Commentary

By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9902-1/17/19
Recently, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops published a pastoral letter against racism, “Open Wide Our Hearts: the Enduring Call to Love.” Developed by the Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church, the document was approved by the full body of bishops at their November 2018 General Meeting.
 
By: Father Douglas K. Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9902-1/17/19
One of the most significant improvements decreed by the Second Vatican Council was the enrichment of the Lectionary, the multi-volume section of the Roman Missal containing the Biblical readings appointed to be read during the Liturgy of the Word at Mass. The two Christian liturgies that are combined in the Mass are the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
 
By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9901-1/3/19
Our faith teaches us that all humans are created in God’s image. God creates good creatures. Thus, I am never surprised by the generosity of humankind. People rise to occasions of greatness more often than seems logical.
 
By: Father Douglas K. Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9901-1/3/19
The Solemnity of the Epiphany (this year celebrated on its traditional date, January 6) celebrates the manifestation of God’s presence in the person of Jesus Christ, his Word made flesh. While Christians have come to associate the word “epiphany” primarily with the visit of the three Magi to the infant Jesus, this feast historically has commemorated several epiphanies, several manifestations or revelations of the Messiah to the different peoples whom he came to save.
By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9826-12/20/18
As director of faith formation, I minister to parishioners of many ethnicities. Yet, when it comes to our Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (preparation for the Sacraments of Initiation), the vast majority of those with whom I minister are Hispanic.
 
By: Father Douglas K. Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9826-12/20/18
By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9825-12/6/18

How does it feel to learn that a beloved family member is being threatened by an active shooter? My daughter and I found out last week. My grandson is in kindergarten and attends a public school within walking distance of his home. 

 

By: Father Douglas K. Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9825-12/6/18

Great consternation in the American media, both secular and Catholic, has been occasioned by the Holy See’s “request” (read “order”) to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to postpone a proposed vote on—but not the discussion of—the USCCB’s three draft policies intended to hold our bishops more accountable for their handling of accusations of abuse by clerics.

 

By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9824-11/22/18
What does it mean it be a victim? The English word originated in the 15th Century from the Latin “victima,” which denotes a “creature killed as a religious sacrifice.” The word is now defined in the Oxford English Dictionary as “A person harmed, injured, or killed as a result of a crime, accident, or other event or action.” 
 
By: Father Douglas K. Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9824-11/22/18
“Crimes can be adjudicated; sins can be forgiven; blunders can rarely be rectified.” 
 
I believe that the distinctions implied in this phrase could help us Catholics interpret the “Return of the Abuse Crisis of 2002 in 2018,” which sounds like a bad sequel to a nightmare—and is exactly that!
 

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