Commentary

By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9912-6/6/19

We Catholics are pro-life people. Yet like many overused words, the word “pro-life” has been narrowed to refer only to our being against abortion. Yes, Catholics are against abortion.

 

But Catholics are for life. For life. For all.

 

By: Father Douglas K. Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9912-6/6/19

Ten years ago, Pope Benedict XVI wrote in his Encyclical Letter Caritas in Veritate that the Catholic Church is “fully aware that a society lacks solid foundations when, on the one hand, it asserts values such as the dignity of the person, justice and peace, but then, on the other hand, radically acts to the contrary by allowing or tolerating a variety of ways in which human life is devalued and violated, especially where it is weak or marginalized.”

 

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.

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