Archives for February 2012

Questions Answered

Judge Not. Really? Judging our neighbor; and the principle of subsidiarity.   Question:  I have found that penitents often confess judging their neighbor.  Is all judgment of our neighbor condemned by Christ? Answer:  In Matthew 7:11, … [Read more...]

Women and the Priesthood

Is there such a thing as a "right" to priesthood? If so, is it by law, by nature, or by tradition? “The hour is coming and in fact has already arrived, for the vocation of woman to be fulfilled in plenitude, the hour in which woman … [Read more...]

Pope Benedict XVI and the Word of God: Distinct Themes of Verbum Domini

Verbum Domini was Pope Benedict's response to the Synod of Bishops' discussion on: “The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church." That a world-class biblical theologian sits on the chair of Peter as Pope is an extraordinary … [Read more...]

Food and Hydration: A Natural Law Perspective

Bringing clarity to the provision of nutrition and hydration to the terminally ill, dying, or those in persistent vegetative state (PVS). Hearing about “health care proxies,” “living wills,” “durable power of attorney” can be somewhat … [Read more...]

Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologiae in modern English

TREATISE ON HUMAN NATURE: The Complete Text (Summa Theologiae I, Questions 75-102).  By St. Thomas Aquinas; translated by Alfred J. Freddoso (St. Augustine’s Press, South Bend, IN 47780, 2011), 351 pp.  PB $20.00. Students of St. Thomas … [Read more...]

Why Study Latin and Greek?

Studying Greece and Rome both reveals the basis of Western culture, while providing the study of a culture’s internal coherence. I always suspected a massive plot behind the sudden demise of classical languages in Catholic schools and … [Read more...]

Letters from our readers

It is with sadness that I read the online version of the August 2010 editorial in HPR. I understand that the Church can't change her teaching in order to comfort post-abortive parents but, since I fit into that category, and since we … [Read more...]

Letters from our readers

First of all, let me say that I am very capable of misreading and misunderstanding things that I read. I believe we all do, to a certain extent, as we tend to interpret the written word “to our own image and likeness.” Regarding … [Read more...]

Letters from our readers

Do you know of any homiletic programs being offered for priests who are assigned as chaplains to Catholic high schools? It seems the priests are well-trained in their theology, but how to make it relevant to high school students is another … [Read more...]

With Burning Anxiety

A concerned reaction to the HHS mandate and its effect on our religious liberty   On the Fifth Sunday of Ordinary time, February 5, 2012, the bishops, throughout the United States, wrote an official letter to be read to the faithful at all … [Read more...]

A Passion for Christ (II)

Pedagogical Considerations for Roman Catholic Seminary Intellectual Formation Fill it up or light it up? Introduction The activity of teaching has taken on many forms throughout the course of history, whether it is manifested in the … [Read more...]

In Processu

In Processu is a monthly feature in HPR, providing a place for those involved in seminary life to address concerns particular to today’s seminarians. Following the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ document, “Program of Priestly … [Read more...]

Homilies for March 2012

The Season of Lent 2012 The Lord Never Gives Up On Us Second Sunday of Lent—March 4, 2012 Readings:  Gen 22: 1-2, 9a, 10-13,15-18; Rom 8: 31b-234; Mk 9: 2-10 http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/030412.cfm Purpose:  The … [Read more...]

Pope John Paul II, Humanae Vitae, and the Theology of the Body

Humanae Vitae, correctly understood and followed, could change the world. In September 2010, Fr. Matthew Habiger, OSB, Associate Director of Natural Family Planning (NFP) Outreach visited made a presentation to adults and teenagers here … [Read more...]