Can a public figure who has voted on anti-life legislation be denied communion?
Many people consider there is little more to life than thinking as they wish and doing as they feel. They speak of "my truth" and "my conscience," refusing to acknowledge an objective moral order. Unfortunately, this cultural relativism is also prevalent among Catholics, who often wish to act according to their subjective beliefs rather than the objective teaching of the Catholic Church.
Your question is one of the most frequently asked “religious” questions. It has become a big question because so many people, like yourself, have pets for whom they feel affection and therefore sadness when their pet dies. The most honest answer to your question is that we don’t know...
During his Homily for the Episcopal Ordination of six new Bishops in 2007, the Holy Father reflected on each of the 3 Archangels, marking the feast day on 29 September. Visit this article to learn more about St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael - Archangels and messengers of God.
How much do you know about 'Angels'? What does the Church teach about these spiritual beings? Visit this article for answers to all the common questions about Angels, including proof of their existence, why they were created, and how we can pray through them!
We have all experienced times in our life when God seems distant, quite far from our heart and mind. Perhaps we been influenced in this experience by disappointment, loss, grief, depression or boredom. Praying seems hard, and God seems to hide his face. In this article, Msgr. Charles Pope of the Archdiocese of Washington, reflects on how we overcome this barrier to find God.
Pope John Paul II put his finger on a problem typical of our time, namely, that people think that they can do lots of bad things while still remaining, deep down, "good persons," as though their characters are separable from the particular things that they do. In this article, Fr. Robert Barron unpacks JPII's teachings on ethical decision making, showing that our actions cannot be seperated from our personhood - particularly in the area of sexuality.
Dr. Morse gave this speech April 23, 2011, at Hong Kong Baptist University, at a conference of Western and Chinese scholars, entitled “The Family and Sexual Ethics: Christian Foundations and Public Values.” China is experiencing numerous problems due to family breakdown, including the one child policy, high divorce rates, and an imbalanced sex ratio. This conference was convened because many in China, even in the Academy of Science and in government, are interested in what Christianity has to say about marriage, family, sexuality and society.
Perhaps the most disconcerting Catholic doctrine is the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. Many people today have the same reaction as those disciples who heard Jesus preach it for the first time in Capernaum and were scandalized, “This saying is hard, and who can hear it?” (Jn. 6:61). John says that after, many of His disciples stopped following Him altogether.
A common Evangelical protest against the Catholic practice of praying and interacting with the saints is that they “can’t hear us.” Those who disbelieve our practice often quote 1 Kings 8:39 which says, for you alone (O Lord) know the hearts of all men. In this article, Msgr. Charles Pope refutes that claim that the Saints cannot hear our prayers, and answers the common questions about the Catholic practice of praying through the intercession of the Saints.
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