Category: Symposiums

Understanding the Dark Side of the Moon: Part Three

Understanding the Dark Side of the Moon: Part Three

[ 2 ] February 12, AD 2014 |

When then Cardinal Wojtyla arrived at the Second Vatican Council, he had one question. What happened? Up until the 20th century, mankind was trekking along pretty OK. Yes, there were hardships, yes there was fighting, but in general mankind was doing OK… at least in terms of 100 year increments. Then something happened. Something in […]

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Understanding the Dark Side of the Moon: Part Two

Understanding the Dark Side of the Moon: Part Two

[ 4 ] January 29, AD 2014 |

To pro-”choicers,” they really are more pro-child than pro-lifers. Why? Because pro-”choicers” don’t believe that a child should be forced upon a mother who doesn’t want him.

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Honesty Alert: ‘So what if abortion ends life?’ 2.0

Honesty Alert: ‘So what if abortion ends life?’ 2.0

[ 1 ] January 24, AD 2014 |

In a similar vein to my post about Duck Dynasty and A&E’s clear message to Christians, I wanted to recall attention to this article posted on Salon, “So What if Abortion Ends Life?” and examine the 2014 attitude towards abortion from those who defend it. The piece is just about a year old now, but […]

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If You Let Them, They Will Build

If You Let Them, They Will Build

[ 0 ] January 20, AD 2014 |

I recently read an article about childhood and play and the increasingly all pervasive place of school in the lives of children. School work which runs all day, followed by extra-curricular activities such as sports, followed by hours of homework, does not leave a lot of time for playing. The author of the article argues […]

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Why Bother to Learn Anything At All, Anyway?

Why Bother to Learn Anything At All, Anyway?

[ 4 ] January 17, AD 2014 |

There are way more things to know in this Universe than you have the brain cells to record, and any one field of human study has probably by this point generated more data than a human mind, with a lifetime of study, could internalize. We should feel small standing up against the ocean of numbers, […]

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Can You Be Catholic and Feminist?

Can You Be Catholic and Feminist?

[ 57 ] January 7, AD 2014 |

About a week ago, I saw an article pop up here on Ignitum Today called Roots, Fruits, and Feminism. I eagerly clicked on the link, wondering what new light it could shed on feminism. (I’ll be honest, I love me some old-fashioned feminist rants!) Then I realised, oh dear me, this wasn’t any old article about Feminism. Oh no. This one […]

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Simon Says & Christ’s Supper

Simon Says & Christ’s Supper

[ 1 ] January 6, AD 2014 |

“Eh, Bart, I’m glad you had fun, but I wouldn’t get too into that Catholic Church. With all the sitting and standing and kneeling, it’s like Simon Says without a winner.” – Marge “Mom, that’s blasphemy! I’ll say a rosary for you.” – Bart – The Simpsons, Season 16 Episode 21 (“The Father, the Son, […]

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Distance Learning with Holy Apostles College and Seminary

Distance Learning with Holy Apostles College and Seminary

[ 0 ] January 6, AD 2014 |

Holy Apostles College and Seminary (HACS) is one of two non-residential Colleges recommended by the Cardinal Newman Society—a huge honor and privilege for any school making the short list. See that recommendation here. With a robust catolog and an honorary team of professors, HACS is the best kept secret in Catholic education. A humble size of online students […]

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Why I Love the Sinner and Hate the Sin

Why I Love the Sinner and Hate the Sin

[ 12 ] January 3, AD 2014 |

I recently read an article on Huffington Post entitled “Why I Can’t Say ‘Love the Sinner/Hate the Sin’ Anymore.” The author, Micah Murray, is obviously a very caring individual, and I understand where he is coming from. He hates the idea that we would see gays – or anyone – as someone substandard, someone who is “other” […]

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Why I Don’t See the New Evangelization Coming to Much Anytime Soon

Why I Don’t See the New Evangelization Coming to Much Anytime Soon

[ 7 ] December 25, AD 2013 |

Flecte quod est rigidum. I write inspirational quotes on the dry-erase board in the servers’ sacristy at my parish in illuminated calligraphy whenever I have occasion to go in there. For the Feast of the Nativity, I wrote,“Venite, adoremus.” I am told that a lector, noticing that I had done this, objected to this text […]

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A Big Round of Applause to A&E For Doing the Honest Thing!

A Big Round of Applause to A&E For Doing the Honest Thing!

[ 25 ] December 19, AD 2013 |

Well, it’s about time. A&E has suspended Duck Dynasty‘s patriarch, Phil Robertson, for his frank Christian commentary on homosexuality. The popular show, which is about evangelical Christians, has been a wildly popular, profitable venture for A&E.  Only now, with the dismissal of Phil Robertson, have they decided that their claim of “having always been strong […]

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Cardinal Dolan, Can You Please Clarify?

Cardinal Dolan, Can You Please Clarify?

[ 8 ] December 4, AD 2013 |

So I have to admit I’m pretty confused about something one of the leaders of the Church recently said. It seems to be the thing to do lately, so I might as well hop on the bandwagon. I’m not mad about something Pope Francis said, though. I know he’s been in the press a lot […]

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Pro-Choice Violence and Radical Love

Pro-Choice Violence and Radical Love

[ 9 ] December 3, AD 2013 |

These men will be saints one day. Indeed, what other movement so calls for and creates saints as the pro-life movement? What movement challenges its people to such radical love, peace, and joy as the pro-life movement? To be Catholic is to be pro-life because to be pro-life is to acknowledge that there is, to quote Samwise Gamgi, “goodness out there, and it’s worth fighting for!

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Come Over Here and SayThat to My Face

Come Over Here and SayThat to My Face

[ 5 ] November 29, AD 2013 |

Rape, incest, and mother’s life…oh, and abused children. Better aborted than abused. How many times have we heard these “acceptable” exceptions to an outright ban on abortions? It is easy to understand and even sympathize with the mindset that finds these exceptions to be allowable. No sane person wants to inflict further suffering on someone […]

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Hidden Light in Syria

Hidden Light in Syria

[ 0 ] November 17, AD 2013 |

The Syrian Civil War has all but disappeared from our news as the American attention-span ran out. We are now more concerned about our healthcare woes than anything else going on outside of the country. Regardless of our attention, the war still rages on. It has claimed at least 120,000 lives and thousands more are […]

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