Homosexuality, marriage and chastity

Reports in mainstream media related to the recent Synod on the Family, based partially on an erroneous, misleading, unapproved draft report – have done much to confuse the Catholic faithful and non-Catholics alike. The official, approved, final report is excellent but is likely to be largely ignored by the media.

The purpose of the synod is to focus on a broad array of challenges to the family. That is a family formed by a “traditional,” faithful, permanent union between a man and a woman. Also to be considered is the pastoral needs of those in “re-marriage” situations and forms of homosexual unions. The headlines have unfortunately been only on this subset and have generally been very inaccurate.

Will there be changes in doctrine?

No. None whatsoever. Not on this or any other doctrinal issue, ever.

The Church can not change truth. No meeting of Synod Fathers, the Magisterium, bishops, cardinals (princes of the Church), or the Pope (the Vicar of Christ) can change doctrine. It is simply impossible. In other ecclesial communities (e.g. Protestantism), it is common for meetings to be held and official changes to belief enacted (typically by vote). This is not so in the Church established by Jesus, protected by the Holy Spirit and led by successors to the Apostles.

Marriage and Sex

Valid marriages (formed without impediments) persist until the death of a spouse. No earthly power can set aside a valid marriage. Jesus said “I say to you, whoever divorces his wife (unless the marriage is unlawful) and marries another commits adultery.” (Matthew 19:9)

All people are called to chastity. Sexual union within a valid marriage, open to life, is a beautiful and proper response to God’s vocational call. All other sexual relations are non-chaste and gravely sinful. This includes promiscuity, cohabitation, “re-marriage” and any homosexual unions.

Civil authorities do NOT have the power in God’s eyes to set aside a valid marriage. Nor do they have the power to redefine marriage as anything other than the permanent covenantal union between a man and a woman.

Is divorce a sin?

Not necessarily. That may surprise a lot of folks.

The civil act of divorce, as a last resort, is sometimes necessary for the legal protection of a spouse or children. Contrary to what the state says, it can not end the marriage. The “divorced” person remains married and is not free to attempt another marriage. There are many faithful Catholics, in good standing, who are unfortunately separated from their spouse in this way.

Since those in valid marriages who civilly divorce remain married in the eyes of God, marrying another is not possible. Those who do, or more properly put – attempt another marriage, remain married to their “first” spouse and are at the objective level, persisting in an adulterous relationship.

However, it is possible (for many reasons) that a marriage — upon very careful and thorough investigation — may be found to be invalid due to impediments at the time it was entered. For example: a brother marries his sister, a person marries someone who is already married, a person is coerced into marriage, or even if a person enters into marriage without fundamentally understanding its nature. In such circumstances that marriage would not be valid and thus never actually existed. The Church provides a means for such investigations and when invalid marriages are confirmed, can issue a decree of nullity (an “annulment”).

Is attraction to others of the same sex sinful?

No. That also may surprise a lot of folks.

All people have equal human dignity. We all face temptations. We are all sinners, who sometimes yield to temptation and sin – damaging or breaking our communion with God. Thus, all sin is disordered. Through our Lord’s sacrifice, we are not condemned by our sins if (and only if) we are sorry for them and seek forgiveness.

We can not “accidentally” sin. All sin is by our consent and purposeful (mortal sin is also of a grave matter). Temptation, not acted upon but rejected, is NOT sin. People who are attracted to the opposite sex, but do not act sexually on that attraction outside of marriage, commit no sin. This is an important distinction between desire and action. Likewise, people who are attracted to the same sex, but do not act on it sexually also commit no sin. There are many faithful Catholics, in good standing, who suffer from attraction to those of the same sex.

Are homosexual unions sinful?

All non-chaste sexual acts are gravely sinful. Sexual acts between people of the opposite sex who are not validly married are gravely sinful. For example: promiscuity, cohabitation and “re-marriage.” Since it is not possible for two people of the same sex to be validly married, sexual acts between them are always gravely sinful.

What can be done about non-chaste unions?

