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Dr. Kathryn Karges and Women’s Health Care

Thu, 17 Oct 2013 19:23:57 PDT


I wanted to get the word out about a special talk coming up at St. Theresa's in Sugar Land.  Tuesday, October 22nd at 7:30pm, Dr. Kathryn Karges, MD, CFCMC, will speak about her special pro-life OB/GYN practice at St. Joseph's Hospital in Houston and the advances of Natural Reproductive Technology (NaProTECHNOLOGY) to help identify and treat a variety of women's health problems.

Dr. Karges is one of only 10 fellowship-trained NaProTECHNOLOGY surgeons in the U. S.  She applies the innovative science of NaProTECHNOLOGY to treat women for infertility and a full range of gynecologic health concerns.

Dr. Karges has special interests in the treatment of abnormal uterine bleeding, polycystic ovarian disease, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), post partum depression (PPD), recurrent miscarriage, minimally invasive surgery, and the diagnosis and treatment of infertility.  In addition, she has received specialized training in da Vinci Robotic-Assisted surgery as well as microsurgical training for repair of damaged fallopian tubes.  

The talk will take place in Room A of the Family Life Center at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Sugar Land (705 St. Theresa Boulevard, Sugar Land, TX).  Child care is available.

For more information click here.

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Ignitum Today Update

Thu, 24 Jan 2013 12:25:39 PST

The Ignitum Today website has been down for a day and counting.

We are working to resolve this issue and how have a timetable to offer. IT should be up by Monday morning if not earlier, barring any other issues.

We were not attacked, we are just experiencing growing pains of a surge in visitors and and increase of database resources that will be resolved shortly.

The other websites are also suffering slow down issues, but nothing to worry about.

Thank you for your understanding and your prayers are appreciated.

 In Jesus, Mary, & Joseph,

Tito Edwards
Co-Founder of Ignitum Today(image)

Crisis Magazine Website Up and Running

Tue, 02 Oct 2012 18:12:49 PDT

Crisis Magazine is clean again from the Trojan virus. It's been clean as far as I could tell since Sunday night.

So go on over there and read some great articles!(image)

Click "Like" on the Big Pulpit Website Please

Thu, 27 Sep 2012 11:49:01 PDT

This is a general request to the readers of CVSTOS FIDEI to go over to Big Pulpit and click on the "Like" button which is located on the righthand side of the website.

Thanks in advance!(image)

Updated Custos Fidei Website Coming

Thu, 27 Sep 2012 08:03:45 PDT

As some of you have noticed, there has been an uptick of postings recently.  Well, this may be an aberration, but I believe I got my blogging "mojo" back, but only time will tell.

The Custos Fidei website will be updated to accomodate a couple of new additions.  The news feed will remain, but in a slightly truncated format.

Other than that, it's wait and see if my "mojo" is back or not.(image)

Trojan Virus at Crisis Magazine Website

Thu, 27 Sep 2012 16:30:23 PDT

Update: They're still working on the issue and they're making progress.  More updates later.

Crisis Magazine is suffering from a virus and I would recommend those that read them to abstain for the moment from visiting them until the situation is rectified.

According to my anti-virus program, Kaspersky, they have a "trojan" somewhere on their website.  Fortunately my Kapsersky blocked that trojan, though I did suffer some delays.

I'll keep you all updated once the situation is rectified.

If any one of you can contact them to tell them of their situation that would be nice.  I've sent two messages to two separate emails but I haven't heard from them yet.(image)

I Am Good and Healthy

Thu, 27 Sep 2012 07:12:14 PDT

Thanks to an inquiry by a reader, I wanted to post quickly and give an update on my health.  I have recuperated and am doing very well.

The ironic thing about this illness is that I lost 10 pounds that haven't returned.  Plus I believe I had a dormant virus for nearly 25 years that finally ejected itself out of my body.

Deo gratias!

I truly believe there is a link between spiritual health and physical health.  Ever since my embrace of my Catholic faith nearly seven years ago I've noticed significant improvement in my overall mental and physical health.  All of this coinciding with my spiritual growth.

God has done a marvelous job of breaking me down and working on my ego.  And I am very thankful of that.(image)

Been Ill and Then Some

Wed, 13 Jun 2012 19:53:09 PDT

I have been quite ill for over three weeks. Initially I thought I got better, but the symptoms only quadrupled.

Sadly, this has taken a toll of me at work and for Big Pulpit. Fortunately, I finally succumbed to seeing a doctor and I'm on the mend.

God bless.



