October 12, 2015

Bishop Musonius of Neocaesarea died in 368, and St. Basil sent a consolatory letter to the Christians of that city. He praised the deceased as “a bulwark of his native land, an ornament of the churches, a pillar and foundation of the truth, a firm support of the faith of Christ, a steadfast helper for his friends, a most formidable foe for his enemies, a guardian of the ordinances of the Fathers, an enemy of innovation.”

This seems a fine eulogy, except that the final sentiment is almost unintelligible to modern ears. It seems eccentric, contrary to common sense. Isn’t innovation a Good Thing? The newest computers are cheaper and more powerful. The newest cars get better mileage. The newest buildings are built stronger. Isn’t newer better?

It’s getting a little hard to...

October 9, 2015

Eric Metaxas is the New York Times #1 bestselling author of Bonhoeffer, Miracles, Seven Men, and Amazing Grace. He has written more than thirty children’s books; his essays and poetry have appeared in The New Yorker and elsewhere. Metaxas was keynote speaker at the 2012 National Prayer Breakfast, attended by President Obama, Vice President Biden, members of Congress, and other U.S. and world leaders.

I remember standing in a hotel room in Bismarck, North Dakota, adjusting my tie and going over notes in my head for my talk at a radio gala dinner for the Real Presence Radio network. I had C-SPAN on in the background. Glancing at the screen, I noticed a familiar face: Eric Metaxas, biographer, essayist, and purveyor of tweedy (...

October 5, 2015

Remarks made by a key official at the opening of the current Synod of Bishops seem cool to the idea that there will be a change in the Church’s doctrine and practice regarding the divorced and civilly remarried.

This comes as heartening news to supporters of the Church’s historic doctrine and discipline.

Here are 9 things to know and share . . .

1) What is at issue here?

Jesus Christ taught that marriage is indissoluble. Consequently, a civil divorce does not free one from the commitments one made to be faithful to one’s spouse.

To obtain a civil divorce and then marry someone else, without establishing that the first marriage was null, is thus to enter a state of ongoing adultery.

As Jesus pointedly...

October 5, 2015

As the Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family opens today in Rome, with bishops from around the world gathering for the next two weeks to complete the discussions begun last October, the Church is abuzz with speculation: about possible changes to Catholic teaching, about who was chosen to participate and who was left home, about leaks, conspiracies, and other intrigues within the Vatican’s walls.

On no subject is the buzz greater than on the question of Communion for the divorced and remarried. A contingent of churchmen, spearheaded by the German cardinal Walter Kasper, has made no secret over the last year of favoring a...

October 5, 2015

Meet the Celebes crested macaque known as the star of the “monkey selfies.” She achieved notoriety in 2014 when photographer David Slater went to the Sulawesi peninsula of Indonesia (one of only two places this species of monkey exists, the other being a nearby island).

Slater carefully set up his camera equipment, using a tripod, and waited for a macaque to approach it, push a button on the remote control, and take its own photo. He ended up with several photos, this becoming the most famous when Slater uploaded it to the Internet as the “monkey selfie.” He licensed the photo to a news agency, on the assumption that he owned the copyright to the image.

The photo started to appear elsewhere, such as at the website of Britain’s Daily Mail, without Slater’s...

October 2, 2015

At Catholic Answers, we often get the question: “If St. Peter was made the visible head of the Church, why don’t we see it in the book of Acts? Is not St. James (or perhaps St. Paul) the real leader of the early Church?”

How do we reply?

Actually, St. Peter is quite obviously the visible head of the Church in Acts. When you consider the inspired author of Acts was St. Luke, a companion of St. Paul, it is quite telling that for the first 15 of 28 chapters, Peter is the center of attention rather than Paul. Why this focus on Peter?

Let's take a look.

1. Acts 1:15-26: It is St. Peter who is clearly in charge in choosing and ordaining a new apostle to replace Judas when he gives an authoritative interpretation of Psalm 69:25 and Psalm 109:8. And...

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