The world wants to change the Church to accept and even celebrate non-chaste unions (so long as “nobody is hurt,” or something like that). The Church exists not to be changed by the world, but to change the world. To lead people away from the false promises of sin and to Christ, to true happiness and eternal peace.

The solution was offered by Jesus to the woman caught in adultery. Our Lord did not bless her sinful union, but offered forgiveness that she “sin no more.” Where there is no contrition, no repentance, no intention or attempt to stop sinning — the separation from God is chosen and the sin not forgiven.

The Church invites humbly begs all sinners, including those in any form of non-chaste union to return to God. Only in Him can we find the peace that surpasses all understanding.

Is the Church homophobic?

Jesus Christ (God) and His Church (inseparable from Him) is not homophobic. That is absurd. Quite the opposite, people with same sex attraction are loved equally to everyone else. It is in genuine charity for all sinners that the Church speaks in truth. When people you love act in ways contrary to their own good, being truthful with them expresses that love. Remaining silent to avoid unpleasantness, awkwardness, name calling, legal action, physical threats, and so on means avoiding those things are more important to you than expressing real love.

The Church wants only the best for all people who are attracted to those of the same sex and for all people suffering other temptations. The universal call to holiness is to all of us, including rejecting temptation to sin – and seeking forgiveness and amending our lives when we fail. When we are judged, we will be judged in mercy for the sins we repented that we may hear “Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master’s joy.” (Matthew 25:23)

Some regretfully, have treated our brothers and sisters suffering with same sex attraction poorly. In doing so, they have themselves sinned. There is no excuse for that — only the same properly ordered response to all sin (contrition, amendment, reparation). Note that the Catechism says the following:

The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided.

Church Teaching on Homosexuality

My comments above are little more than a summary. So much more could be said! Likewise, the content below is but a sampling.

Catechism of the Catholic Church

Always the gold-standard for understanding our faith, the Catechism contains the following excellent text on homosexuality.

2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity,141 tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.”142 They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.

2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.

2359 Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.

Included in the text are references to two footnotes, #141 and #142. #141 is 4 scripture references: Genesis 19:1-29 which is the entirety on the Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. This section as properly interpreted by the Church, is on people engaged in homosexual acts. Since it is long, I have not included it here (follow the link to review it). It has sometimes been incorrectly re-interpreted by those not in communion with the Church as being about “hospitality” (really!).

The other three verses are as follows (bold highlights are mine):

Therefore, God handed them over to impurity through the lusts of their hearts for the mutual degradation of their bodies. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie and revered and worshiped the creature rather than the creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. Therefore, God handed them over to degrading passions. Their females exchanged natural relations for unnatural, and the males likewise gave up natural relations with females and burned with lust for one another. Males did shameful things with males and thus received in their own persons the due penalty for their perversity.

Do you not know that the unjust will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators nor idolaters nor adulterers nor boy prostitutes nor sodomites nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor robbers will inherit the kingdom of God.

We know that the law is good, provided that one uses it as law, with the understanding that law is meant not for a righteous person but for the lawless and unruly, the godless and sinful, the unholy and profane, those who kill their fathers or mothers, murderers, the unchaste, sodomites, kidnappers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is opposed to sound teaching, according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, with which I have been entrusted.

Footnote #142 is from the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith entitled Persona Humana — Declaration on Certain Questions Concerning Sexual Ethics.

At the present time there are those who, basing themselves on observations in the psychological order, have begun to judge indulgently, and even to excuse completely, homosexual relations between certain people. This they do in opposition to the constant teaching of the Magisterium and to the moral sense of the Christian people.

A distinction is drawn, and it seems with some reason, between homosexuals whose tendency comes from a false education, from a lack of normal sexual development, from habit, from bad example, or from other similar causes, and is transitory or at least not incurable; and homosexuals who are definitively such because of some kind of innate instinct or a pathological constitution judged to be incurable.

