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,”...
September 20, 2014
Are Oklahoma City Bureaucrats Smarter Than Harvard?
By Mark Costello
In 1928, the first Roman Catholic ever nominated for president, Gov. Al Smith of New York, came to campaign in Oklahoma at the height of the Ku Klux Klan's power. Smith was greeted with numerous burning crosses during the night as his train rolled across the state. When Smith spoke to a rally in Oklahoma City, the KKK burned more crosses outside of the stadium where his campaign rally was held, inciting hatred and fomenting violence. Some of Smith's relatives were listening to radio...
September 19, 2014
No solution to divorce possible without strengthening families
By Bishop James D. Conley
Earlier this week, Pope Francis celebrated and witnessed the marriages of 20 Roman couples. The couples and their families attended Mass with the Holy Father, and he received their vows: their holy commitments to God to live the joy and the sacrifice of married love.Some of the couples were young. Others were older. A few had children, or had lived together in cohabitation, or had received annulments—declarations of nullity—from previous unions. In short, Pope Francis performed the...
September 19, 2014
An Open Letter to the Mayor of Oklahoma City
By Sarah Bartel
Dear Mayor Mike Cornett,I earned my Ph.D. in moral theology from The Catholic University of America in 2010. The news of the proposed “black mass” to be held at the Oklahoma City Civic Center on September 21 is deeply disturbing to me as a theologian, as a practicing Catholic, as an American—and most especially, as a mother. I beg you to do all in your power cancel it, and I ask you to consider this parallel.Would it be appropriate to make civic facilities available for a play...