Jay's Articles

Is Church really 200 years behind the times

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September 24, 2012

Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini of Milan was one of the great churchmen of our age. If he had been in good health, he might have been a leading candidate for pope at the last conclave, the one that elected Pope Benedict XVI.

Right answers go wrong when given without love

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 24, 2012

Truth alone is not enough. It must be balanced off with the other transcendental properties of God: oneness, goodness and beauty.

Jesus calls on us to see through a child's eyes

John Connelly

September 24, 2012
26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 30, 2012

There are things in the heart of all of us that want to be expressed. Hopes. Dreams. Pain. Struggles.

Paranoia over 'modernism' stifled Catholic theology

September 24, 2012

From our point in history, more than 100 years after the so-called modernist crisis of the early 20th century, it is easy to be appalled by the Church's repression of any and all creative theology in the 60 years prior to the Second Vatican Council.

Wars fought in the name of God deny humanity's real truth

Fr. Ayodele Ayeni CsSP

September 24, 2012

A man was taking a walk around a mall, one sunny afternoon, when he came upon an article on sale tagged "truth." This article so riveted him that he went over to buy it.

Columnist fighting cancer turns to Christ

Mark Pickup

September 24, 2012

I have been told I have cancer. We often hear that other people have the dreaded "C" word but now it is my turn.

Much of real ethics depends on context

Gordon Self

September 24, 2012

An ethicist in Catholic health care once said there are "no ethics-free zones." Jack Glaser's comment is relevant as we prepare for the launch of the new Health Ethics Guide, addressing both clinical decisions at the bedside, as well as the organizational issues in matters of governance and administration around the board table.

When Quebec rejects faith and family, it cuts off its roots

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September 17, 2012

The lack of strong reactions from the outside world to the Parti Quebecois victory in the Sept. 4 Quebec election is a sign of how much things have changed. This change may be due to an acceptance of the regular change of governing parties that takes place in provinces with a lively democracy.

Christian discipleship moves through three levels of transformation

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 17, 2012

Nikos Kazantzakis once suggested that there are three kinds of souls and three kinds of prayers:

I am a bow in your hands, Lord, draw me, lest I rot.

Do not overdraw me, Lord, I shall break.

Overdraw me, Lord, and who cares if I break.

The Paschal Mystery witnesses to Jesus' love

Kathleen Giffin

September 17, 2012
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 23, 2012

My first job in the field of social services was working in a treatment home for emotionally disturbed children. It was an emotionally challenging job for me, daily working with the distress the children experienced.