Media firestorm: Duck Dynasty star tells the truth about immoral behavior – homosexual and otherwise.

Speaking with GQ, Robertson lamented that when “everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong … sin becomes fine.” So just what qualifies as sinful in his book?

“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there — bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” he declared.

Phil probably should have cut himself off at this point, but instead he paraphrased Corinthians. “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers — they won’t inherit the kingdom of God,” he warned. “Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”

What’s more, according to him, it’s basically incomprehensible. “It seems to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus,” he explained. “That’s just me. I’m just thinking, ‘There’s more there! She’s got more to offer.’ I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”

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Editor’s note: The lynching by militant perverts of all variations is tentatively scheduled for tomorrow. Let’s see who has the “guts” to stand up and defend him.

The wrong Obamacare worker gets the axe

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An Obamacare phone operator who had a conversation with Fox News host Sean Hannity lost her job on Thursday.

On Monday, the “Hannity” host called up the Affordable Care Act phone number provided by the federal government. Eventually, he was connected with Erling Davis, a phone operator working for a private contract company .

Hannity quizzed Davis about technical issues facing the government healthcare website and engaged in some small talk during their 10-minute conversation.

However, on Thursday Davis revealed that she was fired by her employer over the conversation. For his part, Hannity told listeners of his radio show that he will compensate Davis for a year’s salary tax free and try to help her find a new job.

“They fired me from my job,” Davis told Hannity while being interviewed on his radio program.

A transcribed the exchange between Davis and Hannity reads as follows:

Editor’s note: They should put VP Joe Biden to work at the Obamacare call center. That would certainly provide some amusing conversation!

Pope Francis is – wittingly or unwittingly – using a liberal code which genuflects to all the liberal impieties.

How else, for example, could one explain his extraordinary claim in this interview that proselytism is ‘solemn nonsense’? The Pope’s sermon yesterday (thanks Rorate) talks a lot about Mission, so surely we must interpret this remark favourably. Nevertheless, in the same interview, while ruling out proselytism, what Francis never seems to rule in is conversion.

The point is, even if he wants outsiders to convert, this coded language will be taken as a signal by ecclesial relativists. Moreover, at the same time, he insists that the Church is only there trying to spread a lot of love (principally to help the youth employment situation and lonely old folk).

And there was me thinking it had something to do with God (and it does, but you wouldn’t get that from this interview …). I mean, he does not even express the hope that maybe one day Scalfari and his readers might encounter Christ. Honestly, if he thinks this represents good tactics, he really has no antennae for how the liberals will interpret him internally.

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Related link: Liberalism is a sin

Louie Verrecchio: This pope, like his immediate predecessors, is utterly determined not to allow “the facts on the ground” to interfere with his view of the Second Vatican Council.

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One enormous rotten fruit – complete with maggots

“Vatican II produced a renewal movement that simply comes from the same Gospel. Its fruits are enormous. Just recall the liturgy. The work of liturgical reform has been a service to the people as a re-reading of the Gospel from a concrete historical situation.”

Pope Francis obviously dwells in the same parallel universe from whence John Paul II said, “The vast majority of the pastors and the Christian people have accepted the liturgical reform in a spirit of obedience and indeed joyful fervor,” even as the real fruits of the post-conciliar liturgical reform were such that desolate parishes were being boarded up at an alarming rate in dioceses all over the world as he spoke.

Read 9 other observations about the Pope’s interview

Editor’s note: The “fathers” of Vatican II – and all the post-conciliar popes – evidently never heard the phrase, commonly attributed to Abraham Lincoln, “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”  

Catholics aren’t stupid. Nobody with any sense of history (or common sense) could look back on the last 50 years and see it as anything other than an unmitigated disaster for the Catholic Church – the bulk of it self-inflicted.

Last time I checked – telling lies – even with good intentions – was a sin! What we have here is a 50 year-long credibility gap that sullies virtually the entire Catholic hierarchy. What many of these clerics are doing is urging the faithful to live a lie! We expect that type of thing from cheap, tin-horn politicians – but not from Catholic bishops and popes. No wonder things are so fouled up!

