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...

October 2, 2015

Bobby Jindal made the decision not to go to Harvard for medicine nor to Yale for law although he was accepted by both universities. Instead, he went to Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and majored in political science. A convert to the Catholic Faith from Hinduism, Jindal has found a way to integrate the full truth about Christ into his duties as a public servant.

He was twice elected to Congress, and has been the Governor of Louisiana since 2008. On June 24, 2015, he entered the race to become President of the United States.

In this edition of the Catholic Answers Focus podcast, Jindal talks with me about the role of faith in public life, why he doesn’t like hyphenated ethnic labels, and what it’s like dealing with running for president...

October 1, 2015

Recently I got a query from someone wondering about an anti-Catholic video that claimed “the pope’s deacon” invoked Lucifer during the Easter Vigil liturgy and referred to Jesus as his Son.

Of course, that’s not what happened, but to understand what really did happen, you need to know a few things about “lucifer.”

What does the word lucifer mean?

It’s a Latin word derived from the roots lux (light) and ferre (to carry).

It means “light bearer” or “light bringer,” and it was not originally used in connection with the devil.

Instead, it could be used multiple ways. For example, anybody carrying a torch at night was a lucifer (light bringer).

It was also used as a name for the Morning Star (i.e...

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