Why the Register Opposes the Death Penalty

03/05/2015 Comments (117)

From the time of the publication of his 1995 encyclical Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life), Pope St. John Paul II urged Catholics to re-examine the use of the death penalty — teaching that its use today should be “very rare if not practically nonexistent.” His successors Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis consistently have taught the same.  

We’ve taken that teaching to heart. We’ve prayerfully pondered it, and we accept it. Our reporting over the years has reflected this teaching. And, while we recognize that the Church has allowed for the legitimate use of the death penalty for society’s self-defense, we find that it’s harder and harder to argue that a particular act of capital...READ MORE

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The New Guidelines for American Christians. 21st Century Edition

03/04/2015 Comments (90)

Being a Christian in American is not as easy as it used to be. And it's becoming increasingly clear that "Christian" aren't understanding this entirely so here's a new set of guidelines to help clarify any problems you might encounter.

One must only look at the recent cases such as the fire chief Kelvin Cochran who was fired for promulgating his belief in traditional marriage, or the bakers who refused to bake a cake for a same-sex marriage, or simply the numerous institutions battling the HHS Mandate in courts across the country to see that Christians are still resisting.

The new (and IMPROVED!!!) guidelines are as follows:

The first amendment which states in part, "Congress shall make...READ MORE

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A Princess Guide, a Murder Mystery, and a Look at Being Gay and Catholic

03/04/2015 Comments (28)

Sometimes I look at the pile of books I have read and want to review and shake my head, because it looks like a disparate grouping.

Take this week’s load: a book with the subtitle “Faith Lessons from Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty,” a murder mystery published by a small press that kept me turning pages, and an inside look at the life of a gay Catholic whose courage in sharing her story is an inspiring and challenging read.

So let’s dive in, shall we?

For young women and moms of all stripes: The Princess Guide: Faith Lessons from Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty

Jennessa Terraccino (Servant Books, 2015)

At first, I wasn’t sure I would enjoy this book. It seemed...READ MORE

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Parishes Prepare for 2nd Eucharistic Adoration for the Synod

03/04/2015 Comments (8)

Parishes around the world are taking part in a worldwide Eucharistic Adoration Novena for the upcoming Synod on the Family.

The novena, held on the first Thursday of every month until the synod in October, will take place tomorrow, March 5th. It will be the second of nine. The faithful are being warmly invited to take part and are encouraged to ask their parish priest or local religious houses to organize a day of adoration.

More details can be found on the adoration website, and Facebook and Twitter pages.

Organizers stress it’s not a problem if you missed the first one and it can be taken up tomorrow. The aim is pray that the synod takes place according to the Lord’s will and remains...READ MORE

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Does the priest in ‘Calvary’ recommend mortal sin?

03/03/2015 Comments (11)

Many Catholics and other Christians, including me, enthusiastically embraced Brendan Gleeson’s grizzled, unflappable priest Fr. James Lavelle in John Michael McDonogh’s 2014 film Calvary. Calvary didn’t quite crack the Top 10 in my best films list of 2014, but it’s a solid runner-up.

But Calvary is full of depraved, troubled characters, and in trying to minister to them Fr. Lavelle sometimes gets his hands dirty. Does he cross moral lines? A reader writes:

I heard you on the radio a few weeks ago lauding the movie Calvary. So with great anticipation my wife and I waited until it was released on DVD yesterday to finally watch it. Neither one of us liked the film. We were turned off...READ MORE

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4 Lessons from Downton Abbey’s Fifth Season

03/02/2015 Comments (31)

“I think in life there are people who are unlucky — the bread always falls with the butter side down,” Julian Fellowes, the creator and writer of Downton Abbey told The New York Times, during an interview that marked the close of the PBS Masterpiece drama's 5th season.

“Edith is an example of that.

“Bates and Anna have that, with a key difference, which is that they have a very strong love with each other. Anna is one of the most admirable characterstv in the series. She’s come from a tough childhood, we know now, and yet she hasn’t allowed it to distort her,” Fellowes added, hinting at the Catholic-friendly natural law principles that undergird human relations at Downton.  “We live in...READ MORE

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Why the Reticence in the Face of Attacks on the Church?

03/02/2015 Comments (57)

One of the most frustrating aspects of covering the Church today is the unwillingness of trusted and reliable sources to go on the record. Strangely, this seems most common when it comes to defending doctrine, and the Church generally, in the face of attack.

Whether it’s Church teaching coming under fire at the Synod on the Family, Vatican officials with vitally important and helpful information to share, or German bishops outnumbered by their dissenting brother bishops, few appear willing to go public and speak up for Christ and the truth (it should be said the situation is arguably better in the United States than elsewhere).

And yet many Catholics would say that now is the time when...READ MORE

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Why Tithe?

03/02/2015 Comments (19)

One of the unfortunate effects of human sin and of the weird and fractured borderline between the sacred and the secular in postmodern culture is that the word "tithe" provokes reactions ranging from the skeptic's cry "The whole thing's a scam!" to the dim uncomfortable notion of many people that money, if it doesn't belong to the devil, is at any rate coated with icky microbes from the infernal regions and ought not to sully the life of the Church.

But neither of these views reflect the biblical perspective on tithing and our stewardship of money. To be sure, the love of money is called the root of all kinds of evil by St. Paul (not unlike the love of food, power, sex or any other...READ MORE

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