Catechesis

The Solemnity of Christ the King

BY D.D. EMMONS On the last Sunday of the liturgical year, Catholics celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King. A relative newcomer to the Church calendar — established in the 20th century — this feast is designed to give special recognition to the dominion Christ our Lord has over all... read more

ASK FATHER: Since the Church does nothing about Joe Biden, what commandments do I have to follow?

Posted on 14 November 2020 by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf GUEST PRIEST RESPONSE: Fr. Tim Ferguson A good and timely question. And a dangerous one to answer. I think we have to recognize the precarious nature of the times we live in – but at the same time, recognize that the times have always... read more

OPINION Bishop Schneider: Deception via hairsplitting – civil ‘union’ vs ‘cohabitation’

OPINION By Bishop Schneider Every normal-thinking person understands the expression that the Pope uses here as a form of a cohabitation legally recognized by the state, as a stable cohabitation ('Convivencia') of a homosexual couple, and thus as a legal recognition of the homosexual... read more

The Church Can’t Change Christ’s Doctrine and Won’t Give Up on Souls

“Respect for homosexual persons cannot lead in any way to approval of homosexual behavior or to legal recognition of homosexual unions.” Regis Martin Blog, October 28, 2020 Hilaire Belloc, who died in 1953, was a writer I greatly admired — indeed, whose splendid prose, as his friend... read more

Bishop Schneider praises Voice of the Family’s new, free, online Catholic catechism course

The bishop praised the traditional method of learning by memorization, a technique employed in the online course, and he urged families to revive this method of learning, which is so beneficial for committing the Faith to heart. By Michael Haynes, LifeSite News, October 20, 2020 OUR... read more

Pope Francis Calls for Civil Union Law for Same-Sex Couples, in Shift From Vatican Stance?

The film chronicles the approach of Pope Francis to pressing social issues, and to pastoral ministry among those who live, in the words of the pontiff, “on the existential peripheries.” Catholic News Agency, Vatican, October 21, 2020 ROME — In a documentary that premiered Wednesday in... read more

Religious Freedom Is On Your Ballot

Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila Blogs, September 28, 2020 Now is the time for us to stand up for the place of full-throated Catholic belief in public life and the valuable contributions of people of faith to society. A troubling trend is appearing as our country grapples with social unrest... read more

Bishop Paprocki: Catholic Church Can Provide a Clear Path for COVID-19 Response

Catholic principles of ordinary and extraordinary means of preserving life can aid society’s approach to pandemic, the Illinois bishop says in a recent essay. By Judy Roberts, September 18, 2020 As the coronavirus shutdowns stretched into months, Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield,... read more

Bishops’ main duty is to safeguard their flock’s salvation – and many fail

Bishops’ main duty is to safeguard their flock’s salvation – and many fail ‘They are under an obligation to denounce ideas or individuals who present an urgent threat to their people’s spiritual welfare, and remove people from roles in the diocese, including schools, where they... read more

The US bishops’ one-sided ‘dialogue’ with Joe Biden

By Phil Lawler | Aug 17, 2020 Another presidential campaign is upon us, and so it’s time for another round of feisty debate on the time-worn topic: Should Joe Biden be allowed to receive Communion? That debate, as practiced by American Catholics, was not always about Biden specifically.... read more

Substitutes for Thought

By Fr. Gerald E. Murray, August 22, 2020 “Liberalism reduces Christianity to slogans; slogans are a substitute for thought.” That’s how Dartmouth College English professor and National Review editor the late Jeffrey Hart, my revered teacher and friend, thus categorized the... read more