The teacher should be judged by her ability to teach, not what she says on Facebook.
 April 12, 2015 at 6:41pm
The real engineering that is going on is that people are being trained to take offense and complain that their precious feelings are hurt. It won’t be long before the Supremes declare that people have a “Constitutional right” to have their feelings protected. This country is upside down. No protection for unborn children, but protection for feelings. God help us!!
 April 12, 2015 at 6:35pm
Michael Savage refers to Susan Sarandon as Susan SaranWrap for a reason, no doubt. Furthermore, Msgr. Brennan is a coward. What ever happened to freedom of speech? This teacher spoke the truth, and to her, I say, “Bravo! You go, girl!”
The teacher was reinstated by the Monsignor. The Church is in a pickle. They are human they will at time overreact. Facebook is dangerous if you are not retired. It may still cause problems.
 March 25, 2015 at 5:43pm
Interesting photo of Obama. He looks like he is holding in a fart crosswise.
 November 16, 2014 at 7:57am
Everyone here seems to be saying that a prolonged death is necessarily agonizing. I don’t see anyone mentioning the use of painkillers as part of comfort measures.
One of Satan’s tools in promoting the “right to die” is the very image you evoke of the dying process. It generally doesn’t involve what you are evoking, namely, lots of tubes and someone “tethered to machines.”
I watched my husband die for many months. He was under hospice care for ten months. He was an inspiration for many people, even the hospice workers. They nicknamed him “St. Michael” because he inspired so many people. I remember one nurse saying that the bedroom Mike was confined to “lit up” because of the grace and dignity he demonstrated in the last days of his life. Actually, even when Mike was not dying, he was inspiration to many. He was so kind and generous to everyone. The way we live our life is often the way we handle our death. If I could show only half the dignity that Mike did when it’s my time to go, I will have done well.
 November 16, 2014 at 7:44am
Yes, God can forgive anyone. But we are not suppose to deliberately sin because we expect to be forgiven. For example, we don’t go out and fornicate because we know we will be forgiven. That is the sin of presumption.
 November 6, 2014 at 7:36am
And your assertions are dogmatic, indeed.
 November 5, 2014 at 5:30pm
Isn’t it possible that as time passes the cost of “fracking” could drop owing to developing cheaper ways to “frack?” Remember that first laptop computer you purchased for $3000 that had only 20 gigs of hard drive and a couple of mb of memory? My, how times have changed!!
 November 5, 2014 at 5:21pm
What is your background? Are you a “recovering Catholic?”
 November 5, 2014 at 4:59pm
Amen! And wonderful traditions indeed!
November 5, 2014 at 4:55pm
Actually, I have listened and sung the song “Refiner’s Fire” many times. It reminds me of Purgatory because it mentions refining fire that purifies and sets one apart for the Lord.
November 5, 2014 at 3:21pm
“Love how this article doesn’t mention a single biblical reference. How appropriate.”
What is your point? Does your statement not presuppose that one must find something specifically mentioned in the Bible to make it a reality? You see, that is the difference between a Catholic and/or a Greek Orthodox and a Protestant. I don’t know why people argue and argue and argue over these matters. A Protestant generally thinks that something must be specifically mentioned in the Bible in order for it to be a spiritual reality. A Catholic does not believe this. And a Catholic does not believe it for a reason. Another thing . . . think of this. What came first, the chicken or the egg? A Protestant thinks that the Church sprang from the Bible. A Catholic thinks that the Bible sprung from the Church. Knowing and understanding this, one would seemingly understand how and why Catholics and Protestants have different worldviews, more specifically, different eschatologies
 November 5, 2014 at 2:55pm
Everything about secularism is manmade.
November 5, 2014 at 8:29am
Are you familiar with the song, “Refiner’s Fire?” To me, that song is about Purgatory.
November 5, 2014 at 8:26am
For your sake, I hope Purgatory does not exist. But what are you going to do when you die and you find out it DOES exist? Personally, I would rather believe in the hardship of Purgatory, and then find out it does not exist, than to NOT believe in it, and be unpleasantly surprised that it DOES exist. Just sayin’.
 November 5, 2014 at 8:24am
I am a Catholic who loves Her teachings. I’m not crazy about the institutional Church. For example, I hate those big hats that Bishops wear. I can understand why these outfits scandalize Protestants and others. And meat on Friday? I cannot understand that either. Eating fish is not a sacrifice for me. I wish this practice would be replaced by something more meaningful. But then again, what would constitute “meaningful” in the eyes of many in modernity?
 November 5, 2014 at 8:09am
Hee, hee. Is that an allusion to Chick Publications?
 November 5, 2014 at 8:07am
Purgatory is not a PLACE, it’s a STATE, or an EXPERIENCE. Allusions to Purgatory are in the Bible, such as when purification is mentioned, or that anything unclean cannot enter Heaven. There is also an allusion to Purgatory in Maccabees, but Protestants do not have the books of Maccabees in their Old Testament. Catholics are also criticized by Protestants as having added books to their Bibles. But actually, Protestants have dropped books. Why doesn’t anyone criticize the Greek Orthodox? They have more books in their Old Testament canon than Catholics do.
Deborah: It's because there has NEVER been a universally agreed upon "canon" of Scripture in the East, or Greek Orthodox. The word "canon" referred to books that had been approved for reading in Liturgy, or Mass. There are only 2 Books you are referencing, 3 & 4 Maccabes. They have been approved for reading in Liturgy, namely in Orthros. This is why they are considered "canons".
Just to enlighten you further, the Roman Catholic Church didn't have a "universal" canon until the year 1442 either. Many rites had a little bit different "canons" as well. The Roman Church unified the rites with ONE canonized book in 1442 by Pope Damasus I.
You are right though, Purgatory, or Paradise, or Hades....they are not "places", they are "states". Purgatory is a uniquely Roman word, for it originated with "infernos", and yes, such a place, whether it's "purgatory", "paradise", or "hades", is alluded to in Scripture.
Most protestants do not know this, or recognize it, because they don't know what they are reading about half the time.
 November 5, 2014 at 8:00am
Actually, this is not accurate. Only those who have been martyred are believed to have gone straight to Heaven after they die. Those who have been canonized as “saints” are those who have lived an exemplary Christian life. That does NOT mean they did not experience Purgatory. Note that I say “experience” and not “go to.” Purgatory, as I understand my Faith, is not so much a PLACE as it is an EXPERIENCE or a STATE.
It is actually difficult to shed one’s blood for Christ. Think about it. Think about having a gun to your head, and someone says they are going to blow out your brains unless you deny Christ. I think most Christians would falter. I know I would. I’m afraid I would be a coward under such duress.
 November 5, 2014 at 7:45am
Um, the Bible is also a human source. It was written by human beings. Do you think that the Bible was written by divine dictation? Catholic teaching is rooted in both Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition. Actually, many Protestants also have their traditions. They just aren’t as willing to admit it. Do you not believe in the Holy Trinity? There is no reference in Scripture to “Trinity.” So why do believe in it? Oh, oh, there are ALLUSIONS to it. Well, there are also allusions to suffering in the afterlife, allusions such as “purification.” You must read the New Testament in its entirety, and not merely “cherry-pick” your verses, in order to understand it. Most Catholics I know who actually read the Bible–and I am one of them–read the entire New Testament instead of reading what they feel like reading in order to substantiate some thought process. Seriously!