Kathy Schiffer

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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...

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The Famous Immovable Ladder at the Holy Sepulchre

Some years ago, a co-worker told me the story of the Vacuum Cleaner and the Bow. My co-worker was by nature a neatnik, putting his dirty clothes in the hamper and his mail in the trash as a matter of habit. When he married a woman who was a...

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Drag Queen Story Hour: Coming to a Library Near You

So now this is a thing: Cross-dressing males are donning party gowns and false eyelashes and invading libraries, schools and bookstores. They're reading books to young children, with the goal of influencing children’s hearts and minds – and...

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Sacramentalized But Not Evangelized? Maybe You Just Forgot!

I hear this all the time, on Catholic radio and in Catholic Facebook groups: A majority of American Catholics have been “sacramentalized,” but never catechized or evangelized. That is, they’ve gone through sacrament prep classes for First...