Catholic News & Perspective

January 2020

Jan 17

Opening the Word: John’s confession of faith

By: Timothy P. O'Malley During Advent, the Church listened to John’s the Baptist’s inquiry from prison. As John suffered in prison, he sent word to Jesus’ disciples. Was Jesus really the Son of God, or should we be waiting for another? (cf. Mt 11:2). This question of John’s stands in contrast to his confession of faith at...
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Jan 15

A resolution: Renewing Catholic family life in 2020

By: Dr. Greg Popcak Pope Francis has said that “the Church is a family of families” (Amoris Laetitia, No. 87). More than a statement of fact, these words assert that the Church can only be as strong, as faithful and as dynamically on fire for Christ as the families that make up the Body of Christ. In this last year, we have seen many...
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Jan 13

Realizing what we are affects our view of marriage

By:  Msgr. Owen Campion I should not have been taken aback, given the current, highly publicized demands apparently by many in the United Methodist Church to accept same-gender marriage, but even still, I had not expected a practicing Catholic to ask me this question: “Will the Catholic Church ever permit same-gender marriages in its...
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Jan 10

Opening the Word: Sharing in Divine Sonship

By: Timothy P. O'Malley In Matthew, John protests the baptism of Jesus, suggesting that it is Jesus who should be the one who baptizes John. Yet Jesus answers John’s humility with a puzzling statement: “Allow it now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness” (Mt 3:15). What does Jesus mean by this perplexing...
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Jan 8

What’s the state of the pro-life movement?

By: Russell Shaw As thousands of pro-life demonstrators fill the streets of downtown Washington on Jan. 24 for the annual March for Life, optimism and uncertainty will both be present in abundance. Forty-seven years after the Supreme Court legalized abortion and 28 years after it ruled against placing what it called an “undue burden”...
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Jan 6

The uncomfortable history of Catholics and slavery

By: Msgr. Owen F. Campion The birds are coming home to roost. Georgetown University, this country’s first Catholic college, and first Jesuit institution of higher learning, is considering ways to make reparations for its involvement in slavery a century and a half ago. Orders of nuns are doing the same thing. They held slaves prior to...
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Jan 3

Opening the Word: The gift of ourselves

By: Timothy P. O'Malley Church-going Catholics know the major themes of the feast of the Epiphany. We know the Wise Men represent the Gentiles coming from the ends of the world. We know the meaning of the gifts that Christ receives from the Magi: gold for a king, frankincense for a priest and myrrh for the one who will die upon the cross. This...
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Jan 1

Throwing ‘prayer darts’ at God: How to make short, intentional prayers a part of our everyday lives

By: Father Peter Schineller “Pray without ceasing” urges St. Paul (1 Thes 5:17). This doesn’t mean we should be on our knees or in Church 24/7. But what does it mean, and how can we — if not praying always — at least be a bit more prayerful? The Church long ago took St. Paul’s words to heart and recommended...
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