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Catholic and Apostolic Faith – Irenaeus

Here Irenaeus underlines the Catholicity of the Church with many cultures professing a single truth, a common tradition of catholic and apostolic faith going back to the apostles and their disciples. Though this was written about 185 AD, one can recognize here the outline of...

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Meaning of Church – Are You Called?

Since Christians are members of Christ's Church and the term Church means those who are called, that must mean that every single believer without exception has a call or a vocation....

Unfinished Business of Vatican II

The Second Vatican Council is often called a pastoral council since it issued so many practical directives for the renewal of the day to day life of the church.  Many of the objectives of the council fathers have been implemented since Vatican II's close in...

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Catholic Church as Prophetic Institution

People often think of the Catholic Church primarily in terms of being an institution.  While the Church does have an institutional dimension, it is entirely at the service of proclaiming the word of God.  It is a prophetic institution....

Crisis in the Church-Henri de Lubac

CRISIS IN THE CHURCH The concluding section from an address given by Henri de Lubac, SJ, at the University of St. Louis on May, 29, 1969[dropcaps type='normal' font_size='100' color='' background_color='' border_color='']T[/dropcaps]"he second fundamental condition (for true renewal according to the intent of Vatican II) is the...

The Church of the Future – Josef Ratzinger

In 1969, then Fr. Josef Ratzinger, theologian and peritus (theological advisor to the bishops) at the Second Vatican Council, predicted that the Church of the future would be much smaller than it was in the sixties, at least in the western, developed world.  But, the...

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All Saints Day Means Holiness is for All

All Saints Day gives us the opportunity to honor and celebrate the multitudes of Christians who are in heaven yet who don't appear on the list of canonized saints or have a feast day in their honor. But it also provides us the chance...