The Marriage Mess

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Some Catholics are worrying themselves over whether the pope will allow Catholics who are divorced and remarried to receive communion. I am as concerned as anyone else about this issue and feel that the rule cannot be changed without changing the Catholic understanding of marriage. Indissoluble marriage is part of the revelation from Adam and [Read More...]

This is Catholic Worship

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The “Real Presence”–A Flexible Friend

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Yesterday at Mass for Corpus Christi I spoke about the real presence of the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. It reminded me that many Catholics use an abbreviated form of this theological mouthful and refer to “the Real Presence”. The problem with this is that “the Real [Read More...]

Jesus Christ’s Teaching for Today

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Does truth of the Catholic faith matter, and what is more important, what you do or what you believe? This debate has come up in the comboxes on this blog in two different ways: The first is with a reader who is a Catholic but asserts that what is most important are the good works [Read More...]

Should We Have Girl Altar Servers?

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We have girl altar servers at our parish of Our Lady of the Rosary. They do a good job. I think there are some good arguments for boys only, but when I came as pastor there were girl altar servers and I sure as heck wasn’t going to fire them. Here’s what we do at [Read More...]

Are Catholics Born Again Christians?

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My godly Evangelical mother used to “witness” when we were out shopping. She’d ask the store keeper, “Have you been born again?” If the conversation got going she’d relate the story of the conversation between Nicodemus and Jesus in the third chapter of John’s gospel. I don’t know if she ever succeeded in making convert, [Read More...]


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