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A United Witness: The Lives and Deaths of Thomas More and John Fisher

By Donald Prudlo, Ph.D.

From the moment Christ uttered His stunning doctrine on marriage 2,000 years ago, the Church has stood in unbroken witness to His teaching. Christ elevated marriage to a sacrament of the New Law, linking it with the purity of God’s original design for creation. Through the history of Christianity, the Church has met challenge after challenge regarding this belief. Against the Romans she mandated that people from any social class could marry. Against pagan denigration...

Fidelity to Tradition: Bl. John XXIII and the Second Vatican Council

On Sunday, April 27, along with John Paul II, Pope Francis will canonize the beloved John XXIII, having quickly advanced him through the arduous process of saint-creation. One is tempted to call it the undercard of the match, or perhaps Pope Francis wanted some Italian presence in St. Peter’s square to offset the busloads of Poles descending on the eternal city. In any case, John XXIII was certainly no undercard in his lifetime. He...

A Ray of Hope for the Family in Quebec

The New Year may be off to a good start in the province of Quebec. Pope Francis has added the lone bishop from North America, Gerald Lacroix to the College of Cardinals. Bishop Lacroix is an outspoken defender of life and the family, and has publically displayed his support for the Culture of Life by faithfully attending Canada’s National March for Life. Prior to his appointment as archbishop of Quebec City, he risked the...

Obligations and the Incarnation

From the very beginnings of Christianity, the faithful have been abundantly blessed by the cycles of feast and fast days. From the great Holy Day of the Lord’s Resurrection, to the “little Easters” on each Sunday, to the celebrations of the triumphs of the martyrs, confessors, and virgins, the Church is enriched beyond measure by the graces of a God who began his public ministry on earth on the joyous occasion of a wedding....

The Fate of Unbaptized Infants: Christian Hope and Christian Realism

As we approach All Souls’ day, we pause and pray for all of our faithful departed, beseeching God to give them kind admittance into heaven. Prayer for the dead is an ancient practice of Christianity, taken over from later Judaism as recounted in the books of Maccabees. Some of the most ancient prayers in our liturgy come from the Requiem Mass of the early Church. Indeed, prayers for the dead and visits to cemeteries,...

Married Life: A Path to Heaven – What is Marriage?: Part VII

Editor’s Note: This is the seventh and final 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, Part IV here, Part V here, and Part VI here.

“He who loves his wife, loves himself, for no man ever...

An Image of Christ and His Church – What is Marriage?: Part VI

Editor’s Note: This is the sixth 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, Part IV here, Part V here, and Part VII here.

The relation of husband and wife is a mirror of Christ and His...

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...