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Sep

2015

PRO: Should Catholics Be Able to Divorce and Remarry Within the Church

by Natalie Yuhas


With Pope Francis’ recent reforms to the annulment process in the Catholic Church, it calls into debate a question Catholics have been wrestling with for quite some time: Should Catholics be able to divorce and remarry within the Church? Currently, the answer to that question is “no,” mainly because of doctrinal reasons that support that answer.  However, that argument is outdated and limits what the Church is, or should be.  The mission of both the Church and of Christ Himself support that Catholics should be able to divorce and remarry with the Church.

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Tue

29

Sep

2015

Screwtape Writes Again

by Ethan Mack

 

My dear Wormwood,

 

I have just recently been alerted from high command that your new patient is a student beginning his first term at Boston College. I sincerely hope that you have not taken to your new assignment with such elation and delight as to become overconfident and reckless. You must remember that there is no cause for celebration of any kind until the moment when a soul is delivered as a fresh captive to our father down below.

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Tue

29

Sep

2015

The Virtue of Horror Movies

by Ethan Mack

 

If you asked people on campus about how the Jesuits have influenced them during their time at Boston College, you would probably get a variety of answers. Some would surely say the Jesuits taught them the importance of service. Others would say the Jesuits showed them how to think well. And others still would claim the Jesuits demonstrated to them the richness of Catholicism. However, I'm probably the only one who can say the influence of a Jesuit made me interested in horror films. A certain Jesuit (who will remain anonymous...but if you know the Jesuit Community at all, you can probably guess) shared with me his love of horror films early on during my time at BC. Watching horror films is now one of my favorite activities when with a group of friends. However, there are some who fail to see the virtue of films in this genre. Thus, I would like to explain what makes these films unique.

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Tue

29

Sep

2015

On Grief and Grace

by Libbie Steiner

 

 

Though it doesn’t quite befit the warm early autumn air and the excitement that always accompanies the new school year, I have been thinking lately a fair amount about grief. I have also been thinking about grace, and how grief and grace sometimes go hand in hand.

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Tue

29

Sep

2015

Pope Francis Challenges, Comforts, and Encourages America

by Annalise Deal

 

After holding the office of the papacy for just two and a half years, Pope Francis completed his first visit to the US this Sunday. His visit builds on a precedent of modern-day popes visiting the United States, most recently followed by Pope Benedict’s 2008 visit.  However, due to the profound celebrity status of Pope Francis in America, his visit was much more broadly anticipated, and has left Americans with a lot more to talk about.

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Tue

29

Sep

2015

Catholicism 101: Mass of the Holy Spirit

by Libbie Steiner

 

On Thursday, September 10, the Boston College community celebrated the annual Mass of the Holy Spirit. Presided over by University President Fr. William P. Leahy, SJ, and with a homily by School of Theology and Ministry Associate Professor Fr. Thomas Stegman, SJ, the Mass called upon the Holy Spirit to bless the new academic year.

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Tue

29

Sep

2015

Pope Francis Biographer Speaks on the Pope in the United States

by Mary Kate Cahill

 

On September 16, noted Pope Francis biographer Paul Vallely gave a talk at Boston College entitled “The Pope of the Poor in the World’s Richest Nation.” Vallely, an award-winning British journalist who recently published his second book on the pope, Pope Francis: The Struggle for the Soul of Catholicism, was invited to speak by The Jesuit Institute of Boston College. He centered his talk on the Pope’s then upcoming visit to the United States, and what message the Pope would likely leave with Americans.

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Tue

29

Sep

2015

Mass for the Pope’s Safe and Successful Visit

by Kathryn Lieder

 

On Wednesday, September 23 at 5pm, students, faculty, campus ministers, and Jesuits, as well as members of the local community, gathered in St. Mary’s Hall Chapel for a Mass dedicated to praying for Pope Francis’ safe travels while visiting the U.S. Reverend Gustavo Morello, S.J., one of two Argentinian Priests in the area, officiated the Mass. 

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Tue

29

Sep

2015

The Importance of Stories for the Formation of Faith

by Lily Bessette

 

On September 22 in the Murray Function Room of the Yawkey Center, Professor Brian Braman introduced the theme for the Fall 2015 edition of the Church in the 21st Century Center’s publication, Resources. The title of this edition is “Our Faith Our Stories” and it reflects upon “the power of stories to both nurture and share our faith.”

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Tue

29

Sep

2015

Inside Out and the Importance of Suffering

by Annalise Deal

 

Upon watching Disney-Pixar’s newest hit Inside Out this summer, I found myself overcome by the feeling that the producers of this film had portrayed my own experience of consciousness more accurately than any other fictional thing I have watched or read. I left the theater unable to exactly articulate why it seemed so accurate, but upon further reflection I think it was the development of the character of Sadness that led the the film’s overall profundity.

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Tue

29

Sep

2015

New Miracle Could Propel Mother Teresa’s Cause

by Stephanie Madzey

 

Since Mother Teresa’s Beatification in 2003, the Vatican has received numerous messages about potential miracles in which she may have interceded. The newest and most promising case thus far happened in 2008. A man from Santos, Brazil—whose identity has not yet been divulged due to the fact that the investigation looking into whether this was a miracle has not yet been completed—was cured of eight brain abscesses inexplicably.

