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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. Corpus Chrisi, Cologne Germany, 1947 (ironically, the good old days). A Catholic high school offers a simple prayer. Utopia University wants your children (fictional, but a proxy for much of modern academia).

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New Evangelists Monthly

Issue #55, July 2017, of New Evangelists Monthly is ready for your enjoyment! Scores of faithful Catholic bloggers have contributed their very best pieces from June. Contributing authors this month include: Stephen Korsman, Virginia Lieto, Chris Capolino, Fr. Stephen Morris, Matthew Coffin, David Wong, Dave Wanat, Carolyn Astfalk, Erin Cupp, Ellen Gable Hrkach, Blythe Kaufman, Bonnie Way, Rick Becker, Billie Jo Stoltz, James Hahn, Michael Seagriff, Mary Cooper, Kathleen Laplante, Aimee O’Connell, Victoria Clarizio, Shannon, Tom Perna, Susan Stabile, Elizabeth Reardon, Scott Smith, Laura Pearl, Melanie Jean Juneau, Roy Cooney, Larry Peterson, Alicia, Tucker Cordani, Matt Marks, Vijaya Bodach, Fr. Ben Hadrich, Sherry Antonetti, Thomas and Deborah Richard, Nancy Shuman, David Torkington, Rich Maffeo, Dn. Scott Dodge, De Maria, Leslie Klinger, Dn. John Donaghy, Sr. Maresa Lilley, Claire McGarry, Roxane Salonen, Lisa Ponchak, Maria Johnson, Brian Gill, Robert Collins, Jennifer James, Barbara Hosbach, John Schroeder, Rae Stabosz, Mike Maturen, Fr. Errol Fernandes, Rick Rice, Amy Wiggin, Margaret Felice, Tom Smith, Dn. Greg Horton, Thomas Cruz-Wiggins, Brian Mullins, Christian Miraglia, Larry Fox, Fr. Joseph Mungai, Jennifer Elia, Fr. Richard DeLillio, Bartimaeus Timeo and Ebeth Weidner.

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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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. If you are unaware of the controversy, this clip from EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo will be very helpful.

Sadly one of the four – Cardinal Joachim Meisner – died this week, his questions unaddressed and left unanswered.

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Facebook and Twitter are increasingly censoring Christian pro-family content including pro-life support. They use internal and external “fact checkers,” invariably left leaning, to make their determination of “fake news”, “hate speech” and the like. Half of America, if not more, need better alternatives to these biased services.

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It has been 500 years since the Protestant revolution which split the universal Christian Church into countless variants. This was of course, initiated by the famous heretic Martin Luther. What kind of man was he? Here is a SECULAR piece that takes a non-religious look:

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In 1947, a devastated Germany still managed to recognize Corpus Christi. It was important to them as it should be. Today the churches still stand but are largely vacant. Their faith it would seem, lies in their government.

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Schools welcome and embrace the most marginal of values, but at the same time vigorously reject God (* except Islam). A Catholic high school produced this piece:

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This promotional video for Utopia University is supposed to be a spoof, but is unfortunately closer to the truth than not:

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 – July 2017, Issue #55

This is the July 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!

Contributor links are accepted beginning at noon (ET). Most contributions are received in a day or two. To see this new issue of New Evangelists Monthly, click below:

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From the archive (set #27)

From the Archive...

This Saturday is time for New Evangelists Monthly to begin a new edition. Today, 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 — Hope.


Hope

Christian hope is supernatural, not just an immediate purpose but an eternal one. Without it our lives are merely mortal and often selfish. Our faith would rest in people and institutions. Then we die.

…read it all:   Hope


Pride

Pride is a black cloud which smothers the light of God in other people. We are all God’s greatest creation. Pride focuses our attention inward making us act as though God’s greatest creation is ourselves. In essence, we sever ourselves from the Body of Christ and thus can not love our neighbor (seen lesser) as ourselves (seen greater).

…read it all:   Pride


The last time

What does not stick is the last time we experienced each person, place or thing except in particularly traumatic circumstances. I remember the last time I saw my Dad and spoke with my Mom, but not really so much for my other relatives and friends. In the cases of places and things, I would be hard pressed to remember the last time I was there or had that thing. Yet, there was a last time.

