After the Church had consolidated its power in the early Middle Ages, heretics came to be regarded as enemies of society. The crime of heresy was defined as a deliberate denial of an article of truth of the Catholic faith, and a public and obstinate persistence in that alleged error.
The medieval church condemned religious diversity and…..
In 1936 Franz Jägerstätter wrote to his godchild: “I can say from my own experience how painful life often is when one lives as a halfway Christian; it is more like vegetating than living…Since the death of Christ, almost every century has seen the persecution of Christians; there have always been heroes and martyrs who gave their lives — often in horrible ways — for Christ and their faith. If we hope to reach our goal some day, then we,…..
Jesus said: “Not everyone who says to me ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.” Mt. 7:21
Time and time again, Jesus makes it crystal clear that to be his disciple requires more than lip service. It requires action, ethical behavior grounded in love of God and…..
Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God. Matthew 22:21
Not long after Nazi Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939, a Polish public health nurse discovered the stark nature of evil. Forced to serve the regional government of Occupied Poland as it established a Jewish ghetto in her city, her duties included identifying the sick. She was assured that they would be treated in regional hospitals and reunited with their families. One day…..
Pope Francis, according to the Catholic News Agency, is weighing the possibility of proceeding with the cause for canonization of Pope Pius XII without waiting for the approval of a miracle, which is generally required. CNA cites an anonymous Vatican official as saying that Pope Francis has great admiration for Pius, and could invoke his own authority to speed up the process by waiving the miracle approval requirement. Pope Francis has already taken that step with the canonization of Pope…..
Pope Gives Catholic Traditionalists “Aceto”
Syndicated Editorial Cartoonist Mike Keefe’s cartoon for August 2, 2013 shows a smiling Pope Francis, arms outstretched on the balcony outside the papal apartments (which he does not occupy), saying, “Gay Priests? Who Am I To Judge?” and “Women Priests? I’ll Be The Judge Of That.” Four months into his pontificate, the cartoonist captures Francis’ dilemma, the tightrope he is walking – how to appeal to Progressive Catholics calling for meaningful…..
In 2007, several weeks after retiring as a NYS Family Court judge, I was invited to participate with a number of others in planning, developing the curriculum for, and team-teaching an inter-disciplinary, multi-session adult education course eventually entitled The 2000 Year Road to the Holocaust — An Interfaith Project of the Greater Rochester Community. Looking for projects to keep me busy in retirement and wanting to study the Holocaust in depth, a topic that had intrigued and troubled me for…..