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'Inclusion' and Catholicism

Back in the day, kiddie-Catholics learned that the Church had four "marks:" the Church is one, holy, catholic (as in "universal"), and apostolic. These marks derived from the Nicene-Constantinopolitan ...



On limboJenna Marie Cooper

Q: What happened to Limbo? (Sacramento, California) A: Traditionally, limbo was thought of as a "place" in the afterlife that was neither heaven nor purgatory, but which also didn't involve the ...

Why is ad orientem worship so controversial?Dr. R. Jared Staudt

Until the 1960s, Catholics worshipped ad orientem, with priest and congregation facing the East during Mass. Originally, Christians celebrated Mass before daybreak Sunday morning with the rising sun serving ...

Inclusivity and loveBishop Robert Barron

The other night, I had the privilege of participating in one of the listening sessions for the continental phase of the Synodal process. The basis for our discussion was a lengthy document produced by ...

Effective communication of the Gospel can awaken consciences, change the worldSean Gallagher

The government of Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega and his wife, now co-president Rosario Murillo, have had the Catholic Church in its crosshairs for years. That's because faithful Catholics there ...

Universality in All ThingsMaureen Crowley Heil

It seems that as soon as I tell a person who I've met in a church that I've never visited that I'm a 'first-timer," I hear the same response: Be sure to make your three wishes! How this ...

The archdiocese reacts to the 1973 Roe decisionViolet Hurst

On Jan. 22, 1973 -- 50 years ago this week -- the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a landmark decision in the Roe v. Wade case, guaranteeing a constitutional right to abortion. The archdiocesan opposition ...

Not of the world, but the world mattersDavid Mills

Most of us Catholics are too worldly, as we know from every examination of conscience -- and yet in another sense we're not worldly enough. We live in the world, but as Jesus says, we're not of ...

The blessed pathScott Hahn

In the readings since Christmas, Jesus has been revealed as the new royal son of David and Son of God. He is sent to lead a new exodus that brings Israel out of captivity to the nations and brings all ...