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Big News: The Campion is Merging with Mountain Catholic

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“The new evangelization in which the whole continent is engaged means that faith cannot be taken for granted, but must be explicitly proposed in all its breadth and richness” – St. John Paul II After two weeks of planning, building, and brainstorming, the day is finally here. Popular blogs The Campion and (the old) Mountain … Read more…

Daleiden Dismissal Results From Procedural Mechanism, Not Merits Of Case

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The Daleiden case saw a new development yesterday, as one of the two charges against him was dismissed by a Texas judge. Though the Center for Medical Progress and some pro-life media outlets instantly spun the decision as validation of their actions and proof that the whole case has been politically motivated, the dismissal has … Read more…

Quiz: How Well Do You Know Valid, Sacramental, and Invalid Marriages?

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Because Marriage existed as a part of God’s natural plan for human beings before Christ elevated it to the level of a sacrament, it can be hard to understand what makes a marriage valid and sacramental, valid and merely natural, or invalid all together. A lot of what happens when the Church thinks about particular cases … Read more…

3 Things I’ve Learned From Being a Father

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I’ve experienced some truly wonderful things in my short life. I’ve married my beautiful wife, visited Rome, and seen Ken Griffey, Jr. hit a home run, but nothing compares to the joy of seeing the birth of my son. There is nothing in this world that I could possibly do that would eclipse the awesomeness … Read more…

Women Deacons? That’s Not Nicaea!

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The deaconesses are coming! If you’ve been following the news, you’ve probably heard that Pope Francis has established a commission to investigate the role of women deacons in the Church. This decision came during a conversation between the pope and the International Union of Superior Generals, a group of women that serve as heads of … Read more…

10 Books That Will Help You Discern Priesthood

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Before I got married, I had actively discerned a vocation to the priesthood for about four years. During that time I read a number of books that aided me in the discernment process. Most of the books on this list have been recommended to me by seminary formators or spiritual directors. None of these books is exclusively … Read more…

Seminary: The Inside Scoop (Three Things You Should Know)

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A lot of the time when a young man is trying to work out his vocational discernment with fear and trembling, the greatest obstacle in his way is accurate information about what his life in any of the hypothetical vocation choices would actually look like. Drawn from my experience in seminary, I’d like to help … Read more…

“No One With A Good Car Needs To Be Justified”

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Thus declares the antagonist of Flannery O’ Connor’s story, Wise Blood. He’s tapping into the general shallowness of our thought about salvation and what it means for us. If you can fill up your car with gas and drive off wherever you want, why do you need salvation to feel good about your life? We … Read more…

Man’s Law, Not God’s: Why the Center for Medical Progress Indictment Signals a Just Process

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“Arrest him. For what? ­He’s dangerous! ­Libel. He’s a spy! ­That man’s bad!” (A Man For All Seasons) The moment political news (let’s be honest, any news—Kanye/Wiz Khalifa Twitter fight, anyone?) develops, one seems obliged to choose a side and have an opinion. That opinion must be ironclad and resist all attempts at reevaluation, especially new evidence. … Read more…

Fulfilled in Your Hearing

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For even the most adroit of readers, the Scriptural texts that constitute the Bible can be complex and difficult to understand, not only in terms of content and meaning, but also with respect to their origin and purpose. The Bible has, for almost all of its history, been simultaneously a perennial object of study for … Read more…