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Homosexual Marriage is not a Civil Right

The debate over same-sex marriage has not been resolved. Instead, the militant homosexual lobby has simply declared that the debate is over and is trying to shut down conversation. The manner in which they are bullying their opposition into silence is by pushing homosexual marriage as a "civil right." This is manifestly false, but has unfortunately been repeated so much that ignorant Americans are starting to accept it as a given. Of course, if one admits that homosexual marriage is a "civil right", then to deny the legitimacy of same-sex marriage puts one in the same category as racists who would deny blacks the right to vote. In this article, we will examine why homosexual marriage is in no way a "civil right." We will...


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Multiple Voices in the Passion Readings

The most distinguishing feature of the Palm Sunday liturgy, whether modern or ancient, is of course the blessing, distribution and procession with palms, from whence the common name of the feast is derived. However, this is not the only distinctive feature of this Mass; it is also noteworthy for the reading of the Passion narrative in multiple voices. This is recalled in the Roman Rite, where the current official name for this feast is Palm Sunday of the Passion of Our Lord. The ancient Gelasian Sacramentary (c. 750) makes no mention of a procession with palms but simply calls the feast Dominica in palmis, De passione Domini; many other names, ancient and modern, make reference to Jesus' passion. The reading of the Passion narrative on this day...


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Great Storm of August, 1792

August 10th, 1792, has been called by some the day the devil entered the Kingdom of France. On that day, the Jacobin commune stormed the Tuileries Palace in Paris and, after massacring 600 Swiss guards who had surrendered and the king's entire personal staff (cooks, maids, etc), proceeded to arrest Louis XVI at the Legislative Assembly building. The day marked the formal end of the French monarchy, the beginning of the radical Revolution, and inaugurated the period known as the 'Reign of Terror', which was marked by the massacre of clerics and religious throughout the kingdom and the attempted overthrow of the Christian religion. As we all know, many of the evils of the modern age trace their origin to the Revolution, and the radical...


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RCIA Church History, Part 2!

After a long hiatus, I am happy to announce that I was finally able to devote some time this month to finishing up the last RCIA lesson in the series: Church History 1054-2013. I apologize for the delay in getting this out, but better late than never. In this lesson, we pick up at the climax of the Investiture Controversy and the great conflict between Church and Emperor, travel through the high Middle Ages to the dark days of the Protestant Revolt and on into the age of liberalism and the Church's war against the world, terminating in a brief history of the Second Vatican Council and the post-Conciliar chaos.As with the first Church History lesson, only the most important aspects of Church history are...


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Resisting Temptation

As long as we are in the flesh, we shall never wholly be free of temptation. The greatest saints were all sorely tempted, and our Lord Himself was tempted numerous times by the evil one as He began His public ministry. The Book of Job tells us that "The life of man upon earth is a temptation" (Job 7:1). Yet though temptations may lead us to sin if we yield to them, they can also be of great profit when we successfully resist them. When we first swing a hammer or do a great labor on the first day of a new job, the strain of the work often wears us down. But if we persevere and continue, choosing to master the task rather than...


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Di Rossi Finds the Catacomb of Callixtus

The Catholic religion has always left in its wake monuments of great artistic and historical value. Cathedrals, paintings, statuary - all inspired by the Gospel and executed by men and women over the centuries whose love of God has left an enduring mark on human civilization. But while there have always been Catholic monuments, there has not always been a systematic study of these great emblems of faith. We are speaking here of the discipline of Christian archaeology. The father of Christian archaeology was the great Italian Giovanni Battista di Rossi (1822-1894). During his life, and largely because of his work, the piles of ruins scattered around Rome went from become curiosities for antiquarians to objects of serious archaeological inquiry. Di Rossi's claim to fame...


