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June 2014

The Catholic Church will not be changing its views on sex. It cannot, and it should not.

Nice to see that the fundamental importance of basic Catholic teaching has not been lost on the entire media.  This piece by the Telegraph's Tim Stanley calms the sensationalist headlines suggesting (once again!) that the Catholic Church is about to change its teaching on sex.

Time for everyone to back down, take a deep breath, and chill out.  The Church cannot change Truth.  End of.

Sacrifice is the Language of Love


Nebraska Bishop James Conley's pastoral letter 'The Language of Love' has been well received around the world in recent days.  It rightly puts sacrifice at the centre of loving relationships and suggests an immorality around contraception which means it should be rejected by all Catholic people.



Christian Faith Critical for World Cup Star

USA captain Clint Dempsey has never hidden the importance of his faith, whether he is on or off the football pitch.

In this short interview, the American explains a little more about what his faith means to him.

What is Atheism? A Socratic Dialogue

Read this fascinating piece by Catholic Answers apologist Matt Frad as he utilises the style of Socrates to explore the reality of atheism.


What is the Church's stance on people who are divorced and remarried?

What is the Church's stance on people who are divorced and remarried?
 
She accepts them lovingly, following Jesus' example. Anyone who divorces after being married in the Church and then during the lifetime of the spouse enters into a new union obviously contradicts Jesus' clear demand for the indissolubility of marriage. The Church cannot abolish this demand. This retraction of fidelity is contrary to the Eucharist, in which it is precisely the irrevocable character of God's love that the Church celebrates.

Why does God allow sin and suffering?

North Catholic Register apologist Jimmy Akin tackles this common issue among believers and non-believers.
 
 
 

The Gift of Surrendering to God’s Divine Plan (Dwelling on the Word of God, Tuesday 10th June 2014)

 
From today’s Gospel (Matthew 5:13-16):
 
‘….In the same way your light must shine in the sight of men, so that, seeing your good works, they may give the praise to your Father in Heaven.’
 
 
Don’t we just love to be praised for our good deeds?  Doesn’t a little bit of praise just make our day and bring a little smile to our face?  After all, it tends to mean we are doing something right which can’t be a bad thing!
 
But what if someone told you that it would be even better for you if you deflected that praise onto someone else?

May a husband and wife who are always fighting get a divorce?

Learn the Catholic Faith: May a husband and wife who are always fighting get a divorce?
 
The Church has great respect for the ability of a person to keep a promise and to bind himself in lifelong fidelity. She takes people at their word. Every marriage can be endangered by crises. Talking things over together, prayer (together), and often therapeutic counseling as well can open up ways out of the crisis. Above all, remembering that in a sacramental marriage there is always a third party to the bond Christ can kindle hope again and again.

Sudden Shift in Israel/Palestine Conflict as God Takes Centre Stage (Dwelling on the Word of God, Monday 9th June 2014)

Pope Francis is flanked by President Peres (left) and President Abbas (right)
 
From today’s Gospel (Mark 10:17-30):
 
‘Jesus gazed at them. ‘For men’ he said ‘it is impossible, but not for God: because everything is possible for God.’’
 
 
This short Gospel passage brings to mind the great scenes from the Vatican yesterday as Pope Francis, and the universal Church, played host to President Shimon Peres of Israel and President Mahmoud Abbas of Palestine.  The three men gathered with the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to pray for peace in the Holy land, a land long crippled by war and division.

Marriage Requires Love that Imitates Christ, says Pope Francis

Read Pope Francis' words of hope for all married people by clicking this link: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/marriage-requires-love-that-imitates-christ-pope-says/
 
 
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