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08 Oct 2015 News Vatican Comments (1)

Archbishop Coleridge says synod 65/35 against Communion for the divorced and remarried

ROME – An Australian archbishop taking part in the 2015 Synod of Bishops on the family says that if the idea of allowing divorced and civilly remarried Catholic…

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26 Mar 2015 Q&A No comments

Did the Church change its teaching about justification to align with Luther's?

Full Question My Protestant friend says that the Catholic Church has finally changed its teaching on justification to line up with Luther's interpretation.…

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13 Nov 2015 News Vatican No comments

Pope Francis encourage the communities of an Italian Saint

The Italian St. Luigi Guanella (1842-1915) is the founder of the Daughters of St. Mary of Providence, the Servants of Charity, and the Pious Union of St. Joseph…

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10 Oct 2016 Articles Comments (3)

How to Explain Sacramentals to Fundamentalists, Part I

Protestant Fundamentalists don’t believe that sacraments exist, even though they have two: baptism and matrimony. Many of them use the term “ordinances” for bap…

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29 Sep 2015 News USA No comments

Francis used his popularity to chart a new direction for the US Church

In Congress and at a parish school, at the United Nations and a city jail, Pope Francis spent a whirlwind visit to the United States bridging the realms of the …

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17 Sep 2015 Europe News No comments

Brazilian bishops decry murder of indigenous person

A group of Brazilian bishops, led by Archbishop Dimas Lara Barbosa of Campo Grande, lamented the recent killing of Semiao Vilhalva, a 24-year-old member of the …

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30 Sep 2016 News Comments (5)

Shocking train wreck leaves trail of complete destruction, but only three deaths -- Was this St. Michael's intercession?

A New Jersey transit train crashed into the Hoboken station Thursday morning in the midst of rush hour - Luckily, today is St. Michael's feast day and by his in…

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30 Jul 2016 Q&A No comments

Why is the monstrance sometimes held with bare hands and at other time with covered hands?

Full Question I don't know why sometimes the monstrance is held with bare hands and at Benediction they are covered. Isn't it sacred at all times? A…

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29 Mar 2015 Q&A No comments

Are we saved as long as our name is "written in the book"?

Full Question A Baptist friend told me that he believes that so long as your name is "written in the book," you're saved. How do I answer? …

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Does the undeserved suffering of innocents point to the reality of reincarnation?

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Doesn’t cosmic justice require us to believe in reincarnation when we see innocent children suffering? If these children have not done anything in this life to deserve suffering, they must have done something wrong in a past life. Right?


Wrong. There are two problems with this argument. First, even if the suffering of innocents did require us to believe in a prior existence, it would not require us to believe in reincarnation. The Mormons believe in a disembodied pre-existence, in which people were capable of sinning, but they do not believe in reincarnation.

Second, the suffering of innocents does not require us to believe in a pre-existence at all. Not all suffering is punishment for one’s own sins (Jn 9:1-3). The prime example of this is Jesus, none of whose sufferings were for his own sins, for he had no sins (Heb 4:15).

Justice requires that everyone in the universe ultimately gets what he deserves. If a person has suffered unjustly he will be compensated for the pain endured. When we see innocent children suffering, it gives us just as much reason to postulate a future life in which they will be rewarded (i.e., in heaven) as it does a past life in which they sinned. The idea that God will compensate one who has been wronged is taught in Exodus 22:22-24, Malachi 3:5, and Matthew 5:11-12, 10:28-30.


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