7 Quick Takes Friday (set #217)

This week: The latest issue of New Evangelists Monthly awaits your perusal. Bishop Barron explains the symbolism of marriage. Chris Stefanick continues that point on the Church. Faithful Christianity is under strong and sustained attack (perhaps surprisingly for many) from the SPLC. How should we respond to NFL protests? Two videos on millennials – one serious and the other not so much.

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New Evangelists Monthly

Issue #58, October 2017, 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: Stephen Korsman, Aimee O’Connell, Blythe Kaufman, Carolyn Astfalk, Melanie Jean Juneau, Chris Capolino, Ellen Gable Hrkach, Fr. Ben Hadrich, Lawrence and Susan Fox, Tucker Cordani, Barbara Szyszkiewicz, Dennis McGeehan, Matt Marks, Kathleen Laplante, Robert Collins, Roxane Salonen, Lyn Mettler, Elizabeth Reardon, Vijaya Bodach, Michael Seagriff, Dn. Scott Dodge, Connie Rossini, Sr. Maresa Lilley, Fr. Stephen Morris, Dave Wanat, Fr. Nicholas Blackwell, Christine, De Maria, Susan Stabile, Rick Becker, Larry Peterson, Leslie Klinger, John Schroeder, Rick Rice, Ebeth Weidner, Fr. Adrian Danker, Fr. Errol Fernandes, Christian Miraglia, Rich Maffeo, Paul Roy, Ellen Kolb, Birgit Jones, Brian Gill, David Torkington, Bartimaeus Timeo, Claire McGarry, Barbara Hosbach, Lisa Ponchak, Julian Barkin, Bonnie Way, Tom Perna, Margaret Felice, Christina Nagy, Julia Harrell, Fr. Gilles Surprenant, Roy Cooney, Jeff Walker, Jim Hahn and David Cooney.

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

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Marriage and the Supper of the Lamb – Bishop Barron explains the Sacrament of Marriage:

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Continuing that theme, Chris Stefanick reminds us what the nature of the Church is:

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Are you a faithful Catholic or other Christian? Maybe you are pro-life or pro-family? If so, then to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) you are a hater and must be suppressed. They have the money and lawyers to do it too. Once a noble and effective anti-discrimination organization, they have today left those roots to become something else entirely. Catholicism.org among many others (e.g. here, here, here, here, here, here, here and a zillion more) chronicles their misdeeds.

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I like Fr. Mike’s videos, but respectfully disagree with him on the NFL protests. Briefly stated, his take is that we should look inside ourselves before forming an opinion. I strongly agree that my own path to holiness needs constant work (and by God’s grace, I pray that I am making progress).

Hugely blessed NFL players, regardless of my struggles, embarrass and disgrace themselves, their teams, and the sport when they spit on the graves of those who fought for the country the anthem directly represents. Their shameful actions are not merely vague “social justice” virtue signaling, but repudiation of the country for which so many suffered so much. Stretching Fr. Mike’s point a bit, it would be fair to ask what these richly entitled players have done for anyone other than themselves that justifies such disdain for their country.

It’s time for fans to stop rationalizing this behavior and stop supporting those who show such contempt and disrespect for them, their families, friends and neighbors who have actually served and sacrificed for their country. Self-examination is not the issue – this is objectively very wrong and readily discernible as such.

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Simon Sinek speaks on millennials in the workplace. He is an articulate, mostly factual observer. Generally good, but there are 2 huge issues IMHO. First, no hint whatsoever of the role of faith. Without that true happiness is simply impossible. Second, it is not the function of businesses to babysit millennials. Business will simply not hire or weed-out those who are unprepared for real life. Millennials expecting otherwise will be hugely disappointed.

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Humorist JP Sears portrays a millennial, his grasp on reality and preparation to live as an adult. It’s satire, but with more than just a touch of truth.


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!

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New Evangelists Monthly – October 2017, Issue #58

This is the October 2017 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!

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7 Quick Takes Friday (set #216)

This week: The latest issue of New Evangelists Monthly awaits your perusal. 10 facts about Catholics. Cardinal Carlo Caffarra is the second “dubia cardinal” to die ignored. Fr. Mike Schmitz looks at “judging someone.” An Indian restaurateur helps the hungry. Feminists excuse the treatment of Muslim women. A grandmom shows grandpop a fun magic trick.

