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Should offensive words be removed from great books like ‘Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?’…

New, sanitized editions of Mark Twain’s classic novel “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” airbrush out offensive or racist language. But should words that are offensive or potentially offensive to modern readers be removed from great books? Totalitarian regimes have certain traits in common, irrespective of whether they are considered “socialist,” “national socialist,” “fascist,” or “communist.” One of these traits is the censoring of history. It might take the form of burning books, banning books, or simply censoring the “incorrect” parts of books. It is significant, for instance, that the forces aligned to Big Brother in 1984 go to great lengths to rewrite history, even to the extent of rewriting old newspaper stories so that those seeking to find the truths that history teaches are thwarte...

Reminders that in Catholicism, the past isn’t dead … and not even past…

ROME – As William Faulkner famously wrote, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” It’s actually a very Catholic insight, given that arguably the most sacred phrase of all in Catholic argot is, “Do this in memory of me.” It’s probably fitting that Faulkner made the observation in a novel titled Requiem for a Nun. In Catholicism, how the past is remembered and constructed is always key to the politics of the present and future. A classic reminder of the point came recently in testimony in a Vatican trial describing fights among middle-school and high-school aged pre-seminarians over the Second Vatican Council, despite the fact that the council closed almost a half-century before any of them were even born. Three other developments in the last few days illustrate, albeit in different w...

Pope’s Sunday Angelus: ‘The Lord is risen and does not permit darkness to have the last word’…

Vatican City, Feb 28, 2021 / 05:30 am MT (CNA).- Pope Francis said Sunday that it is important to remember when facing a difficult trial that the “Lord is risen and does not permit darkness to have the last word.” “At times we go through moments of darkness in our personal, family or social life, and of fear that there is no way out. We feel frightened before great enigmas such as illness, the suffering of the innocent, or the mystery of death,” Pope Francis said in his Angelus address Feb. 28. “We need a different outlook, a light that illuminates the mystery of life in depth and … helps us to interpret history beginning with his paschal victory,” the pope said from the window of the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace. Speaking to the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis said tha...

In newly-surfaced 2019 interview, Pope Francis says he’ll die in Rome, not in Argentina…

ROME – In a candid 2019 interview published Saturday, Pope Francis reveals that he sees himself “dying as pope,” either in active duty or in retirement, and in Rome, because, he said, “I am not going back to Argentina.” In the interview, published by Argentina’s paper of record, La Nacion, Pope Francis acknowledges that he does think about death, but says he is not afraid of it “at all.” In context, the pope’s reference to not going back to Argentina appears to mean he won’t return for the end of his life, as many had speculated. However, given his reluctance to make a homecoming trip since his election in 2013, it could be that Francis meant he’s never going back at all. The fact that Francis didn’t stop in Argentina in 2013, on his way to or from Brazil for World Youth Day, has led to sp...

Xavier Becerra: Is it fair to hire a hit man as HHS secretary?

Pope Francis has not particularly emphasized what we call “pro-life” causes during his papacy. You can find stray remarks in his speeches or documents, of course, that affirm belief in the sanctity of human life – even from conception to natural death. But no extended treatment and nothing like the encyclicals pushing the boundaries of marriage or “human ecology.” He has, however, used a vivid image more than once about the global scourge of abortion: most recently in a written message to Argentina’s bishops, “Is it fair to hire a hit man to solve a problem?” There’s been great excitement among liberal Catholics since the January inauguration of our self-proclaimed “Catholic” president about the convergences between the pope’s main interests – environment, poverty, refugees – and those of ...

After decree of Pope Francis, feast of St. Gregory of Narek celebrated at Vatican for first time…

By Vatican News staff writer On Saturday, the Congregation for the Eastern Churches, in collaboration with the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia to the Holy See, announced it has organized a celebration to mark the first liturgical commemoration of Saint Gregory of Narek in the Latin rite. The celebration comes following a decree of Pope Francis to inscribe 27 February as the liturgical commemoration of Saint Gregory of Narek, Abbot and Doctor of the Church, in the General Roman Calendar. Holy Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica A statement from the Congregation for the Eastern Churches and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity on Friday noted that Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Ch...

