By Michelle McDaniel, Catholic News Agency - (S)eminarians are required to study between two and four years of philosophy, depending on their diocese and seminary, before they transfer to a major seminary to study exclusively theology, taking up time during which they could study pastoral ministry or theology… This study, which might seem impractical, is fundamental to seminarians’ understanding their future education and the people with whom they will interact as pastors, according to the Congregation for Catholic Education.
By Robert Royal, The Catholic Thing - the Amazon is being used as a proxy to advance what German Catholic leaders hope will resurrect a clearly dying church. Cardinal Mueller is unconvinced: If the church were to try to legitimize herself before a de-Christianized world in a secular manner as a natural-religious lobby of the ecological movement, or try to present herself as a relief agency for migrants by donating money – she would lose even more of her identity as the universal Sacrament of Salvation in Christ, and she will not at all receive that much-yearned-for recognition on the part of the left-wing, green mainstream.
By Fr. George Rutler, Church Militant - Toddlers try to get their way by throwing tantrums, but they are not the only ones. In "An Open Letter on Translating," an heresiarch in 1530 justified altering the Letter of St. James: "Dr. Martin Luther will have it so ... Sic volo, sic jubeo." ("I want it; I command.")… This solipsism was updated in a 1966 book turned into a 1972 film about a 20-year-old named Roy who demonstrated his desire to be his sister Wendy by dressing in her clothes. The title was: "I Want What I Want."… For the adult still psychologically in diapers, the only recourse is to become flushed and scream at anyone who sticks to reality.
By Fr. Justin Braun, Source: TotalWhine Blog - The beauty of chastity, self-denial, integrated and selfless love, is that it actually makes you happier! The virtues are not some archaic set of propositions to make you miserable, but rather reveal man more fully to himself. Sexual sins often are just the symptom of a life caught up in the world, a life devoid of or only shallowly engaging the joyful life of faith, and that is the bigger problem. To re-engage someone where they are at is the chance of “encounter”, but to lead them away from sin, as Jesus did with the woman caught in adultery, is one of the most meaningful and life-giving works of every Christian.