March 18, 2015
Restored grave of early New Haven pastor recalls the pioneer urban Irish Catholics of Connecticut
By Charles Mercier
A new gravestone in front of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Connecticut now reminds passersby that the pastor who completed the monumental building in 1874, Rev. Patrick A. Murphy, has for more than 130 years been buried there all along. Murphy came from the early generations of urban Irish Catholics in Connecticut whose hard work built the faith in a sometimes hostile environment and was himself an important formative influence on Venerable Servant of God Michael J. McGivney, who...
February 14, 2015
What is truth?
By Scott Dunn
Quid Est Veritas? What is truth? The words of Pontius Pilate could serve as the defining phrase of our time. It often seems like we live in the age of lies and truth has been lost. Perhaps the most admired athlete of the last twenty years, Lance Armstrong, with millions of almost worshipful fans, finally admits that he was cheating by using banned substances when he won all of his Tour De France victories. The top rated network news anchor reveals that his often told story of being in a...
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 she told...
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 with...
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 or...
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...