are considered ethically unsound when other treatments are unavailable.

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2020-11-24 05:48:02



In rebuke to USCCB leaders, DC's Archbishop Wilton Gregory says he favors “common ground” approach and Holy Communion for Biden ...  

As Washington's new cardinal and with a Catholic soon to be living in the White House, Cardinal-designate Wilton D. Gregory said he hopes to collaborate where possible while respectfully pointing out where President-elect Joe Biden's policies diverge from Catholic teaching.

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2020-11-24 05:15:41



Hebrews 3:19  

Hebrews 3:19   (19) So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief. Paul puts his finger on the source of the Israelites' problem, why their heart could not be changed, why they consistently and persistently sinned and rebelled: "So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief." Paul later turns this thought into an admonition for us: Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come sho

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2020-11-24 05:00:00



I recently attended my first Traditional Latin Mass. It didn't go well. Here's what happened.....  

One issue that became apparent very quickly as Mass started was that I don't speak Latin and I wasn't following along very well at all. I didn't know any of the responses so I stood in back trying to read along. I didn't know when to kneel, stand up — I didn't know anything. So I hung back, leaned against the wall...

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2020-11-24 04:11:14



Santa Cruz Historical Commission calls replica mission bell “racist symbol,” tells city to remove it from intersection...  

The historical preservation commission of Santa Cruz, California last week advised the city council to remove a replica mission bell from a city intersection, saying the bell represents painful history for the indigenous people of the city.

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2020-11-24 01:21:39



Vaccines and doubly remote cooperation in evil...  

This month, two vaccines for COVID-19 finished their final tests. They proved to be 90-94 percent effective at preventing COVID, and both vaccines have been ethically produced. This is very good news indeed. Some have raised moral qualms about getting these vaccines...

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2020-11-23 20:31:58



Vatican cancels public Advent and Christmas liturgies amid COVID surge...  

As happened during Holy Week this year, liturgical celebrations in St. Peter's Basilica over Christmas, such as midnight Mass celebrated by Pope Francis, will be limited to a select group of faithful and live-streamed to the faithful amid concerns over a surge of COVID-19 cases. The Vatican quietly announced at the end of October that liturgical celebrations...

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2020-11-23 19:51:46



Why you should celebrate your Name Day...  

Why do we celebrate our name days? In many countries, your name day is more important than your birthday. To try to understand why, I asked people who are experts in name changes — the monks and other religious who have changed their names. Here are their reasons.

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2020-11-23 19:25:36



Why Thanksgiving is a perfect example of the common good...  

A natural precept attributed toward the dignity of the human person is to seek the good of another person through the act of community. I propose this argument from the nature of faith and reason that the human state is ordered to not only seek the good in another person but also to nurture and protect the person in order propagate a healthy society...

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2020-11-23 18:17:56



Why you should celebrate your Name Day...  

Why do we celebrate our name days? In many countries, your name day is more important than your birthday. To try to understand why, I asked people who are experts in name changes — the monks and other religious who have changed their names. Here are their reasons.

what do you think?

2020-11-23 13:26:29



Federal appeals court allows Tennessee abortion ban to go into effect...  

A federal appeals court on Friday allowed a Tennessee ban on some abortions to go into effect. A three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that a part of the state's abortion law can go into effect, a "reason ban" that bars discrimination abortions.

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2020-11-23 09:22:59



New York Attorney General sues Bishops Malone, Grosz, and Diocese of Buffalo for failing to protect children...  

New York State Attorney General Letitia James on Monday sued the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo and former bishops Richard J. Malone and Edward M. Grosz for failing to protect children and for engaging in a decades-long cover-up of sexual abuse by diocesan priests.

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2020-11-23 08:26:33



Pope meets with NBA players' union delegation at the Vatican...  

A delegation representing the National Basketball Players Association, a union representing professional athletes from the NBA, met with Pope Francis and spoke with him about their work in promoting social justice.

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2020-11-23 07:40:25



How Blessed Miguel Pro continued to serve his people during church closures...  

In 1926 President Calles of Mexico enacted new laws in his country that specifically targeted priests and religious, as well as Church buildings. Priests were unable to wear their religious garb in public and the government seized control of churches and monasteries. Public worship was soon banned and churches remained closed to the faithful.

