Clergy, catechists, parents: Are you proclaiming the whole counsel of God?
There are some who love the Lord’s sermons on love, but cannot abide his teachings on death, judgment, heaven and hell. Some love to discuss liturgy and ceremony, but the care of the poor is far from them. Others point to Jesus’ compassion, but neglect his call to repentance.
If you know someone who doubts the existence of Jesus, here's what you should tell him...
Those who deny that Jesus existed usually argue that the first Christians believed Jesus was just a cosmic savior figure who communicated to believers through visions. Later Christians then added the apocryphal details of Jesus’ life (such as his execution under Pontius Pilate) in order to ground him in first century Palestine. If the mythicist theory is true...
On Evangelium Vitae Sunday, the hogs are driven into the See...
Unusual as an outdoor papal Mass to close a relatively low-profile symposium might seem – and is – it's worth recalling that such is the new Pope's nature that he doesn't need much prodding to take to the Basilica steps. As archbishop of Buenos Aires, Jorge Bergoglio's policy was to celebrate the major diocesan liturgies not in the capital's metropolitan cathedral...
Honoring a father's love...
For almost nine decades, my dad, rooted in the Lord, has also striven to exemplify these words, as my extended family and I, and many others too, can gratefully testify. Joseph Nash will turn 89 in October, and he often refers to himself as a “Depression kid” (as in the Great Depression). Dad was raised in a loving...
I may not write much about the whole “gay lobby” thing. It makes me pretty mad. But it is time for me to say this...
There is a lot of chatter on the interwebs about the whole “homosexuals in the Vatican” thing. This has been so obvious to me for so long that it isn’t news. It also makes me angry, and not in a good way. I hate reading or writing about it.
Checklist for Catholic dads...
I have had numerous conversations over the years with other Catholic dads about the challenges of raising kids in today’s world. The discussions usually center on the bad cultural influences affecting our children, our hectic schedules and our well-intentioned desire to be better fathers. We mean well, but how do we move from conversation to action?
Make no mistake about it: Jesus is the King...
Jesus Christ is king. The Jews weren't waiting for a friendly itinerant preacher. They were waiting for a king to come and rule the nations and establish peace and justice on the Earth. When He was born the three magi came looking for the King of the Jews. When He stood before Pontius Pilate He acknowledged that He had a kingdom.
Background on Ken Hackett, President Obama's nominee as ambassador to the Holy See...
By naming a veteran leader in Catholic charities as his new envoy to the Holy See, observers say President Barack Obama has managed both to elevate the prospects for American/Vatican collaboration and, perhaps equally importantly, to avoid opening a new front in tensions between the administration and the American Catholic bishops. Assuming he’s confirmed by the U.
What can we do about a culture that sees abortion as "sacred ground"?
Abortion is an act of violence of the most intimate sort. The more we accept it as “sacred ground,” as Pelosi put it, as some kind of sign of liberation, the more we fail to see the culture it ingrains, where men are disconnected — with no shame — from their children, where women submit to being used rather than cherished...
June 17, 1462: The real-life Dracula and the Battle of the Blood Drinkers...
Like flaming demons, Wallachians rushed out of the night and into the Turkish camp, striking terror in an army of terrorists. Leading the charge was a gore-spattered chieftain—hewing and hacking a path to the central tents where the Sultan huddled in fear. On he came, Vlad Dracul, raining down slaughter and raging for Mehmed’s blood. On June 17...
Welcome to the mental ward...
Chesterton once wrote that the madman is not the fellow who has lost his reason, but the fellow who has lost everything but his reason. Such a person, seized by a single monomaniacal idea, loses his balance, as if under the weight of a mental hyptertrophy on one side. Because a man may add five and six, and a cash register may add five and six...
Homily at Mass for Evangelium Vitae Day...
This celebration has a very beautiful name: “Evangelium Vitae”, the Gospel of Life. In this Eucharist, in the Year of Faith, let us thank the Lord for the gift of life in all its forms, and at the same time let us proclaim the Gospel of Life. On the basis of the word of God which we have heard...
Making fathers isn't as easy as making babies...
Babies are born every day; thousands, in fact. If one can believe the internet about such things, 370,000 babies are born each day worldwide. It appears that making babies is easy. Sadly, making fathers seem much harder. Perhaps we’ve forgotten how.
Hurrah! CNN names some of the ghosts in Gezi Park...
The coverage of events in Turkey roll on and on and the mainstream press continues to treat this as a simple clash between the moderate Islamic stance (whatever that means) of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and a hip, young, urban secular vision of at Turkey looking toward Europe and the future. If only things were that simple.
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