Catholic News & Perspective

September 2022

Sep 27

Through study and prayer, it’s not too late to get Vatican II right

By: Father Patrick Briscoe Sixty years ago, on Oct. 11, 1962, Pope St. John XXIII solemnly opened the Second Vatican Council. Addressing the council fathers, he said, “The major interest of the Ecumenical Council is this: that the sacred heritage of Christian truth be safeguarded and expounded with greater efficacy.” Referring to the...
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Sep 25

Christ or Barabbas

By: Kathryn Jean Lopez “What we are doing now, as a society, is deeply unworthy of us.” The late Congressman Henry Hyde pointed this out in a speech in 1987. He was talking about abortion in America. He talked about a time — “and that day, my friends, will come” — after Roe v. Wade, when it would be...
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Sep 22

Opening the Word: Becoming friends with Lazarus

By: Father Joshua J. Whitfield “From the poor man we learn that all who suffer curses and injustice among us will stand before us in that other life.” So preached St. John Chrysostom. That’s the point of this parable of Lazarus and the rich man, a very important point at least. The poor we see or don’t see in this life we...
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Sep 20

Diocese of Phoenix creates Office of Mental Health Ministry

By: Jeff Grant PHOENIX (CNS) — According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than twice as many people died in 2020 by their own hand than by someone else, and while the annual suicide rate actually dropped in 2019 and 2020 — the last year that figures are available — the rate has risen sharply since...
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Sep 18

New film introduces Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity to a new generation

By: Father Patrick Briscoe Thirty years ago, the Catholic Church was dominated by two great saints. Pope John Paul II and Mother Teresa of Calcutta were everywhere. Their pictures, voices and teachings took the world by storm. Their vibrant approaches, marked by nearly constant travel and visible personal piety, were a staple of international...
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Sep 15

Opening the Word: The poverty of the Gospel

By: Catherine Cavadini St. Anthony of Egypt, St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi, Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, St. Lucy Pak Hiu-sun and St. Katherine Drexel: What do these saints all have in common? And what do they have to do with this week’s readings from Amos, Psalms, Timothy and Luke? Each of these saints lived this...
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Sep 13

The mystery of faith

By: Scott P. Richert “Brethren, let us acknowledge our sins, and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries.” With those words, every priest begins the penitential act of each Mass in the novus ordo. And though I have heard them thousands of times in my life, those words have begun to resonate more and more as I have...
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Sep 11

The challenge of Catholic campus ministries

By: Msgr. Owen F. Campion Among the millions of young Catholics returning to school are students in college, tens upon tens of thousands of them. Social trends are such today that the years in college are especially important, and more and more young Catholics are in colleges and universities. In 1789, Jesuit priests founded on then the...
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Sep 8

Opening the Word: Seeking the lost and the lowly

By: Father Joshua J. Whitfield “God’s saints come out of two different schools. The school of the righteous and the school of the sinner.” That’s how the poet Charles Péguy put it, and that’s what these beautiful parables of the lost sheep, the lost coin and the prodigal son are all about — that simple,...
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Sep 6

U.S.-based group is leading the pope’s charge to abolish the death penalty

By: Joseph R. LaPlante In a video to promote his monthly prayer intention, Pope Francis on Wednesday called for prayer and action to end capital punishment in nations across the world, including the United States, where more than 2,400 incarcerated men and women are held on death row. Pope Francis asked mankind to pray “that the...
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Sep 5

‘Let go’: Shia LaBeouf on conversion and the meaning of the Gospel

By: Father Patrick Briscoe Pio … saved my life, this is not just a movie or something, and I don’t mean that lightly,” said “Transformers” star Shia LaBeouf in a soulful interview with Bishop Robert Barron. In the course of their conversation, the actor laid bare his encounter with Catholicism, mediated by St....
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Sep 1

Opening the Word: The wisdom of God

By: Catherine Cavadini “Who can know God’s counsel, or who can conceive what the Lord intends?” (Wis 9:13). This question opens our readings for this Sunday. It comes from the Book of Wisdom, which is part of a smaller set of writings in Scripture called “Wisdom Literature,” which is beautiful, instructive and...
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