Archive for July, 2015

Top 9 Things I Get Out of Catholicism

By Stephanie Pacheco

(Editor’s Note: In this final article of a series answering common objections to the Catholic faith, the author shares the ways the Church has been a gift to her life)

9. Latin – Latin is a beautiful, classical language that is home to many of the landmarks of Western Civilization as well as many Church Fathers such as Augustine and Tertullian and the later, celebrated Thomas Aquinas. Being Catholic is a perfect excuse to learn...

The Fear of Marriage

All the statistics and surveys indicate that smaller percentages of young men and women give priority to marriage as their natural vocation. Even in the prime years for matrimony in their twenties and thirties, more and more eligible men and women classify marriage as a secondary consideration rather than a crucial life decision. Explanations and answers vary from the burden of financial debt to commitments to professional advancement and educational pursuits to the convenience...

The Medical and Moral Magnificence of Humanae Vitae

Humanae Vitae (On Human Life), could arguably be considered one of the greatest encyclicals of our day. The task Blessed Pope Paul VI undertook in 1968 was indeed a brave one, as large currents of dissent and, it could be said, persecution for righteousness sake, quickly descended upon him and the Church’s Magisterium. Even though he reigned as Supreme Pontiff another ten years, and issued various other writings, he never wrote another encyclical....

Historical Injustices of the Church (Objection Series 7)

Many people wonder how we Catholics can still believe given some of the more infamous events in Church History; the classic duo of the Crusades and the Inquisition spring to mind. First, yes, the human members of the Church have made mistakes and lots of them. (See last article on hypocrites in the Church). One only needs to think of the Renaissance Popes who, despite all their misdeeds, never attempted to change Catholic...

Marriage Is About More Than Semantics

The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing so-called “same-sex marriage” has raised many questions. The institution of marriage has been around since the beginning of time. When the highest court in the land, prompted by the efforts of the president and others, purports to redefine the meaning of marriage itself, one must give pause. This is a monumental moment in the history of this nation. America will never again be the same. Barak Obama has...

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Thomas Centrella

tcentrellaThomas J. Centrella has an MA in theological studies from Christendom College and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Wilkes University. He has close to 20 years of experience as an editor and writer, including two years as Managing Editor of IEEE Design & Test magazine. He is also a veteran of the United States Air Force, where he attained the rank of Captain. He currently works in Curriculum Development at Seton...

Incrementalism and the Moral Imperative

History has shown that when an injustice is codified into civil law, rarely is it overturned with one piece of legislation. Rather, it tends to be a laborious process in which the injustice must be dismantled piece by piece. In modern times, the civil injustice of abortion is being taken apart by incrementally passing legislation that limits its various evils. This methodology has proven to be the prudential path to take since it has...

Love Has Become an Empty Shell

The opening words of Pope Benedict XVI’s final encyclical, Caritas in veritate, are just as true and applicable today as they were when he wrote them in 2009. He writes, “Charity in truth, to which Jesus Christ bore witness by his earthly life and especially by his death and resurrection, is the principal and driving force behind authentic development of every person and of all humanity” (CV 1). In the wake of the...