Thu, 24 May 2012 11:55:17 PDT

Is dissident and disgraced theologian Hans Küng calling Pope Benedict a sedevacantist?

Hat tip: The Pulpit/Photo credit: The Curt Jester

Cross-posted at The American Catholic.(image)

Vote for the Nat'l Catholic Register (Now)!

Wed, 21 Mar 2012 10:28:41 PDT

The National Catholic Register is tied with Our Sunday Visitor for the best Catholic Newspaper in Christendom! The voting ends tonight so vote and put the Reg over the top!

The National Catholic Register has been selected as a finalist in the 2012 Catholicism Readers' Choice Awards in these categories: Best Catholic Newspaper, Best Catholic Website, Best Catholic Radio Show, Best Catholic Facebook Page, Best Catholic to Follow on Twitter. You can cast one vote, in all five categories, every day of the voting period. Voting runs until 11:59 P.M. EST on Wednesday, March 21, 2012.

Click here to vote.

Note: The above was freely edited from the mad journalistic skillz of Matt "Not Pat" Archbold.(image)

MSNBC/NY Times Poll Alert: Are Religious Rights Being Trampled on by Government?

Thu, 29 Dec 2011 12:12:57 PST

Fr. Z explains it well:

Perhaps other blogs will pick this up and help.

An article from the ultra-liberal New York Times (“Hell’s Bible”) is posted on the even more liberal MSNBC.

The article concerns the objections of the USCCB against pressure from the Obama Administration and/or states to force Catholic adoption agencies to allow homosexual “couples” to adopt.

You have to scroll down to the bottom of the MSNBC webpage to find the poll form.

Click here!(image)

Stephen Colbert on the New Translation and Papa Bene Driving without a Seat Belt

Fri, 02 Dec 2011 18:53:29 PST

Stephen Colbert gives his two cents worth on the New Translation of the Roman Missal as well as Papa Bene not wearing his seatbelt during his trip to Germany.

Of course, most of what he says is incorrect, but the satire and delivery makes it enjoyable to view.

Warning, there is profanity that is bleeped out.

Hat Tip: Thomas Peters(image)

Interview On the Radio Today at 5pm Eastern

Wed, 08 Jun 2011 08:49:38 PDT

I will be interviewed on the radio today at 5pm (Eastern) on the In His Sign Network radio station.  They are a lay Catholic radio apostolate located in Rosemont, PA.  They broadcast daily live from 5 to 6pm (Eastern) WTMR-800 AM and on the Internet at

The interview will be about, The American Catholic, Custos Fidei, and the other Catholic websites that I operate as well as my work on the National Catholic Register.

This is my first interview and it is an already humbling experience.  Pray for me that I won't make a fool of myself!(image)

Vegans, Ugh. . .

Tue, 31 May 2011 17:31:56 PDT

I couldn't resist not posting this.

Hat Tip: Creative Minority Report.(image)

Bakhita: From Slave To Saint

Thu, 28 Apr 2011 17:03:11 PDT

A Sudanese girl captured and enslaved by Arab Muslim slavers in the Darfur province circa 1869 A.D.  She was forcibly converted to Islam and given the name "Bakhita" which means "lucky" in Arabic.  She was sold and resold several times and was brutally treated by all her owners.  One Muslim owner whipped her to tattoo her as "his".

Her last owner, an Italian Christian, moved her (escaped more like it) to Italy where she eventually won her freedom through the Italian courts because Catholic Italy didn't recognize the institution of slavery.  She left her owner and joined the Canossians, a religious order.

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During her time in Italy she was befriended by a village priest and converted to Catholicism.  After being freed from slavery she entered the Canossians as "Josephine Margarita Afortunada" in 1890 A.D., receiving Holy Communion for the first time from the Cardinal Patriarch of Venice himself.

Saint Bakhita's life as a slave was always that of giving and charity with gentleness and a smile.  She continued these virtues as a religious.

Her legacy was that of transformation that is possible through suffering. Her story of deliverance from physical slavery also symbolizes all those who find meaning and inspiration in her life for their own deliverance from spiritual slavery.  Reflecting her own material life of being forced to convert to Islam and finding peace and love in the arms of Christ as a Catholic.

Hat Tip: Carl Olson of Ignatius Insight Scoop(image)

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Vote for the National Catholic Register

Wed, 02 Mar 2011 09:53:41 PST

The secular website is running a contest of which is the Best Catholic Newspaper (among many other categories). I'd like our readers to go visit their website to vote for the National Catholic Register as their choice (if it's not your choice, move along and read the other articles here on our website).

