Is there salvation outside the church?

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Article Ecumenical & Interfaith Dialogue Scripture and Theology
Can my Buddhist husband be saved? What about my Jewish neighbors and my sister-in-law who is an atheist?

An ancient doctrine says extra ecclesiam nulla salus ("outside the church there is no salvation"), so how does this affect those who are not Christian? You may be surprised that the doctrine still holds, but this doesn't mean that salvation is unavailable to those of other religions or of no religion at all.


Deacons' wives' tales

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Article Parish Life Scripture and Theology Women
Dung Tran remembers attending the annual Los Angeles Religious Education Congress several years ago and being struck by a particular scene.

"The deacons would go into the sacristy and vest with the priests, but they would come out holding hands with their wives," he says. "There's obviously a big difference there between priests and deacons."


The church's "married clergy": 40 years of Deacons

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Article Parish Life Scripture and Theology
The modern deacon has been around for 40 years—and some are still finding their place in the parish.

Beverly Hills, California deacon and author Eric Stoltz often finds himself uttering the phrase, "Please don't call me Father."

Besides that gentle correction to well-meaning parishioners, Stoltz also uses the first five minutes of new baptism classes he leads to explain to his captive audience what a permanent deacon like himself does.


The trouble with angels

By Alice Camille| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology
These celestial beings are elusive and mysterious—but totally necessary.

Once upon a time I believed in angels. Then I got older and gave up childish ways. Then I got even older and became a child again. Once more I believe in angels. You may be presently too old to put your faith in such creatures; or not yet old enough. Wherever you stand on the "angel issue," you've got company.


The trouble with angels

By Alice Camille| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology
These celestial beings are elusive and mysterious—but totally necessary.

Once upon a time I believed in angels. Then I got older and gave up childish ways. Then I got even older and became a child again. Once more I believe in angels. You may be presently too old to put your faith in such creatures; or not yet old enough. Wherever you stand on the "angel issue," you've got company.


Bible quiz, genius edition

By Alice Camille and Father Paul Boudreau| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology
If you score a passing grade with "Who wants to be a Bible Scholar" in U.S. Catholic's October 2010 issue, give some extra credit questions a try. The answers, ranging from curious to implausible, may not be what you expect.

1. Who killed Goliath?
A. Elhanan
B. Saul
C. Samuel
D. Abner

2. How many of each animal did Noah's take on the ark?
A. Two
B. Nine
C. Twelve
D. Fourteen


Bible quiz, genius edition

By Alice Camille and Father Paul Boudreau| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology
If you score a passing grade with "Who wants to be a Bible Scholar" in U.S. Catholic's October 2010 issue, give some extra credit questions a try. The answers, ranging from curious to implausible, may not be what you expect.

1. Who killed Goliath?
A. Elhanan
B. Saul
C. Samuel
D. Abner

2. How many of each animal did Noah's take on the ark?
A. Two
B. Nine
C. Twelve
D. Fourteen


Does the church still ban books?

By Heidi Schlumpf| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology
What do Jean Paul Sartre, Voltaire, Immanuel Kant, John Milton, and Galileo have in common?

Required reading for university freshmen? Maybe.


Does the church still ban books?

By Heidi Schlumpf| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology
What do Jean Paul Sartre, Voltaire, Immanuel Kant, John Milton, and Galileo have in common?

Required reading for university freshmen? Maybe.


Word of God, Word of Life

By Meinrad Scherer-Emunds| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology
This scripture scholar invited U.S. Catholic readers to crack open the Good Book.

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