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Active Homosexuality in the Priesthood Helped Cause This Crisis

from: The National Catholic Register (http://www.ncregister.com) by Msgr. Charles Pope The Sixth Commandment is clear — there is a universal call to chastity, and no one is exempt. There is a line in the Acts of the Apostles that I … Continue reading

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Reflection for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle B

FIRST READING       Proverbs 9:1-6 Wisdom has built her house, she has set up her seven columns; she has dressed her meat, mixed her wine, yes, she has spread her table. She has sent out her maidens; she … Continue reading

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Father Z offers one of the hardest posts he has ever written

Posted on 17 August 2018 by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf on his blog: This foreword was written after I wrote the rest, as forewords usually are.  This is one of the hardest posts I’ve ever written.  It was physically uncomfortable to … Continue reading

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What St Catherine of Siena would say to today’s bishops

From Angelus News: If you’ve ever dipped into the letters of St. Catherine of Siena, you know she is forever encouraging holiness. She wants people inflamed with “blazing charity” and bathing “in the blood of Christ crucified.” She wants to … Continue reading

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Cardinal Burke Addresses the Clergy Scandal

Thomas McKenna, the president of  Catholic Action for Faith and Family, interviewed Cardinal Raymond Burke this week on the clergy abuse scandal. SAN DIEGO- August 16, 2018 Thomas McKenna: Your Eminence, a new wave of clergy sexual abuse has surfaced … Continue reading

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St. Jean-Marie Vianney, Model of Parochial Clergy

  St. Francis de Sales once said that one can be a martyr not only by confessing God before men, but also by confessing men before God. How could this phrase not come to mind when thinking about the holy … Continue reading

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Homily on the Assumption of Our Lady

For today’s Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary here is a re-post of a homily by the Servant of God, Fr John A. Hardon S.J. : The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin means that after Her life … Continue reading

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“I now have doubt about sorting the doctrinal from the papal opinion.” Fr Z replies.

Fr Z’s latest blog post: From a reader… QUAERITUR: All this confusion with the death penalty has caused me to doubt the authority of what I assumed were books of bedrock Catholic Doctrine. Of course there was the first JPII … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania report reveals harrowing record of abuse in 6 dioceses

by Rhina Guidos at the Catholic Herald: posted Tuesday, 14 Aug 2018   The long-awaited report contained a searing condemnation of Church officials A Pennsylvania grand jury report issued on Wednesday paints a picture of a Catholic Church in six of … Continue reading

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Feast of Saint Maximilian Kolbe

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Member of Francis’ Inner Circle in Article: “Church in New Phase, beyond Scripture and Tradition”

From Rorate Caeli: Please, read the following words, taken from an article written by Fr. Thomas Rosica, the Canadian priest who is one of the main English-speaking members of Francis’ inner circle, and published by news agency Zenit on July … Continue reading

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Reflection for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle B

NOTE:  I will retire as abbot on December 12, 2018.  I have been writing these homilies since the First Sunday of Advent in 1997.  I will no longer write these homilies.  My last homily will be published for the Solemnity … Continue reading

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Two Pieces of Good News (for a change): Salvini Stops Gender Folly, and Argentina Says No to Legalising Abortion

1. Brave Italian Interior Minister Stops Gender Folly The courageous Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini told LaNuovaBq.it (August 9) that last week he found out that the form to apply for an electronic identity card on his ministry’s webpage referred … Continue reading

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The Paramount Importance of Daily Prayer

by David Torkington* ”I would like to introduce you to an old friend of mine, Patricia who was received into the Church some years ago. Although she received almost a dozen talks to prepare her for baptism, the talks were … Continue reading

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England’s (Latest) Sex Abuse Scandal

From Torch of The Faith, Friday 10 August 2018  The major news here in the UK yesterday related to the shocking findings of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse (IICSA), led by Professor Alexis Jay, relating to a ”culture of … Continue reading

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