Kathy Schiffer

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Richard Sipe Tried to Warn Us – But No One Was Listening

“Truth alone will honor what I've been or done.” That reflection is drawn from the poignant poem “At My Gravesite,” which was published in “Courage at Three AM,” a book of poetry by noted psychotherapist Richard Sipe. There is an eerie truth to...

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Bishop Shawn McKnight: “It is Almost Unbearable”

Another bishop has spoken out against the McCarrick crimes and against the clerical culture which allowed them to go on. Bishop Shawn McKnight, bishop of Jefferson City, Missouri, minced no words when he wrote in the Catholic Missourian: “It is...

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Should the Catholic Church Sell Her Great Art to Feed the Poor?

A friend of mine, a Protestant, traveled to Rome – and while there, he and his wife visited St. Peter's Basilica. Speaking later of his experience that day, he shared with me his reflections. “I looked up at the great basilica,” he said, “...and...

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Texas Wants to Protect Fetal Remains, But Faces Opposition

What should you do with a fetus that has died – whether through abortion, or through natural miscarriage? That question has elicited an emotional response from pro-life activists and others in Texas, as the courts decide whether to block a new...

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Malcolm Muggeridge Converted After Reading ‘Humanae Vitae’

Malcolm Muggeridge was a reluctant convert. The renowned British journalist and satirist, who had a reputation as a womanizer and a “compulsive groper,” lived much of his life as an avowed atheist. He likened his attitude toward faith to a...

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Michelangelo's Hilarious Love Poetry

Michelangelo was quite a talented fellow! I mean, the Pietà! The statue of David! The Sistine Chapel! The acclaimed sculptor, artist and architect was considered a master by his Renaissance peers; and his reputation has continued to the present...

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Peacocks on Flannery O'Connor's Farm, and in Christian Art

“You shall know the truth,” said Flannery O'Connor, “and the truth shall make you odd.” And odd she was. When she died of lupus in August 1964 at the age of 39, Flannery O'Connor had produced two novels and 32 short stories, as well as a number...

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Why Do We Baptize Babies?

Mary McAleese, former president of Ireland, believes that babies shouldn't be baptized. To baptize an infant, she said, “imposes lifelong obligations of obedience to the Church's Magisterium.” In an interview with the Irish Times, McAleese...

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John Southworth:The Martyr Who Couldn't Take “Go” for an Answer

Some people just can't take “no” for an answer. And for St. John Southworth, one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales, it was not “no” but rather, the command to “go” – to leave England and to settle in France or elsewhere in Europe – that...

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Pub-crawler to Penitent: Ven. Matthew Talbot Is an Inspiration to Alcoholics

Matthew Talbot was born in 1856 to a poor family in the North Strand area of Dublin, Ireland—the second of 12 children.  His father was a heavy drinker, as were most of his brothers. Matthew left school at the age of 12 to work in a wine...