Catholic “Judas” Doug Kmiec still shilling for Obama, even after getting sacked by him.

According to Kmiec, “One of the most attractive aspects of President Barack Obama is the significance of faith in his life.”

Editor’s note: ????!!!!

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Why I am a Catholic: An interesting and informative conversion story.

I’ve often told my friends that although I lived for a long time on the outside of the sacramental life, my conversion to the Catholic Church began when I was about seven years old. I was raised in an old Presbyterian establishment. I was blessed in this upbringing, and I learned many things that have stood me in good stead.

But as Chesterton puts it, all children everywhere are born wanting to be Catholics; their natural tactile and imaginative impulses, which ought to be molded into the fruition of integrated worship in the Mass, have to be trained out of them by means of deliberate restraint in Protestant households. I think it’s true; thuribles and light streaming through stained glass, and kindly images like family photographs, and the solemn genuflection before the Presence are just the sorts of things that children think are terribly important.

And, as is often the case with children, natural impulses for liturgical worship and the material means of grace reflect the kind of profound truth that Aquinas carefully explains in his Summa Theologiae: the human person’s faith is united to his body; thus, Christ’s provision of the material sacraments is the greatest sort of gift for our faith. Humanity acquires intellectual knowledge through the senses; therefore, sensible signs are aptly used to signify spiritual things.

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A picture is worth a thousand words: Catholic art “conquers” anti-Catholic Bob Jones University.

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Walking across the tidy campus of Bob Jones University, there’s no obvious sign this bastion of Christian fundamentalism is also home to one of the nation’s largest collections of Renaissance and Baroque religious art from the heart of Catholic Europe.It’s all the more surprising since the school’s old-time Protestant leaders have for years taught that Catholicism is a “cult” and even the “Mother of Harlots.”

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New Vatican commission turns its attention to church architecture

Fatima, Portugal

Los Angeles, California

Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Benedict XVI, consider this work as “very urgent”. The reality is staring everyone in the eyes: in recent decades, churches have been substituted by buildings that resemble multi purpose halls.

Too often, architects, even the more famous ones, do not use the Catholic liturgy as a starting point and thus end up producing avant-garde constructions that look like anything but a church. These buildings composed of cement cubes, glass boxes, crazy shapes and confused spaces, remind people of anything but the mystery and sacredness of a church. Tabernacles are semi hidden, leading faithful on a real treasure hunt and sacred images are almost inexistent.

The new commission’s regulations will be written up over the next few days and will give precise instructions to dioceses. It will only be responsible for liturgical art, not for sacred art in general; and this also goes for liturgical music and singing too. The judicial powers of the Congregation for Divine Worship will have the power to act.

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Cardinal Bernard Law retires

Vatican City, Nov 21, 2011 / 05:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict accepted the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law, former Archbishop of Boston, and appointed Spanish Archbishop Santos Abril y Castelló as the new archpriest of the Basilica of St. Mary Major.

Cardinal Law, who resigned in 2002 as Archbishop of Boston in the wake of the sex abuse scandal, turned 80 on Nov. 4.

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Falsely accused Catholic priest awarded more than a million dollars, public apology on TV.

The Association of Catholic Priests has said that the Primetime incident, along with results of a survey commissioned by the Iona Institute points towards media bias among sections of the media, “including some in the national broadcaster”.

The group has also said that it was disappointed by the way RTÉ’s statement and apology was broadcast on television and radio, citing “poor quality delivery” which “seemed to imply a lack of sincerity about the content”.

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Scripture and Tradition: How Catholics know what we know about the early life of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

November 21 is the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This feast has always been celebrated as a commemoration of Mary being presented in the Temple at the age of three years by her parents St Joachim and St Anne. Mary lived in the Temple precincts until the age of 14* when she was betrothed to Saint Joseph.

Modern “sophisticated scholars” cast doubt on this tradition as pious legend. However, by the 400s it was universally believed that Mary lived at the Temple from the age of 3 till 14.** Moreover, the Church Fathers and the Doctors of the Church confirm that the Blessed Virgin was in fact consecrated at the Temple to serve therein.

