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The De Smet Statuary at SLU: An Alternative Approach

by Fr. Claude Pavur, S.J. Editor’s Note:  This guest commentary is by Fr. Claude Pavur, S.J. on the recent controversy surrounding the Fr. De Smet statue at St. Louis University. Fr. Pavur is a well-respected Jesuit priest and scholar–formerly of St. Louis University, now at Boston College–and the Bellarmine Forum is honored to have his contribution here. The two…

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Pentecost and the Church of Tommorrow

One thing I notice that’s different today from when I was a kid is that there doesn’t seem to be anymore fiction geared towards tomorrow that isn’t dystopian. Sure, I was still a tyke when the movie Logan’s Run came out about a world in the future where people that hit thirty were euthanized, yet others ran…

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The Enchantment of Catholicism

By Guest Author, Terri Aluise   Fr. Andrew Greeley wrote in his book The Catholic Imagination: Catholics live in an enchanted world, a world of statues and holy water, stained glass and votive candles, saints and religious medals, rosary beads and holy pictures. But these paraphernalia are mere hints of a deeper and more religious…

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Father Hardon: Stop Communion in the Hand Now!

  I often forget that the things that were common knowledge in the 90s are forgotten or ignored today. It becomes apparent when discussing communion in the hand, as I did the other day in the neopaganism article, or as I have in other contexts over the past few years, that people generally believe now that…

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Four Year Old Lily Gets it, Do You?

There’s just some things that you come across and you know it’s something really special. I was glad that the Wold family let me share with you here a special story from their four year old daughter, Lily. Debra, Lily’s mom, shared on Facebook that last night after dinner, Lily got up from the table, walked…

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New Lies For Old: Fr. Hardon Explains Neopaganism as Our Dechristianized Reality

Get you coffee, tea, or favorite beverage, and plan to spend a while learning one of Father Hardon’s master points on the state of modern man and the anti-religion we face, even within the Church. A massive post, it has analysis of the new religion we face today and why so many are unhappy following it but cannot escape.

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What this Russian Defense Minister did Shames American Catholics

I was tickled yesterday when someone sent me a link to this article and highlighted that us Catholics used to do this. In Russia, however, it seems that Catholic practices are proudly public again (unlike here). Reports Russian media:  Before beginning the Victory Day Parade in Moscow’s Red Square, Minister of Defense, Sergei Shoygu crossed himself. The journalists…

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Catholic Action versus Alinskyian Organizing

For years, apologists for Alinskyian organizing have been trying to make the case that such organizing is a development of Catholic Action and therefore deserves support and respect.  For instance, a 2011 National Catholic Reporter article reported that several speakers at a Catholic Campaign for Human Development seminar expressed the idea that community organizing – specifically citing the work…

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Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, Bellarmine, and Fatima

There is always a little magic it seems in the feast days of Mother church. It’s not really magic, not in the sense of Simon Magis, but magic in the sense of little special things and connections — some might call it serendipity. I think it’s more to do with the actual intercession of the saints honored…

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The Four Armed, Three Eyed Monster of the Year of Mercy Logo isn’t Catholic

Even children cannot recognize Jesus in the jubilee Year of Mercy logo… it’s like a graphic “speaking in tongues” that utters a bunch of gibberish. But what does the logo really show?

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