Reconciliation – Walking Together Again

Dear Theologika, Why has the Church changed the name of the Sacrament of Penance (Confession) to Reconciliation? Isn’t it supposed to be about doing penance to make up for our sins? Mary Dear Mary, The sacrament of Reconciliation has a long history, dating back...

Crucifix or Cross?

Dear Theologika, Why do Catholics typically have a crucifix in their homes and churches rather than crosses? Just Wondering Dear Wondering, For Catholics, the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus are all part of the mystery of salvation, the Paschal Mystery. No part...

What is the Domestic Church?

Dear Theologika, I heard someone refer to the domestic church. What is it? Wondering Dear Wondering, The domestic church is the church in your home. We often think that prayer, worship, and acts of charity and justice happen only outside our home in the wider church...

Why all the bother about social justice?

Dear Theologika, Why is there all this bother about social justice? I’m a good Catholic. I go to Mass and confession and say my prayers. Why do I need to worry about social justice too? Perplexed in the Pews Dear Perplexed, When Jesus was asked what the greatest...