Gospel Reflection for Second Sunday of Advent

Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” (Mark 1:6-8) Today’s gospel reading starts with an introductory line, “The beginning of the good news of Continue reading Gospel Reflection for Second Sunday of Advent

Thoughts on the Feast of Christ the King

Happy Feast of Christ the King of the Universe! Pope Pius XI initiated this feast in 1925 in response to the rise of secularism and a waning faith in Christ as a king. As we know, Jesus was called the Christ, the anointed one and ruler who would ultimately free the Jewish people from the hands of Roman rule. Pius XI in the early 1900s could see nationalism and secularism on the rise and faith in Christ’s ‘reign’ waning, so Continue reading Thoughts on the Feast of Christ the King

5 Myths About Unaccompanied Minors at the Border

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by Rhonda Miska, Guest Contributor to Catholic Majority   The Central American children coming to the southern border of the United States have created a stir in the media. Much of what is said about these children and their experiences is oversimplified, misleading, or patently false. During my time as a legal assistant at Americans for Immigrant Justice – an organization which has provided pro bono legal representation to thousands of immigrants since its founding in 1996 – I have heard Continue reading 5 Myths About Unaccompanied Minors at the Border

Saint Bonaventure and Women

July 15th was the feast day of Saint Bonaventure. A supreme intellect, Saint Bonaventure is known for his leading the Franciscan order of minors and helping to fostering the marriage of faith and reason through his teachings and works. He took the name Bonaventure to celebrate and honor his ‘Good fortune’ of being a Franciscan. “I confess before God that what made me love Saint Francis’ way of life so much was that it is exactly like the origin and the Continue reading Saint Bonaventure and Women

Introducing a New Series on “Former Catholics”

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Just over one year ago, when Catholic Majority launched, Tim published an article about former Catholics and returning to the faith. In the article (which you can read here), he quoted some statistics from Pew Research: One-third of Americans raised as Catholic no longer consider themselves to be Catholic. This equates to a staggering 10% of all Americans who are now “former Catholics.” That astounding statistic, that one in every ten American is a “former Catholic” stuck with me. Over this past Continue reading Introducing a New Series on “Former Catholics”

Celebrating Our Diversity: Who Do You Say That He Is?

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One year ago, we launched Catholic Majority to: bring an honest and nuanced voice to the table and provide an alternative narrative that represents Catholicism to the public and to the world. We believe that the majority of Catholics value diversity, and that the voice of the Catholic majority deserves to be heard. (About) It’s timely that we celebrate our one year anniversary of diversity on the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, two apostles so radical and diversified in Continue reading Celebrating Our Diversity: Who Do You Say That He Is?

How to Become a Lapsed Catholic, and Come Back, in Several Easy Steps

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by Justin Sengstock, Guest Contributor to Catholic Majority   I was flopping at a friend’s Brooklyn apartment for a few days. The Friday I arrived, we had dinner at a pub. Mine was Guinness and chipotle shrimp tacos. We chatted about a topic I no longer remember. Except that it caused him to observe: “We’re both practicing Catholics.” I froze. For the first time in our decade-long acquaintance, this wasn’t true. He wasn’t aware of it. We’d never talked about Continue reading How to Become a Lapsed Catholic, and Come Back, in Several Easy Steps

O Antiphons: O Rex Gentium Antiphon (O King of Nations)

During the final seven evenings of Advent, which begin on December 17, the antiphons for the Magnificat during evening prayer all begin with ‘O’ followed by a different name for the Messiah. The various names for the prophesied Christ originate from the book of Isaiah the prophet, to whom we hear from mostly during the Advent Season. As a group, these antiphons are known as the O Antiphons. The most common Advent hymn, O Come Emmanuel, is a hymn variation of these seven names of Continue reading O Antiphons: O Rex Gentium Antiphon (O King of Nations)

Survey Says!: Vatican Survey has Become a Family Feud

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In order to grasp what’s going on with the Vatican survey, the first thing you need to understand about the Catholic Church is that when She says, “a few years ago,” what She means is, “within the past several centuries.” And so it is that She has now asked the bishops to poll their flocks about some issues that have come up that were “unheard of until a few years ago” (their words): cohabitation, same-sex couples, single-parent families, and mixed- Continue reading Survey Says!: Vatican Survey has Become a Family Feud