Theology

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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Recently I’ve received several queries about a video message that Pope Francis sent to an ecumenical gathering in Arizona. A Zenit news story implied that the pope stated that Jesus doesn’t care what kind of Christian you are. But that’s not what he said at all. Here are 9 things to know and share . […]

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Many Catholics are aware that Jesus “opened the gates of heaven” and allowed the righteous dead to go there. The Catechism even says it: CCC 637 In his human soul united to his divine person, the dead Christ went down to the realm of the dead. He opened heaven’s gates for the just who had […]

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A reader writes: Have you responded to 1 John 2:26-27, and Matthew 23 concerning teachers? The passages in question read: I write this to you about those who would deceive you; but the anointing which you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that any one should teach you; as his […]

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The news networks are abuzz with stories saying that Pope Francis has said pets go to heaven. They’ve even “helpfully” noted how this contrasts with the position of his predecessor, Benedict XVI. But the thing is . . . the whole story is false. Here are 7 things to know and share . . . […]

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Recently Tomas McDonald interviewed me for his blog, God and the Machine, on the subject of prayer. On Facebook, Tom commented: “Jimmy’s reflections on prayer across time may prove that he is indeed the first ginger Time Lord.” Here’s the interview . . . Every Monday in How I Pray, I ask various Catholics about their prayer […]

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The last couple of days have brought some good news from the current synod of bishops on the family. Where things are going is still far from certain and there is still reason for concern, but there have been a number of welcoming signs. Here are 12 things to know and share . . . […]

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Most Catholics have never even heard of the “law of gradualness,” but it became big news this week at the Synod on the Family. What is the law of gradualness, and what role does it play in Catholic thought? Here are 12 things to know and share . . .   1) What is the […]

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October 2 is the memorial of the Guardian Angels in the liturgy. Here are 8 things to know and share about the angels it celebrates . . .   1) What is a guardian angel? A guardian angel is an angel (a created, non-human, non-corporeal being) that has been assigned to guard a particular person, […]

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It is well known that the Church regards the bishops as the successors of the apostles. For example, the Second Vatican Council taught: This Sacred Council, following closely in the footsteps of the First Vatican Council, with that Council teaches and declares that Jesus Christ, the eternal Shepherd, established His holy Church, having sent forth […]

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