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If marriage is such a good thing, shouldn’t anyone be allowed to marry? Why not same-sex couples? Why not groups of people? Why not people and their pets? In a world focused on rights without responsibilities and on sex without consequences, it’s difficult to communicate the Catholic understanding of marriage. Here’s some help.
It turns out that one of the world’s finest Catholic apologists is also a surfer. In this selection from his latest book, The Sea Within, philosopher Peter Kreeft maintains that it’s impossible to live by the sea and remain an atheist, for the sea is the most remarkable icon of God. As the eye is the window to the soul, so the sea is the window to the heart of God.
Our Holy Father wants to engage the Muslim world in dialogue. Indeed, he wants to engage the entire world in dialogue because he believes in the power of reason. We provide here a primer for Christian-Muslim dialogue: a thumbnail of the tragic history, an outline of principle Islamic beliefs, and where we can find common ground.
Is Christianity a supernaturally revealed religion that demands our submission and obedience, or is it a human construction that can and should be adapted to the prevailing customs of the age? That is the question that is ripping apart the Anglican communion, including its Episcopalian counterpart in the United States.
It’s pretty impressive: Jehovah’s Witnesses are putting it on the line, giving up their Sunday mornings to go around neighborhoods talking to people about God. It’s more evangelization than most Catholics do. But while they might be sincere and wholehearted, their doctrines don’t add up to the truth.
"Approaching, do not come with your palms stretched flat nor with fingers separated. But making your left hand a seat for your right, and hollowing your palm, receive the Body of Christ, responding Amen. And having with care hallowed your eyes by the touch of the Holy Body, take it, vigilant lest you drop any of it."
~ Cyril, Bishop of Jerusalem, Doctor of the Church, Saint; on the proper technique for receiving Holy Communion in the hand (circa A.D. 347).