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Lenten Confession clears the ethical slate

Maria Kozakiewicz

March 11, 2013
Fifth Sunday in Lent
March 17, 2013

In antiquity, adultery was considered one of the most severe transgressions a woman could commit. Not only was it seen as a fundamental breach of trust, but it also put into doubt the paternity of children raised in the family. A child born out of wedlock, passed off as a legitimate heir could eventually lead to transfer of family property into a stranger's hands.

Pope Benedict was a co-operator of the truth

March 11, 2013
(Following is the text of Archbishop Richard Smith's homily at the Feb. 28 Mass of Thanksgiving for the Gift of Pope Benedict XVI.)

"Cooperatores veritatis." "Co-operators of the truth." When in 1977 Father Joseph Ratzinger was named archbishop of Munich and Freising, he chose this phrase as his episcopal motto. It is taken from the Third Letter of St. John, which was proclaimed in part today as our Second Reading.

P(r)ay your taxes and count your blessings

Joe Gunn

March 11, 2013

It's tax filing time – are you cringing? My teens, still in school, don't make enough to pay tax, so their forms are simple to fill out. Yet they approach the task as a bothersome burden.

Why do Catholics believe the pope is Peter's successor?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

March 11, 2013

In teaching the RCIA, I have been asked many questions by people with Protestant backgrounds especially about Peter's role and why Catholics believe that the pope is Peter's successor.

Proclaim the Gospel everywhere, every way

Mark Pickup

March 11, 2013

The Second Reading for the March 10 Mass is 2 Corinthians 5.17-21. St. Paul says that whoever is in Christ is a new creation and that everything old has passed away. Paul says the way of salvation comes from God to reconcile a sinful humanity to himself.

12 Articles of the Creed: Week FOUR

March 11, 2013

Do I believe Jesus Christ suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried?

Church can overcome barriers to evangelization

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March 4, 2013

The Church is a people gifted to live in communion with God. As cardinals gather to elect a new pope, that is worth emphasizing because much media attention will be on the most superficial aspects of the Church – the sins of its members, its organizational structure and who has the power. We need to emphasize that it is through the Church and its sacraments that we share in God's eternal life.

Fear of disappearing leads us on a quest for immortality

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

March 4, 2013

A friend of mine likes to jokingly pretend he's the ultimate egoist and will occasionally crack this quip: "Life is hard because I have to deal with the magnitude of me."

Forgiveness is the balm of broken lives

Ralph Himsl

March 4, 2013
Fourth Sunday of Lent
March 10, 2013

The readings chosen for the Mass of this day invite us to enjoy a story and to reflect on it. Satisfactory promises, you might say.

Canada's bishop thank pope for his 'unfailing support'

March 4, 2013
(Following is the text of Archbishop Richard Smith's letter to Pope Benedict on Feb. 11, responding to the news of his resignation.)

The bishops of Canada received this morning the news of your intention to resign the ministry of bishop of Rome. We and the faithful of Canada have grown to love and admire you, and so are marked today with sadness at your impending departure from your role as supreme pontiff. At the same time, we are full of gratitude to God for the wondrous blessings that have been ours because of your extraordinary leadership.

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