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11 Sep 2014 Vatican Comments (1)

Pope 'deeply saddened' by brutal killing of missionary nuns

Vatican City, Sep 11, 2014 / 02:05 am .- Pope Francis has expressed his condolences following the brutal murder of three Italian nuns in Burundi over the weeken…

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02 Apr 2015 Q&A Comments (3)

Did the Church change its position on the punishment of heretics?

Full Question An anti-Catholic claims that the Church at the Fourth Lateran Council said heretics should be exterminated, but now the Church denies that th…

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08 Sep 2015 News Vatican No comments

Focus on catechesis to curb exodus of young people, Pope advises Portuguese bishops

In a message to the Catholic bishops of Portugal, who were making their ad limina visits to Rome, Pope Francis suggested a new approach to catechesis, noting th…

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12 Oct 2015 Europe News No comments

Italian priest asked to leave town after remarks on pedophilia

An Italian priest who outraged the public by saying that children bear part of the responsibility for pedophilia has been asked to leave the town where he was s…

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20 Nov 2014 Q&A Comments (6)

If St. Paul says long hair is unnatural for men, why do our portraits of Jesus show him with it?

Full Question In 1 Corinthians 11:14 Paul tells us long hair is degrading to and unnatural for a man. All the pictures of Jesus show him with long hair, so…

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19 Aug 2016 Q&A No comments

What is liberation theology?

Full Question What is liberation theology? Answer Liberation theology was a theological movement that began in the late 1960s in Latin America.…

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02 May 2016 Americas Asia-Pacific Australia Europe Middle East Middle East - Africa News United Kingdom USA Vatican Comments (1)

Pope Francis' prayer intentions for the month of May

The Vatican has released the prayer intentions of Pope Francis for May 2016. The Pope's universal intention is: “That in every country in the world, women ma…

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13 Dec 2014 Q&A No comments

How can use Scripture to counter Protestant claims about justification?

Full Question The new Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that "justification includes the remission of sins, sanctification, and the renewal of the i…

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21 Aug 2015 Uncategorized No comments

Italian cardinal: Laudato Si’ comparable in importance to Rerum Novarum

In a front-page article in L’Osservatore Romano, Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti of Perugia-Città della Pieve said that Pope Francis’s new encyclical on care for ou…

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From the very lips of Jesus, the new Moses, man is once again given the commandments of the Decalogue.  Jesus himself definitively confirms them and proposes them to us as the way and condition of salvation. The commandments are linked to a promise….

You shall love your neighbor as yourself (Mt 19:19; cf. Mk 12:31).  In this commandment we find a precise expression of the singular dignity of the human person, “the only creature that God has wanted for its own sake.”  The different commandments of the Decalogue are really only so many reflections of the one commandment about the good of the person, at the level of the many different goods which characterize his identity as a spiritual and bodily being in relationship with God, with his neighbor and with the material world.  As we read in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “the Ten Commandments are part of God’s Revelation.  At the same time, they teach us man’s true humanity.  They shed light on the essential duties, and so indirectly on the fundamental rights, inherent in the nature of the human person.”

The commandments… are meant to safeguard the good of the person, the image of God, by protecting his goods.  “You shall not murder; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness” are moral rules formulated in terms of prohibitions.  These negative precepts express with particular force the ever urgent need to protect human life, the communion of persons in marriage, private property, truthfulness, and people’s good name.

The commandments thus represent the basic condition for love of neighbor; at the same time they are the proof of that love.  They are the first necessary step on the journey towards freedom, its starting point.  “The beginning of freedom,” Saint Augustine writes, “is to be free from crimes…such as murder, adultery, fornication, theft, fraud, sacrilege, and so forth. When once one is without these crimes (and every Christian should be without them), one begins to lift up one’s head towards freedom.  But this is only the beginning of freedom, not perfect freedom….”


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