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Fr John Flader Q&A: Let’s talk tabernacles

I will draw principally on Mario Righetti’s four-volume Storia Liturgica, volume 1, which offers a comprehensive treatment of the question.

Misunderstanding the rise of the Nones

By Phil Davignon By now it is well known that the Catholic Church in many places—and organised religion more generally—must contend with the sudden growth...

To find the meaning of synodality, listen to the people

Sr Nathalie Becquart XMCJ, the undersecretary for the synod on synodality, visited Australia to promote the Church’s transformation into a ‘listening Church’. After several years...

Gender dysphoria. Sensitivity and fidelity

Gender guidelines aim for sensitivity - and fidelity US diocese’s pastoral guidance that ‘begins with love’ joins a growing list of responses As the issue of...

Catholic Discipleship in a Change of Age

While Christianity has been at the root of many aspects of Western culture, and many of the social institutions that emerged from this Christian...

Dr Philippa Martyr: A salaried church – or a dangerous one?

I was relieved to hear that the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) has already rejected the proposal in The Light from the Southern Cross for a national centre for Catholic leadership.

Paul Catalanotto: Embrace the paradoxes of Lent

The word Lent means spring as in the season. In the Northern hemisphere, the Lenten season in the Church happily corresponds with the Spring season. Up North, Lent takes on a flare of renewal and growth in how flowers anticipate fruit.

Dr Philippa Martyr: US diocesan reality checks offer lessons

The Archdiocese of Chicago has now released details of its parish restructure. This is a good opportunity for the Church in Australia to start making notes.

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Simcha Fisher: Showing up empty-handed

We were at Mass. Christmas Mass, in fact; and I felt, as I always do, that we had arrived unprepared. If I only had one...

Why church is good

First, a heads-up for Catholic readers: The author of “The Point of Church” is a Baptist minister and pastor in Alabama. Second heads-up: Don’t worry about it.

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Simcha Fisher: The Church you’re building

When St. Francis started having visions, he made an honest mistake. Jesus told him to rebuild his church, so St. Francis, with a willing heart, set to work rebuilding the literal, physical church right in front of him. Block by block, he put the chapel of San Damiano back together. But of course Christ had […]

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Dr Philippa Martyr: If we’re different, others will want what we...

If we’re different, others will want what we possess Recently I said that you can’t be holy and live exactly like pagans at the same...
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