What to Expect When You’re Expecting Pope Francis

At a moment when "change from below" is already stirring in America, Pope Francis' upcoming visit may impact the nation for generations.by Sean ConnollyPope Francis is not coming to the U.S. to damn Americans for our wealth or our love of SUVs. He will arrive not as a critic but as a missionary, one who will affirm what is best in the US before he challenges our choices. And he is likely to disarm and even charm those of us who, believing the pundits, are braced for harsh words from the … [Read more...]

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Ways & Means: Planned Parenthood Vids a Salvific Good

Guest Post By Erin Brownback Last Thursday, after a lengthy Twitter conversation with an ardent supporter of abortion, I posted this tweet.Since then, it has been redistributed in a variety of contexts, and most recently has been used to make the case that to lie to expose the truth of evil is to say, “I will try by any means that is not sinful or illegal to DESTROY you.”I’d like to be clear.We are called to love, respect, and show kindness to all people because they are each ma … [Read more...]

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Laudato Si’ and the Influence of Romano Guardini

Enjoy one of the best commentaries I've yet read on "Laudato Si'", via guest Father Robert Barron Laudato Si' and Romano Guardini by Very Rev. Robert Barron In 1986, after serving in a variety of capacities in the Jesuit province of Argentina, Jorge Mario Bergoglio commenced doctoral studies in Germany. The focus of his research was the great twentieth century theologian and cultural critic Romano Guardini, who had been a key influence on, among many others, Karl Rahner, Henri de Lubac, and … [Read more...]

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Like Christianity, Islam Must Face Itself or Lose Credibility​

As I am still intent on a writing project, it is my pleasure to bring you this guest post by the esteemed scholar, and Franciscan Friar, Elias D. Mallon, who writes to caution Muslim friends that increased Islamic outreach and dialogue is urgently needed, if their credibility is to be preserved in the face extremist factions like ISIS and Boko Haram, and their continued crimes against humanity.An Examination of Conscience is Not Just for Christians If these specific things had not been … [Read more...]

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Blurred Lines: Religious Freedom and Indiana SB101

Melinda Selmys believes some lobbyists behind Indiana's SB 101 intend to blur important lines of distinction between authentic religious freedom and “Christian freedom.”[While I am still on book-writing break, Melinda Selmys guest-posts about important distinctions that are becoming blurred in our national discourse on religious freedom and the inviolability of an individual's religious conscience. Melinda is a convert to Catholicism, a contributor at Spiritual Friendship, and the author of 4 … [Read more...]

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