Unethical to use Tissue from Aborted Fetuses in Research

Fr. Joel Church meets World

Wisconsin Representative Andre Jacque has introduced a bill that would ban research using fetal tissue from abortions. He argues that this kind of research is unethical. Some have accused him of taking advantage of recent videos that show Planned Parenthood apparently selling fetal tissue from abortions. But an article in the Green Bay Press-Gazette reveals that Mr. Jacque actually walked …

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It’s Time to Burn Your Bible — An Answer to the Rapid Decline of Christianity in America

Fr. Joel Being Catholic, Church meets World

The Burning Question One day we discovered two bags of old Bibles and Lutheran hymnals abandoned in the church lobby. Someone figured the church would know what to do with a bunch of old Bibles. They were pretty worn out; I decided that I should burn them reverently. So I piled them in a little metal fire pit and put a lighter …

FAQ: Why Can’t Protestants Receive Communion in the Catholic Church?

Fr. Joel Being Catholic, Church meets World

“All Are Welcome,” sings one popular Catholic hymn. Despite the efforts of your local Catholic parish to install Greeters and be friendly, the rule on Communion remains Catholics Only. Catholic weddings and funerals are especially awkward. Why would Catholics be so un-welcoming as to distribute Communion at such events and explicitly not allow everyone to participate? Some Protestants feel stung …

Death and Eternal Life from Vatican II

Fr. Joel Church meets World

“It is in the face of death that the riddle a human existence grows most acute. Not only is man tormented by pain and by the advancing deterioration of his body, but even more so by a dread of perpetual extinction. He rightly follows the intuition of his heart when he abhors and repudiates the utter ruin and total disappearance …

The Day the Music Died (22 January 1973)

Fr. Joel Church meets World, The Loving Life

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or …

The Family: Overwhelming Suffering, Great Joy

Fr. Joel Church meets World

The recent Synod at the Vatican sounded like a free-for-all. Media reported lots of controversy. It made it sound like the Church was going in different directions and the Bishops were divided. And that was just the prelude to next year’s synod. It is obvious that the family touches all of us deeply. I found helpful this pastoral letter that …