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Humanae Vitae: Paul VI’s 1968 Encyclical on Human Life - A Summary
Last edited 26th July 2011

In 1968, Pope Paul VI re-affirmed the Catholic Church's truth and teachings on Human Life and the regulation of birth by writing 'Humanae Vitae'. Given that we live in a world with a strong contraceptive mentality, it is important for all Catholics to read and understand this encyclical. Fortunately, Fr. Richard Aladics has produced a shortened version of the famous encyclical, which you can access right here on Xt3!

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A Happy Little Reflection on Hell
Last edited 24th May 2011

The fear of death is universal and quite natural. In fact, Chesterton calls the fear of death common sense, “a coarse and pitiless common sense.”


Catholic Scholar Dismantles May 21 Judgment Day Claims
Last edited 22nd May 2011

The claim being circulated that May 21 will mark the end of the world and be a day of judgment by God has no basis in Scripture or authentic Christian teaching, according to Catholic scholar Dr. Jared Staudt. The professor of theology at the Augustine Institute, located in Denver, said that Biblical teaching and Church tradition show “it's clear that it is not scriptural to seek for a date for the day of judgment.” Visit this article to read more.

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Conversion: What’s the Key?
Last edited 23rd May 2011

Father C. John McCloskey, a priest of the personal prelature of Opus Dei for the past 30 years, is considered one of the Church’s most accomplished “fishers of men.” He has guided dozens of people into full communion with the Catholic Church, including high-profile figures such as federal Judge Robert Bork, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, Gen. Josiah Bunting III, economist Larry Kudlow, former abortionist Bernard Nathanson and columnist Robert Novak.

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A Biblical Walk Through the Mass: Interview With Author on Finding Scripture in the New Translation
Last edited 5th May 2011

Many Catholics might not realize just how much an hour at church on Sunday mornings puts them in contact with the Bible. In addition to the readings and psalm, "practically everything in the liturgy has some roots in Scripture,” according to a scholar who has written a book to point out these connections. In this interview with Zenit, Dr. Edward Sri explains the biblical roots of liturgy, explored in his book "A Biblical Walk Through the Mass."


Church Teachings on 'Brain Death' and Organ Donation
Last edited 3rd May 2011

Currently, the Church permits doctors to use “brain death” or “neurological criteria for determining death” in making end-of-life and organ donation decisions. But recently some have suggested that these criteria are no longer acceptable. A recent book by a Catholic doctor even claims that doctors who use “brain death” criteria are committing murder. Dr. John Haas, head of the National Catholic Bioethics Center, is worried that this thinking - which runs counter to Church teaching - is gaining influence and causing confusion. Visit this article to read a clarification.


The Bible is Not a Book, It's a Library
Last edited 8th April 2011

Some of the Bible is straight forward history. But other sections are poetry, saga, biography or exhortation. Still other sections use literary techniques such as parables, analogy, simile, metaphor, hyperbole, and expressions of the day. One of the problems many bring to Scripture is the tendency to read it in a crudely literalistic and mechanistic manner that does not respect the genre and purpose of a particular part of the Bible.

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Conference Clarifies Church's View on Human Rights
Last edited 3rd April 2011

The discussion on human rights has become muddled as various groups claim a "right" to abortion or same-sex marriage. Thus, a recent conference clarified the Catholic understanding of these rights. Robert Fastiggi, one of the conference organizers, affirmed  that "the Catholic Church has had a long and abiding interest in human rights."

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U.S. Bishops Call Theologian Nun's Book "Misleading"
Last edited 31st March 2011

The U.S. bishops are warning that a book by Fordham theology professor Sister Elizabeth Johnson distorts Catholic teaching and divine revelation. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Doctrine publicized a statement Wednesday about "Quest for the Living God: Mapping Frontiers in the Theology of God," written by Sister Johnson of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood, New York. It noted that the book "does not take the faith of the Church as its starting point." Visit this article to read more.


Is Hell Crowded or Empty? A Catholic Perspective
Last edited 18th April 2011

An internet controversy is percolating around a soon-to-be-published book by well-known evangelical preacher Rob Bell. In this article, Fr Robert Barron looks at Bell's "universalist" position on salvation, and clarifies the Catholic Church teachings on hell and heaven.

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