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Evangelizing the Amazon and the gift of priestly celibacyFather Roger J. Landry

Today is the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and, since 2002, the World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests. It's a day on which, pondering the divine and human love flowing through ...

Appreciating fatherhood Father Roger J. Landry

This weekend we celebrate Father's Day throughout the United States. It's a relatively recent feast, made a permanent national holiday on the third Sunday of June only in 1972 when it was signed into ...

The Answer that Women and Families SeekFather Roger J. Landry

May 31 is the Feast of the Visitation of the Lord in which, among other things, we ponder the in uterointeraction between Jesus and John the Baptist. Mary, a few days pregnant with her Creator, visits ...

A New Assault on the Sacramental Seal of Confession Father Roger J. Landry

Presently, all 50 states and the District of Columbia have statues protecting and upholding the sacramental seal of confession or, more generally, the inviolable confidentiality of some form of clergy-faithful ...

Receiving the food that makes martyrsFather Roger J. Landry

We are now at the time of year in which, in many parts of the country and globe, young people are receiving their first Holy Communion. As pastors and catechists are well aware, the spiritual significance ...

The Viral Scandal of Clerical Unchastity Father Roger J. Landry

Early in the book of Job, the blameless and upright man is besieged with a series of catastrophes: Sabeans steal his oxen and murder his herdsmen, lightening wipes out his sheep and shepherds, Chaldeans ...

Building Upon, or Destroying, the Cornerstone of the Common GoodFather Roger J. Landry

Last Saturday, Pope Francis welcomed to the Vatican leaders of the Italian pro-life movement the day before Italy's annual pro-life day, held since 1978 on the first Sunday of February. He spoke powerfully ...

Courage in the Christian and Priestly Life Father Roger J. Landry

Two weeks ago I had the joy to preach the annual five-day retreat for Mt. St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, where 25 years ago this year I began my formation for the priesthood. It was an opportunity ...