Catholic Culture Part 3

Posted by - January 14, 2018

(This is a continuation of a series of reflections drawing on the core values mentioned in the Diocese of CK pastoral plan) This brings us to another critical question. How do we go about fostering a meaningful Catholic culture for the 21st century in these islands? This is a challenge around the world and people of

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Catholic Culture Part 2

Posted by - January 6, 2018

(This is a continuation of a series of reflections drawing on the core values mentioned in the Diocese of CK pastoral plan) So, what is involved when we apply these meanings of culture to the concept of Catholic culture? When I was a child I lived in a neighborhood that was comprised primarily of German

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Catholic Culture Part 1

Posted by - December 29, 2017

(This is beginning of a series of reflections drawing on the core values mentioned in the Diocese of CK pastoral plan) One of the core values listed in the pastoral plan is Catholic culture. This is a broad term and has several meanings that we can explore. It is probably best to begin with the

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On Science and Religion (Part 3)

Posted by - December 23, 2017

If there is a conflict between the Catholic understanding of how the world operates and that of some people in the scientific community, it is not a conflict over science per se but over the assumptions that people bring to scientific thought. A basic element of the scientific method is parsimony. This means that one

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On Science and Religion Part 2

Posted by - December 17, 2017

The Church affirms that Scripture is inspired by the Holy Spirit but written through the means of human authors. While the human authors put in writing what God wanted preserved in Scripture, the human authors made use of the literary forms available to them; among these forms were historical, poetical and prophetical. Due attention must

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On Science and Religion Part 1

Posted by - December 9, 2017

A guilty pleasure of mine is reading Dan Brown novels. You might remember that he is the author who wrote “The DaVinci Code”.  That controversial novel played up the conspiracy theory that Mary Magdalene was the wife of Jesus. His novels are usually controversial, as religion always has a role to play in the unfolding

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“The Cost of Discipleship” (Part 2)

Posted by - December 3, 2017

Peter’s dreams of glory and power were shattered. The hope that Israel might experience freedom from the Roman yoke was destroyed. Peter came to realize that he wasn’t some powerful hero who would defend his Lord. Rather, he was a weak fisherman, who was so cowardly that he was afraid to acknowledge Jesus before a

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“The Cost of Discipleship” (Part 1)

Posted by - November 26, 2017

Every year all the deacons in the Diocese of Erie, where I now serve, are expected to attend a retreat. It is a requirement meant to revitalize them spiritually and simply spend some time praying and reflecting. I attended one of the two retreats recently that are made available by the Diocese for its deacons.

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Moral Decision Making and Legislators

Posted by - November 19, 2017

When the United States was a young nation there was a good deal of prejudice against Catholics.  Much of this prejudice was a holdover from the religious conflicts of Europe that had afflicted that part of the world for centuries. One concern was that the Vatican would control American policy if Catholics had a strong

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Book of Revelation (Part 3)

Posted by - November 11, 2017

Another term that is associated with the Book of Revelation is “Armageddon”.  It is a word that means “hill of Megiddo” and refers to the site for the great battle of the end times. John identifies this as the battleground where evil is overcome. At Armageddon, the beast creatures are overcome by Christ. The Roman

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