It is sad that there are what you might call professional Catholics who make a living on their Catholicism, but in whom the spring of faith flows only faintly, in a few scattered drops. We must really make an effort to change this.
A civilization inspired by a consumerist, anti-birth mentality is not and cannot ever be a civilization of love.
No one is forced to be a Christian. But no one should be forced to live according to the "new religion" as though it alone were definitive and obligatory for all mankind.
Assuredly, the word of truth can be painful and uncomfortable. But it is the way to holiness, to peace, and to inner freedom. A pastoral approach which truly wants to help the people concerned must always be grounded in the truth. In the end, only the truth can be pastoral.
In proclaiming the faith and in administering the sacraments every priest speaks on behalf of Jesus Christ, for Jesus Christ.
Leave it to the Novus Ordo Church to turn a victory into a defeat.
Members of a retreat centre convert to Catholicism: Reason to cheer. Pastor of said ecumenical retreat centre gets to be ordained at his reception into the Catholic Church: Reason to despair.