February 13, 2015
One shade of gray
By Stephanie Gray
“Why?” It’s a question toddlers teach us to ask over and over again. I found myself asking that question as movie theatres prepare to roll out 50 Shades of Grey: Why have more than 100 million copies been sold? Why have presumably 100 million women read this particular story? Why is it so magnetic? So I messaged a friend of mine, whose Facebook wall has been filled with a countdown for the film—was she willing to share her perspective? She said she’d call in 15 minutes.What...
January 26, 2015
The light that the recent Extraordinary Synod offers us
By Fr. José Noriega, DCJM
What light can we gather from the recent Synod? Never before has a synod received so much attention. It has aroused many hopes and it has revealed real problems. 1. The hopes that the Synod arouseda. The recent synod is not a rare bird. It is within the interest of the Vatican Council II to approach modern man: Gaudium et spes spoke of the family as the first point of dialogue between the Church and the world. St. John Paul II’s first synod was about the family and he accompanied it...
January 20, 2015
C. S. Lewis and the Catholic Church
By Joseph Pearce
C. S. Lewis, one of the most popular writers of the last century, had a complex and complicated relationship with the Catholic Church. Joseph Pearce, author of C. S. Lewis and the Catholic Church, discusses Lewis’s relationship with the Church in this interview. Lewis is still presented by some people as Catholic, quasi Catholic or crypto-Catholic. Is that fair to the truth, and to him?It would certainly be inaccurate, and therefore unfair to the truth, to describe Lewis as a Catholic....
December 19, 2014
"My Mom Said We Shouldn't Be Happy During Advent"
By Domenick Canale
The comment caught me by surprise. I was in the middle of beginning a CCD class for fifth grade boys and girls and I had just asked them why they were so excited in the weeks leading up to Christmas. A bunch of the kids mentioned the opportunity for family parties, gifts, and general fun. They were laughing and joking about it. And then a boy said, “My mom said we shouldn’t be happy during Advent.”It turned everything around in the class; it went silent for a moment and the kids were...
December 17, 2014
Pope Francis and the Two Sons
By Scott Dunn
It did not take long after Pope Francis first emerged on the balcony at St. Peter’s last spring for uneasiness to emerge for many who were accustomed to only being unnerved by developments in the secular world. When being devoted to the orthodox teachings of the Church can make one an object of ridicule or cause one to be labeled a bigot by the wider culture, certain reported comments of our Holy Father and his method of approach at times towards those who disagree with Church teachings...
December 02, 2014
A Noble Mission Accomplished in Solidarity with Other Human Beings
By José Graziano da Silva
When the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) was held in Rome last week, one very special moment took place, one which I personally feel was filled with poignancy.In order to take part in the event, Pope Francis entered the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations headquarters for the first time and broke protocol by suddenly stopping by my side in the building’s main entrance hall. It is a place where marble tablets line a wall, each bearing the preamble of...
October 23, 2014
Marriage lifeline unlikely from Supreme Court
By Scott Dunn
As the Supreme Court began this year’s term, it chose not to hear appeals of a number of lower court cases that had thrown out certain state laws upholding marriage as between one man and one woman. The decision not to hear these cases was a cause of disappointment by some who hoped the Supreme Court would reverse these decisions. With the beating defenders of traditional marriage have taken in the courts in recent years it is understandable for defenders of marriage to hope the Supreme...
October 21, 2014
The Synod’s Biggest Loser: Cardinal Kasper’s Credibility
By Stephanie Barclay
When the history of this year’s Synod on the Family is written, there will be any number of people and ideas that will be seen as winners or losers in the process. But of all the synod’s surprises, Cardinal Walter Kasper’s collapse of credibility stands in a category of its own. For the second time in as many pontificates, Cardinal Kasper embarrassed not only himself, but the pope as well. This time, it seems unlikely that his progressive reputation can be salvaged. Four years...
October 13, 2014
The Synod on the Family: What is at Stake?
By Fr. José Noriega, DCJM
The Holy Father has called for a Synod on the Family. In doing so, he has shown vision and courage. For, if the Church is a battlefield hospital to heal wounds, those caused in the family are the most severe. Moreover, without family life the evangelizing endeavor is deprived of its grammar: how could we announce, without family, that God is the Father who sent his Son to generate the Church as the Bride and to make us brothers?However, after the joy brought by the announcement of the...
September 25, 2014
The Great Nunquisition response
By Chris Gilbert
What does the Church want from her Religious Sisters? A response to Jo Piazza’s “Great Nunquistion.”Every nun stands before a “Grand Inquisitor” when she makes her final promises. Why would she freely commit to obedience on that day? Let us return to that question and first respond to the claim: The Church is uncomfortable with women. Since this statement appears to be serious, let’s highlight that one church lady, known affectionately to Catholics as, “Our Lady,”...