Pope revises catechism to say death penalty is ‘inadmissible’

Jim Wogan News

VATICAN CITY (by CINDY WOODEN- CNS) — Building on the development of Catholic Church teaching against capital punishment, Pope Francis has ordered a revision of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to assert “the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person” and to commit the church to working toward its …

The Shepherd Who Does Not Mince Words

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

Our own Bishop took quite a bit of flack in some quarters this past week when he made a post to Facebook that criticized one of the nominees for Vice President of the United States this year. That candidate, Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia, has come out saying that he is a “traditional Catholic” but that he is “pro-choice.” He …

Dioknox Catholic Q&A

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Diocese of Knoxville

It is the middle of August and for many of our parishes in the Diocese of Knoxville that means that the formation process for those who are participating in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults has begun, and it has begun in my own parish. As I wrote last year, people participating in the RCIA are coming to the …

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

David Oatney Catechism, New Evangelization, Prayer

Yesterday in my parish (St. Patrick in Morristown) a new year of formation in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults began. Not only is it fair to say that this ministry is one that is close to my heart, I am personally close to it because I have been on the RCIA team at St. Patrick for the last …

Magnificat Year of Faith Companion

Deacon Scott Maentz Catechism, Year of Faith

If you are not already familiar with Magnificat, the Year of Faith provides an excellent opportunity to become acquainted with this monthly resource for living our Catholic Faith. If, on the other hand, you are a fan of Magnificat, you will certainly want to check this out. Elizabeth Scalia, a frequent contributor at First Things, offers a review at her blog, The Anchoress. So in …

Logos Bible Software Provides Interactive Reading Plan

Deacon Scott Maentz Catechism, Year of Faith

Logos Bible Software has made great strides recently to include Catholic resources for studying the Bible and Theology. One way they will be contributing to our celebration of the Year of Faith is by providing an interactive way for the faithful to read and converse about the Catechism. By using Logos Bible Software, along with their social media network, Faithlife, Catholics can read and interact …

Keeping Our Hearts Close to God

Deacon Scott Maentz Catechism, Year of Faith

This past weekend, I challenged my parish to enter into the year of faith by embracing the four pillars of the faith that are presented in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. These four areas are excellent ways to enter into the upcoming Year of Faith. To listen to my homily, click here.

Introducing the Catechism

Deacon Scott Maentz Catechism, Vatican II, Year of Faith

On October 11, 1992, with the apostolic constitution entitled Fidei Depositum, Pope John Paul II promulgated a new universal Catechism of the Catholic Church. In his message to the faithful he explained that the new catechism has its origins in the Second Vatican Council. The principal task entrusted to the Council by Pope John XXIII was to guard and present …

The Catholicism Project

Deacon Scott Maentz Catechism, Year of Faith

Fr. Bob Barron’s Catholicism series has been making its way around the country for almost a year now. If you have not had the opportunity to view it, I highly recommend doing so at your earliest opportunity. One of my goals during the Year of Faith is to watch the entire series again. Fr. Barron and his team did an excellent …