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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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Pope: Confessional Also a Place to Learn
Last edited 27th March 2011

According to Pope Benedict XVI, the sacrament of confession is not only about the forgiveness of sins, but is also a place to learn about ourselves, and about the Catholic faith. "To confess means to assist in as many 'professiones fidei' as there are penitents, and to contemplate the action of the merciful God in history, to touch the salvific effects of the cross and resurrection of Christ, at all times and for every man." Visit this article to read more.


Can One Be Catholic and Support Same-Sex Marriage?
Last edited 29th March 2011

For the State to equate homosexual unions and marriage "would objectively mean that the connection of sexuality to procreation and the raising of children is a fact of no interest to the state since it has no relevance to the common good." But what is more relevant to the common good than the very survival of civilization?


John Paul II's Theology of the Body: Key to an Authentic Marital & Family Spirituality
Last edited 24th March 2011

What is marital spirituality? How does the family become authentically spiritual? For John Paul II, the answers to these questions “of the spirit” are revealed in the body.


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