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On God - Pope Francis & Rabbi Abraham Skorka

Originally published in Argentina in 2010, On Heaven and Earth is an open and expansive dialogue between Jorge Mario Bergoglio (Pope Francis) and Abraham Skorka (a Rabbi and biophysicist) in which they share their thoughts on religion, reason, and the challenges the world faces in the 21st Century.   Read more...

On Hearing the Word - Father George W. Rutler

The Gospel account of the man born blind (John 9:1-41), speaks of hearing four times.  Read more...

On listening to the pope - Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I.

One of the signs of Pope Francis' pastoral impact on the church and on the world is the readiness of people to listen to what he is saying, whether by gestures or by words.  Read more...

On Saints and Souls - Father James V. Schall, S. J.

The modern world has a peculiar problem with Catholicism.   Read more...

On the Papacy and the Teaching Office of the Church - CARDINAL FRANCIS GEORGE

The different levels of authoritative teaching discussed here show that such teaching has to be interpreted carefully.  Read more...

On The Will to Know The Truth: Newman on Why Men of Learning Often Do Not B - James V. Schall S.J.

Men of learning often do not believe because they do not will to know the truth that makes us free.  Read more...

On Turning Around - James V. Schall

There is an expression of Platonic origin called "turning around," or sometimes, "conversion." It seems pertinent here in a more Christian context. In Plato, the phrase does not just mean a sudden reaction to something out of the ordinary. More profoundly, it refers to a reorienting of one's very soul on the basis of the new evidence or truth that is presented from outside our closed inner world.   Read more...

One in Being with the Father - Fr. Kenneth Baker, S.J.

In the older translations of the Nicene Creed we used to profess of Jesus that he is "consubstantial with the Father".  Read more...

Ordained to Sacrifice . . .Sacrifice and Vocations - Fr. John Hardon, S.J.

Every vocation is born of sacrifice, is maintained by sacrifice, and is measured in the apostolate by the sacrifice of those whom God calls to the priesthood or the religious life. This should not be surprising, once we realize that it was by His sacrifice that Christ redeemed the world. The servant is not greater than his Master. In fact, the more intimate one’s vocation to the service of Christ, the more demanding will be the sacrifices required.  Read more...

Ordination Confers Indelible Stamp - FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

Recently you wrote about sacraments being valid even if the priest is in a state of mortal sin. What about a priest who leaves the priesthood? Would he still be able to perform the sacraments?  Read more...

Organ Donations - Part 1 - FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

Recently, my pastor suggested to his parishioners that they should consider donating their organs for medical usage and for the benefit of other human beings. What is the Magisterium's teaching on the subject of organ donations?  Read more...

Organ Donations - Part 2 - FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

Last week, "Straight Answers" addressed the issue of organ transplantation from a deceased donor to a recipient in need. Such a procedure is deemed morally good as long as the donor before death or next of kin after death have approved the donation, the person is dead before the organs are taken, and the organs have not been knowingly obtained from abortions. Now, we can address the issue of organs donated from living donors.  Read more...

Organ Transplants and Cloning - FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

I saw an article in the Post about the Holy Father condemning the cloning of human embryos for organ transplants. Would you please explain better the Church’s teaching on this subject?  Read more...

Orthodoxy: Chesterton on the "Delight" of Truth - Rev. James V. Schall. S.J.

This essay might be about the "splendor" of truth rather than about its "delight," but John Paul II has famously claimed the "splendor" for himself — Veritatis Splendor. Chesterton simply rejoices in truth, but not just for the sake of his own rejoicing, but because there is something to rejoice about.  Read more...

Our extraordinary story - Father George Rutler

In order to tell a good story, a novelist has to be a keen observer of people.   Read more...

Our Father - Scott Hahn

I was a teenage college student and still savoring my recent experience of conversion. I had been "born again," saved by Christ from sins that would have destroyed me, and I was eager to share my faith with other kids who seemed headed for delinquency.  Read more...

Our Father . . . in Heaven - Scott Hahn

If we want to be Christians, we have no choice but to pray “Our Father.” When the first disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray, He taught them using those very words. To pray as a Christian means to pray “Our Father.”  Read more...

Our Jewish Heritage - MARTIN K. BARRACK

The life of our Lord and the practice of Catholics is so much prefigured in our Jewish origins.  Read more...

Our Lady of Guadalupe - FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

Last Spring you wrote about the Shroud of Turin. What about the image of our Lady of Guadalupe? Is there any scientific evidence about it?  Read more...

Our Lady of La Salette - Rev. William Saunders

Last weekend, I attended the 50th ordination anniversary of Father Joseph Loftus. I learned that he had belonged to the Missionaries of La Salette. What is the story of Our Lady of La Salette?  Read more...

Our Lenten purpose - Father George William Rutler

One quotation, to which I have had frequent recourse, is commonly attributed to Harry Emerson Fosdick, although he seems to have taken it without attribution from John Ruskin.   Read more...

Padre Pio: The Saint of Our Time - WANDA POLTAWSKA

I could observe Padre Pio from a short distance. He was an old man at the time and walked very slowly. He celebrated Holy Mass with incredible intensity and with an expression of suffering on his face.  Read more...

Papal Tiara - Fr. William Saunders

When visiting the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception I saw the papal crown of Pope Paul VI. Do the popes still wear this crown? I don’t remember seeing Pope John Paul II ever wearing it.  Read more...

Paradise Lost, Again and Again - George Sim Johnston

The idea of Original Sin -- that we are all implicated in some terrible aboriginal calamity -- does not sit well with the modern mind.   Read more...

Parochial Vicar and Administrator - Fr. William Saunders

I would like to know the meaning of the terms “parochial vicar” and “administrator.” Why are they now being used? When I was growing up, we had only pastors and assistant pastors in our parishes.  Read more...


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