But what if we’re not scientists?
When Catholics have a hard time understanding or accepting some point of doctrine, their path is not easy, but it is clear. John XXIII reportedly told a man, “Accept the teaching you can accept, and pray to accept the ones you can’t.” We do this because we understand that the magsterium, the teaching authority of the Church...
Here's a visual argument against the Q document...
There are 235 verses in Matthew that are paralleled in Luke but not in Mark or John. This number represents more than a fifth of Matthew and Luke, and so some scholars have proposed that there was a written source—called Q—that both Evangelists drew upon, though it is now lost. There are, of course, other possibilities.
Things were looking so bright in Ukraine, but the Russians have taken their jackboots out of storage...
Last week I called my friend Sviatoslav Shevchuk, the Major Archbishop for the Greek Catholics of Ukraine. I have grown to admire this young, brave brother bishop over the last years, as we have often spent time in Rome together, and especially when I was with him last year for the dedication of the daring new Cathedral of the Resurrection in Kiev.
Is Christ truly a king or is this just a nice metaphor?
Christ’s Kingship is absolutely fundamental to his identity. The word Christ itself means “anointed” in Greek, which itself is meant to be equivalent to the Hebrew word Messiah. The Messiah was the Davidic King, who was anointed for that task. The Jews were expecting the Messiah, which meant the restoration of the Davidic Kingship.
In a world that is growing more hostile to God, the impact of Pilgrim George is something remarkable...
In the seventies, as a boy, I heard that a pilgrim from Pennsylvania had walked through California. Many of my friends from Santa Cruz went to meet him. They were young adults and what he witnessed to them changed their lives. He told them how he made God the center of his life and allowed himself to be completely vulnerable to the Lord in prayer.
'Calvary' is a vivid portrait of a real priest with the heart of a shepherd...
St. Pope John Paul II said that a priest should have the heart of Christ the Good Shepherd. Far too many saccharine paintings of effeminate Jesuses in the midst of delicate lambs have conduced toward a misconstrual of this image as something sentimental and harmless. But shepherds not only had the smell of their sheep (to use Pope Francis’s language)...
The Second Vatican Council always seems to be on the mind of Pope Francis...
A succession of popes was necessary before reaching the Council. Pius X fought Modernism, defending the Doctrine; Benedict XV propelled the Church’s missionary activity towards diplomatic activity; Pius XI had to deal with totalitarianism and defended the “piece of land” of the sovereign Vatican City State in order to help the mission; Pius XII laid the groundwork for the advent
Premarital sex is a mortal sin. God is clear about this. Repentance is the only way to be saved...
We live in times when many call good or “no big deal” what God calls sin. This is especially true in the area of sexuality where whole sectors of our society not only tolerate but even celebrate sexual practices that the Scriptures call gravely sinful and which will lead to hell if not repented of.
Sadly, Roger Cohen's column on the Great Unraveling is a necessary look at reality...
This morning, the New York Times published an exquisitely-written dose of reality via Roger Cohen. If “only Nixon could go to China” then perhaps only a NYT columnist could spell this out and thus permit us to credibly acknowledge that things are as grim as we have all known, in our guts...
A wildflower in the pages of an ancient book...
I made my first vows of poverty, chastity and obedience on August 30, 2014. Visibly not much has changed. The biggest change is the veil I am wearing now. It has cleared up a lot of confusion. When I walk down the street, people now look at me and usually know what I am. In my novice outfit, people could rarely figure me out.
Mass etiquette: 20 things to do (and to avoid) during Mass...
When we enter and leave Church, genuflect toward the Tabernacle. Christ is present for our sake. By allowing our right knee to hit the floor, we acknowledge He is our Lord and God. If someone is physically unable to genuflect, then a bow is sufficient. During Mass, if you pass in front of the altar or tabernacle, bow reverently.
6 reasons to take your family to daily Mass as often as possible...
I was thinking of writing on going as a family to daily Mass and I noticed a few recent articles discussing why parents don’t take fussing babies out of church and others encouraging parents to take their young kids to church. I always find these discussions interesting but frustrating...
The figure of “pope emeritus” is an unprecedented innovation in the history of the Church...
That the figure of “pope emeritus” is an unprecedented innovation in the history of the Church, instituted by Benedict XVI himself in his act of resignation, has been recognized by Pope Francis himself, during the press conference on the airplane that brought him back from Korea to Rome last August 18.
The war against ISIS: Bad Christians vs. bad Muslims?
Tell me who you think the following sentence refers to, and I’ll tell you if you live in a 21st century Muslim country or a 21st century Christian-led country. Be afraid: A violence-loving nation whose leaders all profess the same religion are convinced the whole world should believe and behave as they do...
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