As a Protestant becoming a Catholic, here's what I wish I'd known about the beliefs and practices of the Catholic Church a long time ago.
A famous anecdote from 19th century New England involves Margaret Fuller, an early feminist and ardent exponent of the spiritual movement of transcendentalism. Besotted by her emotions, she once blurted out, "I accept the universe!" When he heard of this, the Scottish philosopher Thomas Carlyle remarked dryly, "Gad-she'd better."While the story may be apocryphal, if you replace Fuller with Pope Fr...
The Vatican has invited the world's leading scientists and cosmologists to try and understand the Big Bang. Astrophysicists and other experts will attend the Vatican Observatory to discuss black holes, gravitational waves and space-time singularities as it honors the late Jesuit cosmologist considered one of the fathers of the idea that the universe began with a gigantic explosion.
When the pope said that gender ideology is a form of intellectual colonization, leftist ideologues erupted in Pope Francis Derangement Syndrome.
Robert Royal on the good and the not-so-good in "Amoris Laetitia," the pope's much-anticipated post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on the Family.
The new papal apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, is out . A few words may be in order. Here is a summary of what I found to be highl...
'Laudato Si'' comes from a non-European. What difference does this make?
By JACK JENKINS & EMILY ATKIN, reviewing a draft of the coming papal letter on climate change: "The likely encyclical draft - entitled "Laudato Si" or "Praised Be," from a prayer by St. Francis of Assisi - directly addressed the old biblical claim that because God gave humanity "dominion" over the earth in Genesis, humanity... Continue reading ...
Pope Francis' recent trip to Latin America has rekindled questions about whether he endorses socialism, or even communism.
The long-awaited papal encyclical on the environment could have a significant influence on conservative politics around the world.
Seven "well prepared" women attempted to be ordained Catholic priests in Morristown, New Jersey, on Saturday, April 24. I say "attempted" because women cannot be ordained Catholic priests. It is a theological impossibility. They are not priests. I just read the report of the event on the blog of "Rev. Dr. Judy Lee,
Msgr. Charles M. Mangan & Father Gerald E. Murray. "Why a priest should wear his Roman collar." The Roman collar is a sign of priestly consecration to the Lord. As a wedding ring distinguishes husband and wife and symbolizes the union they enjoy, so the Roman collar identifies bishops and priests (and often deacons and
There is so much confusion about love and marriage in our society. There is so much confusion about love and marriage in our church. So here are ten things every Catholic should know about marriage. 1. Marriage is something given by God - Marriage is not a social construct or a romantic idea. Marriage is not a
Some very good news! The Vatican and the American Sisters have acknowledged their common mission and officially ended the multi-year Mandate for reform of the LCWR. In a joint statement and final report released April 16 by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Leadership Conference of Women
New Book Is Useful Guide for Clearing up Misunderstandings
The theories of evolution and the Big Bang are real and God is not "a magician with a magic wand", Pope Francis has declared. Speaking at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the Pope made comments which experts said put an end to the "pseudo theories" of creationism and intelligent design that some argue were encouraged by his predecessor, Benedict XVI.
Catholicism is now the biggest faith group in the United StatesCatholics are now the single biggest faith group in America at 22 per cent, according to the latest Pew research pollThe news will come as a positive boost to the American bishops who have endured massive negative publicity on child abuse cases these past few yearsThe influx of Hispanics has certainly helped the Catholic numbers but the church seems in remarkable shape given its problemsThe emerging Catholic power is shown most clearly in the make-up of the Supreme Court where six of the nine justices share that faith
It was Patriarch Bartholomew who broke the news: On his return from Jerusalem, where the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople had prayed with Pope Francis at the Holy Sepulchre, the Patriarch revealed plans for a Catholic-Orthodox get-together in Nicaea in 2025. The meeting in Jerusalem of the Roman Catholic
A commission's ruling that Colorado baker Jack Phillips must bake same-sex "wedding" cakes forces him to choose between violating his conscience and supporting his family, the baker's lawyer said.
U.N. anti-torture committee member Felice Gaer's statement to a Holy See delegation equating opposition to abortion and torture is part of a growing trend to exclude Catholics and other pro-life advocates, one critic says.