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2020-11-23 07:36:37



Some thoughts on Jesus as a “concealed king”...  

We do well to further examine a quality of Christ's kingship mentioned in yesterday's sermon notes, namely that he is a "concealed" King. In the gospel, both the saved and condemned are surprised and wonder when they encountered Jesus at all, whether as hungry, thirsty, naked, a stranger, sick or in prison.

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2020-11-23 05:51:14



Romans 8:7  

Romans 8:7   (7) Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. The carnal mind is the nature in which a person's conduct is based until God acts to convert or transform him; it is man's deceitful heart (Jeremiah 17:9). Once an individual is called, and the Father and Son have revealed Themselves and some of Their purpose to him, this verse succinctly describes the major impediment to our submitting to Th

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2020-11-23 05:00:00



Jupiter and Saturn are about to appear closer in the sky than they have for 800 years, aligning as a 'double planet'...  

Jupiter and Saturn are about to line up perfectly in the night sky — the two planets will get so close on December 21 that they seem to touch. The last time they looked this close from Earth's vantage point was nearly 800 years ago, on March 4, 1226.

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2020-11-23 03:23:35



Why St. Cyprian says love of the world fuels the fear of death...  

As November winds down and Advent still looms, the traditional meditation we make on the four last things (death, judgment, Heaven, and Hell) is still operative. A classic writing by St. Cyprian comes to mind. It is a meditation on the fundamental human struggle to be free of undue attachment to this world and to have God...

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2020-11-23 02:09:27



The battle to free the Mass...  

This year, Americans have endured not only the intertwined economic, health, and political crises of the COVID-19 pandemic, but also a deep spiritual shock. For the first time since the Spanish Flu of 1918, our local and state governments have restricted worship services. And while the Word can be livestreamed, the Eucharist cannot. I am well aware that this spiritual crisis has intensified the concern that faithful Catholics have about their leaders...

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2020-11-22 14:33:51



Here's an amazing, incredibly detailed reconstruction of the Beirut Port explosion, using every video and photo available...  

From Forensic Architecture on Vimeo.

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2020-11-22 13:29:50



What pro-lifers can expect from a divided House and Senate...  

With nearly all U.S. House and Senate races decided, Congress will be sharply divided the next two years—possibly undermining the viability of extreme pro-abortion policies.

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2020-11-22 13:23:21



This insect has the only mechanical gears ever found in nature...  

To the best of our knowledge, the mechanical gear—evenly-sized teeth cut into two different rotating surfaces to lock them together as they turn—was invented sometime around 300 B.C.E. by Greek mechanics who lived in Alexandria. In the centuries since, the simple concept has become a keystone of modern technology, enabling all sorts of machinery and vehicles, including cars and bicycles.

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2020-11-22 13:04:32



Newly-discovered sketch of Jesus was drawn by Leonard da Vinci, expert claims...  

A drawing that was in a private collection for years has been attributed to Leonardo da Vinci. The Italian-language newspaper La Stampa reports that Annalisa Di Maria, a scholar who has worked with UNESCO's Florence division, believes an image of Jesus found by a collector in Lecco to be the work of one of the Renaissance's most high-profile artists.

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2020-11-22 12:25:37



Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe: “The Lord of life tells us the secret of life...”...  

On Christ the King Sunday, Pope Francis encouraged Catholics to make choices with eternity in mind, by thinking not about what they want to do, but what is best to do. "That is the choice we have to make daily: what do I feel like doing or what is best for me?" the pope said Nov. 22.

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2020-11-22 11:12:38



Amy Coney Barrett's critics accuse her of being a bad Catholic. She is not.....  

Several Facebook friends and others jumped on new Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett's joining the majority of the court in lifting a stay of execution for Orlando Hall. He'd been sentenced to death in 1994 for kidnapping, raping, and murdering a sixteen-year-old girl by burying her alive. The appeal was his last chance to live. He died by lethal injection late Thursday night.

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2020-11-22 10:58:46



When the time comes for civil disobedience.....  

Here's the question, THE question, that's on my mind these days: As governors continue to impose tight restrictions on churches, when will Catholic bishops encourage civil disobedience? Archbishop Sample of Portland seems to have answered that question, saying it's not going to happen." Archbishop Cordileone of San Francisco sends a different message: "I'm taking no options off the table."

