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Q: Is there any hope of salvation for those who are not Catholic or Christian? What is to become of those who do not accept Jesus as their savior (such as those who follow the Jewish or Muslim faiths)? A; Each year on Good Friday, Catholics pray an extended set

“Daddy, why is the priest dressed like Jesus?” Do you remember that question? I used it in the very first article introducing this column, as an example of a teaching moment we could seize.       It dawned on me recently that we could challenge ourselves and ask an even

Students from St. James the Greater awaiting the Catholic Schools Week Mass. (CT Photo/Greg Hartman)
“En lo que podría considerarse como la Iglesia doméstica, los padres, por palabra y ejemplo, son los primeros proclamadores de la fe con respecto a sus hijos”.      En este pasaje de la Constitución Dogmática sobre la Iglesia (“Lumen Gentium”) del Concilio Vaticano II, la Iglesia enseña que los

Students from St. James the Greater awaiting the Catholic Schools Week Mass. (CT Photo/Greg Hartman)
“In what might be regarded as the domestic Church, the parents, by word and example, are the first heralds of the faith with regard to their children.”      In this passage from the Second Vatican Council’s Dogmatic Constitution on the Church (“Lumen Gentium”), the Church teaches that parents have

The desks in my elementary school had hinged lids.      This design facilitated storage. Also, it served my purposes:  reading a library book or magazine while the teacher expounded on something less exciting like axioms and theorems. Lift the lid, read a few paragraphs, and quietly put it down

Have you heard about the latest craze? It is called “truthiness.” Everyone is doing it. You see, you start with something that is true and then twist it to include other facts that may or may not be true. Wikipedia puts it this way: “Truthiness is the belief or assertion

Instructions for a life of love This column first appeared in our July, 2018 print edition It started out quite innocently. I was giving a talk to seventh-grade confirmation students and their parents at a parish. I was speaking about knowing your Catholic faith and sharing it with your child. 

Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr’s column for July The Declaration of Independence, which we celebrate on July 4, declares the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to be God-given and therefore “unalienable.” Catholic social justice teaching agrees. These are not only civil rights, but human rights. The Church

La Declaración de Independencia, que celebramos el 4 de Julio, declara que los derechos de la vida, la libertad y la búsqueda de la felicidad deben ser dados por Dios y, por lo tanto, “propios”. La enseñanza de la justicia social católica está de acuerdo. Estos no son solo derechos

An Independence Day reflection They did their best to make the surroundings pleasant, but a hospital’s surgical waiting room’s designers did not create an atmosphere for reflection as TVs blare, monitors mark patient progress from pre-op to procedure room to recovery, relatives and friends chatter to distract from the serious