In regard to this second category of subjects, some people conclude that their tendency is so natural that it justifies in their case homosexual relations within a sincere communion of life and love analogous to marriage, in so far as such homosexuals feel incapable of enduring a solitary life.

In the pastoral field, these homosexuals must certainly be treated with understanding and sustained in the hope of overcoming their personal difficulties and their inability to fit into society. Their culpability will be judged with prudence. But no pastoral method can be employed which would give moral justification to these acts on the grounds that they would be consonant with the condition of such people. For according to the objective moral order, homosexual relations are acts which lack an essential and indispensable finality. In Sacred Scripture they are condemned as a serious depravity and even presented as the sad consequence of rejecting God. This judgment of Scripture does not of course permit us to conclude that all those who suffer from this anomaly are personally responsible for it, but it does attest to the fact that homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered and can in no case be approved of.

Some Additional Scriptural Quotations

(Note: all quotations in this piece – above and below – are from the New American Bible and the links are to the USCCB website.)

Likewise, Sodom, Gomorrah, and the surrounding towns, which, in the same manner as they, indulged in sexual promiscuity and practiced unnatural vice, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.

You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; such a thing is an abomination.

If a man lies with a male as with a woman, they have committed an abomination; the two of them shall be put to death; their bloodguilt is upon them.

Some Statements from the Early Church Fathers

This is a particularly brief sample from a large number of statements.

“You shall not commit murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not commit pederasty…” [pederasty is sexual relations between a man and a boy]

“Conversation about deeds of wickedness is appropriately termed filthy speaking, as talk about adultery and pederasty and the like.”

Clement of Alexandria (AD 193)

“All other frenzies of the lusts which exceed the laws of nature, and are impious toward both [human] bodies and the sexes, we banish, not only from the threshold but also from all shelter of the Church, for they are not sins so much as monstrosities.”

Tertullian (Modesty 4, AD 220)

“effeminate manners are disapproved.”

Novatian (AD 250)

“He who is guilty of unseemliness with males will be under discipline for the same time as adulterers.”

Saint Basil the Great, Doctor of the Church (AD 367)

Certain men in church “come in gazing about at the beauty of women; others curious about the blooming youth of boys. After this, do you not marvel that bolts are not launched, and all these things are not plucked up from their foundations? For worthy both of thunderbolts and hell are the things that are done; but God, who is long-suffering, and of great mercy, forbears awhile his wrath, calling you to repentance and amendment.”

Saint John Chrysostom, Doctor of the Church (AD 391)

“All of these affections…   were vile, but chiefly the mad lust after males.”

Saint John Chrysostom, Doctor of the Church (AD 391)

St. John Chrysostom also argued that homosexual acts are worse than murder and so degrading that they constitute a kind of punishment in itself – and that enjoyment of such acts actually makes them worse.

“Those shameful acts against nature, such as were committed in Sodom, ought everywhere and always to be detested and punished. If all nations were to do such things, they would be held guilty of the same crime by the law of God, which has not made men so that they should use one another in this way.”

Saint Augustine, Doctor of the Church (Confessions 3:8:15, AD 400)

Saint Thomas Aquinas (AD 1225 to 1274) considered homosexuality unnatural, since it involves a kind of partner other than the kind to which the purpose of sexuality points. He considered it second only to bestiality as an abuse of sexuality.

Some Statements from Recent Popes

“At stake is the identity and survival of the family: father, mother, and children. At stake are the lives of many children who will be discriminated against in advance and deprived of their human development given by a father and a mother and willed by God. At stake is the total rejection of God’s law engraved in our hearts. Let us not be naive: this is not simply a political struggle, but it is an attempt to destroy God’s plan. It is not just a bill (a mere instrument) but a ‘move’ of the father of lies who seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God.”

Pope Francis (as Cardinal Bergoglio speaking on homosexual “marriage”)

“Although the particular inclination of the homosexual person is not a sin, it is more or less strong tendency ordered to an intrinsic moral evil, and thus the inclination itself must be seen as an objective disorder.”