The National Catholic Register is America's oldest Catholic newspaper as well as being the most read and well written. They hold fidelity to the teachings of the Magisterium so you know you're getting high quality articles.

To vote for the National Catholic Register please click here.(image)

Catholic Answers Live

Tue, 08 Feb 2011 07:17:11 PST

A spiffy video about Catholic Answers Live:

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Hat tip: Mark Shea(image)

'The Rite' is #1 at the Box Office

Mon, 31 Jan 2011 14:53:26 PST

Here is an excerpt of an article by Nikki Finke of Deadline Hollywood: Tracking had been strong but the studio had expected a gross in the $17M-19M range. CinemaScore was a "B". The audience equally divided between males and females, with 64% over the age of 25. The studio used Anthony Hopkins' pedigree to pursue an older target for the film. To appeal to younger moviegoers, it exploited the intensity of the exorcism moments and the premise of the unknown in the marketing materials. Interestingly, as Warner Bros was developing the campaign, the topic of exorcists became a current news event with the recent increase in the Catholic Church's recruitment and training of exorcists to fill what they characterized as an alarmingly growing need. This news got coverage, resulting in a high profile OP Ed piece in the New York Times. We bolstered that piece, and used a quote from it in the main trailer and in several TV spots, a very unusual tool that anchored our disturbing, effective premise that the film is “based on true events”. Hopkins' pedigree is the core of the campaign, and he has done a very heavy press schedule on everything from Regis to Charlie Rose, and morning shows to late night. Additionally, we launched a significant Hispanic marketing campaign, through publicity, grass roots activity and a heavy media buy. We also developed the faith angle through an extensive program with our consultants at Grace Hill Media. The outreach included drafting off of the topical conversation that was already happening within the church and allowing that to give the film a level of credibility. Father Gary Thomas participated in a number of interviews for us including an LA Times piece and a segment on Nightline that aired the Thursday before we opened. While this is a difficult segment to pinpoint in the tracking, the message of the film clearly has relevance for that audience and we feel that we captured their interest. The campaign kicked off with trailers on Hereafter, Saw VII and movies throughout the holiday season to target both younger & older moviegoers. We built a mix of broad commercial films & older, more sophisticated awards films to get the right exposure. We also ran a heavy TV schedule on everything from BCS College football games to NFL playoffs, and broad multi-targeted programming. In terms of tracking, The Rite shows a pretty well-balanced balanced awareness and interest profile. The younger audiences will tend to gravitate to the suspense-thriller genre, while older audiences are likely to be drawn to the genre plus Anthony Hopkins appearing in his first starring role in quite some time. Notably, there were aggressive efforts in the last week towards Latino moviegoers, which could generate some upside to the film's opening weekend prospects as they tend to represent early boxoffice attendees. As the campaign evolved, the nature of the story (centering around faith and belief) & the pedigree of Hopkins naturally led us to pursue an older target for the film. But we also wanted to appeal to younger moviegoers, so we exploited the intensity of the exorcism moments and the premise of the unknown in our marketing materials. Interestingly, as we were developing the campaign, the topic of exorcists became a current news event with the recent increase in the Catholic Church's recruitment and training of exorcists to fill what they characterized as an alarmingly growing need. This news got coverage, resulting in a high profile OP Ed piece in the New York Times. We bolstere[...]