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2020-11-22 10:23:56



The 50 most underappreciated cars of all time...  

Generational shifts almost always wreak havoc on accepted pop-culture wisdom. As one cohort ages out of a particular scene — be it music, movies, fashion or design — a new group rushes into to fill the gap, bringing with them their own ideas about what's cool, what's not and most importantly, where you should turn your attention next.

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2020-11-22 09:52:38



Pope changes diocesan celebration of World Youth Day from Palm Sunday to Christ the King Sunday...  

At the end of Mass for Christ the King on November 22, 2020, Pope Francis had some important reflections on World Youth Day (WYD). First, he greeted youth from Panama and Portugal, present to transfer the symbols of WYD from the last venue to the next, Lisbon in 2023. Second, he announced a change in how WYD will be observed at the diocesan level.

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2020-11-22 09:21:58



Living the reality of the Kingdom of Christ...  

The Solemnity of Christ the King is an occasion for us every year to recalibrate our lives to the reality of Christ's kingdom and to follow the criteria Christ gives us to enter it, live in it and proclaim it. The annual feast is much needed to fight against the perennial temptation to view the world through the lens of earthly power and squeeze our understanding of God into that prism.

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2020-11-22 08:53:46



Two secular lawsuits, involving McCarrick and Becciu, raise deeply ecclesiastical conundra...  

Within the last few days, two completely separate lawsuits have been filed in two different countries that somehow involve the Vatican. In the United States, four alleged sex abuse victims of ex-cardinal and ex-priest Theodore McCarrick are suing the Vatican, while in Italy Cardinal Angelo Becciu has filed a $12 million defamation of character claim against a news magazine.

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2020-11-22 08:51:39



Only 36 percent of people can solve this logic problem. How about you?  

A survey found only 36 percent of people could find the right answer to a seemingly simple logic problem, according to economics and math pro Presh Talwalkar of the YouTube channel Mind Your Decisions.

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2020-11-22 08:46:17



Jesus Christ our King is the strangest king you will ever hope to meet...  

The readings for this Feast of Christ the King evoke three images of Christ as King. All of them are to some extent paradoxical because they emphasize things we don't usually associate with kings. They also tell us that we have already met King Jesus even if we don't realize it. Let's look at these three images of our Lord Jesus Christ, King of all Creation...

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2020-11-22 08:06:50



'Long live Christ the King' — The 51 Claretian martyrs of Barbastro...  

At various times in history, martyrdom has been a real possibility for Christians. One such time was for Catholics during the Spanish Civil War of 1936-39, particularly those who were members of the clergy. The Spanish Civil War marked the most violent and prolonged spasm of the sort of religious persecution that had afflicted Spain for the last 100 years...

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2020-11-22 04:47:14



In the hearts of so many people today, Christ the King has been dethroned, deposed, denied and rejected...  

There are many forms of this atheism, but secularism is one. Secularism is not explicitly atheistic. It is atheistic by default. The secularist does not deny God. He simply does not admit God to the table. He does not reject God. He ignores God. How does this affect Catholics?

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2020-11-22 03:25:33



“Shake 'em like you're angry” — Chef demonstrates nifty trick for peeling hard-boiled eggs...  

Think peeling eggs is not fun? Lion House Pantry Executive Chef David Bench shows how to cook the same things Grandma did — just in a bigger batch.

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2020-11-22 02:37:48



Toronto's Cardinal Collins rebukes Catholic school board members for barring Catechism reading...  

Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto has rebuked members of the local Catholic school board for refusing to allow a passage of the Catechism of the Catholic Church pertaining to ministry to people with same-sex attraction to be read during a recent meeting.

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2020-11-21 10:19:28



Nobody has admitted to hitting “Like” on racy image from Pope's account, so the Vatican is asking Instagram to get involved...  

The Vatican said that no one in the Holy See "liked" a racy photograph while logged in to Pope Francis' Instagram account, and has requested that Instagram open an investigation into how or why such a "like" appears to have happened.

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2020-11-21 08:33:05



Sober but serene themes of judgment in the spirituals...  

I've often been impressed by the ability of old African-American spirituals to treat serious subjects in a clear, memorable, and almost joyful way. This is true even of weighty matters like sin and judgment. During early November we are focused on the four last things (death, judgment, Heaven, and hell) and November is also Black Catholic History Month. So, this seems like a good time to look at some of the creative lines from different spirituals that articulate these topics...

