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#2386     Three Fallacies in the “Dress Code Debates”

Brother John-Paul Ignatius Mary, OMSM(r), L.Th., D.D.
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Brother John-Paul Ignatius Mary, OMSM(r), L.Th., D.D. wrote at 3:35am on March 23rd 2015
We need to remember the teaching of St. John Chrysostom on modesty. Remember as you read this that the teaching the Saint is giving was 1603 years ago (the 5th century). Nevertheless notice just how applicable it is today in the 21st Century.


You carry your snare everywhere and spread your nets in all places. You allege that you never invited others to sin. You did not, indeed, by your words, but you have done so by your dress and your deportment and much more effectively than you could by your voice.

When you have made another sin in his heart, how can you be innocent?

Tell me, whom does this world condemn? Whom do judges in court punish? Those who drink poison or those who prepare it and administer the fatal potion? You have prepared the abominable cup, you have given the death-dealing drink, and you are more criminal than are those who poison the body; you murder not the body but the soul. And it is not to enemies you do this, nor are you urged on by any imaginary necessity, nor provoked by injury, but out of foolish vanity and pride.

#2385     Ask a Priest - If We Confess Our Sins, Do We Still Need to Atone for Them?

David Rozario
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David Rozario wrote at 8:11pm on March 21st 2015
Thankyou Father for this important reflection for this Blessed season.

#2384     Marriage Equality? What about Equality for Kids?

Tara McInnes
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Tara McInnes wrote at 8:27am on March 10th 2015
Whilst a very rubbish marketing tool and from the extremists groups, free speech belongs in all directions and all the marriage opponents did was give a stupid and pointless advert airtime that probably wouldn't have happened if SBS played it.

#2383     50 Things to Know About "Fifty Shades of Grey"

Valentine Nyaradzo Kagande
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Valentine Nyaradzo Kagande wrote at 1:45pm on March 9th 2015
True observation, its about perverted and abusive relationships, but let me add that it's also about Anna who believes in true love and refuses to be used as a tool for sexual pleasure and Christian who is afraid to admit that he is love with Anna and thus allow himself to be transformed or healed by her love. Its also about the reality and effects of the abuse of the boy-child, and the sad reality that when a boy-child is abused by an adult woman he sees no problems with it, and in fact he loves it.

#2382     You Look at me: Advice for Facing Your Dragons

Siuyin Ho
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Siuyin Ho wrote at 9:20am on February 24th 2015
Oh-O ! I didn't mean to give it away lol.....yes, it's meant to be a surprise, sorry guys !!

#2381     Our Pick of the Films of 2014

Siuyin Ho
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Siuyin Ho wrote at 9:01am on February 24th 2015
The only Catholic film of 2014 wasn't even reviewed!!

#2380     Australian Religious Leaders’ Plea for Mercy for Bali-9 Pair

Tara McInnes
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Tara McInnes wrote at 8:33am on February 17th 2015
I stand for life and mercy of Andy Chan and Myuran Sukumaran!!!

#2379     Sister of Mercy Back in the Swim

Siuyin Ho
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Siuyin Ho wrote at 1:13pm on January 31st 2015
Wonderful news for Sr. Rebecca! :)))

#2378     Pope: Large Families Don't Cause Poverty

Michael Austen
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Michael Austen wrote at 4:04pm on January 29th 2015
Dear Dr. Lemaire;

Check out the work of Mercedes Wilson who promotes NFP in the developing world. Her success rate is the same for the poorest of poor familes who are trying to space children compared with the "educated couples" like ourselves.

A good doctor like yourself should also know that the NFP has a higher success rate than oral contraceptives and there is nothing "safe" about a women pumping class A carcinogens into her body to "fix" something that isn't broken.

#2377     Pope: Large Families Don't Cause Poverty

William LeMaire
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William LeMaire wrote at 7:46pm on January 27th 2015
Aside from the controversy about "rabbits" the Pope's press conference was very troublesome to me. He recommended responsible parenthood, which many catholics, including me, are happy to hear him say that. This means in my understanding that couples should decide on the number of children they want to have and can afford. So far so good, but then in the same press conference the Pope reaffirmed the teaching of the Church which bans artificial methods of family planning and only allows the so called natural methods.

