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July 22, 2014
The Church's take on immigration
By Deacon Ryan Kaup

The immigration debate rarely lays dormant in the United States, but the arrival of some 52,000 migrant children from Latin America since October and the resulting crisis have brought tensions to a boiling point. The complicated circumstances boil down two core issues: long-term immigration reform and dealing with the situation in the here and now. The question we must ask, putting party alliances and political leanings aside, is this: what is the Christian approach to these problems?

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The civil war in Spain, 1936-9, confronted the Catholic world with a dilemma. To support Franco, pro-Catholic and anti-Communist, was, in alliance with Hitler and Mussolini, to support fascism and oppose the democratic rule of law. To support the elected government of the constitutional Republic was, in alliance with Stalin, to support Communism and the persecution of Catholicism. Under the circumstances, those who opposed the killing of priests and nuns could not fight side by side...

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May 2014 was a bittersweet month in Jerusalem.  Anastasia, one of my three sisters, passed away unexpectedly on the 8th, and on the 24-26th, His Holiness Pope Francis made pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

My sister was Sister Anastas of St. Joseph of the Apparition.  Raised Orthodox Christian, she completed her schooling at St. Joseph’s College in Jerusalem, eventually becoming Roman Catholic, joining St. Joseph’s, and dedicating her life to caring for the sick at the St. Joseph...

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June 09, 2014
Nakedness or Nudity
By Alice von Hildebrand

When God completed the six days of creation, He saw that “it was very good.” Indeed, everything coming out of the Divine Hand reflects, however modestly, the perfections of the Creator. From sun and stars to the smallest insect, all His works sing His glory. This “goodness” clearly refers to the ontological perfection of existence, and not to moral perfection, for the plain reason that matter is matter is neither morally good nor morally evil. This should be kept in mind, for...

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May 29, 2014
Cardinal Kasper, Continued
By Fr. Gerald Murray

The effort by Cardinal Walter Kasper to change the Church’s discipline regarding the inadmissibility of divorced and remarried Catholics to Sacramental Communion – and thus necessarily her teaching on the nature of sin – continues apace. Having argued before an assembly of cardinals in Rome in February that the Church’s immemorial discipline of refusing to give Holy Communion to those living in an adulterous second marriage must be cast aside, Cardinal Kasper has taken to promoting...

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May 19, 2014
Faith: key to mystery
By Alice von Hildebrand

Dedicated to Ed and Alice Ann Grayson

When aged eleven, I read Pascal’s Pensees for the first time, I was particularly struck by one sentence – among many others – in which this noble thinker declares man to be the most wonderful object in nature. God’s creation is indeed incredibly rich and mysterious, but why should Pascal claim that man is the most amazing of them all?  Life has taught me how right he was.

I shall make a modest effort to shed some light on this claim.
Genesis...

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May 12, 2014
'You Are Littler' – My encounters with a Saint
By Maria Mitchell

Pope John Paul II affected millions of people during his papacy. He connected with youth in the most amazing manner and helped them feel proud to be Catholic.  I am one of the youth that he most affected.

After twelve pilgrimages to Rome since the Jubilee of 2000, praying for him in St. Peter’s Square as he died in 2005, and venerating his body in the crypt of St. Peter’s in 2006, his words “Be not afraid” resonate in my heart and have affected me profoundly.  He believed strongly...

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May 06, 2014
Multa tuli
By Alice von Hildebrand

This article is dedicated to Bob Luddy.

Having devoted my professional life to teaching philosophy, I came the conclusion that this field has a “dramatic” side. The professor who, following Socrates, is interested “in nothing but the truth” and is convinced of its objectivity, has the onerous and “dangerous” task of convincing students that “they know not.” Having admirably fulfilled this mission, “the wise old man of Greece” (as Kierkegaard called him) was rewarded by...

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April 25, 2014
John Paul II: Saint and pro-life hero
By Marie Smith

Blessed John Paul II, a beloved pope and inspirational religious leader who was a pro-life hero, will be canonized a saint on Sunday, April 27th.  We pause to reflect on the pro-life messages of this soon-to-be saint who as pope spoke with steadfast faith and inextinguishable commitment to human dignity for all. A pope who acted with peerless courage and conviction in the face of extreme animosity and danger to help bring freedom and democracy to his Polish homeland and eventually all...

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April 21, 2014
John XXIII: More than Just a 'good Pope'
By Jan Bentz

John XXIII's political engagement as well as his invocation of the Second Vatican Council shows how he fits perfectly in an ongoing movement of his predecessor, Pius XII and one of his successors, John Paul II – the latter being canonized on the same day as him.

Although many cardinals and officials understood John XXIII to be a Pope of transition, his decisions during his pontificate would prove them wrong.

In his early life, Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli served as a nuncio in France and...

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