On the Unreal Presence

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An often asked question when I was attending seminary was, “Do you believe in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist?” It is an unfortunate question both in that it is accusatory (the implication being that the person does not believe in this basic tenet of our Catholic faith) and that there would be any doubt that someone who …

Keeping Our Hearts Close to God

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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

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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 …