St. Athanasius is the man we need

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | May 02, 2018

On today's feast of St. Athanasius—the bishop who corrected a serious error prevalent among his fellow bishops—the first reading at Mass recounts the preparation for the Council of Jerusalem—at which the disciples persuaded St. Peter (and others) to change a policy that was dividing the Christian community. Enough said. St. Athanasius, pray for us today!

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: dover beachcomber - May. 05, 2018 11:25 PM ET USA

    Unless and until God sends a 21st-century Athanasius, maybe we should *all* try to be Athanasius. After all, isn’t this supposed to be the Age of the Laity? Wouldn’t it be grand if the barque of Peter righted itself this time not through the extraordinary heroism of one man, but the modest heroism of millions of ordinary Catholics who know their Faith and won’t settle for a counterfeit?