After 1600 years, monks ejected from Mar Behnam Monastery by Islamists...
The Mar Behnam Monastery (The Monastery of the Martyrs Saint Behnam and his Sister Sarah) was built in the 4th century as an act of penance by Sennacherib II. The Assyrian king had Behnam and Sarah, his son and daughter, executed for converting to Christianity, but later converted and repented. From that time until this month...
Yo editors: Can the state pay Catholics to help immigrants?
As usual, there was a stack of Baltimore Sun newspapers waiting for me at the end of last week when I returned from a consulting trip to a campus in Iowa. One of the papers contained a very timely and newsworthy story. My goal here is to argue that — just possibly — this story was even more newsworthy than the Sun editors thought that it was.
7 simple suggestions to help you combat your technology addiction...
A confession: I am writing this column on my MacBook Air computer with my iPhone at my side. And I regularly enlist the help of a cellphone App to pray the Liturgy of the Hours. And after all, I live in the heart of Silicon Valley and have lectured to 300 actual and would-be Techies and Masters of the Universe. In addition...
How to use music to reach the sleeping soul...
I have learned in my life, that music is powerful beyond words, and often does what words alone can never do. Historically, when my soul was asleep morally, it was music that called me back. I joined the church choir to meet girls, but through the music, the Lord showed me a deeper desire in my heart, for goodness, beauty and truth...
These 'FOBs' (Friends of Bergoglio) are driving the train under Pope Francis...
During the Clinton administration, American politics developed a new bit of argot: “FOB,” meaning “friend of Bill,” an intimate of the president who enjoyed access to the corridors of power and perhaps helped shape his agenda. Today Catholicism has its own emerging “FOB” class, in this case standing for “friend of Bergoglio.
How do atheists account for all the evidence of miracles (or conversely, demonic possession)?
In 1949, Jerome S. Bruner and Leo Postman asked a group of 28 students at Harvard and Radcliffe to perform a simple task: identify playing cards. There were just two catches. First, these cards were shown very quickly: for 10 milliseconds at first, but increasing up to 1000 milliseconds if they struggled to identify the card. Second...
Police seek clues in Tony Palmer motorcycle death...
As news becomes available, we learn that it was a head-on collision in Chelwood, U.K. that led to the death of evangelical pastor Tony Palmer July 20. Bishop Palmer caught the attention of the world in February 2014, when he carried Pope Francis’ video greeting to Pentecostals gathered at the Kenneth Copeland conference.
5 things you can do right now as ISIS threatens Iraqi Christians and Shiites...
One of Christendom’s oldest and deepest roots is being ripped from an ancient garden, and many in positions of power, even among so-called “Christian” nations, seem content to let it go unremarked upon and unchallenged. Perhaps they feel inadequate to the task of pleading on these Christian’s behalf.
Satan is brilliant at tactics, but he leaves himself vulnerable to God's strategy...
By cutting the spigot of federal money to church-based agencies, Obama has done us a paradoxical favor -- as Garibaldi unwittingly aided the Church by stealing the Papal States. (Would we really want them back?) However wicked are Obama’s manifest intentions, he is offering us a profound opportunity to rebuild our outreach to the needy along truly Christian lines.
Is the “missio ad gentes” still a priority for Pope Francis’ Church?
That Pope Francis is very attentive to the dialogue with non-believers is clear from his most recent conversation with Eugenio Scalfari, the founder of the Italian leftist newspaper “La Repubblica”. Scalfari, a self-proclaimed atheist, who even wrote a book entitled “Me and God”, on his being a non-believer.
"Desire of the Everlasting Hills" shows how to leave gay life behind...
Meet Dan, Rilene and Paul, all refugees from deep enmeshment in the LGBT life, each finding a home in sexual sobriety and, not incidentally, the Catholic Church. It is impossible to watch this important documentary without tears, and not sad tears either, but happy ones, tears that come from a joyful movement of the spirit.
This is the number one reason that Catholics become ex-Catholics...
The notion that Jesus “inspired” ancient Semites to share their food in the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes is like the notion that he “inspired” them to walk on two legs or breathe air for the first time in their history. It’s balderdash. Hospitality was one of the sacred duties universally recognized by everybody in the crowd that day. Indeed...
Has Pope Francis reached a decision on Medjugorje? 7 things to know and share...
For those who may not have been following the story, in 2010 Benedict XVI called a special commission to investigate the apparitions that have been reported in connection with Medjugorje (in the former Yugoslavia) since 1981. Earlier this year...
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