Celebrating “Humanae Vitae” 45 Years Later

Humanae Vitae collage

The one night stand may not have been born in the 60s, but it was granted acceptance and serial permanence. ... the Holy Father saw how a general lowering of overall morality would be the result of such self-centeredness. Humanae Vitae … [Read more...]

Should homilies offer systematic instruction?

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...there has been, in my view, a serious neglect of instruction of the faithful in the fundamentals of the Catholic faith in a systematic way in most of our parishes. Recently a priest friend asked me, “How can we teach the faith … [Read more...]

Change and permanence

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The Catholic Church has always seemed to me to be like the solid Rock of Gibralter — stable and permanent.   St. Peter, the Rock, and the Roman Catholic Church share the stability of the Rock of Gibraltar Even though we live in a … [Read more...]

True freedom is interior

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Interior freedom is gained by loving God and one’s neighbor, and by not being inordinately attached to any created thing.               Alexander Solzhenitsyn and St. Therese of Lisieux Freedom is what makes man to be … [Read more...]

Welcome, Holy Father Francis!

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Like Francis of Assisi, our Holy Father is calling us back to the great saint who “rebuilt Christ's Church” by living a life of sheer simplicity and charity.    St. Francis of Assisi, Pope Francis: "Rebuild my House" Let us take … [Read more...]

On striving for perfection

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Our ultimate goal in life, a supernatural goal, which is the face-to-face vision of God in heaven for all eternity, is a state of perfection.  Gradual progress or growth from imperfect to perfect is a natural characteristic of all … [Read more...]

Are doctrine and morals too controversial?

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What happens to a parish, and to its parishioners, when the pastor refuses to preach Catholic doctrine and morals on the grounds that they are now “too controversial”?   Cardinal Francis George and Cardinal Timothy Dolan are well … [Read more...]

What does it mean to be “pastoral”?

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 The term “pastoral” comes from the Latin, pastor, meaning “shepherd,” and thus refers to the work and concern of the shepherd for his sheep.   In the current ecclesiastical jargon, what is the meaning of the word … [Read more...]

Theologians’ academic respectability

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The teaching authority of the Church is the only guarantee the theologian has for both his academic respectability, and his intellectual freedom. Over the years, we have printed many articles on the proper relationship that should exist … [Read more...]

The Theology of St. Paul

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St. Paul is the most important theologian in the history of the Church ... since St. Paul first gave expression to many truths that are the basis of the Creed and the Catechism of the Catholic Church.   St. Paul's conversion and … [Read more...]

Evolution and the Catholic Faith

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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...]

“How I Got to Be Ninety-Five”

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The party was suffused with joy and Christian charity in celebrating the birthday of a mature man trying follow our Lord’s commandment: "Love one another." Recently, I attended a birthday party for an uncle who just turned ninety-five. … [Read more...]

Honoring the Priesthood in June

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To those enjoying the memories, blessed anniversary! To those still relishing your freshly-chrismed hands, congratulations! As June is upon us, we at HPR would like to thank all of you who are celebrating your priestly ordinations … [Read more...]

The Hypostatic Union

Holy Trinty by Hendrick Van Balen

The Hypostatic Union had a profound effect on Jesus’ human nature, as he is both true man and, also, God. Jesus is not a human person like us, but a divine Person.   Holy Trinity by Hendrick Van Balen Jesus Christ of Nazareth is the … [Read more...]

The Interior Life

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The interior life for a Catholic means finding God in all things, leading to a life of contemplation in action. Faith in Jesus Christ has consequences.  A devout Catholic, who takes his faith seriously, will live in way that is in … [Read more...]

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