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2020-11-21 05:23:50



Luke 18:9-14  

Luke 18:9-14   (9) Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: (10) "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. (11) The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. (12) I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.' (13) And the tax collec

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2020-11-21 05:00:00



“Have you no such custom at meal?” — Praying before meals in Tolkien's “Lord of the Rings”...  

During November in the United States of America, families will celebrate Thanksgiving. It is a national holiday where we reflect upon our state in life and express our gratitude to God for His providential care. It is also a time to be with friends and family and to be thankful for the gift of their presence.

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2020-11-21 03:23:25



Cardinal Marx dissolves embattled Catholic group in Archdiocese of Munich...  

Cardinal Marx expressed sympathy for former members of the community, which was founded in 1948 with the intention of being, in its own words, "a place for an enlightened and unabridged Christianity."

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2020-11-21 03:05:45



Ralph Martin: The biggest crisis in the world revealed...  

The biggest crisis in the world "is alienation from God, rebellion against God, it's not believing in Jesus Christ, it's not accepting the offer of mercy and salvation that God's offering to the human race. The primary mission of the Church is not to improve the world. We should absolutely apply the social teaching of the Church, out of charity in all these different areas...

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2020-11-21 01:43:28



We need to love one another. Because if we can't do that, it matters little whom we vote for.....  

In his book "Intellectuals," Paul Johnson observes that one of the defining characteristics of insistently-hailed modern "geniuses" like Karl Marx is that while they claimed to love humanity generally, they detested actual humans individually...

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2020-11-20 21:43:46



November, the holy souls, and purgatory...  

November is the month of the Holy Souls, and so this is an important time to remember our loved ones, and more generally the souls in Purgatory. But our concern for them should not be limited to just one month. We can also, at any time of the year and at any time or place, pray for them, or visit a cemetery and pray for particular souls...

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2020-11-20 15:58:54



This immersive 3D church model is enthralling — and any parish can have it done...  

We're not sure where the church is located, but it's called Holy Angels Chapel. This visualization was done with Nuvo360 technology (https://www.nuvo360.com).

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2020-11-20 14:22:01



This Sunday, Jesus reveals Himself in glory, and in our neighbor...  

It's autumn in America and in the Church calendar, too. Time for one last lesson in this liturgical year, and the best one too — the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. Matthew's Last Judgment is a moment of unveiling in which we see Jesus, and each other, as we truly are...

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2020-11-20 13:13:17



McCarrick never tried to slink around in the shadows. He was too devilishly clever for that.....  

Who was the first person to forward written accusations about Theodore McCarrick to the police? Who was the first to pass them on to the apostolic nuncio? The McCarrick Report gives us this shocking and very illuminating answer: McCarrick himself. And that is the principal explanation why "Uncle Ted"...

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2020-11-20 12:17:04



Cardinal Becciu sues news magazine for $12 million, says exposé ruined his chances of becoming pope...  

The Vatican cardinal sacked by Pope Francis amid a corruption investigation is suing an Italian news magazine, claiming that his ruined reputation has eliminated his chances of becoming pope and will undermine the legitimacy of any future papal election.

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2020-11-20 09:51:36



What is holding you back from being a saint?  

God's grace flows through us like a river, washing us and nourishing his divine life in us. His grace flows freely when we let go of the attachments that dam us up, blocking grace's entry points. If we are distracted by technology and do not make time to pray, are stuck in impurity, or consumed by work, we will miss what's most important...

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2020-11-20 06:13:53



Ecclesiastes 8:2-3  

Ecclesiastes 8:2-3   (2) I say, "Keep the king's commandment for the sake of your oath to God. (3) Do not be hasty to go from his presence. Do not take your stand for an evil thing, for he does whatever pleases him." This advice calls on us to refine our behavior to be delicate, reserved, and careful so we do not appear obstinate when a difference arises between civil authority and us. Solomon's counsel is that, if the king does not grant us what we desi...

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2020-11-20 05:00:00



Liberation theologian Leonardo Boff is a keynote speaker at Vatican's 'Economy of Francesco' conference...  

The controversial Brazilian liberation theologian Leonardo Boff will be a keynote speaker at the Economy of Francesco, a three-day international Vatican-organized conference that starts tomorrow aimed at making finance inclusive and sustainable. A former Franciscan priest, Boff will speak on...

