Playing politics with the sacraments?

Eucharist

Gene Robinson, retired Episcopal bishop of New Hampshire, says the Catholic church is playing politics with the Eucharist. The comments stem from recent pronouncements that Catholics who oppose the church's moral teaching should refrain from taking the Eucharist. Neither should they be surprised if denied the sacrament. “For a Catholic to receive holy Communion and still deny the revelation Christ entrusted to the church is to try to say two contradictory things at once: ‘I believe the … [Read more...]

America needs prophets

Rev. Jonathan Mayhew

The intense fight over Obamacare's HHS mandate highlights a real disdain for religion in public life. Obamacare has had religious detractors from the start because of abortion concerns, but they have had their own detractors among the political and chattering classes. While paying lip service to the right of Catholic bishops to participate in the conversation, for instance, one pundit actually said (before the bill had passed) that the hierarchs were holding America “hostage” by their … [Read more...]

How differing Christians can work together

standing together

The lack of unity among Christians is lamentable. But the divisions are oftentimes real and over genuine differences of interpretation and understanding. These cannot be papered over or wished away. But neither can we simply stay isolated, one from the other. It seems there are three ways to approach ecumenism: the nice approach, the eschatological approach, and the co-belligerency approach. 1. The nice approach The first is to look at the differences between ourselves and dismiss … [Read more...]


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