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March 7, 2013

For at least a couple of decades, there has been a trend going around Catholic circles to "explore our Jewish roots." If this exploration was limited to interfaith dialogues between Jewish and Catholic theologians, or even to friendly discussions between Jews and Catholics, there wouldn't be a problem. Dialogues and discussions can be helpful, even praiseworthy. The trouble starts when lay Catholics decide to "try out" Jewish ritual.

The questions we've gotten at Catholic Answers have...

March 7, 2013

In a prior post we looked at reasons why Church teaching on contraception not only belongs in any  “seamless garment” approach to life issues, but in fact must serve as its keystone. As Archbishop Gerhard Müller, prefect of the CDF, put it, only when sex is properly regarded as a cooperation with God’s life-giving goodness can we build a truly coherent and comprehensive life ethic. Without Humanae...

March 6, 2013

Today the Vatican has invited the whole Church to pray with the cardinals as they gather for eucharistic adoration in St. Peter's Basilica for the upcoming papal conclave and election, starting at 5 p.m. Rome time (11 a.m. EST).

The cardinals sent a telegram to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI:

To His Holiness, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, 
The Cardinal Fathers, gathered at the Vatican for the...

March 5, 2013

In his memoirs, Treasure in Clay, Bishop Fulton Sheen (1895–1979) tells of giving instructions in the Catholic Faith to a young woman. During the lesson on confession, the young woman suddenly jumped from her chair and yelled at Bishop Sheen that she would never become Catholic because of what he had told her about confession. Sheen waited for her to...

March 4, 2013

The death last weekend of Miracles founding member Bobby Rogers—may he rest in peace—reminded me of one of my personal bête noires: the retreat from marriage. The Motown singing group fronted by Smokey Robinson scored their first No. 1 (and first No. 1 for the label) with “Shop Around,” a memorable if not especially deep number extolling the alleged merits of a man’s taking his time to find just the right wife. What the Miracles meant exactly by shopping is not made altogether clear...