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2020-11-19 20:52:46



Exactly 100 years ago, Soviet Russia became the first nation to legalize abortion — and then spread her errors worldwide...  

On November 18, 1920, Soviet Russia became the first country to legalize abortion, marking the beginning of the legal killing of children in-utero worldwide. Russian history is a complex tale of political conflicts and tense governmental regimes, but the country's deep-seated abortion culture is worthy of exploration...

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2020-11-19 09:06:16



Vatican-sponsored 'Economy of Francesco' summit kicks off with Jeffrey Sachs, advocate for contraception and 'reproductive justice'...  

The Economy of Francesco summit kicked off Thursday with economist Jeffrey Sachs serving as a mentor for young "changemakers" to create a new world economy. Sachs, who has participated in numerous Vatican events in recent years, is an advocate for population control initiatives calling for the provision of contraception in the developing world, and a supporter of U.N. initiatives that call for universal access to abortion.

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2020-11-19 07:54:37



“All hell broke loose”: Family starts going back to church after demonic encounters in haunted home...  

We received a frantic call from a man in Indiana who was a non-practicing Baptist, and his wife was not a believer. They had two children. They recently inherited their house from relatives. The man who previously lived in the house was known to have molested minors and also involved in the occult. He died in April and they moved in around June.

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2020-11-19 05:38:36



Ecclesiastes 4:13-16  

Ecclesiastes 4:13-16   (13) Better a poor and wise youth Than an old and foolish king who will be admonished no more. (14) For he comes out of prison to be king, Although he was born poor in his kingdom. (15) I saw all the living who walk under the sun; They were with the second youth who stands in his place. (16) There was no end of all the people over whom he was made king; Yet those who come afterward will not rejoice in him. Surely this also is vanity and grasp

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2020-11-19 05:00:00



New Catholic elected officials hope to lead with faith...  

They come from different places and different backgrounds. One spent his teenage years adjusting to life in the United States as a refugee of the Vietnam War. Another is less than a decade removed from serving as Miss Minneapolis. But whatever their differences, Catholics newly elected to state or federal office this November have responded to a similar call to enter into public service...

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2020-11-19 02:38:54



The meanest thing Jesus ever said...  

The Gospel from Wednesday's Mass (Wed. of the 33rd Week - Luke 19:11-27) is known as the "Parable of the Ten Gold Coins." It has an ending so shocking that, when I read it at Mass some years ago, a young child said audibly to her mother, "Wow, that's mean!" I'd like to look at it and ponder its shocking ending. Today's parable is like Matthew's "Parable of the Talents," but with some significant differences...

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2020-11-19 02:32:30



In surprise statement, U.S. bishops warn of “grave and imminent harm“ from Biden on “Hyde amendment, Roe v. Wade, HHS mandate, Equality Act, Catholic schools”...  

As the US bishops face a moment unseen in most of their lifetimes - the nation's election of a Catholic to the Presidency - the issue of Joe Biden's faith emerged by surprise at today's public close of the USCCB plenary, as the bench's leadership suddenly moved to draw a line in the sand with the incoming Democratic administration over its support of legal abortion.

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2020-11-18 12:22:22



Vatican investigating after social media team “likes” a racy picture of a lingerie-clad model — on the Pope's official Instagram account...  

The Vatican is investigating usage of the papal Instagram account after Pope Francis' official page liked a racy picture of a scantily-clad model. The picture "liked" by Pope Francis' verified account, Franciscus, features Brazilian model and Twitch streamer Natalia Garibotto wearing a lingerie outfit that resembles a school uniform...

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2020-11-18 11:40:05



Who's to blame for 'Uncle Ted' McCarrick? It depends on the news sources you follow.....  

A week after the Vatican released its much-anticipated investigation of former cardinal Theodore McCarrick, there remain many unanswered questions. Whether journalists will delve deeply into these unanswered questions remains to be seen. The point of any report, after all, is to uncover the culprits and hopefully detail how sins and crimes of this nature can be prevented in the future...

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2020-11-17 22:52:31



Making room for the common good...  

