Why Do Catholics Bother?

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Reflecting on Russel Shaw's new book about reclaiming our Catholic identity, especially in light of the controversy caused by Bishop Vasa's attempts to assert the Catholic identity of his diocesan schools, I thought it might be good to look at all the good things the Church tries to do and ask, "Why?"Why do Catholics run schools, hospitals, charity organizations and the like?  Are we just terminal do-gooder busy-bodies who can't just leave well-enough alone?Well, of course the answer to … [Read more...]

(“Phew! The Coast is Clear!”) Er, I mean, “Yeah! Pope Francis!”

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Amy Welborn is spot on in identifying what she calls the weird sense of "relief" expressed by many on the election of Pope Francis.    To be honest, I've been getting the impression that in certain quarters, people aren't so much rejoicing that Pope Francis was elected as much as they are rejoicing at what they imagine to be the end of the papal era of JPII and BXVI with their shared focus on personal responsibility, the authentic nature of love, and the importance of the Church's moral teac … [Read more...]

What is the Mission of the Church?

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A commenter ("Midwest Lady") in my post entitled, "Catholics and Mental Illness:  Are We Doing Enough?" asked an interesting question that, frankly, we Catholics don't spend nearly enough time thinking about (IMHO).  She wrote, "What is the basic mission of the Catholic Church?"I thought the question was worth its own post.  What is the basic mission of the Church?  Is it to give people something to do on Sundays?  To solve social problems (as "social justice" Catholics assert)?  To tell peop … [Read more...]


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