Kathy Schiffer

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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...

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Critics of World Meeting of Families Plan Parallel Conference in Dublin

Two months before the Vatican-backed World Meeting of Families convenes in Dublin this August, an Irish organization has announced an alternative conference on families which will be held at the same time in nearby Ballsbridge. The two-day...

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East Meets West in Sisters’ Viral Video Parody of Adele’s ‘Hello’

Two religious communities in Ohio have collaborated to produce a video that parodies English singer/songwriter Adele's “Hello” – showing that religious sisters can have a lot of fun while delivering an important message.   Adele's Piano...

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Scouts Capitulate to Social Pressure, While 4-H Clubs Stand Firm

On May 2, it was announced that Scouts USA – the organization formerly known as the Boy Scouts of America – plans to distribute condoms at the 2018 World Scout Jamboree. According to Section 7.3 of the World Organization of the Scout...

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Tell the Feds What You Think About Title X Funding of Abortion

On May 18 the Trump Administration proposed new rules that would direct taxpayer funding away from abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood. In proposing the new rules to the Title X family planning program, President Trump has delivered on a...

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U.S. Charts New Strategy for International Religious Freedom

Violence against people of faith is escalating, according to a report released this week by the U.S. Department of State.  In countries around the world, innocent people are being brutalized for their religious beliefs and practices. While...

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Irving Berlin’s ‘God Bless America’ Turns 100

Singer and radio host Kate Smith first sang “God Bless America,” one of the most beloved of American patriotic songs, on her radio show on Armistice Day in 1938. However, the song was actually written 10 years earlier by Irving Berlin (née Israel...