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July 29, 2010
July 28, 2010
That's basically what canon lawyer Edward Peters did the other day to Steve Kellmeyer, though he did it temperately, which I'm sure gave his message all the more impact. Dr. Peters reacted to Kellmeyer's vituperation against Dr. Janet Smith, a widely respected professor of moral theology at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit, and one of Christopher West's defenders in the recent imbroglio over the latter's "Theology of the Body" methods and message. Kellmeyer has been a fierce and persistent critic of West, as Mark Shea recently observed with great bemusement.
July 27, 2010
Last week, on my “Open Line” radio show (Thursdays, 3-5 ET), I took a call from a listener who wanted some advice on how to talk to a “gay marriage” proponent about why it's better to have a mom and a dad versus some other combination. I tried to offer a few points for consideration. Please click the image to launch the audio clip, or click here.
July 23, 2010
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July 20, 2010
I am grateful to the Lord for providing people like "Anonymous" to help me never lose sight of my own faults and failings. The most recent blessing of this type comes to me courtesy of a kind soul who made the following comment on the equally kind National Catholic Reporter blog:
“Ah,yes. Patrick Madrid, the ever obsequious EWTN lap dog.No spine in his body, not an original thought in his head!”
July 18, 2010
Those jungle drums you heard beating furiously today were the atheists who have just discovered "The Godless Delusion." Judging from their jeering comments, we can safely conclude that they don't like it -- not one little bit -- a colossal understatement. From the 50 or so comments that I've perused today on RichardDawkins.net (the notice about the book was posted there early this morning), a few things are clear:
July 16, 2010
The venerable Catholic priest of blessed memory, Fr. John Hardon, S.J., says it is, and he explains why:
Yoga is incompatible with Catholicism because the best known practice of Hindu spirituality is Yoga. “Inner” Hinduism professes pantheism, which denies that there is only one infinite Being who created the world out of nothing. This pantheistic Hinduism says to the multitude of uncultured believers who follow the ways of the gods that they will receive the reward of the gods. They will have brief tastes of heaven between successive rebirths on earth. But they will never be delivered from the “wheel of existence” with its illusory lives and deaths until they realize that only “God” exists and all else is illusion (Maya). To achieve this liberation the principal way is by means of concentration and self control (yoga).
Indian spirituality is perhaps best known by the practice of yoga, derived from the root yuj to unite or yoke, which in context means union with the Absolute. Numerous stages are distinguished in the upward progress toward the supreme end of identification: by means of knowledge with the deity; the practice of moral virtues and observance of ethical rules; bodily postures; control of internal and external senses; concentration of memory and meditation–finally terminating in total absorption (samadhi), “when the seer stands in his own nature" . . . (continue reading)
July 15, 2010
July 13, 2010
The Brussels public prosecutor's office confirmed Friday that Cardinal Godfried Danneels, retired archbishop of the city, did not download pornography to his computer.The authorities' clarification, however, comes after the "Het Nieussbald" newspaper accused the cardinal of using pornography.In fact, authorities affirmed that a pornographic picture on the cardinal's computer was downloaded automatically.Jean Marc Meilleur, spokesman of the office of the public prosecutor, confirmed the existence of the "suspicious" photograph, but clarified that "anyone who surfs the Internet can find this type of photograph among his temporary files."Cardinal Danneel's spokesman, Hans Geybels, announced that legal action will be made regarding the accusation being sent to the press. He has called for a serious investigation to clarify what happened.This case comes on the heels of a similar violation, when the press was told that the archbishopric of Malines-Brussels was linked to a serial killer, Marc Dutroux. That information was also subsequently shown to be falsified... (continue reading)
July 10, 2010
A Hand of PeaceA Man for All SeasonsAfter the TruthDon MatteoFather of Mercy: The True Story of Venerable Don GnocchiFaustinaGod in ChinaInto Great SilenceJohn XXIIIKarol: The Pope, The ManLove is a ChoiceMaria GorettiOur Father's PlanPadre Pio Between Heaven and EarthPaul VI: The Pope in the TempestPope Benedict XVARoad of HopeSaint AnthonySaint FrancisSaint RitaSaints and SoldiersSt. Giuseppe Moscati: Doctor to the PoorSt. Teresa of AvilaThe 13th DayThe Jeweller's ShopThe Miracle of MarcelinoThe Reluctant SaintThe Spiritual Exercises of St. IgnatiusThéresè