Archive for September, 2015

Three Reasons No One Should be Disappointed with the Pope’s Visit to America

By Stephanie Pacheco

In Pope Francis’s recent talks to Congress and to the UN, the Pope has surprised a number of committed Catholics by his talking points, mostly because he did not focus too heavily on abortion. However, it should come as no surprise that Pope Francis focused on many of the same themes from Laudato Si, his first encyclical, such as the environment, immigration, ending the death penalty, ending arms proliferation and human trafficking, and supporting the poor...

Love Another Person, See The Face Of God

By Catherine Mendenhall-Baugh

In the past week, Pope Francis has shared so many important messages with the world.  One of the most critical messages was made at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. In Cardinal Sean O’Malley’s words, “together we want to dream of a world where the beauty of family life attracts people to make a gift of themselves in marriage to build a domestic church that will continue to build a civilization of love.”

An elderly...

Streamlined Annulment Process: A Sign of Compassion

Do not be afraid: Regardless of what you have heard or read, the Catholic Church has not by any means changed its teaching regarding the permanent nature of marriage. That is something that is dogma and therefore unalterable for the Church that Christ founded and whose head He divinely preserves from officially teaching error. What we have here in Pope Francis’ recent revision of the annulment process may not be easy to understand,...

From Here to Eternity

Who has seen the wind? Neither I nor you: But when the leaves hang trembling, You know its passing through.

There are two things, apart from the poetic merits that Christina Rossetti has given in her charming little poem, that I would like to build upon. The first is the principle of causality, one that is acknowledged and affirmed by all human beings except a few hard-headed empirical philosophers. Wherever there...

An Encounter with the Mercy of God

In preparation for the upcoming Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis recently issued a letter regarding forgiveness for the sin of abortion that has garnered much attention. On some levels it has raised a few questions, but those are pretty easily clarified. More importantly, the Holy Father’s benevolent words are generating a greater awareness about the healing Christ offers through His Church to those who seek it.

What exactly did Francis...

Hillary’s Religious Fervor

We are all born with a religious impulse. St. Augustine’s assertion that our hearts were made for God remains a fundamental theological tenet. The great misfortune that has plagued mankind is not the absence of this impulse, but how it has been misdirected. If it is not directed to God, it short-circuits itself and fails to achieve its proper aim. Religion, therefore, has not died, because its basic impulse remains. “What bothers an...

Review: Eleven Cardinals Speak on Marriage and the Family

Editor’s Note: the following is a review of the recently published Eleven Cardinals Speak on Marriage and the Family – Essays from a Pastoral Standpoint, Edited by Winfried Aymans, Ignatius Press, San Francisco, 2015.

The eleven Cardinals who wrote these essays are united in their concern to preserve the constant teachings on family against erroneous proposals that surfaced for the Extraordinary Synod of last year. Here we are not only talking of the initiative...

What It Is About The Family We Should Be Defending

Of all the doctrines of the Catholic Church, perhaps the most difficult to comprehend—next to the Incarnation—is the Holy Trinity. How can one God, omnipotent, existing from all eternity, the First Mover, exist in Three Persons? How do we know each Person? Can we know each Person? Even though the Church’s magisterium has described this mystery to us, the theology of the Trinity is an eschatological mystery that we will never fully understand here on...