Pope Benedict XVI

“There is no denying the crisis that threatens it [the family] to its foundations – especially in the Western world. When such commitment is repudiated, the key figures of human existence likewise vanish: father, mother, child – essential elements of the experience of being human are lost.”

Pope Benedict XVI

“People dispute the idea that they have a nature, given to them by their bodily identity, that serves as a defining element of the human being. They deny their nature and decide that it is not something previously given to them, but that they make it for themselves. The manipulation of nature, which we deplore today where our environment is concerned, now becomes man’s fundamental choice where he himself is concerned.”

Pope Benedict XVI

“It is legitimate and necessary to ask oneself if this is not perhaps part of a new ideology of evil, perhaps more insidious and hidden, which attempts to pit human rights against the family and against man.”

Pope Saint John Paul II (speaking on same-sex “marriage”)

Certainly no pope, but even the “father” of the Protestant revolution minced no words:

“The vice of the Sodomites is an unparalleled enormity. It departs from the natural passion and desire, planted into nature by God, according to which the male has a passionate desire for the female. Sodomy craves what is entirely contrary to nature. Whence comes this perversion? Without a doubt it comes from the devil. After a man has once turned aside from the fear of God, the devil puts such great pressure upon his nature that he extinguishes the fire of natural desire and stirs up another, which is contrary to nature.”

Martin Luther

The Synod on the Family, FINAL Report

In conclusion, I return back to where I started on the Synod of the Family.

“There are absolutely no grounds for considering homosexual unions to be in any way similar or even remotely analogous to God’s plan for marriage and family.”

Synod on the Family
(approved, final report)

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7 Quick Takes Friday (set #153)

This week: Fireworks at the Synod on the Family in Rome. CS Lewis looked at why simply leading a “good” life is not enough. A wonderful video on the beauty and power of Mass. A mother tells of the impact Obamacare has had on her family. A scary-looking looking 3D printed weapon. Fr. Greg Boyle recounts the work of Homeboy Industries with gang rehabilitation. A prayer for a happy death.

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The Synod on the Family is in process, now and in a year from now. Unfortunately, it has severely lacked transparency and been hijacked to a position contrary to infallible, unchangeable Catholic teaching by a minority of delegates. Father Zuhlsdorf has named it Latrocinium (the “Robber Synod”). The good news is the bishops in attendance have essentially revolted to stop such manipulations. The fall-out is far from over. Jimmy Akin has a good summary: Good news from the Synod of Bishops!.

One major “public face” of the synod has been a renegade Cardinal (to be completely honest) who has focused on Catholics “remarried” outside the Church and has made scandalous (yes, that is the right word) proposals. Unfortunately, Pope Francis has not shut this down so a great deal of confusion has been sown among the faithful as this Cardinal proceeds on a worldwide media blitz. The media love him (which alone should set off alarm bells).

Raymond Arroyo (EWTN World Over) recently interviewed Cardinal Raymond Burke. The questions and responses are both very, very good. Highly recommended.

Father Zulshdorf has a good combined commentary with Ed Peters (perhaps the best canonist we have) on the interview. See it in Play by Play: Card. Burke’s video interview recap!

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Why be Christian or even believe in God? Is not the same end fundamentally reached by simply leading a “good” life? No, not at all. CS Lewis addressed this topic in an essay entitled Man or Rabbit?. Here it comes alive, wonderfully narrated and illustrated:

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The beauty and power of Mass. Why? Our Lady of Mount Carmel in San Diego produced this very nice piece:

Spotted by Patrick Archbold

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Patty Curran’s story is long (37 minutes), sad, but not uncommon. Obamacare is hurting millions and placing millions more in jeopardy. As bad as it is now, it will get much worse after (1) the 2014 mid-term elections, then (2) after the 2016 presidential elections, or (3) as soon as the government stops covering the losses of insurance companies forced to participate in it. This is a disaster caused by radical ideology.

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This scary-looking weapon is really cool. It was made mostly on 3D printers. I, along with every other guy, need one of these!

