Brother Louis de Montfort Nguyen, a Benedictine at Mount Angel Abbey, is a trained medical doctor who now teaches seminarians that faith and science enliven one another and are both true.
ST. BENEDICT — With the regrettable exception of the Galileo case, the Catholic Church has accepted and supported scientific research and discovery for centuries.
Modern science emerged and was sustained in a Catholic culture. Some of the great scientists of the Renaissance and Enlightenment were clerics and religious, including the Franciscan friar Roger Bacon. A priest invented genetics.
Oregon tends to lead the pack in causes favored by some wings of the political left — legal abortion, assisted suicide, gay marriage, recreational marijuana.
Some fear that next on the progressive docket could be tax exemption for churches and the right of church agencies to operate according to their ancient beliefs, especially in the dignity of life and marriage.
WASHINGTON — The military operation to liberate the Iraqi city of Mosul from the Islamic State group is not the only solution needed to get life back to normal, said Iraqi Archbishop Bashar Warda of Irbil.
Catholic Relief Services and Mount Angel Seminary have formed a partnership to cultivate a deeper concern for the impoverished and disadvantaged overseas within the minds and hearts of one-day priests.
NEW YORK — When Donald Trump stepped over yet another invisible line of the contentious presidential race Oct. 20, many of the 1,500 people at 71st annual dinner of the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation broke historic precedent to boo him.
LAGOS, Nigeria — Three Catholic leaders welcomed the release of some of the girls kidnapped in 2014 from a school in Chibok and urged the Nigerian government to prioritize the release of the remaining girls.
VATICAN CITY — When a choir director and parish priest differ over liturgical music, the choir should follow in good faith the wishes of the priest for the sake of unity, said the papal liturgist. When it comes to celebrating the liturgy, "we should never fight," Msgr. Guido Marini told choir members, directors and priests. "Otherwise, we distort the very nature" of what the people of God should be doing during the Mass, which is seeking to be "one body before the Lord."
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis' recent insistence on "walking ecumenism," the notion that Christians will draw closer to each other as they work together to help the poor, should resonate well with Lutherans and Catholics in Sweden.