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First Things: Letter to an Aspiring Priest

For a Catholic young man who is fervent in his faith, it’s a normal and reasonable thing to think seriously about being a priest, and rightly so. The truth is, if you have a calling to the priesthood you should gladly embrace it, because it’s an extraordinary vocation. It’s sad that more young men don’t consider it seriously and accept the calling.

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Elliot Milco: Bringing a Dominican Education to First Things

Mr. Elliot Milco (MA ’13) is Deputy Editor of First Things magazine. Born and raised in Chicago, he came into the Catholic Church through the Dominican parish of St. Mary’s in New Haven, Connecticut, while studying at Yale University.

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First Things: Ad Orientem and Absolutism

Ad Orientem and Absolutism By Fr. Charles Shonk, O.P.   Shortly after Cardinal Sarah made a mess and, Francis-like, sparked some uncomfortable dialogue in the Church, I spoke with a priest of my acquaintance whose thoughts on liturgical orientation I couldn’t have predicted. A smart, practical padre in his mid-fifties, he’s known to have zero

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First Things: Saints Marching in the Streets

Saints Marching in the Streets By Br. Jordan Zajac, O.P.   It was supposed to be a peaceful demonstration. Their numbers swelled to fifty thousand by the time they took to the streets. The large assembly drew the ire of supporters of the opposing party, who shouted and antagonized them. Fights broke out. As police

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First Things: Pope Francis, Yves Congar, & True Reform

“Austen Ivereigh describes Pope Francis’ various reforms in light of the work of Dominican theologian Yves Congar and his influence on the Holy Father’s thought. According to Ivereigh, Congar had a decisive impact on Pope Francis, specifically in his views on church reform as delineated in his 1950 book True and False Reform in the Church.

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