113 years ago, Father Leo Heinrichs was shot to death in Denver while distributing Communion. His cause for beatification, interrupted by World War II, is still open… …

Father Leo Heinrichs woke up the morning of Feb. 23, 1908, and prepared for the 6 a.m. Mass at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish in Denver. While he normally said the 8 a.m. Mass, Father Leo asked his vicar, Father Wulstan Workman, if he would switch on account of a meeting he had later that morning. It was the last Mass the Franciscan priest ever celebrated. While distributing Holy Communion, an Italian immigrant named Giuseppe Alia approached the altar rail, and knelt down to receive the Host given him by Father Leo. However, upon receiving it, Alia spit the Host out into his hand and threw it in the face of Father Leo. As the Host fell to the ground, Alia pulled a revolver hidden in his pocket and put a bullet in Father Leo’s heart. The front page of the February 27, 1908 edition of the D...

Vatican prosecutors have cell phone of ‘Becciu’s spy’…

Vatican prosecutors are in possession of the cell phone of Cecilia Marogna, the woman at the center of one of several overlapping Vatican financial scandals, according to an Italian media report. The handover suggests new kinds of evidence could be brought forward in the expected trial of Marogna, but raises questions about the legal means used to obtain it. Police at the Vatican. Credit: Andy Hay/CC BY 2.0 On Friday, the Italian newspaper Il Giornale reported that Marogna’s cell phone had been passed to Vatican City’s chief prosecutor, Alessandro Didi, in January. The handover came after Marogna’s arrest in Milan in October, but it also came after the Vatican dropped its extradition request for her to be handed over to face trial. Marogna began her association with the Vatican dates back ...

Meet the insider’s bet to become Archbishop of Chicago if Cupich is moved to Rome…

In recent weeks, rumors in the Church have circulated to suggest that Chicago’s Cardinal Blase Cupich may soon be appointed to head a Vatican office in Rome. The rumors tend to include speculation about who might replace the archbishop in Chicago. While several American bishops are usually mentioned, one front-runner has been entirely overlooked. Bishop Robert Prevost, OSA. Credit: Freyjhonattan/wikimedia. CC BY SA 4.0 The ecclesiastical rumor mill is always churning; it would be a mistake to regard speculation about a Rome appointment for Cupich as a sure sign he will soon be transferred. Every few years, it seems, rumors intensify for a few weeks about some all-but-guaranteed looming transfer for a high-ranking American Churchman — more often than not the rumors eventually deflate. ...

Sr. Carol Keehan is getting the Xavier Beccera Catholic problem backwards…

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra speaks at the second annual Women’s March in Los Angeles, Calif., January 20, 2018. (Patrick T. Fallon/Reuters) It is possible that no one loves nuns more than I do — or spends more time with them as our Mark Wright attested to in NR’s 65th anniversary issue in December. Cloistered nuns and religious sisters happen to be some of my dearest friends and holy conspirators. And while I am grateful to her fiat to God with her religious life as a Daughter of Charity, how on earth was Sister Carol Keehan, former president and chief executive officer of the Catholic Health Association of the United States, “relieved” when Joe Biden announced Xavier Becerra for his Health and Human Services pick? And what is she even talking about in this NBC opinion piece...

Father Quan Tran: ‘Follow Our Lady to be a disciple of Jesus Christ’…

The Blessed Virgin Mary is “the perfect disciple. She is God’s masterpiece. To imitate Mary is to imitate Christ. There’s no contradiction,” said Fr. Quan Tran, parochial vicar at St. Bonaventure Parish in Huntington Beach, Calif., and a… view more Join Our Telegram Group : Salvation & Prosperity  

Head of German Catholic bishops: ‘I do not deny Communion to a Protestant who asks for it’…

The 59-year-old bishop added that this was already a “practice” in Germany “every Sunday” and that priests in his Diocese of Limburg would not face negative consequences if a case were reported to him. BERLIN, Germany — The president of the German Catholic bishops’ conference said on Thursday that he would continue to give Holy Communion to Protestants who ask for it. Bishop Georg Bätzing told journalists at a press conference on Feb. 25 that it was necessary to respect the “personal decision of conscience” of those seeking to receive Communion. CNA Deutsch, CNA’s German-language news partner, reported that Bishop Bätzing was responding to a question about a controversial proposal for a “Eucharistic meal fellowship” between Catholics and Protestants. The proposal was made by the Ecumenical...