Posts Tagged ‘Gaudium et Spes’

The 50th Anniversary of Gaudium et Spes

Monday, December 7th, 2015

For many of us, what makes this part of year so special is the time that we spend with family. We share many family traditions as simple as gathering to bake Christmas cookies or decorate the Christmas tree, to traveling many miles to the family homestead for a multigenerational celebration. Family gatherings are a most […] [Read more]

Every Life is Worth Living

Sunday, October 4th, 2015

During Pope Francis’ visit to Washington, one of the most striking images was how the Holy Father’s love radiated whether he was greeting a head of state or a homeless person. His gestures, his words, his actions in every encounter proclaimed the truth that every life is worth living. As a gift from God, every […] [Read more]

The 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta Declaring the Freedom of the Church

Monday, June 15th, 2015

From the beginning, the founders and people of our nation recognized our equality and liberty, and that they are bestowed on us by God, not by government. The importance of religion was so engrained in the American experience that for much of our history, freedom of the Church and religious liberties tended to be taken […] [Read more]

Catholic Teaching on Immigration

Monday, November 24th, 2014

A wide range of opinions have been voiced about various executive actions last week concerning federal immigration policy in the United States. This presents a teachable moment since we have inherited a rich tradition of thoughtful reflection about society, culture, and law. Here, I would like to examine just a few elements of Catholic social […] [Read more]

The Scourge of War, the Blessing of Peace

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

One hundred years ago this week began what is perhaps the greatest calamity in mankind’s history.  They called it the “Great War” and later a “World War.”  Before it was over, more than 16 million people would be slain and another 20 million wounded.  Moreover, the stage was set for an even greater conflagration, followed […] [Read more]

Human Freedom

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Many scholars believe that Saint Paul’s Letter to the Romans has influenced the development of Christian theology more than any other book of the New Testament. When reading Romans, one gets a sense that Paul desires to lay out the beauty of life when experienced through a relationship with Jesus Christ.  Paul often uses contrasts […] [Read more]