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Fr. Greg Boyle founded Homeboy Industries to help former gang members. Father gave this TEDx presentation 2 years ago on compassion and kinship.

Spotted by Billy Kangas

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A Prayer for a Happy Death

O God, great and omnipotent judge of the living and the dead, we are to appear before you after this short life to render an account of our works. Give us the grace to prepare for our last hour by a devout and holy life, and protect us against a sudden and unprovided death. Let us remember our frailty and mortality, that we may always live in the ways of your commandments. Teach us to “watch and pray” (Luke 21:36), that when your summons comes for our departure from this world, we may go forth to meet you, experience a merciful judgment, and rejoice in everlasting happiness. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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 at Conversion Diary to address this blogging need. So, some Fridays I too participate when I have accumulated 7 worthy items. Thank you Jen for hosting this project!

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The love of Christ

Guest contributor:   Reuben Jones

Sometimes I wonder why did Jesus go through His human passion for us even though He was divine? Sometimes we try to understand the mind of God, which of course is an impossibility; however as a man this is one of those things I have decided to analyze to death; that’s our job as men isn’t it?

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How inscrutable are His judgments and how unsearchable His ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord or who has been His counselor?”

A major assumption I will make for this piece is that Jesus may not have known what actual human feelings and emotions felt like until He became human like us.

God is pure Love and all knowing. Jesus is His Holy Son; and the Holy Spirit is the Advocate. Three persons in one God. All three persons are pure love and all knowing before we existed. Jesus, prior to His incarnation, had to know about the human physical feelings of being vulnerable; being fearful, and suffering pain because He created us.

Now glorify me, Father, with you, with the glory that I had with you before the world began.

Once Jesus was incarnated by God’s authority and humanly born of the Virgin Mary, He willfully entered into our human experience, both as God and as human. Although He was God, He humbly chose to not use His power to overcome the disappointment, sorrow, abandonment and death into which He was just born. Jesus Christ now was part of our nature with a mission to reconcile the past, present and future sins of the world which provides to us the path for our salvation.

For by His incarnation the Son of God has united Himself in some fashion with every man. He worked with human hands, He thought with a human mind, acted by human choice and loved with a human heart. Born of the Virgin Mary, He has truly been made one of us, like us in all things except sin.

from Gaudium et Spes #22
Pope Paul VI – December 7, 1965

So how much did Jesus love us? While it it hard for me to imagine that any human life could live in perfect sinless harmony –divinely speaking, Jesus’ life was perfect before being with us. Perfect meaning a life of peace and love.

Scripture reveals many of the human emotions He experienced. Jesus experienced sorrow with the death of His friend Lazarus, (John 11:32-35). Therefore, when Martha came where Jesus was, she saw Him and fell at His feet, saying to Him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” When Jesus therefore saw her weeping and the Jews who came with her also weeping, He was deeply moved in spirit and was troubled and said “Where have you laid him?” They said to Him, “Sir, come and see.” Jesus wept.

Jesus also experienced human surprise when the hemorrhagic woman touched His cloak and was healed of her illness. He experienced impatience and disappointment when the Apostles weren’t “getting it.” He experienced rage when turning over the money changers tables at the temple of His father. He experienced abandonment when Peter denied him three times and when the disciples scattered after He was arrested to begin His Passion of His Cross.

He freely chose to go through our human experience yet He did not have to. Because He was all-knowing, He knew of His undeserved death and also of His future Resurrection – all items He predicted and proclaimed to His disciples.

An amazing thing for me to ponder regarding His love for us was that despite all that He knew, as His time came to be handed over to be judged, mocked, beaten and crucified, Jesus actually and genuinely expressed His fear of knowing what He was having to go through and still He allowed it to happen! “Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me; still, not my will but yours be done.” (Luke 22:42)

I know of many deceased friends and family that had expressed their fear of their approaching death and I am sure there are many of you who think about that also. However the reality is that we will all face this similar moment, in its time, when the Kingdom of God will be at hand for each of us. Let us pray for the thousands of our brothers and sisters who will experience the Kingdom and Judgment of God today.