As a retired catholic obstetrician and gynecologist I will be the first one to admit that these natural methods can be very effective and safe. This holds true if the method is utilized to the letter by educated couples under ideal circumstances. A large segment of the world population, especially in developing countries, does not live under ideal circumstances and in these situations the statistics show that the natural methods are accompanied by an unacceptable failure rate. This failure results in unwanted pregnancy which in developing countries carries a high morbidity an even a mortality rate due to the high incidence of pregnancy complications and even unsafe abortions. Natural methods are thus not devoid of complications (albeit indirect) as its proponents will argue.

Thus Pope Francis recommends responsible parenthood, which is great, but at the same time he continues to take away the methods to safely and effectively reach that goal, which in my opinion is unfair to say the least.

William J. LeMaire MD

#2376     What is Death with Dignity?

Nola Shehadeh
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Nola Shehadeh wrote at 10:52am on January 20th 2015
This woman is truly amazing , her strength and faith is so good to see . I hope God looks upon her with compassionate eyes and prolongs her life

#2375     iWitness 2014

Laura Cain
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Laura Cain wrote at 5:11am on January 9th 2015
Fr. Jacques Philippe's video on Prayer and Work can be watched here:

http://www.xt3.com/library/view.php?id=18222&categoryId=42

#2374     Because We're Happy - 2014 Christmas Video from Xt3.com

Erik Hendrix
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Erik Hendrix wrote at 7:10pm on December 24th 2014
"Purchase "Happy" by Pharrell Williams from iTunes."

Errr ... no ... thank you. (seriously, that is quite inappropriate imo)

#2373     iWitness 2014

Laura Cain
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Laura Cain wrote at 12:56am on December 23rd 2014
Tahni There are some talks online now:
http://www.xt3.com/library/view.php?id=18170&categoryId=24

#2372     iWitness 2014

Mary B
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Mary B wrote at 4:59am on December 16th 2014
Hi Tahni, there will be links on this podcast page as soon as all the talks are available. Stay tuned!

#2371     iWitness 2014

Tahni Pyke
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Tahni Pyke wrote at 4:55am on December 16th 2014
Hi, just wondering if anyone can tell me how to find the videos of Fr Jacques Philippe's talks from i witness and the retreat day for women? Or when and where they will be put up? Thanks

#2370     This Is Life, with Lisa Ling - Called to the Collar

Kevin Walsh
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Kevin Walsh wrote at 12:20am on December 9th 2014
It is heartening to see such an upsurge in vocations to the priesthood in this article. The clerical collar seems to be used as a selling point, somewhat similar that Sisters and Nuns who keep the veil are the real brides of Christ. Often the sporting of the collar and veil is the front line for very pious, conservative people who see their high points within Rubrics as distinct from real Liturgy. Religious and Priests who are deeply immersed in the foot washing spirituality and ministry are often seen as more authentic than the clerical collar and the habited Sisters and Nuns. Unfortunately many Collar and Veil people are somewhat arrogant and driven by power and narcissieistic tendencies. From an old man, Fr Kevin Walsh Stanhope Gardens NSW

#2369     Father Rob Galea - Channel 10 Story

Kevin Walsh
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Kevin Walsh wrote at 10:23pm on December 8th 2014
Good on you Fr Rob, great to see you using your gifts in ministry. Please be equally approachable and caring to the elderly people in the Parish where your servant ministry is grounded. It is fairly easy to Mininster to the Youth; but to the homeless, the home bound, it takes a little more sensitivity. May the Passion of Jesus live in your heart, cheers Fr Kevin Walsh - Stanhope Gardens NSW

#2368     Father Rob Galea - Channel 10 Story

Kevin Walsh
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Kevin Walsh wrote at 10:23pm on December 8th 2014
Good on you Fr Rob, great to see you using your gifts in ministry. Please be equally approachable and caring to the elderly people in the Parish where your servant ministry is grounded. It is fairly easy to Mininster to the Youth; but to the homeless, the home bound, it takes a little more sensitivity. May the Passion of Jesus live in your heart, cheers Fr Kevin Walsh - Stanhope Gardens NSW

#2367     Indulgences for the Year of Consecrated Life

Siuyin Ho
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Siuyin Ho wrote at 5:08am on December 4th 2014
This is an innovative & encouraging event we should, where we are able, commit to in some way or another. What a beautiful promise of blessing interwoven into this whole theme for the year. Don't want to & can't afford to miss this. In order to discover and realize my own vocation, dedication to this in some substantial way is essential to accomplishing this.

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