Archives for September 2013

Homilies for October 2013

For Sunday Liturgies and Feasts Homilies for October 2013   Respect Life Sunday, October 6, 2013 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time-October 6, 2013 RESPECT LIFE SUNDAY Purpose: On this first Sunday of October, Respect Life Sunday, we … [Read more...]

The Formation of Priests: Knowledge and Sanctity

Though there has yet to be published a history of the formation of priests, the historic concern for good priests assumes that the Church has needed, and continues to need, effective seminaries and programs of formation Christ, the Good … [Read more...]

Jesuitizing the Church: Under Francis, Would That Be So Bad?

Francis has made this strategy the most visible difference in the lifestyle he has adopted as Bishop of Rome ... rejecting ... the “riches and honors” that, over the centuries, have attached themselves to the papal office like barnacles to … [Read more...]

Knowing Enough History to Defend It: Catholic History and Apologetics

The Church is distinctive among institutions in the history of mankind: it is human and yet divine; perfect, yet in need of reform; holy, yet made up of sinners; infallible, yet led by fallen, fallible humans. While many seem to … [Read more...]

What Happens to a Church When the Members Won’t Grow Up?

The problem for the Church is ... the spiritual immaturity of men and of women in the Church, and the lack of guidance they are receiving on how to grow up to spiritual maturity as Catholic Christians.     What happens to … [Read more...]

The Latest Book Reviews

Early Fall Reading For September 2013 Reviews for the following books: SPOUSAL PRAYER: A Way to Marital Happiness. by Deacon Jim Keating, Ph.D., (Institute for Priestly Formation,Omaha, NE ) 54 pp. PB $6.95; and THE PARISH AS A SCHOOL … [Read more...]

The Invalidity of Anglican Orders and the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter

While Apostolicae Curae holds that Anglican ordination does not confer the fullness of Catholic orders, this by no means implies that Anglican ordination is without its own value and purpose. Many Catholic priests have followed with … [Read more...]

A Defense of Thomistic Natural Law

If there is any other moral theory besides natural law that provides even better guidance for major and common life decisions, then this theory should be proposed, and natural law should take the proverbial back seat. Natural law theory … [Read more...]

Barring Clergy at Mass Casualty Events

People instinctively recognize that, at moments of life and death, clergymen ought to be there. There are no atheists in foxholes. People rejoice at the consoling presence of those priests. Fr. Mychal F. Judge, OFM, Catholic Chaplain to … [Read more...]

Questions Answered

What is the teaching of the Church on the resurrection of the dead, and on reincarnation? Some theologians maintain that Jesus went to Hell after his death as a sinner. Is that possible? Question: What is the teaching of the Church … [Read more...]

Defining the Obvious

The U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision to strike down Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional is an example of how basic definitions logically determine what is regarded as morally just and what is regarded … [Read more...]

What Color Is Your Parachute?

I was recently reading through a blog honoring Abortion Provider Appreciation Day ... The organizers describe their rationale for such a dark and strange observance as being a response against crisis pregnancy centers... “The most … [Read more...]

A Postmodern Christianity?

The instantiation of postmodern preferences has had varying effects on ecclesial communities, and has even given rise to new religious groups. Episcopal Bishop John Shelby Spong,  "Tower of Babel" painting, Italian philosopher … [Read more...]

New Evangelization and Ecumenism

Ecumenism is the effort to re-compose unity among divided Christians. The “new” evangelization is the effort of the Catholic Church to reach out in new and effective ways, first to its own immense membership...  From left: Rev. Jurgen … [Read more...]