Online ebook: “Special Devotion to the Holy Ghost”, by Bishop Otto Zardetti

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  • Special Devotion to the Holy Ghost: A Manual for the use of Seminarians, Priests, Religious and the Christian People, by the Very Rev. [Bishop]  Dr. Otto Zardetti, with a letter of introduction by the Very Rev. John Keane, D.D., Bishop of Richmond (Milwaukee: Hoffman Brothers, 1888). With Imprimatur. Available at Google Books and Hathitrust Digital Library. May be read online, and available in pdf, epub, mobi, and other formats at Internet Archive and Open Library, with a 2nd copy at Internet Archive and Open Library.
    • N.B., The discussion under Part III. The Office of the Holy Ghost, on pages 187 to 357, provides a concise yet comprehensive overview of Catholic Christian teaching on the Person of the God the Holy Spirit and His mission from creation to the eschaton.

On the Solemnity of Pentecost (Whitsunday), 2018. For other legally free ebooks, you may access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title) and the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject).

 

I have yet many things to say to you: but you cannot bear them now. But when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will teach you all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but what things soever he shall hear, he shall speak: and the things that are to come, he will shew you. He shall glorify me: because he shall receive of mine, and will declare it to you. All things whatsoever the Father hath are mine. Therefore, I said, that he shall receive of mine, and will shew it to you.” (St. John xvi, 12-15)

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e-livres en ligne: “Tableau Historique des Souvenirs et des Monuments Chrétiens de Rome”, par Eugène de La Gournerie

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Pour la journée internationale des musées, 2018. Pour plus de livres gratuits, vous pouvez accéder à la liste des eBooks gratuits (par titres) et la liste des eBooks gratuits (regroupées par sujet).

(And if the grammar is wrong, please correct me. Merci.)

Online texts: Scientific Studies on Sexuality and Psychopathology

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  1. “Autism Spectrum Disorders in Gender Dysphoric Children and Adolescents”, by Annelou L. C. de Vries, Ilse L. J. Noens, Peggy T. Cohen-Kettenis, Ina A. van Berckelaer-Onnes, and Theo A. Doreleijers. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Vol. 40, no. 8 (August 2010): pp. 930–936. The full text of the article is available in pdf format and epub format, and may be read online in classic view and PubReader view, at the National Center for Biotechnology Information.
  2. “Autistic Symptoms in Children and Adolescents with Gender Dysphoria”, by Anna I. R. van der Miesen, Annelou L. C. de Vries, Thomas D. Steensma, and Catharina A. Hartman, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, vol. 48, no. 5 (2018): pp. 1537–1548. The full text of the article may be read online at the National Center for Biotechnology Information.
  3. “Gender Identity Disorder and Schizophrenia: Neurodevelopmental Disorders with Common Causal Mechanisms?”, by Ravi Philip Rajkumar, Schizophrenia Research and Treatment (2014). The full text of the article may be read online at the National Center for Biotechnology Information.
  4. “Gender Variance Among Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Retrospective Chart Review”, by Janssen Aron, Huang Howard, and Duncan Christina, Transgender Health, Vol. 1, No. 1 (January 2016). The full text of the article may be read online at Mary Ann Liebert, Inc..
  5. “Is sexual orientation related to mental health problems and suicidality in young people?”, by D.M. Fergusson, L.J. Horwood, A.L. Beautrais, Archives of General Psychiatry, vol. 56, no. 10 pp. 876-80. (October 1999). The abstract of the study may be read online at the National Center for Biotechnology Information.
  6. “Prevalence of Mental Disorders, Psychological Distress, and Mental Health Services Use Among Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Adults in the United States”, by Susan D. Cochran, J. Greer Sullivan, and Vickie M. Mays. Published in final edited form in Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, vol. 71, no. 1 (2003 Feb): pp. 53–61. The full text of the article may be read online at the National Center for Biotechnology Information.
  7. “Same-sex sexual behavior and psychiatric disorders: findings from the Netherlands Mental Health Survey and Incidence Study (NEMESIS)”, by T.G. Sandfort, R. de Graaf, R.V. Bijl, P. Schnabel, Archives of General Psychiatry, vol. 58, no. 1 (January 2001): pp. 85-91. The abstract may be read online at the National Center for Biotechnology Information.
  8. “Same-sex sexuality and psychiatric disorders in the second Netherlands Mental Health Survey and Incidence Study (NEMESIS-2)” (Author Manuscript), by Theo G. M. Sandfort, Ph.D., Ron de Graaf, Ph.D., Margreet ten Have, Ph.D., Yusuf Ransome, Dr.P.H., and Paul Schnabel, Ph.D.. The full text of the article is available in pdf format and epub format, and may be read online in classic view and PubReader view, at the National Center for Biotechnology Information. The final edited form, as published in LGBT Health, Vol. 1, Issue 4 (December 2014): pp. 292-301, is available online at Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. (which requires login or purchase for access).
  9. “Sexual orientation and suicidality: a co-twin control study in adult men”, by R. Herrell, J. Goldberg, W.R. True, V. Ramakrishnan V, M. Lyons, S. Eisen, and M.T. Tsuang, Archives of General Psychiatry, vol. 56, no. 10 (October 1999): pp. 867-74. The abstract may be read online at the National Center for Biotechnology Information.
  10. “Sexual orientation and symptoms of common mental disorder or low wellbeing: combined meta-analysis of 12 UK population health surveys”, by Joanna Semlyen, Michael King, Justin Varney and Gareth Hagger-Johnson, BMC Psychiatry, vol. 16 (2016). The full text of the article may be read online at BMC Psychiatry and at the National Center for Biotechnology Information.
  11. “Two years of gender identity service for minors: overrepresentation of natal girls with severe problems in adolescent development”, by Riittakerttu Kaltiala-Heino, Maria Sumia, Marja Työläjärvi and Nina Lindberg, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health, 9:9 (2015). The full text of the article may be read online at Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health and at the National Center for Biotechnology Information.

