Focus

  • The next schism is already here!

    Jul 22, 2016

    The next schism isn’t down the road somewhere. It is already here. The proponents are lined up in a serious faceoff, their team shirts emblazoned “Pre-Vatican II” and “Post-Vatican II.”

  • Is it possible to live in the grace of God even though we are in sin?

    Jul 22, 2016

    The Pope gave Cardinal Schönborn the assignment to dissipate, as it were, this misunderstanding. He was the one who introduced Amoris Laetitia to the press. During the return flight from Lesbos on April 16, the Pope confirmed that the Archbishop of Vienna had indeed grasped and correctly expressed the meaning of the exhortation.

  • The Church of tomorrow is synodal and collegial

    Jul 22, 2016

    In the lives of many laity, especially the post-Vatican II generation, the Aposotolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) could be the most

  • Food for Thought

    Jul 22, 2016

    A page on the website of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops provides a Q&A on the identity and role of the deacon in the Catholic Church.

  • Deacons and their service to the Church

    Jul 22, 2016

    The order of ministry known as the diaconate is among the oldest in Christianity, as is recorded in Acts 6:1-7. Deacons were selected from among the community to assist the apostles in their work.

  • Deacons and the question of women deacons

    Jul 22, 2016

    At the beginning of the day I like to have some idea of what has to get done during the waking hours ahead: where I need to be and when; what I must accomplish to retain some semblance of order in my existence; and, of course, what I can safely put off until tomorrow.

  • Amoris Laetitia is a magisterial act, says Cardinal Schonborn

    Jul 14, 2016

    The Pope gave Cardinal Schönborn the assignment to dissipate, as it were, this misunderstanding. He was the one who introduced Amoris Laetitia to the press. During the return flight from Lesbos on April 16, the Pope confirmed that the Archbishop of Vienna had indeed grasped and correctly expressed the meaning of the exhortation.

  • Food for Thought

    Jul 14, 2016

    There's been a lot of talk about what the pope said or didn't say in "Amoris Laetitia" ("The Joy of Love"), his recent apostolic exhortation about the family.

  • Passion and compassion: The law and the love

    Jul 14, 2016

    As we are well aware, our church has much to say about divorce and remarriage. Scripture, canon law, the Catechism of the Catholic Church and, now, "Amoris Laetitia" ("The Joy of Love") -- Pope Francis' recent apostolic exhortation -- make it clear that marriage is a sacred covenant between a man and a woman, joined by God.

  • Divorced-remarried Catholics remain part of the Church

    Jul 14, 2016

    The divorced-remarried Catholics who received great attention during the 2014 and 2015 sessions of the world Synod of Bishops in Rome remain "brothers and sisters" to others in the faith community, says "Amoris Laetitia" ("The Joy of Love") a major document on marriage and the family issued by Pope Francis in April 2016.