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10th Anniversary: The Killers of Terri Schiavo, God Help Them

This is an agonizing account to read, written by Terri Schiavo’s brother on the tenth anniversary of her murder. The murderer was her husband, Michael Schiavo, and his accomplice was Judge George W. Greer. Another accomplice was the liar, Attorney for the killer Michael Schiavo, George Felos, a right-to-die litigator, who petitioned the court for his “share” of Terri Schiavo’s medical trust fund, which was $800,000.  Felos … More →

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Blessed Nykyta Budka, Bishop of Canada, Martyr

A Ukrainian martyr, Blessed Nykyta Budka,  who served as the first Greek Catholic bishop in Canada, is hardly known outside the Ukrainian Catholic Church, yet he was one of the most formidable bishops to grace not only the Church in Canada but the Church in Austria-Hungary and Ukraine. Born in 1877 in Dobromirka (then part of Austria-Hungary, now Ukraine), he was ordained in 1905 in … More →

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Cardinal Koch Dares to Play the ‘Nazi’ Card (and Well)

Cardinal Kurt Koch, the President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, has given an interview where he dares to use the ‘N’ word against German liberals. Yes, he compared their progressivist complicity to the zeitgeist to that of certain accommodating Christians to the German National Socialists, the Nazis. We learn from An influential Swiss cardinal at the Vatican has warned Germany’s bishops that … More →

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It’s March 25: HAPPY NEW YEAR!

At the risk of upsetting my good friend Gary Potter, who does not care much for Twitter,  I’m going to quote a couple of “tweets.” Fear not, it is to a good purpose. Yesterday, in advance of today’s sublime Festival, I tweeted this: March 25, Feast of the Annunciation: This is the Greatest of All Days in the History of the World via @SBC_Catholic — … More →

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To Be the Handmaid of the Handmaid of the Lord

“What manner of salutation is this”? Luke 1:29) Our Lady, with wonderful modesty and humility, related today’s event to the Evangelist, Saint Luke. The account is so chaste, so simple, so childlike. We begin with an angel, Gabriel the Archangel. He is sent by the Lord God to a house in Nazareth, in Galilee, to a Virgin espoused to a man named Joseph. Luke then … More →

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Catholic Action League Questions Parade Organizers’ Naiveté

The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today is reacting with skepticism to claims by Brian Mahoney, Commander of the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council—the organizers of Boston’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade—that the veterans, in approving the application to march of Boston Pride, were actually unaware that it was one of the state’s leading homosexual advocacy organizations. In a column in the March 19th SOUTHBOSTONTODAY, portions … More →

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Boston ‘Way of the Cross for Life’ on Good Friday

The 28th Annual Way of the Cross for Life will be held on Good Friday, April 3, at 9:00 a.m., from Government Center in Boston to Holy Cross Cathedral, a two-mile walk. Father Tom Carzon will lead us, and Cardinal Sean will bless us at the Cathedral. Join us and pray to end abortion! Contact Colbe Mazzarella (617)569-4570 Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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C.J. Doyle Interviewed on Mic’d Up

(ChurchMilitant.TV) In this week’s episode of Mic’d Up, guest host Christine Niles takes a hard look at the goings on in the archdiocese of New York. Guests include C.J. Doyle of the Catholic Action League, Paul McGregor from Holy Innocents Parish, and Church Militant’s own Michael Voris reporting from New York City. The interview begins a little over four minutes into the program. Christine Niles … More →

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From C.J. Doyle on St. Patrick’s Day

The faithful Catholics of Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Still River — students, teachers and administrators — refused to dishonor Saint Patrick when the parade in his name in South Boston was deformed and de-Christianized.  The good Sisters of the school, who belong to the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, lightheartedly memorialized their departure with this melody to the air of “The Leaving of Liverpool,” entitled … More →

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Defender of the Faith C.J.Doyle Maligned by Catholic News Agency

CNA: “[A] source close to the situation told CNA that the Knights were ambushed by a campaign that smeared their motives and created confusion. “C.J. Doyle, executive director of Boston’s Catholic Action League,’ alleged that the Knights were acting ‘treacherously’ and that their actions were actually ‘helping (the activist group) spread their message.’” One “source” told CNA that Mr. Doyle “created a scandal.” Hold on CNA! … More →

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Saint Patrick and Irish Slaves: The Slave Trade in Barbados

I was reading this outstanding article this morning by Kevin J. Jones for CNA website about Saint Patrick’s dedication to freeing the Irish slaves from the hands of the pirate Coroticus, who had taken him away as a youth from Brittany. I did not know that Coroticus slaughtered all the servants of his father’s household sparing Patrick. Jennifer Paxton, a history professor at CUA, relates … More →

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VICTORY: Knights of Columbus drop out of “pro-gay” Boston St. Patrick’s Parade after massive outrage from traditional Catholics

(MassResistance) Today we saw the triumph of resolute religious believers over the homosexual lobby. All this week the Massachusetts Knights of Columbus (K of C), a prominent Catholic mens’ organization, repeatedly vowed that they would “absolutely, definitely” march in the newly “gay-inclusive” Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday. But the group finally bowed to the intense pressure from traditional Catholics. At 3:32 pm on Friday afternoon … More →

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Demand Action from National Leadership of Knights of Columbus over Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Scandal

The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today is urging all faithful Catholics concerned over the scandal of Boston’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade to contact the national leadership of the Knights of Columbus in New Haven, and urge them to veto the decision by Bay State Knights to march in Sunday’s parade along with a homosexual activist group. The State Council of the Massachusetts Knights of Columbus … More →

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Lenten Music: Jan Dismas Zelenka’s ‘Miserere’

The Jesuit educated Czech Catholic composer Jan Zelenka, sometimes called the “Catholic Bach,”* is too little known. Worthy to be listed alongside his contemporaries, Bach, Händel, Vivaldi and Telemann, his music presents fine specimens of glorious Baroque counterpoint. Damian Thompson has an informative and entertaining piece on him in the U.K. Spectator that’s worth reading — complete, though it be, with Thompson’s personal eccentricities. And Robert … More →

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Mass. Knights of Columbus Criticized for Marching in Sodom-Friendly Parade

The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today condemned the decision of the Massachusetts State Council of the Knights of Columbus to march—after a decades long absence—in Boston’s 2015 Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. This is the first year in the history of the parade that a homosexual group has been invited to participate by the parade organizers, the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council. As a … More →

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