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Teachings On Authority – A Homily for the 31st Sunday of the Year

November 4, 2017 3 Comments
Teachings On Authority – A Homily for the 31st Sunday of the Year

The Gospel this Sunday is familiar to many Catholics (in a negative way) because many Protestants use the verse Call no one on earth your father, to assail the Catholic practice of calling priests “Father.” Never mind that the text also says that we should call no one on earth “teacher.” Never mind that the […]

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On Titles and Truth

August 27, 2017 2 Comments
On Titles and Truth

Most Catholics have heard the critique from non-Catholics that it is wrong to call priests “Father.” It is a rather tired old charge, which basically goes as follows: Jesus says, “Call no man on earth your father.” But Catholics call their priests “Father.” Therefore, the Catholic Church is wrong to espouse this and is likely […]

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Is Being a Bishop Like Herding Cats? It Shouldn’t Be

January 11, 2012 192 Comments

I have written here before, (often to the great consternation of more than a few readers) of my concerns about disunity in the Church. In particular my concerns center around the dismissive attitudes many have developed toward the bishops. While this attitude was once the domain, largely, of dissenters on the theological left, it has […]

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Authority is Inescapable. It Might as Well Be With the Lord and His Church – A Meditation on Authority With a Spiritual Master

October 30, 2011 9 Comments

In yesterday’s Gospel we pondered some teachings about authority from the Lord. Among His teachings was that authority is necessary and that, other things being equal, a Christian is bound to submit to lawful authority, both in the Church and, regarding temporal affairs, to lawful authority in this world. In the Church  there is a […]

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What St. Paul Can Teach Us About Respect for Church Authority

October 6, 2010 15 Comments

In the readings for daily Mass the past few days we have been reviewing the faith journey of St. Paul who describes his personal history and also his authority in the second chapter of the Letter to the Galatians. The story is interesting for three reasons. It can help correct notions that some have of Paul’s rapid assent […]

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When Did the Resurrection Become Dogma?

April 10, 2010 27 Comments

In the early hours of the resurrection appearances on the first Easter Sunday news began to be circulated that Jesus was alive and had been seen. These reports were, at first disbelieved or at least doubted by the apostles. Various reports from both women and men were dismissed by the apostles. But suddenly in the […]

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Authority to Forgive Sins

April 18, 2009 2 Comments

The Gospel for this Sunday is from John 20:19ff clearly shows him bestowing the authority to forgive sins to his first priests, the Apostles. He breathed on them and said, ‘Whose sins you forgive they are forgiven them. Whose sins you retain, they are retained.’  This passage should not be lightly set aside. According to John […]

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