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The Holy Father’s “Our Father” Comments in Context

December 13, AD2017 4 Comments
The Holy Father’s “Our Father” Comments in Context

On the evening of December 6th, TV2000, the Italian equivalent of EWTN, aired an interview of Pope Francis where he criticized the Italian translation of the Our Father. He pointed out how some other languages have better translations. His argument is the Italian isn’t an accurate description of what the Gospel says, not to change […]

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Pope Francis Just Cannot Catch a Break

December 13, AD2017 9 Comments
Pope Francis Just Cannot Catch a Break

Even when Pope Francis agrees with the CCC he gets criticized. In case you haven’t heard there is a new  ‘Pope Francis controversy.’  The controversy has to do with the translation of the sixth petition of the Our Father – “Lead us not into temptation.” Here’s the background. Four years ago (2013) the French bishops made a […]

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Abandoning Condemnation for Mercy

November 26, AD2017 6 Comments
Abandoning Condemnation for Mercy

The Lasting Effects of ‘The Year of Mercy’ The Year of Mercy was a special year dedicated to living out the mercy of Jesus Christ in a greater way. It has been more than two years since the Holy Father came to visit my own city, Philadelphia, where he did Mass for a crowd of […]

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Private Conscience and the Church

November 1, AD2017 21 Comments
Private Conscience and the Church

The late Bishop Fulton Sheen explained the matters of conscience and that there are two kinds of truths: “Outer truths, which we master, like the distance of the sun from the earth; and inner truths, which master us; for example – God is merciful to the penitent. Inner truths affect a person’s destiny, like a […]

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Discovering Our Vocation In A Complex, Messy World

October 31, AD2017 1 Comment
Discovering Our Vocation In A Complex, Messy World

It has never been easy to discern a vocation, but it is especially difficult for people in the current milieu because modern society is complex and messy. Yet it’s precisely in the complexity and messiness where some of the most important answers in life are found. The good news is no matter how confused we […]

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Are You Confused?

October 16, AD2017 17 Comments
Are You Confused?

Ever since the public release of Pope Francis’ exhortation Amoris Latitia last year, the Catholic media has been full of stories about the errors that are perceived within it’s writing. These errors have been widely written about by scholars, priests, bishops, and laypersons. I have written about them many times since immediately after the exhortation’s […]

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St. Raymond Nonnatus: Healing Prayers for the Divorced

October 4, AD2017 1 Comment
St. Raymond Nonnatus: Healing Prayers for the Divorced

St. Raymond Nonnatus is a saint from the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy or the Mercedarian Order and was born in 1204 in Barcelona, Spain. He is called Nonnatus or “not born” referring to his Caesarean section birth. Since his mother died while giving birth to him, Nonnatus is the patron saint […]

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Ask Tony: Did the Pope Declare Liturgical Reform “Irreversible”?

August 27, AD2017 18 Comments
Ask Tony: Did the Pope Declare Liturgical Reform “Irreversible”?

Is liturgical reform “irreversible”? And what does that mean in practical terms? Pope Francis’ August 24 address to the participants of the 68th Italian Liturgical Week included a phrase that has predictably stirred up concern and ire among his traditionalist and conservative critics. As is also predictable of controversies surrounding Francis, it’s “much ado about […]

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The Young Pope: Popes Are People, Too

August 26, AD2017 0 Comments
The Young Pope: Popes Are People, Too

The Young Pope, written and directed by Paolo Sorrentino, is premised on what is apparently a radical idea: that popes might experience spiritual growth even during their pontificate. Unsettling Catholics expecting a pope with more certainty in his spiritual life and baffling secular critics who don’t know how to recognize or discuss a spiritual journey, […]

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In Defense of The Right Type of Rigidity

August 8, AD2017 15 Comments
In Defense of The Right Type of Rigidity

The word “rigid” has become something of a pejorative term in the common parlance of some clerics and theologians in recent years. The Holy Father himself suggested that young Catholics who prefer the Traditional Latin Mass suffer from a psychological rigidity that must be encountered and healed through a process of “digging.” Another example of […]

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Are There Animals in Heaven?

July 25, AD2017 76 Comments
Are There Animals in Heaven?

