Kathy Schiffer

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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...

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Stand, Sit, Kneel, Repeat: Why Catholics Do the Things We Do

If you're a non-Catholic attending a Catholic Mass for the first time, chances are you'll notice this: On cue, people stand up; they sit back down; they kneel; then they stand… The curious onlooker might wonder what is the Secret Code that...

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8 Books That Show the Way to Holiness and Success

It’s a new year – and you’re still enthused and optimistic about the new opportunities to learn, to grow, to become a better worker/parent/Christian/reader/citizen.... Oh, the areas where you hope to show some improvement! So today, I pulled from...

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Fr. O’Connell and the Stumphouse Mountain Tunnel

In the Upstate region of South Carolina, about 7 miles northwest of the town of Walhalla along Highway 28, is a unique example of pre-Civil War engineering: the Stumphouse Mountain Tunnel. The tunnel was envisioned by the locals as a new and...

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A Poem and a Piano: Robert Louis Stevenson's Gifts to Sister Marianne Cope

Life was bleak for people with leprosy at the Branch Hospital in Kakaako, Oahu, in the mid-1800s. Many were far advanced in the disease – with blinded eyes, parts of faces eaten away, leaving gaping holes where their noses had been. Many had lost...

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Martin Luther King Jr. Stands Firmly on the Shoulders of Augustine and Aquinas

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., leader of the nonviolent Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and '60s, helped Americans to understand that while obedience to the law is important, one is not required to obey an unjust law. In his “Letter from a...

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A Pope’s Epitaph For His Wonderful Pet Elephant

White elephant (n.) an idiom for a valuable possession of which its owner cannot dispose, and whose cost (particularly cost of upkeep) is out of proportion to its usefulness or worth. *   *   *   * Did you ever receive a “white elephant” as a...

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Pro-Life Witness Comes to Cities Near You

In the 46 years since the Supreme Court’s infamous Roe v. Wade decision legalized abortion nationwide, pro-life Americans have rallied each January — marching in the nation’s capital and across the country to show their support for the unborn...

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Can Catholics Enjoy Alcohol?

Temperance societies – social organizations which opposed drinking and drunkenness – were a powerful force in America by the late 19th century. In the early years of our nation's history, drinking had been commonplace for men, women and even...