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The Family, the Vital Cell of Society
The importance and centrality of the family with regard to the person and society is repeatedly underlined by Sacred Scripture. “It is not good that the man should be alone” (Gen 2:18). From the texts that narrate the creation of man (cf. Gen 1:26-28, 2:7-24) there emerges how — in God's plan — the couple constitutes “the first form of communion between persons”[458].


Philosophy for Beginners: The Theology of Death
The most vital question in any study of the nature of death is this: in what sense can death be said to be the destiny of Man? This will help us to answer further questions about the natural character of death, and help us to understand Christ's death and our own. 


Pope Benedict: The Human Family, a Community of Peace 
The natural family, as an intimate communion of life and love, based on marriage between a man and a woman, constitutes "the primary place of ‘humanization' for the person and society", and a "cradle of life and love". The family is therefore rightly defined as the first natural society, "a divine institution that stands at the foundation of life of the human person as the prototype of every social order".


Catholics for the Common Good - Marriage binds mothers and fathers together and to the children they bring into the world.

National Novena for Prop 8 Legal Challenge
Ash Wednesday thru March 5, When Case Heard in Court

The decision on the three lawsuits filed to overturn Proposition 8 will be made solely by seven justices of the California Supreme Court. We invite you to join in a novena of prayer and fasting for right judgment and courage for justices.


Looking for Love
A few weeks ago my pastor and I were talking and he mentioned that he has not been able to find a clear, direct definition in the Catechism of the Catholic Churchof the theological virtue of charity. "Ah," I thought for a moment, "he must be kidding." After all, the theological virtues are rather important, and love, we know, is the greatest of the three. And the Catechism—as he and I fully agree—is a wonderful work, invaluable in so many ways.


Pontiff Calls for "Ecology of Man"
Warns Against New Theories of "Gender"

VATICAN CITY, DEC. 22, 2008.- While protecting nature is an essential mission of the Church, it's no more important than protecting the nature of the person, says Benedict XVI.


"To seek God and
to let oneself be found by Him"
PARIS, FRANCE, September 12, 2008 -- Exactly two years after Regensburg, another grand discourse from Pope Joseph Ratzinger to the intellectual world. In Paris, at the Collège des Bernardins. Here's the complete text:


The Lay Catholics' Moment on Marriage
"Help Them with Prayer"
Now is the moment for the sleeping giant of the Catholic laity to step up, with the grace and power of the Holy Spirit, and be the salt, light and leaven God wants with regard to the gift of marriage God has given us. 


Benedict XVI: Trinity Reflected in Solidarity and Subsidiarity
VATICAN CITY, May 4, 2008 -- Faith in the Trinity enlightens the principles of solidarity and subsidiarity proposed by Catholic social doctrine, says Benedict XVI.


Pope to American Bishops:
WASHINGTON, DC, April 22, 2008 -- The first formal ecclesiastical event in Pope Benedict's pastoral visit to the United States was his meeting with the entire body of U.S. bishops on Wednesday at the Basilica of the National Shrine in Washington, DC. Here he laid out his program for the episcopate in reviving Catholic life in America. It goes without saying that the goal is to make all things new, to enable the faith to permeate every aspect of life. But the primary means to this goal, according to Benedict, is formation in the faith, particularly Christian moral formation.


Holy See: Base of Human Rights Is . . . Being Human
Rights Do Not Come From the Group One Belongs To
The UN Must Affirm Rights of Every Person

GENEVA, MARCH 17, 2008 - It is important to clarify and identify the source and foundation of human rights, since experience and cultural traditions often affect the understanding of this concept, the Holy See affirmed.


Professor Notes Gaps in Basic Concepts About Person
Course Aims to Reveal Treasure of Magisterium
Editor's note: This article illuminates the root cause of conflicts over the protection of human life from conception to natural death, and over the meaning and purpose of marriage, family and human sexuality. The root is a fundamental difference in understanding of what it means to be a human person. It points out the importance of understanding Catholic social teaching and Christian anthropology to develop a fuller understanding of who we are and what it means to be made in the image and likeness of God, who is a community of three persons in a relationship of love. Helping people develop this understanding is a key part of the mission of Catholics for the Common Good.



 Pope Benedict XVI Spe Salvi Catholics for the Common Good formation

"In hope we were saved"
Pope Benedict's Second Encyclical


Science, reason, and progress fulfill many expectations, but they do not give "eternal life." Pope Joseph Ratzinger brings Christians and the world back before the judgment of God. And he proposes as examples two of the most humble and unknown saints.


The Danger of Criticizing Bishops and Priests
A Response to Corruption

In the thirteenth century many priests were involved in seeking wealth and having a pleasant life. They hardly preached at all, virtually never studied, and paid for important positions so that they could get even more money. A number of priests openly lived with women, causing great scandal. Some of the bishops lived in unbelievable wealth, and would sell Church positions to keep their rich life style. Many of the people were just as bad as their leaders.


An Encounter with Christ in the Eucharist
Jesus Teacher of Love

God offers no school of love except that we find by "becoming-in-Christ"; our becoming-in-Christ finds inception each time our being-in-Christ, our abiding in love, is renewed by Love Himself: Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity, Person and Action.




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