Ronald D. Lawler OFM Cap.

Father Ronald D. Lawler, O.F.M. Cap., was one of America’s leading theologians, as well as a teacher and a prolific writer. He died in 2003.

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What Christmas Means: The Truth Is in the Flesh

In some Catholic parishes today, the Nicene Creed is not said. Uninspired liturgical planners simply decided that the Profession of Faith is an excessively long and boring prayer, with too many strange and technical words. It would be better to replace that with a hymn that makes us feel good. But when the Nicene Creed … Read more

Re-informing the Faithful: The Catechism that Completes the Council

One could not easily exaggerate the importance of the Universal Catechism of the Catholic Church. The “Informative Dossier” published by the Editorial Commission to provide background on this catechism, notes what Pope Pius XII said of any good catechism: That small book is itself more valuable than a huge encyclopedia; it contains the truths that … Read more

The Extraordinary Synod: A Symposium

Pope John Paul II is right to insist that the Second  Vatican Council is the great spiritual event of our age. He is right too to declare that we need a new Synod to discuss Vatican II. For we must distinguish the true Vatican II from the impostors, the false-Vatican IIs that have been assailing … Read more

The Twilight of Socialism

Ken Woodward remarks casually that Pope John Paul II is a socialist. This is quite true, if he means that the pope supports some positions that are in some way related to the word social: e.g., that he holds that man is a social being, that the socialization of productive property is in some cases … Read more

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