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Op-Ed: "Penance: Requested by Heaven and Hated by the World" - By Roberto De Mattei RORATE CÆLI - January 28, 2016 ... to the persecution of the media. This satisfaction has its origins in the incompatibility that exists between the rules which these religious persist in conforming to and the new standards imposed by "adult Catholicism". The spirit of penance has been part of the Catholic Church from its very beginning, as figures like St. John the Baptist and St. Maria Magdalene remind us, but today even for many churchmen any reference to the ancient ascetic practices is considered intolerable. And yet there ...http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2016/01/op-ed-penance-requested-by-heaven-and.html