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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...

Catholic Traditions for Advent and Christmas - Michaelann Martin

Issue: How can families better live the spirit of Advent and Christmas in their homes?   Read more...

Catholics and Freemasonry - Fr. William Saunders

There seems to be some confusion about whether Catholics are allowed to be Masons. I know some Catholics who are Masons. They say that the Church has changed its ban on Masons, and Catholics may join. I don’t think so. What is the Straight Answer?  Read more...

Catholics and the Bible - CATHOLIC EVIDENCE GUILD

For a Christian face to face with a Bible passage the question “Is it true?” does not arise; God wrote it, and he cannot lie. The question in every instance is only, “What does it mean, what did the biblical author, inspired by, God, wish to convey and teach?” Now, to ascertain this the guidance of the Church is essential, and time and patience are often needed.  Read more...

Celebrating the Year of Saint Paul - The Most Reverend Michael A. Saltarelli

This Pauline Year presents us with many opportunities to spread our Catholic faith.  Read more...

Celibate Priesthood - Fr. William Saunders

Lately, there has been so much talk about whether or not priests should get married. Why does the Church mandate that priests be celibate?  Read more...

Chastity - Donald DeMarco

After chasing the woman from his room, Thomas Aquinas returned to his cell,"dropped the firebrand into the fire; and sat down on that seat of sedentary scholarship,"that chair of philosophy, that secret throne of contemplation, from which he never rose again.  Read more...

Chesterton on Christmas - George Marlin

For a quarter of a century, my wife, Barbara, and I have printed special Christmas cards that contained an excerpt of Chesterton's reflections on the season. Reading through them I was, once again, awed by Chesterton's vision.  Read more...

Children Standing Around the Altar During Mass? - FATHER JOHN HARDON, S.J.

It is still common at "children’s masses" for the priest to invite the children present to come up to stand around "the table." Is this permissible?  Read more...

Choirs of Angels - Fr. William Saunders

With all of the talk about angels, the multitude of pictures and books about them, and even the television shows with angels, why don't we ever hear more about them? Some of these shows make angels seem like fantasy spirits. Too many people have a superficial view of angels.  Read more...

Choosing the light - Father George W. Rutler

During the days following Hurricane Sandy, we had no electric light in our church for five days, and as I am writing this in time for the printer, we still have no heat, and my fingers are pretty cold as they type on a cold keyboard.   Read more...

Christ — the Anointed One - Fr. Kenneth Baker, S.J.

We bear the name “Christians” and are followers of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Let us concentrate for a few moments on the name “Christ” which became, in the first years after the Resurrection of the Lord, his proper name.  Read more...

Christ's temptation and ours - Father George William Rutler

Christ was tempted three times as an act of love to prepare his Church for three temptations which would assault her in every generation.  Read more...

Christ's Temptations and Ours - Rev. Roger Landry

Lent is an annual spiritual boot camp the Church gives us so that we might train, yet again, to be victorious in this most important battle we'll ever fight.  Read more...

Christmas Candles - FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

Do you know where the custom of placing lit candles in windows started?  Read more...

Christmas Poem - G.K. Chesterton

There fared a mother driven forth Out of an inn to roam; In the place where she was homeless All men are at home.   Read more...

Christmas Reflection - Pope Benedict XVI

Precisely today, we begin the days of Advent that immediately prepare us for the nativity of the Lord.   Read more...

Chronological arrogance - Father George W. Rutler

There is a curious study in an academic journal of psychology.   Read more...

Church Has One Faith, Two Creeds - Fr. William Saunders

I noticed that in my worship aid at my Church, the Nicene Creed and the Apostles’ Creed are both printed. There is some small print referring to "The Directory for Children’s Masses" above the Apostles’ Creed. Is there an option? Why are there two creeds?  Read more...

Church Teaching on Contraception (Part 1) - Fr. William Saunders

The topic of contraception is so controversial. It seems to always come up at work and many bash the Church for its teaching, including Catholics. I do not seem to know how to defend the Church as well as I should. Could you give an explanation? (note: This is the first in a six-part series on contraception.)  Read more...

Church Teaching on Contraception (Part 2) - Fr. William Saunders

Given our understanding of marriage and marital love, we can readily see that the most beautiful expression of love in marriage is marital love, or physical love, or sexual intercourse, or conjugal love — whatever term one prefers.   Read more...

Church Teaching on Relics - REV. CHARLES MANGAN

Some people think the Catholic Church abandoned her teaching on relics after Vatican II. However, a quick glance at the Code of Canon Law, published by authority of Pope John Paul II in 1983, reveals that the Church very much considers sacred relics to be important and significant in the life of the Church (cf. canons 1281-89). Just what are relics and what meaning do they have for disciples of Jesus Christ?  Read more...

Come Holy Spirit - Father George William Rutler

The great feasts of Christmas and Easter have their Advent and Lent for preparation, but there is little of the sort for Pentecost, which is celebrated next week, although the liturgies of the week before are filled with anticipation.   Read more...

Communion and Church Teaching - Grace MacKinnon

Dear Grace, If you do not agree with some of the Church’s teachings, but you receive Communion on Sundays, are you sinning?  Read more...

Confirmation - CHARLES M. MANGAN

Just what are the effects of Confirmation? It is difficult to imagine a better summary than that given in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  Read more...


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