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All Catholic commentary from August 2019

Episode 46—Sing With Your Children—Roundabout by Thomas V. Mirus in "The Catholic Culture Podcast" - Aug 3, 2019

Emma and Cecilia Black grew up in a large family that sang together constantly. Now these two sisters from Grand Rapids, Michigan, have made an album of folk songs for children. They want people to know that any family can start singing...

Remembering the day when the ‘politics of personal destruction’ began by Phil Lawler in "The City Gates" - Aug 5, 2019

“The growing plague of offense and disrespect in speech and actions must end,” says Archbishop Wilton Gregory in his highly publicized response to President Trump’s remarks about squalor in Baltimore. “I fear that recent public comments by our President and others and the...

Our One and Only God by Dr. Jeff Mirus in "On the Culture" - Aug 5, 2019

Being away this week, I decided to repost some thoughts I had while on vacation nearly ten years ago. I was on vacation last week, so I deliberately avoided controversy. But I did plenty of meditating on what it means to be a Christian. As it happened, I did much of this meditating while...

Understanding an ideological purge at the Vatican by Phil Lawler in "On the News" - Aug 6, 2019

Pay careful attention to the statement by Msgr. Livio Melina regarding the radical change in orientation at the John Paul II Institute, where he, until recently, served as president: If the decisions taken by Archbishop Paglia are not revoked, then what they are saying is: ‘The interpretation...

Please, stop talking about ‘values’ by Phil Lawler in "On the News" - Aug 7, 2019

This week I have received a political flyer aimed at “values voters,” heard a fundraising pitch from an organization that upholds family “values,” and sat through a sermon about maintaining Christian “values” in a secular world. The constant references to...

Reason, faith, and the pursuit of wisdom by Phil Lawler in "The City Gates" - Aug 9, 2019

“However secularized a civilization may become,” writes Samuel Gregg in his excellent new book, “it can never entirely escape from the burden of its spiritual inheritance.” The civilization of the Western world is the product of a singularly fruitful marriage between faith...

Sample a beautiful new musical setting for the Mass in English by Phil Lawler in "The City Gates" - Aug 9, 2019

When was the last time you heard new Catholic liturgical music that was beautiful, reverent, accessible, and easy to learn? Since the talented composer Paul Jernberg is a friend and neighbor, it happens to me often. Do yourself a favor, and watch at least the trailer for a video recording of a...

St. Lawrence’s Universal Appeal by Jennifer Gregory Miller in "Liturgical Year Blog" - Aug 10, 2019

From the Archives: This post was originally published in 2016. August 10 marks the Feast of St. Lawrence (Laurence) of Rome, deacon and martyr, known for his charity for the sick, poor and abandoned. Under the persecution of Emperor Valerian he was grilled to death on a gridiron in...

Equal Rights Amendment: Attempts to Resurrect it 37 Years Too Late by Robert G. Marshall in "In Depth Analysis" - Monday

Proponents of a continued effort to ratify the legally defunct Equal Rights Amendment are targeting the State of Virginia, among others, to attempt ratification. The ERA would legally obliterate the real distinctions between male and female, which are essential to any healthy culture—in...

Episode 47—Our Lady’s Habit: Wearing and Loving the Brown Scapular—Fr. Justin Cinnante, O.Carm. by Thomas V. Mirus in "The Catholic Culture Podcast" - Tuesday

Many Catholics have worn the Brown Scapular at some point in their lives. Some of those people stopped wearing it for one reason or another. Others have continued to wear it but perhaps don’t appreciate its true depth as a sign of...

Apologetics vs. evangelization? Argument and witness for the sake of others by Dr. Jeff Mirus in "On the Culture" - Wednesday

The purpose of evangelization is to make Christ and the Church known to others so that they might receive the gift of faith and choose to convert to Christianity. It is a work accomplished in close collaboration with the Holy Spirit. The purpose of apologetics, on the other hand, is to clear away...

Sing of Mary, 5: The Assumption is the Crown by Dr. Jeff Mirus in "On the Culture" - Friday

Yesterday was the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, so it seemed fitting to spend part of the day adding to the reflections on the Mother of God which make up our Sing of Mary series. Since the Catholic dogma of the Assumption of Mary body and soul into heaven was not...