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Where is Jesus in the Midst of the Church’s Sex-Abuse Crisis

Father Thomas Berg is a priest of the Archdiocese of New York, a former Legionary of Christ and professor of moral theology, vice rector and director of admissions at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Dunwoodie, New York. He is author of Hurting in the Church: A Way Forward for Wounded Catholics. He spoke recently with CNA’s Courtney Grogan about the challenges Catholics face amid the Church’s sexual abuse and misconduct scandals. The interview is below, edited for clarity and length. …

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/where-is-jesus-in-the-midst-of-the-churchs-sex-abuse-crisis


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Living the Moral Life 69

When growing in holiness, forming our minds according to reality is of the utmost importance. This is where making sure what we put into our minds does not hinder the truth. Jesus is the Truth and God is the ultimate source of reality and existence (Ex 1 & 2). Science itself gets its reality and all its conclusions from God in His creation. Continue reading


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Do Immigrants Annoy You? Pope at Audience Recognizes Temptation to Feel Hostile Toward Needy

Do Immigrants Annoy You? Pope at Audience Recognizes Temptation to Feel Hostile Toward Needy


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Living the Moral Life 50

A venial sin is an offense against God that does not take you out of a relationship with God (1 John 5:16 & 17 and James 1:14 & 15). In a certain way, it is a step away from God, rather than stepping out the door of God’s house. It may not be a hatred of God, but it surely is not an act of love. God is still offended by the act. It will affect how long we may spend in purgatory. Purgatory is time spent suffering while we are being purified before we can get to heaven. Though typically committing venial sins does not get us into hell, they do make us suffer unnecessarily in the afterlife. That is one of the reasons why we should take venial sins seriously. Continue reading