- Jun 20, 2021
As the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul suggests, the Catholic Church today can learn a great deal from the way Romans in the early Church found ways to “Catholicize” the surrounding culture rather than always going to war aganst it.
The next time Catholics get upset about some spontaneous off-the-cuff comment by Pope Francis, they need to take a deep breath and take the long view. Yes, we’ve had bad popes in Church history, but he’s not one of them.
Opposing both Islamic extremism and secular ideological colonialism, Cardinal Robert Sarah of Guinea is neither the darling of the beasts of ISIS nor the urbane secularists of the West. Like St. John Paul II, he has nothing to lose, because he’s lost everything already.
On the airwaves, on social media, in our political discourse is an assumption that traditional Christian teaching about men, women, and human sexuality, of the kind the Catholic Church proposes, creates a culture where such violence is encouraged. The result may be to shut down players who could transform the current misery and curtail some of the bloodshed.
Most refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) face acute problems, which include living in abominable conditions in makeshift housing, poverty, lack of employment and very little access to quality healthcare and education. June 20, the UN World Refugee Day, is a chance to turn that around.
Indulgences may seem overly “hocus pocus” to many, with the whole explanation running the risk of just seeming way too stretched, exaggerated, and unreal to people living in post-Reformation times. Yet, the plain fact is that indulgences offer a hard lesson that contemporary Christians need to learn, that no Christian walks alone.
In a ruling due before the end of the month, the U.S. Supreme Court could dash the hopes of thousands of men, women and children we should be proud to claim as Americans, in a ruling on a 2014 program known as DAPA, which also has a 2012 predecessor known as DACA. The acronyms are for Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, respectively.
John Berkman, a professor of moral theology at Regis College, University of Toronto, says Pope Francis makes it clear that only by being in relationship to God and to other non-human animals can we mature as believers, and that “these kinds of statements are mind-boggling and wonderful for me as a committed Catholic.”