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Deacon James H. Toner: Women deacons

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The Catholic priesthood is temporarily closed to women, but we can still make a progressive change in holy orders. There are male deacons, so why can’t there be female deacons? Women deacons would be a good start on the path, after a few more years, to a priesthood that does not discriminate against women. They have a right to holy orders, too.

Father James Ebright: Fatima: The third apparition

The sufferings of the three children intensified as their families, neighbors and even their pastor condemned them for making claims that Our Lady appeared to them. Their pastor told the people that the children’s claims were the “invention of the devil.” One of the few who believed the children replied to him saying, “There is praying at the Cova da Iria, and the devil does not like that.” “The devil, even, goes to the Communion rail,” countered the priest. Such was the persecution of the three seers.

Fred Gallagher: The light rising

gallagher fredGiven that our faith is built upon Christ’s coming into the world, serving us, suffering and dying for us, and then rising from the dead, it is natural to speculate all the more about what His rising means in our lives.

Deacon James H. Toner: The mood of the times

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Abortion, same-sex marriage and euthanasia are rights. The poor are poor because the rich are rich. The earth is over-populated, and man himself is the chief threat to the well-being of our planet. Islam is a religion of peace. War is always immoral.

Sister Constance Veit: Healing the loss of a loved one

veitI lost my mother unexpectedly last November, after having lost my father after a long illness eight years earlier. My siblings and I suddenly found ourselves “orphans” as we marked our first Thanksgiving and Christmas without either parent. Now we are anticipating our first Mother’s Day without Mom.

Father James Ebright: Fatima: The second apparition

The three children, brother and sister, Francisco and Jacinta Marto, and their cousin, Lúcia Santos, did not immediately return to their homes after the first apparition on May 13, 1917.


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