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Confirmation - Catholic Encyclopedia

Confirmation is a sacrament in which the Holy Ghost is given to those already baptized in order to make them strong and perfect Christians and soldiers of Jesus Christ.   Read more...

Contraceptive References in the Bible - Fr. William Saunders

In explaining the Church's teaching about contraception, many people mistakenly think that this teaching is relatively new, something which occurred with Humanae Vitae in 1968.  Read more...

Contraceptives Diminish Marital Union (part 3) - Fr. William Saunders

Recall that in two previous issues, we have examined our belief concerning the Sacrament of Marriage and the beautiful expression of marital love, which is both unitive and procreative. Both dimensions are intrinsically good and inherent to the act of marriage. Consequently, in marital love, one cannot separate the unitive from the procreative dimension.   Read more...

Contraceptives Show Grave Consequences - Fr. William Saunders

In the 1960s, the Church faced increasing pressure regarding the use of contraceptive means with the marketing of the anovulant pill. In response, Vatican Council II stated in Gaudium et Spes, "In questions of birth regulation, the sons and daughters of the Church, faithful to these principles, are forbidden to use methods disapproved of by the teaching authority of the Church in its interpretation of the divine law (No.51).  Read more...

Cooking For Christ - Florence P. Berger

The doctrine of the mystical body unites all Christians to their Master, and one with the other in God's kingdom here on earth. As the branches have their source in the vine, so with Christ we have been bound together for growth and fruition.  Read more...

Corpus Christi - Father George W. Rutler

When Jesus had given instructions sending two of his disciples into Jerusalem where they would find an upper room in which he would institute the Eucharist, "The disciples went out and came to the city, and found everything just as he had told them" (Mark 14:16).  Read more...

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.   Read more...

Courage and Martyrdom - Donald DeMarco

Martyrdom is the supreme witness given to the truth of faith. It means bearing witness to the faith even unto death. The very etymology of the word (martyros in Greek) means witness. The martyr accepts this death with courage as a witness to the faith and to the presence of the kingdom of God.  Read more...

Courage in Scandal - George Weigel

An interview with George Weigel followed by an excerpt from his new book "The Courage to Be Catholic: Crisis, Reform, and the Future of the Church". "In the first months of 2002, the Catholic Church in the United States entered the greatest crisis in its history. When Lent began on February 13, the penitential ashes imposed that day on millions of Catholics felt leaden. Something had gone desperately wrong. Something was broken. Something had to be fixed."   Read more...

Cremation - FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

More and more people I know are having deceased deceased ones cremated. I thought that Catholics were not allowed to be cremated. A friend though said that the Bishops have permitted cremation. Could you please explain the Church's teaching?  Read more...

Crime and Punishment - JAMES HITCHCOCK

In the nineteenth century the therapeutic approach to crime was an aspect of genuine moral progress, forcing society to be more compassionate because it was more aware of the realities of criminal behavior, distinguishing for example between a brutal thug and a starving young mother. But this compassionate effort at understanding has become debased to the point where it is nothing less than a denial of human freedom and moral responsibility.  Read more...

Cruelty Toward Animals - FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

My son criticizes me for wearing a fur coat. He says that this is cruelty to animals. I say this is why God made minks or whatever. Does the Church have a teaching on this?  Read more...

Cults, Movements, World Religions - Mary Kochan

To many of us, the modern religious landscape appears increasingly confusing, even strange or frightening. No matter how strong in faith and regular in religious practice our families may be, we are not insulated from contact with a bewildering variety of religious expressions, a Babel of “prophetic” voices and a dizzying array of competing world views.  Read more...

Culture of Vice - ROBERT R. REILLY

As society justifies personal moral disorders, it threatens its own survival.  Read more...

Daily Mass and the Priestly Obligation - Fr. William Saunders

Does a priest have to offer Mass daily?  Read more...

Dealing with Addictions to Pornography - Fr. William Saunders

My spouse has a problem with pornography, but denies it is a sin. I need to understand better this issue. What religious teachings or argument can I use to help?  Read more...

Debating Peter's Primacy - FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS

A Protestant friend of mine and I recently had a debate over whether Jesus actually made St. Peter the first Pope. Although I cited Matthew 16, my friend had some other interpretation of it. What is a good answer to this question?  Read more...

Decisions of Conscience - Grace MacKinnon

Dear Grace, I am confused about something. If the Church teaches that we should follow our conscience, but then turns around and teaches us that we must obey Church teaching, then what is the difference? Who am I supposed to follow, the Church’s teaching or my own conscience? How will I know what is the right thing to do?  Read more...

Deliver us from evil - Scott Hahn

“Deliver us from evil” is a somewhat misleading translation. In the Greek New Testament, there is a definite article before the word evil. So Jesus actually commanded us to pray for deliverance from “the evil” or, more precisely, “the evil one.”  Read more...

Demonic Possession Involves Body, Not Soul - Fr. William Saunders

I went to see the movie, Exorcist III. I had already seen the first Exorcist. Can the devil really possess someone? Does the Church really do exorcisms?  Read more...

Depending on Prayer - Douglas McManaman

The first sin of man, from which he needed to be redeemed, was fundamentally a rejection of his status as “child”.   Read more...

Devotion to Our Lady - Father John A. Hardon, S.J.

Devotion to the Blessed Virgin is one of the cardinal features of not only professing to be, but of being a Catholic.  Read more...

Devotion to Our Lady - Father John A. Hardon, S.J.

Devotion to the Blessed Virgin is one of the cardinal features of not only professing to be, but being a Catholic. You might say a Catholic is one who is devoted to Mary. What I will suggest for our reflections is that we look at and check our devotion to Mary on six norms.  Read more...

Devotion to the Sacred Heart Today - Father John A. Hardon, S.J.

We may say that devotion to the Sacred Heart began on Calvary. When the Heart of Christ was pierced on the Cross, it opened the door to realizing how deeply Jesus loves us.  Read more...

Diary of a Country Bishop – a book review - Charlotte Allen

Those who think that today’s Catholic Church has problems reining in its errant clergy should read Craig Harline and Eddy Put’s summary of the new code of conduct that Mathias Hovius, Archbishop of Mechelin (not far from Brussels in today’s Belgium) from 1596 to 1620, laid down for every priest in his diocese.  Read more...


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