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About Fr. C.J. McCloskey

Father C. John McCloskey, III, STD is a priest of the Prelature of Opus Dei and Research Fellow, Faith and Reason Institute, Washington DC. From 1985-1990, he served as a Princeton University chaplain; 1998-2002, Director, Catholic Information Center, Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. and is known for guiding Dr. Bernard Nathanson, Lawrence Kudlow, Robert Novak, Judge Robert Bork, Senator Sam Brownback, Alfred Regnery and General Josiah Bunting into the Church. His articles, reviews, and doctoral thesis, have been published in major Catholic and secular periodicals, including Catholic World Report, First Things, L'Osservatore Romano, the Sacred Architecture Journal, Wall Street Journal, National Catholic Register, Washington Times, Washington Post, New York Times, Chronicles, and ACIPRENSA. Fr. John has worked in radio and television including EWTN (hosting various series on Cardinal Newman, Thomas More, Catholic authors, Ecclesial Movements, the role of the laity in the Church, and Church history), has been a Papal trip commentator and commentator on network television, satellite and cable channels, including CNN, CNBC and Fox News. He is co-author (with Russell Shaw) of Good News, Bad News: Evangelization, Conversion, and the Crisis of Faith, co-editor of "The Essential Belloc" and is a principal essay contributor to Cardinal Newman Society's "How to Choose a Catholic College". A native of Washington, D.C., he has a degree in Economics from Columbia University (1975). After working professionally on Wall Street, he studied in Rome and Spain, where he received a doctorate in Theology with a specialty in Church History. Ordained in Spain in 1981, he has spent much pastoral work counseling university students, fellow priests, offering spiritual direction and preaching retreats. He serves as an advisor to Christendom College, the Mary Foundation, Cardinal Newman Society, and Ave Maria Single Catholics Online, and was U.S. representative for the ecclesiastical faculties of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome and the University of Navarre in Pamplona, Spain from 1984-2003. An avid squash player, he's a member of the U.S. Squash Racquets Association.

Why did Jesus die?

May 31, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. McCloskey, Redemption

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We are taught to believe as Catholic Christians Jesus died for our sins,” yet that is not the reason he was killed.  He was killed by the Jews because he was a threat and a heretic, and by the Romans who saw him as threat to their own authority. Why are we taught as we are? Good question—which I will now try to answer to your satisfaction. But first let me back up a bit and run through some of... Read More

Why does God only forgive when we repent?

September 12, 2012 by  
Filed under Forgiveness, Fr. McCloskey

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Dear Father McCloskey, why does God only forgive after we repent and turn back to Him, while we are asked to forgive regardless of whether or not the “offending” person asks for our forgiveness and repents? Dear Sister in Christ, you are not alone in your perplexity: I have wrestled with this question myself. The answer simply is that we owe God everything, including our life and redemption and... Read More