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On the Human Soul - Father James V. Schall, S.J.

A most vivid passage in Scripture, one often repeated by St. Ignatius, reads: "What doth it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his immortal soul." (Mark 8:36)   New  Read more...

9 Myths about Priestly Pedophilia - Crisis e-letter

The horror and tragedy of priests involved in the sexual abuse of minors can hardly be overstated, but some of the reporting has contained falsehoods and downright fabrications. So Crisis has put together a list of the ten most common false media claims — along with fact-filled responses to them.  Popular  Read more...

Against Abortion, But Pro-Choice? - Fr. William Saunders

Sometimes I have met Catholics — especially where I work — who say, "I am personally against abortion, but I am pro-choice." To me, that makes no sense, but how can I argue with them?  Popular  Read more...

Gifts of the Holy Spirit - Fr. William Saunders

I recently received the Sacrament of Confirmation as an adult. Although I know that I received the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit and know their names, I do not really know what they are. Could you please explain them in one of your columns?  Popular  Read more...

Learning to Confess - FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

I have heard the priests of my parish encouraging us to go to confession during Lent. I admit I have not been to confession in years because I am not sure I know how to go to confession. With all the changes that occurred in the '60s, would you please review how to go to confession?  Popular  Read more...

Mary Magdalene - Fr. William Saunders

I had a discussion with a friend of mine who read The Da Vinci Code who said that St. Mary Magdalene was neither a sinner nor a prostitute. Instead the Church made up that story to discredit her. What can I say to her?  Popular  Read more...

The History of the Advent Wreath - Rev. William Saunders

A Baptist friend asked me about the Advent wreath — its history, meaning, etc. I think I gave her a pretty good answer. Perhaps you could provide a little more information.  Popular  Read more...

The Liturgical Season of Advent - Rev. William Saunders

How did the celebration of Advent come about?  Popular  Read more...

The Role of Godparents - FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

Please explain the role of godparents in Catholic baptism. How strictly should the potential godparents adhere to traditional Catholic teaching? If a couple does not know sufficiently "qualified" godparents, is it acceptable for them to act as the godparents themselves?  Popular  Read more...

The Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation - John A. Hardon S.J.

From the dawn of Christian history, Baptism and Confirmation have been very closely associated.   Popular  Read more...

St. Joseph - Part II - Fr. William P. Saunders

Last week, Straight Answers began its meditation on St. Joseph, the foster father of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and the guardian of the universal Church. Now let us meditate on the writings of the great saints and popes about him.   Read more...

"And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly" - Zenit

Here is a translation of the Lenten sermon delivered on March 17, 2006, by Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa in the presence of Benedict XVI and officials of the Roman Curia. The Pontifical Household preacher delivered it in the Mater Redemptoris Chapel of the Apostolic Palace.  Read more...

"Full of himself" - Father James Schall, S.J.

A student recently asked me if I could recommend any nearby Catholic churches. He had just heard a sermon that, as far as he could make out, justified relativism.  Read more...

"I believe..." - Edward Sri

On the First Sunday of Advent, 2011, the new translation of the Mass will go into effect in U.S. dioceses. The structure of the Mass will be the same, but some of the responses by the people will change. This is the third of a series of articles on those changes and the reasons behind them.  Read more...

"I Consecrate Myself... I Sacrifice Myself" - Pope Benedict XVI

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"Make Us Live In Your 'Today'" - Pope Benedict XVI

Lord, today you give us your life, you give us yourself. Enter deeply within us with your love. Make us live in your “today”. Make us instruments of your peace!  Read more...

"The Eucharist Is Not a Meal Among Friends" - Pope Benedict XVI

Here is a translation of the homily Benedict XVI gave via satellite Sunday at the closing Mass of the 49th International Eucharistic Congress. The congress was held in Quebec City.   Read more...

'Only the Truth Saves' - Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict met with members of the Curia on December 20 for his traditional Christmas greetings.   Read more...

10 Tips for a Good Confession - Father Ed Bloom

To make a good confession demands prior preparation. The better the prior preparation, the more abundant the graces and the more overflowing the river of peace in your soul.  Read more...

12 Latin Words that Shaped the Faith - Stephen Beale

It is impossible to imagine the Christian faith as we know it without Latin — including where the word "Mass" comes from. Here are twelve words that have shaped the faith in Western Christendom.  Read more...

12-Step Pride-Elimination Plan - Donald DeMarco

Of all the seven deadly sins, it is the most subtle to diagnose, the most common, and the most difficult to eliminate.  Read more...

40 Hours with Jesus Christ - Fr. William Saunders

The Forty Hours Devotion is a special forty-hour period of continuous prayer made before the Blessed Sacrament in solemn exposition.  Read more...

Caritas in Veritate: A Symposium - Michael Novak, Father James Schall, S.J., Joseph Wood, & Robert Royal

Benedict’s latest encyclical, Caritas in Veritate, appeared in Rome yesterday. Digesting this document will take no little time, but several of the regular writers for The Catholic Thing have looked over the text and offer here some brief, early observations.  Read more...

Evangelii Gaudium: The Joy of the Missionary Disciple - Father Roger J. Landry

The National Catholic Register's commentary on Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation.  Read more...

Jesus of Nazareth Completed - Father James V. Schall, S.J.

Benedict XVI's unique trilogy about Jesus Christ has, in a sense, bypassed the whole world of academia by going right through it.   Read more...


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