ChurchMilitant.TV: Special Report on Pope Benedict XVI's Resignation

Michael Voris of ChurchMilitant.TV shares his thoughts on the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and a couple of things that we as Catholics need to remember...

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My View: It's nice to see Pope Benedict getting props for stepping down if he feels like he can't do the job anymore. It should be an interesting few weeks as history is made. Keep Pope Benedict and the Cardinals in your prayers, as well as the Catholic Church, with the secular media going to use this time to attack with its own agenda.

Guest Post: A Simple Plan To Heal The Catholic Community

This is a guest post by Phil Tanny. Guest posts and post comments on Good Saints represent the ideas and opinions of individual posters and do not necessarily reflect the beliefs of Good Saints.

As you know, the Catholic community has been shaken in recent years by a regrettable wave of debate, discord and division.

This article suggests a way to bring the Catholic community together, a plan which any Catholic interested in unity can begin to implement immediately.

The solution is simple, if not always easy.

When we're ready to heal and unite our Catholic community we have the choice to...


Shift the focus of Catholic discussions to topics that most Catholics can agree with, and act on, together.


Here are two examples of where we might begin.

Unity Topic #1: Catholic Charities

All Catholics, and non-Catholics too, respect Catholic Charities, the Church's impressive public service wing.

This wide agreement is ripe ground for a healing, and those serious about unity will grab the opportunity to make Catholic Charities a more central part of our conversations.

The army of Catholic bloggers leading discussions across the Web can help by refocusing much of their writing away from unresolvable divisive topics, and towards celebrating and raising money for Catholic Charities, a very Catholic project that all Catholics agree on.

After all, it's hard to make a case that arguing with our fellow Catholics is more important than feeding hungry kids, right?

Unity Topic #2: The Tobacco Companies

As Catholics we are drawn to moral crusades, it's in our DNA.

But too often we have chosen to target each other for judgement, instead of uniting and aiming our considerable moral warfare skills at very real enemies who are far more deserving of our attention.

The tobacco companies kill approximately 100,000 of our fellow Catholics here in the United States each and every year, plus millions more around the globe.

100,000 of our fellow U.S. Catholics killed for profit. Each and every year. By people who are already very rich. And who plan to get even richer by selling us more deadly products deliberately designed to be highly addictive, and...

We ever crusading Catholics seem to have little to say about it.

We should fix that.

Instead of going to rhetorical war with each other, we have the choice to invest that same time, energy, passion and talent in to fighting those who are killing hundreds of our fellow Catholics every day.

Every time we rise to speak, put pen to paper, or type our next blog post, we have a choice.

Fight each other, or fight the devil.

A great many lives could be saved if 77 million American Catholics came together as one to confront the tobacco companies. It could be Catholics that lead the charge, set the example, and celebrate the victory.

None Of Us Need To Surrender

Changing the focus of Catholic discussion to these kind of uniting topics would not require any of us to change our beliefs on controversial issues.

Each of us can still follow our conscience in our personal lives on topics like abortion, contraception, gay marriage, Church leadership issues, and so on. Nothing changes here.

Whether we are traditional or progressive Catholics, none of us have to admit ideological defeat.

We just have to admit that repetitive emotional squabbling with our fellow Catholics on unresolvable hot button topics is not really persuading anybody of anything. Nothing is being accomplished by all the adamant speeches. Nobody is winning.

We just have to admit that endlessly arguing with our fellow Catholics is weakening our ability to address pressing here and now real world problems, where we could achieve impressive victories, by working together as one.

A Healing Solution

If we really want unity and a healing in our Catholic community, we just need to talk about topics that divide us much less, and talk about topics that unite us much more.

It's the very same common sense plan any of us would use when our relatives arrive for Thanksgiving dinner. On such occasions sensible families try to skip the topics they'll never agree on, because debating those controversial subjects, yet again, accomplishes little but ruining the dinner.

If it's Catholic unity and a healing that we really want, it seems we can really have it, any time we're really ready. Nobody is stopping us but us.

Whether we are traditional or progressive Catholics, we can rebuild our unity by working together to expand our support for Catholic Charities, and by joining forces in a historic moral crusade against the death for profit tobacco companies.

There's plenty for us to agree on, plenty for us to work on, plenty of dragons for us to slay together. We could soon be so busy serving others that we'll find we just no longer have time for arguing with our fellow Catholics.

Let's redirect our considerable moral energy towards fighting those world changing battles that we can only win....

If we fight hand in hand together.

Article by Phil Tanny of http://Catholic-Unity.org.


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RealCatholicTV: Define "Catholicism"

I tried to come up with a definition before I watched the video. I started thinking about the seven sacraments and how God gives us his grace through them. That led me to The Last Supper and the Institution of The Holy Eucharist where Jesus taught his apostles how to say the Mass. Of course, Peter, The Rock, Jesus was going to build his church through St. Peter. Well, since I had to get back to work, I decided to watch the video.

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Of course, that makes perfect sense. Wish I would have thought of that first. How would you define "Catholicism"?

Video: We Are Catholic.

My friend Joe at Defend Us In Battle decided to share this video he created for a young Catholic group he works with. I'm glad he did.

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Here's a blurb about the video...

We Are Catholic.
It isn't something we 'do', it is who WE ARE.
We are something positive, wonderful, and special.
We are loyal to the Church, to the Pope, our tradition, and our God.

