Angelo Stagnaro

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Abortion is an Anti-Sacrament

It’s often said by abortion supporters that if men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament to them. This is odd accusation in the extreme considering the fact that promoters of abortion have, for many decades, treated abortion to be...

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It’s the Solemnity of the Annunciation, So Here's a Waffle Recipe

It doesn’t take a great deal to convince me to indulge in anything sweet. In fact, I learned a long time ago that for the sake of the welfare of all around me, it’s best that I don't give up chocolate, cake or sugar for Lent. Life is too short...

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How Do We Know We’re Right About the Church?

Here’s a fact: The Catholic Church was founded by Jesus, who is the Christ, Son of the Living God, the Eternal Word, Wonder Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, the Second Person of the Illustrious and Illuminating Trinity,...

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Will the Real St. Patrick Please Stand Up?

Hagiography, the study of the lives of holy men and women, can be a daunting field. One must distinguish between facts that are absolutely true, data that is probably true, stories that are possibly true and just flat-out pious tales. All the...

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If It Quacks Like a Duck…

“I want to tell you, Gorsuch! I want to tell you, Kavanaugh! You have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price. You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.” ― Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) There was a time...

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Communism is a Religion Made for Atheists

It seems to have become fashionable again to believe that communism, of all things, is the answer to all of man’s woes. It is also common, in these circles, to insist that the excessive evils perpetrated by atheists in the 20th century was not...

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What Makes a Just War Just?

In Roger Vadim’s 1968 French-Italian science fiction film Barbarella, while Dr. Duran Duran, the film’s over-the-top archvillain, tortured the film’s title character, he admitted in a moment of amoral clarity, “I would hate it if anyone treated...

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The Pathology of Reason

“To argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason, and whose philosophy consists in holding humanity in contempt, is like administering medicine to the dead, or endeavoring to convert an atheist by Scripture.” ― Thomas...

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Epiphany Blessing: Chalk It Up to the Three Wise Men

During one of my forays into Bavaria, deep in the Black Forest, a friend introduced me to one of the most magnificent Catholic customs on the books. Epiphany morning came around and I asked my hosts when Mass would be. They replied that we had...

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A Lesson Learned From Washing Lepers in Burma

I’ve often written in the past about my experiences in Burma and have received many questions over the years from people who want to be lay missionaries in far-off lands. As for my part, I eagerly tell them the truth. It was mostly hot, humid,...