Posts Tagged ‘Gospel’

Richard Dawkins’ “cultural Christianity,” political theologies, and the Church of Pope Francis

Monday, April 29th, 2024
cultural Christian

Richard Dawkins, an evolutionary biologist and ethologist and one of the most famous atheists in the world, announced just a few weeks ago that he is a cultural Christian: “I do think we are culturally a Christian country. I call myself a cultural Christian.” He said this in an interview with Rachel Johnson for LBC Read more

A Catholic springtime in France

Monday, April 8th, 2024

What is a Catholic, from a contemporary perspective? The stereotype is that he or she is a sort of reactionary simpleton, a bit mean, a bit senile, obsessing over abstruse texts, preferring Mass to sleeping in on Sundays, and insisting on obeying an antiquated sect whose main activity is covering up sexual abuse. This pious Read more

Synod aims to improve Church effectiveness

Monday, September 18th, 2023

According to US Bishop Daniel Flores, October’s Synod on Synodality aims to address human reality – not abstractions. Flores (pictured) is a member of the global assembly’s preparatory commission. He says the Synod aims to share Christ and his Gospel more effectively. We can’t respond with the Gospel if we don’t know the reality people Read more

God is outside as well as within the Church says theologian

Thursday, June 1st, 2023
God is outside

Believing that the Gospel of Christ is worth spreading means God is outside and within the Church. It does not imply that God is nowhere outside the Church, Anglican priest and theologian Professor Nigel Biggar said in discussion with The Tablet in Dublin about the divine commission and colonialism. Biggar is the emeritus Regius Professor Read more

Let the Gospel lead the way!

Monday, November 16th, 2020

Not only is the United States a divided country, but the Catholic Church in the U.S. is as divided as the nation. And the presidential election drove home that point. According to a PBS report in CathNews, VoteCast declared that 50 percent of Catholics backed Trump, while 49 percent voted for Biden. Many Catholics, like Read more

Christian faith helped jailed cardinal survive prison

Thursday, June 18th, 2020

Cardinal George Pell says his Christian faith helped him survive prison, and offered advice on how to overcome grief and stressful situations. Pell spoke to an online silent retreat hosted by the Australian Catholic Students’ Association about suffering and the tools one can use to remain steadfast in faith through hard times. Pell says his Read more

Pope prays for people dying alone during pandemic

Thursday, May 7th, 2020

People dying alone during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic were the focus of Pope Francis’s prayers in his Mass on Tuesday. Francis dedicated the Mass to people dying alone or who have already died, saying: “Today we pray for the deceased who have died because of the pandemic. “They have died alone, without the caresses of Read more

Loneliness epidemic is a gospel opportunity

Thursday, March 5th, 2020

In 2018, a national survey exploring the impact of loneliness revealed that this condition is now at epidemic levels and poses a severe health risk to the general population. Survey results were released by Cigna, a global health service company, based on the UCLA loneliness scale, an instrument that measures and assesses subjective feelings of Read more

The Gospel according to Game of Thrones

Monday, May 27th, 2019

Cersei Lannister is the usurper queen of the Seven Kingdoms. She has two brothers, Jamie Lannister, called the Kingslayer, and the dwarf Tyrion Lannister. But, of course, you know all of this unless you are more removed from civilization than, say, the Starks of Winterfell or the White Walkers who roam beyond the wall. If Read more

Cardinal urges Christian nations: resist large-scale Muslim immigration

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

Resisting large-scale Muslim immigration is a responsible exercise of one’s patriotism, Cardinal Raymond Burke told a pro-life, pro-family conference last week. While the church must be generous to “individuals that are not able to find a way of living in their own country,” this is not the case for many Muslim migrants “who are opportunists,” Read more