Why do Catholic churches have statues and icons, when most protestant churches avoid them?

by Fr. George Teodoro, S.J.  |  09/17/2023  |  Why do we do that?

In the Ten Commandments, it says “You shall not make for yourself an idol” (Ex 20:2) and the battle against idolatry was one of the central issues in Hebrew history. In Jewish theology, God is beyond all human comprehension and can not and should not be confined or limited by worshiping an idol, in the way that the Egyptians worshiped a golden calf, or the Philistines or Babylonians worshiped images of clay. Therefore, the use of images is strictly forbidden in the Jewish faith, and likewise in the Muslim faith as well.


Be Generous and Prudent with Parish Commitments

by International Catholic Stewardship Council  |  09/10/2023  |  News

For millions of kids in the Northern Hemisphere, September marks the beginning of school. Little ones bid a teary farewell at the kindergarten door, and college students embark on their first steps towards adulthood. For everyone in between, it’s a time when the lazy days of summer are transformed into a season of routines, schedules and commitments.


Why do we pause at the end of the Our Father for the priest’s prayer, and follow it with “For the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory…”? Why don’t we say the last part when we are praying by ourselves?

by Fr. George Teodoro, S.J.  |  09/03/2023  |  Why do we do that?

The Lord’s Prayer comes to us from the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. In the most ancient versions of these texts, the prayer ends with “deliver us from evil.” Within a couple of centuries, however, later versions of the Gospels, along with other ancient liturgical documents record the addition of the Doxology (“For the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory are yours, now and forever”). For almost 1900 years, then, there has been a debate about whether those additional words belong in the Our Father prayer.