A Call to Arms: Oral Contraception and its Insult to God

Sun, 30 Jan 2011 22:12:00 PST

Christianity does not simply ask followers to respect life, nor does it insist they denounce the everyday sins of humanity. Truly devout living compels us to actively defend the right to life, which is our duty as the children of God.  However, the defense of life involves education and exposing disturbing signs of moral decay. Heavily responsible for these recent immoral trends, dangerous forms of unnatural contraception are an increasingly-valid threat and widely misunderstood. Although the bible asserts that children “are a blessing to be cherished and cared for when given,” these methods of pregnancy prevention challenge those words with their blatant disrespect for life, increasingly leading young adults astray.   Nevertheless, many families continually choose these “convenient” forms of contraception to control their family size. Even unmarried couples now frequently use these forms of birth control to recklessly satisfy their sexual desires. Even more troubling still are the countless young people engaging in sex freely because a variety of dangerous contraceptives apparently allow it. The use of these products isn’t just an insult to relationships or marriage, but an attack on the entire foundation of children and the family itself. By largely relieving couples of the “threat” of pregnancy, contraceptives have legitimized premarital sex. However, when couples do view sex as an acceptable activity before marriage, they fail to live life for the glory of God. Children, for these sexually active, unmarried couples, become seen as a burden. As a result, the entire relationship is corrupted, with carnal satisfaction replacing deeper, worthy forms of connection. However, the mutual respect a relationship demands can also become secondary to the selfish gratification premarital sex provides. Without the sanctity of marriage, this disrespect can reach even greater lengths, as individuals become objectified as nothing more than sources of sexual enjoyment. This disrespect manifests itself in society today in the form of oral contraceptives, which are an insult to both the family and children. Remarkably, these deadly forms of contraception are carelessly sanctioned everywhere, from the media to schools. They assist in the increasing sexual promiscuity of our nation and the rampant spread of disease. Despite being the most dangerous form of contraception, oral contraceptives are now the most popular as well. Unlike barrier forms of contraception, these pills are up to 99.9% effective at preventing pregnancy. In addition, they are cheap, readily available at family planning clinics, often at reduced prices, and convenient. Women need only take a pill at the same time each day to effectively eliminate the chance of pregnancy. Unfortunately, few young adults using this pill recognize the dangerous physical side effects that commonly occur. These side effects begin with the dangerous implications hormonal methods of birth control can generate. While effective at preventing pregnancy, they falsely imply complete protection to all outcomes of casual sex, including sexually transmitted disease. Although schools frequently fulfill their minimal obligation, warning students about the dangers of this disease, the incomplete education they provide might simply prompt more confused young women to turn to this drug as a safeguard. Alarmingly, the producers of these drugs are also accountable for these widespread misconceptions. Bayer HealthCare, the manufacturer of several popular oral contraceptives, devotes millions of dol[...]

Militant Gays/Anti-Christian Groups Target Chick-fil-A

Sun, 30 Jan 2011 08:16:12 PST

(image) The anti-Christian movement better known as the Militant Gay Lobby have targeted Chick-fil-A and tagged them as a "hate group" by liberal media such as the New York Times.

“If you’re eating Chick-fil-A, you’re eating anti-gay,” screamed Kim Severson of the New York Times.

Chick-fil-A has a Christian ethos* written into their organization and is beloved among people of all stripes, especially Evangelical Christians.

(image) This latest campaign by Andrew Sullivanites makes it clear that when liberals berate Christians of "culture war" hysteria, it is their side that have a hate-fill animus towards anything holy and sacred, especially towards Christians.

*They're closed on Sundays!(image)

Bishops are to Blame!

Wed, 26 Jan 2011 11:56:12 PST

Michael Voris in the Vortex addresses the problems and opportunities lost by American bishops following the conclusion of the Second Vatican Council which finished in the cultural upheaval of 60s dissent and disobedience within the Church in America.

Souls are at stake and our bishops seem more concerned about the next fundraiser or not leading with boldness and the Truth.  Instead they grovel to political correctness and stand quite on society's most contentious issues such as abortion and same sex marriage.

(image) Bishop Athanasius Schneider gave an important speech recently where he constructively and critically examined these issues of episcopal disregard.  Especially in the education of the laity with proper catechesis and the lack of defense against modernism and dissent, which have infested chanceries with "yes"-men in which the Pope calls, "professional Catholics".

Watch this segment of the Vortex to get the full story:

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New Trailer for Saint Josemaria Escriva Film, “There Be Dragons”

Sun, 23 Jan 2011 22:03:00 PST

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The release date is now set for May 6, 2011 A.D.

Hat Tip: Eric Sammons of The Divine Life(image)

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What's It Like to be a Catholic in Communist China

Sun, 23 Jan 2011 17:41:03 PST

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Hat Tip: Lisa Graas(image)

Susannah York of ‘A Man For All Seasons’, R.I.P.

Sun, 16 Jan 2011 19:05:41 PST

Susannah York succumbed to cancer this past Friday at the age of 72.

She is best remembered for portraying Saint Thomas More‘s daughter, Margaret More, in what is arguably the greatest Catholic film of all time, A Man For All Seasons.

She was very beautiful and enchanting and her role as Margaret More captured the essences of an integrated Catholic life that is an excellent example for laypeople everywhere today.

The following clip is that of the King paying his Lord Chancellor, Saint Thomas More, a visit on his estate.  The King encounters More’s family and is introduced to More’s daughter, Margaret, at the :45 mark of the clip:

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Post script:  I was unable to find out if Susannah York was a Catholic or not, but her portrayal of Margaret More is a fine example of living a Catholic life.

Cross-posted at Gulf Coast Catholic.(image)

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Time Lapse of a Baby Playing With His Toys

Tue, 11 Jan 2011 18:14:16 PST

About four hours of video is time lapsed into roughly two and a half minutes of pure joy!

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