In a fascinating front-page article in last week's National Catholic Register, Jonathan Liedl documents a surprising increase in multiracial support for the Republican Party. It will take time for all the data to be solidified and interpreted, but it appears that the GOP increased its percentage of non-white voters in 2020 as compared with 2016, up 5 percent overall, including increases of 4% among Blacks and Latinos and 2% among Asian voters.

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2020-11-17 21:09:56



The return of the Sunday Mass obligation will be an opportunity to do things better — let's not waste it...  

The modified moratorium on Mass in many parts of the country has been followed by anemic returns of parishioners. It is also accompanied by dormant fears that a resurgence of COVID infections with the arrival of the traditional winter flu season may lead to a second ecclesiastical lockdown, irrespective of what civil authorities do. Catholics lost Easter 2020. Will they also lose Christmas?

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2020-11-17 19:39:44



“That's no way to live life” — Bishop Conley deserves our thanks for his witness on the importance of caring for one's mental health.....  

Last year, I wrote on Where Peter Is that Bishop James Conley of the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska had taken a leave of absence to receive treatment for depression and anxiety. This is, as far as I know, almost without precedent for a bishop in the era of modern mental health treatment. At the time I also read several news articles on other websites covering Bishop Conley's decision...

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2020-11-17 17:31:21



A recap of Day 1 of the USCCB 2020 fall meeting...  

An emphasis on the need for healing, in both the Church and broader society, was prominent throughout the first day of the fall general assembly for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). In his address Monday, Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the conference, called for a "heroic Christianity" that forms missionary disciples.

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2020-11-17 14:29:33



'Gender transition' of third-grade student at Baltimore Catholic school sparks furor...  

When a third-grade girl at School of the Incarnation here told her classmates she was a boy, parents of other students were surprised to learn that the Archdiocese of Baltimore had agreed to cooperate with her new identity. In the face of cultural trends that suggest someone can choose a gender different from his or her biological sex at birth...

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2020-11-17 12:18:55



New COVID-19 restrictions in Europe are depriving the faithful of Mass again...  

A few months after the first coronavirus lockdown deprived millions of Catholics worldwide of the Holy Mass, including Easter celebrations, new coronavirus restrictions adopted by several European countries have once again plunged the faithful into disarray. Following renewed restriction in Ireland, France and Belgium, England has entered a new period of lockdown Nov. 5, which is due to last...

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2020-11-17 11:51:07



McCarrick wanted this note from Cardinal Ratzinger kept secret — but with pro-abortion Biden's election, it's as relevant as ever...  

We are back in 2008, and for two years Cardinal McCarrick has no longer been archbishop of Washington. He has resigned "spontaneously," in reality under pressure from Benedict XVI, who has also asked him to "keep a low profile and reduce travel to the minimum." All this because of his ongoing homosexual activity with seminarians and young priests, which had come to the attention of Vatican authorities.

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2020-11-17 10:45:32



Life involves risks. There is no such thing as complete safety.....  

In the video below, a comedy routine from Mad TV shows how many modern notions were non-existent even just fifty years ago. In the sketch, a pregnant mother drinks a martini and smokes a cigarette; children ride bikes without wearing helmets. Of course, like a lot of comedy, the topic is taken to excess for effect. Nevertheless, most of us who are older grew up in a "dangerous" world...

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2020-11-17 10:31:18



Report: Search finds $700,000 in cash at suspended Vatican official's home...  

Police have found hundreds of thousands of euros in cash hidden in two homes of a suspended Vatican official under investigation for corruption, according to Italian media reports.

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2020-11-17 08:35:57



15 encouraging saint quotes to give you peace, home and strength in difficult times...  

During this stressful time in our country, I'd like to provide 15 saint quotes to help give your heart peace through anxiety.

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2020-11-17 07:16:25



This priest was diagnosed with ALS, then hit hard by COVID. He typed out this reflection using only his eyes.....  

About a year ago, I was diagnosed with ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. It has already taken much from me, like the ability to offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, feed myself, or walk. Yet it has also brought me great freedom to live my priesthood in a radical way. Although this disease has taken much from me...

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2020-11-17 07:16:23



The fury of the fatherless...  

The Trump administration's recent designation of several American cities as "anarchic jurisdictions" may turn out to have been nothing more than a quixotic gambit in the supercharged run-up to November 3. But the fact that it was thinkable in the first place points to a truth beyond electoral politics: The frenzy that has been enacted in city after American city since May 2020 demands more scrutiny than it has yet received.

