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Getting Past Clericalism

At the altar the priest presides. In the world, the laity presides. This is the basic principle that ought to govern all our thinking about the roles of the ordained and the laity in the mission of the Church. Unfortunately, a huge number of Catholics do not think this way,

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Angels, Part 1

As the existence of everything from SETI to Star Trek attests, our civilization is fascinated with the question of the existence of non-human intelligences. The Faith says that we already know of at least one such class of creature. It is called an “angel”. However, our culture’s response to the

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Through Water to Light

In Striking the Rock, the theme of the biblical readings was water. Water in the wilderness in Exodus. Water at the well in John. Water from the struck Rock. Water that ultimately points to the water from the wounded side of Christ and, beyond that, to baptism. Elsewhere in John, the

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About Mark Shea

Greetings! I’m Mark P. Shea, a Catholic author and blogger who’s also done a spot of podcasting and even acting here and there, as well as radio and TV work. My latest book, The Church’s Best-Kept Secret: A Primer on Catholic Social Teaching was published in September 2020 by New City Press. Other works include By What Authority?: An Evangelical Discovers Catholic Tradition (Ignatius), Mary, Mother of the SonThis is My Body: An Evangelical Discovers the Real Presence (Christendom), and Making Senses Out of Scripture: Reading the Bible as the First Christians Did (Basilica), Salt and Light:  The Commandments, the Beatitudes, and a Joyful Life (Servant), The Heart of Catholic Prayer: Rediscovering the Our Father and the Hail Mary (Our Sunday Visitor) and The Work of Mercy:  Being the Hands and Heart of Christ (Servant).

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