Hopefully this video will do its small part in leading you towards the truth of the One True Faith. I pray that it gives you hope and fills you with joy. Please share it or use it for educational and evangelization purposes!

Posted on the Feast of St. Augustine
by: http://defend-us-in-battle.blogspot.com

"We belong to Christ and no one else"

Another great video from RealCatholicTV. From the Milvian Bridge, Michael Voris talks about Constantine conquering his enemies and how we should "stand and fight evil in yourself"!

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Assault on the Kingdom of Hell

Another great video from Michael Voris at Real Catholic TV titled "The Gates of Hell" describing the ongoing battle versus the Kingdom of Hell.

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Study finds disturbing stats at Catholic Colleges and Universities

When I read about the lack of faith and morals in our young people, I realize how much work it involves raising a Catholic Family in today's culture. One thing that drives me crazy is that it's hard to see differences between Catholic schools, either elementary, high school or college, and public schools. Some are successful, but others are failing. Just check out these results from The Cardinal Newman Society’s (CNS) Center for the Study of Catholic Higher Education latest study...

Key findings demonstrate that large numbers of students at Catholic colleges and universities are in clear conflict with the Catholic Church:

- Nearly 1 in 5 knew another student who had or paid for an abortion.
- 46% of current and recent students—and 50% of females—said they engaged in sex outside of marriage.
- 84% said they had friends who engaged in premarital sex.
- 60% agreed strongly or somewhat that abortion should be legal.
- 60% agreed strongly or somewhat that premarital sex is not a sin.
- 78% disagreed strongly or somewhat that using a condom to prevent pregnancy was a serious sin.
- 57% agreed strongly or somewhat that same-sex “marriage” should be legal.
- 57% said the experience of attending a Catholic college or university had no effect on their participation in Mass and the sacrament of reconciliation.
- 54% of respondents said that their experience of attending a Catholic college or university had no effect on their support for the teachings of the Catholic Church.
- 56% said their experience had no effect on their respect for the Pope and bishops.

In April 2008 Pope Benedict XVI, recognizing the reality on many Catholic campuses, told Catholic college presidents gathered at The Catholic University of America that the Catholic faith must permeate all aspects of Catholic campus life.

“Is the faith tangible in our universities and schools?” the Holy Father asked the college presidents. “Only in this way do we really bear witness to the meaning of who we are and what we uphold. From this perspective one can recognize that the contemporary ‘crisis of truth’ is rooted in a ‘crisis of faith’.”

I'm just glad my kids aren't college age yet, as I have no idea where I would be happy seeing them go if they attend college. I understand it's very difficult to eliminate all of this, especially in today's "Culture of Death", but these numbers make me sick.

Read the full article Study Finds Catholic Colleges Have Little Positive Impact on Faith, Values at LifeSiteNews.com

Also see the complete study at CatholicHigherEd.org.

Catholic E-cards!

Just a quick note, that I have added a couple of links to my blogroll and one of them is for Catholic Greetings, a site with Catholic e-cards to send to friends and family. Check it out!

EWTN: A Guide to Catholic Teaching and Voting

Just a quick link to EWTN's site for a new section they posted - A Guide to Catholic Teaching and Voting. Here's the rundown...

“EWTN’s mission is to advance truth and the teachings of the Catholic Church,” said EWTN President Michael P. Warsaw. “EWTN continues to promote and educate the public on all Church teachings, including those hot button issues of intense public interest, such as abortion.”

This site contains information about election-related issues and includes information about upcoming programs, video and audio clips from programs and homilies, topical books and catechetical resources, election-related prayers and novenas, audio promotions for “40 Days of Prayer and Fasting for Life,” statements by the Church hierarchy, and more. Check it out, add it to your “favorites” – and please tell your friends!

For more information visit ewtn.com/vote.

It's video day at Good Saints!

I haven't had the privilege to see Father Larry Richards or Father John Corapi live, so these two videos below will have to do. I've heard Father Larry's confession talk before, but it's well worth watching again. I was also excited to hear about Father Larry's new book coming out soon titled "Be a Man". It's described as a book "for men and will help them grow into the man that God created them to be".

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Father Corapi tells it like it is and below he shares his wonderful conversion story. I have only heard him a handful of times, but I really enjoy his passion and love for our Lord. The condensed version of his conversion story is below.

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See any other videos or have a personal favorite? Let me know in the comments!

CatholicVote.com!

In what's shaping up to be the most important election in our lifetimes (in my opinion), we are getting bombarded by information from TV, radio, newspapers and the internet. I find it overwhelming at times trying to follow the latest news and lipstick talk, but lucky for us there are some great sites out there with good solid information like - www.CatholicVote.com. Spend a couple of minutes watching the movie below and you'll get fired up about your faith and this election! Help spread the word!

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Visit CatholicVote.com and help save our nation!

[Cross-posted at Catholic Dads]

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

We're still enjoying the Christmas season and went to mass today to celebrate the feast for Mary, the Mother of God. We had a visiting priest, Father Max Frego, who delivered a beautiful homily about Mary and the church. I just did some searching on Google for Father Max and found that he has a neat conversion story (scroll down to In secrecy no more about 2/3 of the way down the page).

The kids are excited about all the snow that is coming down today so we just might head out to build a snowman.

NEW PHOTOS
Merry Christmas

I've added 9 new photos to the new photo gallery and expect a few more shortly as we are anticipating the arrival of baby Teresa any day now.