Archives for June 2017

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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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 — Always be nice!.


Always be nice!

When we remain silent in the face of evil, we are NOT being charitable. Charity is the manifestation of love and if we truly love another, ignoring objectively sinful behavior is not loving but enabling. Our silence is unavoidably a response in itself, a raising of no objection, the implicit sharing of a “like mind” and an apparent affirmation.

…read it all:   Always be nice!


Reformation or revolution?

In the early 16th century, there were problems in the Church founded by our Lord, Jesus Christ. These problems wounded the Church and were born of sins and poor judgment of imperfect shepherds. As a matter of fact, the institutional Church was not perfect even in the early years nor is she perfect today. She will always need renewal and reformation, but she will prevail.

…read it all:   Reformation or revolution?


It's your right

Where do rights come from? This is so fundamental yet (apparently) widely misunderstood. Human rights come from God. They do not come from government. Government properly formed, accepts its role to protect human dignity through our God-given rights. The framers of the Declaration of Independence understood that, stating “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

…read it all:   It’s your right



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