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Announcing a Lenten Retreat for High School Students

High school students in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis are invited to attend a one-day Lenten retreat featuring four talks by Fr. Robert Altier on Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m at the Church of St. Raphael, in Crystal, MN. The day will include lunch, snacks, Eucharistic Adoration, Confession, […]

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The Importance of Giving Good Example

“Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Things that cause sin will inevitably occur, but woe to the one through whom they occur. It would be better for him if a millstone were put around his neck and he be thrown into the sea than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin.’” Luke 17:1-6 […]

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The Least Religious Generation in U.S. History

Whereas even twenty years ago, the overwhelming number of Americans, including youngsters, believed in God, now fully one third of 18 to 24 year olds say that they don’t believe. Jean Twenge’s book iGen is one of the most fascinating—and depressing—texts I’ve read in the past decade. A professor of psychology at San Diego State University, Dr. […]

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Who Should Teach Your Kids — Harvey Or Hildebrand?

As the Harvey Weinstein scandal rumbles on, it is clear that no amount of money donated to liberal causes will purchase him a “get out of jail free” card. Even in an amoral age such as ours, sexual assault can prove an unforgivable sin. There is, of course, an irony in this. Hollywood has done […]

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Five Keys To Catholic Education – Cardinal Versaldi

Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi, Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education, proposed last week five keys for pastoral education “to respond in depth to the current challenges of society.” The cardinal participated in Chile’s Sixth National Congress on Catholic Education, Oct. 12-13, organized by the Chilean bishops’ conference and the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. In […]

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‘Transgender’ Lobby Weaponizes Children As Pawns In The Culture War

I’ll never forget the first time I heard of warlords such as Uganda’s Joseph Kony turning little boys into killer soldiers and little girls into sex slaves. My heart ached at the thought. It still does. It seemed like a horrible war movie — but it was real, with real children as casualties. War is […]

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Be True To Your Catholic School

Heading into the new school year, my home state of Minnesota made national news with some cutting-edge “innovations” in education. In a grand progressive gesture, the Minnesota Department of Education began distributing a “transgender tool kit” throughout public schools, urging teachers to ask all students about their preferred gender pronouns and to stop using terms like “boy” […]

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Demand Moral Beauty: It Is Our Birthright

One of the recurrent themes throughout St. Augustine’s Confessions is the nature of beauty and how beauty leads Augustine toward truth, goodness, and wisdom. Beauty is a gateway to truth, and no one better reflected this in his writings than Augustine. The rejection of beauty in our contemporary society, including from within the Church, has been terrifyingly effective […]

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Relying on a Catholic School to Catechize Your Child? Be Careful.

I loved primary school. I loved my teachers. I loved my friends. I loved history lessons. And I loved R.E. lessons. We had them about twice a week, and I believed that the topics we covered were helping me to become a better Catholic. In hindsight, I see that I retained my faith not so […]