Tagged: COVID-19

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Spiritual Communion and Solidarity

The Covid-19 pandemic has upended our society in nearly every way imaginable. Many people are out of work and unable to feed their families. Others have been evicted from their homes. Some lay in ICU beds, gasping for air or...

Spiritual Communion and Solidarity
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A Dangerous Bishop

On December 12, 2020, an open letter signed by a handful of bishops asserted that the Church’s moral justification (based on the principle of “remote material cooperation”) for licitly receiving a Covid-19 vaccination produced or tested using fetal cells is...

A Dangerous Bishop
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No Idle Dream

The Catholic world, and the world at large, is in need of unambiguous and prophetic spiritual guidance, and Pope Francis has provided just that in his new book with Austen Ivereigh, Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future...

No Idle Dream

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

The Ongoing Pandemic of Child Abuse

The COVID-19 pandemic is easing in some areas, increasing elsewhere, and settling into an ongoing reality everywhere. At the same time, the United States is facing a reckoning with our terrible legacy of racism following the killing of George Floyd...

The Ongoing Pandemic of Child Abuse

An Appeal for Clarity

I must admit, Archbishop Viganò’s May 8 appeal for the lifting of coronavirus restrictions has me in a bit of a panic. What he describes in that remarkable document sounds so terrifying, yet so vague. I feel like I’ve swallowed...

An Appeal for Clarity

Fatima: A pilgrimage with the heart

A pilgrimage not done with the feet, but with the heart. — motto of the Sanctuary of Fatima for the 2020 May celebrations In the last couple of days, I have seen not a few people on social media saying...

Fatima: A pilgrimage with the heart

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?

Learn about the Triduum Liturgies with Father Patrick Lewis

In my conversations with the other contributors for Where Peter Is, both on the podcast and in personal conversation, we’ve frequently expressed our appreciation for the ingenuity and creativity of Catholics in coming up with ways to carry out ministry...

Learn about the Triduum Liturgies with Father Patrick Lewis

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

Contra Viral Genocide

First Things has published several articles in the past few weeks dismissing the attempts by churches and governments to reign in the COVID–19 pandemic, suggesting they are overreactions. In R.R. Reno and Bioethics of a Pandemic, Dr. Pedro Gabriel addresses...

Contra Viral Genocide

Talking to your kids about coronavirus and suffering

Many parents are wondering right now: how do I talk to my child about a global pandemic? We parents are still trying to wrap our minds around this situation ourselves. We may be trying to balance working from home, attempting...

Talking to your kids about coronavirus and suffering

Notes from the Field Hospital

The past few weeks have certainly been stressful for most of us. Less than two months ago, the life-threatening virus that has infected people around the world was, for many of us, an interesting international news story. Today, many of...

Notes from the Field Hospital

“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”