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More Than 100 Reasons to Be Thankful, Even in Hard Times

A few to get you started…

8. Brief and productive meetings

25. Friends who care about me enough to tell me when I am being stupid.

45. Finding a dollar in an old coat you haven’t worn in years.

56. Duct-Tape!

66. Chocolate!

80. Sunrises, sunsets, ocean waves, hidden forests, mossy rocks and mountain streams and all the other wonderments of nature.

98. Bread, the universal side to any meal.

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Why Do Catholics Keep Funding the Radical Left?

Isn’t there something very wrong about taking up collections in Catholic churches to fund groups whose leading light regarded God as “the establishment,” hell as a kingdom worth winning, and Satan’s rebellion against God as an example to be emulated?

Granted, some of the groups funded by the CCHD are doing good work, but far too many follow the Alinsky model.  Moreover, many CCHD grantees promote abortion, same-sex “marriage,” militantly Marxist indoctrination, and other things that are not only offensive to Catholics, but also deeply destructive to families and society.

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Penn State: Another homosexual sex scandal that’s NOT called what it obviously is!

by Doug Lawrence

The recent Penn State child abuse scandal is noteworthy for a number of reasons:

First, no one in the mainstream media has yet to call it what it really is … a homosexual sex scandal.

Second, although many have likened the scandal to those experienced by the Catholic Church, no one has yet pointed out that unlike Catholic priests, this sexually deviant perpetrator was not subject to a vow of celibacy or chastity … something which has heretofore been widely (but erroneously) cited … as the likely cause of priestly child abuse.

Why the double standard? Why the subtle obfuscations? Why the deliberate mischaracterizations by the mainstream media? Why hasn’t anyone owned up to the lies … or attempted to correct the record?

And why is the public apparently willing to put up with it?

Maybe they’re afraid of being labeled as bullies, haters, or homophobes.

Maybe they’re just weak, misinformed, or they simply don’t care.

Maybe a bit of both!

In any case, it’s just wrong!

Homosexuality and the Catholic Priest scandals (PDF)

Amazing video: Conception to birth — visualized. Definitely worth watching!


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What does Psalm 23, the Godfather Movie, and the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ have in common?

“If Jesus was God, why did he say ‘“My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?’  Doesn’t that prove that even Jesus didn’t think he was God.”

I waited for the other guy to respond as the question was directed at him but I could see from the look on his face that he had never considered this question.  The questioner had a look of victory on his face.  I jumped in.

“I can answer that.  Leave the gun, take the cannoli.”

I got the desired reaction, blank stares.

“Let me clarify.  Take it to the mattresses.”

More blank stares.

“When I say these things to you, what am I quoting?”

“The Godfather,” they all responded at once.

“How do you know?”

“We just do.  Everybody knows those lines.”

“Exactly.  As 21st century Americans, I can pretty much count on the fact that we all have the same frames of cultural reference.  So when Jesus said ‘My God, my God…’ he also knew that his audience would automatically understand him.  The problem isn’t that Jesus didn’t know He was God.  The problem is that you are not first century Jews.”

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The 9th Annual Los Angeles March for Life is coming up on March 17, 2012

The 9th Annual Los Angeles March for Life
Welcome to the home page for the Los Angeles March for Life. We invite you to join us on March 17, 2012 to take a stand for the right to life for the unborn. The LA March is a ecumenical event that is brought to you by the Knights of Columbus, Van Nuys Council 3148. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of the plight of the unborn and to raise funds that support pro-life causes in the San Fernando Valley.

Watch a slide show of the 5th Annual March for Life

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Pray various editions of the Divine Office online, for free

“I don’t have a breviary but would like to try pray it. Where can I recite the divine office for free online?” This has come up again in recent weeks.

The answer to that question is that you can get it in quite a number of places depending on the medium you hope to use and which version of the Divine Office you are speaking of.