According to the Catechism, the holy office of bishop is supposed to be the image of God the Father. I sincerely hope not, since – based on recent events – that would be blasphemy, on a very large scale! 

First, we have a pope who somewhat mysteriously, resigns. Then, we have a new pope who says he doesn’t want to be pope, who appears to be seriously conflicted and/or confused about a number of critical faith issues, and to top things off – he likes to ramble on about it in public – to non-Catholics, atheists and secular newspapers.

Please … enough already!

The time for phony reform is over. Nobody is fooling anyone. The Church is in shambles, with much of our leadership both morally and spiritually bankrupt. Yet all we need do to make things right again is what all Catholics had been doing for the 1,930-some years prior to the disaster now known as the 2nd Vatican Council.

The Church saved souls all that time. It can save souls, today. All we need do is what any failing team typically does, in order to recover from a long losing streak: get back to the fundamentals and practice, practice, practice.

God help us!

Interview With Cardinal Burke . . . Insights On The Church And Modern Society

Q. It has been about four months since Pope Francis became the 266th Roman Pontiff. From the vantage point of your office in Rome, have you observed any tangible changes in tone or day- today operation in the Vatican? What is the role of the group of eight Cardinals formed by Pope Francis?

A. Certainly Pope Francis, as is the case with every Pope, has his distinctive style which is not the same as Pope Benedict’s. Everyone is adjusting to that. It is a style that has very much appealed to the faithful in terms of the number of pilgrims coming to Rome and their positive and overwhelming response to the new Holy Father. He has a way of communicating with people that is direct and which demonstrates his fatherly concern for them as individuals. When people see the fatherly and spiritual care that he gives to others, they understand that he also has the same care for them.

With regard to changes, the Holy Father has indicated that he wants to study a reform of the Roman curia and that would necessarily mean also a reform in his way of relating to the particular churches throughout the world. He is studying all of that at the present moment. Those of us who hold offices in the Roman curia have been confirmed provisionally until he has finished this study. As Pope Francis has himself said, he was not part of the Roman curia and is just now coming to know the operation of the curia, and that takes time. He has only been in office for four months, so we are waiting to see.

The group of eight Cardinals Pope Francis named [ to advise him on the reform of the Roman curia] is the result of a suggestion made during the general congregation before the conclave and is actually a suggestion that was discussed some years ago. The norms for the functioning of the body have not yet been published and so I cannot say exactly what will be the scope of the considerations presented to the group or precisely how it will operate. I imagine that that type of document will be forthcoming and then we will know more about it. What seems clear is that the Holy Father wants to have a group of close and highly qualified advisors to consult with in carrying out his responsibilities.

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Catholic writer analyzes Pope’s interview, takes exception

Is Pope Francis a wishy-washy spineless pope? Perhaps a pawn, to be used by the liberals inside and outside the Church? Does he see what others see happening in our Church? Does it bother him?

I have a very dear Catholic friend who is freaking out because I am “having issues” with Pope Francis. It’s not that I don’t WANT to like him and think highly of him, I do. I really, really do. But… it’s just not happening for me.

I tried to give it time after the whole “Holy Week Debacle”[Muslim women foot washing etc]… he was ‘new’, he was a “different kind of pope”… he “needed time”… Well he still hasn’t grown on me, instead I have more issues now with him than I did months ago! That is not to say, I’ve tossed in the towel, I haven’t. I will continue to pray for him, my Church and myself to come to some sort of peace with “my issues with Pope Francis”.

My most recent “issues” (like oh so many other Catholics out there) are from his interview. *sigh*. Here are my thoughts on what the Pope said in his recent American Magazine interview.

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Probably the best 25-minute Catholic interview you’re ever likely to see.

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Watch the Michael Coren interview

Thanks to The American Catholic for the tip.

Holy water: “Industrial-strength spiritual Lysol.”

Part of an interview with a former Satanist:

CWR: How would you advise the faithful to keep the devil out of their lives?

