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The charge is ubiquitous:Why does the Church spend its time preaching outmoded sexual mores when it should be promoting world peace and social justice? The question itself reveals a basic misunderstanding f the Church’s position as an either/or dilemma. As Pope John Paul II well understood, social justice and sexual morality are not exclusive, but closely intertwined.
A little-known historical episode took place in an obscure Italian seaport in 1480.The event illustrates the significant threat to the West posed by Islam and the Turks. But it also reveals an ageless truth: the profound courage of a small group of faithful Catholics, who chose to die rather than renounce Christ, can alter the course of history.
It’s tough to be a real man today. Our decadent culture offers two narrow “ideals” of manhood: sensitive supporter or power-wielding playboy. But true masculinity means imitating Christ, loving as he loved. The gift of self is what separates men from boys.
Secularism and materialism are leaving people feeling empty and longing for mystery and meaning. Sadly, many are turning to witchcraft in an attempt to fill the void. Some just dabble in it; some are deeply enslaved. Consequently, apologists need to be informed: what it is, what it isn’t, and how practitioners themselves understand it.
~ Theo Venard, Blessed, missionary priest, martyr in China; to his executioner, who had just asked Venard what he would give to be killed quickly because the executioner coveted Venard's clothing. Fr. Venard was beheaded.