Pope Francis: Blasphemy is the gravest sin

During June 10 Angelus address in St. Peter's Square, pope says sin against the Holy Spirit is the only unpardonable sin "because it starts from a closure of the heart to the mercy of God"

During his Angelus address on Sunday, Pope Francis discussed the incomprehension Christ faced during his earthly ministry, from both the scribes and his own family. The scribes’ assertion that Christ drove out demons by the power of demons led him to “react with strong and clear words, he does not tolerate this, because those scribes, perhaps without realizing it, are … [Read more...]

Seven deadly sins still relevant today

“Wherever we see restless hearts, human discontent, bias, disrespect, marginalization, oppression and every form of injustice and hatred, there we may also see the seeds of the seven deadly sins"

The seven deadly sins are pride, covetousness, lust, anger, gluttony, envy, and sloth.   Taken together they contain all of the Bible’s principles, commandments and sins in condensed form, says Father Robert J. Spitzer, S.J., president of the Magis Center and the Spitzer Center.   Fr. Spitzer is president of the Magis Center of Reason and Faith, a nonprofit organization … [Read more...]

Medium Catholic

The pastor presents himself as a traditional American 'queen'

The following comes from a Dec. 17 posting in First Things. At noon I have to be at the local Catholic school—let’s call it St. Dismas—to train altar servers. I will arrive a few minutes early, and by 12:05 most of the kids will have trickled in. We are in the Southern California, so most of the boys at St. Dismas wear short pants year-round. Students are required to attend … [Read more...]

Admonish the sinner

Bishop Vasa: The danger in our day is not a shortage of honey

  The following comes from an early August blog on the blogsite of Bishop Robert Vasa of the Santa Rosa diocese. This week’s liturgical observance of the memorial of St. John Vianney, patron saint of parish priests, on August 4 offered the opportunity to once again encourage prayer and even sacrifice for our clergy. It is no secret that priests are quite … [Read more...]

Lenten Confessions

The following comes from a Mar. 17 posting on Patheos.com. It was bound to happen. As apps proliferate for all kinds of purposes, it was probably just a matter of time before one was invented to probe the recesses of conscience for sin.  With version 1.0 appearing in 2011, “Confession: A Roman Catholic App” was released several months ago in its 2.0 version.  2.0 not only … [Read more...]