Losing a pet can be difficult. My neighbor recently lost her pet kitten. Her eight-year-old daughter began crying inconsolably when she learned of this loss. She asked her mother what would happen to the kitten if she would go to heaven. Many animal lovers wonder whether or not their furry friends will join them in […]

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Pope Francis Visits Fatima: An Interview with Two Pilgrims

July 4, AD2017 0 Comments
Pope Francis Visits Fatima: An Interview with Two Pilgrims

Pope Francis came to Fatima, Portugal on May 12-13, 2017, which marked the 100th anniversary of the apparition of Our Lady to the three shepherd children. I live in Portugal, but unfortunately I was unable to be present. I did interview two of my friends who were there. Vanessa Machado is 34 years old, a […]

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The Lost Virtue of Christian Hospitality

June 24, AD2017 2 Comments
The Lost Virtue of Christian Hospitality

Summer is a time we invite family and friends over for dinner often. The sun sets later and evenings are warm. It is an ideal season to entertain guests, to sit down with family and friends and share a meal together. Hospitality is a Christian virtue. Pope Francis has mentioned that it runs the risk […]

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The Despair of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

June 19, AD2017 2 Comments
The Despair of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has a host of artistic problems, but its most profound failures are of moral understanding. Whereas the original novels by J.K. Rowling embraced the Christian sanctity of life, understanding that death was an evil, and expressed hope for repentance and forgiveness of sins, this late coming play, written by […]

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A Devotional: Conquering Evil with Good Through Prayer

June 3, AD2017 2 Comments
A Devotional: Conquering Evil with Good Through Prayer

“Pray always, but not in order to convince the Lord by dint of words! He knows our needs better than we do! Indeed, persevering prayer is the expression of faith in a God who calls us to fight with him every day and at every moment in order to conquer evil with good.” -Angelus address, […]

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Connecting with Nature to Develop a Faith Based Stewardship

May 24, AD2017 2 Comments
Connecting with Nature to Develop a Faith Based Stewardship

April 22 was the annual Earth Day celebration and many valuable seminars, lectures, and exhibits were provided around the country to increase the awareness of the challenges facing our environment. However, there were also some of the more radical views expressed such as the call for “nature rights”. Examples highlighted were a river in New […]

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Hope: A Misunderstood Virtue

May 24, AD2017 0 Comments
Hope: A Misunderstood Virtue

We all face difficult moments of darkness and anxiety when things can become difficult. Some may become disillusioned with life and lose hope. During these challenging times, hope can also be misunderstood. We may think that it is having a positive attitude or being optimistic. We may place our hope in things of this world, […]

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Catholic Identity Politics and Vocation in the Age of Trump

May 22, AD2017 2 Comments
Catholic Identity Politics and Vocation in the Age of Trump

Surely she had never asked God for anything except that He should let her have her will. And every time she had been granted what she asked for – for the most part. Now here she sat with a contrite heart – not because she had sinned against God but because she was unhappy that […]

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The Problem With Papal Mind-Readers

April 22, AD2017 27 Comments
The Problem With Papal Mind-Readers

As people continue to be confused over what Pope Francis thinks here or there, especially regarding Communion for the divorced and remarried, one thing seems to come up over and over again: what does Pope Francis, this bishop, or that bishops’ conference mean by these words? Obviously, we need to draw meaning from the text […]

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Easter Chocolates, Slavery, and Our Responsibility as Christians

April 15, AD2017 6 Comments
Easter Chocolates, Slavery, and Our Responsibility as Christians

The Easter Bounty- Chocolates When we walk down any candy aisle in a grocery store, we are guaranteed to see many beautifully wrapped and enticing chocolates at any time of the year. But, especially as we approach Easter, there are plentiful chocolates shaped like bunny rabbits, crosses, eggs, and wrapped in colorful pastel foil wrappings […]

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Omission: Sinning by Not Acting–We Need to Avoid Avoiding

March 9, AD2017 2 Comments
Omission: Sinning by Not Acting–We Need to Avoid Avoiding

The Rich Man and Lazarus Pope Francis, in his 2017 Lenten Message, speaks of the Parable of The Rich Man and Lazarus. The rich man had it made in this life, while Lazarus struggled terribly, lying at the door of the rich man’s house, starving and deathly ill. Yet the rich man didn’t even notice […]

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Pope Francis: A Corrupt Creation, Christian Hope, and Rebirth

February 23, AD2017 10 Comments
Pope Francis:  A Corrupt Creation, Christian Hope, and Rebirth

On February 22, Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the importance of  Christian hope in the face sin during his weekly General Audience. Although his reflections focused on the corruption of creation, they are not the opinions of a left-leaning environmentalist but the profound insights of a man of God. The Environment Unfortunately, many Catholics will most […]

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Simple Ignatius

January 12, AD2017 3 Comments
Simple Ignatius

Since my first encounter with Ignatian Spirituality years ago, I have spent a lot time both intrigued and mystified by it.  As is often the case with Catholic prayers, much of the material explaining these spiritual exercises retain the language originally used by Ignatius.  While this may be appreciated by those who already understand Ignatius […]

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Extending Our Joy Past Christmas

December 30, AD2016 1 Comment
Extending Our Joy Past Christmas

Jesus, the Reason for our Joy Another year has passed, and the Christmas Season is here. This is a time of reflection, a time of joy as we celebrate Jesus. We celebrate love brought into the world through the gift of God’s Son to the entire world. Over two thousand years have passed.  The gift of […]

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