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The evolution of Lent

“Dear Father, I know that the last two weeks of Lent are special and was wondering how this came about. I can understand Holy...

Q&A with Fr John Flader: The quarantine of Lent

“Dear Father, in the scriptures we sometimes read about people putting on “sackcloth and ashes”. What was the meaning of this practice and was...

Q&A with Fr John Flader: Fast and be generous

“Dear Father, Some people I know are doing penances in Lent that I find quite extraordinary and others are doing very little. They say...

Monica Doumit: Time to exercise our civic duty

Several pages of last week’s print edition of The Catholic Weekly were dedicated (pages 4-6) to outlining the position of many of the parties...

Q&A with Fr John Flader: Do not abandon the Church

“After Cardinal Pell was found guilty of sex offences my son, a university student who has been brought up in the faith and has...

Q&A with Fr John Flader: Yoga is out for Christians

“Dear Father, My uncle is a yoga instructor and a practising Catholic. I thought yoga was somehow not compatible with our faith. Can you...

Q&A with Fr John Flader: Scrolls give us confidence

“I have often heard about the Dead Sea Scrolls. Do they have any significance for Christians?”The Dead Sea Scrolls are ancient Jewish manuscripts which...

Q&A with Fr John Flader: The prophecies didn’t lie

"In your last column you wrote about some of the prophecies of the Messiah in the Old Testament, which I found very interesting. What...

Q&A with Fr John Flader: Research vindicates Gospels

“Dear Father, a friend says she has read that archaeological findings in Israel bear out the truth of some statements in the New Testament...

Q&A with Fr John Flader: Confident in biblical texts

“Dear Father, I have always wondered how we can be sure that our texts of the New Testament bear any resemblance to the originals...
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