Discover

Dr. Kevin Vost: Taking care of your body for health and holiness…

November 18, 2022 Citing the body as a temple of the Holy Spirit, “It is a call to properly care for our bodies,” said Dr. Kevin Vost, Psy.D., a professor and author whose many books include, “You Are That Temple! A Catholic Guide to Health and Holiness” (Sophia Institute Press). “We’re not talking about just the capacity that you can run miles or lift some huge weight, but just that we’re properly maintaining our bodies, trying to minimize the chances of getting any diseases that are going to slow us down. So that we’re hopefully going to feel good and have energy and be able to use our bodies to serve our families and to serve other people.” Learn more at his website, drvost.com. Join Our Telegram Group : Salvation & Prosperity&nb...

Italian religious sister who covered Madonna’s ‘Like a Virgin’ and appeared on ‘The Voice’ leaves order to become a waitress…

A nun who became a singing sensation after winning Italy’s version of The Voice has stunned TV viewers again after announcing that she has kicked the habit and is now a waitress in Spain. Sister Cristina Scuccia, from Sicily, shocked judges, including the late Raffaella Carrà, during her blind audition for the show in 2014, giving a rapturous performance of the Alicia Keys’ hit song No One. After realising the incredible voice belonged to a nun, Carrà, who died last year, said: “I couldn’t speak for several minutes.” Scuccia, who at the time was among the nuns at the Ursuline Sisters of the Holy Family convent in Milan, went on to win the show that summer with her performance of What a Feeling, the theme song from the film Flashdance. She later produced an album, which she gave to Pope Fra...

Confusion is toxic. And ignoring it, enabling it, or feeding it has consequences…

History never repeats itself, but patterns of human thought and behavior repeat themselves all the time. William Faulkner captured it well when he said that “the past is never dead; it’s not even past.” And that simple fact informs the work of both Carlos Eire and Brad S. Gregory in their studies of the sixteenth century and its turmoil. As Gregory notes in The Unintended Reformation, “what transpired five centuries ago [in Europe] continues today” to influence the lives of people globally. This applies whether they’re religious or not, and whether they know it or not. Eire says much the same in his Reformations. He argues that “no Westerner can ever hope to know him- or herself, or the world he or she lives in, without first understanding this crucial turning point in history.” History fo...

Following the science isn’t always a simple matter…

Would religious thinkers in times before the Scientific Revolution ever have considered accepting the word of scientists over a plain reading of the Bible? Yes, they would have. And, in fact, they did. St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, and John Calvin all took the words of astronomers over a plain reading of Genesis 1:14–16. All three argued for interpreting these scriptural verses in light of what science had discovered and therefore held those verses to be describing celestial bodies not as they are in themselves, but as they appear to human eyes. Genesis 1:14–16 describes the creation of the Sun, Moon, and stars: And God said: Let there be lights made in the firmament of heaven, to divide the day and the night, and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days and years: To shin...

Bishop Rick Stika, Diocese of Knoxville to Face Vatican-Ordered Apostolic Visitation Next Week…

A Vatican-ordered apostolic visitation will be conducted in the Diocese of Knoxville next week, several sources close to the diocese told The Pillar. Sources told The Pillar Friday that Bishops Barry Knestout of Richmond and Michael Burbidge of Arlington have been directed to visit with priests, diocesan officials, and lay Catholics over several days, amid ongoing concern over the leadership of Bishop Rick Stika. The decision to commission an on-site assessment of the diocese comes more than 18 months after priests in the diocese reported to the Vatican concerns about Stika’s handling of reports against a former diocesan seminarian, who was accused of sexually harassing and assaulting other seminarians and a parish organist. While the Vatican had previously directed Archbishop Joseph Kurtz...

St. Cecilia’s gym, the pilgrim Church, and the news…

Hey sports fans, Today is the feast of St. Cecilia, and you’re reading The Tuesday Pillar Post. There’s a lot to say about St. Cecilia, but I’d like to tell you about her basketball gym, on Detroit’s west side. In the summer of 1967, a riot spread across urban Detroit, leaving 43 people dead, more than 7,000 arrested, and hundreds of buildings – entire neighborhoods, nearly – destroyed by fire. The riots exploded after decades of housing, policing, employment, and educational discrimination in Detroit. They were set off on a hot summer night in late July, after police raided an unlicensed bar and arrested more than 80 people celebrating the return of soldiers from Vietnam. An onlooker threw a bottle at a police officer, looting began, and soon there were clashes between police ...

Religious liberty: A bad political tactic?

By Dr. Jeff Mirus ( bio – articles – email ) | Nov 22, 2022 It concerns me that we seem so often tempted by the US Constitution to try to protect ourselves against patent injustice by invoking the claims of religious liberty. In his recent post on the Respect for Marriage Act, A Congressional assault on religious freedom, Phil Lawler cited and concurred with Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s statement that, as written, it appears that the Act will be interpreted to trump the religious liberty of those whose religions hold that marriage can only be a union between one man and one woman. In that sense, as Phil’s title indicates, the Act is an assault on religious freedom. Both Cardinal Dolan and Phil Lawler are correct; I certainly do not disagree. My problem is that neither am I very fon...

Dominican Theologian to German Bishop Bätzing: Support for ‘Gay Agenda’ Is ‘Modernist Heresy’…

In a press conference in Rome, Bishop Bätzing told journalists that ‘we want to be Catholic in a different way.’ Father Nelson Medina, a Dominican priest who holds a doctorate in fundamental theology, has harshly criticized the president of the German Bishops’ Conference, Bishop Georg Bätzing, who persists in supporting the “gay agenda.” Father Medina, a native of Colombia, is an influencer in the Spanish-speaking world, with a presence on Twitter, YouTube and TikTok. He has 63,000 followers on Twitter and 442,000 subscribers on YouTube. In a press conference in Rome following the ad limina visit of the German bishops, Bishop Bätzing told journalists that there was no departure from Catholicism intended by the Synodal Way. Instead, he said, its supporters wanted to remain Catholic, “but we...

The Terror of Tenderness: Kindness, American style, detached from the Man on the Cross, has turned sour and sickly…..

“Tenderness,” said Flannery O’Connor, when it is cut off from the person of Christ, “is wrapped in theory. When tenderness is detached from the source of tenderness, its logical outcome is terror. It ends in forced labor camps and in the fumes of the gas chamber.” Surely, tender Americans who shrug Jesus away, with His immeasurable mercy and His immovable assertion of the truth, will never fall into the ghastly hygiene of the Germans who murdered hundreds of Jews at a time by Zyklon gas coming through the shower heads, or into the political cruelty of the Russian gulags, where, as amenities, you got fly-ridden pots of thin slop to eat from and a small daily square of cardboard to clean yourself with at the privy. And this is true, sort of. It’s not in the American style. Nor in the Canadia...

Cardinal Müller compares ‘pagan’ German bishops to WWII-era German Christians who sold out to the Nazis…

I sat next to Cardinal Gerhard Müller at a dinner this past summer. The man is a mountain. Here’s part of what the big German told a Catholic publication about the crazypants theological liberalism forwarded by the German Catholic bishops (see my post from the other day about their Suicide-By-Synod) in defiance of Catholic tradition and Vatican authority: Subscribe Today Get weekly emails in your inbox Rilinger: The communion also includes various patriarchates and Eastern churches that recognize the Pope as their head. The movement of the so-called Synodal Way seems to amount to a separation of the German local churches from the Roman Catholic Church. Do you nevertheless see a possibility that this new church remains in church and Eucharistic communion with the Roman Church, so...

Cardinal Becciu Loses Lawsuit Alleging His Reputation for Shadiness Thwarted His Ambitions to Become Pope…

An Italian court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Cardinal Angelo Becciu which alleged that unfavorable media coverage cost him his chance to be pope. After recent legal setbacks in two lawsuits, the cardinal is ordered to pay thousands in damages and court costs. Italian journalists reported Wednesday that Becciu’s lawsuit against Italian newsmagazine L’Espresso has been dismissed in a civil court of Sanssari, in Sardinia. A judge ordered the cardinal to pay the magazine’s legal costs.. Becciu filed suit against L’Espresso in November 2020, weeks after he was sacked from his curial positions by Pope Francis and ordered to resign his rights as a cardinal. The cardinal’s lawsuit claimed L’Espresso’s coverage of the financial scandal at the Secretariat of State had contributed unfairly to th...

War Dispatches from the Incredible Shrinking Man and the Good Thief…

By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky ( bio – articles – email ) | Nov 21, 2022 We spend much of our lives avoiding conflict if we can, a noble aspiration. We settle family disputes, avoid war, and hope for reconciliation within and among nations. The manic-depressive election cycles drive us crazy. Pharmaceutical companies promise to eliminate pain and extend our lives. Are we hard-wired for perpetual turmoil? Or is there a cure for our restlessness? Perhaps an old sci-fi film will help us begin to place human conflict into perspective. In the 1957 film The Incredible Shrinking Man, the main character, Scott, is on vacation with his wife. A strange mist covers him, and six months later, Scott notices his clothes are too large. He is shrinking. Scott’s steady decrease makes him a nationa...