Deborah: First of all, in this life he’s always going to be in your life and close by. So, you have to protect yourself by going to Mass and receiving the Eucharist. It’s powerful protection. Holy water is extremely effective. I call it “industrial-strength spiritual Lysol.” I keep it in my home and regularly bless myself.

The sacrament of confession is important. One of the fastest ways for the demon to enter our lives is through unconfessed sin. I freely tell people, Catholic or not, that the Catholic Church is the only church that has the tools to deal effectively with the demonic. That includes devotion to the Blessed Mother.

Also, be careful about your hobbies and entertainment. The drinking, partying, carousing lifestyle can create an opening for the devil to come in; I also recommend people avoid slasher movies.

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Herman Cain: No abortion, under any circumstance.

Appearing on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ on Sunday, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said that he didn’t agree with abortion “under any circumstance.”

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John Allen knows his Catholic “stuff”

“Most people assume that knowing how the sausage is ground is hazardous to your spiritual health, but in my case it’s had the opposite effect. I already knew there were politics and careerism and petty jealousies in the church before I started this gig, so there weren’t too many scales to fall from my eyes.”

“The surprise has been how much more I’ve discovered. … I’ve seen how the Catholic faith has inspired ordinary people to do mind-blowing things, such as serving the poor and healing divisions and fighting corruption and saving souls.”

“My experience has helped me to see beyond the normal preoccupation with scandals and division and heavy-handed exercises of authority, as important and unavoidable as those stories are, to how much more there is to Catholic life.”

“In the end, that’s deepened my faith rather than causing some existential crisis,” he said.

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All about Pope Benedict XVI – from a priest who knows him

You have a long-standing relationship with Pope Benedict XVI. Can you describe when you first met him?

Father Fessio: I first met Fr. Joseph Ratzinger when I arrived in Regensburg, (then West Germany) in the fall of 1972. I began my doctoral studies there and he was my doctoral director.

How that happened is a story in itself. I had begun my theological studies in France at the Jesuit Theologate in Lyons. There I was befriended by Fr. Henri de Lubac, S.J., a wonderful man of the Church and a renowned theologian. When the time came for me to decide upon the subject for a doctorate I asked his advice. He immediately told me that I should do my doctorate on Fr. Hans Urs von Balthasar whom he considered one of the greatest theologians of the era, if not all time. When I asked him where I should do it he immediately said, “Go to Regensburg and do it under Fr. Joseph Ratzinger; he’s a fine young theologian.” Fr. de Lubac graciously wrote to Fr. Ratzinger on my behalf and Fr. Ratzinger who was not accepting many new graduate students since he had so many already, accepted Fr. de Lubac’s recommendation.

Joseph Ratzinger was then as he is now, a very quiet and gracious person, always willing to listen; but when he speaks, he speaks with great clarity and depth of understanding. Even then one felt a presence because of his goodness, his openness, and his wisdom.

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New York Archbishop’s “60 Minutes” Interview: “When it comes to baseball, I think I can be pro-choice.”


The interview with New York’s Catholic Archbishop Timothy Dolan, speaks for itself.

Not a hatchet job. Not a softball, p.r. exercise, either.  The same is true for the other “bonus” interviews on various, high profile church issues of the day. The main interview runs slightly more than 11 minutes.

Well worth watching.

For example:

He lives in a small mansion connected by a tunnel to St. Patrick’s, where each day he must pass his own final resting place – the crypt – a constant reminder that his path to glory leads but to the grave.

“I’m supposed to go here,” he told Safer, looking at a small “available space” in the crypt. “Now although Cardinal Egan teases me that he wonders if one is gonna be enough, so I don’t know what we’re gonna have to, I might have to rent a space and a half.”

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Cardinal Mahoney: “I’m surprised that more people didn’t leave the church over this.”