…read it all:   The last time



7 Quick Takes Friday (set #213)

This week: The latest issue of New Evangelists Monthly awaits your perusal. Fr. Mike Schmitz asks “why be Catholic and not just Christian?” What is in a name? Is silence in the Mass just “dead air”? A wonderful new chant album from the FSSP has just been released. US District Judge William Orrick doing a yeoman’s job burying the truth on the abortion industry. A surprising commentary on leftist intolerance from a surprising source.

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New Evangelists Monthly

Issue #54, June 2017, of New Evangelists Monthly is ready for your enjoyment! Scores of faithful Catholic bloggers have contributed their very best pieces from May. Contributing authors this month include: Fr. Stephen Morris, Virginia Lieto, Chris Capolino, Brian Gill, Michael Seagriff, Blythe Kaufman, Frank Rega, Erin Cupp, Dn. Scott Dodge, Rick Becker, Fr. Errol Fernandes, Larry Peterson, Dave Wanat, Lianna Mueller, Fr. Chori Jonathin Seraiah, Dn. John Donaghy, Victoria Clarizio, Jennifer Elia, Ashley Crane, Nancy Shuman, Ellen Gable Hrkach, Scott Smith, Tucker Cordani, Kathleen Laplante, Kirby Hoberg, Bonnie Way, David Wong, Melanie Jean Juneau, Lisa Laverty, Elizabeth Reardon, John Schroeder, David Torkington, Robert Collins, Barbara Szyszkiewicz, Roxane Salonen, Vinny Carr, Vijaya Bodach, Monica McConkey, Leslie Klinger, Fr. Gilles Surprenant, Claire McGarry, Fr. Ben Hadrich, Alicia, Sr. Maresa Lilley, Tom Smith, Rich Maffeo, Christian Miraglia, Rick Rice, Susan Stabile, Aimee O’Connell, Fr. Adrian Danker, Barbara Hosbach, Tom Perna, Carolyn Astfalk, Lisa Ponchak, Matt Marks, Msgr. Charles Pope, Lawrence and Susan Fox, Ellen Kolb, Laura Pearl, Thomas Cruz-Wiggins, W.L. Grayson, Julian Barkin, Joe Simmons, Christina Nagy, Fr. Richard DeLillio, Bartimaeus Timeo, Brian Mullins and Drusilla.

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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Is it actually important to be a Catholic Christian or is being any Christian all the same? Are the wide rainbow of denominations just alternative ways of sharing the same light?

Yes and no. Among many Christians there is some agreement yet there are many deep, even opposite, beliefs. Fundamental stuff like how do you get to heaven, is baptism important, how/when to baptize, or how to worship God. Is there no way to know the fullness of truth? Fr. Mike Schmitz has the bottom-line.

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You are not your name, but it is a big and permanent part of you given by your parents at your baptism.

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In radio, “dead air” is a big no-no. People will change the channel.

Likewise in the Mass, something must always be happening – right? No so if you understand the nature of The Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the role of sacred silence in it. Cardinal Robert Sarah (an absolute super-star) has a new book on this topic. Bishop Barron discusses:

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The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) has released a new chant album on the Requiem Mass. It looks awesome!

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William Orrick donated substantial money to President Obama’s campaign ($30,000) and helped raise other contributions ($200,000) – just as he had previously for other leftist candidates. Obama nominated William Orrick for the US District Court, a position he has aggressively used to support abortion and its commercial behemoth Planned Parenthood.

Once again shocking undercover videos reveal the complete depravity of PP so Orrick has censored them. This is how activist judges wield power (it has little to do with actual law).

The video in question is HERE (until it too is censored).

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The last word goes to CNN on-air personality Fareed Zakaria. It is shocking that such comments appeared on CNN. Shocking because he is absolutely correct about the strident intolerance of the left and that CNN did not stop him or have one of their famous “technical difficulties.” Mind you, Fareed is a true believer in leftist ideology, but kudos to him for recognizing and saying the obvious none-the-less.


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 – June 2017, Issue #54

This is the June 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!

Contributor links are accepted beginning at noon (ET). Most contributions are received in a day or two. To see this new issue of New Evangelists Monthly, click below:

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