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I Used to be Pro-Choice, Until I Heard This

I used to be pro-choice. That is, until a friend of mine had me really examine the logic behind the issue. I was swept up in the idea that a woman had the right to choose what to do with her body. I never asked the question, “Are there limits to what we should do […] Read More

Reflecting on the Words of Pope Francis: “The Church is a Field Hospital”

Last fall, on September 30, 2013 a lengthy interview with Pope Francis was printed in America magazine, in which the Holy Father said (emphasis added): “I see clearly that the thing the church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful; it needs nearness, proximity. I see the […] Read More

Vatican Releases Instrumentum Laboris on the Family

Hey DPSer, I had a chance to participate in the survey the Vatican sent out to all the dioceses; I’m sure many of you have also. With the data collected, and in preparation for the upcoming synod, the Vatican has released a working outline “Instrumentum Laboris.” There’s much to consider and assimilate, particularly at a […] Read More

HACS Becomes Associate Member of Association of Theological Schools

On Wednesday, June 25, 2014, during the biennial meeting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), Holy Apostles College and Seminary was unanimously voted in as an associate member. This does not mean that Holy Apostles has ATS accreditation but that as associate members with special status, the college and seminary is on the short track to accreditation, which […] Read More

Beautiful Model Gives Up Flourishing Career To Become Nun

At the top of her flourishing career, a beautiful Spanish model has given it all up to become a nun. Olalla Oliveros, a beautiful and well known Spanish model who did advertisements, television commercials, and worked as an actress has given up her career and decided to become a nun. Last month, Oliveros entered the […] Read More

A Proposition to Divorce the World

Hardly a day passes that I do not see a story on Twitter or Facebook about the plight of religious freedom for Catholics. Without a doubt, the battle for religious freedom in the U.S. has been mild compared to many other countries, thanks, in large part, to the protection of freedoms enshrined in the Constitution. […] Read More

Reflections on the Sign of Peace — Acknowledging Christ in the Other

This reflection began back in January when I read the following Minute Meditation, one of the daily email feeds available from AmericanCatholic.org. Acknowledging Christ Eye contact is more than a polite gesture – it is a simple yet meaningful acknowledgement of Christ in the other. — from Tweet Inspiration There is so much truth packed into […] Read More

Who Is Catholic and Who Is Not

There are an unfortunate number of public figures, predominantly of the sort who sit in the nation’s capital, who call themselves Catholic, but who probably strike you as failing to actually exhibit the necessary qualities of a Catholic adult.  Now, be not confused; these qualities are not simply the elements of spiritual maturity.  To be […] Read More

More Thoughts on Doing Theology “on Your Knees”

Meeting with representatives from the Gregorian University recently, Pope Francis spoke on the work of theology and the importance of doing theology “on your knees”.  What does it mean to “do theology on your knees”?  Fellow DPS blogger Rebecca Royse wrote beautifully on this last week.  As students of philosophy and theology, we would do well to reflect […] Read More