The Resolution of Conflicts in Priestly Life and Relationships

Fitzgibbons article artwork on priests' conflict resolution

Loving, supportive and mutually encouraging relationships among priests are essential to the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of priests and to their ministry[1. Richard Fitzgibbons. “The Origins, Manifestation, and … [Read more...]

Revisiting the Rabbits

Meconi photos 2-18-15

He said it. I wish he hadn’t said it, but he said it: “God gives you methods to be responsible. ... Some think that—excuse the word—that in order to be good Catholics, we have to be like rabbits. No.” Pope Francis’ unguarded … [Read more...]

Personal Holiness and the Homosexual Agenda

Kime photos 9-3-14

... it is imperative that we reclaim the language of covenant within marriage, and that we clarify the vocabulary we use in this debate. We are not simply talking about contracts, but about covenants. In the last several months, we have … [Read more...]

What Should the October Synod Discuss?

Burke photos 8-24-14

...I must say that we are blinking at reality if we do not face up to the fact that since the 1950s, marriage and the family, outside and inside the Church, have been plunged into an ever-growing crisis—to the extent that their nature, … [Read more...]

Questions Answered

Mullady photos-8-6-14

Does the Church state that there is an ideal form of government? What Magisterial status does the teaching of the popes on contraception enjoy?  Can it be changed?  Must we believe it? Plato, St. Thomas Aquinas, and … [Read more...]

The Side Effects of the Pill: Why the Church Has So Much to Say about Contraception

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The Church pays special attention to the issue of contraception ... because so many of the modern errors in moral theology converge in this particular question of conjugal morality. There is an impression out there–in the world and … [Read more...]

Questions Answered

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Many politicians have claimed that though they are Catholic, they are in favor of a woman’s right to choose whatever is necessary for her reproductive health. Can you comment on this attitude? Some couples have chosen to practice … [Read more...]

What Color Is Your Parachute?

Pro-life vs Pro-abortion collage

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...]

Combating the Contraceptive Understanding of Celibacy

Johnston photos2-8-21-13

On the one hand, we must appreciate how sex is holy. It might be good to say “holy” instead of “good.” Ironically, the idea that celibacy is a sacrifice treats sex as a good in the same way that a candy bar is a good. But this view … [Read more...]

Questions Answered

Mullady photos2-June 2013

Has the church changed her teaching on condom use to prevent the spread of HIV?  Can you tell me the origin of celibacy as a requirement for the priesthood  and why the Western Church puts so much emphasis on it? Question:  In … [Read more...]

Attacking the Roots of Abortion

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What is really required ... is to address the thought processes and motivations that prompt people to seek abortion as a solution to a personal problem that should not have occurred in the first place. Catholics, and our counterparts … [Read more...]

Questions Answered

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How should we deal with dissenting Catholic politicians? Is there a moral obligation to reverse a vasectomy? Dissenting Politicians Question: Recently many politicians have claimed that though they are Catholic they are in favor of … [Read more...]

Sent Forth to Father a People: Christ’s Priesthood in our Time

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In our faithfulness to God, it falls to the Church, as the announcer of the Good News concerning mankind, and more especially to her priests, to begin re-establishing a civilization of truth and love, and the life that springs forth from … [Read more...]

A Dialogue with the HHS Mandate

Connolly photos 2-9-13

Editor’s Note: The so-called HHS Mandate, enacted by the United States Department of Health and Human Services in January 2012, has been the subject of growing controversy and pending lawsuits. It requires nearly all private health … [Read more...]

Making sense of another ambiguous “compromise”

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Bishop's Corner The scholar, Yuval Levin, has stressed that the new HHS mandate proposal, “like the versions that have preceded it, betrays a complete lack of understanding of both religious liberty and religious conscience.” To … [Read more...]

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