No one in human History can understand this love except Christ who came from pure love and perfection. No one in the history of the universe and time was capable of saving us but Jesus the Christ.

Jesus decided to experience human death despite His divinity, despite the mental and physical and painful death, because He loves us and wanted to spiritually fulfill His Father’s will just as His mother fulfilled the Father’s will for His birth. Jesus was uniquely the only one who could do this for humanity.

So is there is an analogy or gauge of how to equate how much physical pain and anguish Jesus felt the when He was scourged, mocked and beaten and crucified on a cross until He took His last suffocating breath? Going back to my assumption I noted earlier that Jesus may not have known what actual human feelings and emotions felt like until He became human…   I can only imagine that the experience of His pain was quite intensive for one who came from perfection, peace and love.

To equate this from a human point of view: maybe it is like when a small innocent child, who experiences for the very first time, real physical pain (as a result of a spanking, banging the head on something or getting cut or wounded). Immediately they cry uncontrollably because they had never before experienced any type of pain like that up to that early point in their lives. Jesus’ physical pain was exponentially worse than this and anything we have experienced. He expressed this as He cried out on the Cross: “My God, My God why have you forsaken me”!

And That my brothers and sisters is how much Jesus loved us!

For since death came through a human being, the resurrection of the dead came also through a human being. For just as in Adam all die, so too in Christ shall all be brought to life,

We thank you Jesus for Your life, Your passion, death and resurrection. We are indebted to the pain and suffering you experienced for us, although you are God. We thank you for the love and mercy you have shown to us and pray that we may repent and reform our lives. We surrender the end of our lives into Your Hands and look beyond any pain and suffering we may experience.

“For who has known the mind of the Lord or who has been his counselor? Or who has given him anything that he may be repaid?” For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

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7 Quick Takes Friday (set #152)

This week: The latest issue of New Evangelists Monthly awaits your perusal. Caritas Internationalis deep involvement with abortion and homosexuality through the World Social Forum. A new vocational video from Fr. Barron. Choosing an authentic Catholic college. A new documentary on the “Common Core” offensive. Racing for the cure, but not morally through Komen. Is ISIS the biggest threat to world peace (if not, who is)?

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New Evangelists Monthly

Issue #22, October 2014, of New Evangelists Monthly is ready for your enjoyment! Scores of faithful Catholic bloggers have contributed their very best pieces from September. Contributing authors this month include: David Wong, Chris Capolino, Stephen Korsman, Lawrence and Susan Fox, Barbara Schoeneberger, Ellen Kolb, Brantly Millegan, Stefanie Shick, Devin Rose, Adam Crawford, Fr. Ben Hadrich, Grace Pippin, Sarah Maurer, Lisa, Blythe Kaufman, Melanie Jean Juneau, Cindy Hurla, Timothy McCormick, Diane Emigh, David Gray, Sr. Marie Walsh, Morgan McFarlin, Nancy Ward, Matthew P, Liana Eisenman-Wolford, Jennifer Cox, Barbara Hosbach, Bartimaeus Timeo, Bernadette Boguski, Tony Agnesi, Roxane Salonen, Denise Hunnell, Allison Howell, Rick Becker, Rich Maffeo, Ruth Ann Pilney, Shannon Vandaveer, Allison Salerno, Jim Curley, Nancy Shuman, Rose O’Donnell, Philip Kosloski, Michael Seagriff, Brian Gill, Ruth Anne Holloway, Mallory Hoffman, Jacqui Paraguya, Rita Buettner, Laura Christine, Fr. Chori Jonathin Seraiah, Leslie Klinger, Jamie Jo, Sr. Maresa Lilley, Fr. Adrian Danker, George Sipe, Christina Sawchuk, Rebecca Royse, Steve Smith, John Schroeder, Annie Jeffries, Tom Perna, Mary Beth Brummond, Ann C, Margaret Felice, Laura Pearl, Lara Patangan, Michael Brandon, Laura Kazlas, Lora Goulet, Heidi Knofczynski, Elizabeth Kabacinski, Tonya Martin, Msgr. Charles Pope, Jeff Walker, Celeste Ciarallo, Anna Coyne, Jennifer Hansen, Sallie Thayer, Dennis McGeehan, Fr. Gilles Surprenant, Bonnie Way, Maolsheachlann O’Ceallaigh, John Donaghy, Kimberly Lynch, Kathryn Cooper, Fr. Errol Fernandes, Daniel Ang, Kevin Shaw, Emily Hartung, Paul Smith, Katherine Scott, Tara Baker, De Maria and Paul Roy.

