Readers sound off on the best and worst of Vatican II

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More than 2,000 website visitors to USCatholic.org offered their take on the Second Vatican Council for our October Reader Survey. Although we don't normally include reader feedback online, the sheer volume of responses--and the widely divergent opinions expressed by survey respondents--prompted us to offer a wider sampling of those responses.


Readers sound off on the best and worst of Vatican II

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Article Scripture and Theology

More than 2,000 website visitors to USCatholic.org offered their take on the Second Vatican Council for our October Reader Survey. Although we don't normally include reader feedback online, the sheer volume of responses--and the widely divergent opinions expressed by survey respondents--prompted us to offer a wider sampling of those responses.


Keep the faith

By Bishop Francis A. Quinn| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology Spirituality
Disease and disaster might challenge our belief in God, but despite all that, we must keep the faith.

One of the most memorable moments of my life was when I conferred the sacrament of confirmation on 20 youths in San Francisco’s Children’s Hospital—children ranging from 4 or 5 to 16 years of age who were dying from leukemia. I was apprehensive about how these young ones would feel about receiving confirmation.


Keep the faith

By Bishop Francis A. Quinn| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology Spirituality
Disease and disaster might challenge our belief in God, but despite all that, we must keep the faith.

One of the most memorable moments of my life was when I conferred the sacrament of confirmation on 20 youths in San Francisco’s Children’s Hospital—children ranging from 4 or 5 to 16 years of age who were dying from leukemia. I was apprehensive about how these young ones would feel about receiving confirmation.


The devil in the details: Sensationalizing crime

By Bryan Cones| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology Spirituality
We shouldn’t let sensationalized crime become an occasion of sin.

Glad You Asked: Who are the doctors of the church?

By Joel Schorn| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology
While there are several definitions of the word "doctor," they all go back to the Latin word for “teacher.” It is this meaning whence doctors of the church variety come.

It also points to one of their chief characteristics, what is usually referred to as “preeminent learning.” Their expounding of the faith has been deemed sound and of benefit to the whole church. In other words, you can trust a doctor when it comes to theology doctrine.


Glad You Asked: Who are the doctors of the church?

By Joel Schorn| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology
While there are several definitions of the word "doctor," they all go back to the Latin word for “teacher.” It is this meaning whence doctors of the church variety come.

It also points to one of their chief characteristics, what is usually referred to as “preeminent learning.” Their expounding of the faith has been deemed sound and of benefit to the whole church. In other words, you can trust a doctor when it comes to theology doctrine.


Glad You Asked: Are there other kinds of "catholic" churches?

By John Switzer| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Ecumenical & Interfaith Dialogue Scripture and Theology

James Joyce said it best in Finnegans Wake that “Catholic means here comes everybody.”

Our word “catholic” comes from a Greek adjective meaning “universal” and “together for the good of all.” Early Christians applied it to the church, and our earliest written example comes from Ignatius, bishop of Antioch, in the first decade of the second century.


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