Author: Paul Fahey

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Disagreeing with the Church

What do you do when you find yourself in disagreement with a Church teaching or objecting to a discipline that the Church legitimately imposes? Many Catholics find themselves in this place at some point in their life of faith. Some...

Disagreeing with the Church
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Bishop Barron, don’t give up on dialogue

As a parish catechist, I am extremely indebted to Bishop Robert Barron. For years, not a week has gone by when I have not used several resources from his Word on Fire apostolate. Recently, in addition to his catechetical and...

Bishop Barron, don’t give up on dialogue
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LGBTQ+ Catholics and the Sacred Heart of Jesus

The Catechism says that the Sacred Heart of Jesus is “the chief sign and symbol” of Christ’s love for “the eternal Father and all human beings without exception” (CCC 478).  Along these same lines, Pope Francis makes a radical claim...

LGBTQ+ Catholics and the Sacred Heart of Jesus
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Sometimes our prayers seem to go unheard

During his Wednesday Audience this week, as a part of his ongoing catechesis on prayer, Pope Francis confronted one of the most difficult questions that face Christians: “if God is Father, why does He not listen to us? He who...

Sometimes our prayers seem to go unheard
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Christian charity in the new phase of the pandemic

On Thursday, May 13, the CDC announced new public health guidelines for fully vaccinated individuals in the United States. During a press conference, CDC director Rochelle Walensky announced that Americans who are vaccinated can safely gather outdoors and indoors without...

Christian charity in the new phase of the pandemic
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Political Divisions and the Path to Unity

Cardinal Raniero Cantalamessa, the Preacher to the Papal Household, did not mince words during his homily on Good Friday this year. “Fraternity among Catholics is wounded! Divisions between Churches have torn Christ’s tunic to shreds, and worse still, each shredded...

Political Divisions and the Path to Unity

Joseph, the Most Chaste

In the Divine Praises, Saint Joseph is called the “most chaste spouse.” Personally speaking, and given the dogma of Mary’s perpetual virginity, in the past I’ve implicitly reduced Joseph’s chastity to the simple fact that his wife was a virgin....

Joseph, the Most Chaste

Can the Church Bless Same-Sex Unions? Seven Things to Know

Earlier today, March 15, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) published a document concerning the blessing of same-sex unions. While it’s only two pages long, and the Vatican provided additional commentary to clarify it, it’s guaranteed to...

Can the Church Bless Same-Sex Unions? Seven Things to Know

The Church’s Mission and the Allure of Neo-Christendom

In a 1969 German radio broadcast, Father Joseph Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI, predicted where he believed the Church was headed. Ratzinger envisioned that the Church of the future generations would lose political power and social acceptance. He said:...

The Church’s Mission and the Allure of Neo-Christendom

Repent and Believe in the Gospel

In a homily given to the College of Cardinals before he was elected pope, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger famously coined the phrase, “the dictatorship of relativism.” Commenting on St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, the future pope spoke about how we...

Repent and Believe in the Gospel