What is original sin?

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Article Scripture and Theology

You won’t find the phrase “original sin” in the Bible. The story of humanity’s “fall” in Genesis 1 doesn’t use the term, and St. Paul, one of the church’s earliest theologians, only hints at it in places. After the first century the early church fathers started to define it, but those in the East and West took different approaches.


Ordination, past and present: An interview with Gary Macy

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Article Prayer and Sacraments Scripture and Theology Women
Our understanding of priests, bishops, and deacons has changed dramatically in the church's long history, says historian Gary Macy.

How the door was opened for Catholic women theologians

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Article Scripture and Theology Women

If necessity is the mother of invention, it’s fair to say that American Catholic school students in the early 20th century were, in a way, the mothers of Catholic women theologians.


Get the facts in order: A history of women's leadership

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Article Scripture and Theology Women

After giving one of the three plenary addresses on the Eucharist at a gathering of the Catholic Theological Society of America in 1997, church historian Gary Marcy and two theologians were lambasted in an article for Commonweal by Cardinal Avery Dulles. Macy’s address suggested that in the Middle Ages, women may have presided at communion ceremonies. Dulles did not approve.


God willing: Watch what you say when others are suffering

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Article Scripture and Theology Sex and Sexuality Spirituality Women

When tragedy hits, think twice before claiming what God intended.

Of the many issues that drove last November’s election, few might have guessed that “God’s will” would become a major spoiler in the Indiana Senate race. When GOP candidate Richard Mourdock suggested that a life created through rape is “something God intended,” it cost him an easy path to victory. But while pundits and Democrats were quick to make as much political hay as possible out of Mourdock’s gaffe, only a few commentators, theologians, and pastors took it on.


We were called Sister

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Article Spirituality Women
Much has changed about religious life but at its heart the mission remains the same.

We were called Immaculata. We were called Concepta. We were called Chrysostom, Eusebius, and Stanislaus, after a Polish boy-saint. We were called Bernard, John, and Thomas after our fathers and Theresa, Elizabeth, and Maureen after our mothers. We were called Paul Kathryn and Robert Rita, pleasing both parents. We were called Serena, signifying calm dispositions. We were called Seraphine, trusting an angelic nature would ensue. We were called Jerome, after a crotchety biblical scholar.


Following Saint Francis in today's world

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
To the well-known saint, the most important human right is the right to love.

We live in a society that highly values perceived rights. People advocate for equal rights, a right to life, a right to die, a right to choose, a right to bear arms and a vast array of other tenets, some of them engraved in our Bill of Rights. Most advocates adorn their righteous causes with cloaks of freedom, fairness, or equality. Many of them are deeply caring and committed in their efforts.


Words fail us: Priests respond to the new Missal a year later

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Article Parish Life Prayer and Sacraments Scripture and Theology
The new missal has made priests watch their language, but after one year most say the meaning of the Mass is getting lost in translation.

Who invented the nativity scene?

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Scripture and Theology
If you missed the feast of Francis of Assisi in October, the Christmas season offers another opportunity to commemorate the saint. Anyone who has erected a nativity scene is following Francis’ 13th-century example.

Words fail us: Parishioners respond to the new Missal a year later

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Article Parish Life Prayer and Sacraments
Reporting straight from the pews after a year of the new translations, U.S. Catholic readers say they are still stumbling through the prayers.  

Stilted, awkward, unnatural, strange, choppy, clumsy, obtuse. If you read these words in a movie review, would you head for the ticket line or run in the opposite direction? What about wooden, tortured, terrible, ridiculous, inaccessible, or abominable? Are you at least intrigued by what could warrant such description? Would you want to check it out once a week?


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