The Magic Tree House

JM writes: “I am writing about books widely available at school and ‘Scholastic’ called “The Magic Tree House” series by Mary Pope Osborne. Could this series be considered (occult)? My daughter read them a few years ago and she advises me now not to let her sister read them.”

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Cardinal: Demographic Winter Points to “Serious Cultural Catastrophe”

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Staff Journalist

The president of the Italian Episcopal Conference, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, said that societies without children have not only a bleak future, but also experience a “lack of balance between generations” and an “educational poverty.”

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Buried ObamaCare Mandate Befuddles Enforcers

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Staff Journalist

A little known mandate buried in the new healthcare reform bill that requires restaurants and vending machine operators to disclose calorie counts on the foods they sell is confusing everyone involved, including the federal agency in charge of enforcing it.

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Masonry and Ancestral Sins

EO writes: “My grandfather was a member of the masons, and my mother was a member of Eastern Star. Are there ramifications to the soul for belonging to those organizations? Also, is there any truth to the idea that their descendants would suffer because of their affiliation with organizations not in line with God?”

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Mother Teresa Never Celebrated her Birthday

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Staff Journalist

While a grateful mankind celebrated the 100th birthday of one of the greatest humanitarians who ever lived, members of the Missionaries of Charity said their foundress, Mother Teresa, preferred to celebrate the day of her baptism instead.

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Witchcraft Linked to Child Abuse in Nigeria

This is a truly shocking story that I posted this morning on our Breaking News site. It’s about how a grave fear of witchcraft in Nigeria has led to an alarming new trend of children being accused of being witches who are then either cast out or murdered by their families.

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