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If you want to be a good person, it matters what you believe

If you want to be a good person, it matters what you believe

| Father Robert Barron | December 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

A team of sociologists, led by Catholic University professor William D’Antonio, published a survey a few years ago that received quite a bit of media attention, for it showed that many Catholics disagree with core doctrines of their Church and yet still consider themselves “good Catholics.”

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Circumstances of donor and recipient crucial in discerning ethical appropriateness

Circumstances of donor and recipient crucial in discerning ethical appropriateness

| Father Tad Pacholczyk | December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Could a transplanted womb from a post-menopausal woman be “triggered” back into action once it had been introduced into the body of a younger woman? Could a transplanted uterus effectively provide nourishment to a growing baby? Are such transplants ultimately ethical?

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Mary’s quiet faithfulness, Joseph’s quiet devotion

Mary’s quiet faithfulness, Joseph’s quiet devotion

| Tony Rossi | December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Author and theologian Edward Sri knows we’re all familiar with the Christmas story. But he also thinks we can be so familiar with it that we miss a lot of its important points. That’s why he wrote “The Advent of Christ: Scripture Reflections to Prepare for Christmas.”

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Why should I confess my sins to a priest?

Why should I confess my sins to a priest?

| Father Ian Bozant, Archdiocese of New Orleans | December 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

In a modern American mindset, a great deal of emphasis has been placed on privacy. As such, the idea of confessing one’s sins to another person can seem odd or even unnecessary. Often, the most common argument against this idea is that Almighty God knows all things and desires all people to approach him in prayer, so it seems sufficient to simply confess one’s sins and beg for forgiveness in private prayer.

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We can be missionaries right where we are

We can be missionaries right where we are

| November 19, 2014 | 2 Comments

French poet Leon Bloy once wrote, “The only real sadness in life is not to become a saint.”

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Having Patience for the Sausage-Making Synod

Having Patience for the Sausage-Making Synod

| Father Robert Barron | October 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

The midterm report on the deliberations of the Synod on the Family has appeared and there is a fair amount of hysteria all around. John Thavis, a veteran Vatican reporter who should know better, has declared this statement “an earthquake, the big one that hit after months of smaller tremors.” Certain commentators on the right have been wringing their hands and bewailing a deep betrayal of the Church’s teaching. One even opined that this report is the “silliest document ever issued by the Catholic Church,” and some have said that the interim document flaunts the teaching of St. John Paul II. Meanwhile the New York Times confidently announced that the Church has moved from “condemnation of unconventional family situations and toward understanding, openness, and mercy.” I think everyone should take a deep breath.

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‘The Giver’ and the fading memory of Christianity

‘The Giver’ and the fading memory of Christianity

| Father Robert Barron | September 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

What makes the society in “The Giver” most like contemporary Europe is the forgetfulness of Christianity. The source of the greatest suffering throughout human history is the attempt to deal with original sin on our own.

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The marginalized include those with mental illness

The marginalized include those with mental illness

| Deacon Jim Marschall | September 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

The recent death of actor Robin Williams has drawn attention to the tragedy of mental illness and suicide, but I fear that as weeks pass, it is slipping quietly from our consciousness.

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Back to school and starting over

Back to school and starting over

| Ginny Kubitz Moyer | August 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

While it’s hard to say goodbye to my family’s more relaxed summertime state of being, I love the implicit promise of the new school year. It’s a reminder that there are always fresh beginnings in life, that we don’t have to stay fixed in one place.

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Women feel same ache as salvation’s matriarchs

Women feel same ache as salvation’s matriarchs

| Denise Bossert | August 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

I had a glimpse into the matriarchs of salvation’s history that I had never had. They had no reason to believe they would ever hear their own child’s first cry — except a faint hope that remained in the deepest, most hidden part of their hearts.

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We are an Easter people

We are an Easter people

| April 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

In the work of upholding human dignity, the response of the Bethlehem Academy community gave new meaning to a phrase often used in the pro-life community: “dying with dignity.”

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Courts continue to weigh HHS mandate

Courts continue to weigh HHS mandate

| Patricia Zapor | February 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Supreme Court is involved in two types of issues related to claims by employers who say they should not have to provide coverage of contraceptives in their workers’ health insurance plans because it violates the employers’ faith-based moral objections.

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