Mercy, taught Saint John Paul II, isn't a get-out-of-jail free card that enables us to consign Christian morality to the realm of “the ideal” or the too-hard-except-for-Super-Catholics.
Mercyit’s a word that’s dominated Catholic discourse over the past
three years, primarily because Pope Francis rarely makes a public
comment without invoking it. Of course, it’s hardly a new idea for
Christians. Francis’s immediate two predecessors, Benedict XVI and Saint
John Paul II, wrote at length on this theme. The latter even penned an
Some secular universities and institutions are recognizing the “culture of victimhood” as a threat to the First Amendment right to the freedom of speech, and are taking action.
Denver, Colo., Apr 29, 2016 / (CNA/EWTN News
).- "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."
quote from British author Evelyn Beatrice Hall (often misattributed to
Voltaire) might sound rather foreign on many college campuses throughout
the country today, who in many ways seem to prefer ...
From Saints Mungo and Margaret to writer George Mackay Brown, the Catholic roots of Scotland run deep, despite post-Reformation neglect.
On a recent trip to Scotland Bishop Gilbert of
Aberdeen asked me whether I was familiar with the Scottish writer George Mackay
Brown. I had to confess that I had never heard of him. A few days later I was
rummaging through second-hand book stores searching for everything and anything
by Mackay Brown.
Bishop Gilbert had got me hooked by suggesti...
Fr. Lubomyr Yavorskyy, head of the Chaplaincy Services of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, on the physical trials and spiritual challenges of ministering to Ukrainian soldiers
mid-February 2016, Fr. Lubomyr Yavorskyy, Deputy Head of Chaplaincy
Services of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church for the Ukrainian Armed
Forces, visited numerous parishes and venues in Toronto and parts of
southern Ontario at the invitation of Bishop Stephen Chmilar, Eparch of
Toronto, and of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC). Bishop Chmilar
and the UCC had jointly organized...
A new collection of poems is a remarkable retrospective on the career of one of America’s most accomplished and controversial poets.
the heart of Dana Gioia’s 2012 collection, Pity
the Beautiful, lies a ghost story. “Haunted” tells the tale of a young man
who has gone for a secluded and intimate weekend in an ancestral New England
mansion with a woman of great beauty and even greater vanity. Mara, the
narrator tells us, “loved having me for an audience,” as s...