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Bringing Christmas to Life Again - Fr. Roger J. Landry

In 1223, St. Francis of Assisi inaugurated a pious practice that in places today has become so common that many think that it always existed.  Read more...

Bringing others - Father George W. Rutler

The Great Week is here, putting into perspective each day of every week.  Read more...

Bringing our fallen-away relations back to Church during Advent - Rev. John Horgan

Each Christmas, our churches are thronged with people who come to pray before the Manger, join in the singing of carols, and feel the warmth of the Saviour's love. Some of these men and women are not Catholic; others do not practice the Faith regularly.  Read more...

Burke's efforts lead to biggest Catholic ordination class in decades - Tim Townsend (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Once or twice a year, each student at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary will drop by Archbishop Raymond Burke's residence in the Central West End at 4:30 p.m.  Read more...

Calumny and detraction - Fr. Kenneth Baker, S.J.

It is possible to injure another's good name either by telling lies about that person or by revealing hidden faults which should not be revealed.  Read more...

Camel or Rope? - Brad Miner

Franco Zeffirelli’s Jesus of Nazareth (1977) is the best TV miniseries ever -- and the most star-studded, with then thirty-three-year-old Robert Powell as Christ and co-starring Olivia Hussey, James Farentino, Michael York, Ian McShane, Anne Bancroft, Lawrence Olivier, and on and on.   Read more...

Can Anyone Say “Forever”? - Fr. Peter M.J. Stravinskas

Once a man has been ordained a priest, he can never again really be a layman. He has been “ontologically” changed, that is, changed at the very core of his being, just as in Baptism and Confirmation. The priest, therefore, is not simply a “marked man” because he wears a Roman collar; he is “marked” in a profoundly spiritual way — touching his very soul.  Read more...

Can Catholics Bear ‘Body Art’? - Pia de Solenni

Many good Catholic young people bear on their bodies the trendy markings of their times: tattoos, body piercings and other forms of "body art." Should the Church pretend not to notice the displays — or should Catholic adults try to steer young people away from these now-ubiquitous expressions?  Read more...

Can prayer really heal? - Ylva Van Buuren

Twelve years ago Nancie Nicholson's two-year-old nephew, Kyle, began having problems with his balance. It took doctors a month to figure out what was wrong: Tests showed a rare form of cancer in one of his adrenal glands.  Read more...

Can Sinful Priests Celebrate Mass? - Fr. William Saunders

With the awful stories about the situation in Boston, I have been wondering and some of my friends have asked me whether the priest can still work as a priest. If a priest is in the state of mortal sin, can he still offer the Mass and perform the other sacraments? Do the sacraments he performs still give grace?   Read more...

Can the Pastor Change the Creed? - FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

I am very concerned about something that is happening in my parish. During the recitation of the Creed, the priest and congregation change the words. Where it says, "For us men and for our salvation..." the word "men" is being omitted. Also, at least one person in the congregation loudly proclaims that "He was born of the Virgin Mary and became one of us."  Read more...

Can the Pope Retire? - Fr. William Saunders

Since Pope John Paul II has been ill, the media have mentioned his possible retirement. Can a pope retire? Has a pope ever retired in history?  Read more...

Capital Punishment (Part 1) - FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

This past June, a jury found Timothy McVeigh guilty of the Oklahoma City bombing and he was then sentenced to death. Since then, I have read or heard many pro and con statements about capital punishment at church or in Church newspapers. Yet, the Catechism allows capital punishment. Please explain.  Read more...

Capital Punishment (Part 2) - FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

Last week Straight Answers explicated the traditional teaching of the Church which upholds the right of the state to execute certain criminals. Now, we must address the application of the this teaching in our present society.  Read more...

Cardinals, Conclaves and a New Pope - Fr. William Saunders

Recently, the media has speculated on the health and condition of Pope John Paul II, and on his death. When our Holy Father dies and goes to his heavenly reward, how will the next pope be elected?  Read more...

Careerism and vanity: Sins of the Church - Andrea Tornielli

The Cardinal Archbishop of Buenos Aires (now Pope Francis), spoke to Vatican Insider in February, 2012.  Read more...

Catechesis of fasting - Adam A. J. DeVille

Pope John Paul has called on us to build a holier Church, and in his 1995 letter Orientale Lumen, exhorted Latin Catholics in particular to learn from their Eastern brethren so that the Church can again breathe with both lungs. From the East, then, source of the rising Son, may we receive the gift of fasting as just such a practice that unites, purifies, and strengthens us as the one Body of Christ.  Read more...

Cathedra Sempiterna - Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman

When did ever any power go to war with Peter, material or moral, civilized or savage, and got the better? When did the whole world ever band together against him solitary, and not find him too many for it?  Read more...

Cathedrals, Shrines and Basilicas - Fr. William Saunders

Is a basilica the same as a cathedral? What about a shrine? If not, what makes them different?  Read more...

Catholic 'Americanism' - George Weigel

On January 22, 1899, Pope Leo XIII addressed an encyclical letter to Cardinal James Gibbons of Baltimore and, through him, to the entire Catholic hierarchy of the United States.   Read more...

Catholic Classics - NICK BAGILEO

Father Cameron has written an intelligible and timely introduction to fourteen Catholic classics on spirituality. In an age that is fast becoming de-Christianized, Cameron’s book reminds us that in the lives and writings of the saints, we have reliable guides to a complete and holy life even in the most secular of times.  Read more...

Catholic Crackdown: China Trade's First Fruits - Kevin Michael Grace

Congress approved permanent normal trade relations with communist China in September. If free-trade rhetoric had proven true, this should have been followed by greater civil liberty.  Read more...

Catholic Doctrine on the Holy Trinity - Father John A. Hardon, S.J.

The mystery of the Holy Trinity is the most fundamental of our faith. On it everything else depends and from it everything else derives. Hence the Church’s constant concern to safeguard the revealed truth that God is One in nature and Three in Persons.  Read more...

Catholic Propaganda - SIGRID UNDSET

Well-known cases show that the normal and expected result of evangelical "conversion" is the feeling of safety. Catholic "conversion" results in a feeling of repentance. If a thoroughgoing Protestant is asked, "Are you saved?", and he has experienced a "conversion", he will without hesitation answer affirmatively. But no Catholic would dare to say more than that he hopes for salvation.  Read more...

Catholic Social Teaching: John Paul II, Laborem Exercens - THOMAS STORCK

Laborem Exercens is a sustained reflection on the meaning of human work, which John Paul considers to be “a key, probably the essential key, to the whole social question...” In this document he is more interested in looking at social teaching in the light of the concept of work, than in formulating new norms for a changed social situation. As we examine the main points of his reflections we will be able to see more clearly his insights into the meaning of the Church’s social doctrine.  Read more...


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