The Australian Bishops Conference, and Archbishop Julian Porteous of the state of Tasmania in particular, are under fire for one reason: they had the audacity to teach Catholics the truth about the nature of marriage—according to Catholic teaching. The Australian bishops declare the truth plainly and succinctly in their May 28, 2015, booklet on marriage, “Don’t Mess with Marriage”:...
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Ryan Foley is an entrepreneur at heart. Now retired from the U.S. Air Force, the tall husband and father runs ePriest.com and vocation.com and is engaged full-time in strengthening the Church's teaching on the dignity of the human person and promoting the Catholic sexual ethic.
A major threat to this teaching (and to the peace of soul that comes from following it) is pornography. Porn has spread like a virus throughout our culture and has degraded cultural sensibilities in TV sitcoms...
As Christians, we have always heard that only God can make us happy. In fact, some Bible translations render Psalm 16:2 as, "You are my God. My happiness lies in you alone."
But an atheist would say, “I don’t need God to be happy. I can get along just fine without him.” How do we respond?
It is true that an atheist can experience kinds of happiness without living for God. But if an atheist persistently and culpably rejects God, he would not be able to experience ...
By now you’ve probably heard about the tragic shooting of two civilians and a police officer outside of a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado on Friday. The motive behind the shooting is still under investigation, but it's possible that the shooter was motivated in some way by a personal opposition to abortion....
“Out of the mouths of babes— and dissident priests.” Or something like that.
Rummaging around, I came across an old newspaper column that amused me when I first read it and amuses me still. I never thought I would find the late Fr. Richard P. McBrien (1936–2015), longtime head of the theology department at Notre Dame, giving a coherent argument in favor of priestly celibacy; but he did, right in the pages of the National Catholic Reporter.
In fairness I should note...