Southwestern Indiana's Catholic Community Newspaper
« BACK

Rite of betrothal/Praying for Pope Benedict

Rite of betrothal/Praying for Pope Benedict Q. I have heard that the "rite of betrothal" is becoming popular in certain young Catholic circles. What does this rite entail? Was it more common prior to the Second Vatican Council? Would you recommend that an engaged couple seek out this rite? (Washington) A. The rite of betrothal was a little-k...
Read full story »
Thursday, February 14, 2019

Bishops call Catholics to fight for the unborn  

WASHINGTON—Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City, Kan., Chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, has issued the following statement in response to several states moving forward with legislation that would permit a baby to be aborted at nine...
Read full story »
Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Pope urges Arabian Catholics to witness to Christ with love

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (CNS) –  Meeting with tens of thousands of Catholics living in the United Arab Emirates, Pope Francis urged them to be meek, peaceful and express their Christian identity by loving others.            ...
Read full story »
Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Holy days of obligation/Disposing of relics

Holy days of obligation/Disposing of relics Q. Here in Columbus, the solemnity of Mary (Jan. 1) is a holy day of obligation. I have sisters, though, who live in Charlotte, North Carolina, and in Los Angeles, and Jan. 1 is not a holy day of obligation in either place. Why would it not be the same everywhere? It seems this is such a serious ma...
Read full story »
Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Adventure by Catholic terms: 'You were made for greatness'

Adventure by Catholic terms: 'You were made for greatness' All afternoon I had been hunkered over my MacBook, perched above a frozen lake and watching the sun cast pink into the clouds. I was thinking about what lie dormant and all the possibility below, waiting to thaw. My task at hand: editing a cover story about three Catholic families who had taken rad...
Read full story »
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

World Day for Consecrated Life celebrates the diversity and beauty of consecrated vocations

WASHINGTON – The Catholic Church will hold its annual celebration of the World Day for Consecrated Life on Feb. 2.  This celebration is a special time for individual parishes and the greater Church to celebrate the beauty of the consecrated vocation, highlight its various forms, and refl...
Read full story »
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Giving to Shriners Hospitals

Giving to Shriners Hospitals Q. Can Catholics morally give donations to the Shriners Hospitals? Their ads are very convincing, but aren't the Shriners Masons? (Surry, Virginia) A. All Shriners are Masons. (The reverse, though, is not true. Shriners International began in 1872 as a spinoff of Freemasonry, with philanthropy as o...
Read full story »
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Marchers urged to stand strong, fight for life with 'compassion, hope'

Marchers urged to stand strong, fight for life with 'compassion, hope' WASHINGTON (CNS) –  Those who stand up for the dignity of life in all its stages and want to see this respect for all life enshrined once again in U.S. law have friends in the Pence family and the Trump administration, Vice President Mike Pence told the March for Life crowd on the Nation...
Read full story »
Thursday, January 24, 2019

Mary ever-virgin/Memorial Mass for Protestant?

Mary ever-virgin/Memorial Mass for Protestant? Q. Would you please explain the apparent contradiction in the verse in Matthew's Gospel (1:25) that says, "He (Joseph) had no relations with her until she bore a son, and he named him Jesus"? The use of the word "until" would seem to indicate that conjugal relations may have occurred after the birt...
Read full story »
Thursday, January 24, 2019

Salvation for non-Christians?/ Incensed by incense

Salvation for non-Christians?/ Incensed by incense Q. Recently someone close to me said that anyone who does not believe in (and follow) Jesus will not go to heaven. References were made to John 14:6 ("No one comes to the Father except through me") and Acts 4:12 ("There is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven g...
Read full story »
Thursday, January 17, 2019