At the end of our two-hour conversation, he came back to the subject, describing “the incredible sorrow” he has “for what the victims of these terrible wrongs went through, and are going through. I’ve met with more than 90 victims. I watched all the videotaped depositions of those involved in the settlement. I could only watch for a time, and then I had to go to the chapel. They were heartbreaking. I also read all the victims’ statements. One, I simply couldn’t believe the terrible things that had been done. It took me three days to read; an hour of reading and then back to the chapel. I had no idea what these people had suffered. It still has a profound impact on me.

“I have apologized to those who suffered whenever I could. I can never say, ‘I apologize’ enough times.”

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Chilling insider interview: Abortion and the occult

The clinic where my mother worked was pervaded with occult imagery and practices.  There was goddess art and statuary in the office, waiting, counseling, and recovery room areas, and new age music (occasionally including goddess chants and songs) was piped throughout.  The counselors were primarily chosen for their spiritual qualifications, and a few did not even have a degree in a relevant field (ie psychology, counseling, social work).  One was a trained chef turned sex worker (or “sacred prostitute”, as they preferred to think of it).

After the clinic closed for the evening, the staff would all smoke marijuana together and occasionally take hallucinogens if they were available – this was viewed as a spiritual practice, not a recreational one (they were rather scornful of people who used drugs just to get high for fun rather than to ‘open their minds’ to ‘spiritual realities and higher planes of existence’).

There were also special ceremonies involved when members of the clinic staff got intentionally pregnant in order to have abortions, which would be conducted after hours with a large group.  I was not welcome at these ceremonies since I had never had an abortion myself (at the time), so I can’t give details, but on one occasion I babysat the infant daughter of a clinic worker during one, upstairs from the clinic, and I remember hearing bits of song/chanting and that the doctor was not present (he was male and the ceremony was female only), so the abortion was obviously being performed by an unqualified person.  The women at the clinic were trained in “underground” abortion techniques in case of Roe v Wade being overturned.

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Reader takes issue with article about Papal interview, condoms, scandal

See the original article: It is a scandal for the Vicar of Christ to discuss casually with a layman, for publication to the world, such matters as condoms and male prostitutes.

Paul D. writes:

I do understand that the Pope’s comments have caused alarm and disquiet amongst the faithful and this is something that more wise council may have delivered in a more robust statement. Yet it is of little wonder because many papal comments can cause distress and query.

We remember, though I was a child at the time, Paul VI and Humane Vitae. His holiness did not issue the encyclical to show how he regarded the recent Council of the Church nor did he state it to inflict his own will above that of many within his opening Church. He did it as a response to the world of the 1960’s wherein sexual morality was collapsing in the public forum. Nevertheless, it did and does today resonate with what many within the Church regarded as unnecessary conviction towards the moral question surrounding the sexual experience.

Benedict today faces a world with many more complications caused by the spread especially in Africa of the AIDS virus. He clearly and theologically does not agree that the use of plastic condoms can solve this problem or defeat it. However, he is aware from his clergy in that continent that the problem needs to be faced head-on. This may also cause effect around the globe. As leader of the Worlds largest Organization his is the seemingly impossible task of showing Concordia to such diverse views and claims on his authority and direction. If ever a leader required help and prayer it was surely the sitter of the seat of St Peter?

His views expressed are important of course but they are not dogma. They show the direction the church may choose and it is the response of the Catholic World to try and be faithful to that direction. This does not mean blind obedience but it does mean that we may have to step back and see what his dialogue or expression means. Like Christ we have to see the Spirit not just the law as it is written. Tricky!

Misguided or Misunderstood . . .the charges remain. Surely some may claim that such a person as The Pope should be more aware of his political influence. His words may be unclear and we all like clarity. If not him then his advisors should be shot for allowing this holy personage to be dragged down to the media gutter by devious and corrupted secular writers.

On the other hand, it is not surprising that the pontiff’s words should be used in ways that inflate contrary belief systems. That is part of human nature and hardly unique. If many jump on the verbal band wagon to direct it in their own direction and in ways that were clearly never intended then we should not be surprised.

