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What is scandal?

Edouard Manet Olympia Scandal

By Fr John Flader I have been confused for quite some time as to exactly what scandal is and whether it is a sin. For example, we say that a person was scandalised, or that someone’s behaviour was scandalous, or that someone gave scandal. Is there sin in any of this? As you say, we use the word scandal in ... Read More »

A sacred action surpassing all others

Vatican II 2013-11-29

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Bishops’ Commission for Liturgy has released this document  – “A sacred action surpassing all others” – on the Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy Sacrosanctum Concilium.    “Zeal for the promotion and restoration of the liturgy is rightly held to be a sign of the providential dispositions of God in our time, a ... Read More »

Keeping secrets

Keeping Secrets

By Fr John Flader A girl friend recently told me something in secret and I feel that if I don’t tell someone else, harm could come to her or possibly others. Can I tell someone what she told me? I will first give the general teaching on secrets and then answer your question. By a secret we understand the knowledge ... Read More »

Is it easy to avoid Purgatory?

Purgatory - PiA DiStefano

By Fr John Flader I have always thought that it is not easy to go straight to heaven when we die, but recently a friend argued, based on the Summa Theologica of St Thomas Aquinas, that the Anointing of the Sick removes all our temporal punishment and, in any case, there is a plenary indulgence at the moment of death ... Read More »

NET of faith covers 25 years

NET of faith covers 25 years

YOUNG Catholics who served on NET Ministries Australia this year celebrate 25 years of sharing God’s work in their lives with young people around the southern hemisphere. National Evangelisation Teams (NET)  Ministries began with one team in 1988 working in five dioceses during a three-month pilot program. Since then, the peer-to-peer Catholic youth ministry has established teams in more than ... Read More »

The Eucharistic miracle of Lanciano


By Fr John Flader I have been fascinated by your account of the Eucharistic miracles of Buenos Aires and Poland. What is the connection, if any, between these miracles and the one of Lanciano in Italy? The common thread in these Eucharistic miracles, as well as in the many others that have taken place throughout the centuries, is the fact ... Read More »

The natural law

Paul romans

By Fr John Flader I am studying law and, although we haven’t studied the natural law, I have always believed in it. Recently in discussing it with some friends, one of them said the idea of the natural law was an invention of medieval Catholic theologians. Is this true? It is most certainly not true. The concept of the natural ... Read More »

Another Eucharistic miracle

Miracle of Sokolka

By Fr John Flader I read with great interest your column on the Eucharistic miracle that Pope Francis approved when he was a bishop in Buenos Aires in 1996. Now a friend tells me there has been another miracle in Poland with similar scientific findings. Do you know anything about it? The miracle took place in 2008 in the town ... Read More »

Who wrote the Gospel of Matthew?

Caravaggio - St-Matthew

By Fr John Flader I am a confused Scripture teacher. Having taught that Matthew the Apostle wrote the first Gospel, I find in a new Bible that “It is generally accepted by scholars today that the author of the first Gospel was not the Apostle Matthew … but a second generation Christian…” Who is right? And was the Gospel written ... Read More »

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