Pope Benedict’s Christmas Message: Urbi et Orbi – Sandro Magister, Chiesa

Father Zuhlsdorf examines Pope’s Urbi et Orbi message here

This is how the Birth of Jesus Christ Came About – Reginaldus, New Theological Movement

Saint Joseph, Model Husband and Father – Monsignor Charles Pope, Archdcs of Wshngtn

The Holy Scriptures: Mary as the New Eve and the New Ark – Lisa Graas

The Washington Post, by Indirection, Finds Direction Out – Father Zuhlsdorf, WDTPRS?

Reflections on Whether Gregorian Chant is Pastoral – Jeffrey Tucker, Chant Café

The Feast Day of Adam and Eve – Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

PBS Mark Shields Apologizes for Saying ‘Christmas Season’ – Noel Sheppard, NewsBusters


A Christmas Harmony – Reginaldus, The New Theological Movement

Touched by God at Christmas – Monsignor Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

The Senses of Christmas – Mike Aquilina, The Way of the Fathers

Christ’s Birth Shows that the Family is the Nursery of Salvation – Bishop McGough, Cthlc Hrld

And the Word became Flesh and Lived Among Us – Francis J. Beckwith, The Catholic Thing

A Christmas Rebellion? – Randy Hain, The Integrated Catholic Life

The Dating of Christmas – Jake Tawney, Roma locuta est

Putting the Christmas Back in Christ – Anthony Esolen, InsideCatholic

Paradoxes of Christmas – Monsignor Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Christmas and Western Civilization – Carson Holloway, Public Discourse

Turkish Town Cashes in on Saint Nick Legacy – Ivan Watson, CNN International


Bethlehem: Cross Banned, Middle East Christians Under Siege – Peter Schweizer, Big Peace

Ethiopian Christ Icon Found 500 Years On – Pooja, Refreshing News

This Christmas, Let’s Reclaim the Rainbow – Thomas Peters, American Papist

Blessed Virgin Mary: Model of Faith & First Believer – Doctor Marcellino D’Ambrosio, TICL

Why Haven’t You Heard About This Papal Quote? – Phil Lawler, On the News

When Mass is in an Unconsecrated Place, Do You Still Kneel? – Father Zuhlsdorf, WDTPRS?

How Words Are Invented – Professor Gene Edward Veith, Cranach

What are the Odds on the Euro’s Survival? – Peter Zeihan, MercatorNet

Ethiopian Christ Icon Found 500 Years On – Pooja, Refreshing News


Pope’s Thought for the Day: ‘mere Christianity’ Without Whimsy – Dm. Thompson, Tlgrph

Pope’s Thought for the Day was Simple & Profound – Francis Phillips, Cthlc Herald

full text of Pope Benedict XVI’s thought for the day here

The Great Discipleship of Teaching – Father Robert John Araujo SJ, Mirror of Justice

USA: San Francisco To Ban Circumcision – Patrick Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Clarifying the Canonical Status of Sister Margaret McBride – Doctor Ed Peters, ITLOTL

Must-See Video: Bp. Olmsted on Where He Gets His Identity – Thomas Peters, Amrcn Ppst

A Christmas Gift From Bp. Olmsted: Bold Episcopal Leadership – Phil Lawler, On the News

Pastor Changes the Offertory, What Do I Do? – Father John Zuhlsdorf, WDTPRS?

Priest’s 1949 Chalice, Stolen Years Ago, Makes Its Way Back to Him – V. Ambuul, CNS


Was Christmas Necessary? – Reginaldus, The New Theological Movement

Rediscovering the Meaning of Christmas – David Warren, Ottawa Citizen

Mary’s Painless Delivery of Christ – Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

The Incarnation and Christmas Excess – R.R. Reno, On the Square

The Pope’s Merry Christmas: “Only the Truth Saves” – Sandro Magister, Chiesa

Christmas Movies You Want to See – Terry Teachout, InsideCatholic

History’s Greatest Male Role Model – Iain Duncan Smith, London Mail

Bringing Christmas to Life Again – Father Roger Landry, The Integrated Catholic Life

The Partu Inviolability of Our Lady – Mark P. Shea, Catholic and Enjoying It!


Oh Canada! The Culture of Death North of the Border – John Breen, Mirror of Justice

How Democrats Gave up on Religious Voters – Tiffany Stanley, The New Republic

Behold! Radical Christianity, Oriented Heavenward! – Elizabeth Scalia, Summa This

An Interesting Health-Care Connection – Phil Lawler, On the News

What the U.S. Military Must Learn from the Church – Tim Drake, National Cthlc Register

Confession During Mass, Not Just Before – Father John Zuhlsdorf, WDTPRS?

Art and Liturgy: The Splendor of Faith – H. Reed Armstrong, InsideCatholic


For the Nashville Dominican Nuns, Habits Are the New Radical – Barbara B. Hagerty, NPR

Egypt’s Illustrious Coptic Heritage – Nevine El-Aref, Al-Ahram

The Missing Foundation of Social Justice – Randall Smith, The Catholic Thing

German Jesuit Father Alfred Delp on Advent – William Doino Jr, On the Square

Ohio: Historic Catholic Church Renovated – Ryan Carter, Record Herald

Finally! A Bishop With a Backbone… – The Catholic Knight

Cthlc Health Association Defies Bishop Olmsted Over Abortion Case – Benjamin Mann, CNA

No Christmas Festivities for Some Iraqi Christians – Mustafa Mahmoud, Reuters

Funny: Nat’l Secular Society Goes Nuts Over Pope’s Thought for the Day – Dm. Th., Tlgrph

Harry Potter Actress Beaten by Family After Dating Non-Muslim – Rob. J. Avrech, Big Peace

Reminders About Christmas and Holy Communion – Father John Zuhlsdorf, WDTPRS?

The Pope’s Review of 2010 A.D. – Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register

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