Notes/Comments:

  • The above-listed studies constitute a representative sampling of scientific studies that found a high prevalence of acknowledged psychopathological conditions in homosexually inclined/active persons, and/or significant levels of co-morbidity between gender dysphoria (formerly called ‘gender identity disorder’) and other acknowledged disorders.
  • No definite cause for such correlation has been determined. For instance, at least one of the listed articles (Cochran et al., 2003) proposed, as possible causes, social attitudes unfavorable to homosexuality and the differences in the lives of homosexual and heterosexual persons; while another study (Sandfort et al., 2014), after comparing current with past data, found no decrease in the prevalence of acknowledged disorders in homosexual persons despite increased social acceptance of homosexuality.
  • Despite the lack of evidence that they were written by observant Catholic Christians, they collectively suggest a degree of convergence between psychology and natural law anthropology that merits further study and analysis, and which should be taken into account in refining pastoral policies towards same-sex-attracted (SSA) persons.

Posted on the anniversary of the World Health Organization’s removal of homosexuality from the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, 10th revision (ICD-10), observed in some countries as a National Day Against Homophobia. For other legally free ebooks, you may access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title) and the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject).

“A distinction must be drawn first between the homosexual condition or tendency and individual homosexual acts… One may be a homosexual and not engage in homosexual acts, and one may not be a homosexual and nevertheless engage in homosexual acts. However, one is always responsible for the behavior that stems from his or her sexual orientation…

“[W]hile the homosexual orientation is disordered, it is not sinful in itself. However, once a person with this orientation or indeed a person without this orientation indulges in homosexual acts, such acts must always be judged as objectively evil and totally unacceptable…

“[T]he Church understands that for most… homosexual persons, their condition is a trial. As such ‘they must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity.’ … Considering the fact that all are called by God to fulfill his will and to repent of their sins… people indulging in homosexual acts share with all sinners the need of conversion and repentance.

“It is also important to recognize that neither a homosexual orientation, nor a heterosexual one, leads inevitably to sexual activity. One’s total personhood is not reducible to sexual orientation or behaviour.” (Episcopal Conference of Malawi, Pastoral Letter on Catholic Teaching on Homosexuality, Abortion, Population and Birth Control, 2 March 2013)

Online text: “John Paul II and the Rule of Law: Bringing Order to International Disorder”, by Robert John Araujo

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Online text: “Catholic Teaching on Apostolic Succession”, by the International Theological Commission

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  • Catholic Teaching on Apostolic Succession, by the International Theological Commission (1973). Reprinted from the Tablet, 27 July, 3 August, and 10 August 1974. May be read online at the Holy See.

On the Feast of St. Matthias in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite. For other legally free ebooks, you may access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title) and the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject). From the text:

“Jesus Christ shows that he is the Son in that he proclaims that he comes from the Father. The Spirit shows that he is the Spirit of the Father and the Son, because he does not devise something of his own but reveals and recalls what comes from the Son (Jn 16:13). This prolongation of the work of Christ and of his Spirit gives apostolic succession its distinctive character and makes the Church’s Magisterium distinct from both the teaching authority of scholars and the rule of authoritarian power.

“If the teaching authority were to fall into the hands of professors, Faith would depend upon the lights of individuals and would be thereby exposed to influence from the Zeitgeist, the spirit of the age. And where Faith depends upon the despotic power of certain individuals or groups, who themselves would decide what the norm was, then truth is replaced by arbitrary power. The true Magisterium, on the contrary, is bound by the word of the Lord and thus ushers those who listen to it into the realm of liberty…

“No preacher of the Gospel has the right to proclaim the Gospel according to personal theories he may happen to have. He proclaims the Faith of the apostolic Church and not his own personality or his own religious experience.”

