Kathy Schiffer

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Appeals Court Requests Reconsideration of “Lemon Test” to Save Historic Cross

“Our hands are tied,” said a federal appeals court in Pensacola, Florida. The court ruled on Sept. 17 that a historic World War II-era memorial cross must come down, 75 years after its installation in a city park. The judges believed that they...

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3 Questions About “Unbroken: Path to Redemption”

Louis Zamperini was a man of accomplishment: He was an athlete. Zamperini competed in the 5,000-meter race in the 1936 Berlin Olympics – attracting the attention of Adolf Hitler, who requested a personal meeting with the young runner. Two years...

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Happy Birthday, Mary!

Sept. 8 is the Feast of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary – and I've got a question for you: WHY are there two babies in this picture? This painting, titled “Birth of the Virgin,” is by the Renaissance artist Giotto di Bondone, better known as...

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Prayer and Grace: The Xylem and Phloem of Catholic Life

One goes up... and one goes down. I was a college freshman in Botany 101 when I first learned about xylem and phloem, the two transport tissues which carry water and nutrients up and down a tree's trunk. The two fluids, I learned, work in...

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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...