Posts Tagged ‘Pope Francis’

Living Indissolubility in Marriage: The Act of the Heroic Christian

We hardly need a reminder that marriage is under attack, both in the world and the Church. The attack on marriage within Holy Mother Church is perhaps the most devastating, leaving members of the laity confused and troubled. In his ongoing debate over admitting the divorced and remarried to Communion, Cardinal Kasper’s proposals have done more harm than good for the Church and world. While his provocative perspectives have brought about much discussion, they do...

Defending life is not in opposition to fighting poverty

By Denise Hunnell, M.D.

I was astounded when I read reports by numerous news outlets that during a panel discussion on poverty held at Georgetown University, President Obama admonished Catholic and Evangelical Christian leaders to focus more on poverty and spend less time worrying about abortion and same-sex marriage. Surely, someone who is a constitutional law scholar, as President Obama claims to be, would realize how inappropriate it is for the President of the United States to insert himself...

Pope Francis Stresses Difference, Complementarity of Genders

Whether the mainstream media chooses to cover it or not, Pope Francis’ General Audience yesterday confirmed once again that he upholds the Church’s teaching on marriage. In fact, he unabashedly challenges us saying that it is the “great responsibility of the Church, of all believers, and first of all of believing families, to rediscover the beauty of the creative design that inscribes the image of God also in the alliance between man and...

The Parish Fish Fry: an Old Tool for the New Evangelization

“Lenten Fish Fries are as much a part of our culture as losing sports teams,” said the CEO of the Cleveland-area Cleats Restaurants Corporation, Tim Higdon. On non-Lenten Fridays, Higdon reports that his restaurants sell an average of 20 fish fries, but during Lent, the average soars to 250. Lenten fish fries are on the rise in both restaurants and non-profit venues, and are a still valued and entrenched aspect of the local culture. This...

Pope Francis on the Family and Human Life

What a first year this has been for Pope Francis and for the Church! From Pius XII to the current pontiff, the Church and the world have been exceptionally blessed with a string of pontiffs who have been outstanding in the area that is most important for all of us – holiness. All these popes have been proposed for canonization with the exception of the still-living Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, and I would...

In Word and Deed, Pope Francis Promotes the Family

Nothing Pope Francis has said about the family over these past 12 months speaks louder than the action he took last fall, when he announced the theme for the next gathering of the Synod of Bishops.

The Synod, a post-Vatican II innovation that advises the Holy Father and seeks to foster collegiality among him and the world’s bishops, has never taken up a particular theme more than once.

But now the family will be the...

The Heart and the Home of the New Evangelization

In the Christmas Season, the Church celebrates the Epiphany of the Lord when the three wise men followed a star from the East. According to Sacred Scripture, “When [the wise men] saw the star which they had seen in the East went before them, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy; and going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him” (Mt 2:10-11). Meeting...

The Second Immaturity

While Kant suggested that the Enlightenment ended human immaturity by allowing us to think and speak for ourselves, the German theologian Johann Baptist Metz suspects that the “enlightened” societies of the West have now succumbed to a second immaturity. We’re free to think for ourselves, yes, but have we anything to think about, and is any of our thinking done in keeping with the truth or is it merely a tool to attain our...