If an outrageous assertion gets repeated enough times, people will begin to believe it. So, with Dan Brown’s outrageously anti-Catholic book about to be released for the wide screen, it’s more important than ever that we be able to counter The Da Vinci Code’s unhistorical and unbiblical claim that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married.
Claims have been around for decades that Christianity was created by stealing ideas from pagan mystery religions, but with The Da Vinci Code, this pseudo-history has reached a mass audience. An examination of the evidence, though, reveals that a comparison of Christianity to pagan cults reveals little that’s alike.
The bloodiest battles in the culture wars are over bioethical issues, and on the front line are health care workers, many of whom face life and death issues every day. For moral clarity, there’s no better place to start than the Ten Commandments, which are here interpreted for the particular challenges and temptations of that field.
There isn’t much fire and brimstone being preached at Mass these days. Fr. Harrison investigated the accusation that there are fewer Mass readings about hell since the Second Vatican Council. What he discovered is that the new lectionary actually makes the Gospel accounts of hell much more prominent.
Many Catholics suspect that "annulments" are too easy to get; many others walk away from the Church because they think the process is too difficult. What the two groups have in common is that they tend to think it’s a matter of "jumping through hoops." But here’s what really happens at the tribunal.