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September 20, 2014

Are Oklahoma City Bureaucrats Smarter Than Harvard?

By Mark Costello

In 1928, the first Roman Catholic ever nominated for president, Gov. Al Smith of New York, came to campaign in Oklahoma at the height of the Ku Klux Klan's power. Smith was greeted with numerous burning crosses during the night as his train rolled across the state. When Smith spoke to a rally in Oklahoma City, the KKK burned more crosses outside of the stadium where his campaign rally was held, inciting hatred and fomenting violence. Some of Smith's relatives were listening to radio...

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September 19, 2014

No solution to divorce possible without strengthening families

By Bishop James D. Conley

Earlier this week, Pope Francis celebrated and witnessed the marriages of 20 Roman couples. The couples and their families attended Mass with the Holy Father, and he received their vows: their holy commitments to God to live the joy and the sacrifice of married love.Some of the couples were young.  Others were older.  A few had children, or had lived together in cohabitation, or had received annulments—declarations of nullity—from previous unions.  In short, Pope Francis performed the...

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September 19, 2014

An Open Letter to the Mayor of Oklahoma City

By Sarah Bartel

Dear Mayor Mike Cornett,I earned my Ph.D. in moral theology from The Catholic University of America in 2010. The news of the proposed “black mass” to be held at the Oklahoma City Civic Center on September 21 is deeply disturbing to me as a theologian, as a practicing Catholic, as an American—and most especially, as a mother. I beg you to do all in your power cancel it, and I ask you to consider this parallel.Would it be appropriate to make civic facilities available for a play...

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September 09, 2014

The lamentable decision to suspend Sheen’s cause

By Father Roger J. Landry

My social-media accounts lit up two nights ago with the shocking news that the cause for the canonization of Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen — the greatest evangelist in American Catholic history, whose television and radio programs, retreats, meditations and books have had a tremendous impact on multiple generations — had been suspended.At first, I thought it had to be a joke, perhaps a satire from the folks at Eye of the Tiber. When I read the press release from the Diocese of...

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August 18, 2014

The Korean Martyrs, the Victory of Christ

By Courtney Grogan

On Aug. 17 Pope Francis stood at an altar in front of Gyeongbokgung Palace, the palace of a dynasty that ruled over the Korean peninsula for more than 500 years and was responsible for the torture and execution of an estimated 10,000 Catholics. In the face of such persecution, a public Mass would have been unimaginable in Korea just 150 years ago. Yet today, God’s victory was made manifest as Jesus Christ, the true king of all nations, was exalted and worshipped in His Eucharistic...

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August 14, 2014

St. Maximilian Kolbe and living in the present tense

By Jenny Uebbing

On August 14th the Catholic Church celebrates the life of a man who died wearing the notorious stripes of Auschwitz. He lived a life of professed celibacy, poverty, and obedience, and he met his martyrdom not at the end of a sword on a battlefield, but in a dimly lit bunker filled with the stench of human waste and decaying flesh. His death was meant to make him feel powerless. It was his humiliating death, however, which would engrave his name in the annals of human history, and in the...

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The new edition by Vicent Comes Iglesia in the Biblioteca de Autores Cristianos of Luis Lucia Lucia’s Salterio de mis horas, Psalter of my hours (Madrid 2014), allows us to consider, virtually for the first time, a poignant 20th century life and a noteworthy work of Catholic spirituality. (I wrote about it in a previous article [link].) It allows us also to do something less edifying: we can now compare the original work closely with its appropriation by Father Marcial Maciel as...

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August 11, 2014

Be a saint, change the world

By Daniel McGiffin

“Today it is very fashionable to talk about the poor. Unfortunately it is very unfashionable to talk with them.” Mother Teresa’s words hit home with a lot of us, don’t they? Taking care of the poor can’t just be about politics, programs, or platforms. It has to be a way of life.In his new book, Saints and Social Justice: A Guide to Changing the World (Our Sunday Visitor, Amazon), Brandon Vogt, a young convert to Catholicism, intends to set the record straight on Catholic...

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August 11, 2014

War on intimacy

By Alice von Hildebrand

The changes that have taken place in the 20th century are mind boggling. The elderly among us were born in a world where relatively few people had a phone, which rarely rang. It took me time to realize that, for years, I had to overcome a certain “fear of the phone” because, when a small child, a couple pieces of dramatic family news were communicated by it. Only very rich people had a car. When I was in grammar school, all of us children, while playing in the courtyard, looked up...

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August 08, 2014

Iraq’s Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako: a Voice in the Desert

By Mark von Riedemann

"It is time to take a principled stand: the situation calls for concrete action, a gesture of solidarity in the face of an existential crisis—‘we will either be or will not be.’” It is an angry condemnation of an indifferent world. The words are unpolished and bitter. They exude disillusionment; they reject a world obsessed with consumption, in awe of comfort, blind to evil and deaf to the cry of the innocent. "In fact, speeches are good for nothing, so too declarations that rehash...

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