Archive for the ‘Monsignor Ignacio Barreiro’ Category

Burying the Dead as an Affirmation of Life

The growing tendency to resort to cremation is eroding the longstanding Christian tradition of burying the dead. One who considers both the sources of this tradition and Church teaching finds good reason for the Church’s belief that burial is strongly recommended over cremation. Regardless of what the supposed benefits of cremation may be, we would do well to consider both relevant Church teaching on the matter and possible unintended effects of the trend toward...

Review: Christ’s New Homeland – Africa: Contribution to the Synod on the Family by African Pastors

This important contribution for the good of the universal Church is a demonstration of the concerns of African bishops regarding many controversial matters that are going to be considered in the Synod on the Family. It is presented by Francis Cardinal Arinze, Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for Divine Worship. He underlines how marriage comes from God and that no human person has the authority to try to reinvent it. He shows how part...

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...

HB 3074 Should Not Be Supported

Joe Kral’s article, The End of the Texas Impasse: The Moral Case for HB 3074, published on April 6 in the Truth & Charity Forum, offers some useful contributions to the problematic debate regarding Texas’ legislation of artificially administered nutrition and hydration. However, HB 3074 is a deeply flawed bill and should not be supported.

HB 3074 seeks to remedy the current law in Texas, which treats...

How to Create and Sustain a Culture of Life

In contemporary society, we are faced with the challenge of how we can establish again a Culture of Life, one that would integrally respect life from biological conception to its natural end. St. John Paul II underlines the necessity of preaching the Gospel of Life as an integral part of the Gospel (78). This vision was defended many years before the promulgation of St. John Paul II’s Evangelium vitae (The Gospel of Life) by Fr. Paul...

Review: Remaining in the Truth of Christ: Marriage and Communion in the Catholic Church

The Catholic world was shaken upon the release of Walter Cardinal Kasper’s The Gospel of the Family, in which he proposed that the Church permit divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to be admitted to Eucharistic Communion.

Remaining in the Truth of Christ, officially released today, is the thorough and charitable response to Cardinal Kasper’s proposal, both for the arguments presented and for an exhaustive index of relevant Magisterial teaching presented therein. In short, it...

Like the Cristeros, Catholics Today Must Stand Up for Our Rights

There are no coincidences in history; everything that happens is part of God’s plans. Although we can see in history great evils when the powerful reject His plan...