Setting the Agenda

It’s said that one who sets the agenda has already begun to influence the result. That’s one reason why it’s so important that we as Christians influence the agenda in matters affecting the good of society. Secularist forces–especially a large segment of the media–are well aware of this principle and try to keep Christians out […]

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Laity on the Line

The Church emphasizes the fundamental equality that we share by virtue of our Baptism. All Catholics possess equal dignity as children of God, and all are called to holiness and to participation in the life and mission of the Church. This equality exists, however, amidst distinct, complementary roles in the Church. The Church depends on […]

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Housecleaning 101

Last week I received this question via email: “It continues to puzzle me why the present and the previous popes seem to take no meaningful action regarding the malaise in the Church, such as making sure that bishops and priests involved in the clerical sex abuse scandal were dismissed. It seems plainly obvious to me […]

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Our Parish Family

“Father, hear the prayers of the family you have gathered here before you” (Eucharistic Prayer III). What do we think of when our parish priest reads these words at Mass? Are we alert enough to hear and embrace this petition? Do we consider this reference to our being a “family” a merely poetic expression or […]

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Hope in Action

Yesterday Pope Benedict XVI delivered his annual state of the world address to the Vatican diplomatic corps. When I think of “state of anything” addresses, I think of political speeches, which certainly are not in short supply this primary season. And of course the presidential “state of the union” address has become a major prime […]

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Growing up with Vatican II

Pope John Paul II once called the Second Vatican Council (1962-65) the interpretive key to understanding his pontificate. For many of us, particularly my generation, Vatican II also is the key for understanding our own pilgrimage of faith. Pope John XXIII called the 21st ecumenical council only months before I was born, and the Council […]

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Blaming the Bishops

The Connecticut legislature, over relentless objection from the Connecticut bishops, passes a law that requires all hospitals in the state, including Catholic hospitals, to administer “emergency contraception” without first administering an ovulation test. Members of the “Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence,” where else but in San Francisco, as part of their mockery of the Catholic faith, […]

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Like Noah’s Righteous Sons

The relation of Christ and the Church is often expressed in nuptial terms. Christ is the Bridegroom; the Church is his Bride. By extension, the bishop (who acts in the person of Christ) and his flock have a spousal, familial relationship. The bishop’s ring symbolizes his “marriage” to the local Church. Moreover, the bishop typically […]

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Why CUF?

Catholics United for the Faith (CUF) is an international lay organization dedicated to proclaiming and teaching the Catholic faith. Since 1968, CUF has offered much-needed doctrinal and spiritual assistance to those who have turned to us for reliable information as to what the Church really teaches. CUF has also provided a courageous, unified voice for […]

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