The suicide of Dominique Venner...
Suicide—whatever mental/emotional problems induce some to commit it and which might even mitigate its culpability—is objectively a gravely evil action (CCC 2280-2283) and may never be licitly chosen. When committed in a sacred place such as a church or shrine...
The new “hookup feminists” have become the shallow, insincere, career-fixated, people-users that early feminists decried...
The sexual revolution promise that women could “have it all” has always been oddly paradoxical: It encouraged women to find their best selves by aping men and conforming to traditionally male valuations of worth and relevance. Mistaking the word “equal” for the word “same,” these “hookup feminists” have become precisely the shallow, insincere...
Six questions to help you conquer crazy-think and make good decisions...
I don’t do suffering well. Some generous people said that they thought I handled the pulmonary embolism thing gracefully, but they would have retracted all of that and slowly backed away in fear if they could have heard my inner dialogue, and sitting in a quiet hospital room and listening to my iPod didn’t exactly make me St. Josephine Bakhita. Also...
What do Catholics have to believe about Adam and Eve?
One of the interesting things about conducing a parish mission is how many people stay behind to ask really probing questions. Last evening here in Indianapolis a man named Frank asked me if it was wrong not to believe certain things the church teaches. He’s a scientist and he said he simply can’t accept the story of Adam and Eve.
Here's further proof that the Episcopal Church is bonkers...
I'm not even kidding. If you read your bishop's sermon and a cold horror came creeping over your mind, please remember: the Catholic Church is here. We will always be here. We will always be waiting. We have a couple of insane bishops, too, but they hardly ever get interviewed by the New York Times...
Are you ready to dig deeper in your spiritual reading and study?
Faith, or belief and trust, presuppose a person in whom we believe and trust. Said another way, faith without the person in whom we have faith, is a meaningless concept. On the positive side, faith properly oriented to the one true Object, is sufficient to move mountains.
Five images of the Holy Spirit from Sacred Scripture...
It is one of the quirks of the post-conciliar liturgy, that the Octave of Pentecost was dropped. Generally the post-concilar age has tried to emphasize the Gifts and works of the Holy Spirit. But, paradoxically the octave of Pentecost was dropped. The feast, which ranks right up there with Easter, (which has an octave), and the nativity...
It's ordination season all over the world. Here's what it looks like in the Archdiocese of Denver...
The exciting proposition of these seven men entering the priesthood is their future spiritual and apostolic impact throughout the Archdiocese. And how many young men will they inspire to discern, pray, and consider God’s vocation to the sacrament of Holy Orders? Through God’s grace...
"Someone was waiting for me, and something changed in me": On Pentecost, Francis offers a manifesto to the Church...
On the Vigil of Pentecost, before a crowd of more than 200,000 in St Peter's Square and halfway down the Via della Conciliazione, the 266th Pope gave the Church what, in essence, has proven to be his first encyclical. For close readers...
That’s one very, very poor headline about the Pope...
As I have stressed many times here at GetReligion, it’s important for readers to understand that reporters rarely write the headlines that accompany their stories. Editors and specialists at copy desks write the headlines. It’s tough work, and I say that as someone who did that job for several years early in my career.
Why we should be cautious about using the Big Bang argument...
Since it was proposed by Fr. Georges Lematre,the Big Bang has been common in discussions of the existence of God. The reasons are obvious. The Big Bang looks like a plausible beginning for the physical universe. Things that begin need causes. The beginning of the physical universe would need a cause...
If more Catholic universities were Catholic, the earth would be ablaze with the truths of our faith...
In May comes graduation days. Commencement time offers a moment for reflection on the purpose of higher education — especially in our Catholic universities. And every year we watch the Catholic universities to see who the commencement speakers are, and we dissect the ways they honor or detract from a university’s mission.
Did God send the tornado? The problem of natural evils...
When a person murders another person, there is outrage. Many ask, "How could God allow this?" Yet there remains an implicit understanding that humans have free will. When a murderer kills another human, we blame the murderer. But what about natural evils? Natural disasters? A tornado that kills children does not have free will.
An interesting discussion about God with a reasonable unbeliever...
The notion that the existence of God provides nothing but unalloyed consolation and does not also give reason to have deep fear entirely overlooks the doctrine of judgment in this life and of hell in the next. So the notion of divine intervention purely as a function of wish fulfillment fantasy is massively unreflective, I think.
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