Archives for August 2012

Clergy Sexual Abuse: Questions Remain

The original John Jay statistics state that the sex abuse crisis was the overwhelming work of a very small number of clergy, targeting young males as their victims ... the one reform not addressed: screening out clergy candidates with … [Read more...]

The Will in Augustine’s Confessions: The Law of the Mind and the Law of the Members

Unlike the ancient Greek philosophers for whom virtue is knowledge, and vice is ignorance—the problem of evil being a matter of intelligence and education—Augustine discerns that the problem of evil results from man’s unruly will, not from … [Read more...]

Shepherding the Irascible Sheep: Anger, Fear, and Fortitude

By dealing with our anger and fear in a healthy way, we develop the virtue of fortitude (a key component of patience). Focusing on the character of fortitude provides guidelines to dealing with clients that encourages proper use of fear and … [Read more...]

The Latest Book Reviews

A selection of late Summer-into-Fall reading.   Reviews on the following books: Two reviews on a book by Cardinal Burke: DIVINE LOVE MADE FLESH: THE HOLY EUCHARIST AS THE SACRAMENT OF CHARITY. By Raymond Cardinal Burke  A HEART ON … [Read more...]

Homilies for September 2012

For Sunday Liturgies and Feasts Homilies for September 2012   Undefiled Purpose: To apply the terms, “clean” and “unclean,” repeated throughout the Old and New Testaments, to the Christian life. 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – … [Read more...]

Refilling the Empty Pews: Can an NFP course be an agent of evangelization?

The problem of the rare use of NFP is not a lack of information. The basic problem is a two-fold lack of faith, and faith-based love. Catholics may never hear this teaching from the pulpit, or see it in the parish bulletin. But the … [Read more...]

On Smoking and Running

It becomes very clear that when we say “no” to things that threaten our vocations—sometimes even good things—we imitate Christ in saying “yes” to the will of the Father. I entered the seminary right out of high school. And believe it or … [Read more...]

The Heart of the Matter

In Pastores Dabo Vobis, Blessed John Paul II offered to those charged with seminary formation the framework by which to form men for the priesthood, namely, the four pillars of priestly formation: spiritual, intellectual, apostolic and … [Read more...]

On Music and the Priestly Life

Since music imitates the inner life of the soul, it follows that good music imitates and evokes sentiments that are consistent with a virtuous life, while music that evokes vicious sentiments is detrimental, and even destructive, to the … [Read more...]

Contraception and Public Policy

One can readily see why there is an insistence against “artificial” methods of birth control, while something like Natural Family Planning is in accord with the natural law.  It is not because they are artificial, per se, but because they … [Read more...]

Letter to the editor

Thank you, HPR! Thank you for your most excellent publication.  There are few sources of such well diversified and timely theological topics in article form.  I look forward to receiving each new announcement by email.  God love you, … [Read more...]

Evolution and the Catholic Faith

Evolution is a theory but not an established fact, because the origins of human life are not now observable, since, according to the theory, life arose from inert matter millions or billions of years ago. If evolution were a fact, it would … [Read more...]

Preaching About Pornography and Addiction

Because the slavery and pain of our flocks is obvious, we are called upon to offer the grace and healing of Christ. The pulpit can be an excellent platform for entreating even the most stained and hopeless heart.   As they leave the house … [Read more...]

The Church’s Year of Grace: History, Traditions, Beauty

Christian discipleship is fundamentally a dynamic movement from self to the beauty of Christ. In the absence of this dynamic movement, faith remains woefully incomplete. ...The essential characteristic of beauty then is to be transported … [Read more...]