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

Read Now

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The heavily socialist World Social Forum is organized, funded and promoted by socialist and communist governments and organizations. Of course, it is deeply committed to both abortion and homosexuality.

This is bad, but the really bad part is the role the largest Catholic social justice organization plays in WSF. Caritas Internationalis has long been, and continues to be, a member of the WSF governing body. American Life League has done a detailed investigation, producing this 76 page report and summary video on the scandal:

Spotted by Matthew Archbold

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This is a new promotional video for basketball from Fr. Barron. Or maybe a priest vocational video. Certainly one of those, but debatable which one for sure:

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Choose wisely, the colleges your children attend. Secular and many “Catholic” colleges are places many will loose their faith, replacing it with modernism and relativism. Authentic Catholic colleges exist, but how can you tell? The Cardinal Newman Society publishes an excellent (and honest) annual guide. See their comparison chart of the top 20 colleges for a quick summary.

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What do you know about “Common Core”? It is a massive “educational” program being wholeheartedly embraced in many public and private schools. It will change education and the product (our children) of education, yet it was developed outside of the public eye by very private interests. Specifically, by powerful liberal private interests. The result seems less education and greater indoctrination. You should be concerned.

A new documentary has been released on how this has happened – Building the Machine:

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Judy Roberts explains in this National Catholic Register piece why you should NOT support Komen. Supporting research to defeat breast cancer is wonderful and there are worthy organizations who do exactly that. Komen is not one of them. They have been corrupted by Planned Parenthood and re-gift a portion of your donations to the abortion giant.

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ISIS has been in the news a lot lately, with all the beheadings, rape, murder and pillage. Not everyone agrees however that they are the greatest threat to world peace. Here, students at an elite liberal university share their enlightened insights:

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 at Conversion Diary to address this blogging need. So, some Fridays I too participate when I have accumulated 7 worthy items. Thank you Jen for hosting this project!

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New Evangelists Monthly – October 2014, Issue #22

This is the October 2014 issue of New Evangelists Monthly. With this announcement, participating Catholic bloggers link their best stories from last month right here at NewEvangelists.org. Revisit anytime to see up-to-the-minute posts in this dynamic format! Contributor links are accepted beginning at noon (ET). Most contributions are received in a day or two. To […]

7 Quick Takes Friday (set #151)

This week: Chris Stefanick explains why you are kind of a big deal. A Pittsburgh detective steps-in to rescue 2 kids. An abortion advocate attacks a pro-life display (sad, really). The universal moral law – it is real and well explained in these doodles. Making a couple pay the price for refusing to sin against […]

Baltimore Catechism: last judgment, resurrection, hell, purgatory, heaven

Lesson 37 408Q. When will Christ judge us? A. Christ will judge us immediately after our death, and on the last day. “Immediately.” In the very room and on the very spot where we die, we shall be judged in an instant, and even before those around us are sure that we are really dead. […]

7 Quick Takes Friday (set #150)

This week: Islam is not interested in an “win-win” – now, in the past, or ever. Enlightened thinking that could be found in any “modern” university. A woman makes a (very poor) case for abortion being good. “Judging”: yes, no, depends on circumstances, other? Interesting yet extremely brief summaries of the Bible. The Dominican Friars […]