What are annulments for?

By Joel Schorn| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology
"Why do I have to go through this?" The question sums up many other questions people have about annulments, the way the Catholic Church says a marriage is ended.

 "My fiance isn't even Catholic; why does he have to have his first marriage annulled? Other churches and religions recognize civil divorce; why not the Catholic Church? Isn't an annulment really just a hypocritical way for the church to let Catholics get around divorce? Why do I have to suffer the pain and humiliation of reliving my failed marriage?"


What are annulments for?

By Joel Schorn| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology
"Why do I have to go through this?" The question sums up many other questions people have about annulments, the way the Catholic Church says a marriage is ended.

 "My fiance isn't even Catholic; why does he have to have his first marriage annulled? Other churches and religions recognize civil divorce; why not the Catholic Church? Isn't an annulment really just a hypocritical way for the church to let Catholics get around divorce? Why do I have to suffer the pain and humiliation of reliving my failed marriage?"


Visions of hell: Depictions of hell in art

By J. Peter Nixon| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Art and Architecture Scripture and Theology

 

Fra Angelico - The Last Judgement (Winged Altar) - Google Art Project
Fra Angelico [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


Visions of hell: Depictions of hell in art

By J. Peter Nixon| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Art and Architecture Scripture and Theology

 

Fra Angelico - The Last Judgement (Winged Altar) - Google Art Project
Fra Angelico [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


Who wrote the gospels?

By Alice Camille| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Scripture and Theology

My brother was born prematurely during a blizzard. Mom made it to the hospital in time to deliver, but Dad was stuck in a snow bank, the tires of our Chevy spinning as he shoveled cinders furiously. My sisters and I were bundled in snowsuits in the backseat, going nowhere as the cold crept into the car.


Why drink from the cup?

By Jim Dinn| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Prayer and Sacraments Scripture and Theology
Receiving the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist from the cup is not a requirement, but receiving the blood of Christ is a fuller sign of the mystery we celebrate.

Why drink from the cup?

By Jim Dinn| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Prayer and Sacraments Scripture and Theology
Receiving the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist from the cup is not a requirement, but receiving the blood of Christ is a fuller sign of the mystery we celebrate.

Why do we say Mary was "ever virgin"?

By Bob O'Gorman and Mary Faulker| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology
Mary is the powerful symbol of the Catholic's complete acceptance of God's grace.

Imagine yourself on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? For the milliondollar question Regis asks you: "The virginity of Mary refers to: (a) her Immaculate Conception; (b) the birth of Jesus; (c) a Hollywood movie; or (d) an expensive perfume."

Hopefully no one answered (c) or (d). However, even if you went to Catholic school, chances are you might answer (a), and you would lose. The correct answer is: (b) the birth of Jesus.


Why do we say Mary was "ever virgin"?

By Bob O'Gorman and Mary Faulker| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology
Mary is the powerful symbol of the Catholic's complete acceptance of God's grace.

Imagine yourself on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? For the milliondollar question Regis asks you: "The virginity of Mary refers to: (a) her Immaculate Conception; (b) the birth of Jesus; (c) a Hollywood movie; or (d) an expensive perfume."

Hopefully no one answered (c) or (d). However, even if you went to Catholic school, chances are you might answer (a), and you would lose. The correct answer is: (b) the birth of Jesus.


Lasting supper: Alice Camille on Jesus as the Bread of Life

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Article Spirituality
Fruit of the vine and work of human hands, a meal shared in communion with a friend becomes for us the bread of life.

"How much do you want to know?" The question I asked my good friend was hardly casual. Dale and I were sitting in a hospital room, and he was in bad shape.


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