A Review of Two of Father Rutler’s Books, and an Interview with the Author
Father George W. Rutler on EWTN YouTube; Father Rutler speaking at a later event.
I was fortunate to be able to read two review copies of recent books by Father George W. Rutler. As always happens when I read his writing, I was delighted by his style, inspired by the soundness of his doctrine, and enlightened–and sometimes overwhelmed–by his erudition:
He Spoke to Us–Discerning God in People and Events(Ignatius Press)
The Stories of Hymns–The History Behind 100 of Christianity’s Greatest Hymns(published by EWTN Publishing, Inc. and available from Sophia Institute Press)
Before going on to an email interview with Father Rutler, I want first to explore some thoughts about the attractions of the essay form, and then to use snippets from one of Father Rutler’s essays to illustrate how his dense and many-layered, widely wandering, writing style works effectively to convey some deep and resonant truths about the Catholic faith.read more
NO TO KILLINGS. Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David says the killing of 17-year-old student Kian Loyd delos Santos at the hands of the police ‘is one very specific case of abuse.’ File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler
MANILA, Philippines – Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David slammed the killing of Kian Loyd delos Santos, a 17-year-old student shot by the police after he allegedly fought back during anti-drug operations in Caloocan City.read more
New investigation uncovers more evidence of Church in crisis
BOSTON (ChurchMilitant.com) – Fifteen years after its bombshell report on clerical sex abuse, the Boston Globe is again throwing light on a dark corner of the Church — this time exposing the plight of children fathered by unchaste priests.
In a two-part series published Wednesday and Thursday, the paper released findings from an investigation led by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael Rezendes, who in 2002 first unmasked the sexual abuse crisis in the Church.read more
Priest: “We have lost our sense of sacredness and sanctity”
Near-daily reports of sacrilegious incidents against Catholics are being ignored by media or downplayed by police.
Since the beginning of August, the number of sacrilegious and violent attacks against Catholics and churches has begun escalating. These attacks are not only perpetrated by Islamic extremists in Islamic strongholds but here in America and Europe by seemingly normal individuals who have lost all respect for God and His holy houses.
The violent attacks are getting some international press coverage, but many of the non-violent attacks are passed over by media, while police are refusing to acknowledge the gravity of the crimes. Some incidents never make it past the local news coverage. Just Wednesday, St. Barnabas Catholic Church in Berkeley Township, New Jersey, was vandalized with upside-down crosses, profanity and the words “Satan rules” spray painted on the church sign.read more
Iranian actress Aideen Strandson quietly renounced Islam while still living in her homeland. After seeing footage of a woman being stoned to death, she recalled, “I decided at that moment, I don’t want to be a Muslim anymore.” Shortly after, she said, “I had a dream about Jesus. He was sitting near me, and he took my hand.”read more
BRISBANE, Australia, August 15, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – A Dominican priest who previously said sodomy can express Christ’s “self-gift” criticized “the tyranny of tradition at the exclusion of creativity” in a recent talk about Amoris Laetitia.
African-American pro-life leaders affirm that black lives matter, including in the womb
WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) – The niece of Martin Luther King, Jr. is reminding Americans that abortion is the ultimate form of racism.
In an interview with lifenews.com Monday, Dr. Alveda King reflected on the sinful nature of racism and pointed to the theological and biological unity of all peoples.
“Racism is sin. Hatred is sin. … The big lie is that we are separate races, when in fact the spiritual, scientific and biological fact is that we are one blood; one human race. Racism and hatred are deadly.”read more
Incident marks the latest outbreak of violence in Central African Republic conflict
BANGUI, Central African Republic (ChurchMilitant.com) – A bishop is accusing United Nations troops of complicity in a massacre of African Christians at the hands of Muslims.
In a report to Vatican news agency Agenzia Fides Thursday, Bp. Juan-José Aguirre Muñoz of Bangassou, Central African Republic (CAR) revealed Muslim forces slaughtered dozens of Christians in his diocese earlier this month in CAR’s latest outbreak of sectarian violence.read more
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