The Holy Spirit and the Catholic Church

Photography © by Andy Coan

The Council of Jerusalem in Acts 15 brings up a very interesting point.  To discern the proper interpretation of Scripture & the will of God, where should we turn for guidance, the teaching authority (or Magisterium) of the Church, or to the Holy Spirit? Some have painted these two as alternatives. But are they really?   The Mass readings for […]

Catholic Quote of the Day — from G. K. Chesterton

“Nine out of ten of what we call new ideas are simply old mistakes. The Catholic Church has for one of her chief duties that of preventing people from making those old mistakes; from making them over and over again forever, as people always do if they are left to themselves.” (G. K. Chesterton, Why I Am A Catholic) Print […]

Daily Reflection — The Gift of the Church as Teacher

St. Peter's Basilica at Night (and Ponte Sant Angelo over the Tiber)

There have been many times in my life when I needed guidance about what to do. I am sure that has been true for you also.  Indeed, when we were young, we learned primarily from teachers. As we progressed, our teachers guided us to learn also from our experiences and observations. Unfortunately, there have also been times in my life […]

Does Jesus Want Us “Out of the Church”?

I just read a news story praising a Nashville-based literary agency that represents “top progressive Christian authors.” It stated that many of the authors have been influenced by Phyllis Tickle, who penned, The Great Emergence: How Christianity is Changing and Why.  Such a book smacks of the differences between Protestants and Catholics. Whereas they talk about changing, Catholics talk about a “New […]

The Awkwardness of Free-Thinking

A “freethinker” is defined as one who forms opinions on the basis of reason independently of authority, especially one who denies religious dogma. Perhaps unbridled intellectual freedom sounds seductive at first, but is this really a good idea? Consider children. Truth is basically simple and if an idea wouldn’t make sense at a fundamental level to a child, then the […]

Education in the Heart of the Church

The celebration of Catholic Schools Week in the United States is an annual opportunity to reflect on the privilege and purpose of Catholic education. Education is at the heart of the Church’s mission, a task set in motion by her Founder when he instructed his disciples to go into the whole world and teach the Gospel to every creature, educating […]

When Catholic Hospitals Lose Their Identity and Way (Part II)

On Monday, in the editorial “When Catholic Hospitals Lose Their Identity and Way,” we focused on Phoenix Bishop Thomas Olmsted’s stripping St. Joseph’s hospital of its Catholic status, after it refused to admit that it had done anything wrong and to change its ways after it became known that it had authorized and carried out a direct abortion in November […]