Woman Appointed Chancellor in Diocese of Orange

pia de solenniPia de Solenni, SThD, a gifted theologian, author and expert on bioethics and the new feminism, has been appointed to serve as Chancellor of the Diocese of Orange, a post which is the highest office available to a lay person within the Catholic Church.

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CBS Celebrates Down Syndrome Genocide in Iceland

stk212416rkeCommentary by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS

CBS is experiencing severe backlash over a recent On Assignment episode in which they jubilantly declare that Down syndrome had almost entirely “disappeared” in Iceland – but not because of medical advances. It’s disappearing because they are aborting unborn babies who have it.

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Be Honorable

August 16

August 16

Feast of St. Stephen of Hungary (969 – 1038)

 “Be strong lest prosperity lift you up too much or adversity cast you down. Be humble in this life, that God may raise you up in the next. Be truly moderate and do not punish or condemn anyone immoderately. Be gentle so that you may never oppose justice. Be honorable so that you may never voluntarily bring disgrace upon anyone. Be chaste so that you may avoid all the foulness of lust like the pangs of death.

                                                                                    -St. Stephen Read the rest…

Queen of Heaven

August 15

August 15

Feast of the Assumption

 Who is she that ascends so high,

Next the Heavenly King,

Round about whom Angels fly

And her praises sing?

Who is she that, adorned with light,

Makes the sun her robe,

At whose feet the queen of night

Lays her changing globe?

To that crown direct their eyes,

Which her head attires;

There thou mayest her name descry

Writ in starry fires.

This is she in whose pure womb

Heaven’s Prince remained;

Therefore in no earthly tomb

Can she be contained.

Heaven she was, which held that fire,

Whence the world took light,

And to Heaven doth now aspire

Flames with flames t’ unite.

She that did so clearly shine

When our day begun,

See how bright her beams decline

Now she sits with the Sun.

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Are There Any Catholics in North Korea?

Changchung Cathedral, Pyongyang, North Korea

Changchung Cathedral, Pyongyang, North Korea

Although it’s difficult to know if any Catholics are living in North Korea today, a Korean priest says that even after a long period of persecution in the world’s most oppressive regime, there are still about 10,000 people in North Korea “who will remember in their hearts their Catholic faith.”

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US Bishops Denounce Charlottesville Violence

31535457_sThe U.S. Conference of Bishops is vigorously condemning the violent protests that occurred this weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia that left three dead and injured at least 19, and are asking the faithful to pray for an end to the evil ideologies that brought about the carnage.

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Catholics in Guam Pray for Peace

Tumon Bay, Guam

Tumon Bay, Guam

At the beginning of what could be a pivotal week in the tensions between the U.S. and North Korea, residents on the tiny island nation that has found itself in the crosshairs of a possible missile attack are turning to prayer in the quest for peace.

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