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The Future of Television?

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Cable TV was a cool idea when it first came about. But the channels multiplied, creativity and quality collapsed, and prices soared! Television as we knew it is coming to an end.

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A Need for Proper Perspective

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Football players and owners are being hailed as heroes after that disgrace this past weekend. But here is a story about a real hero. Sergeant William H. Carney received the nation’s highest honor during the Civil War for rescuing the American flag and carrying it reverently in the midst of impossible odds while being shot multiple times by the enemy. His act of “defiance” while an entire Confederate battalion mowed down his fellow Union soldiers consisted in not letting the flag touch the ground – this, even after being wounded in the head.

“As the color-bearer became disabled I threw away my gun and seized the colors [the flag],” his account of the Battle of Fort Wagner states. “When we finally reached [my regiment] the men cheered me and the flag. My reply was, ‘Boys, I only did my duty; the old flag never touched the ground!’”

Taking bullets for the flag, rather than a knee, Sergeant William H. Carney, was the first black man to win the Congressional Medal of Honor for refusing to allow the flag to touch the ground.

Father René Laurentin, RIP

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Father René Laurentin, a priest and historian of the apparitions of Lourdes, passed away on Sunday 10 September 2017. He was about to be 100 years old in October. His funeral will be celebrated Friday, September 15, at 10:30, in the Cathedral of Evry. They will be presided over by Bishop Michel Dubost of Evry-Corbeil-Essonnes, in the presence of Bishop Nicolas Brouwet, bishop of Tarbes and Lourdes. He will be sorely missed. Rest in Peace.

Saving Private Ryan… the TRUE Story

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Great story!

Episcopal Church Near Collapse

While Catholicism continues to struggle with a secular world and modernity, the Episcopalian confession has surrendered to the profane and hedonistic fads of contemporary society. Catholicism might get smaller but it will go down fighting. The Anglicans have already lost and a few faithful souls are trying to keep their heads above water after the ship has sunk.

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MCC Will Not Oppose State Funding for Planned Parenthood

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Maryland Democratic leaders support Planned Parenthood funding bill

I am aghast that the Maryland Catholic Conference will not oppose the bill which would replace federal funding for Planned Parenthood with state funding. It was reported in the Baltimore Sun that Mary Ellen Russell, executive director, accepts the argument that the money will not go toward abortions. Not only are their books not so discriminating, freeing funds for abortion still makes for more abortions. And does not the Church continue to oppose artificial contraception?

Faith & Values in the News

Simone Biles is busy seeking gold, but still manages to make Mass
…and to pray her Rosary, too!

Something to share with our young people!

Australian rodent named the 1st mammal to go extinct due to human-caused climate change

Today the rats, tomorrow us?

This may be the reason we haven’t found alien life

Surprise! We might actually be alone.

Satanist Club May Move Into PG County Elementary School

I was a member of Bible Club at Suitland Senior High School. There was plenty of discussion and debate between the various denominations. But we all loved the Lord. This business here is worrisome. Supposedly, this is not about real satanism but atheism. The label is intended to upset people… particularly Christians. If the effort were honest then it might be called The Atheist Club or The Rationalist Club or The Darwin Club, etc. Scientific discussion about cosmology and evolution would be their right… just as a Christian club would discuss relationships with Christ, dependence upon God, intelligent design, creation, etc. I doubt there are many kids requesting it… just adults who like to infuriate others. What is lost in the mix is real dialogue and respect.

Catholics shouldn’t vote for candidate who supports intrinsic evil, says Baltimore Archbishop

But is anyone listening anymore?