US Bishops Seem to Say It’s OK to be Too Busy for God

By John B. Manos / August 15, 2015 /

There is a point in everyone’s life when you begin to see the tug-of-war between God and the World. The Gospels highlight, underline, and encircled this very tug-of-war during the encounter our Lord had with Satan in His forty days:  The devil put it out there clearly: “all these kingdoms are mine.”  Related to this…

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On Meetings of Bishops (This should be shared and Tweeted far and wide!)

By John M. DeJak / November 23, 2014 /

If I should write the truth, I believe that I ought to flee all meetings of bishops, because I have never seen any happy or satisfactory outcome from any council, nor one that has deterred evils more than it has occasioned their acceptance and growth. (St Gregory of Nazianzus, Letter 131 from 382 AD; cf.…

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Do the American Bishops hate fasting?

By John B. Manos / February 24, 2014 /

I was shell shocked today by an omission I can hardly believe. At Mass, I heard the Gospel about the possessed boy out of whom the Apostles could not drive the demon. We all know the tale:  Our Lord drives the demon out, and the Apostles ask, “Why could we not drive out the demon?”  And Our…

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Can the Bishops even do as Peter tells them?

By John B. Manos / November 13, 2013 /

For the lengthy and flowery flourishes appropriate of a Papal Nuncio’s address to a pack of Bishops, there is one phrase in there that I wish would have been the only phrase: [Pope Francis’s] own deepest hope today for the pastors of the Church in America, as well as for all the pastors of the…

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From Under the Rubble…Hail to the Dictators!

By Christopher Manion / November 2, 2013 /

It’s the Redskins versus the Crybabies in the Victims Bowl. Washington’s beloved pro football team is just the latest target of opportunity for the racial hucksters who are writing the next edition of Big Brother’s NewSpeak Dictionary. Like Orwell’s Ministry of Truth, however, the professional malcontents are actually conducting a false flag operation to keep…

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From Under the Rubble…Hiccups in the Hierarchy

By Christopher Manion / October 28, 2013 /

Hiccups in the Hierarchy The Catholic Church in the United States is witnessing one of the most tumultuous periods in its history. So when the nation’s Catholic bishops meet in Baltimore during the second week in November, they will have a lot to talk about. Three years ago, the bishops rejected the establishment candidate of…

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From Under the Rubble…A Bang and a Whimper

By Christopher Manion / August 19, 2013 /

Bishop Robert Lynch of St. Petersburg recently complained, “I am convinced that many so called Pro-Life groups are not really pro-life but merely anti-abortion.” Of course, this canard is common among the professional pro-abortion crowd, but it sounds strangely out of tune coming from a Bishop who, in the past, has been supportive of the pro-life…

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Lynching the Population Research Institute

By Stephanie Block / August 16, 2013 /

Florida’s Bishop Lynch gets defensive over complaints against Catholic Relief Services Bishop Robert Lynch, ordinary for the Diocese of St. Petersburg, writes the blog titled For His Friends. On August 7, he posted “Hurricane Heading towards Africa,” an article in which he excoriates the Population Research Institute (PRI) for revealing that several African bishops have…

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From Under the Rubble…Hit The Kill Switch

By Christopher Manion / August 2, 2013 /

“I’ve been a fan of military history most of my life, and I’ve never seen a weapon developed that wasn’t eventually used. So if I were you, and there was something I really wanted to do with my life, I wouldn’t put it off for long.” With that memorable observation, Professor Bernard Norling wound up…

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Standing on Two Feet? Does the USCCB get Social Justice?

By Stephanie Block / June 7, 2013 /

For years, Catholic educators have used the visual of two footprints to explain the difference between two kinds of charitable works, that is, the traditional “works of mercy” and what is, in some places, called “social justice.” This latter work is explained in different ways, depending on the degree of fidelity given material has to…

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