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We hear about them all the time. We know they’re important. But can regular people read and understand the Church Fathers? Actually, it’s easier than you think. Here’s the rundown: Who they are, why they matter, and some practical tips for neophytes to get started.
For many non-Catholics, the rosary is a scandal: Why all the emphasis on Mary? Isn’t it just “vain repetition” in violation of Christ’s words? The truth is that Jesus is at the heart of the Hail Mary—and meditation on his life, death, and resurrection is the heart of the rosary.
The attacks on his character are traced to a 1960s play by a Soviet sympathizer who repeated Communist propaganda. So-called Catholics with an agenda effectively spread the lies, but despite the untold damage to his reputation, his defenders are winning the war—and changing the rules of engagement.
Few people would ask the question outright, but there’s a lingering suspicion among many Catholics that women are not really treated as equals in the Church. Sadly, they sometimes haven’t been. But that isn’t because of Catholic teaching—it’s because of human failure to live up to it.
It seems as though Christians don’t have a fighting chance when it comes to defending traditional morality in public schools. Here’s the story of one young woman who challenged a clear case of prejudice at her high school—and won.