The seventh commandment forbids acts or enterprises that for any reason— selfish or ideological, commercial, or totalitarian— lead to the enslavement of human beings, to their being bought, sold and exchanged like merchandise, in disregard for their personal dignity. It is a sin against the dignity of persons and their fundamental rights to reduce them by violence to their productive value or to a source of profit.
Author Archives: Fr. Stephanos Pedrano, O.S.B.
Prayer Readies Us for Justice and Service
Following the example of Christ, Christians who fight injustice are also to be men and women of prayer.
It Is Gospel Truth to Speak Ill of the Dead
As archbishop, Weakland condemned and threatened teachers who reported priests were sexually abusing children.
The Works of Mercy as “The Narrow Gate”
“Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.”
Someone’s Weaving and Sewing Turned White as the Light of Heaven
The Transfiguration of the Lord. “Lord, it is good that we are here.”
The Original Second Sin: Blaming Others for the First One
A man blaming women for his sin is a game as old as sin, Adam’s sin.
Hers Is Not the Only Feast on July 6
Among the many saints whose day is July 6, there is one who abandoned Catholicism and then came back.
Beyond Both Failure and Faithfulness
When Jesus died, his apostolic Church was a failure.
Everything That the Father Has Is Mine
By the loving will of the Father, the Spirit breathes anew within us when we eat and drink the Body and Blood of the Son, and so each of us can live, show, and say what Jesus says: “Everything that the Father has is mine.”
Tearing Down Paul’s Subjection of Wives to Their Husbands
A man, a husband, must subject himself to the Church’s teaching that a woman, his wife, “represents God from whom comes our help.”