The Church

It’s no secret that, today, a lot of people disagree with the Church’s teaching on various points. That’s no surprise. The Church, like Christ, has always been “a sign that is spoken against” (Luke 2:34). What’s more surprising—and scandalous—is that in our age many professing Catholics reject Church teaching, even teachings regarded as infallible. The […]

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In recent years both Catholics and Protestants have been puzzled by occasional mentions in the press that the two groups would be jointly commemorating of the upcoming five hundredth anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. What on earth? Why would Catholics commemorate such an event? Let’s talk about that.   “And So, It Begins . . […]

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The German-speaking members of the Synod of Bishops have made a report which some are touting as a breakthrough for the proposal to give Communion to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics. What did they really say, and what significance does it have? Here’s what we know at present . . .   1) What was […]

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We are now in the period of waiting before the Holy See announces a decision regarding the reported apparitions at Medjugorje. In recent days, several developments have emerged which people have examined to see what they might reveal about that decision. One set of stories claims to know the decision reached by the Congregation for […]

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With just days to go before the release of Pope Francis’s highly anticipated encyclical on the environment, a draft copy has suddenly appeared on the Internet. Here are 12 things to know and share . . .   1) What are the basic facts about this encyclical? An encyclical is a teaching document issued by […]

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Pope Francis has just released a new document titled Evangelii Gaudium. It is his first apostolic exhortation, and it is devoted to the theme of the new evangelization. Here are 9 things to know and share . . .   1) What does “Evangelii Gaudium” mean? It’s Latin for “The Joy of the Gospel.”   […]

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Pope Francis has just released his first encyclical, Lumen Fidei, or “the light of faith.” The first encyclical of a pope is always closely watched, because it frequently signals the way in which he intends to govern the Church. This new encyclical is even more intriguing because much of it was actually written by former Pope Benedict. […]

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  Pope Francis recently made the news by, apparently, acknowledging the existence of a “gay lobby” at the Vatican. What did he say? What did he mean? And what will he do in the future? Here are 10 things to know and share . . .   1. What did Pope Francis say? According to […]

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In today’s brave new world of ecumenism, the Catholic Church no longer claims to be unique, right? After all, Vatican II didn’t say that the Church of Christ is the Catholic Church. It merely said that the Church of Christ “subsists in” the Catholic Church. So that means the Catholic Church no longer views itself as the […]

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There was a lot of buzz leading up to the the note on world financial matters released by the Holy See on Monday. One of the first references I saw to it was in a story with a headline something like “Major Vatican Document to Be Released Monday.” I clicked on the story and saw […]

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