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A faithful foreman for the Lord of the HarvestFather Roger J. Landry

On Sunday, May 15, Pope Francis will canonize 10 new saints. The headliners across the Catholic world will likely be Father Titus Brandsma (d. 1942), the Dutch Carmelite martyred by the Nazis in Dachau, ...

Is foul language necessary to share the faith credibly? Father Roger J. Landry

One of the unfortunate controversies about Mark Wahlberg's new movie "Father Stu," especially in Catholic circles, concerns the movie's heavy use of foul language. One reviewer counted 51 excretory ...

A timely guide for the renewal of the clergyFather Roger J. Landry

Each year, as we draw near to Holy Thursday, the Church asks us to pray for priests, future priests, and the renewal of the priesthood Jesus instituted during the Last Supper. The celebration of the ...

From death penalty to eternal life Father Roger J. Landry

In 12 countries, there remains a death penalty for adultery, and in several others, mob justice inflicts it extra-judicially. Most in "civilized" countries find this shocking. That someone should suffer ...

A far more intentional LentFather Roger J. Landry

There's a famous story told by Dr. Erwin Lutzer, former pastor of the Moody Church in Chicago, of a man who told him that when he was a young boy in Germany during the Holocaust, the Church he attended ...

Martyr of the Sacrament of Confession Father Roger J. Landry

On Jan. 30, after finishing celebrating Sunday morning Masses, I was startled by a text message from a friend, a cloistered Dominican nun, with news that one of her spiritual brothers in the Order of ...

An occasion for reparation and rectificationFather Roger J. Landry

As we mark the 20th anniversary of the beginning of the toxic avalanche of revelations about decades of clergy sexual abuse of minors in Boston and beyond, the two headlines are clear. The first is ...

Peace on Earth Father Roger J. Landry

Earlier this month, I was able to participate in a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in which, among other things, we were privileged to have Mass in a cave in Bethlehem's Shepherds' Field. There we pondered ...