By Nicholas Senz, Crisis Magazine - When the Supreme Court re-defined marriage in the Obergefell v. Hodges decision to include same-sex relationships, it was immediately clear that this sea change would create a conflict between this newly-discovered constitutional right, and the first freedom listed in the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights: the right of religious liberty.
By Jason Songe, Notre Dame Seminary and the Archdiocese of New Orleans - The first thing I noticed about Archbishop Alfred Hughes was his joy. And how often he seemed to crack a quick-witted joke or laugh at someone else’s with mouth open and eyes beaming. This delight, along with the fact that he’d been archbishop for two Louisiana cities and made it to 85, 60 of them as a priest, made me curious. How could I get that joy, and how could I glean wisdom from his life?
By Gretchen Filz, The Catholic Company - When you set up your nativity scene for the holidays, you may not realize that you’re participating in a Christmas tradition begun by a one of the most famous and beloved Catholic saints nearly 800 years ago.
Listen to the story of St. Francis of Assisi and the first nativity scene below!
By Jim Graves, National Catholic Register - Here are some interesting facts seven North American diocesan bishops shared with me about themselves of which you may not be aware... Bishop of Lincoln, Nebraska James Conley, 62, has not only prayed for the end of abortion in front of abortion clinics, but was arrested and taken to jail for his participation....