Posts Tagged ‘Catholic Church’

Marriage in the Church – What is Marriage?: Part V

Editor’s Note: This is the fifth in a series of articles to explore the American Bishops’ Pastoral Letter, “Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan.” Read Part I here, Part II here, Part III here, and Part IV here.

“This is a great mystery, and I mean in reference to Christ and the church.” (Eph 5:32)

We are continuing our exploration...

Contradictions: Catholics for Choice

An entertaining piece of outrage found in this Catholics for Choice (CFC) magazine article was the discovery that several champions of authentic human rights – female champions, no less – had the audacity to defend the Catholic Church. The article targeted two of Human Life International’s (HLI) excellent leaders: Dr. Ligaya Acosta (HLI Regional Director for Asia and Oceania) and Julia Regina de Cardenal (director of HLI El Salvador) for their opposition...

Divorce: Challenges to Marriage

Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of articles to explore the American Bishops’ Pastoral Letter, “Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan.” Read Part I here, Part II here, Part IV here, and Part V here.

“For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall...

Media Spin, Human Nature, and Speaking the Truth

Why is it that the New York Times, Time magazine, and all the other tawdry publications simply bash the Catholic Church and never run positive articles?

Could you imagine the following headline: “Amidst Abuse Woes, Pope Offers Compelling Defense of Priestly Celibacy.” Or: “Statistics Show that Homosexuality Plays Major Role in Catholic Abuse Crisis.” No. They only run articles that pre-conform to their worldview and they suppress all other perspectives. How’s that for a...

Celebrating the Gospel of Life

In connection with the year of Faith, thousands of Catholics will celebrate the legacy of Blessed John Paul II and The Gospel of Life June 15-16 in Rome. The faithful from around the world will gather with the Holy Father in order to “witness to the sacred value of all life and to celebrate, affirm, and encourage all those who tend to those who are aged, disabled, ill, unborn, homebound, dying...

The Forgotten Eucharistic Vision of Virgil Michel

Father Paul Marx O.S.B., the founder of Human Life International, wrote his dissertation on the life and work of Virgil Michel O.S.B. (1888-1938), who was one of the leaders of the liturgical movement in the United States. Michel is famous in some circles for a syllogism that summarizes the focus of the papacies of the early 20th century:

Pius X tells us that the liturgy is the indispensable source...

Protecting Life and Love

Significantly, the inauguration of Pope Francis was on the solemnity of Saint Joseph, the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the patron of the universal Church. In his homily at the inauguration Mass, Pope Francis emphasized the role of Saint Joseph as the protector of the Holy Family and the Church. The Supreme Pontiff as the Vicar of Christ is the protector of the Faith of the Church, which has been...

Cookie Cutter Christians

A hostess for a Catholic radio station once told me of a Protestant gentleman who was making a pitch to get on her show. The point he wanted to make for the benefit of her radio listeners is that it is not important for Christians to hold the same views, but far more important that they avoid becoming “cookie cutter Christians.” The hostess offered him a polite but emphatic, “Thank you, but no...