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Power of Patrick's Breastplate

It is the time of year that we turn our thoughts to the holy Apostle of Ireland and the marvelous conversion of Eire wrought by St. Patrick and his successors. His life and mission bore extraordinary fruit in the abundance of spiritual treasures that have come out of Ireland over the centuries, and in Ireland we see first hand what is possible when zealous men and women are willing to lay down everything for the Gospel - and when a people embraces it with their whole heart. Can the Church ever sufficiently express her gratitude for the blessings conferred upon her by her Irish sons and daughters? And it all goes back to the Holy Youth, St. Patrick, Apostle of Ireland.


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Mammon of Iniquity - The Parable of the Unjust Steward

In the teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord was fond of using monetary examples to explain truths about the kingdom. Heaven is described as a precious pearl, or as a coin that a woman searches for diligently. The gifts and graces God bestows upon us are compared to talents of silver or gold that can be traded, invested or buried. The riches of heaven are analogically compared to earthly wealth, although of the sort that moth and rust cannot corrupt. The use of monetary examples makes sense, as common people understand the intrinsic value of wealth and can draw parallels to the value of heavenly riches without much difficulty. One of the most difficult of our Lord's "economic parables" is the story of...


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Does Christ Die Again at Mass?

One of the most unfortunate misunderstandings about the Catholic teaching on the Eucharist is that it consists of sacrificing Jesus Christ again - that at every Mass Christ is continually killed, continually suffering, continually dying, day in and day out. This misconception is partially due to the malice of certain detractors, and partially to an honest confusion over the relation of the Mass to the Sacrifice of the Cross. The Catholic Church does teach that the Eucharist is truly a sacrifice, and that it is truly our Lord Jesus Christ; therefore it is not too much of a stretch for those unfamiliar with Catholic teaching to wrongly assume that we believe our Lord is being killed at every Mass. While it is beyond the scope...


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Why do we bless our meals?

In most devout Catholic families, the prayer of blessing before meals is ubiquitous. "Bless us, O Lord, and these Thy gifts, which we are about to receive from Thy bounty, through Christ our Lord. Amen." In some particularly pious households, the blessing after meals is also said regularly. "We give Thee thanks, Almighty God, for these and all Thy benefits, who livest and reignest for ever and ever. Amen." We say these blessings, of course, in order to acknowledge that all our blessings, even the barest material necessities, come to us from God's goodness. Because of this provision, thanksgiving is the appropriate disposition of a creature to his loving Creator. The aspect of thanksgiving is well understood. But there is another reason, no less important but...


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History of the Catholic Church

  • Great Storm of August, 1792

    August 10th, 1792, has been called by some the day the devil entered the Kingdom of France. On that day, the Jacobin commune stormed the Tuileries Palace in Paris and, after massacring 600 Swiss guards who had surrendered and the king's entire personal staff (cooks, maids, etc), proceeded to arrest…

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Theology & Liturgy

  • Multiple Voices in the Passion Readings

    The most distinguishing feature of the Palm Sunday liturgy, whether modern or ancient, is of course the blessing, distribution and procession with palms, from whence the common name of the feast is derived. However, this is not the only distinctive feature of this Mass; it is also noteworthy for the…

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Catholic Spirituality

  • Resisting Temptation

    As long as we are in the flesh, we shall never wholly be free of temptation. The greatest saints were all sorely tempted, and our Lord Himself was tempted numerous times by the evil one as He began His public ministry. The Book of Job tells us that "The life of man upon earth is a temptation" (Job 7…

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Movie Reviews

  • Captain America: Winter Soldier (2014)

    The great Marvel movie juggernaut (no pun intended) has kind of been on the skids lately. The Wolverine self-immolated in the final act. Iron Man 3 was a huge disappointment. Thor 2 was decidedly mediocre. Then you see trailers of how Guardians of the Galaxy is apparently a comedy, and you start to…

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Economy & Society

  • Homosexual Marriage is not a Civil Right

    The debate over same-sex marriage has not been resolved. Instead, the militant homosexual lobby has simply declared that the debate is over and is trying to shut down conversation. The manner in which they are bullying their opposition into silence is by pushing homosexual marriage as a "civil right…

    Read more: Homosexual...