Catholic News & Perspective

March 2021

Mar 31

Easter church attendance likely to be far behind pre-pandemic levels

By: Mark Pattison WASHINGTON (CNS) — The coronavirus pandemic, as declared last March by the World Health Organization, was not even two weeks old when then-President Donald Trump famously said he wanted to see “packed churches” on Easter. That didn’t happen. It won’t happen this year, either. Only 3% of Catholic...
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Mar 29

Dante a ‘prophet of hope’ for the world, pope says

By: Junno Arocho Esteves VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The life and works of the famed Italian poet Dante Alighieri remain a lasting treasure that embodies the virtue of hope so desperately needed in today’s world, Pope Francis said. In an apostolic letter commemorating the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death, the pope said he...
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Mar 26

Opening the Word: He breathed his last

By: Timothy P. O'Malley For regular Mass-goers, familiarity is both gift and curse. Our bodies know what to do in the Eucharistic liturgy, how to genuflect and kneel and to proclaim the creed and when to pray the Our Father. We do not need to reflect on what we are doing but possess an unconscious competence for the liturgical...
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Mar 24

Why should we rejoice in suffering?

By: Joe Heschmeyer At the heart of both atheism and religion, there is a search for the meaning to the question of suffering. Perhaps that claim sounds too strong, so consider the following. When St. Thomas Aquinas was compiling the best objections to every aspect of Christianity in the Summa Theologiae, he saw only two important objections...
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Mar 22

Understanding the central point of the CDF’s affirmation of marriage

By: Msgr. Owen F. Campion The recent statement by the Vatican’s Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, issued in answer to the question of whether or not priests may bless same-gender intimate unions, is certain to ignite much discussion among Catholics and others pleased by the statement, as well as others unhappy with it. Within the...
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Mar 19

Opening the Word: A covenant of flesh

By:Timothy P. O'Malley “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (Jn 1:14). The Word — the logos or meaning of the world, became flesh. The reason for all existence, for all that is, dwelt among men and women. A God of love and mercy, of justice and power, entered history as flesh. Hebrews sings the...
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Mar 17

With immigration policies shifting, Catholic agencies stepping up to help migrants

By: Brian Fraga Twenty-five migrants, most of them from Central America, walked along the pedestrian path on the Bridge of the Americas, located near downtown El Paso, Texas, on a recent Friday afternoon. They traveled from Ciudad Juárez, El Paso’s sister city on the Mexican side of the U.S. southern border, where they had been...
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Mar 15

Standing for or standing with? Insights into the dignity of ‘Back Row America’

By: Stephen G. Adubato COVID hit, I had been spending my Tuesday nights serving food outside a homeless shelter in midtown Manhattan. Erica, one of the regulars, will always stand out in my memory. One night, she asked me for one of the rosaries lying on the table next to the food and drinks.o pray for me, right?” I asked. “Why do...
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Mar 12

Opening the Word: The seriousness of Christianity

By: Timothy P. O'Malley Does the preaching in your parish capture the seriousness of what Christianity proposes to men and women? This seriousness is proclaimed each Sunday. Jesus Christ is the Incarnate Son of the Father, who was born of the Virgin Mary, who suffered under the regime of Pontius Pilate, who died as a criminal upon the cross and...
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Mar 10

‘Who are you?’: Contemplating who Christ is can help us smash the idols in our lives

By: Scott P. Richert When I was young — a little younger than my youngest son, Henry, who will soon turn 13 — I somehow became enamored of the idea that the Son of God became man so that God could experience what we experience in our mortal bodies every day, and thus understand us. Had I been more than a dozen years old, such musings...
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Mar 8

We must continue to be vigilant against the tragedy of euthanasia

By: Msgr. Owen F. Campion Beware. If we think legalized abortion is the only insult to human life in today’s culture, we may have another thought coming. Euthanasia, or the deliberate ending of one person’s life, legally, by someone else, is gaining ground in Europe. The history of Western culture has been that practices and...
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