Articles by Joel Davidson

TONIGHT: Parishioners to hear from archbishop & weigh in on issues facing the church

In an ongoing effort to put his finger on the pulse of the Catholic Church in Alaska, Anchorage Archbishop Paul Etienne is continuing a series of listening sessions at parishes across Southcentral Alaska. The next session is Tuesday, March 20, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Anchorage. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. and Catholics from across the archdiocese are welcome to attend.

‘Catholic Middle Earth’ gatherings in Anchorage

The aim of the gatherings is to journey into Middle earth in order to discover the Catholic beauty that Tolkien interwove into his famous trilogy. Tolkien considered the book to be a great way to prepare people for the Gospel. He once said of the work: “The Lord of the Rings is of course a fundamentally religious and Catholic work; unconsciously so at first, but consciously in the revision.”

Alaska bishops highlight dignity, sanctity of human life as key to moral teachings

Alaska’s bishops released a pastoral letter affirming that all Catholic moral teachings stem from the foundational belief in the dignity and sanctity of every human life. From this flows the church’s affirmation of marriage as between one man and one woman, the rational for religious freedom, the role of chastity in human relationships, and the church’s teaching on human sexuality.

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