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Where Peter Is

“The Church constantly moves forward”

How does the Church’s understanding of Revelation grow? How does doctrine develop, and who develops it? Dei Verbum is the key text for engaging with these questions. It affirms that Tradition develops with and through the whole Church: from the prayers and lives of laypeople, to the study of theologians, and, ultimately, the teaching...

“Heresy Disguised as Tradition”: Interview with Michael Lofton

Michael Lofton from Reason and Theology interviewed Pedro Gabriel about his new book “Heresy Disguised as Tradition” During the course of this interview, Michael and Pedro talked about how heresy often seems to seem more traditional than the magisterial interpretation, and how true tradition can sometimes be confused with innovation. They also talked about...

Pilgrimage and the Path Ahead

I returned late Monday from a ten-day trip to Rome, which began less than two weeks after a short trip to Lourdes. I used most of my Tuesday morning sleeping off jetlag, and then I dedicated the late afternoon and evening to spending time with my wife and kids, whom I’d begun to...

The Fast That Pleases God

Are you wondering what to fast from this Lent – sweets? alcohol, or just simply eating less? This kind of fasting has its place, but if you truly want to discover what fasting is especially meant to achieve, that is, to fast in a way that will bring about a holy change for...

Bernard Prusak – Institutional Vice

I first came across Dr. Bernard Prusak’s work when a friend sent me his article in Commonweal titled, Who Knew? The sexual-abuse crisis and ‘epistemic injustice.’ This article struck me as contributing something important to the discussion about the abuse crisis in the Church, so I reached out to Bernard. After we connected, he sent...

“Repent, and Believe in the Gospel.”

Welcome to Lent! The Catechism says of this season that “By the solemn forty days of Lent, the Church unites herself each year to the mystery of Jesus in the desert” (CCC 540), and fittingly, every year the Gospel for this First Sunday of Lent relates the temptation of Jesus in the desert....

Which Pope said this?

It is sometimes claimed that dissent from the Magisterium is totally compatible with being a “good Catholic” and poses no obstacle to the reception of the sacraments. This is a grave error that challenges the teaching office of the bishops of the United States and elsewhere. (scroll down for answer)

Lent, Fasting, and Tradition

Anthony (not his real game) was the fifth child in a family of seven kids, with the eighth on the way. He was extroverted, bright, and imaginative. At “meet the teacher night,” his mother warned me that this second grader sometimes acted out because he felt overlooked. As an academically gifted student, Anthony...

Frodo’s Pity and the Death Penalty

In The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, the main character Frodo undergoes a dramatic shift in his attitudes towards capital punishment.  His story helps us understand the Church’s recent developments concerning the death penalty. Early in The Fellowship of the Ring, Frodo is adamantly in favor of the death penalty, especially...