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The Common Home of the Master

A reflection on the readings for the 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time – August 7, 2022. On August 3rd, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres spoke about the energy crisis in the world and the harm it is causing to our common home: …It is immoral for oil and gas companies to be making...

The Common Home of the Master

Which Pope said this?

At the dramatic time of the conquest, Our Lady of Guadalupe transmitted the true faith to the indigenous people, speaking their own language and clothed in their own garments, without violence or imposition. Shortly afterwards, with the arrival of printing, the first grammar books and catechisms were produced in indigenous languages. How much...

Which Pope said this?

Rodrigo Guerra on “going beyond” Humanae Vitae

Are the Church’s positions on bioethical issues changing? How should we interpret the recent book published by the Pontifical Academy for Life, which reopens the debate on contraception and assisted reproduction? This is an interview conducted by Vida Nueva of Dr. Rodrigo Guerra, who serves as Secretary of the Pontifical Commission for Latin...

Rodrigo Guerra on “going beyond” Humanae Vitae

Hell

WPI contributor Paul Fahey and SmartCatholics founder Dominic DeSouza have a new episode of “Pope Francis Generation” out this week in which they talk about hell. They discuss Church teaching, debates surrounding the theory of universalism, and how a Catholic should approach the topic. From the show notes: Episode eleven of the Pope...

Hell

Beware of False Prophets

Pope Francis has warned us many times about how the devil likes to present himself as an angel of light. In fact, he was created as such before his fall and one of his titles, Lucifer, literally means bearer of light. This warning of Pope Francis is of course an ancient warning found...

Beware of False Prophets

Pope Francis, neologisms, and doctrinal development

If I could have one superpower, it would be the ability to speak and understand multiple languages. I am especially reminded of this when I travel abroad, for instance during my family’s brief encounter with Pope Francis back in April. When in Rome, I was very grateful to meet with friends and make...

Pope Francis, neologisms, and doctrinal development

Rich in What Matters to God

A reflection on the Mass Readings for July 31, 2022, the 18th Sunday of Ordinary Time. Audio of Homily will be posted here. Pope Francis spent the past week in Canada on a highly anticipated papal visit. The context of his visit was the abuse of Indigenous children at the residential schools managed by...

Rich in What Matters to God

Which Pope said this?

This love is caring, generous and unconditional, and is not only offered to those who listen to his message but also to those who do not know it or reject it. Each one of the faithful must feel called, as if sent by Christ, to seek out those who have drifted away from...

Which Pope said this?

Understanding Pope Francis on the ‘communion wars’

Last week, I wrote about a group of US bishops, with the help of friendly media outlets, that has tried to convince Catholics that their initiatives, decisions, and public positions were in step with the pope’s message, even though they clearly weren’t. My article focused on one very conspicuous example of this –...

Understanding Pope Francis on the ‘communion wars’

NFP Week and Pastoral Accompaniment

Five years ago, my wife, Kristina, and I had just had our fourth child, we were dealing with postpartum anxiety, depression, infant-induced sleep deprivation, and the real, daily struggles of having four kids under five years old. On top of this, we were learning and using our third method of Natural Family Planning...

NFP Week and Pastoral Accompaniment

A penitential pilgrimage

On Monday, Pope Francis apologized to Indigenous Canadians for the Catholic Church’s role in the abuse of children at residential schools. Many of these schools were operated by the Church and funded by the Canadian government as part of a concerted effort to assimilate Indigenous People into European-Canadian culture. In the residential school...

A penitential pilgrimage
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