Angelo Stagnaro

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How to Tell the Difference Between a Card Trick and a Con Job

I enjoy telling people, both magicians and lay people alike, of how I passed the entrance exam for the Society of American Magicians―a prestigious organization of stage and close-up magicians―many years ago. The New York City chapter of the SAM...

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The Wrong Tool for an Important Job

What do you get when four scholars meet to discuss a topic they haven't properly studied, refuse to admit exists and can't define? Answer: chaos, misdirection and pabulum. On Thursday, May 29, 2008, two philosophers, a biologist and a...

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Did the Church “Steal” Christmas From Pagan Rome?

For millennia, every December 25, Christians have celebrated the feast of the birth of Jesus Christ. As the Catechism says (525-526): Jesus was born in a humble stable, into a poor family. Simple shepherds were the first witnesses to this event....

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Traditional Church Teaching Can Never Contradict Itself

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (94-100) says: Thanks to the assistance of the Holy Spirit, the understanding of both the realities and the words of the heritage of faith is able to grow in the life of the Church… What Christ entrusted...

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Middle Eastern Christians Propose a Safe Haven in Iraq

In the very land from which Christianity was born, the Faithful have suffered terrible, unspeakable oppression, blatant discrimination, torture and holy martyrdom at the hands of those who reject peace and love. Now, that the failed “ISIL” is in...

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No, We’re Not in Purgatory Now

Let's start by reviewing what the Catechism of the Catholic Church (1030-1032) teaches about Purgatory: “All who die in God's grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death...

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Almighty God is Not Your Own Personal Santa Claus

God is not a “Cosmic Concierge” who lives only to satisfy each and every one of our whims. Only Santa Claus promises to deliver on the goods to those boys and girls who stay on his better side. It might be said that a good boy who doesn't get...

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It’s Impossible to be Both Buddhist and Christian at the Same Time

A few years ago, I received an email from Iona University with their unmistakable letterhead which gave the impression that the university was sponsoring a retreat being sold by the pseudo-Buddhist “Schola Ministries”―a dubious and scurrilous...

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Indulgences are Part of God's Plan of Salvation

Some people say that talk of indulgences is old-fashioned and counterproductive. Perfect nonsense. Indulgences are part and parcel of God's economy of salvation and an expression of His overwhelming love for us. Consider the following...

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Don’t Judge Your Brother, and Don’t Turn a Blind Eye to Sin

There’s a common misconception that our Lord commanded us to turn a blind eye to evil. Yes, we are absolutely forbidden to judge others. Jesus was very clear on this: Do not judge others, so that God will not judge you, for God will judge you...