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2020-11-17 06:21:05



Father David Bonnar, ex-chaplain to Pittsburgh Steelers, named bishop of Youngstown, Ohio...  

Pope Francis Tuesday named Pittsburgh priest Fr. David J. Bonnar the next bishop of Youngstown, Ohio. Bonnar, 58, succeeds Bishop George Murry, S.J., who died June 5 from acute leukemia. The bishop-elect is pastor of St. Aidan Parish in Wexford, Pennsylvania. For 12 years he was chaplain of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Since 2016, the bishop-elect has been director of The Priest Magazine, published by Our Sunday Visitor.

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2020-11-17 04:40:34



“I couldn't fix myself”: Bishop James Conley opens up about mental health recovery...  

In December 2019, Bishop James Conley of the Diocese of Lincoln announced he was going on a medical leave of absence. Citing diagnoses of depression and anxiety, as well as chronic insomnia and debilitating tinnitus (a constant ringing of the ears), the bishop said in a public statement that he would be receiving psychological as well as medical treatment.

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2020-11-17 04:36:32



Don't fall for the Straw Pope fallacy...  

What I call the Straw Pope Fallacy is a variation of the famous Straw Man Fallacy that is applied to the pope. The Straw Man Fallacy occurs when a person critiques an inaccurate version of someone's position. The name of the fallacy is based on the fact that it's easier to knock down a straw man than a real man...

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2020-11-17 01:10:46



Vatican launches 'Vos Estis' investigation of San Jose's Bishop Oscar Cantú...  

The Vatican's Congregation for Bishops has ordered an investigation into Bishop Oscar Cantú's handling of allegations of clerical sexual abuse and misconduct. The investigation is being carried out under the provisions of Vos estis lux mundi, Pope Francis' 2019 law for holding bishops accountable in the handling of sexual abuse cases.

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2020-11-17 01:03:59



How McCarrick got away...  

How did it happen? That's the question the McCarrick Report was supposed to answer. How many of the bishops knew about his beach house? Who turned a blind eye? Who lied to protect one of their own? Nobody expected the Report to answer those questions, and so nobody will be disappointed. Still, it was revealing...

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2020-11-16 20:08:56



Thanks be to God for priestly celibacy...  

The combination of the ongoing clerical sexual-abuse scandal and a recent wedding of a former Catholic priest has made it popular to embrace throwing out the celibacy rule in the Catholic priesthood. But as Father Carter Griffin points out in the book Why Celibacy: Reclaiming the Fatherhood of the Priest...

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2020-11-16 19:31:03



Cardinal Gulbinowicz dies 10 days after having Vatican sanctions imposed...  

A Polish cardinal recently sanctioned by the Vatican for sexual abuse has died at the age of 97. Cardinal Henryk Gulbinowicz died Monday morning, the Polish bishops' conference announced Nov. 16. Earlier this month, the apostolic nunciature in Poland announced disciplinary measures...

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2020-11-16 17:09:26



17 winners of Close-Up Photographer of the Year...  

The second year of the Close-Up Photographer of the Year competition has just come to a close, and the winners have been announced. The contest "celebrates close-up, macro, and micro photography," among seven separate categories. More than 6,500 entries were received from 52 countries this year...

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2020-11-16 16:15:08



Key papal moments illustrate challenges of new COVID-19 lockdowns...  

As both the United States and Europe face resurgences of the coronavirus pandemic and are moving towards new lockdowns in many places, it's a good time to look back at the experience of the first wave in the spring and take stock of lessons learned...

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2020-11-16 15:35:55



Experts: Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict is Christian genocide under the pretext of war...  

Under the cover of a global pandemic, benefiting from U.S. self-absorption during the presidential election, a battle that raged for 44 days against a compact community of Armenians — some 150,000 people territorially enclosed by Azerbaijan — has ended. The region under siege is widely known as Nagorno-Karabakh...

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2020-11-16 15:08:42



The McCarrick Report: the cover-up continues...  

The McCarrick Report, hyped for months as a candid Vatican exploration of an ecclesiastical scandal, is actually a clever bid to deflect attention away from the real scandal. The 450-page report fails to explain how Theodore McCarrick rose to prominence, influenced Vatican policies and appointments...

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2020-11-16 10:47:42






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