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Fasts and Lent. If you want to cast out demons…

By John B. Manos / February 15, 2013 /

Last year, I posted about the history of fasting during lent. I think the article stands up well this year, too. I’d only add that the topic was at least discussed at the most recent USCCB meeting. Rather difficult for me to comprehend how, when Our Lord told us that some demons may only be cast…

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St. Valentine — Martyred for Marriage

By John B. Manos / February 14, 2013 /

Happy St. Valentine’s Day! By now, you will have already seen the day play out, there may have been candy hearts with messages on them, notes passed by children in school, and then the adult activities. What precisely was St. Valentine about, though? Let’s take a trip back to the third century. You and I are sitting in…

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Lunatics or Henchmen?: Group Claims to have forced Pope’s Resignation… ???

By John B. Manos / February 13, 2013 /

I have never heard of this group, nor of such a court action pending. I hesitate to post this for fear that I may be giving attention to a group of lunatics with a blog. At the same time, this group claims to have achieved a court action in the EU that forced the resignation of the…

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KABOOM! The Literary Finale of Pope Benedict XVI was not his abdication.

By John B. Manos / February 13, 2013 /

Pope Benedict arranged a masterpiece, complete with cannon fire. Find out what his literary finale was and why it’s more shocking than the lightening strike on St. Peter’s!

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Prayers Requested for Pope Benedict XVI, Set to Resign by Month’s End

By John M. DeJak / February 11, 2013 /

The Vatican has confirmed that Pope Benedict XVI is to resign by months end. Highly unusual. Please say prayers for His Holiness and the Church. UPDATE: Here is a link to the translated text of the Pope’s resignation, originally delivered in Latin.

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From Under the Rubble…Disasters, Defiance, and Definitions

By Christopher Manion / February 9, 2013 /

Pop Quiz: When is a Neocon Not A Neocon? Answer. When he’s wrong. Which is most of the time. And that irks Charles Krauthammer. Dr. Krauthammer is an interesting character. For some thirty years he’s been a Washington fixture. Trained as a psychiatrist, he became a speechwriter for Vice President Walter Mondale. He then began…

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From Under the Rubble…The Clintons: Cause and Effect

By Christopher Manion / February 3, 2013 /

During his years in the White House, Bill Clinton’s “boiler room” brought damage control to a new level. His serial scandals — their number is legion – elicited a constant symphony of denial — kind of like Ravel’s Bolero. James Carville and Paul Begala – Clinton’s Bolero Brothers — reacted to every allegation with feigned…

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Footnote 21: Fr. Baker, part Two

By Christopher Manion / January 31, 2013 /

In Footnote 21, Chris Manion continues his interview with Father Kenneth Baker, S.J., discussing Fr. Baker’s friend Father Raymond De Jaegher, S.J. who was a missionary to Viet Nam and China for thirty years. Listen to this breathtaking story of Fr. De Jaegher’s imprisonment, first by the Japanese, and the Mao’s Chinese Communists.

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The Smoke of Satan

By Cindy Paslawski / January 25, 2013 /

Yet another hit on serious Catholics and Christians. On January 22, President Obama reaffirmed his support for Roe v. Wade saying the government should not intrude in this most private decision. Coupled with the HHS directive requiring health insurers to cover contraception and abortion taking effect this month, and the Inaugural Address support of homosexual…

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From Under the Rubble…Hoaxes and Hokum

By Christopher Manion / January 24, 2013 /

The sad specter of deception that is haunting my alma mater, Notre Dame, these days brings to mind another hoax, more disastrous by far than a college football hero’s “imaginary girlfriend.” The nation is about to celebrate (or not) the tenth anniversary of Colin Powell’s infamous testimony before the United Nations Security Council, delivered on…

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