Frankenstein was the first in line, and the Wolf Man came up next . . . I’m dating myself with that old Buck Owens song, which is hardly ever heard nowadays. But it takes me back to the Halloweens of my youth, which were closely tied to the great feast we celebrated the next day.
That’s one reason why I’ve never felt the aversion to Halloween that many evangelical Christians and an increasing number of Catholics do. In the early 1980’s, I watched the attacks on Halloween arise, but even as a teen I knew enough about the history of Halloween to know that the modern-day puritans who decried the holiday harked back to their 17th-century forebears. Both share an aversion to recognizing the reality of evil–without realizing that the reality of evil proves the importance of the good. Read more…
In the 30-year-old war on Halloween, no one man has fought harder than Jack T. Chick, the virulently anti-Catholic fundamentalist whose Chick Publications has sold over three-quarters of a billion tracts disguised as comic books. I received my first Chick tract as a “treat” on Halloween around 1980, and watched as Chick ramped up his attacks on Halloween during that decade. What many people, including many Catholics, do not realize is that Chick’s aversion to Halloween flows directly from his anti-Catholicism. And most of the myths that Christians have begun to accept about the origins of Halloween find their roots in Jack Chick’s publications. Read more…
Chick’s anti-Catholicism has manifested itself also in attacks on the Catholic doctrine of Purgatory and on prayers for the Poor Souls. But Catholics themselves have been quick to cast off their duty to pray for the dead, and purgatorial societies, which used to be common, are now increasingly rare. That’s one reason why I decided, a few years ago, to set up the About.com Catholicism Purgatorial Society. Learn moreabout the society, and how to enroll your departed friends and loved ones, so that others can pray for them as well.
St. Charles Borromeo (1538-84) was one of the towering figures of the Catholic Counter-Reformation, whose zeal for the Catholic Faith and Catholic education was matched by his humility. This Novena to St. Charles Borromeorecalls his zeal, the virtues of his life, and his support for Christian education, that we may imitate those virtues.
This newsletter is written by:
Scott P. Richert