Kathy Schiffer

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Mixed Reviews for History Channel's New Lenten Series ‘Jesus: His Life’

First let me say something positive: I like the visuals in the History Channel’s new eight-part Lenten series, Jesus: His Life. The acting is professional; the setting is authentically “Middle Eastern desert.” I am surprised by Jesus – the actor...

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Muskrat Love? You Must Be in Michigan!

I think I first heard of muskrats when The Captain and Tennille released their plaintive 1976 hit “Muskrat Love.” The pop duo was not the first to sing the song: three years earlier, “Muskrat Love” was released as an advance single from...

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Underwater Crucifix Draws Hundreds to Frozen Michigan Lake

It was cold on Saturday morning, March 9 in Petoskey, Michigan – it's been a cold winter, to be sure – but that didn't stop an estimated 1,200 of the faithful and the curious from venturing out onto the frozen ice of Lake Michigan, then trekking...

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Confess My Sins to a Priest? Why Can't I Just Talk to God?

If you’re Catholic, you’ve heard this before, right? Your Protestant friend says, “Why should I confess my sins to a priest?” Chances are he’s going to offer one of two arguments: I have a personal relationship with Jesus. I can talk to God...

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On Ash Wednesday, Remember That You Are Dust

Yeah, right. You know, in some convoluted way in your heart of hearts, that that means everyone else but you—don’t you? It’s the human condition. We give lip service to our mortality, joking about it at the water cooler with a wry smile—but we...

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Is an “R” Rating for the Movie “Unplanned” Unfair?

On March 29, “Unplanned” – the true story of former Planned Parenthood clinical director Abby Johnson’s change of heart after witnessing an abortion firsthand – will open in theaters across America. But in the weeks leading up to the film’s...

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Will the Supreme Court Defend the Bladensburg Cross?

The Supreme Court, with newest Associate Justice Brett Kavanagh, will hear a landmark First Amendment case on Wednesday, Feb. 27, when they consider whether a historic World War I monument in the shape of a cross is unconstitutional.   What is...

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Pro-Abortion Push Boosts Pro-Life Cause, Poll Finds

A Marist Poll released Monday, Feb. 25, shows a dramatic shift in Americans' attitudes toward abortion within the last month, with 47 percent of respondents now self-identifying as “pro-life.” The most dramatic change has been among Democrats,...

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Why Do We Care So Much About St. Peter’s Chair?

On Feb. 22, Catholics celebrate the Feast of the Chair of Peter. “A feast for a chair?” you ask.  Yep. You see, Peter wasn’t just any old apostle. Oh, sure, he made a lot of mistakes. (Pretending not to know Jesus, when approached by that woman...

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Why Are Jacinta and Francisco Always Scowling?

I've often wondered why Jacinta and Francisco, the young shepherd children who witnessed Our Lady's apparitions at Fatima, were always so sullen in photos. I mean, they got to meet Jesus' Mother firsthand! Mary promised them that they would soon...