October 29, 2014

Jerry A. Coyne seems upset that the pope isn’t an atheist. Read more

October 23, 2014

Are acts of charity enough to solve large-scale social problems? Looking at the Middle Ages, Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig says no, and I concur. Read more

October 21, 2014

The world informs the church’s understanding of the faith and the faith illuminates its understanding of the world. This is a reason why doctrine develops. Read more

October 17, 2014

Accepting revelation means trusting the individuals who claimed to have received revelation and the individuals who claim to be divinely guided in their interpretation, development, and application of that revelation. Are they worthy of that trust? Read more

October 15, 2014

For some people who read the report or hear about it in the news, the effect will be the same as if the Church really did reverse her teaching. They will believe otherwise than what the Church has traditionally taught, and they will act accordingly. Read more

October 14, 2014

We Catholics do not believe that our prayers and hopes are all made up, as if they were make-believe and we are merely fooling ourselves into following some fiction. However, our words and rituals for those who have died are creative: a uniquely meaningful relationship grows from them. Read more

October 13, 2014

Unless I’m mistaken, the Catholic Church has not, before this synod on the family, officially affirmed homosexuality as something to be valued. Perhaps the wording of the Relatio has been poorly translated, but as it’s now expressed, the report indicates radically new thinking on the part of the bishops about the Church’s response to homosexuality and same-sex unions. After noting that homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer the Christian community, the synod report implies that their sexual orientation should be accepted and… Read more

October 10, 2014

The integrity of our faith includes ambiguity. It’s not a sign of some “dark and false Church.” Read more

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