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A New Assault on the Sacramental Seal of ConfessionFather Roger 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 martyrs Father Roger 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 UnchastityFather 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 Good Father Roger 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 LifeFather 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 ...

Pope Francis' Letter to the U.S. Bishops Father Roger J. Landry

On January 1, Pope Francis wrote an extraordinary eight-page letter to the bishops of the United States as they were preparing to convene at Mundelein Seminary north of Chicago for a retreat with the ...

A Difficult, But Particularly Important, Te DeumFather Roger J. Landry

On December 31 every year, the Pope leads the Church in a solemn prayer of Thanksgiving to God for the civil year coming to a close. It takes place in St. Peter's at the end of First Vespers for the Solemnity ...

Pope Francis on the 'gay mentality' that has 'influenced the life of the Church Father Roger J. Landry

On December 3, The Strength of a Vocation, a book length interview with Pope Francis by Father Fernando Prado, a Spanish Claretian Missionary, was published in ten languages. Fr. Prado, a theology professor ...