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Tue

29

Sep

2015

Pope Francis Reforms the Process of Annulments

by Laura McLaughlin

 

Pope Francis recently announced new procedures aimed at reforming the annulment process within the Church. The Church teaches that marriage is sacred and indissoluble. However, there is a process for those marriages which, due to several reasons, are null and void and thus not binding on either of the would-be spouses. A person arguing that their marriage is null and void seeks an annulment, which states that the couple was never truly married in the first place. Situations such as people saying wedding vows under coercion or children being forced to marry by their parents without understanding the Sacrament of Matrimony make for obvious examples of when annulments are granted, but most cases are more complicated and currently require a lengthy process of a number of people reviewing the evidence in favor of and against someone seeking an annulment.

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Tue

29

Sep

2015

New Struggles Arise for Christians in the Middle East

by Armen Grigorian

 

Christians across the Middle East are facing new hardships as the region continues to struggle through turbulent times. According to ETWN News, in Israel, the government has seized land from 58 Christian families living in the Cremisan Valley, which lies on the border between Israel and the West Bank. The Israeli government sees this area as a potential security risk due to recent conflicts regarding the West Bank, and has taken the Christian lands in question so that a wall can be built on the land to reduce any security issues. In addition to the loss of land, Christian schools in Israel are also in danger of disappearing. Despite laws stating that parents have the right for their children to be educated in any faith, the government is reducing funding to Christian schools in a way that threatens their existence. ETWN also said Christian schools in Israel have always only received about 75% of the funding that Jewish ones receive, so parents have been required to pay a small amount of tuition to make up for the difference. With funding now shrinking, parents are being asked to pay an increased cost of tuition, but since many cannot afford this increased cost they are instead opting to remove their children from the Christian schools. The combination of decreased funding and enrollment is threatening the existence of the schools.

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Tue

29

Sep

2015

Saint of the Issue: Pope Saint Gregory the Great

by Peter G. Klapes

 

Pope Saint Gregory the Great, son of Gordiunus, a wealthy Roman Senator, was born around approximately 540 A.D. in Rome. When the Saint was six years old, the Goths captured Rome, marking the beginning of a period of capture and abandonment. Although details of his education are sparse, there exist accounts that laud Gregory’s abilities in rhetoric and dialectic. The Saint’s mother Silvia is honored as a saint, and two of his aunts, Tarsilla and Emiliana have been canonized. It is clear that religion played a significant role in Gregory’s young life.

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Tue

29

Sep

2015

Fresh Eyes

by Andrew Craig


“Excuse me, where is Campion?” “Do you know which direction Bapst is in?” “How can I find McElroy?”

 

A new school year brings with it a brand new freshman class. Yes, these questions do seem to raise a big, maroon and gold flag to upperclassmen, telling us that the person we are talking with is most likely a first year student. However, these are also completely understandable questions.  There is always that desire to never seem like a freshman, even when one is a freshman! 

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Tue

29

Sep

2015

Faith and Comedy

by Laura McLaughlin

 

Catholic comedian Jim Gaffigan is now the star of his own TV series, The Jim Gaffigan Show, which is largely based on his life and even includes one of his sons in the cast of children. Gaffigan is able to create comedy out of the everyday stuff of life- food, family outings, food, child rearing, food, religion, and food- in spectacular fashion. Both in reality and in the show, he and his wife, Jeannie, live in a two-bedroom apartment in Manhattan with their five children. Much of his humor is centered around his struggle as a lazy, gluttonous father of five, thankfully supported by his “wonder-woman” wife who has given birth to all of her children at home. He paraphrases people’s reactions to his lifestyle with a patronizing, “Well that’s one way to live your life.”

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Tue

29

Sep

2015

#DoYourJob

by Gjergji Evangjeli

 

One of the most practical principles of practical philosophy is to seek for truth everywhere and to cling to it wherever it is found. This can be seen plainly in the figure of Socrates in Plato’s writing, who seeks wisdom for almost everyone and seldom leaves without having gained something from it. Faced with this principle and the rather extended streak of the Patriots’ season last year, which ended in February with a Super Bowl victory, what is a Pats fan to do but take some practical wisdom from Bill Belichick? Yes, I realize that this is a bit of a divisive topic, and yes, I know that fans from all other teams would be ready to pillory Belichick and the Patriots as cheaters whenever possible, but if you will not accept his wisdom for the sake of his accomplishments, at least accept it on account of St. Basil, who advises us to be like the bee, which takes in what is good and leaves the rest behind.

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Tue

29

Sep

2015

Moments That Matter

by Natalie Yuhas

           

“It must be a great disappointment to God if we are not dazzled at least ten times a day.” Mary Oliver, Blue Horses: Poems

 

Nothing makes me want to pound my head repeatedly against the desk quite like discussing the question of, “What is art?” So, when the professor posed that question on the first day of one of my English classes, my eyes immediately glazed over as better students than me engaged in a debate with the professor on the purpose of art. I was barely paying attention at all, until the professor projected a Monet painting up on the board that caught my eye.

 

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Tue

29

Sep

2015

The Family: A Home for the Wounded Heart

by Margo Borders

 


Millions of Americans followed Pope Francis’ first visit to the United States last week. Thousands of spectators lined the streets to greet him and listen to his addresses to the country in Washington D.C, New York City, and Philadelphia. The pope remarked on many topics, ranging from poverty and climate change to immigration and the dignity of human life. A message present in all of his communication, however, was the theme of the family.

 

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