Paul VI, Prophet

In Humanae Vitae, Paul VI plays the prophet and lays out, clearly and succinctly, what he foresees as consequences of turning away from the Church’s classic teaching on sex.
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Black Elk and the need for catechists

Catechists, the Church needs you! We’re losing our kids to secularism.
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The Least Religious Generation in U.S. History: A Reflection on Jean Twenge’s “iGen”

As late as 2004, 84 percent of young adults said that they regularly prayed; by 2016, fully one fourth of that same age cohort said that they never pray.
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What is happening at Mass?

As many Catholics know, the Second Vatican Council famously referred to the liturgy as the “source and summit of the Christian life.” And following the prompts of the great figures of the liturgical movement in the first half of the twentieth century, the Council Fathers called for a fuller, more conscious, and more active participation...
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Peter Claver vs. Immanuel Kant

Immediately after caring for their physical and psychological needs, the saint commenced to instruct the slaves in the rudiments of the Christian faith.
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Ingrid’s Virtual Reality

The social media space can become so enticing that we strangely distort ourselves in order to conform to it, and we prefer its artificiality to the density, challenge, and opportunity of the actual world.
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The mysterious church on the edge of the world

I have discovered now through direct experience, though I had certainly sensed it through photographs, that it is practically impossible to gaze at Mont Saint-Michel without falling into mystical reverie.
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Musing on the teeth of St. Ambrose

We clothe the skeleton of St. Ambrose in stately liturgical robes and we crown his skull with a bishop's miter, not be macabre or "creepy," but because we reverence his body as a place where Christ had come to dwell
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A Bride and Groom; The Bride and The Groom

It is a peculiarity of Catholic theology that a couple exchanging vows at their wedding Mass do not so much receive a sacrament as they become a sacrament.
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Kathy Griffin and the vanishing of argument

when there is no truth, there can be no argument, for argument depends upon a shared appeal to certain epistemic and ethical values.
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Our Lady of Fatima and a theological reading of history

The series of Fatima appearances — lasting from May until October of 1917 — is one of the most extraordinary in the history of the church.
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The Benedict Option and the identity/relevance dilemma

The very intensity of the interest in The Benedict Option in one way proves Dreher's central point, namely, that there is a widely-felt instinct that something has gone rather deeply wrong with the culture and that classical Christianity, at least in the West, is in a bit of a mess.
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