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Blessed the Barron

Posted on August 26, 2011

The long-awaited book Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith is out and buyable!

When Father Barron is talking, I can’t stop listening. Whatever he writes, I can’t put down unfinished. He loves the people he addresses. He writes about what matters to us. To read him is to be loved in word after word. In these pages, heart speaks to heart.

Don’t miss it!

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Why the Pope has to be Infallible, Part 1

Posted on August 26, 2011

In response to my post from last Sunday’s readings, Emil Anton has made some interesting interventions in the comments raising issues about papal infallibility.  So I though it might be pertinent to walk through the steps that lead to papal infallibility—at least, the ones I find convincing.

Let’s start with the question: who is the final arbiter of the interpretation of Scripture?  I start with this point, because (surprisingly)...


Journey Through Scripture Success

Posted on August 16, 2011

When the annual Applied Biblical Studies Conference, held on the campus of Franciscan University of Steubenville, wrapped up on July 29, 2011, the staff of the St. Paul Center was more than pleased. The conference, which featured talks on the Gospel of Matthew by Dr. Scott Hahn, Dr. Brant Pitre, Dr. Michael Barber, Fr. Pablo Gazenz, Dr. John Bergsma, and other Center Fellows, was itself a rousing success. Equally successful, however, was the annual Journey Through Scripture Parish-Based Bible Study Training...


Are War and Schism always Sins Against Charity?

Posted on August 09, 2011

What would happen if, through some bending of the space-time continuum, it were possible to bring together at a conference table contemporary literary critics, theologians, and biblical scholars such as Harold Bloom, John Howard Yoder, and Richard Hays, as well as the common and angelic doctor, St. Thomas Aquinas? What would be the result if these interlocutors were to take as their topic of discussion not only “love” in the abstract, but the concrete sins against love:...


Pope recommends Bible for vacation reading

Posted on August 04, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI has urged Catholics to read the Bible while on vacation, particularly the lesser known books of sacred scripture.
“This seems to be a good thing to do on the holidays: take a book of the Bible, so you have some relaxation and, at the same time, enter into the great expanse of ​​the Word of God and deepen our contact with the Eternal,” said the Pope in his Wednesday General Audience address…...


St. Lawrence of Brindisi: A Life Inspired by Love of Sacred Scripture

Posted on July 21, 2011

Today is the feast of one of our favorite Doctors of the Church, St. Lawrence of Brindisi.  The Church refers to him as the Apostolic Doctor.  He lived in turbulent times but he put his immense gifts of learning at the service of Christ and His Church and he gained much fruit.  The Protestants were convinced by his depth of knowledge of Sacred Scripture and the Church Fathers; the Jews were impressed to see his knowledge...


1,400-year-old St Paul fresco discovered in ancient Roman catacomb

Posted on July 01, 2011

By Nick Pisa in Rome
1:39PM BST 29 Jun 2011
The fresco was found during restoration work at the Catacombs of San Gennaro (Saint Januarius) in the southern port city of Naples by experts from the Pontifical Commission of Sacred Art.

The announcement was made on the feast day of St Peter and Paul which is traditionally a bank holiday in Rome and details of the discovery were disclosed in the Vatican’s official newspaper L...


Reflection by Benedict XVI on Sts. Peter and Paul

Posted on June 29, 2011

“The aim of the Church’s mission is a humanity that has itself become a living glorification of God, the true worship that God expects: this is the profound meaning of catholicity…

Like Paul, Peter also came to Rome, the city that was the place of convergence of all peoples and which precisely because of this could become the first of all expressions of the universality of the Gospel. Undertaking the journey from Jerusalem...


The Catholic Understanding of the Saints: Isn't Christ the 'One Mediator'?

Posted on June 03, 2011

This is a hugely important question. But, actually, in a certain sense, this question really contains a number of other questions rolled up into one:

Isn’t Christ the “one mediator between God and man” (1 Tim 2:5)? If so, isn’t affirming the ability of the dead to pray for us a violation of that biblical teaching? In light of that, it would seem that there can be no biblical justification for the Catholic belief...

Holy Land Pilgrimage Day 4

Posted on May 31, 2011

To Jerusalem, Solemn Entry

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