It is absurd to suggest the Pope was advancing safe sex by the use of the condom. If many think this then it is true many think Jesus meant self harm when he suggested cutting ones hand off rather then sinning. Catholics that have been given intelligence no matter how small should correct the issue but do it with charity and not in some intellectual storm of sour regret. To suggest the Pontiff is in error because he failed to appreciate that his words may be misconstrued is rather disgusting.

Yet as children often write What Would Jesus Do? Benedict is not politically astute but nor is he a fool. He tries and tried to express in modern setting when it may be more charitable to choose a lesser evil. He faces a hostile world and a very hostile western media often governed by liberal atheism. It is shocking therefore that Catholic media should also lay the proverbial boot in! Under such outrage it is hardly any wonder that many of the faithful are left even more bewildered and confused.

So my response to your blog was of dismay not from what the Pope had said but from the editorial that does indeed sneer at this 83 year old with little appreciation that he simply cannot be allowed to interfere with secular press. The (writer’s) argument (appears) to boil down to who is (responsible): the Pontiff … OR …“certain members of his own Vatican apparatus, who have demonstrated abundantly that they are unreliable or incompetent at best and outright traitors at worst.“

Such language is very inflammatory and more so coming from a catholic editorial. But there is worse: In summary that “Something else must be noted in all candour: It is a scandal for the very Vicar of Christ to discuss casually with a layman, for publication to the world, such matters as condoms and male prostitutes. It is inconceivable that any Pope before Vatican II, or even John XXIII or Paul VI, for that matter, would have descended to such details. The utter degradation of discourse that characterizes the “modern world” now touches even the Roman Pontiff, despite his own evident piety, modesty and sobriety. Like all the other novelties spawned by the Council, the “opening to the world” and “dialogue with the world” are a monumental failure, as this affair demonstrates. The more the Pope deigns to treat with the world in worldly terms and in worldly forums, the more his authority erodes and the wider his flock scatters. The more he tries to “explain his thinking,” as Lawler puts it, the less the world accepts his explanations

Such a view is irresolute in its sneer not just of papal desire but of the Catholic Faith towards papal authority. It would if it were from a Catholic cleric be sinful. It is worse still as it is historically inaccurate and echoes of the heretic Lefebvre. The Second Vatican Council has its loony retractors. There are those that hearken back to days of some golden past when popes were rulers in their palaces and were only expected to engage with the world at Christmas or Easter.

Yet John XXIII was inspired by Christ to open dialogue and engage with the world. Paul VI famous retort to his heretical critics was that the spirit of the council is The Holy Spirit. John Paul II again and again acknowledged and restated the desires of the council and led the Church to advance into the world, openly and freely. So it is not a surprise that Benedict also wishes to continue such dialogue. What is so annoying is that some Catholic press members albeit arch-conservatives still resolutely refuse to bow before the will of the Council or its spirit.

I must confess, that I do not agree with all papal comments nor do I understand why I am expected to understand what may sometimes seem bizarre or absurd from the Church in this modern western world. I fall short however from nailing such disagreements to the door of my cathedral. My own inclination is all too often to do what I want and put these matters to one side. After all Holy Scripture is full of contradictions so why not challenge it and ignore it? Fortunately, perhaps by God’s loving grace I reflect that whilst I do not appreciate or fully understand my faith I nevertheless believe in the will of God etc. That the Catholic Church may be surrounded by wolves or lions sensing blood but that Christ remains the eternal Good Shepherd. He whom is almighty watches over us and our life as the life of his bride, the Church.

The claims that the Church has gone or is about to go down the moral gutter are premature. The pope’s authority does not lessen by his engaging with the world nor does his flock scatter. Christ speaks to us through his representatives and our pope. Because an author has interviewed and received copy of a papal book it should not terrify us. It would have been better and more in keeping with the will of Jesus if the editor of the editorial instead of knocking Benedict’s furtive attempts to address the wider world had tried to explain to the faithful why the pontiff is leading the church along this route. It would surely have been a clearer act of faith.

It is a scandal for the Vicar of Christ to discuss casually with a layman, for publication to the world, such matters as condoms and male prostitutes.

