Catholic News & Perspective

August 2021

Aug 30

Tips for parents looking to pass on the Faith

By: Russell Shaw It’s hard to imagine that anyone who ever raised children found it an entirely easy job. Challenging, exciting, often rewarding — yes. But easy? You’ve got to be kidding. That is certainly the case when it comes to religion. Yet as Christian Smith and Amy Adamczyk report in their important new book,...
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Aug 27

Opening the Word: Defiled heart, defiled hands

By: Timothy P. O'Malley Jesus’ disciples eat with defiled hands. This is a problem not just for those of us still living in COVID-tide. The disciples come into the marketplace, sharing food with anyone who is there. They don’t wash their hands, separating themselves from the hoi polloi. But the Pharisees and the...
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Aug 25

The questions we need to be asking about the Mass

By: Ava Lalor In the weeks since Pope Francis issued his motu proprio, Traditiones Custodes, I’ve had a lot of people ask me to share my thoughts and what other people in Catholic media are saying. Most are regular Mass-goers who attend the Novus Ordo like myself, but some are friends whose hearts are broken a bit by what...
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Aug 23

Regarding the Mass, how can we make the ordinary form extraordinary?

By: Msgr. Owen F. Campion It has been more than a month since Pope Francis, as had been expected in some circles, put limits on the celebration of Mass, in the Roman rite, according to the extraordinary form. So called “professional Catholics” — clergy, people working for the Church, academics and those of us in Catholic...
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Aug 20

Opening the Word: Bread of life discourse: Parts 4 and 5

By: Timothy P. O'Malley Last weekend, the Church celebrated the feast of the Assumption. She who bore the Word made flesh in her womb is now crowned as queen of heaven. This solemnity of Our Lady caused a brief interruption of our continuous reading of John 6. Rather than leave us deprived of the remainder of the bread of life...
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Aug 18

A possible miracle may be attributed to Tennessee priest’s intercession

By: Dan McWilliams CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (CNS) — As Bishop Richard F. Stika of Knoxville, Tennessee, presided at a memorial Mass and reentombment of the body of Father Patrick Ryan at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, a possible miracle attributable to the Chattanooga priest may already be in the works. Father Ryan was pastor of the...
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Aug 16

Praying at the tomb of St. Monica

By: Mountain Butorac t. Monica is the patron saint of mothers, women in difficult marriages and alcoholics. She died in the fourth century in the coastal town of Ostia, Italy, about 13 miles west of Rome. In the 1400s, her relics were moved from Ostia into the heart of Rome, near the famous Piazza Navona. Her tomb is now located in the...
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Aug 13

Opening the Word: The feast of the Assumption

By: Timothy P. O'Malley Over the last three weeks, the Lectionary has immersed us in a reading of John 6. The liturgical year felicitously interrupts our reading of the bread of life discourse as we celebrate the great feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The interlude is felicitous because the Assumption like all Marian feasts is...
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Aug 11

After the past 18 months, the Olympics is the golden moment of joy we all needed

By: Meg Hunter-Kilmer All eyes are on Tokyo right now, as tens of millions of people tune in around the world to watch feats of athleticism that leave us stunned. The airwaves and the internet are full of commendations of good sportsmanship, feel-good stories of triumph over adversity, and endless analyses of the victories (and defeats) of the...
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Aug 9

Modern medicine and the preciousness of life

By: Msgr. Owen F. Campion Several years ago, an elderly physician recalled for me his experiences in the military during the Second World War. He graduated from medical school in the late 1930s and was about to begin his practice when Pearl Harbor hit. He immediately went into the Army, as a medic. They sent him to the South Pacific. On the...
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Aug 6

Opening the Word: Bread of Life discourse — Part 3

By: Timothy P. O'Malley Over the last two weeks, we have been contemplating the Eucharistic mystery in John 6. Jesus’ feeding of the 5,000 and his walking on water reveals him as the God-man who has come to re-gather the tribes of Israel. He has announced that if they want a sign of God’s marvelous power, they need look no...
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Aug 4

Pro-life advocates hope new flag becomes unifying symbol of movement

By: George P. Matysek Jr. BALTIMORE (CNS) — The rainbow flag is an instantly recognized symbol of the LGBTQ movement, just as the Thin Blue Line flag is synonymous with support for law enforcement. Now, leaders in the pro-life community hope a new flag featuring baby’s feet held in a mother’s hands will serve as the universal...
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Aug 2

Eucharist document should unite, not divide, the church, panelists advise

By: Dennis Sadowski The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, in the middle of drafting a teaching document on the Eucharist, received words of advice from a panel convened July 28 to discuss the challenges facing the American church as it emerges from the coronavirus pandemic and seeks to overcome divisions that threaten church unity. They heard...
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