12/27/16

Martyrs Know Apostasy Can Not Be Justified – Crisis Magazine

A recent article in First Things by J.D. Flynn reflects upon Shusaku Endo’s 1966 Japanese novel Silence, now being released as a film directed by Martin Scorcese (which should tell you something). The tale follows an idealistic Jesuit missionary who, towards the end of the story, well, in Flynn’s words: At its pivotal moment, Silence’s protagonist, the Jesuit missionary …

Source: Martyrs Know Apostasy Can Not Be Justified – Crisis Magazine

12/23/16

The Christmas Triad: Christ, Church, Eucharist – Crisis Magazine

As a cradle Catholic long accustomed to the rituals and feasts of faith, the earliest memories I have coincide, most happily, with membership in what the comedian Lenny Bruce used to call the only the Church. And so there was never a time when Christmas was not an occasion for sheer wonderment and joy, an …

Source: The Christmas Triad: Christ, Church, Eucharist – Crisis Magazine

12/12/16

What is Progressive Derangement Syndrome? – Crisis Magazine

I noted recently that educated and well-placed people today tend toward a stripped-down view of man and society that redefines family, religious, and communal ties as private preferences, thereby erasing their public importance. The effect is to promote exclusive reliance on the social authority of bureaucratic and commercial arrangements. The existence and sentimentalization of non-binding private …

Source: What is Progressive Derangement Syndrome? – Crisis Magazine

12/8/16

How to Make Marian Teachings More Appealing – Crisis Magazine

I blush to admit this, but there was a time when I could really get worked up about Marian dogma. In the years just before my conversion, I used to cite the Catholic affirmation of Mary’s Immaculate Conception and perpetual virginity as major obstacles to my intellectual submission. I just didn’t believe in that stuff. …

Source: How to Make Marian Teachings More Appealing – Crisis Magazine

12/5/16

Debunking Myths about Catholic History – Catholic Stand : Catholic Stand

  There are many false things that some people believe about Catholicism, especially when it comes to historical facts. Let’s examine some of these myths and hopefully explain what the truth really is. Catholic Priests Chained Bibles in Church to Keep People from Reading Them Yes, Catholic priests did keep Bibles chained to the podium, but […]

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