Category Archives: Catechesis

Our Lenten Journey

This from my twin, Fr Stephen Schultz of St Timothy parish in Chantilly, VA.
The Holy Trinity is our origin and our destiny, our beginning and our end. We are made for perfect love. In God’s perfect love, he will always forgive us because of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. This should give us the greatest hope and trust in God. He will always forgive us, we just have to return to Him with our whole heart, confess our sins with sorry, and promise to amend our

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Magisterium in a nutshell

Cool!
Wikipedia’s article on Magisterium has a neatly organized table listing the possible ways authoritative teaching is expressed in the Catholic Church, and showing what type of assent is required in each case. Infallible teaching is to be believed with an act of the virtue of faith; authoritative non-infallible teaching is to be accepted with “religious assent”.
Keep this summary handy for when people ask you whether a particular document’s teaching is infallible.

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Does Mass on a Friday count towards a Sunday obligation?

The answer to the question above is usually “no,” but I think I may have found an exception. I have to travel to the Middle East this week, and because the work week is from Saturday to Wednesday, I will probably be working all day on Sunday. The country where I will be is part of the Vicariate Apostoic of Arabia, which apparently has a dispensation to allow Friday Masses to “count” as the Sunday obligation:

• On Fridays (mornings and evenings) and Saturdays (evenings only)

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What rights are civil and what rights are natural?

Here’s is a political question with a natural law twist. I (and probably you) frequently read sentiments like this: “…of all rich countries the US has lost the most civil liberties recently. But I’m not too worried yet. I’m hoping once the present administration is out, the natural openness of American culture will reassert itself.”
You can see the quotation in context here, but it doesn’t matter that much. What interests me are two things:
1. The blatant exaggeration. In this case, the author doesn’t

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Anybody read the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church?

I haven’t read it yet, but I’d like to dig into the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Ironically, the condensed version has a much longer title.
Jimmy Akin has read the Compendium, and likes it. I happen to like Jimmy Akin, as we once sat and smoked together in a San Diego tobacco store, so you can trust his judgment.
One reason I’m anxious to get my hands on this volume is so I’ll have better answers for my kids when they

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On life and living in communion with the Catholic Church.

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