Surely what happened here shows why the Vicar of Christ is not at liberty to indulge in “sensational” and “fascinating revelations,” or “profound theological reflection” devoid of all authority, under “persistent” questioning by a journalist who “presses” him for answers and “tempts” him into speculation. The very process involved peril for the Church and thus the world.

That peril is evident at this very moment, when innumerable Catholics have no doubt taken the Pope’s words, spun by the media and “clarified” by his incompetent “spokesman,” as a green light for “safe sex,” the Pope’s nuances having immediately been lost to the wind, as he should have foreseen they would be. And now, in what is just a beginning, it is reported from the Philippines that “Malacañang [the Philippine equivalent of the White House] yesterday said Benedict XVI’s statement could ‘absolutely’ boost support for the RH [reproductive health] bill which seeks to control the country’s population by promoting the use of contraceptives.” That is hardly what the Pope intended, but the exercise of submitting to a journalistic interview touching on matters of faith and morals guaranteed the potential for unintended consequences. And who knows how far those consequences will extend?

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Pope’s condom comments: A “Hell” of a way to promote his new book!


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Rumor Says Pope Approves of Condom Use In Certain Cases


Condoms: What Pope Benedict XVI really said,
with an extensive extract from Light of the World

Much was made yesterday concerning the Pope’s apparent “softening” of the Church’s position on the use of condoms – Jonathan Wynne-Jones, the Telegraph’s religion correspondent, even lead with: “The Pope drops Catholic ban on condoms in historic shift”! The implication that Pope Benedict XVI has somehow changed the Catholic position on the use of condoms is based on a quote from Peter Seewald’s new book, Light of the World: The Pope, the Church, and the Sign of the Times. This book is the result of Seewald’s far-ranging six-hour interview with the Holy Father, and will be on sale from next Tuesday.

In light of the hysterical press coverage of Seewald’s new book, I would like to emphasise that the Pope has not changed or softened the Church’s stance on the use of condoms! All that has happened is that the Holy Father has now explained Catholic moral theology in such a simple way that even religious correspondents might understand it!

Here is the extract (in full) that deals with contraception and condoms – it is taken from Light of the World: The Pope, the Church and the Signs of the Times as found on the BBC News website:

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“How can I be afraid of death? I desire it; I await it because it allows me finally to return home.”

She remained again for some seconds in silence; then, going back to the question that I asked her, she continued: “I would be as happy as you if I could say that I will die this evening. Dying I too would go home. I would go to paradise.”

“I would go to meet Jesus. I have consecrated my life to Jesus. Becoming a sister, I became the spouse of Jesus. See, I have a ring on my finger like married women. And I am married to Jesus. All that I do here, on this earth, I do it out of love for him.”

“Therefore, by dying I return home to my spouse. Moreover, up there, in paradise, I will also find all my loved ones. Thousands of persons have died in my arms. It is now more than forty years that I have dedicated my life to the sick and the dying.”

“I and my sisters have picked up from the streets, above all in India, thousands and thousands of persons at the end of life. We have taken them to our houses and helped them to die peacefully. Many of those persons expired in my arms, while I smiled at them and patted their trembling faces. Well, when I die, I am going to meet all these persons. It is there that they await me.”

“We loved one another well in those difficult moments. We continued to love one another in memory. Who knows what celebration they will make for me when they see me.”

Read the rest of the interview with Mother Teresa

Dominican sisters to appear on Tuesday’s (2/9) Oprah Winfrey Show

Ann Arbor, Mich., Feb 8, 2010 / 02:52 am (CNA).- The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist have made waves across the nation for their rapid growth and their devout orthodoxy. Now, they are once again in the national spotlight, being featured on the popular Oprah Winfrey Show.

“They phoned us and asked if they could do a program on us with Oprah. That’s all we know!” Sister Joseph Andrew Bogdanowicz, OP, vocations director for the community, told CNA in an email.

The show featuring the sisters will air on Tuesday, February 9, 2010. The same day happens to be the congregation’s 13th anniversary. The coincidence is “amazing, as they did not know this when they chose the date — but God did!” exclaimed the vocations director.

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