Commentary

Good and bad ideas on church reform

Charges against former Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, and those who allegedly covered up his abuses and advanced him to an advisory role at the Vatican, must be investigated and proved or disproved.
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Sweden’s Catholic past and future

For the past 500 years, Catholicism has made little impression on Sweden. Yet perhaps even now in this ardently secular country, there are small signs of change.
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I have seen the face of Christ

Many years ago, I read an essay that pointed out that the church – whose head is Christ – must have a dual nature: like Jesus, both divine and human. If the church were not human, it would not be riddled with sinners and all that sin brings into our lives; but if the church...
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A time to repent

The ongoing sexual abuse crisis in the Church has hit us with full force following the revelations concerning Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, former archbishop of Washington, and the Pennsylvania grand jury report. Once again, we were confronted with a tsunami of evil: the evil of those who perpetrated unspeakable crimes against children and young people; and...
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Pearls amid junk

When you look at infinite space and countless solar systems and stars and galaxies, we’re part of a creation that is truly worthy of God.
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When hard conversations have to happen

For children's sake, for our church's sake, for the sake of our own souls, we cannot choose the easy way out and avoid what is difficult to say or do.
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‘The Hiding Place’

Who inspires you? Who gives you hope? Read about a favorite saint or hero of history, and have faith.
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Washing hands at Mass/ The ‘poor in spirit’

Father Doyle fields questions about why the priest washes his hands at Mass and what Christ meant by the 'poor in spirit.'
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Why is Michael a saint?/ Ashes of a non-Catholic

Father Doyle fields questions about why St. Michael the Archangel is a saint and whether a Catholic can be involved in scattering the ashes of a non-Catholic loved one who requests it.
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A church of sinners

Ideas have consequences, and for decades some very bad ideas have given aid and comfort to predators inside and outside the church.
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Why accompaniment involves apologetics

In the evangelical context, therefore, true accompaniment goes beyond fellowship. It has to do with offering the bread of life.
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Did Jesus die at 33?/ Civil wedding ceremony — should we go?

Father Doyle fields questions on how old Jesus was when he died and whether Catholics should attend civil wedding ceremonies.
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