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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...

The Conquest of the Bride - Hans Urs von Balthasar

My kingdom is invisible, but I want to establish you, my Bride, before the eyes of men so visibly that no one will be able to overlook you.  Read more...

The Conversion of Elizabeth Ann Seton: First American-born Saint - Father Charles P. Connor

In Elizabeth Ann Seton, we have a saint for our times. In Elizabeth Ann Seton, we have a woman of faith, for a time of doubt and uncertainty . . . a woman of love for a time of coldness and division . . . a woman of hope for a time of crisis and discouragement.  Read more...

The Cosmic Effects of Jesus' Resurrection - Fr. Kenneth Baker, S.J.

Have we become so familiar with the Christian affirmation of Jesus’ Resurrection from the dead that we are no longer aware of the cosmic implications of that assertion?  Read more...

The Cost of Loving God - Father John A. Hardon, S.J.

We are strange creatures. We can be so inconsistent. Take the matter of buying and selling. We know perfectly well that in order to buy anything we must pay for it.   Read more...

The Council after fifty years - Father George William Rutler

The Council was almost a synonym for newness. It is less so now, after fifty years.  Read more...

The Cross - Pope Benedict XVI

Peter Seewald: "We are used to thinking of suffering as something we try to avoid at all costs. And there is nothing that many societies get more angry about than the Christian idea that one should bear with pain, should endure suffering, should even sometimes give oneself up to it, in order thereby to overcome it. 'Suffering', John Paul II believes, 'is a part of the mystery of being human.' Why is this?"  Read more...

The Cross of Christ the Measure of the World - Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman

A great number of men live and die without reflecting at all upon the state of things in which they find themselves.  Read more...

The Crucifixion - Venerable John Henry Cardinal Newman

Unless we have a true love of Christ, we are not His true disciples; and we cannot love Him unless we have heartfelt gratitude to Him; and we cannot duly feel gratitude, unless we feel keenly what He suffered for us.   Read more...

The Cruelty of Hedonism - Anthony Esolen

A hectic competition lies at the heart of the hedonist’s life.   Read more...

The Culture of “Dissent” - Michael Novak

The reason the American Church today stands accused of hypocrisy is that it has been teaching one thing, while a small but significant body of its priests including some bishops has been flagrantly violating that teaching. How can people who studied long and prayed hard before taking vows turn in such a direction, with a full-scale ideology to rationalize it? How can that happen? It could not have happened without a culture of "dissent," a culture that has, at its heart, a teaching of contempt for "Rome."  Read more...

The Dating of the Last Supper - Pope Benedict XVI

The problem of dating Jesus' Last Supper arises from the contradiction on this point between the Synoptic Gospels, on the one hand, and Saint John's Gospel, on the other.   Read more...

The Death of Jesus - Fr. Kenneth Baker, S.J.

In the Nicene Creed we profess that jesus “died and was buried”. These are the final affirmations in the Creed about the earthly life of the Savior of mankind.  Read more...

The Debate Over Incorruptibility - Fr. William Saunders

It was reported that the remains of Pope John XXIII were incorrupt, but there was a debate over whether this was a sign of sanctity or simply due to regular preservation methods. Could you please explain the significance of this further?  Read more...

The Definition of a Gentleman - Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman

Hence it is that it is almost a definition of a gentleman to say that he is one who never inflicts pain.   Read more...

The Devil, the Fallen Angel - FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

Last week, you wrote about angels. What about the devil? We hear much about angels, but seem to have forgotten the devil.  Read more...


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