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The Beginnings in the Bible - Cardinal Donald Wuerl & Mike Aquilina

The origins of the Mass are found in Jesus’ Last Supper, which we can read about in three of the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) as well as one of the New Testament letters of Saint Paul (1 Corinthians).  Read more...

The Bishop and the Conference - Bishop Robert Vasa

We are all familiar with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and I suspect most of us accept it as a fact of life. I further suspect that most of us have never really considered the who, what, why, or wherefore of such conferences in the Church.   Read more...

The Bishop's Regalia - Fr. William Saunders

A friend of mine who is not a Catholic accompanied me to the ordination ceremony. She asked me why the bishop was wearing what he did — the special hat and his staff. I really did not know the meaning of these things. Can you help me?  Read more...

The Bishops' Secret Letter - Deal Hudson

As you may already know, the Catholic world has been buzzing about a confidential letter composed by eight American bishops in which they called for a Plenary Council to address problems in the Church.   Read more...

The book for all seasons - Father Raymond J. de Souza

If there’s one book for all seasons, the Bible would have to be it.   Read more...

The Book of James - Joseph Loconte

A century ago, the psychologist, philosopher, and agnostic William James delivered the prestigious Gifford Lectures at the University of Edinburgh. His 20 addresses were published in 1902 as The Varieties of Religious Experience, which soon became one of the most widely read works on religious belief by an American.  Read more...

The Canon of Criticism - Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger

Peter Seewald: “Referring to criticism of the Church, you once spoke of a classical "canon of issues": women's ordination, contraception, celibacy, the remarriage of divorced persons. This discussion seems to be going wearyingly in circles. Perhaps a few clarifications would help us get beyond this impasse.”   Read more...

The Catechesis of Teens: They Need to Learn to Pray! - TOM RICHARDS

Adolescence is no time for substantive catechesis to stop. Every adult knows this, and yet the difficulties of adolescent catechesis drive many religious education program directors to frustration and compromise.  Read more...

The Catechism: A Gift for Everyone - Fr. William Saunders

I recently attended a conference on religious education, and the presenter said that the Catechism is a good reference work but was not meant for regular people, regular religion classes, or regular reading. I found this strange. What do you think?  Read more...

The Catholic apologist's scriptural cheat sheet - CHRISTOPHER WONG

Sola scriptura Sola fide Salvation (once and for all?) Deuterocanonicals Purgatory Eucharist Baptism Forgiveness of sins Papacy/infallibility “Brothers” of Jesus Mary Saints Statues, images and relics Church and authority Priesthood Worship Justification Morality  Read more...

The Catholic Doctrine of the Real Presence - Rev. Kenneth Baker, S.J.

According to Catholic belief the Holy Eucharist is both a sacrament and a sacrifice. The aspect of the sacrament which I will consider now is what is known as the "Real Presence".  Read more...

The Catholic Family and Vocations - Fr. John Hardon, S.J.

In His ordinary providence the Lord prepares those He plans to choose by making sure they are reared in a family where generosity as self-sacrifice is shown to their children and required of them by the parents; where humility is a way of life because father and mother exercise their authority with kindness but with a firm and steady hand; and where charity, as the love of God, is instilled in the children by the practice of prayer and respect for religion that becomes almost the family atmosphere.  Read more...

The Celibate Priesthood - Grace MacKinnon

Dear Grace, When and why did celibacy become required of priests in the Catholic Church?  Read more...

The Center of Christian Faith - Kenneth Baker, S.J.

The object toward which Catholic faith is directed is God himself.  Read more...

The Chattering Classes Are Us - George Weigel

Catholics once had an intuitive understanding of sacred space.  Read more...

The Church Seeks Pardon - FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

What do you think of this pardon that our Holy Father made, asking forgiveness for the sins of the Church? So many people have asked me questions about it, or have made comments like, "It's about time the Catholic Church apologized." What's our take on this?  Read more...

The Church's Just War Theory - Part 1 - FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

With recent conflict between Iraq sod the United States. the the of war, the use of chemical weapons, and the debate over the morality of the embargo imposed since Desert Storm, what moral teaching guides our thinking as Catholics concerning these issues?  Read more...

The Church's Just War Theory - Part 2 - Fr. William Saunders

While the criteria for waging a just war are reasonable, our modern methods of warfare complicate their application, especially in the areas of proportionality, discrimination, and due proportion.   Read more...

The Church's Teaching on Priestly Celibacy - FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

Given the history of how mandatory clerical celibacy arose in the Roman Catholic Church (except in several of the Eastern Rites), we can examine the spirituality which undergirds the regulation.  Read more...

The Church's Worst Enemies - Father James V. Schall, S.J.

When asked why he entered the Church, Chesterton, in a famous passage, replied: "To get rid of my sins."  Read more...

The Church’s Attitude Toward Miracles - Fr. Peter M.J. Stravinskas

Since the Enlightenment, many Christians have sought to provide dependable criteria for discerning the authenticity of the miracles.  Read more...

The Color of Liturgical Vestments - FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

Would you please explain the different colors used at Mass and the vestments? In my travels, I have even seen blue and black vestments which I have never seen before.  Read more...

The Coming of Christ - Fr. Leonard M. Puech, O.F.M.

May the celebration of Christ's first coming into the world remind us of his everyday coming into our lives, so that it may not be said of us: "He came unto his own, and his own did not receive him".  Read more...

The Confessional Seal - Grace MacKinnon

Dear Grace, I have not been to confession in a very long time and there is something I would like to know. A friend told me that, under certain conditions, a priest could divulge what you tell him, even in confession. Is this true?  Read more...

The Connoisseur of Crosses and Cross Bearing - Father Thomas Rosica, CSB

A Biblical reflection for Good Friday.  Read more...


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