Few things are so moving as a group of children making their First Communion. It brings back vivid memories of our own childhood innocence…Continue Reading
Is Ecumenism the harmony of all Christian Faiths?
Ever since the early Greeks, the sphere has been considered the perfect shape par excellence. This philosophical consideration served as a basis amongst the Scholastics for interesting theological constructions regarding the concept of God and the Church.Continue Reading
Is conscience the last word on what is good and evil?
‘Conscience, conscience! Divine instinct, immortal and celestial voice, sure guide of a being that is ignorant and limited, but intelligent and free; infallible judge of good and evil that makes man like unto God;’ Just as Jean-Jacques Rousseau did 250 years ago, Pope Francis and the atheistic, socialist journalist Eugenio Scalfari — in a prolific and widely publicised exchange of ideas — put particular focus on the riveting theme of the morality of human conduct. Read on…
Sell off churches to feed the poor?
If there’s a place in the world where anyone, rich or poor, can feel welcomed without restrictions, it’s in a Catholic church. In it, material splendor is at the service of the glory of God and at everyone’s reach – one may calmly enjoy the splendor of the church better than anyone could at palaces or museums.Continue Reading
The self-denominated ‘Archbishop of Uppsala, dear sister’: How far will ecumenical dialogue go?
‘There will be one flock, one shepherd’ (Jn 10:16)…This was Christ’s desire in leaving the mandate for the Apostles to ‘proclaim the gospel to every creature’ (Mk 16:15). Continue Reading
Having a large family is a sign of irresponsibility?
Within any society, people encounter certain difficulties in carrying out their activities for, to a greater or lesser extent, differences of criteria naturally demand that one give in to others for things to run smoothly, for obstacles to be overcome and a common objective to be achieved. As such, marriage also requires significant renunciations in the interests of a greater good. Read more…
Can the admonitions of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith be despised?
To really get to know somebody, it’s necessary to observe different aspects of their character. We Catholics reveal our moral worth in diverse circumstances: for example, during times of physical and spiritual suffering, when we need to pardon our neighbor, when we detach ourselves from material goods – it is in these and so many other trials, that charity is really proven.Continue Reading
In the end, do all go to Heaven?
Despite the indifferentism of our days, it often happens that the same question, which someone — perhaps afflicted with the perspective of eternal condemnation — had posed long ago to the Redeemer keeps coming back: ‘Lord, will only a few people be saved?’Continue Reading
Did the Church stop looking to Jesus Christ?
“About Jesus Christ and the Church, I simply know they’re just one thing, and we shouldn’t complicate the matter,” replied Saint Joan of Arc during her trial (cf. CCC 795), evidencing impressive theological precision – despite her lack of education – that was due to her great union with the Divine Savior.Continue Reading
Should the Gospel be adapted to contemporary culture?
One of the fundamental documents of Vatican Council II teaches that ‘the Church has always had the duty of scrutinizing the signs of the times and interpreting them in the light of the Gospel.’ Francis, in turn, insinuates that the Gospel should be re-read in light of modern culture.Continue Reading