Forgiving Murderers

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One of the most fundamental aspects of Christianity is a belief in the power of forgiveness, and it is time for all of us to realize this extends even to those who have committed horrible crimes. That is what Christianity is about: offering forgiveness even to those who seem like they could never be deserving of it.

In 2007, the United Nations approved a resolution for a global moratorium on capital punishment. Capital punishment has been abolished in every country in Europe with the exception of Belarus. Even Russia no longer performs executions. The Catholic Church’s position has evolved on the issue, and in the time since the Second Vatican Council in the early 1960’s, the Church has opposed capital punishment. However, in the past, the death penalty was widely used for a variety of crimes, even some less severe than murder.

Implicit in the continued existence of capital punishment is the belief that these murderers cannot reform their lives in prison and ought not be given second chances. However, one case calls question into this belief that even the worst criminals are beyond moral redemption. This is the case of Karla Faye Tucker. Read more

Misunderstanding Sex

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One lens that is useful in viewing this problem is the normalization of pornography into the mainstream, and in December of 1953, Playboy released its first issue

Research time and again confirms better educational and life outcomes for children who enjoyed stable upbringings.

As a Catholic speaker and informal spiritual adviser, who frequently addresses young adults in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, I have observed quite closely the transforming perceptions of sex in this modern era. Increasingly, sex is being viewed more as recreation than as a sacred bond between a married couple.

In conversations with young adults I work with, I often trace this conception of sex to the Book of Genesis in which God instructs Noah “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth.” And by doing so, God will be able to share his love with humanity forever as each new generation fulfills this God-given mission. In order to accomplish this objective, God devised a master plan.  

A man and a woman will be bonded together in a special way called marriage. This is a union which can never be broken. The married couple is responsible for producing offspring, who will repeat this cycle. They do so through a sexual act of love, which not only produces children but also unites the couple more deeply. When a man engages in a sexual relationship with his wife, he is telling her in an extremely special way that he is giving himself to her in both body and soul. Read more