Patti Armstrong

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Exorcist Says This Problem is ‘Far Worse Than Satan’

“Which is worse, sin or Satan?” Msgr. John Esseff asked. “Sin is far worse,” he answered without waiting for a response. I had called for his perspective on what is happening in our culture. As a priest for 65 years, an exorcist for over 40, and...

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‘Male and Female He Created Them’ Rejects Gender Ideologies

Coinciding with LGBT month, the Vatican has fired a shot across gender-fluid ideology, coming down on the side of the entire history of humankind. This is why Catholics, albeit disturbed with scandals, stay Catholic. Our Church is the Rock that...

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More Foolhardy Deaths on Mount Everest

Death by Everest has been in the news of late. At least 10 people have already been reported dead or missing on the world’s highest peak this year. A record 381 climbing permits have been issued by the Nepalese government. That means about 600...

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Guardian Angels to the Rescue

As a second-grader at St. Albert the Great School in Dearborn, Michigan, I often scooted over in my desk to make room for my guardian angel. Did he squeeze in next to me? I think so. But where do angels go when we sin and don’t invite them into...

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Once Again, Melinda Gates is Wrong About Catholic Teaching

Melinda Gates, wife of Microsoft founder Bill Gates, and a global advocate for women, is the author of the new book The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World. She also identifies as a Catholic, although one who knows better than...

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10 Ways to Bring Mary Into Your Life

Running out of wine at the Wedding at Cana was not the Blessed Mother’s problem, but she made it her concern. I want to be one of Mary’s concerns. The Blessed Mother provides divine symmetry; God went through her to get closer to us and we can...

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Celebrating Mother’s Day When Mother Didn’t Celebrate You

Mother’s Day extols the love and appreciation children have for their mothers. But what of those struggling to recover from abusive or neglectful childhoods who see Mother’s Day as a reminder of a love they missed? I have a degree in social work...

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Father Flanagan is an Intercessor for Our Times

I recently found a hero to help heal our cultural wounds. I am appealing to Father Edward Flanagan, the Irish American founder of Boys Town, to pray for us. With my Irish Catholic heritage, social work degree, and past experience running a group...

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The Holiness of Priests Makes the Entire Church Holy

Anti-Catholicism aside, there is good reason for stronger backlash against scandal in the priesthood compared with other professions. The fall of a priest is a bigger evil. Priests are in persona Christi—in the person of Christ. They give us the...

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What You Should Know About ‘The Curse of La Llorona’

As a little girl growing up in Taos, New Mexico, Monica Cogan sat on her Catholic grandmother’s lap and listened to stories of Spanish folklore. “They usually had lessons attached,” she explained.  One of the stories was The Curse of La...