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New Evangelists Monthly

Issue #57, September 2017, of New Evangelists Monthly is ready for your enjoyment! Scores of faithful Catholic bloggers have contributed their very best pieces from August. Contributing authors this month include: Virginia Lieto, Carolyn Astfalk, Robert Collins, Aimee O’Connell, Ellen Gable Hrkach, Fr. Gilles Surprenant, Fr. Ben Hadrich, Dennis McGeehan, Larry Fox, Susan Fox, Chris Capolino, Jenn Tatum, Fr. Joseph Mungai, Vijaya Bodach, John Schroeder, Vinny Carr, Nancy Ward, Elizabeth Reardon, Julia Harrell, Fr. Nicholas Blackwell, Monica McConkey, Fr. Stephen Morris, Stephen Korsman, Dn. Scott Dodge, Philip Kosloski, Barbara Szyszkiewicz, Rick Rice, Bonnie Way, Rich Maffeo, Lisa Laverty, Brian Gill, Tom Perna, David Torkington, Michael Seagriff, Lianna Mueller, Leslie Klinger, De Maria, Ellen Kolb, Bartimaeus Timeo, Claire McGarry, Lisa Ponchak, Fr. Errol Fernandes, Barbara Hosbach, Thomas and Deborah Richard, Rick Becker, David Wong, Larry Peterson, Fr. Adrian Danker, Sr. Maresa Lilley, Thomas Cruz-Wiggins, Frank Rega, Dave Wanat, Jim Hahn, Christian Miraglia, Laura Pearl, Margaret Felice, Roxane Salonen, Miriam Westen, Christina Nagy, Desiree Hausam, David Cooney, Susan Stabile, Fr. Richard DeLillio, Julian Barkin and Jennifer Elia.

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

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Here are 10 (out of about a zillion) interesting facts about Catholics. If you are not Catholic, they will be interesting. If you are Catholic, you probably know them so just share the video with your non-Catholic friends:

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Four cardinals have 5 clear questions, raised by conflicting understanding of our faith. Our faith is universal, but in recent years even neighboring bishops can have completely opposite practices for the civilly remarried. Truth does not vary diocese to diocese nor does it change over time. EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo covered the controversy a couple months ago:

Sadly, Cardinal Carlo Caffarra has now died. Along with the recent death of Cardinal Joachim Meisner, only 2 of the 4 cardinals remain. The questions remain unaddressed and left unanswered.

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Yes, judge. Evil is evil, see it, judge it, recognize it. I wrote about this several years ago. Fr. Mike Schmitz addresses this topic too in his video this week:

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Restaurants have to throw out a lot of food. One restaurant owner in India noticed the hungry going through her garbage to retrieve it. She then did something wonderful.

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To have any credibility at all, a person, a movement or political ideology must be at least somewhat consistent. Prager asks then, why don’t feminists fight for Muslim women?

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In case you missed it, this woman amazes her husband with an amazing magic trick:


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!

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New Evangelists Monthly – September 2017, Issue #57

This is the September 2017 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!

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Elsewhere: what works — tradition or modernity?

It always amazes me when people champion relaxing “rigid” rules in favor of a more “merciful” or “pastoral” Church. This is code for finding ways to justify reinterpretation of orthodoxy, at least in practice (wink, wink). It is also known as heterodoxy. In charity we assume such people are well intentioned, but the result is […]

7 Quick Takes Friday (set #215)

This week: The latest issue of New Evangelists Monthly awaits your perusal. St. Stanislaus Oratory celebrates. KLM inadvertently promotes truth while attempting to promote the opposite. Were the policies of our only Catholic president Democrat or Republican? A recent graduate reflects on her college education. Millennials and real work, imagined as lumberjacks. — 1 — […]

New Evangelists Monthly – August 2017, Issue #56

Enjoy this month’s edition of New Evangelists Monthly – an informal, dynamic, crowd-sourced “meta-magazine” showcasing the best posts faithful Catholic bloggers. In this and every issue, you will find many different, but faithfully Catholic viewpoints, insights and perspectives.

7 Quick Takes Friday (set #214)

This week: The latest issue of New Evangelists Monthly awaits your perusal. Four cardinals have formally asked 5 clear and crucial questions – so far unanswered. Facebook and Twitter are censoring more and more Christian content – including the most basic pro-life speech. Martin Luther, “the man” as researched by a popular secular YouTube personality. […]

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