• Why Medjugorje matters

    Why Medjugorje matters

    • Oct 1, 2015

    In the early 1980s, six children in the Yugoslavian town of Medjugorje reported seeing visions of the Virgin Mary. Since that time, millions of people have made the pilgrimage to Medjugorje and countless others still follow messages attributed to the Virgin Mary that are revealed by the original seers. This summer,

  • Faster annulments: Building a raft out of the wreckage 

    • Sep 10, 2015

    Let’s face it. Marriage is a mess. It’s a shipwreck. Fifty or 60 years ago, most Americans had a shared, basic understanding of marriage. Whether a person was Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, or Jewish, they agreed that marriage was between one man and one woman for life. Marriage had a sacred

  • Annulment reform will have a real impact on those in marital limbo

    • Sep 9, 2015

    The media is abuzz again this week in the wake of Pope Francis’ statement about the need to simplify the annulment process for Catholics. Those familiar with Church teaching recognize that nothing has changed doctrinally – marriage is still a sacrament, and annulments are still a necessary prerequisite for Catholics

  • Remembering Bishop John Joseph of Pakistan

    • May 6, 2015

    On May 6, 1998, John Joseph, Roman Catholic bishop of Faisalabad, Pakistan, was found dead in the compound of a courthouse in the town of Sahiwal. Bishop John died from a gunshot wound to his head. Competing narratives still swirl around his death. News reports pointed to a note left

  • Is ecumenism between Catholics and Anglicans over?

    • May 5, 2015

    Last week, the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC) gathered in Rome for a further round of ecumenical discussion. Now that the Anglicans have female bishops, gay bishops, and are well along the path toward same-sex marriage, is there any point? Cynics would argue that the ecumenical blabfest is mere window

  • Chastity and sex and me

    • Mar 18, 2015

    As a colleague and I crossed the parking lot at the Port Richey bureau of the Tampa Bay Times, he pointed at the bumper sticker on my car’s rear windshield. He read it aloud: “Chastity is for lovers.” He furrowed his brow and tilted his head, perplexed by what he

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