Progressives are upset that the Constitution limits the control the federal government has over religious schools’ employment — and that the Supreme Court is sticking with the Constitution. In their arguments for more government control and more lawsuits against religious schools, these progressives are demonstrating a sadly narrow view of faith, religion, and spirituality.
As Kevin Stephenson sought to enter the Catholic Church, many of his loved ones wondered: why join the Catholic Church, which has so many members and leaders who have sinned so scandalously, and so publicly? For Kevin, it came down to the question of family. If the Church truly is the family of God, then it remains a family, even when some of its members radically violate the principles of that family.
One of the great confusions throughout the history of the Church is the common misunderstanding that “pious” or “spiritual” thoughts and motives always come from God. In the fourth century, Arius was “inspired” by his own insight into the Godhead to conclude that Jesus Christ must be a creature and so could not be God. In the sixteenth century…
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the current archbishop of New York, tells a story from his first Lent as a newly ordained associate priest in a small Missouri parish. The president of their church’s men’s group told him unenthusiastically, “Father, you’re supposed to give us an evening of recollection in Lent.” So Fr. Tim, on fire to share the treasures of our Faith, worked earnestly for weeks preparing spiritual reflections about characters appearing in the Stations of the Cross.
In a letter signed by a third of the Catholic bishops in Ecuador, the prelates ask President Lenin Moreno to authorize the use of a bleaching agent as an “alternative medicine” to treat COVID-19. “We ask you to authorize the use of chlorine dioxide,” said ten of the 30 bishops in the country in a letter to the president released on Thursday through the bishops’ conference website.
Pope Francis urged Catholics Sunday to reflect on whether they are receptive to the Word of God. In his Angelus address July 12, he meditated on Sunday’s Gospel reading, in which Jesus recounts the Parable of the Sower. In the parable, a farmer scatters seed on four types of terrain — a path, rocky ground, thorns, and good soil — only the last of which successfully produces grain.
Have you ever played the “Pope for a Day” game? It’s the one where you sit around with some Catholic friends and compare what you’d do if you were invested with supreme authority in the Catholic Church for just 24 hours. My list is generally silly, not to mention impractical. For example, I’d love to make a pastoral visit to Kansas City and throw out the first pitch at a Royals game…