Does freedom mean liberty or license? Contemporary secular dialogue loudly extols the right to freedom while denouncing any moral law as restrictive and oppressive. St. Paul says that Christ set us free for freedom. Same word, vastly different meanings. To overcome the confusion requires that we unravel the secular meaning of freedom while explaining what it means to be free in Christ.
The 2007 Supreme Court ruling Gonzales vs. Carhart was a major victory for infants in the womb. More and more people are speaking out on behalf of the pre-born. In light of these and other hopeful signs, a leading pro-life advocate makes ten observations about the current state of the right-to-life movement.
Popular "historical" scholarship claims that the Gospels were written long after the events they describe and not by the individuals to whom they were attributed. But were early Church communities that credulous about accepting the authority behind sacred texts? Revisionist arguments come up short in light of intra-textual and contemporary historical evidence.
Excommunication is a term that gets a lot of press these days. Most Catholics, however—and certainly the secular press—have only a tenuous g.asp of what the Church’s penalty is all about. When we look beyond images of bell, book, and candle to understand how canon law defines and applies excommunication, we discover that it’s about treatment, not condemnation.
"Once the decision had been made, to tarry in the opposition party would have been inconsistent with my whole past. I would have set my own infallibility in the place of the infallibility of the Church."
~ Karl von Hefele, Bishop of Rottenburg, university professor, theologian, prolific writer, and adamant opponent of the proposed doctrine of papal infallibility, on his subsequent submission to the Magisterium of the Church as promulgated at Vatican Council I.