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September 29, 2015

In his recent homily at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Pope Francis made a comment that some have leapt on as yet another outrage.

Allegedly, Pope Francis said that Jesus was a failure.

I’d provide links, but I don’t want to give the outrage mongers the traffic.

I have, however, received several queries from people saying they are troubled and wonder what to make of the remark.

So for those concerned by the situation, let’s take a look at it.

1) What did...

September 16, 2015

To celebrate suicide prevention week, advocates of doctor-assisted suicide rammed a bill through the California legislature that they had been unable to pass previously.

Gov. Jerry Brown, who has not said whether or not he will sign the bill, criticized the surprise tactics used by those in the legislature.

You can use this web page to give him your views on the matter.


September 8, 2015

On September 8, the Holy See released a pair of documents by Pope Francis that reform the way the Church handles annulments.

Here are nine things to know and share . . .

1) What is an annulment? Is it the same thing as a divorce?

An annulment (formally known as a “declaration of nullity”) is a ruling that a particular marriage was null from the beginning—that is, something was gravely wrong at the time the time the wedding...

July 13, 2015

The book of Acts records St. Paul’s conversion in the following terms:

Now as he journeyed he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed about him. 

And he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?" 

And he said, "Who are you, Lord?"

And he said, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting; but...

June 18, 2015

Pope Francis’s highly anticipated encyclical—Laudato Si’—is now out.

Here are 13 things to know and share.

1) What are the basic facts about this encyclical?

An encyclical is a teaching document issued by the pope. Encyclicals are among the more solemn and thus more authoritative papal documents.

This one is called Laudato Si’ (“Be praised” or “Praise be to you”)—a line from...