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!
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.”
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.
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.
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."
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 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."
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.
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.
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.
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