The advantage of these online editions of the Divine Office, of course, is that they are an easy, unintimidating way for people to get started into the Office, both for the reason that they require no initial outlay of money to try it out, and also because they take one through the Office without having to first learn how the Office is structured; you just read along. (These online editions are also useful for situations where having the actual books is impractical, or where they are quite simply not at your disposal.)

That said, one will ideally want to get the books and learn the structure of the Office of course, but even then, these online editions will still serve the neophyte as a useful reference as you learn how to follow your breviary.

Now, with all that said, let us look at some of what is out there.

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How the State of Illinois and pro-homosexual, pro-abortion Governor Pat Quinn ran ‘roughshod’ over Catholic Charities.

Attorney Peter Breen, with the Thomas More Society, talked about how the Illinois government ran “roughshod” over the faith-based charity, ignoring legislated provisions for religious liberties, on CBN News Channel Morning News, Nov. 17.

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Notre Dame survey of African American Catholics offers important insights

A new, unprecedented national survey of African American Catholics by University of Notre Dame researchers reveals several significant insights into individual religious engagement and identifies several notable demographic trends facing the church. The survey was sponsored by the National Black Catholic Congress and Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life and Office of the President.

Notre Dame social scientists Darren W. Davis and Donald B. Pope-Davis, who coauthored the report, set out to test the validity of anecdotal accounts that African American Catholics were becoming increasingly disengaged from their religion. Although the primary focus of the survey is on African American Catholics, the researchers utilized a significant comparative component with white Catholics, which resulted in several notable findings about both groups of Catholics.

The survey also is historic in that it represents the largest sample of African American Catholics ever surveyed on their faith.

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Those who worship in glass houses shouldn’t throw around 50 million dollars (that they don’t have)

An Orange County bankruptcy judge ruled Thursday that the Crystal Cathedral, a monument to modernism in faith and architecture, will be sold for $57.5 million to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, which plans to consecrate it as a Catholic cathedral.

Among the questions is what will happen to the Crystal Cathedral ministry now led by Schuller’s daughter, Sheila Schuller Coleman. The church has been in a downward slide for years, culminating in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing in October 2010, when it cited more than $50 million in debt.

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Editor’s note: Time to buy stock in Windex. Let’s hope all that glass is covered by earthquake insurance. And of course, no high pitched singing should be allowed!

The Miracle that is the Catholic Church

by Doug Lawrence

It was the year 1531. In Europe, the Protestant Reformation had begun, and the ranks of the Catholic Church would soon be reduced by hundreds of thousands … perhaps even millions … of fallen away souls.

Half a world away, at Tepeyac, a hill northwest of Mexico City, a poor farmer experienced a strange apparition, leading to a remarkable, supernatural turn of events that would result in the conversion of millions of native people to Catholicism, put an end to the local practice of human sacrifice, and more than make up for the losses suffered by the Church, on the continent of Europe.

Read more about the amazing events in Mexico, here.

The pope’s current visit to Africa reminds us, despite continuing, major losses in the developed world, that the Catholic faith is still remarkably vibrant, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ is still hugely relevant, especially on the African continent, where over the last hundred years, Catholic Church membership has grown from 2 million, to over 160 million souls.

Read more about the Catholic Church in Africa, here.

Isn’t it nice to know that God has a way of doing things that … despite our many failings and shortcomings … and despite the many and continuing challenges in the world … always brings about what he ultimately intends … for our good … and for the good of his holy church?

To paraphrase our site’s motto:
God loves us. God will provide. Believe it. It’s true!

New ordinariate will be created on January 1 to bring Anglicans into the US Catholic Church

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Indianapolis, Indiana: 23,000 young Catholics attending three-day meeting.

More than 23,000 Catholic teens from across the country will gather in Indianapolis for what organizers call a three-day experience of prayer, community and empowerment. (November 17-19)

Topics at the conference will range from chastity to bullying, prayer, social justice, dating, Catholic identity and using social media to share faith experiences.

National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry