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Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Natl Catholic Reporter - Tue, 11/05/2019 - 9:00 AM
There used to be a billboard on Interstate 70 that said: “Don’t make me come down there!” It was signed, “God.” That just might sum up the first reading and Gospel we hear this week.

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Natl Catholic Reporter - Mon, 08/05/2019 - 9:00 AM
Manna sounds like a pretty nice treat, doesn’t it? Some parts of Scripture make it appear like a near relative to milk and honey. Surprisingly, it got its name because when the Israelites first discovered it on the desert floor they said something like, “Manna?”

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Natl Catholic Reporter - Tue, 07/23/2019 - 6:00 AM
Were there weeds in the Garden of Eden? The day I heard that there is such a thing as dandelion wine I started to question the either/or classification of plants as good or weed. Who are we to judge?

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Natl Catholic Reporter - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 9:00 AM
We usually refer to today’s Gospel story as the story of the good Samaritan. But the person at the center, the one who most likely represents us and needs to learn something, is the lawyer Jesus wouldn’t let off the hook. Luke doesn’t name him, so let’s call him “Roger.”

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Natl Catholic Reporter - Sun, 07/07/2019 - 9:00 AM
The website “The Beatles Bible” dubs “Imagine” as John Lennon’s most iconic song. According to Wikipedia, Lennon once explained that it was an “anti-religious, anti-nationalistic, anti-conventional, anti-capitalistic” song that got “sugar-coated” into acceptability.

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Natl Catholic Reporter - Sun, 06/30/2019 - 9:00 AM
Mission has always been central to my life as a Dominican. I am a biblical scholar, working primarily in the area of biblical prophetic texts, while simultaneously wondering about and interrogating the prophetic text called “life.” My work as a biblical scholar and teacher is more than a career; it is a vocation.

Body and Blood of Christ

Natl Catholic Reporter - Sun, 06/23/2019 - 9:00 AM

<p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: rgb(65, 64, 66); font-family: Merriweather, Times, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;">In the days when Catholics fasted from midnight before receiving Communion and were convinced that the odds were quite slim that Protestants would go to heaven, my mother had great admiration for a Lutheran friend of hers.

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Pope’s Wednesday Audience: ‘The Holy Spirit unites the Church, despite sin and scandal’...

Pope Francis said Wednesday that the Holy Spirit unites and grows the Church despite human limitations, sins and scandal. “The Holy Spirit is the creator of communion, the artist of reconciliation ... He builds the community of believers by harmonizing the unity of the body and the multiplicity of its members,” Pope Francis said June 19 in St...

“No one was saved” — How Paul McCartney out-harshed Lennon’s critique with four words...

Well, Happy Birthday to James Paul McCartney, who was born this day in 1942 and grew up to be one half of what became arguably the greatest songwriting partnerships in popular music. What a gift he had, to seemingly exhale melodies. What a remarkable, innovative bass player, to boot. What unforgettable harmonies — so tightly wound...

Here’s everything we know so far about Netflix’s Narnia project...

Roughly a year after Amazon announced its plan to create a series based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, Netflix revealed plans to create a series and feature films based on the world of C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia. Ever since the announcement was made on October 3, 2018, various speculations have been made. To help you sort through them all...

Father Thomas Rosica resigns from Salt and Light after plagiarism scandal...

In April, it was discovered that one of Rosica’s most controversial publications, a July 2018 blog post, had been plagiarized from a 2014 blog post by by Richard Bennett, a former member of Dominican Order and an apparently laicized priest, who is now active in a fundamentalist Protestant organization which says it “places particular emphasis on the evangelization and conversion of Roman Catholics...

The Holy Eucharist and the priesthood: The Solemnity of Corpus Christi...

I love the early summer liturgical “trifecta” of Pentecost, Trinity, and Corpus Christi, forming a kind of “encore” to the joyful Easter Season focusing in succession on three fundamental realities of the Christian life: the Church, the Triune Godhead, and the Eucharist. This “trifecta” comes to an end this week with the celebration of the Body and Blood of Christ...

Familiar journalism question: Why did the New York Times ignore Franco Zeffirelli’s Catholic faith?

The lengthy New York Times obituary for the Franco Zeffirelli features lots of material — as it should — about the legendary director’s off-stage and off-screen private life, which was colorful, to say the least. The headline proclaimed: “Franco Zeffirelli, Italian Director With Taste for Excess, Dies at 96.” Zeffirelli lived a sprawling...

Holy See Press Office denies rumors of Benedict XVI stroke...

Despite the rumors in social media, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is doing very well and did not suffer a mild stroke, according to the Holy See Press Office. The reports first appeared on Twitter Monday afternoon, leaving many Catholics offering prayers for the 92-year-old pope emeritus.

China killing Prisoners to harvest organs for transplant, tribunal finds...

On June 17, an independent tribunal which has been investigating "forced organ harvesting" from Chinese prisoners, including Falun Gong practitioners and Uighur Muslims, published its final judgment. The China Tribunal concluded that "forced organ harvesting has been committed for years throughout China on a significant scale...

Understanding the debate over married priests at the Amazon synod...

Every so often, we get official confirmation of the obvious, and, surprisingly enough, it still makes waves. Such is the case again this week with the release of a preparatory document for an October summit of bishops on the Amazon, which confirms that the ordination of married “elderly people,” meaning men, will be on the agenda...

A comment about Cardinal Dolan’s capital punishment tweet...

Earlier today Cdl. Dolan of New York tweeted: “With the clear and cogent clarification of the successor of St. Peter, there now exists no loophole to morally justify capital punishment.” The supposedly clear and cogent clarification that Dolan has in mind must be Pope Francis’ 2018 modification of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to assert that the death penalty is “inadmissible”...

Three churches agree to more renovations at Church of the Holy Sepulcher...

Following the successful cooperation on the 2016 restoration of the Edicule in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the leaders of the three churches who serve as guardians of the holy site have signed an agreement to continue with restorations, this time on the pavement and foundations around the tomb. The Edicule shrine is revered by Christians as the site of the remains of the cave where Jesus was buried and rose from the dead...

If this man asks for a penny, don’t give it to him. It’s a pyramid scheme.....

This is the last video showing the construction of the New World Record Penny Pyramid, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. This beats the previous record, which used 100 people and was built in Lithuania.

The impact of a loving marriage is greater than you can imagine...

June 17 is my parents’ 58th wedding anniversary. Since I’ve been around for all but 10 of those years, I consider myself somewhat of an expert on their marriage. So first, I’d like to say: Congratulations, Mom and Dad! And I’d like to offer an observation about marriage and how it can affect children. At the start of every day...
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