Wiker: “More About the Dreaded Passage from Ephesians”

As we’ve seen in Part I, the Genesis account of the Creation and Fall makes very clear that — against our notions of egalitarianism — man and woman are not created equal. Nor are they created unequal. Equal and unequal have nothing to do with it. Rather, male and female are complementary — that is, they complete each other, and as a union, are together made in the image of God.

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.