7 Quick Takes Friday (set #95)

7 Quick Takes Friday

This week: The latest issue of New Evangelists Monthly is complete and ready for you. Who is responsible for the development of your children? A case study in revitalizing one parish. May God bless sidewalk abortion counselors. Not peace, but a sword. The Swiss Guard. A quote of the week.

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New Evangelists Monthly

Issue #4, April 2013, of New Evangelists Monthly is complete! 86 faithful Catholic bloggers have contributed their very best pieces from March. Exactly what topics did our contributing authors write about this month? Lots of great things: a sola fide parable, confession anxiety, non-chaste usage, not worrying, sacramental ropes, TOB books, not lost and found, lived prophecy, truth vs. experience, Fatima lessons, children’s questions, welcome CEOs, I wait for you, parenthood and mercy, studying polarization, why are you still sleeping, a story of infertility, my guardian angel, no greater love, O happy fault, defending, St. Malachy, confession app, why coming out, doubting Thomas, wisdom of age, worthy of agape, transfixed on Francis, Emmaus walk, enter into joy, sic transit, after 3 days, reverse double standards, beautiful sketches, the shroud, St. Patrick, Lenten discipline, a stumbling confession, the bachelor, confession not scary, suicide, children Easter books, Stephen Francis, Good Friday, appreciating priests, the better part, motherhood, forgiveness, marriage and kids, Mike Aquilina, Triduum, in their shoes, modesty, honeymoon, word power, Easter eggs, batman, the resignation, all life matters, miracle of Mass and washing feet.

This monthly “meta-magazine” showcases Catholicism from theology to family life and “everything in between.” Enjoy it now at NewEvangelists.org.

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Who is responsible for the development of children? You might say parents. You would be wrong, according to the left. Of course, they usually don’t come right out and say it. Every now and then they mess up and say exactly what they believe.

Parents can not be trusted to teach their children correctly. Left to parents alone, kids are at risk of learning hate-filled Christian values of morality. It takes a village to do the job – a collective (a very socialist word) notion that these are “our children.” So how can “our children” be properly indoctrinated / brainwashed invested in? By the community, and by “community” (to which they properly belong) they mean leftist government.

Spotted by Matthew Archbold

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On restoring the Church, the case of St. Peter in Omaha:

This story was spotted by Fr. Z.

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May God bless sidewalk abortion counselors. Every one of them.

Spotted by Matthew Archbold

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Catholic Answers is publishing a new book by Robert Spencer entitled Not Peace, But A Sword: The Great Chasm Between Christianity And Islam. This book endeavors to take a fair look at Islam from a faithful Catholic point of view.

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The Swiss Guard protects the Holy Father and secures the Vatican. They are rarely the center of attention, but are always on the periphery.

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A historical Quote of the Week:

Today, having a clear faith based on the Creed of the Church is often labeled as fundamentalism. Whereas relativism, that is, letting oneself be tossed here and there, carried about by every wind of doctrine [Ephesians 4:14], seems the only attitude that can cope with modern times. We are building a dictatorship of relativism that does not recognize anything as definitive and whose ultimate goal consists solely of one’s ego and desires.

Cardinal Ratzinger
(before he became Pope Benedict XVI)

Some random thoughts or bits of information are worthy of sharing but don’t warrant their own full post. This idea was started by Jennifer Fulwiler to address this blogging need, but is guest hosted this week by Grace at Camp Patton. So, some Fridays I too participate when I have accumulated 7 worthy items. Thank you Jen (and Grace) for hosting this project!


  1. So sorry to have missed the last issue of New Evangelists Monthly! I’ll be sure to participate next time.

    BTW, have your read Andreas Widmer’s book The Pope and the CEO? Andreas is a former Swiss Guard who served under JPII, and he offers some wonderful insight to life in the Swiss Guards.

    • I look forward to your piece for next month! Checking the calendar, I notice that it (the first Saturday) is only 2 weeks away from today (which seems awfully soon too me…).

      Thank you for the book pointer. I had not heard of it, but it sounds very interesting.

  2. On #2

    The left can not do it alone, a child needs both a mom and dad. You just can’t call it marriage. That is all.

    Study of Men’s Falling Income Cites Single Parents from the New York Times

    David H. Autor, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, says that the difference between men and women, at least in part, may have roots in childhood. Only 63 percent of children lived in a household with two parents in 2010, down from 82 percent in 1970. The single parents raising the rest of those children are predominantly female. And there is growing evidence that sons raised by single mothers “appear to fare particularly poorly,” Professor Autor wrote in an analysis for Third Way, a center-left policy research organization.
    “If Democrats have as their goal being the party of the middle class, they have to come to the realization that they’re not going to be able to get there solely through their standard explanations,” said Mr. Cowan, a veteran of the Clinton administration. “We need to ask, ‘How can we get these fathers back involved in their children’s lives?’ ”

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