Catholics believe that atheists can be saved – so let’s act like it

Benjamin God & Faith

Catholics might squirm at the idea that atheists have been redeemed by the blood of Christ, but this is exactly what we believe. A few comments have been popping up on the internet about the homily that Pope Francis’ preached on Wednesday, May 22nd. A few snippets of that homily can be found on the Vatican Radio web site (the …

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+313+ Wholehearted Disciples (4th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ordinary Time, 4th Sunday. Jesus predicts that the people of Nazareth will reject him — and they do! You can’t sing half-heartedly, you can’t love half-heartedly, and you can’t be a disciple of Jesus half-heartedly. Can we really love like God does? If we follow Jesus whole-heartedly, all things are possible. (3 Feb 2013)

Take up your Cross (Homily for the 24th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | How to SubscribeOrd24 – Take up your Cross (14:50) Ordinary Time, 24th Sunday. September 11, 2001. The JFK Assassination. The bombing of Pearl Harbor. Why does God allow tragedy? Many of us have tried to answer this question, especially when faced with personal loss and …

How Patty can be a priest in the Catholic Church (some imagination required!)

Benjamin Priesthood

Some time ago I published a series of three articles on why the Catholic priesthood is not open to women. (Since this continues to be an important issue, they can be found under the Priesthood section of this blog). Recently, a woman wandered over to our blog because she was looking for an answer to this question. She said that …

Homily for the 28th Sunday

Fr. Joel Homilies

[this homily was not recorded] Ordinary Time, 28th Sunday GK Chesterton once commented that people misunderstand the relationship of Jesus and the Church. They often think that Jesus is simple and nice, but the Church has made things complicated and confusing. The opposite is true. Jesus is sometimes complicated and confusing and the Church has tried to make things a …