Catholic News & Perspective

June 2020

Jun 29

Supreme Court justices have a history of being unpredictable

By: Msgr. Owen F. Campion Many were surprised at the U.S. Supreme Court ruling regarding gender identity and employment. It was one more occasion to prove that decisions of the high court cannot be predicted on the basis of a given justice’s religion, presumed political leanings or conformity with the thought of the president who appointed...
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Jun 26

Opening the Word: The prophet speaks

By:Timothy P. O'Malley It is natural to develop affection for those closest to us. We share communion, made possible through a history of mutual affection, with our parents, children and siblings. Jesus’ words to the apostles force us to consider anew the integrity of this natural communion: “‘Whoever loves father or mother...
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Jun 24

Black Catholic leaders say more integration in the Church is possible — if all are willing to do the work

By: Brian Fraga When the Church was born at Pentecost, about 3,000 people “from every nation under heaven” were baptized,” St. Luke tells us in the second chapter of the Acts of the Apostles. “I tell people all the time that Pentecost Sunday celebrates diversity with a capital D,” said Auxiliary Bishop Joseph N....
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Jun 22

How do we stay hopeful in times of crises? By focusing on God

By: Deacon Larry Oney The year 2020 is turning out to be a year like no other in recent memory. As Catholic Christians, it is not difficult for us to descend into the vast abyss of constant social media consumption and never-ending news cycles telling us that every city in the country is being looted and is on fire because of racial injustice....
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Jun 19

Opening the Word: Made for God’s presence

By: Timothy P. O'Malley We have undoubtedly heard well-intentioned souls comfort those who have lost a loved one by saying, “Do not worry, your beloved is now in a better place.” In a limited sense, this is our hope. Catholics confess that our fundamental vocation is eternal beatitude. We are made to be in the presence of God. And...
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Jun 17

Why did God create us if we choose evil?

By: Msgr. Charles Pope Question: Why has God allowed mankind to continue since Adam in spite of the evil that has prevailed: wars, murders and other sins. Yet God still creates us. For that matter, why did God create the heavens and the earth in the first place? — Victor Bunton, via email Answer: The general speculation as...
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Jun 15

Racism in America: Separated and unequal

By: Msgr. Owen F. Campion Imagine this. Most state governors order the National Guard in their states onto the streets to stop the destruction of property and risks to innocent lives. The United States Army appears on the scene. Assume that some terrorist plot is exposed and put down. All “outsiders” have gone away. The...
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Jun 12

Opening the Word: A Eucharistic teaching

By: Timothy P. O'Malley Every couple of years, Pew Research releases a report on Catholic belief related to Eucharistic presence. The 2019 report found that close to 70% of Catholics in the United States see the Eucharist as symbols of Jesus Christ. The report concluded that roughly only 30% of Catholics profess faith in the...
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Jun 10

When your heart is restless, turn to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

By: Gretchen R. Crowe The Lord God has made us for himself, St. Augustine tells us in his “Confessions,” and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in him. What is our nation facing today but an eruption of restless hearts? For months, millions of Americans have remained close to home as we face unprecedented pandemic and...
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Jun 8

Can a bishop require people to wear masks at Mass?

By: Msgr. Charles Pope Question: Can a bishop compel congregants to wear face masks to be admitted to church? — Diane R., via email Answer: Compel is too strong a word. A bishop can request that congregants comply with local civil norms, which in many locations require masks to be worn inside stores and other places where...
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Jun 5

Opening the Word: The Trinity is a gift of love

By: Timothy P. O'Malley You do not have to be trained as a theologian to recognize the movements of a typical Trinity Sunday homily. The homily often unfolds something like this: The Trinity is three persons and one God. What a mystery! We are not sure what it means. How is three one? One also three? Unknowable. But we do know that God is a...
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