For centuries the Catholic Church has exalted the celibate life for parish priests on the basis of St. Paul’s passage in 1 Corinthians 7:8 where St. Paul states that it is better to remain unmarried. However, all Catholics must read sacred scripture in light of historical critical analysis. St. Paul of Tarsus was living a … More Why Marriage is Good for Catholic Priests
Humanae Vitae, promulgated by Pope Paul VI in 1968, is the key encyclical prohibiting artificial birth control in the Catholic Church. However, Catholic teaching prohibited the use of artificial birth control long before Humanae Vitae. In 1930, Pope Pius XI’s encyclical Casti Conubii stated that the conjugal and the procreative elements of marriage could not … More Artificial Birth Control and the Catholic Church
Catholic theologians, like other scientists, are known for their ability to engage in critical thinking. Catholic theologians are not limited to the members of the Catholic clergy. Over the centuries, the Catholic Magisterium (meaning the Pope, Cardinals, Bishops, Priests and Deacons) have a long history of conflict with various theologians and scientists. This is nothing … More Critical Thinking Skills in Ministry
Catholic social teaching naturally contributes to and extends from God’s plan of love. God’s plan of love is written in natural law. Natural law can be observed scientifically. Many of the sciences like biology and psychology involve the study of living things. Likewise, Catholic social teaching honors a living God who is perpetually life-giving. Whenever … More Human Dignity and Science
I have a confession to make. About ten years ago, I was what I call a “Tomb Painter.” This comes from the gospel of Matthew 23:27, “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of … More “Tomb Painters” in the Catholic Church
After my recent blog post about controversial issues regarding the Catholic Church, I have been asked “So, this is where the Catholic Church stands, but where do YOU stand?” Well, let’s look at what is obvious in my life. I am a married woman. I am married to a man. I have been with him … More So, Where do YOU Stand?
Many Protestant Christians are highly suspicious of anything “mystical” – and rightly so. Mysticism has been used to abuse the faithful for centuries. So, how does one tell the difference between a true mystic and a false mystic? Mysticism is best correlated with a personality type. That is why mysticism is found in every spiritual … More The Truth About Mysticism