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

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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?

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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.


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.


Vatican II, Schmatican II

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Article Scripture and Theology Young Adults
In this article from 2005, Tara Dix wonders if it is time for a new agenda forty years after the close of Vatican II.

Leading up to this month's 40th anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council, this year has been filled with workshops, symposia, and whole conferences dedicated to the discussion of Vatican II, the unfinished business of Vatican II, renewing the spirit of Vatican II, and more. And all I can say is: Yawn.


Glad You Asked: Have Vatican II's teachings been fully received?

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Article Scripture and Theology
This 2003 Glad You Asked examines an issue that still concerns many Catholics today: the various reactions to the spirit of the Second Vatican Council.

Glad You Asked: What is the Liturgy of the Hours?

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Article Prayer and Sacraments Scripture and Theology
The Liturgy of the Hours is a small but bulky and intimidating-looking red-bound prayer book with lots of confusing multicolored ribbons. It is that, but of course it’s much more.



Glad You Asked: What is the Liturgy of the Hours?

By Joel Schorn| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Prayer and Sacraments Scripture and Theology
The Liturgy of the Hours is a small but bulky and intimidating-looking red-bound prayer book with lots of confusing multicolored ribbons. It is that, but of course it’s much more.



From Isaiah to Economic Justice for All: A brief history of social justice

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Article Politics Social Justice
From the saints to popes and bishops to theologians, Catholic thinkers have long made the case for social justice, tracing its origins to scriptural accounts from the Old Testament exhortations on justice to Christ’s example of love and outreach to the marginalized.

Sins of the father: Wrestling with Abraham's parenting skills

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Article Scripture and Theology
The suspect actions of Abraham should give us pause about what makes him one of the heroes of the Bible.

By anonimus ([1]) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


Sins of the father: Wrestling with Abraham's parenting skills

By Alice Camille| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology
The suspect actions of Abraham should give us pause about what makes him one of the heroes of the Bible.

By anonimus ([1]) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


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