September 9, 2020 (Edward J. Barr) – We live in an age where self-definition supersedes reality. Hence, a man can say he is a woman, and the government defends his right to maintain his personal delusion, and also forces others to accede to the insanity. The question of self-definition emerged as a result of a … More Can you be Catholic but not Christian?
August 12, 2020 (Edward J. Barr) – The feast of the Assumption is a time to ponder Mary’s unique role in salvation history. The significance of her fiat is a theological joy that has intrigued and excited Catholics for millennia. All that Mary does, teaches, and exemplifies is based upon the salvific mission of her … More Mary’s “part” in the Ascension points to her Assumption
July 29, 2020 (Edward J. Barr) – As we get closer to the Presidential election a number of self-proclaimed Catholic news outlets have attacked the legitimacy of the “five non-negotiables,” those policies that Catholics should always reject. These are abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, human cloning, and “homosexual marriage.” Based on Church teachings, especially … More Are the 5 Non-negotiables really Non-negotiable?
August 5, 2019 (Edward J. Barr – Contributor) – Like many Americans the summer is time for vacations. For my wife and I, the annual trip to New England in the summer time is always a highlight. Growing up in Rhode Island, it was always a matter of pride to live in the “most Catholic” … More Will Divine Providence Spoil the Party in the Ocean State?
June 21, 2019 (Edward J. Barr – Contributor) – The recently released 2019 Commonwealth Fund’s Study on State Health Performance highlighted the negative impact drug overdose, suicide, and alcohol abuse have had on the nation’s health. The term “deaths of despair” appropriately describes the hopelessness of many who have succumbed to these three soldiers of … More The Rise in Death & Despair makes NONEsense
May 22, 2019 (Edward J. Barr – Contributor) – Among the novelties brought into the Christian faith by the Protestant revolution, perhaps the deadliest is the belief in private interpretation of Scripture. That the church of the late 15th and early 16th century was deeply flawed and in need of renewal there is of no … More The Dagger of Private Interpretation and the Coming Martyrdom
March 19, 2019 – (Edward J. Barr – Contributor) -The Nicene Creed is a succinct explanation of our faith that is said at Mass throughout most of the liturgical year. By reciting the Creed with our fellow Catholics, we state that we affirm and believe all elements of the Creed. Yet what exactly are … More The Four Marks of the Church – Realities in the Midst of the Tempest
January 11, 2019 (Edward J. Barr – Contributor) – The period of the Maccabees (175 to 134 BC) was a time of persecution of the faith and a crisis of conscience for the faithful. At that time the subjugation of the Jewish people was at the hands of the Seleucid Greeks. The hopes of Jewish … More What Would Judas Do? Maccabean responses in a post-Christian world
December 14, 2018 (Edward J. Barr – Contributor) – The season of Advent is a glorious time as the Church prepares for the Birth of our Savior at Christmas. Pastors prepare the flock for the arrival of the Christ child as churches come alive in color and decorations for the glorious day. An even greater awareness … More Another Eucharistic Miracle: Suicide Prevention
July 19, 2018 (Edward J. Barr – Guest Contributor) – Horrific shrieks exploded from the far back corner of the packed room. Shrill, piercing utterances were interspersed with guttural emanations in the local language, or perhaps a language of another realm. The shouts began when the priest’s prayer of deliverance sought to banish a particular sin … More Father Sudac and the Reality of Evil