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Pope Benedict XVI Wins Hearts and Minds in Great Britain

Pope Benedict XVI Wins Hearts and Minds in Great Britain

Photo, Reuters By Fr. Michael Heidt Some say that the last acceptable prejudice in our tolerant society is contempt of Roman Catholicism and its leader, the Pope. True or not, there was no shortage of vitriol leading up to the first Papal visit to the U.K. since the Reformation, some five hundred years ago. Bad Press “Anger, Apathy, [...]

Emergent Church Guru Says Smoke What You’re Selling

Emergent Church Guru Says Smoke What You’re Selling

By Jeff Walton, Institute for Religion and Democracy “Emergent Church” guru Brian McLaren, a prominent voice on the evangelical left, is increasingly high profile as a speaker in the Episcopal Church. Most recently, he gave the commencement address at Virginia Theological Seminary. “I can guarantee that if you do your job right, there [...]

The Parish Church: Crucible of the Faith

By Fr. Terence Jordan, Vicar, St. Joseph's, Grand Prairie Why do we have a church? Is it so we can come together to convince ourselves that we are people of value? To form alliances and committees to effect societal change? To feed the poor? To use it as a means of reflecting and implementing the prevailing cultural [...]

Pastoral Perspective

Pastoral Perspective

A Family at Prayer, by Fr. Gene Geromel SSC Ph.D. I stared at him in bewilderment.  Here I was a priest on a private retreat.  I was taking time away from my parish and my family to spend time alone with Our Lord.  Each day I was given material for a meditation in the morning and one in the afternoon.  This day my retreat leader looked at [...]

Satan Declares War

Satan Declares War

Donna Wheeler says fight the good fight Heaven.  God’s there, surrounded by a host of angelic beings.  Chief among them is a guy by the name of Satan (aka Lucifer, the devil).  Satan’s unhappy, thinking he’s gone about as far as he can on the angelic corporate ladder.  He wants the top spot.  So he leads a rag-tag band of followers [...]