Commentary

Question Corner: Cellphones revisited/ Priest in mortal sin

Father Doyle answers questions about cellphone use in church and the validity of sacraments performed by priests in a state of mortal sin.
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Amen: On a humble man, and famous last words

As a priest, Monsignor Bastress was in fact enlisted to act “in persona Christi” – in the person of Christ – throughout various aspects of his ministry.
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A myth of neutrality

Is human life a gift to be revered, or something to be discarded when it seems unproductive or inconvenient to others? There is still time for all of us to help choose the answer.
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Here comes the bridesmaid

God doesn’t care whether we’re immaculately dressed in fancy clothes or wearing an old bathrobe with sausage grease on the sleeve.
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A brother priest shares his thoughts on Bishop Newman

Bishop Newman’s episcopal model was “To live is Christ.” These few words speak volumes about him as a person. He was a priest and bishop who was loved by everyone who met him.
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Refresh yourself – spiritually, too

If it’s good to dust off the cobwebs in our home, it’s even better to sweep clean your heart and soul.
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Reading the signs of the times

We need strong communities of faith. But they should refresh us and arm us to go out and remind others of our more excellent way.
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Going fishing

What do I do to inspire others to become fishers of men? Do I ever convey that joy, that excitement, in being a follower of Christ that someone would stop to ask me about Jesus?
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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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How often should a deacon preach?/Adoption by same-sex couple

Father Doyle fields questions on deacons preaching at Mass and the Catholic Church's position on adoption by same-sex couples.
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Good examples of virtue

Commencement speakers do communicate an important parting lesson. But the lesson is embodied in the life of the honoree. This should not be so surprising. Isn't this how we always learn the practice of virtue?
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Priests born out of wedlock?/ Marriage to non-Christian

Father Doyle fields questions about priests born out of wedlock and marriage to a non-Christian.
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