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Pope Francis just did something that few Popes have ever done. He wants to update the Church's teaching on the death penalty. Is this a development of doctrine? ...read more
The last two weeks we’ve been looking at love (part 1 and part 2). Jesus said that the two greatest commandments are to love God and to love neighbour (Matthew 22:36-40). He also said we have to love our enemies (Matthew 5:44). Last week we looked at seven qualities of love. Today let’s begin by ...read more
I wrote this 5 years ago. This year the Feast of the Sacred Heart falls five days after Father’s Day, but I think of this every year since I first wrote it. Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about being a dad, since that 13-year-old that I mention below will be soon graduating from High School ...read more
Last month on April 11, 2014, Pope Francis addressed the Italian Pro-Life movement with these provocative words: “We know that human life is sacred and inviolable. Every civil right rests on the recognition of the first and fundamental right, that of life, which is not subordinate to any condition, be it quantitative, economic or, least ...read more
Recently I had a conversation which brought up the following question: When we are voting at a political election, as Catholics, is there a guide or principles that we should follow? The person asking the question had been told that there is a list of ‘non-negotiable’ principles that Catholics should follow when voting. I may ...read more
“Discorso della Luna” 55 years ago – Thursday, October 11, 2016 Below is the text of Pope John’s speech on the night of the opening of the Second Vatican Council: Dear children, I hear your voices. Mine is only a single voice. But what resounds here is the voice of the whole world; here all the ...read more