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A Love-Hate Relationship: American Catholicism Before the Revolution

In light of our upcoming celebration of Independence Day, the day we commemorate the official signing and adoption of the Declaration of Independence contra Great Britain, it seems fitting for us American Catholics to take a step back and survey from whence we came. This appreciation  of our past can only improve our understanding of our identity and the historical circumstances that have shaped its development as uniquely American yet…

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Father Ratzinger’s Other Copernican Revolution

Perhaps there has never been a more impactful scientific paradigm shift in human history than the adoption of Nicolaus Copernicus’ heliocentric view of the solar system. In coming to the fore, it necessarily usurped the reigning Ptolemaic and Aristotelian geocentrism, which held that the earth was the center of the universe. Beyond the mere scientific implications that this has had upon the scientific communities of Copernicus’ day and beyond, this…

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Becoming Useful to the Church and Yourself: The Lay Apostolate and the Saecula

The Second Vatican Council’s Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity Apostolicam Actuositatem (AA) is a treasure chest of insight and direction as to the form of the Catholic laity’s mission in the world. In this treasure chest is a wonderfully pithy phrase that has always struck me as both simultaneously insulting and stirring: Between the members of this body [the Church] there exists, further, such a unity and solidarity…

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Papal Infallibility and the 24/7 News Cycle

Anyone with access to the internet probably is aware that last week, Pope Francis was reported as saying that the “great majority” of marriages were invalid.   The news traveled pretty quickly from Catholic bloggers to mainstream media and before long, it was all over the place.  For many, the notion of an invalid marriage was probably a weird-sounding term, but the impact of the Pope’s words was profound.  Then things…

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Over 100 Facebook Likes!

Hi everyone, I just wanted to thank everyone for all of the support we’ve had since going live this weekend.  We’ve already crossed over the 100 likes mark on Facebook and our site is getting great traffic!  Thanks so much!  We truly hope that The Catholic Outpost will be a benefit to Catholics and others who want to come to a deeper understanding of Catholic thought.  Our first post, by…

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St. Thomas More & the Fortnight for Freedom

Today, June 21st, begins this year’s Fortnight for Freedom, a two-week long period of prayer, fasting, study, and public action for a revitalization of religious liberty in our country and beyond. Four years ago in 2012, our United States Conference of Catholic Bishops wisely chose the Fortnight to span the two weeks beginning with the vigil of the feast day of St. Thomas More and Bishop St. John Fisher and…

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Coming Soon

The Catholic Outpost will feature weekly articles on contemporary issues analyzed through the lens of the Catholic faith, as well as regular pieces on more systematic issues such as Catholic Moral Theology, Catholic Social Teaching, and Catholic Biblical Theology. We will launch in June of 2016!

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