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We Can All Breathe Easier Now that Fr. Weinandy resigned from the USCCB

Today, a dangerous force creeping into the Church was solidly quashed and quelled. After all, one must take firm and swift actions to keep the public order, right? After all, asking questions of the Holy Father is subversive and confusing to the laity. They might think the wrong thing. They might be encouraged to question his authority as…

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On a Mission from God… Literally! with Father John Paul Zeller MFVA: BFP 008

https://media.blubrry.com/bellarmineforumfootnote/p/bellarmineforum.podbean.com/mf/play/s5a46q/bellarmineforumpodcast_bellarmineforum_org_wp-content_uploads_2017_10_bfp-008-on-a-mission-from-God_-Literally-Fr_-John-Paul-Zeller-MFVA.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThere’s only 125 of these priests in the United States.  And there’s only a few over a 1000 worldwide.  Father John Paul Zeller MFVA joins John Manos on today’s episode to discuss confession, God’s mercy, and the special graces given to him by a Papal mandate. Father John Paul…

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head and shoulder photo of Pope Francis from behind with a cloudy sky and the words "esta bien?" above his head

The One Thing I Wonder About Pope Francis Meeting President Trump

I remember the buzz earlier this year when Pope Francis was sending a message to the United States for the Super bowl. I wondered what he would say. I had hoped it would not be a rehash of his statements about migrants. I thought it was an interesting idea that the Pope would think to send a message,…

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Despite all the Angst, Maybe Pope Francis is Right… And the reactions were wrong for the wrong reasons

In the past week, Pope Francis said something that got everyone in an uproar (imagine that). Catholic blogs were immediately lambasting the statement. Many claimed that he was wrong to say what he said. A giant news network even got into the act and claimed it was time for him to resign. I wonder if maybe Pope Francis was right…

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The Cosmic Battle, Two Pontiffs, and a Novena

Is it weird to have a favorite holy water font? Well, I do. I’m weird. In the Basilica of St. Paul Outside-the-Walls–not far from the place where the Apostle was buried after being decapitated for the crime of not losing his head–stands a very curious holy water font. The casual Roman parishioner at St. Paul’s has likely seen this…

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PAPAL VISIT REPORT: Biblical Reflections on Seeing a Pope

Like many this past week, I was blessed to have the rare opportunity to see Pope Francis up close and personal during his U.S. tour. I’ve seen friends and acquaintances share their stories of their varying successes in seeing the Pope. Some got outside the U.S. Capitol building and saw him as a distant dot in a…

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The Legacy of Junípero Serra

by Guest Author, Patrick Laurence “A happy death, of all the things of life is our principal concern. For if we attain that, it matters little if we lose all the rest. But if we do not attain that, nothing else will be of any value.” – Junípero Serra, 1749 When Fray Junípero Serra is…

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The Inconvenient Truth for Liberals in Laudato Si

By Guest Author Terri Aluise The Vatican is set to release Pope Francis’ much anticipated encyclical Laudato Si on Thursday. A leaked draft version of the encyclical was released earlier this week and shows that Pope Francis believes that man is the primary cause of climate change. Not surprisingly, Conservatives are already in an uproar…

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Metz Yeghérn (“The Great Evil”)

In the summer of 2005, my family and I had the pleasure of visiting Dr. Mitchell Kalpakgian at his home in New Hampshire. I have followed the work of Dr. Kalpakgian since the early nineties. I first recall reading him in the New Oxford Review as a high school senior. At the time, I was being fed a steady…

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Kerygma for a Magdalen Ministry

About 20 years ago a friend of mine wrote a satire of modern ecclesial life in which he parodied the Bishops of the United States in a classic inversion of priorities in which the High Holy Day of Easter took second place to a  “Magdalen Ministry”–some sort of outreach where women’s contributions could be celebrated…

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