Archives for March 2017

From the archive (set #24)


Time for another visit to the archive. I would like to bring to your attention 3 original, brief essays that you may have missed. If you don’t have time to read all three, I especially recommend the first one — The Society of St. Pius X.

The Society of St. Pius X

The Society of St. Pius X is an international traditionalist Catholic organization with a non-canonical status. That is, they are not in full communion with Rome. SSPX was formed in 1970 in response to Vatican II, if not the actual documents of Vatican II then in response to the manner in which its general recommendations have been implemented.

…read it all:   The Society of St. Pius X

Finding a church home

There are many reasons people seek a new church home. The loss of a much loved pastor, internal political battles and changes in direction of the church community or the individual — to name a few. So, what might be a “check list” of considerations when looking for a new church? Here are some that are common…

…read it all:   Finding a church home

Myth: Catholics oppose science

You might be surprised who proposed the theory of the expanding universe (the “big bang”), Hubble’s law and the first estimation of the Hubble constant. It was NOT Edwin Hubble! In fact, it was Georges Lemaître. That is, Monsignor Georges Henri Joseph Édouard Lemaître – a Catholic priest, astronomer and professor of physics at the Catholic University of Leuven.

…read it all:   Myth: Catholics oppose science

7 Quick Takes Friday (set #210)

7 Quick Takes Friday

This week: The latest issue of New Evangelists Monthly awaits your perusal. A teen response to an outrageous Teen Vogue abortion piece. A young woman tells of her actual experience choosing abortion. “Jane Roe”, used by abortion politics and then a pro-life leader, has died. School choice (and other religious freedom) promises are being kept by the new administration. The “other side” is as determined to undermine us (Catholics and other Christians) as ever.

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New Evangelists Monthly

Issue #51, March 2017, of New Evangelists Monthly is ready for your enjoyment! Scores of faithful Catholic bloggers have contributed their very best pieces from February. Contributing authors this month include: Fr. Stephen Morris, Virginia Lieto, Chris Capolino, Christian LeBlanc, Dave Wanat, Barbara Hosbach, Rick Becker, Frank Rega, Bethanie Ryan, Katie Fitzgerald, Susan Stabile, Debbie Gaudino, Mike Landry, John Schroeder, Matthew Plese, Nancy Shuman, Vijaya Bodach, Bonnie Way, Rick Rice, Dn. Scott Dodge, Michael Seagriff, Tom Smith, Fr. Chori Jonathin Seraiah, Jamie Jo, David Wong, Fr. Ben Hadrich, Christina Nagy, Carolyn Astfalk, Blythe Kaufman, Robert Collins, Lianna Mueller, De Maria, Ellen Gable Hrkach, Larry Peterson, Matt Marks, David Torkington, Barbara Szyszkiewicz, Melanie Jean Juneau, Leslie Klinger, Elizabeth Reardon, Tony Agnesi, George Sipe, Ellen Kolb, Rich Maffeo, Fr. Gilles Surprenant, Bartimaeus Timeo, Erin, Roxane Salonen, Lisa Laverty, Fr. Errol Fernandes, Sr. Maresa Lilley, Kathleen S, Brian Gill, Christian Miraglia, Lisa Ponchak, Dennis McGeehan, Claire McGarry, Jeff Walker, Jim Hahn, Tom Perna, Jennifer Elia, Tracy Smith, Thomas and Deborah Richard, Erin Cupp, Ebeth Weidner and Fr. David Bird.

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

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Teen Vogue recently published a piece apparently aimed at normalizing abortion. It centered on how a friend helps a friend afterwards, as one might for the pulling of a wisdom tooth. A passionate, articulate young lady (16 years old) speaking for Students For Life offers this response:

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This is instructional. An apparently secular young woman tells her abortion story. Turns out, it was not at all like getting a wisdom tooth pulled.

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“Jane Roe” recently died. Hers is an untold story in the secular (yes, fake news) press. EWTN tells the real story:

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School choice is in the news. This should be important to every Catholic, and for that matter, every parent.

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President Trump visiting St. Andrew’s and his support for school choice is not surprising. While he certainly has some legendary lapses and personal flaws, he is already delivering on pre-election promises:

BTW, the president has chosen many Catholics to key positions in his administration including Kellyanne Conway. This is very, very good for the pro-life movement.

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It would be foolish to think those with a certain political ideology will now retreat. Beyond their violence, rioting, paid disruptions of town hall meetings, and many other immoral manipulations lies the usual lawsuits. In this current case, well settled law is again being challenged (and successfully in a “sympathetic” lower court):

Some random thoughts or bits of information are worthy of sharing but don’t warrant their own full post. This idea was begun by Jennifer Fulwiler and is now continued by Kelly Mantoan. So, some Fridays I too participate when I have accumulated 7 worthy items. Thank you Kelly for hosting this project!

New Evangelists Monthly – March 2017, Issue #51

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Our last Lent?

Our Last Lent

Today is Ash Wednesday.

We “do” this every year at the beginning of the season of Lent. It is a tradition and marker. Green gives way to purple, fish frys blosom, Stations of the Cross are observed, we will go to confession, Easter Sunday is in the distance. Today, don’t focus on all of that. Today, focus on the Big Picture™.

When you go to church today, look at the lines of people waiting to receive ashes. They are from every culture, rich and poor, young and old. Not all will be with us next year. For some, while they don’t know it yet, this is their last Ash Wednesday. I wonder how many truly understand that possibility. Most are probably in reasonably good health and believe it likely that their earthly pilmgramage has at least a few more years. I hope so, but have been to enough funerals to know how wrong that can be.

Consider too, this could be your last Ash Wednesday. If by God’s grace it isn’t, then know for certain that some future one will be. Today we should reflect on that.

Dust thou art, and into dust thou shalt return.