Hendershott: “Can a Catholic University be too Catholic?”

Concerned about a nearly $3.5 million operational deficit and falling enrollments, Catholic University of America—long considered the national university of the Catholic Church in the United States—hired a group of consultants who reportedly told them the university’s religious identity was actually a liability in recruiting students.

Luisi: “Gentleness- The Sweet Fruit of the Holy Spirit”

In the middle of June I eagerly packed my bags before driving to the Franciscan University of Steubenville for the annual Priests, Deacons and Seminarians retreat. After attending it for more than 25 of my 34 years of priesthood, I look forward not only to being with my fellow priests from the Diocese of Pittsburgh but with the priest and deacon friends I’ve met from other dioceses who continue to come back as I do to nurture our spirit.

Holmes: “Pope Francis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and The Lord’s Prayer”

On Dec. 6, 2017, Pope Francis, in the midst of a video segment explicating the Lord’s Prayer on Italian television, voiced a criticism of the English translation of the phrase “lead us not into temptation” that created a brief media stir.

The Holy Father was simply voicing a long-standing concern about the unintentional implication in the phrase that God could actively will our sin. “I am the one who falls,” Pope Francis said. “It’s not [God] who pushes me toward temptation to see how I fall. A father doesn’t do this; a father helps us to get up right away.”

Wiker: “Enemies of Christianity at the Time of the Reformation”

Nearly everyone knows the basics of the Reformation, the first being that 500 years ago, it began with Martin Luther nailing his Ninety-Five Theses to the Wittenberg castle door on October 31, 1517—except that scholars now think that what probably happened was that Luther mailed them, not nailed them, to his archbishop, Albrecht of Brandenburg. A much less dramatic beginning, perhaps.

Pope Francis at the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on June 17, 2015. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA.

Wood: “Questions and Answers on the ‘Filial Correction'”

Steubenville, Ohio, Sep 29, 2017 / 03:19 am (CNA).- Dr. Jacob Wood, an assistant professor of theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, offers answers on some frequently-asked-questions about the ‘Filial Correction on the Spread of Heresies” a letter sent to Pope Francis by a group of bishops, priests, and scholars, who released the letter this past weekend.

Detail from "Satan Addressing his Potentates" (c.1816 - 1818) by William Blake [WikiArt.org]

Hendershott: “What, the Devil?

In a futile attempt to broaden its appeal, the Church of England in 2015 removed any mention of Satan from its baptismal ritual. Claiming to have “test-marketed” a simplified service throughout the United Kingdom, clergy concluded that asking parents and godparents to reject the devil and all rebellion against God, “put people off who are offended to be addressed as sinners.” Driven by powerful clergy within the Church of England, and approved by the General Synod in Kent, the new baptismal rite was an attempt to demonstrate their church was sufficiently progressive to longer need to renounce Satan in order to “live in the freedom of the children of God.”