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Gambling with souls: The choice for or against God

10/26/2018 - 7:46am

Reading Phil Lawler’s commentary about Archbishop Viganòs concern for souls, I cannot help reflecting on the misunderstandings which rob so many pastors of the same concern. Much of this can be traced to that spiritual cowardice which passes for a prudent refusal to give offense, but there are other reasons concern for souls has gone out of fashion.

Avoid discouragement, feed your soul: New books that can help

10/23/2018 - 10:05am

Given the problems facing the Church today, from both within and without, it is easy to become discouraged. It is easy to wonder whether it is any longer worthwhile trying to draw people into a Church which seems to do its best to betray them. And it is easy to wonder whether it is even possible to foster effective renewal in the Church.

The road to Hell is paved with Catholic ideals.

10/19/2018 - 10:29am

It is becoming increasingly common (again!) for bishops and theologians to refer to the moral law as an “ideal”. This is simply more evidence of the secularization of what passes for Christian thought. For example, Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago has used this language in commenting on those who enter into gay marriages:

Isaiah: The Poet of Salvation

10/16/2018 - 8:37am

The Book of Isaiah the prophet is the longest book in the Bible except for the entire collection of the Psalms. It is also arguably the most beautifully poetic book apart from the Psalms. In one inspiring passage after another, the prophet faithfully pronounces God’s judgment on Israel along with His great love and desire to redeem. Moreover, these themes sweep across all ages, past, present and future. Many of the most striking promises of a definitive redemption are in the book of Isaiah—most notably the famous suffering servant of chapters 50 through 53.

In denial about not ordaining homosexuals?

09/18/2018 - 10:31am

I won’t bore you with the details, but every time the Vatican issues an instruction stating that those with clear homosexual tendencies should not be admitted to the priesthood, there follows a plethora of articles—including some in L’Osservatore Romano itself—in which the writers fall all over themselves to make sure that we understand that there must be (undoubtedly frequent) exceptions to every rule.

Five things every Catholic can do to end the abuse crisis

09/14/2018 - 9:49am

When I wrote that faithful Catholics “need to spend more time in prayer and sacrifice than in advocacy for a papal resignation” (see Pope Francis: The resignation scenario), I received notes from only a very few people who disagreed. These few asserted that it was a very good thing to work toward ridding the Church of a bad pope.