When reading Genesis, we encounter the character of Cain - an angry, jealous man with a competative view on life that is all too familiar in society today. However this passage in scripture does not merely show us an internal struggle with anger and sin in Cain, but also another reality all men and women - the existence of a conscience. Our 'conscience” is the innate sense of the law of God in each one of us. All too often people justify evils actions with the comment "they don't know they are doing anything wrong" - but is this possible?
Here is a copy of the draft "Order of the Mass" using the New Missal translation, which is due to be released in parishes later this year. The new translation links the Liturgy of the Holy Mass with Sacred Scripture and is excellent for catechesis. Download the full PDF here on Xt3!
Auxiliary Bishop George Stack of Westminster has told the Church of England General Synod that Catholics as well as Anglicans need to study Marian doctrine more closely. He pointed out that John Paul II himself said that Mary was “one of the areas in need of fuller study before a true consensus of faith can be achieved”. Visit this article to read more.
The revised New American Bible that will be released on Ash Wednesday (March 9) "will be like going from regular TV to high-definition," said Mary Elizabeth Sperry, associate director of New American Bible utilization for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. "You'll have the same programs but more clarity, more detail." Visit this article to read more.
Can deacons perform the rite of exorcism or be appointed by their bishops to serve as exorcists? Father Edward McNamara answers this quesion in this article from Zenit.
Question: In the last 10 years I have attended a number of Catholic marriages and in none of them does the priest ever say, "I now declare you man and wife." What happened to that simple declarative statement and why has it been excised from the marriage vows? Father Edward McNamara looks at the Roman Catholic rite of matrimony in this article.
Here is John Paul II's apostolic letter 'Rosarium Virginis Mariae' on the Rosary of the Virgin Mary, which looks at the history of prayer, and the importance of the Holy Rosary in our Catholic faith.
It is very common today that moral assessments seem to center quite a lot around the intentions and feelings of the person involved. What is actually being done seems less significant and as long as a person “means well” or feels something is right then it is OK for them and we should make no further moral discernment... But, as Msgr Charles Pope explains, the fact is such criteria are not enough!
A revised translation of the New American Bible, which aims to be more accurate, will be released March 9. This revision, the most extensive in the past 20 years, reflects advances in linguistics of the biblical languages, new discoveries of ancient manuscripts, and changes in the English language.
It was the most important event in the history of Christianity since the Reformation and the Council of Trent. Forty-five years ago, on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (8 December), Pope Paul VI closed the Second Vatican Council in St. Peter’s Basilica along with 2,300 bishops gathered from the entire world, solemnly invoked Mary under a new title: Mother of the Church. Read more about this history event in the Church's history in this article.
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