What's the point of being a Christian? Father Timothy Radcliffe, O.P. answers this question in a book and this 2006 interview with U.S. Catholic. He followed this up with another book and a 2010 U.S. Catholic interview on why go to church.
Catholic tradition still has answers for the questions of the contemporary world, says the former Master-General of the Dominican order.
For someone who was almost expelled from school as a teenager for reading Lady Chatterly's Lover during benediction, Dominican Father Timothy Radcliffe certainly qualifies as a bad boy turned good. When asked what turned him around, he might give a simple answer: truth.
This scripture scholar invited U.S. Catholic readers to crack open the Good Book.
A good liturgy draws people in, challenges them, allows them to pariticpate, and gives a sense of awe, Father Keith Pecklers, S.J. says in this interview from May 2007.
Bishop Donald Trautman explains in this 2005 interview some of the changes in the liturgy that we're seeing now, along with the reasons behind them.
With the diocesan chancery ground zero in the sex abuse crisis, now is a good time to ask whether a renovation might be in order.
"I want you to get up right now, go to your windows, open them, and stick your head out and yell, ‘I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!'"
The instinct of Christianity has always been that people should worship in a language they understand.
The first language of Christian liturgy was Aramaic, the common language of the first Christians, who were Palestinian Jews. While Hebrew was the language of scripture and formal worship, Christian worship occurred in the home where Aramaic was spoken. The words Abba and maranatha are Aramaic.
From colonial times until recently, Hispanic Catholics in lands now in the United States have been on the margins of their church. During the Spanish and Mexican periods, Catholics lived too far from the seats of their dioceses. At one time in New Mexico, a whole 70 years passed between bishop’s visits.
Opponents of the modern liturgy could use a history lesson, says this scholar of the church's prayer. Overall, the liturgical reform has been a great success.
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