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Michael Novak Dies

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Michael Novak, Catholic Scholar Who Championed Capitalism, Dies at 83

He was one of those great Catholic thinkers whose intellectual honesty and rationalism made possible both a profound movement toward the truth and an appreciation of God’s place in all things. God bless you, Michael, you will be sorely missed, especially today when there is so much confusion in politics and faith. Rest in Peace.

Good Seminarians Expelled, Say It Isn’t So!

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Malta’s Archbishop: Seminarians Can Leave if They Don’t Agree With Pope Francis

I never thought I would see the day when men of true faith and obedience, and yet struggling to understand the interpretation of a “progressive” pope, would be shown the door.

In a World of Violence the Holy Father Targets Texting?

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Pope Francis Warns Young People: Texting During Meals Is the ‘Start of War’

Huh? Rude yes, but the start of war? The stronger case would be made by Mother Teresa, and not about texting, but about abortion. She stated: “Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want.” Similarly, she told us, “The greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child.”

There are many disconnects that I fail to follow. Large scale Islamic terrorism is denied and yet impolite kids texting at the table is critiqued as threatening war. Greater gravity is apparently given to theories of ecology and global warming than to the perennial praxis of the Church in support of Christ’s commands about fidelity in marriage. If the news is to be believed (and that is a major assumption) then orthodox churchmen are being censured while dissenters are promoted and leniency is shown reprobates, notorious sinners and the hardened enemies of the Church.

I love the Holy Father and the Church… but he has to make a clearer and more coherent case.

Battling Churchmen, Confusion & a Seismic Shift in the Church

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Cardinal Müller: Communion for the remarried is against God’s law

Cardinal Müller, German bishops clash on interpretation of Amoris Laetitia

Cardinal Müller stands up for the truth! “For us marriage is the expression of participation in the unity between Christ the bridegroom and the Church his bride. This is not, as some said during the Synod, a simple vague analogy. No! This is the substance of the sacrament, and no power in heaven or on earth, neither an angel, nor the pope, nor a council, nor a law of the bishops, has the faculty to change it.”

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Vatican’s top legal aide says divorced-and-remarried may receive Communion

Cardinal Müller and Cardinal Coccopalmerio seem diametrically opposed. Do we need further proof of confusion?

I am increasingly disheartened about this. It makes me want to run to a monastery and turn my back on the whole business. I am sorry but I cannot see how such convenient semantics can possibly serve the truth that comes from Christ’s lips. Is it not a slap in the face to heroic Catholics who embraced the moral life despite great sacrifice and loss? I feel Muller is right but will he win the day? The interpretation of this cardinal directly clashes with Muller and is light years away from Cardinal Burke. He points to paragraph 301 of Amoris Laetitia: “it can no longer simply be said that all those in any ‘irregular’ situation are living in a state of mortal sin and are deprived of sanctifying grace.” How can this be? Human nature has not changed… Christ has not revoked his words about divorce and adultery. Did we needlessly allow King Henry VIII to walk away with a whole nation on this point? We can say the doctrine is unchanged but the shift in praxis threatens to distort the teaching beyond recognition. How is this not a surrender to modernity?

Are other priests troubled in conscience about this? Have I taught people wrong for 30 years? No, I will not believe it.  I am too young to retire and not yet sick enough to die. We all better keep praying about this!

LIST OF MOVIES WITH MEMORABLE PRIESTS

*Given that the movie SILENCE is coming out this week, here is a listing of past films about priests (of one sort or another).

HUMPHREY BOGARTcda

The Left Hand of God

RICHARD BURTON

Beckett

MONTGOMERY CLIFT

I Confess

TOM CONTI

Saving Grace

CHARLIE COX

There Be Dragons

BING CROSBY

Going My Way

The Bells of St. Mary’s

Say One for Me

ROBERT DE NIRO / JEREMY IRONS

The Mission

ADAM DRIVER / ANDREW GARFIELD / LIAM NEESON*

Silence

RICHARD EGAN

Padre on Horseback

HENRY FONDA

The Fugitive

BEN GAZZARA

Don Bosco: The True Story of the Apostle of Youth

WILLIAM HOLDEN / CLIFTON WEBB

Satan Never Sleeps

JOHN HURT

Beyond the Gates

RAUL JULIA

Romero

JACK LEMMON

Mass Appeal

KARL MALDEN

On the Waterfront

JASON MILLER

Home of Our Own

RICARDO MONTALBON / MAXIMILIAN SCHELL

The Reluctant Saint

DON MURRAY

The Hoodlum Priest

PAT O’BRIEN

Angels with Dirty Faces

GREGORY PECK

The Keys of the Kingdom

The Scarlet and the Black

ANTHONY QUINN

The Shoes of the Fisherman

SPENCER TRACEY

Boys Town / Men of Boys Town

TOM TRYON

The Cardinal

DAVID WENHAM

Molokai: The Story of Father Damien

VARIOUS

Of Gods and Men

FOREIGN FILMS

The Wizard of Heaven

Padre Pio Miracle Man

Diary of a Country Priest

Stuff a Priest Might Collect?

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Here is a bobble-head Pope Francis (in honor of his visit to the Philippines) on my bookshelf next to the Metaluna Mutant from the 1955 classic science fiction film, THIS ISLAND EARTH. The books they are sitting upon are rather interesting, too… see the titles.

Paul J. Wrabel, Rest in Peace

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My dear friend Paul J. Wrabel passed away this morning. He was a parishioner of Holy Family Parish here in Mitchellville, MD and a member of Fr. Michael C. Kidd Council of the Knights of Columbus. Here we see him with his beautiful daughter, Kristin. My deepest condolences to his family.

Below we see Paul with DGK Mike Turner.

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Paul and Joan are together again.

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