Online & worth-it ebook: “Fatima: A Message More Urgent Than Ever”, by Luiz Sérgio Solimeo

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Online & worth-it ebook: “In Love with the Church”, by St. Josemaria Escriva

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On the Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Roman Rite. For other legally free ebooks, you may access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title) and the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject).

“And Jesus coming, spoke to them, saying: ‘All power is given to me in heaven and in earth. Going, therefore, teach ye all nations: baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.'” (St. Matthew xxviii, 18-20)

Online text: “Schuman’s Europe: His Frame of Reference”, by Dr. Margriet Krijtenburg

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  • Schuman’s Europe: His Frame of Reference, by Dr. Margriet Krijtenburg (Doctoral Thesis, Leiden University, 2012). 314 pages. Available in pdf format (as a single file and as multiple files) at Leiden University Repository. As published by the Leiden University Press (2013), the work is offered for sale at Amazon.com.
    • In this dissertation, Dr. Krijtenburg shows that Robert Schuman’s vision of European unity was rooted in his Catholic faith and Alsatian borderland background, which lent his thought a supranational and supernatural orientation and gave him common ground with the other Christian Democratic architects of modern Europe. Thus page 116, footnote 204 of the work quotes the following passage by Ferdinand Kinsky: “Konrad Adenauer, Alcide de Gasperi and Robert Schuman thought their task of uniting Europe to be in accordance with the social and political doctrines of the Catholic Church. They were encouraged by Pope Pius XII, a convinced European and world federalist.”
    • Articles by Dr. Krijtenburg may be found at Mercatornet.

See also:

  • Robert Schuman: Neo-Scholastic Humanism and the Reunification of Europe, by Dr. Alan Paul Fimister (Brussels: I.E-Peter Lang S.A., Éditions Scientifiques Internationales, 2008). Available for sale at Amazon.com, with another copy on this page.

Posted on Europe Day or Schuman Day, 2018, in prayer that the once-Christian peoples of Europe may return to the Catholic Faith, for the salvation of souls and the restoration of civilisation. For other legally free ebooks, you may access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title) and the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject).

‘Christianity in fact has shaped Europe, impressing upon it certain basic values. Modern Europe itself, which has given the democratic ideal and human rights to the world, draws its values from its Christian heritage. More than a geographical area, Europe can be described as “a primarily cultural and historical concept, which denotes a reality born as a continent thanks also to the unifying force of Christianity, which has been capable of integrating peoples and cultures among themselves, and which is intimately linked to the whole of European culture”

‘Today’s Europe however, at the very moment it is in the process of strengthening and enlarging its economic and political union, seems to suffer from a profound crisis of values. While possessed of increased resources, it gives the impression of lacking the energy needed to sustain a common project and to give its citizens new reasons for hope…

‘Europe, as you stand at the beginning of the third millennium,“Open the doors to Christ! Be yourself. Rediscover your origins. Relive your roots”. Down the centuries you have received the treasure of Christian faith. It has grounded your life as a society on principles drawn from the Gospel, and traces of this are evident in the art, literature, thought and culture of your nations. But this heritage does not belong just to the past; it is a project in the making, to be passed on to future generations…

‘Be certain! The Gospel of hope does not disappoint! Throughout the vicissitudes of your history, yesterday and today, it is a the light which illumines and directs your way; it is the strength which sustains you in trials; it is the prophecy of a new world; it is the sign of a new beginning; it is the invitation to everyone, believers and non- believers alike, to blaze new trails leading to a “Europe of the spirit”, in order to make the continent a true “common home” filled with the joy of life.’ (Pope St. John Paul II, Ecclesia In Europa)

Online ebook: “Counsels, Reflections, and Prayers for Catholic Young Men”, by Rev. F.X. Lasance

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  • The Young Man’s Guide: Counsels, Reflections, and Prayers for Catholic Young Men, by Rev. F. X. Lasance (New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benzinger Brothers, 1910). With Imprimatur. Available at HathiTrust Digital Library; and available in pdf, epub, mobi, and other formats at Open Library and Internet Archive.
    • [N.B.1, According to the author’s Preface, the work is adapted from Hinaus ins Leben by Fr. Colestin Muff, O.S.B.]
    • [N.B.2, We learned from Internet Archive that Fr. Lasance lived until 1946, but no online source appears to indicate the year of the decease of Fr. Muff. Therefore, while we have assessed as uncertain but probable that this work is in the public domain, we would appreciate further information on Fr. Muff and the text. Thank you.]

On the Feast of St. Dominic Savio in the Maronite church and in the Latin church (Salesian calendar). For other legally free ebooks, you may access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title) and the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject). Blessed be God in His angels and in His saints!

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