Like a good neighbor: The lessons of the Good Samaritan
The Good Samaritan points the way to a humbler, holier church.
We need more humility in the church today. It is a sad truth that these days we live in a divided church, as we do in our society in general, where deep differences prevent people of the same faith from talking to one another or even worshiping together.
Readers sound off on the best and worst of Vatican II
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.
Good council: Readers on Vatican II
Keep the faith
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.
Glad You Asked: Who are the doctors of the church?
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?
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.
From Isaiah to Economic Justice for All: A brief history of 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
The suspect actions of Abraham should give us pause about what makes him one of the heroes of the Bible.
By anonimus () [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Dads behaving badly: A closer look at the fathers in the Bible
In this first installment of a two-part meditation, we are reminded of Abraham's "daddy issues." Even this exalted father of faith had a rocky start.
Lorenzo Monaco (circa 1370(1370)–circa 1425(1425)) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons