“Read Your Thomas”: The Advice We Should Heed

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Aquinas was the model philosopher for Ralph McInerny, and following the likes of 20th century Thomists such as Maritain, Gilson, Fabro, and DeKonick, he wanted the world (and the Church) to see the necessity of this man and his … [Read more...]

An Ignatian Bishop of Rome

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Like Bergoglio’s choice of the name Francis—after the Poverello of Assisi rather than the Jesuit Francis Xavier—the phrase “presides in charity” and its evocation of “the other Ignatius” may turn out to be interpretive keys to … [Read more...]

The Beatitudes and the Gospel of Luke

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And he, lifting up his eyes on his disciples, said: “Blessed are ye poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are ye that hunger now; for you shall be filled.  Blessed are ye that weep now, for you shall laugh. Blessed shall you be … [Read more...]

The New Evangelization: The Holiness of the Church

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The New Evangelization is our cooperation with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the 21st century ... an evangelization foreshadowed by Vatican II, according to Popes John XXIII and Paul VI ... an evangelization whose importance became … [Read more...]

The Septuagint in the Theology of Joseph Ratzinger / Pope Benedict XVI

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In ascribing to the Septuagint a theological relevance reaching above and beyond the literal content of its Hebrew source, making it an “independent textual witness,” Benedict is drawing upon the theology of revelation that he began to … [Read more...]

Pope Benedict’s Resignation

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For the latest information on Pope Benedict's decision to resign, go to Catholic World Report at: http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Default.aspx … [Read more...]

Imitation of Jesus, Priest and Victim, and the Grace of Celibacy

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By reason of our priestly consecration, we are called to be perfect imitators of Christ; we are called to be priests and victims in the manner of Jesus who is the Priest and Victim. (This was a talk delivered at a day of recollection for … [Read more...]

Beauty: A Necessity, Not a Luxury

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Just when I am about to succumb to the sadness and living death of nihilism, some piercing ray of beauty breaks open my heart, and the breath of possibility returns. I recently visited the Botanical Garden in St Louis.  Amid the sights … [Read more...]

A “Sharing between Friends”: The Art of Mental Prayer

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Mental prayer is simply spending time in the presence of God, talking with him about absolutely anything, even about our lack of knowing exactly what to say. It is dealing with our Lord as a close, intimate friend.    When speaking to … [Read more...]

Full and Active Participation: The Challenge of “Porta Fidei” and the Promise of Right Brain

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To effectively promote Pope Benedict's effort, the Year of Faith, with its associated catechetical programs, a new marketing approach needs to be crafted putting joy before the law ... leading with the contagious love of Jesus Christ, … [Read more...]

Human Rights and Natural Law

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There is an ethical concept which man recognizes, in and of itself, without mediation...recognized in an almost instinctive way, and as a norm to abide by, in order to live according to whom man is, reflected in that immense and diversified … [Read more...]

The First Beatitude: A Blessing to the New Evangelization

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The quintessential focus, of identifying man’s holiness as the threshold to all evangelization, has been essential to the last four papacies because Pope Paul VI, John XXIII, Blessed John Paul, and Benedict have all stressed our call to … [Read more...]

Pastoral Authority and Spiritual Warfare

“Draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power. Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil. For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with … [Read more...]

“Non Angli, sed angeli!” The Pope’s visit to Britain

The visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Britain, September 16-19, marked a very special moment, and one which may still have wider repercussions for the rest of the world. Its high point was the beatification of John Henry Newman (1801-90) at … [Read more...]

Pope Benedict XVI: Theologian of the Bible

The twentieth century was a tumultuous time in the Catholic Church for all concerned with the interpretation of the Bible. For the past few decades, this topic has been a principal concern of one prominent theologian. His interest in the … [Read more...]

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