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On Loves Ordered & Disordered

There has been a lot of commentary — probably too much — about the recent Supreme Court decision extending the legal definition of marriage to include homosexual couples. But the thing that struck me wasn’t the decision, or even the … Continue reading

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The Catholic Requirement to Rest on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation

It has recently come to my attention that some otherwise well-educated Catholics are unaware of the Church’s teaching requiring rest on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation (hereafter simply Holy Days). This post is to help clarify the nature of … Continue reading

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Hymn to the Virgin – Benjamin Britten

At Mass today (the Feast of Mary, the Mother of God) the choir sang this beautiful piece by Britten. Of one that is so fair and bright, velut maris stella, (as the star of the sea) Brighter than the day is … Continue reading

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NFP Misconception #1: Letting God Decide

Proponents of NFP often speak as if the reason that NFP is okay (and contraception is not) is that “NFP lets God decide when we have children.” That’s a bit silly, though. Not only can God decide to do whatever … Continue reading

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Cardinal Newman on “Mariolatry”

When strangers are so unfavourably impressed with us, because they see Images of our Lady in our churches, and crowds flocking about her, they forget that there is a Presence within the sacred walls, infinitely more awful, which claims and … Continue reading

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Why Catholics shouldn’t sneer at social justice

In recent months it has become common among conservatives to sneer at the concept of social justice. For instance: It isn’t just Beck, though. All too often, conservative Catholic bloggers complain about “social justice Catholics,” as if being one was … Continue reading

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Mary the New Eve – Genesis 3:15

One of the most prominent bits of typological thinking in the Church Fathers is the concept of Mary as the New Eve. For example, St. Irenaeus declared that “[W]hat the virgin Eve had bound fast through unbelief, this did the … Continue reading

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