October 18, 2019

Scripture tells us little concerning the writer of the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles. Luke gives us a few glimpses as to why he wrote his texts, but we are given next to nothing concerning his own particular biography. We might try to connect him to the companion of Paul mentioned in the book of Colossians, “Luke the beloved physician and Demas greet you” (Col.  4:14 RSV), Philemon (cf. 1:24), and 2 Timothy (cf. 4:11), but… Read more

October 16, 2019

Christians have always been engaging themselves with the cultures in which they live. They have done this both transforming the culture from within, but also by allowing the culture to transform the way Christians represented themselves by addressing, and applying, the values and beliefs of the culture at large to the Christian faith. That is, Christians have let the culture they live in establish the symbols and standards in which Christians are to act and think. This is not to… Read more

October 15, 2019

Not only is homelessness a major crisis, it is not getting better, but only worse. Sadly, many of our leaders do not care about the people affected by extreme poverty. If they care, it is only to find a way in which the homeless can be hid from the public, to make them disappear. There is no concern as to making sure the homeless are treated with the dignity and respect everyone deserves, nor is there any significant investigation as… Read more

October 14, 2019

Many, if not most, people today accept that being deliberately cruel to animals is wrong. They understand there is something immoral in such activity, even if they cannot exactly state why it is immoral. Likewise, they even accept that there can be, and should be, some legal protections which prevent at least some kinds of cruelty towards animals. On the other hand, most people also accept the notion that humanity is, in some way or another, superior to animals, and… Read more

October 10, 2019

In the canons of the Council of Chalcedon, we read: A woman shall not receive the laying on of hands as a deaconess under forty years of age, and then only after searching examination. And if, after she has had hands laid on her and has continued for a time to minister, she shall despise the grace of God and give herself in marriage, she shall be anathematized and the man united to her. [1] In case some might wonder… Read more

October 9, 2019

In many religious debates, the word Gnostic is often thrown around as a way to insult one’s opponent, with the intention of suggesting they are a heretic. The problem is that the term is often used wrongly. While it does not necessarily indicate someone is a heretic, there are various heretical groups, each which claimed special knowledge necessary for salvation, that were labelled Gnostic so that the term became associated with heresy. While the claim that particular knowledge is necessary… Read more

October 7, 2019

Christians are to follow Christ in the fact that they are to give of themselves to others, and to the world as a whole, in acts of loving service. “Let all that you do be done in love” (1Cor. 16:14 RSV). This is what it means to take up our cross, even as it was the reason why Jesus took up his cross. Because of the expectations which are placed upon us due to what love requires from us, we… Read more

October 6, 2019

Bede, in his History of the English Church and People, recorded Pope St. Gregory’s letter to Mellitus, explaining in part, the method of inculturation which St. Gregory suggested for the conversion of the English peoples: Therefore, when by God’s help you reach our most reverend brother, Bishop Augustine, we wish you to inform him that we have been giving careful thought to the affairs of the English, and have come to the conclusion that the temples of idols among that… Read more

October 4, 2019

When St. Francis of Assisi heard Christ speak to him from a crucifix in a dilapidated Italo-Greek church, saying, “Build up my church,” he believed he was meant to repair the church he was in. At that moment, Francis did not consider that he was being given a greater mission, to help the universal church, which, like the parish he was in, was crumbling apart from within. And yet, the two ways of interpreting the message were related. To build… Read more

October 2, 2019

When Trump went to the United Nations, he pretended to be interested in religious liberty.  He gave the claim that religious liberty is being weakened around the world, and that the United States wants to do what it can to overcome religious persecution.  It is in this spirit, that the Ambassador to the Vatican, Callista Gingrich, with Mike Pompeo, are at a symposium at the Vatican, “Pathways to Achieving Human Dignity: Partnering with Faith-Based Organizations,” which is said to promote… Read more

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