From Death to Life

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Science teaches that the cosmological line between death and life is tenuous and fragile: Were the earth to wander beyond her normal orbit, her florid and rich life would be destroyed by excessive heat or cold. On our planet torrential rains or droughts are all that is needed to destroy vegetation . . . . Continue Reading »

Seeing the Whole in the Part

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The subtlety of the Second Vatican Council’s statement in Nostra Aetate that the “Catholic Church rejects nothing of what is true and holy in [other] religions” has often been missed by Catholics on both sides of the ecclesial aisle. … Continue Reading »

What’s Wrong With Dies Irae?

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November 2, All Souls Day, is the one of last liturgical remnants of the doctrine of Purgatory and the need to pray for the souls therein. Since the Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, which called for funeral rites to “express more clearly the paschal character of Christian death,” the homilies and general aura of Catholic funerals have often ignored Purgatory and instead canonized the deceased among the heavenly blessed… . Continue Reading »

Receiving a Pope and a President

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Within only a few hours on September 22, Pope Benedict XVI and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gave major addresses in front of two bodies, the German Bundestag and the United Nations General Assembly, respectively. These two very different men gave two very different speeches, yet their presence and words generated an identical response: boycotts and walk-outs by assembly members… . Continue Reading »