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Donating body to science

Q. I would like to donate my remains to medical science. Does the Catholic Church approve or disapprove of this action? (Chesapeake, Virginia) A. The Catholic Church not only allows this but encourages ...



The Question Behind the QuestionBishop Robert Barron

On the afternoon of June 14, a rather spirited, fascinating, and unexpected debate broke out on the floor of the USCCB spring meeting in Ft. Lauderdale. At issue was the possibility of reconsidering "Faithful ...

A family momentGreg Erlandson

"It is a profound spiritual experience to contemplate our loved ones with the eyes of God and to see Christ in them." Pope Francis may not have had a conga line in mind when he wrote these words in ...

MourningFather Ron Rolheiser

Our culture doesn't give us easy permission to mourn. Its underlying ethos is that we move on quickly from loss and hurt, keep our griefs quiet, remain strong always, and get on with life. But mourning ...

Homelands and social doctrinesGeorge Weigel

With hundreds of bishops coming to the Vatican in October 2001 for a Synod, I decided to spend that month in Rome conducting interviews for what would eventually become the sequel to Witness to Hope and ...

One, holy, catholicJohn Garvey

This summer marks the 50th anniversary of "Humanae Vitae." The world has changed dramatically since Pope Paul VI wrote the encyclical, mostly in ways he foretold. Abortion and sterilization are commonplace. ...

Recognizing our faithful volunteersDebbie Rambo

Volunteerism is the lifeblood of the work we do here at Catholic Charities. It is the spirit of altruism distilled down to its truest form. We enjoy the assistance of the many who volunteer to help us ...

On the moveJaymie Stuart Wolfe

We didn't just wake up one morning and decide to move. But we did wake up one morning just after last Christmas and discovered that God was moving. It wasn't long after Andrew and I prayed a 54 day Rosary ...

The healing power of natureAdam Johnson

''In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks." -- John Muir Do you remember the first time you saw the ocean or reached the peak of a tall mountain? Or a time you first encountered ...