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Arguing Against the Pro-Choice Position - Fr. William Saunders

Sometimes I have met Catholics - especially where I work - 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...

As Christ enters the city - Father George W. Rutler

Today Jesus enters Manhattan as once He entered Jerusalem.   Read more...

Ash Wednesday - FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

What are origins of Ash Wednesday and the use of ashes?  Read more...

Automatic Excommunication for Those Who Procure Abortion - Fr. William Saunders

Many years ago, I had an abortion. After many years as a lapsed Catholic, I returned to the Church and to confession. Although the priest said something about abortion carrying with it an excommunication, he gave me absolution. I gave it no additional thought and continued to receive the sacraments. It wasn’t until recently that I read something about the "rite" of removing an excommunication that I began to fear I had done and continue to do something wrong. Can you help by setting my mind at ease or instructing me in the way to proceed?  Read more...

Autumn Kelly's cavalier conversion - Father Raymond J. de Souza

The usual manner of leaving the Catholic Church is to drift away, without making any public pronouncement of it.   Read more...

Back to the Basics: Navigating the Catechism - Gary Shirley

From nuclear war to stem cell research, modern Catholics wrestle with issues that are simply not addressed in the Sacred Scriptures and far removed from our childhood CCD classes. The new Catechism fills the void by carefully delineating the teachings of the Church and the source reference of those teachings.  Read more...

Banality against deep joy - Father George W. Rutler

Our Lord is astonishingly patient with our culture, given that He has made the world so wonderful and yet those who live in it can be so banal in what satisfies them.   Read more...

Battle in the Desert - Edward P. Sri

In Matthew 4, we see that Jesus began His career with a very bold opening move.   Read more...

Beautifying a church - Father George W. Rutler

One of the most joyful songs for entering a church building is Psalm 122: "I was glad when they said unto me, let us go into the house of the Lord."  Read more...

Becoming Greater - Father George W. Rutler

The four weeks of Advent are a test of how profoundly or superficially we understand the meaning of life.   Read more...

Before the Crib - Fr. Leonard M. Puech, O.F.M.

When we look at the crib a text of St. Paul comes to mind: "You know the graciousness of our Lord Jesus Christ; how, being rich, he became poor for your sakes, that by his poverty you might become rich" (2 Cor. 8,9). This text was dear to St. Francis, who alludes to it in his rule, when he recommends poverty to his disciples.   Read more...

Behold the Lamb of God - Deacon Douglas McManaman

Sometimes students will ask: How is it that Christ’s dying on a cross forgives sins? What does it mean to say that Christ died for our sins? How does a death forgive sins?  Read more...

Benedict at the Table and Jesus on the Road - Father Thomas Rosica, CSB

The big news today was Pope Benedict's lesson at this morning's session of the synod of bishops.   Read more...

Benedict on a mission of healing - Father Raymond J. de Souza

On his first trip to the United States, Pope Benedict plans to address the sexual abuse of children by Roman Catholic priests on five separate occasions, most directly when speaking to U.S. bishops later today, organizers said.  Read more...

Benedict XVI Has a Father, Romano Guardini - Sandro Magister

This very same time of the year, forty years ago, Romano Guardini (1885-1968) died in Munich. In her biography of him, Hanna-Barbara Gerl called the Italian-German philosopher and theologian "a father of the 20th-century Church."  Read more...

Benedict XVI's first message as Pope - Pope Benedict XVI

Following is the complete text of the first message of Pope Benedict XVI which he delivered in Latin at the end of Mass on Wednesday April 20, 2005 with the members of the College of Cardinals in the Sistine Chapel.  Read more...

Benediction Of The Blessed Sacrament - FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

I recently graduated from college and have relocated to this area to begin work. In my parish there is "Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament every week. I have never seen this before. Could you please explain this ritual?  Read more...

Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament - Fr. William Saunders

For the Year of the Eucharist, my parish (and others in the area) are having all day adoration and benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Having grown up in New Jersey, I am not familiar with this practice at all. Only since moving here have I heard of it. Can you explain this practice?  Read more...

Beware of ‘Gentlemen’ - Rev. Paul Scalia

St. Josemaria Escriva once warned against “the man, the ‘gentleman,’ ready to compromise” — because he would, in the saint’s estimation, “condemn Jesus to death again.”   Read more...

Bishop Is Source, Foundation of Unity - FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

What is the difference between a diocese and an archdiocese? A bishop and an archbishop?  Read more...

Bishops be what you are - Spiritual Fathers - Terry Mattingly

Sometimes the bishop calls the priest and sometimes the priest calls the bishop. But one way or another, bishops and priests make appointments to meet over two cups of coffee. On one level, it is a meeting between employer and employee. On another, it's supposed to be an encounter between a father and a son.  Read more...

Black Catholics Number 200 Million Worldwide - NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER

Catholics may make up a relatively small percentage of the population of African-Americans, but "there are 200 million black Catholics worldwide," said the head of Black Catholic Ministries for the Archdiocese of Detroit. "It’s the largest religion in the world for people of African descent," he noted.  Read more...

Blessed Karl von Habsburg - Father George W. Rutler

We rejoice in the heroism of saints — like Blessed Karl of Austria — and pray that whatever our state in life, we may serve the King of the Universe as they did.  Read more...

Bread and Wine - Fr. William Saunders

I recently saw a story on the news about a little girl in New Jersey whose first Holy Communion was invalidated by the bishop. Apparently she is allergic to wheat, and a priest gave her Communion with a host made of rice. Why can’t she receive a rice host instead of a wheat host since she is allergic? What can be done?  Read more...

Breaking the bonds of communion - Father Raymond J. de Souza

Formal arrangements have yet to be made, but it now appears that the critical decisions have already been taken for a dissolution of the Anglican Communion.  Read more...


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