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FaithExplainer
Patrick Cullinan
The precious blood is an important part of Communion, but many people are afraid of the risk of cross-contamination from a shared chalice. Why shouldn’t we simply use separate cups? There are a few reasons.
FaithFaith in Focus
Ted Kennedy Jr.
Ted Kennedy Jr. on the importance of godparents: The need and desire for spiritual guidance, love, support and personal mentorship does not end when we reach adulthood.
FaithThe Good Word
Terrance Klein
Is it possible that people who say that the sacrament is more trouble than it is worth, that they do not need confession, have duped themselves?
The wellness industry is redefining the concept of purity as what you consume rather than as the moral state of your soul. (ClaudioVentrella/iStock)
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Sara Scarlett Willson
The wellness industry is redefining purity as a form of escapism from one’s own moral impurity. Diet has become a substitute for a genuine attempt to be a better person.
FaithVantage Point
Robert D. Duggan
From 1989: A debate about the effectiveness and appropriateness of the R.C.I.A. in the life of the Catholic Church.
FaithVantage Point
Andrew M. Greeley
From Father Andrew Greeley in 1989: The R.C.I.A. has converted the sacramental experience into an obstacle course, a series of barriers to be surmounted, a list of tests to be passed.