Commentary

By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9911-5/23/19

May is mental health awareness month. If there’s anything divided Americans agree on, it’s the need for our country to pay more attention to mental illness. Yet within that agreement, we struggle to find the best approach.

 

By: Father Douglas K. Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9911-5/23/19

On May 7, 2019, Pope Francis issued binding and clear norms for reporting sexual abuse by clerics to the proper ecclesiastical authorities, over which he has supreme, universal jurisdiction and who are accountable to him, and provides for referring such reports to the civil authorities, over which he does not have jurisdiction, in many if not most cases.

 

By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9910-5/9/19

As with many biblical parables, the story of the Good Samaritan is likely so familiar as to have lost its effect on us. In answer to the question, “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus responds with the parable of a Samaritan compassionately caring for a traveler who was robbed and left for dead. Two others, a priest and Levite, had passed by the suffering victim before the Samaritan stopped.

 

By: Greg Erlandson (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9910-5/9/19

Josh Shapiro, the attorney general for the state of Pennsylvania, has used the burning of the Notre Dame Cathedral as an opportunity to write a column upbraiding U.S. bishops.

 

By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9909-4/25/19

Now in my 60s, I am confronted with death more frequently and intimately. The deaths of my parents were the first I faced intimately. Although they died years apart, I was present at both of my parents’ bedsides as they were in the final stage of life.

 

By: Father Douglas K. Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9909-4/25/19

On Sunday, April 14, in the Year of Our Lord 2019, the Catholic Church “throughout the world” celebrated Palm Sunday of the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ, when the People of God gathered outside their churches for the blessing of palms and/or olive branches, and for the proclamation of the Gospel of the Lord’s Entry into Jerusalem. When Jesus of Nazareth went up to the Holy City for the last time, to observe the precept that all able-bodied Jewish men should celebrate the Passover there, he was greeted by a tumultuous crowd. “The children of Jerusalem welcomed Christ the King.

By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9908-4/11/19

We do a disservice to Holy Week and to the Passion of Christ if we view these events solely as preordained outcomes of God’s plan of redemption. What would be the point of God putting on a spectacle for us?

 

By: Father Douglas K. Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9908-4/11/19

George Weigel, the author of the best-selling biography of Pope John Paul II, Witness to Hope, has been a friend of the Australian Cardinal George Pell for over 50 years.

By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9907-3/28/19

I was recently reviewing the Beatitudes with a group of parents and children preparing for First Communion. When we arrived at “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy,” I realized that “mercy” is unfamiliar to children. And while I tried to explain by using the word “forgiveness,” I realized that “forgiveness” falls short. 

 

By: Father Douglas K. Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9907-3/28/19

As we continue to accompany our catechumens and candidates on their 40-day Lenten journey “from ashes to the living font” of Baptism at the Easter Vigil, by fasting, prayer and charity, we are being purified from our sins and enlightened by God’s grace. This journey is part of our ongoing sanctification (“being made holy”), so that we become worthy to stand in the presence of the Holy God of Israel and behold him in the beatific vision that will make us happy and blessed for all eternity. 

 

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