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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...

Parsing the Pontiff - George Weigel

To understand the pope's visit to the Holy Land, start with his view of Scripture.   Read more...

Particular Examen on the Theological Virtues - Father John A. Hardon, S.J.

Before applying the particular examen to my own spiritual life, it is well to first ask myself, "What are the virtues that I know from experience I most need to develop?"  Read more...

Pascal: The First Modern Christian - Edward T. Oakes

Inside all the talk about multiculturalism, contemporary culture often balks at including Christianity in its "gorgeous mosaic." This uneasiness has sometimes been dubbed the "ABC Rule," meaning "anything but Christianity." Undoubtedly Pascal would amend that to mean "anyone but Christ," for at root that is where the scandal lies.  Read more...

Passing on the Faith - Basketball Style - Katrina J. Zeno

For decades, the normal offensive formation for basketball has been 2-1-2: a point guard, shooting guard, two forwards, and a center. In this formation, the center dominates with the ball revolving around him. But what does this have to do with passing on the faith?  Read more...

Passing on the Keys - Gary Shirley

It’s election year in America. Time to endure that painful process where politicians, pollsters and pundits all vie for the national spotlight. Truth is stretched beyond recognition. Promises vaporize. Supposed chaos will prevail if we do not elect some enlightened candidate to save the nation.  Read more...

Pastoral Letter to the Catholics of Ireland - Pope Benedict XVI

Dear brothers and sisters of the Church in Ireland, it is with great concern that I write to you as Pastor of the universal Church.   Read more...

Pastors, Administrators, Parochial Vicars - Fr. William Saunders

I saw all of the new priest assignments in the HERALD, and my parish is getting an "administrator." Didn’t it used to be that we had pastors and assistant pastors? Now we have administrators and parochial vicars. Is there a difference?  Read more...

Patience - Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, O.C.D.

Patience is the virtue which makes us accept for love of God, generously and peacefully, everything that is displeasing to our nature.  Read more...

Patience and Commitment - Donald DeMarco

Life is certainly confusing, especially if you have no principles to give it coherence, direction, and meaning.  Read more...

Patriotism - Father George W. Rutler

The extended Independence Day weekend occasions some reflections on patriotism.  Read more...

Pentecost - Father George W. Rutler

Today all that our Lord had planned by his Incarnation, Death, Resurrection and Ascension is fulfilled when He fills the Church with the Holy Spirit  Read more...

Pentecost - Father George W. Rutler

There is some sense to calling Pentecost the birthday of the Church, but it can be somewhat glib.  Read more...

Pentecost - Father George W. Rutler

Our Lord had sent the apostles into Jerusalem to prepare the Passover meal with explicit instructions about finding an upper room owned by a certain man whom he described in detail.  Read more...

Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapels: Their Place in Our Busy World - Tom O'Toole

"The church and the world have a great need for Eucharistic worship. Jesus awaits us in this sacrament of love. Let us not refuse the time to meet Him in adoration in contemplation full of faith and open to making amends for serious offenses . . . of the world.  Read more...

Personal Influence, the Means of Propagating the Truth - Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman

"Out of weakness were made strong." Heb. xi. 34.  Read more...

Personally Against Abortion, But Pro-Choice - FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

Sometimes I have met Catholics 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?  Read more...

Persons Are Unrepeatable - John F. Crosby

We speak of individual animals, looking upon them simply as single specimens of a particular animal species. And this definition suffices.  Read more...

Physical Reminders of Our Faith: the Wearing of Religious Medals - FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

My child received a medal with a picture of his saint on it for First Communion. When a Protestant friend asked the meaning, I think I gave a pretty good answer, but I hope you can give a better explanation.  Read more...

Piety - Donald DeMarco

I am writing this article on Memorial Day, a time set aside for reflecting on the debt we owe to those who came before us and fought, struggled, and died in defending the values and privileges we often take for granted. Today is an occasion for thinking seriously and appreciatively about the virtue of piety.  Read more...

Pope Answers Seminarians - Pope Benedict XVI

Here is the Vatican translation of the answers Benedict XVI gave to questions posed by seminarians of the Roman Major Seminary, during the Popes visit there Feb. 17.  Read more...

Pope Benedict XVI's message for Lent 2012 - Pope Benedict XVI

The Lenten season offers us once again an opportunity to reflect upon the very heart of Christian life: charity.   Read more...

Pope Benedict's 2008 Message for Lent - Pope Benedict XVI

Each year, Lent offers us a providential opportunity to deepen the meaning and value of our Christian lives, and it stimulates us to rediscover the mercy of God so that we, in turn, become more merciful toward our brothers and sisters.  Read more...


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