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Archive for category Secularism

Anointing of the Sick and Consumerism

Last fall, I offered a reflection on anointing of the sick. Here, I follow up with some additional reflection on anointing in a secularized society characterized by consumerism.

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On Orthodox Fundamentalism

“The insidious danger of Orthodox fundamentalists is that they obfuscate the difference between tradition and fundamentalism. By repurposing the tradition as a political weapon, the ideologue deceives those who are not inclined to question the credibility of their religious leaders.”


“A Youth Movement in the Priesthood”

“These twenty-something priests — and others like them — are the future face of the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. In an increasingly secular culture, they have their work cut out for them, but they say they are undaunted.”

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Thousands Leave German Churches to Avoid Tax

Up to 200,000 Germans are believed to have filed official declarations last year renouncing their membership of the Protestant church, the highest number in almost two decades. A similar number are thought to have left the Catholic Church.

M.T.D. and C.A.P.E. Catholics

Rather than scowl at the crowds who fill our pews four days a year, perhaps we need to learn what they have to teach us about the power of the Gospel.

Beauty and Secularism – the Society for Catholic Liturgy meets

Beautiful liturgy glorifies God, and awakens a natural human desire for beauty.

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Viewpoint: A World-Wide Persecution of Christians is Well Underway

Why are Christians in the West not aware of this terrible holocaust? For one thing the media do not report the persecution of Christians, and consider such news “politically incorrect.” Political leaders, for various reasons, are deaf to cries for help.

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The Monument to Atheism in Florida; The Onion on the Universe

“It was not a bad day because the atheists were allowed to install their monument on government property, or anywhere else. It was a bad day because the monument is so damn ugly.”

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Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays? Americans Divided on That, Too

White mainline Protestants, generally more liberal, support the “Merry Christmas” greeting at 57 percent. 55 percent of Catholics, who are usually more in line with mainline Protestants on such cultural issues, prefer that stores use something inclusive like “Happy Holidays.”

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Catholic University of Louvain drops the C-word

The Catholic University of Louvain (Leuven), which dates to 1425, has decided to drop “Catholic” from its name.