Scrapping the Just War Teaching is a Bad Idea

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Participants at a conference hosted by the Vatican called for the Catholic Church to renounce her just war doctrine and instead develop a new peacemaking framework “consistent with Gospel nonviolence.”

Count me among those who are less than enthusiastic about such a demand.

The Just War Theory (or teaching) is admittedly poorly named. For indeed, it role is not to justify war per se, but to rationally and reasonably limit recourse to it, and when it does come, limit the means and tactics used.

Perhaps as never before, the many nations are taking its claims more seriously;  more on that in a moment. But lets review the teaching, which is stated clearly in the Catechism of the Catholic...READ MORE

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Katie Couric and the Progressive Science-Loving Church

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Katie Couric was on the “Late Show” with Stephen Colbert talking about her recent visit to a scientific conference at the Vatican, and she said:

“I was at a scientific conference at the Vatican a couple of weeks ago and I thought it was actually very progressive of the Catholic Church to want to understand science…” (Deacon Greg Kandra, Aleteia)

Deacon Greg Kandra, among others, brought this to our attention, and his response was to offer Epic Pew’s list “11 Amazing Catholic Scientists You Should Know” by Shaun McAfee. This enjoyable list includes scientists such as Copernicus, St. Albert the Great, Georges Lemaître, Gregor Mendel, Nicholas Steno, George V. Coyne, and (my favorite)...READ MORE

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Flash of Light Marks Moment When Human Life Begins and More!

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Click on Flash of Light Marks Moment When Human Life Begins, Scientists Seek to Exploit It by Matthew Archbold of Creative Minority Report link to read.

The Journey to Emmaus: A Model for Educators – Ramon Antonio A. Aldana, Catholic Stand

Flash of Light Marks Moment When Human Life Begins, Scientists Seek to Exploit It – Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Are Pope Leo XIII and Pope St. John Paul II “Feeling the Bern”? – Michael Severance and Alvino-Mario Fantini, The Catholic World Report

Recommended Reading for Your College-bound Teen – Richard Becker, Crisis Magazine

The Church in Crisis: Roots and Realities, a Book Review – Carl E. Olson, The Catholic World Report

Cardinal Turkson: Encyclical on Just War Theory ‘Plausible’ – Staff Reporter, Catholic Herald

The Drive for Vatican Reform Has Stalled – Phil Lawler, Catholic...READ MORE

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Have You Ever Asked Your Priest Over For Dinner?

05/13/2016 Comments (11)

Eduard von Grützner (1846-1925), “Three Monks”

I’m not sure about your parish but at mine we’ve got three priests and an equal amount of deacons. It’s one of the larger parishes in the diocese, so perhaps you have a smaller number then these at your parish. Either way, there is so much to do for them, it can be very difficult to get a break. I really feel for them, too, and I really can’t grasp the level of energy it must take to be a parish priest.

When you think about it, they’re almost constantly involved in high-stress, high-emotion events on a near-daily basis. From the sacraments and celebrations involved at the beginning of life, to those that come with the end of one’s life, a week for a parish priest can almost always consist...READ MORE

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In the Thick of Things: Of Graham Greene, the Gospels, and Evangelization

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Blue plaque outside Graham Greene's Birthplace, St. John’s boarding house (part of Berkhamsted School) on Chesham Road in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom. The writer Graham Greene was born here in 1904 when his father was housemaster. (Photo Credit: “Wikidwitch”, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

You tell a story because a statement would be inadequate.
Flannery O’Connor

It was the end of finals week at the evangelical college where I work, and P.J. stopped by to say hello. “I just got done with my class on British apologists – you would’ve liked it,” he said. Like most of my students, P.J. is a Protestant, and we’d had friendly conversations the past year regarding theology and the Church. “The class read several Catholics – like G.K. Chesterton” (no surprise there) “and Graham Greene.”

Whoa, I thought, back up. Graham Greene and apologetics? It was a pairing that raised more than a few questions, for Greene was certainly not a conventional Catholic, let alone a defender of the...READ MORE

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Mary: First Guardian of the Faith

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Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510), “The Madonna of the Book”

As we saw last time, the biblical authors and the Fathers of the Church see in Mary a figure who is a fulfillment of prophecy, just as Jesus is. However, the way in which she fulfills prophecy is of a different character from Jesus, precisely because she is a creature and not God. All that she does, she does by grace, not by her own divine power. So, for instance, she fulfills prophecy by giving birth at Bethlehem (as the prophet Micah foretold (cf. Micah 5:1)). But she is not the architect of the situation which places her there, God is. She cooperates with His will and she and Joseph do the sensible things that need to be done in their situation, but the outcome is guided by God.

Mary’s...READ MORE

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The Word of God Reveals the Heart of God

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Ashkenazi-style Mezuzah, B'er Chayim Temple, Cumberland, Maryland (Image Credit: “Bohemian Baltimore”, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

On March 7, 2008, Fr. Rainero Cantalamessa, the preacher of the Pontifical Household, commented in the Lenten meditation he delivered to Pope Benedict XVI and the Roman Curia that the Bible is the most infallible spiritual director.

In his homily, Fr. Cantalamessa compared reading Scripture to looking into a mirror. When we look into "the mirror of the Word, we do not only see ourselves; we see the face of God; better, we see the heart of God."

He went on to explain that "God has spoken to us in Scripture of that which fills His heart, and that which fills His heart is love." Thus, the Bible serves us as a spiritual guide and in the life of the believer, "the words of God, by the present...READ MORE

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Pope Francis’s Commission on Women Deacons: 12 things to know and share

05/12/2016 Comments (33)

Pope Francis has agreed to have a commission study the question of women deacons. Here are 12 things to know and share . . .

Pope Francis has agreed to create a commission to study the possibility of women deacons.

Here are 12 things to know and share . . .


1) What has happened?

On Thursday, May 12, Pope Francis was meeting with a group of women religious who asked him about the possibility of creating a commission to study the possibility of women deacons, or deaconesses.

Edward Pentin reports:

Speaking to around 900 members of the International Union of Superiors General today, representing half a million religious sisters from 80 countries, the Pope was asked if he would establish “an official commission” to study the question of women deacons.

He replied: “I accept. It would be useful for the Church...READ MORE

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