Angelo Stagnaro

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An Untrumpeted Catholic Hero of Japan

君子周而不比、小人比而不周。(“The superior man is catholic and not partisan. The mean man is partisan and not catholic.”) ─ Confucius, The Analects, 2.XIV “Ima rojo shiteiru mono wa, raise made tomo to naru.” (“Now, those who accompany me in being besieged in...

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Being a Saint Takes Chutzpah, Moxie and Grit

I’m probably going to get pilloried for this one but I could do with fresh air and sunshine. Has everyone else noticed that male Catholic saints are always gentle and kind and they love kids and puppies? They bring peace and love wherever they...

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The Reason Why So Many Hospitals Have ‘Saint’ in the Name

Can we have a show of hands, please? How many of you have heard something like, “God can’t exist if little kids with leukemia exist!” These people think they’re making a serious intellectual point but, in reality, they are only exposing their...

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On Holy Saturday, Our Lady Stands Without Her Son and Savior

I recall an acquaintance once insisting to me that there is as much evidence the Buddha was born of a virgin as was Christ. First, this is perfect nonsense as the Buddha's story of being born of a virgin was first espoused only many centuries...

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Some Reasons Why Women Can’t Be Priests

The main problem with illicit ordinations is that they destroy the Church's unity by creating a competing authority structure. This is not in keeping with the Scriptural admonition: Christ is like a single body, which has many parts; it is...

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Will the Real St. Patrick Please Stand Up?

Hagiography, the study of the lives of holy men and women, can be a daunting field. One must distinguish between facts that are absolutely true, data that is probably true, stories that are possibly true and just flat-out pious tales. All the...

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The Atheist Confusion About a Universe Made for Us

One of the best lines in the LEGO Batman movie was from LEGO Joker who, while trying to justify his existence to LEGO Batman, said, “It’s only a matter of time before I take over Gotham City.” That line got me to think about God, His act of...

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A Catholic Dog-Lover's Guide to the Year of the Dog

“The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.” —Andrew A. Rooney A convergence of canine sensibilities occurred recently. New York City’s Westminster Dog Show fawned and cooed over yet a new batch of pups. Concurrently, an enormous...

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The Japanese Martyrs for Christ

The Western Church has certainly had its hands full over the past 2,000 years what with being thrown to the lions, and beating back Muslim military invasions on multiple occasions. Of course, we had to contend with the horrors of atheistic...

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Candlemas Was Made for You and Me

I like Filipinos. They start decorating for Christmas in September, and how can you not like a people who embody the Christmas spirit for almost half of the year? Personally, I get the decorating bug a few days before Halloween. I start eyeing...