“Where your synthesis is, there lies your heart.” An Early Look at Pope Francis’ Vision for the Church

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Jesus Christ is the center – the driving source – of the entire Exhortation. Those who have been called, and have accepted Christ are sent into their particular life’s world to spread his name, and to do it joyfully. The sentence: … [Read more...]

Questions Answered

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What concerns should a priest have in the weekly homily? “New Evangelization:” What does it mean, and what are its primary focuses?   Question: What concerns should a priest have in the weekly homily? Answer: Priests know that … [Read more...]

Vanishing Catholics

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According to recent demographic surveys, it seems there are presently 30 million people in the U.S. who identify themselves as “former Catholics.” That figure is both surprising, and, for Catholics, disheartening.   Over the past 50 … [Read more...]

“I Haven’t Killed Anyone!” What Serious Sins Will Exclude Us From the Kingdom of God?

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Why aren’t we more concerned about how even many of our fellow Catholics are engaging in behaviors (“lifestyles”), or accepting, or even approving them, in others, that scripture says will exclude them from the kingdom? A soul … [Read more...]

The Sign of the Dying Body: How the Theology of the Body Helps Us to Die in Love

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Dying—undergoing it, or helping one who is dying—is a privileged space where we see and encounter God himself ... the ensouled body serves as a sign of gift and giving, yielding one’s life to the embrace of God ... a sign that … [Read more...]

The Latest Book Reviews

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Late Summer Reading For August 2013   Reviews for the following books: A MYSTICISM OF KINDNESS: The Biography of “Marie Christine.”  By Astrid M. O’Brien. (Scranton: Scranton University Press, 2010). (Reviewed by Rev. John J. … [Read more...]

Jesus and Marriage? A Theological Response

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The celibacy of Jesus, and the Christian response to it, is ultimately a question of love, an intimate relation that is hard to grasp for modern man looking in from the outside.    Early papyrus fragment of "wife of Jesus;" Jesus … [Read more...]

Getting a Grip on Gossip

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The Church reminds us that we have the obligation to correct our brother’s fault for the sake of righteousness out of love ...  We are called to do this in a spirit of gentleness and humility. A First Down Broadmoor Drive Growing up … [Read more...]

Same-Sex Marriage and the Natural Law

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The vertical dimension of human existence links man to his Creator. He is made in the image of God, intelligent and free. ... It is because man is a contingent, finite, intelligent, free creature of God that he is responsible to him for his … [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...]

Should Catholics Acquiesce in Today’s Homosexual “Rights” Agenda?

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Christians, including Catholics, are acquiescing, and even favoring, the idea that homosexual behavior must be considered, at least, morally neutral...and must be considered something to which those, so inclined, have a right. One of … [Read more...]

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