How the door was opened for Catholic women theologians

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Article Scripture and Theology Women

If necessity is the mother of invention, it’s fair to say that American Catholic school students in the early 20th century were, in a way, the mothers of Catholic women theologians.


God willing: Watch what you say when others are suffering

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Article Scripture and Theology Sex and Sexuality Spirituality Women

When tragedy hits, think twice before claiming what God intended.

Of the many issues that drove last November’s election, few might have guessed that “God’s will” would become a major spoiler in the Indiana Senate race. When GOP candidate Richard Mourdock suggested that a life created through rape is “something God intended,” it cost him an easy path to victory. But while pundits and Democrats were quick to make as much political hay as possible out of Mourdock’s gaffe, only a few commentators, theologians, and pastors took it on.


Words fail us: Priests respond to the new Missal a year later

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Article Parish Life Prayer and Sacraments Scripture and Theology
The new missal has made priests watch their language, but after one year most say the meaning of the Mass is getting lost in translation.

Words fail us: Parishioners respond to the new Missal a year later

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Article Parish Life Prayer and Sacraments
Reporting straight from the pews after a year of the new translations, U.S. Catholic readers say they are still stumbling through the prayers.  

Stilted, awkward, unnatural, strange, choppy, clumsy, obtuse. If you read these words in a movie review, would you head for the ticket line or run in the opposite direction? What about wooden, tortured, terrible, ridiculous, inaccessible, or abominable? Are you at least intrigued by what could warrant such description? Would you want to check it out once a week?


The church in Asia: A place for all peoples

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Article Scripture and Theology Social Justice
Fifty years after the opening of the Second Vatican Council, the church faces new challenges. In this final installment of a three-part series,

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Building and sustaining communities in a world of social media

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Article Scripture and Theology Spirituality Young Adults
Fifty years after the opening of the Second Vatican Council, the church faces new challenges. In this final installment of a three-part series, Rev. Verity A Jones explains how social media can throw relationships and communities into high relief, including communities of faith.

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What is the future of the liturgy?

By Father Anthony Ruff, O.S.B.| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life Prayer and Sacraments Scripture and Theology
Fifty years after the opening of the Second Vatican Council, the church faces new challenges. In this final installment of a three-part series, Father Anthony Ruff says the best way to defend the church’s liturgical renewal is to celebrate the reformed liturgy as well as possible.

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Advance bishop

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Article Scripture and Theology Vatican
Moving a bishop should be more than an ecclesiastical game of chess.

Climbing the corporate ladder in our business-driven culture is generally applauded. Who doesn’t want the corner office, the big salary, and the perks of joining the true “company men” (who are still usually men, after all)? Staying in the same job or with the same company for too long can suggest a lack of ambition, and it certainly doesn’t improve one’s marketability.


Apology accepted

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Article Prayer and Sacraments
Reconciliation is more than baring your soul to a confessor—it’s a place to remember that we’re always forgiven.

Catholics are less than two percent of the population of Norway, and there are only nine priests in our diocese. That means one does not have much choice of confessors. When I was at a meeting in Ireland, therefore, it occurred to me that I could ask one of the abbots there to hear my confession.


Fast Food

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
Abstaining from chicken nuggets and burgers during Lent can teach us about caring for animals, our neighbors, and the Earth as much as it does about self-control.

I once thought that to be Catholic meant to eat meat. It wasn’t a holiday without Mass, Polish sausage, and turkey or ham. Even my family Christmas cookie recipe’s secret ingredient is lard. God gave us dominion of animals. Meat on our plate is God’s delicious gift to us.


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