February 18, 2013
Pope Benedict: A servant and teacher
By Jim Towey
The news of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation struck with the suddenness of grace.Usually, a changing of the guard at the Vatican is preceded by a period where Catholics throughout the world grieve and the square of St. Peter’s overflows with pilgrims attending the Funeral Mass. But Catholics have come to expect the unexpected with Benedict and perhaps should have seen this coming.Throughout his life, he has never been a prisoner to convention or stale ideas. He’s never feared scientific...
April 12, 2012
Pot Robertson and the war on drugs
By Christopher Stefanick
By Christopher Stefanick Forgive the title. I couldn’t resist. I do respect Pat Robertson for the good things he’s done, but as a lifelong youth minister, I don’t think his support of the movement to legalize recreational pot use is one of them. I fear doing so would make pot use even more commonplace among teens. In a controversial interview published in the March 7 New York Times, Pat called for an end to the war on drugs because it’s expensive, it’s failing and it’s turning users who...
November 30, 2011
Electronics, Imagination, and Advent Beauty
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.
One cannot travel by public transportation without noticing that most adults and children are engrossed in their electronic devices, which have surely made life safer, and more efficient. With them, life is pleasurable, even satisfying. Nevertheless, their drawbacks have already been noted by parents and educators. If a child or young adult does not read regularly and often, electronic devices can co-opt language skills and stifle the imagination. Parents are concluding that their young...
September 01, 2011
Pope Benedict XVI invites us to deepen and live our Catholic faith
By Bishop Samuel J. Aquila
World Youth Day 2011 is now finished and the Diocese of Fargo was blessed to have two groups go — a diocesan group and a group from Holy Spirit Church in Fargo. The theme for World Youth Day, held in Madrid, Spain, was “Planted and built up in Jesus Christ, firm in the faith” (Colossians 2:7). Numerous activities, liturgies and times of catechesis filled the six days, Aug. 16 through 21. I was blessed to be able to lead three catechetical sessions. Wednesday's theme was “Firm in the Faith,”...
May 07, 2009
Tolerance: The Trojan Horse of Secular Liberalism
By Bishop Arthur Serratelli
In today’s society, the principle of tolerance has become the clarion call for people of diverse views, moral convictions and religious beliefs to live together with a sense of civility to one another. By its definition, tolerance is inclusive. It seeks to embrace all individuals in a society that does not condemn individuals simply because they are different. In terms of liberal secularists, tolerance is based on cultural diversity. It is a pragmatic way to keep the peace. Yet,...
January 25, 2009
Ann Hanincik: The Importance of Marriage Preparation
By Anthony Buono
Anthony interviews Ann Hanincik about the different aspects of marriage preparation.
January 08, 2009
Eight Responses to the Pro-Choice Mindset
By Jennifer Fulwiler
I once said that I'd die to keep abortion legal and easily accessible, and I meant it. I was vehemently pro-choice, as were most of the women in my social circles. We believed abortion was a critical right for women and could not imagine how anyone could be pro-life. We were products of a culture in which human sexuality had been severed from its inherent connection to the creation of human life. Our generation had been taught in our public school sex-ed classes not that sex creates babies,...
April 28, 2008
Sacred Art Institute…NOW!
Last year, Vatican art restorers were surprised to find new art treasures underneath the soot and grime from centuries of candle wax. As it turns out the hidden treasures were done by landscape artist Paul Bril in the sixteenth century. It seems that Pope Sixtus V commissioned 40 artists of the period to paint landscape scenes near the Scala Sancta which is near the private chapel of the Popes in the Vatican Palace. According to Vatican historians Pope Sixtus V had a great appreciation for...
April 25, 2008
Going "green" the microparish way!
Call me old fashioned or even nostalgic but the Catholic Church has been going environmentally “green” for centuries. They are called “parishes.” Having grown up in the city of Philadelphia in the Irish-centric enclave called Gray’s Ferry…we were environmentally conscious and did not even know it. We walked to church, there was no need to drive to our parish church, it was only a few blocks over one way or the other. Not only did growing up Catholic in the city provide “eco-friendly”...