Author: Paul Fahey

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Fratelli Tutti – Live Presentation

UPDATE: Here’s the video. Tonight at 6:30pm (EST) I’m giving a presentation on Pope Francis’s new encyclical, Fratelli Tutti.  St. Thomas Aquinas parish in East Lansing, Michigan invited me to give an hour-long presentation (followed by a brief Q&A). You...

Fratelli Tutti – Live Presentation
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A First Look at Fratelli Tutti – Online Event!

Smart Catholics and Where Peter Is are collaborating to offer a two hour live conference to celebrate the pope’s upcoming encyclical on human fraternity, Fratelli Tutti. Join us this Sunday, October 4th, 5:00-7:00pm EST. We will be having two live...

A First Look at Fratelli Tutti – Online Event!
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Francis’ Vision of a Fraternal Economy

Pope Francis is signing a new social encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, this weekend. The Holy Father has spoken about human fraternity throughout his pontificate, so it’s not a surprise that he chose this topic for an encyclical. In preparation for this...

Francis’ Vision of a Fraternal Economy
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Conscience and the Sunday Obligation

When the pandemic hit the United States earlier this year, bishops across the country made the necessary but unprecedented decision to dispense the faithful from their traditional obligation to attend Mass every Sunday. Six months later, we are slowly beginning...

Conscience and the Sunday Obligation

Smiling with Pope Francis

Friend of WPI, Jose Rodriguez, recently had me on his podcast, Conversation on Tap, to talk about our mutual love of Pope Francis. It was a joy being able to share what I find most compelling about Francis without getting...

Smiling with Pope Francis

May we be profoundly shaken

For the past couple of weeks I have taken up Pope Francis’s recent encouragement that we read his encyclical Laudato Si. I’m ashamed to say that I’d never read it before, but I decided that now is as good a...

May we be profoundly shaken

You are your Brother’s Keeper

Across the country, bishops are gradually beginning to allow public Masses again. This process will be slow-going, and the dioceses that are reopening have extended the dispensation of the faithful from their obligation to attend Sunday Mass. How public liturgies...

You are your Brother’s Keeper

Is this a divine punishment?

I think it’s completely natural for believers to look at this pandemic and the profound suffering it is causing and ask themselves “why?” The Catechism calls the experience of suffering and evil a “scandal” before going on to say, “If...

Is this a divine punishment?

At every time and in every place

Millions of Catholics around the world are now facing the reality that they won’t be able to attend any Holy Week liturgies or receive Communion on Easter Sunday. The Triduum is one of my favorite times of the year. I...

At every time and in every place

“I am with you always”

When I hear the words “Apostolic Penitentiary,” I don’t usually think about the maternal love of the Church (actually, I had to go to Wikipedia to look up exactly what this tribunal does when I first heard of it). However,...

“I am with you always”

Who we know God is

Recently I’ve been struck by a verse in chapter seventeen of John’s Gospel. Jesus is with his apostles during the last supper, offering a long prayer, and at one point he says to his Heavenly Father, “Now this is eternal...

Who we know God is

Be Perfect

The gospel reading today ends with Jesus summing up his great Sermon on the Mount by saying, “So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” We can easily misunderstand what this passage means and leave feeling like Jesus...

Be Perfect

The Living Bridge to LGBT Catholics

Earlier this month I attended a talk by Dr. Mary Healy, professor of Sacred Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, during the 2020 Encounter Conference on the topic of Christian unity. Dr. Healy proposed a wonderful image for ecumenism that...

The Living Bridge to LGBT Catholics

A Vulnerable God

“Lord Jesus Christ, through your Incarnation you accepted a human nature and lived a real, human life. Setting aside the glory of your divinity, you met us face to face in the vulnerability of our humanity.” This is the beginning...

A Vulnerable God

The insidiousness of the opposition

“Opposition to the pope is not new, but what is new is the level and intensity that is there…It’s the insidiousness of the opposition movement that I think is scandalous for us.”  Archbishop Wilton Gregory, the new archbishop of Washington,...

The insidiousness of the opposition