When do the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ?

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Article Prayer and Sacraments Scripture and Theology
The question of exactly when the eucharistic gifts become Christ's Body and Blood has commanded attention and debate for centuries.

From the supper at Emmaus, disciples have cherished the Eucharist as the clearest sign of the Risen Lord's abiding presence.


Do you hear the cry of the poor? Liberation theology today

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Article Scripture and Theology Social Justice
Though it grew up in Latin America, liberation theology continues to have lessons for the faithful north of the border. 

People who think of "liberation theology" as a 1960s fad should get to know Fordham University Professor Michael Lee, one of a new generation of Catholic theologians.

Lee's faith was transformed when he put it to work among the poor after college, and liberation theology gave him a way to think about his experience. Now he uses it to help undergrads understand the connection between faith and the needs of the world.


What's the Catholic view on church and state?

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Article Scripture and Theology
During Christianity's earliest centuries, an era of official persecution of Christians, church and state were not only separate but opposed.

Then in the early fourth century, when Emperor Constantine became a Christian, the church and state began to visibly collaborate. The crowning of Charlemagne as emperor by Pope Leo III in 800 fostered the belief that the pope embodied ultimate authority to which secular leaders were subordinate. The ensuing Holy Roman Empire continued this perception.


What's the Catholic view on church and state?

By Jim Dinn| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology
During Christianity's earliest centuries, an era of official persecution of Christians, church and state were not only separate but opposed.

Then in the early fourth century, when Emperor Constantine became a Christian, the church and state began to visibly collaborate. The crowning of Charlemagne as emperor by Pope Leo III in 800 fostered the belief that the pope embodied ultimate authority to which secular leaders were subordinate. The ensuing Holy Roman Empire continued this perception.


Glad you asked: Would God lead us into temptation?

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Article Scripture and Theology
"Lead us not into temptation.” Christians have prayed these words so many times, it’s easy to slide over their meaning, but they are a bit curious, aren’t they?

Would God really lead people into temptation? Isn’t that supposed to be the job of the other guy, the one with the horns and pitchfork?


Glad you asked: Would God lead us into temptation?

By Joel Schorn| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology
"Lead us not into temptation.” Christians have prayed these words so many times, it’s easy to slide over their meaning, but they are a bit curious, aren’t they?

Would God really lead people into temptation? Isn’t that supposed to be the job of the other guy, the one with the horns and pitchfork?


Dancing with the stars: An interview with astronomer George Coyne, S.J.

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Article Faith and Science Scripture and Theology
With 10,000 billion billion heavenly bodies in the cosmic ballroom, God has created a grand universe of possibilities.

As a priest and an astronomer, Jesuit Father George Coyne bridges the worlds of faith and science, but he’s quick to acknowledge that they serve two different purposes. “I can’t know if there is a God or if there is not a God by science,” he says.


Dancing with the stars: An interview with astronomer George Coyne, S.J.

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Article Faith and Science Scripture and Theology
With 10,000 billion billion heavenly bodies in the cosmic ballroom, God has created a grand universe of possibilities.

As a priest and an astronomer, Jesuit Father George Coyne bridges the worlds of faith and science, but he’s quick to acknowledge that they serve two different purposes. “I can’t know if there is a God or if there is not a God by science,” he says.


Birth announcements: An interview with scholar Laurie Brink

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Scripture and Theology Spirituality
We shouldn’t get hung up on the details surrounding Jesus’ birth, says this Bible scholar. As with any scripture story, there’s more here than meets the eye.

Learning scripture in the land of the Bible changes the way you read it, says Sister Laurie Brink, O.P., who leads study tours to places such as Bethlehem. “The land holds memory,” she says. “It’s made holy by everybody that went there before.”


Bring remarried Catholics back to the table

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Article Marriage and Family Parish Life Prayer and Sacraments Scripture and Theology

Editors’ note: Sounding Board is one person’s take on a many-sided subject and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of U.S. Catholic, its editors, or the Claretians.


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