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Sexual Sins - FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

The Washington Times had an article which said that President Clinton and Monica Lewinsky had phone sex and oral sex. It also said he researched the Bible and concluded that oral sex does not constitute adultery. Aren't phone sex, oral sex, and masturbation wrong?  Read more...

Shedding Light on the Use of Votive Candles - FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

Before I address the use of votive candles in particular, we have to appreciate the symbolism of light and the general usage of candles in religious practice.  Read more...

Short Meditations on the Stations of the Cross - John Henry Cardinal Newman

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Should Non-Catholics Receive Communion? - FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

Should non-Catholics who are not practicing their faith receive Holy Communion?  Read more...

Shroud of Turin - Part 1 - FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

Recently, several parishes have hosted talks on the Shroud of Turin. Some of my friends just say it is a fake because of the recent carbon dating. Perhaps you could explain what we believe about this item and the significance of it.  Read more...

Shroud of Turin - Part 2 - FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

Last week, Straight Answers provided an introductory overview of the Shroud of Turin, which is believed by many to be the burial cloth of our Lord. This week, we will review the scientific research gathered on the Shroud, especially by the STURP (Shroud of Turin Research Project) team in 1978.  Read more...

Shroud of Turin - Part 3 - FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

Last week we began our review of the scientific evidence concerning the Shroud of Turin, examining the cloth itself, which clearly originated in Palestine, and the blood stains, which point to a scourged and crucified man. We will now continue with reviewing the photographic studies and the uniqueness of the image.  Read more...

Shroud of Turin - Part 4 - FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

Given the scientific evidence, we can summarize that the Shroud evidences a crucified man, who was crowned with thorns and scourged, and who lived in the area of Palestine near Jerusalem at the time of Pontius Pilate. However, significant controversy remains about the Shroud.  Read more...

Shrove Tuesday - Fr. William Saunders

What is Shrove Tuesday? Also, do you have any idea why my parish has always had a pancake dinner on Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday?  Read more...

Silent Night - FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

Silent Night is such a beautiful Christmas carol, known by every Christian. What can you tell me about it?  Read more...

Sixty years a priest - Pope Benedict XVI

I felt prompted at this moment to look back upon the things that have left their mark on the last six decades. I felt prompted to address to you, to all priests and bishops and to the faithful of the Church, a word of hope and encouragement; a word that has matured in long experience of how good the Lord is.   Read more...

Solesmes Monks Coming to Tulsa - RUSSELL HITTINGER

The establishment of a new Benedictine monastery at Clear Creek, Oklahoma is the occasion for this account of the recent history of monasticism in Europe and the remarkable story behind the new foundation.  Read more...

Solidarity - John F. Crosby

"Solidarity" was not only the name of the famous Polish labor union which, inspired by the person and teaching of Pope John Paul II, precipitated the non-violent collapse of Communism in Poland and throughout Eastern Europe. Solidarity is also a term that expresses one of the great themes of Pope John Paul's Christian personalism.  Read more...

Solitary Sex - Grace MacKinnon

Dear Grace, What is the Catholic Church's teaching on masturbation? Is it viewed as a mortal sin or as a venial sin? Could it prevent us from getting into heaven?  Read more...

Speaking Well of the Dead - Father George Rutler

On July 29, 1997, a representative philosophe of our abortion culture, retired Supreme Court Justice William Brennan, was lavishly eulogized in St. Matthew's Cathedral in Washington, D.C., where the Requiem Mass for President Kennedy had been sung in 1963.  Read more...

Spiritual memory and the Holy Trinity - Father George W. Rutler

Before our present time, not so many people lived long enough for hips and knees to wear out.  Read more...

St. Charles Lwanga and companions - Father George W. Rutler

Last week the Church celebrated the feast of the Martyrs of Uganda.   Read more...

St. Francis and the Christmas Creche - FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

What is the origin of the Nativity Scene (creche)?  Read more...

St. Helena and the True Cross - Fr. William Saunders

In my parish, we have a stained glass window which shows St. Helena holding a cross. When I asked another parishioner "why?" she did not know. What is the reason?  Read more...

St. Hildegard of Bingen & St. John of Avila - Father George William Rutler

On October 7, Pope Benedict XVI declared the 34th and 35th official "Doctors of the Church" — Hildegard of Bingen and John of Avila.   Read more...

St. Joseph - FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

St. Joseph truly is the silent figure of the New Testament. For instance, the Gospel does not record one spoken verse for St. Joseph. Nevertheless, what this great saint did in his life for God speaks volumes. To appreciate him and his role in salvation, we need to glean the Gospels.  Read more...

St. Joseph (part 1) - Father William P. Saunders

With all the attention given to St. Patrick during March, why don't you write a column about St. Joseph?  Read more...

St. Jude: Faithful Servant and Friend of Jesus - Fr. William Saunders

Why is St. Jude the Apostle the one to whom we pray in time of hopeless causes?  Read more...

St. Michael: Guardian of the Church - FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

I have noticed that several parishes now recite the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel. I remember when this was part of the old Mass. Could you explain where this devotion comes from and whether we should pray the prayer to St. Michael at Mass.  Read more...

St. Philip Neri - Father George W. Rutler

The feast of St. Philip Neri (1515 - 1595) falls this Monday, on the same day that the civil calendar memorializes those who gave their lives in the service of our country.   Read more...


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