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What Is Social Justice?

April 10, 2013 J. J. Ziegler 1

(Part One of a three-part series) Few terms have become as unmoored from their Catholic origins, and have thus lent themselves to misunderstanding in contemporary discourse, as has the term “social justice.” What does the […]

The Renaissance of the Mass Propers
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The Renaissance of the Mass Propers

March 5, 2013 J. J. Ziegler 0

The publication of the new English translation of the Roman Missal has helped revive interest in the use of chant in the ordinary form of Holy Mass. The Roman Missal includes many more chanted texts […]

The New “Blesseds” of 2012
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The New “Blesseds” of 2012

December 27, 2012 J. J. Ziegler 0

In September 2005, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints announced that Pope Benedict was instituting new procedures for the rite of beatification. “Canonization is the supreme glorification by the Church of a Servant of […]

The Coming Latino Catholic Majority
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The Coming Latino Catholic Majority

December 1, 2011 J. J. Ziegler 1

In 1558, after five years of Catholic tyranny, the good Virgin Queen succeeded Bloody Mary, who had burned countless Christians at the stake. During Elizabeth’s reign, the heroic Sir Francis Drake circumnavigated the globe and […]

Servants of the Lord
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Servants of the Lord

November 1, 2011 J. J. Ziegler 0

In his discussion of the Scythians’ gruesome royal burial customs, Herodotus spoke of the tragic fate of the king’s diakonos, his servant, his waiting-man, his attendant. When the Jews of Alexandria translated the Book of […]

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Croatia: A Faith Tested in Fire

August 8, 2011 J. J. Ziegler 0

On June 4, Pope Benedict began a two-day apostolic journey to Croatia, a land bathed in Christians’ blood since the early days of the Church.  St. Venantius, the bishop of Salona, in what was then […]

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The Dirty Dozen

May 16, 2011 J. J. Ziegler 0

In the middle of his second term, President Bill Clinton signed into law the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, which made religious freedom concerns a more significant part of US foreign policy. The law […]