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Harvesting the Fruit of Vatican II
October 18, 2012
Celebrating Vatican II
By Louie Verrecchio

In response to the Holy Father’s wishes for this Year of Faith, plans are being made in parishes and dioceses all over the world to “celebrate” Vatican II in light of the 50th anniversary of the Council’s opening. But how many Catholics have an appropriate understanding of what it means in this case to celebrate?
With football season in full tilt here in the United States, maybe the following analogy will lend some perspective:

Imagine your favorite team blazing a trail through the...


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September 21, 2012
Respect for radical Islam a disservice to peace
By Louie Verrecchio

Following the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. Embassy in Libya that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, most news organizations reported that it was a spontaneous act carried out by a Muslim mob moved to anger by an anti-Islamic movie trailer.

It now seems rather clear that the video is being exploited by the Islamic terrorists as a convenient excuse for their unprovoked assault.

Mohammed Yussef Magariaf,  President of Libya’s General National...

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September 14, 2012
The prickly Catholic vote
By Louie Verrecchio

In the days immediately following Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate, the Catholic blogosphere was all abuzz with excitement, but it was also filled with a lot of hand-wringing over the Wisconsin congressman’s alleged attachment to the philosophy of Ayn Rand.

Now, I’m not talking about liberals in Catholic clothing like James Salt of Catholics United and other likeminded posers who are engaged in a two-front war against both Jesus Christ and capitalism; rather,...

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September 06, 2012
The American homosexualist movement
By Louie Verrecchio

Please forgive me for waxing apocalyptic, but lately I’ve been thinking an awful lot about the end times prophecy that speaks of how those who refuse to worship evil will be impeded in the free exercise of commerce simply because of their beliefs. Why, you may ask? In case you haven’t noticed, that persecution is taking shape right before our very eyes thanks to the American homosexualist movement.

Don’t take my word for it; just ask Jim and Mary O'Reilly, owners of The Wildflower Inn...

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August 23, 2012
What is Social Justice?
By Louie Verrecchio

According to the Compendium issued by the Holy See in 2004, "the primary and fundamental" core principles of Catholic social doctrine are "the dignity of the human person, the common good, subsidiarity and solidarity." All other authentic expressions of Catholic social justice stem from these "permanent and universal" principles. Simple enough, right?

And yet, the following year, the USCCB published its own document presenting the “heart” of Catholic social teaching which includes such...

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August 17, 2012
Be fruitful and multiply
By Louie Verrecchio

In the creation account recorded in the first chapter of Genesis, we read that God specifically blessed the creatures of the sea and the birds of the air saying, “Be fruitful and multiply.”

This divine blessing and command was repeated to Adam and Eve, and thus to all of mankind who alone are created to reflect the image and likeness of their Creator.

We see in this account a threefold benediction – of life in the air, of life on the earth, and of life in the sea – a...

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July 26, 2012
In search of conciliar clarity
By Louie Verrecchio

As a writer and speaker who frequently addresses topics related to the Second Vatican Council, I read with great interest Archbishop Gerhard Muller’s recent interview with Catholic News Agency (CNA) in which he was asked about the “doctrinal discussions” between the Holy See and the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX).

While declaring his optimism about the prospect of reconciliation, the newly appointed Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said that the dogmatic...

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July 12, 2012
Liberation theology: two prefects, two views
By Louie Verrecchio

If you’re not familiar with “liberation theology,” chances are you’ll be hearing more about it in the weeks and months ahead as Archbishop Gerhard Mueller, the newly appointed Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), is said to be a student, friend and supporter of Fr. Gustavo Gutiérrez, the “father” of the controversial movement.

“The theology of Gustavo Gutiérrez, independently of how you look at it, is orthodox,” Archbishop Mueller said in 2008,...

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June 14, 2012
Gut check for freedom
By Louie Verrecchio

On June 21st, dioceses across the United States will kick-off the “Fortnight for Freedom” during which “a great national campaign of teaching and witness for religious liberty” will take place through “prayer, study, catechesis and public action.”

Plans for the fourteen day observance, culminating on the Fourth of July, were unveiled in an April 2012 statement ("Our First, Most Cherished Liberty") issued by the USCCB’s Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty in response to the...

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June 07, 2012
Vegan quits day job at slaughterhouse
By Louie Verrecchio

LifeSite News recently reported that “the Democratic Party is already losing seats to Republicans, as a growing number of elected officials are changing parties over issues like the right to life, the definition of marriage, and the Obama administration’s mandate that religious institutions cover abortion-inducing drugs in their health care plans.”

Among the most recent defectors is a Catholic legislator from Pennsylvania.

According to the "Altoona Mirror", “One of Blair County's...

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