Catholic News & Perspective

January 2020

Jan 31

Opening the Word: The materiality of salvation

By: Timothy P. O'Malley On interstates, it’s normal to encounter billboards that announce to harried motorists, “Jesus saves.” The goal of these billboards is to elicit in drivers an occasion of self-reflection. Am I saved through the blood of Jesus? We’re saved from sin and death through Jesus. If we come to recognize...
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Jan 29

How to stay above the fray in 2020

By: Deacon Greg Kandra Is it over yet? Maybe you’re having the same feeling: 2020 has barely begun and already you want it to be over. If the weather isn’t wearing you out, the news probably is. Impeachment, drone strikes, heightened security, investigations, debates, primaries, polls, invasions, scandals, outrages, wildfires...
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Jan 27

Andrew Johnson: Remembering a champion of the Church

By: Msgr. Owen F. Campion All the talk about President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial is bringing attention to President Andrew Johnson, who served from 1865-69, the first American chief executive to be impeached, although he was not removed from office by the Senate. This interest arises as people wonder about the process of...
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Jan 24

Opening the Word: Jesus fulfills the desire of the nations

By: Timothy P. O'Malley The strangeness of the call of the first apostles by Jesus confronts any reader of the Gospel. Walking along the Sea of Galilee, Jesus sees Simon (who will be renamed Peter) and Andrew. He calls out to them, inviting them to leave behind their trade, their families and to become fishers of men. What did the first apostles...
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Jan 22

The power of Eucharistic adoration

By: Brian Fraga The Gospels recount how those who encountered Christ when he walked the dusty roads of Galilee had their lives changed forever. People are still coming face to face with Jesus, and his presence continues to convert sinners. Only this time his disciples are gazing upon him in the form of bread, contained in a gilded vessel placed...
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Jan 20

Realizing what we are affects our view of marriage

By: Msgr. Owen Campion I should not have been taken aback, given the current, highly publicized demands apparently by many in the United Methodist Church to accept same-gender marriage, but even still, I had not expected a practicing Catholic to ask me this question: “Will the Catholic Church ever permit same-gender marriages in its...
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Jan 17

Opening the Word: John’s confession of faith

By: Timothy P. O'Malley During Advent, the Church listened to John’s the Baptist’s inquiry from prison. As John suffered in prison, he sent word to Jesus’ disciples. Was Jesus really the Son of God, or should we be waiting for another? (cf. Mt 11:2). This question of John’s stands in contrast to his confession of faith at...
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Jan 15

A resolution: Renewing Catholic family life in 2020

By: Dr. Greg Popcak Pope Francis has said that “the Church is a family of families” (Amoris Laetitia, No. 87). More than a statement of fact, these words assert that the Church can only be as strong, as faithful and as dynamically on fire for Christ as the families that make up the Body of Christ. In this last year, we have seen many...
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Jan 13

Realizing what we are affects our view of marriage

By:  Msgr. Owen Campion I should not have been taken aback, given the current, highly publicized demands apparently by many in the United Methodist Church to accept same-gender marriage, but even still, I had not expected a practicing Catholic to ask me this question: “Will the Catholic Church ever permit same-gender marriages in its...
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Jan 10

Opening the Word: Sharing in Divine Sonship

By: Timothy P. O'Malley In Matthew, John protests the baptism of Jesus, suggesting that it is Jesus who should be the one who baptizes John. Yet Jesus answers John’s humility with a puzzling statement: “Allow it now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness” (Mt 3:15). What does Jesus mean by this perplexing...
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Jan 8

What’s the state of the pro-life movement?

By: Russell Shaw As thousands of pro-life demonstrators fill the streets of downtown Washington on Jan. 24 for the annual March for Life, optimism and uncertainty will both be present in abundance. Forty-seven years after the Supreme Court legalized abortion and 28 years after it ruled against placing what it called an “undue burden”...
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Jan 6

The uncomfortable history of Catholics and slavery

By: Msgr. Owen F. Campion The birds are coming home to roost. Georgetown University, this country’s first Catholic college, and first Jesuit institution of higher learning, is considering ways to make reparations for its involvement in slavery a century and a half ago. Orders of nuns are doing the same thing. They held slaves prior to...
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Jan 3

Opening the Word: The gift of ourselves

By: Timothy P. O'Malley Church-going Catholics know the major themes of the feast of the Epiphany. We know the Wise Men represent the Gentiles coming from the ends of the world. We know the meaning of the gifts that Christ receives from the Magi: gold for a king, frankincense for a priest and myrrh for the one who will die upon the cross. This...
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Jan 1

Throwing ‘prayer darts’ at God: How to make short, intentional prayers a part of our everyday lives

By: Father Peter Schineller “Pray without ceasing” urges St. Paul (1 Thes 5:17). This doesn’t mean we should be on our knees or in Church 24/7. But what does it mean, and how can we — if not praying always — at least be a bit more prayerful? The Church long ago took St. Paul’s words to heart and recommended...
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