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.
How I met your Father: Married Episcopalians becoming Catholic priests
Former Episcopal priests are crossing over to the Catholic Church—and bringing their wives and kids along for the ride.
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.
Leave no child behind: Catholic schools should accept everyone
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.
Vatican II, Schmatican II
In this article from 2005, Tara Dix wonders if it is time for a new agenda forty years after the close of Vatican II.
Leading up to this month's 40th anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council, this year has been filled with workshops, symposia, and whole conferences dedicated to the discussion of Vatican II, the unfinished business of Vatican II, renewing the spirit of Vatican II, and more. And all I can say is: Yawn.