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05 Oct 2016 Europe News United Kingdom USA Vatican No comments

When Canterbury and Rome meet in a common mission

Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury will pray tonight in the church in Rome from where St. Augustine was sent to evangelize the English. The Anglican-…

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04 Aug 2016 Q&A Comments (1)

How can I help my wife understand why we proclaim Christ's death at Mass, even though he rose from the…

Full Question My wife's Baptist parents believe that we worship a "dead" Christ and that we "re-sacrifice" him every day. She wonders why w…

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28 Nov 2014 Q&A Comments (2)

Are prayer chain e-mails considered superstition?

Full Question While preparing for confession, I happened to read a pamphlet for examination of conscience. One of the questions under the First Commandment…

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28 Aug 2016 Uncategorized Comments (1)

I'm thinking about divorce. What does the Catholic Church have to say about it?

Full Question I'm thinking about divorce. What does the Catholic Church have to say about it? Answer Jesus said, "What therefore God has joined tog…

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22 Sep 2015 Americas News No comments

Nine things you missed from Pope Francis' time in Havana

In an intense Sunday, Pope Francis on Sept. 20 said a Mass attended by 200,000 people in Havana's Revolution Square, visited Fidel Castro, improvised two speech…

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29 Nov 2016 Articles Comments (1)

Jesus - the King of Poland?

Churches across Poland celebrated the enthronement of Jesus Christ as the King of Poland last Sunday. At the Church of Divine Mercy in Krakow, Poland last Sa…

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30 Aug 2016 Uncategorized No comments

Newly ordained Boston bishops to look out for ‘the lost sheep’

Bishops Robert Reed and Mark O’Connell were ordained at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston Two new priests were advised to “have a special love for the …

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30 Oct 2015 Americas News Comments (1)

Catholic republican Paul Ryan, elected House speaker.

Catholic republican Paul Ryan has officially been elected as the 62nd House Speaker,making six out of the eight last speakers Catholic. The Wisconsin congressma…

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03 Jun 2015 Articles Q&A Comments (2)

What are the biblical origins of the Mass and the New Testament priesthood? Is the Mass really a sacrifice, or…

Response: The biblical origins of the Mass and the New Testament priesthood are rooted in the Old Testament. Both the Old and New Testaments provide clear evide…

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RIGHTEOUSNESS AND THE COMMANDMENTS by POPE JOHN PAUL II

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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