Posts Tagged ‘Catholic’

Feeling guilty about drinking alcohol? Ask the saints Comments 0

Monday, November 20th, 2017

Each year the holidays bring with them an increase in both the consumption of alcohol and concern about drinking’s harmful effects. Alcohol abuse is no laughing matter, but is it sinful to drink and make merry, moderately and responsibly, during a holy season or at any other time? As a historical theologian, I researched the role that pious Christians played in Read more

Non-sectarian Bible Museum opens Comments 0

Monday, November 20th, 2017

A non-sectarian Museum of the Bible opened in Washington on Saturday. The US$500 million museum’s aim is to entertain and educate visitors about the Bible’s history and significance. Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the Israeli Ambassador to the United States and the museum’s co-founder, evangelical businessman Steve Green, were at the opening. Wuerl spoke on behalf of Read more

The Catholic world is turning upside down Comments 1

Monday, November 6th, 2017

The Catholic Church worldwide is passing through an era of historical transformation, a decisive shift in numbers towards the Global South – to Asia, Africa and Latin America. Many are aware of this trend as an abstract fact, but we are scarcely coming to terms with the implications for Church life, for the composition of Read more

Talk: reduce North Korea-US tension Comments 0

Monday, November 6th, 2017

“We need to open the dialogue” to reduce tensions between North Korea and the United States, says  Stephen Colecchi. Colecchi is the director of the U.S. bishops’ Office of International Justice and Peace. He was one of three panelists at a Georgetown University forum discussing the issue. “The only way to open up the relationship Read more

How a Catholic reacts to the Superpope shirt probably says a lot Comments 0

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

Typically, the usual way we talk about the internal differences among Catholics is in terms of left v. right, liberals against conservatives. Although those terms are inexact and often misleading when applied to religious groups, there’s no denying they do capture something. However, they’re hardly the only way of slicing the Catholic pie, and a Read more

A Catholic reaction to Kazuo Ishiguro’s Nobel Prize Comments 0

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Kazuo Ishiguro, the Japanese-born author of The Remains of the Day, Never Let Me Go, and five other acclaimed English-language novels, was awarded the Nobel Prize on Thursday. No doubt, Ishiguro’s many Catholic fans, myself included, heartily applauded the news. In striking contrast to many modern novelists, his deeply moral stories go to the heart of the Read more

Ways to avoid bitterness as a Catholic Comments 0

Monday, October 9th, 2017

What does it look like to be consumed by bitterness? It looks like the way an awful lot of Catholics speak to and about one another. Bitterness isn’t born ex nihilo. Bitterness is the festering of a spiritual wound, and many Catholics are infected by bitterness because they have suffered real, penetrating, stinging wounds at the Read more

Belfast Catholics flee mixed-religion housing estate Comments 0

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Four Belfast Catholic families have been forced to flee their homes after sectarian threats. They have been living in a social housing project which is supposed to be a flagship cross-community development. People of various religions live there. One of those who fled said police had visited his home on Tuesday night, telling the family Read more

Vibrant community bears witness to the true meaning of word “catholic” Comments 0

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

The Diocese of Mendi is nestled in the mountains in the southern highland region of Papua New Guinea. When the first missionaries came to the area in the mid-1950s there were no Catholics. The diocese now has 80,000 – around 10 percent of the population. Bishop Donald Lippert says the diocese has a vibrant and Read more

Thomas More, Cardinal Newman, and the question of conscience Comments 0

Monday, September 11th, 2017

St. Thomas More and Blessed John Henry Newman may not on first glance seem to be a good pairing: the twice-happily married lawyer and public servant and the celibate Oxford Fellow and Oratorian priest. The sixteenth century Catholic martyr and the nineteenth century convert and confessor; the witty teller of merry tales and the seemingly Read more