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Pope’s Sunday Angelus: ‘Brothers and sisters, have courage! With God, No sin has the last word...’


Beyond the U.S., the Top Five countries for beefs with the Pope...
John Allen
Responding to a mini-fracas set off by his recent declaration that he considers it “an honor when Americans are attacking me,” Pope Francis told reporters during an inflight news conference Tuesday that the U.S. is not his only source of heartburn. “Criticism comes not only from the Americans, they’re coming from all over...


Crazy! A homily for the 24th Sunday of the Year...
Msgr. Charles Pope
The three parables in this Sunday’s lengthy Gospel challenge conventional thinking. They describe people doing things that we most likely would not do. All three of them – especially the first two – seem crazy. Who would ever do what the shepherd of the lost sheep does or what the woman with the lost coin does? Probably no one...


Against all odds, Pope Francis has made Synods of Bishops interesting...


Vatican shoots down German synod plans as ‘not ecclesiologically valid’...


Rattled by what’s happening in the Church? Shake it off and get to work. This is the time God chose for us...
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
I know that many of you readers are upset by what is going on in the Church. May I repeat some advice? Remember that Popes come and go. There are good Popes and bad Popes, important Popes and forgettable Popes. Men pick them, not the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit’s role in their election is to make sure that the Pope isn’t a disaster for the Church...


Pope to launch global educational pact next year...
Inés San Martín
Pope Francis is inviting world leaders and young people to come together at the Vatican on May 14, 2020, for a an event called “Reinventing the Global Educational Alliance.” “Never before has there been such need to unite our efforts in a broad educational alliance, to form mature individuals capable of overcoming division and antagonism...


The Real Presence: Knowing what we are doing...


The Book Thief of Monastery Mountain...


3 reasons for humility...


Concerning a certain (ahem) pastural problem...


She arrived a tourist. The Greek island’s beauty inspired her to become an Orthodox nun...


Seattle archbishop will not live in mansion: ‘I am a pastor, not a prince’...


Pope returns to Vatican after apostolic journey to Africa...


Pray for priests! (Part 3): Pope knocks “young, rigid priests,” says “they are afraid of everything” [but he also warns about deacons acting like “pseudo-priests”]...


Video: Man receives Holy Communion, puts Host in pocket, walks away...
Deacon Greg Kandra
That appears to be exactly what happened in the video below, posted on Twitter last week. It’s unclear where or when this was taken. But it’s gotten a lot of attention and generated a fair amount of comment. You can see it for yourself here. It’s pretty outrageous, any way you slice it. But I have questions.


Reimagining the Beatitudes...


The Salt Lake Tribune’s hit piece on a Catholic priest departed from that newspaper’s typically evenhanded coverage...
Julia Duin
I’m used to good journalism coming from the Salt Lake Tribune, including news on the religion beat. That’s why a recent story posted about a Catholic priest’s new parish assignment has me wondering if reporters ever leave their desks these days to do actual shoe-leather reporting. The piece I’m singling out could have been — and probably was — done exclusively over the phone...

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Australian justice in the dock...
George Weigel
Consider this sequence of events, familiar to some but evidently not to others: March 2013: Prior to any credible reports of misbehavior being made against Cardinal George Pell, police in Australia’s state of Victoria launch “Operation Tethering,” a sting aimed at the former archbishop of Melbourne (who by this time is prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for the economy...


Believers must face this: All kinds of people wrestle with depression and suicide...
Terry Mattingly
This week’s “Crossroads” podcast about the death of the Rev. Jarrid Wilson (click here to tune that in) was not business as usual. Here is my original GetReligion post on this topic: “Symbolic details too painful for words: Shocking death of Jarrid Wilson stunned us all.” For me, this topic got personal really quick. First...


New details emerge about Bishop Michael Bransfield’s corruption — $1 million spent on private jets while 20 parishes and schools were closed or cut off...


Our strengths are often our struggles...


The Pope’s use of the ‘s-word’ means he understands the stakes...


For the Vatican, grasping the universal often rests on the (Italian) local...


Cardinal Raymond Burke, Bishop Athanasius Schneider announce ‘Crusade of Prayer and Fasting’ for Amazonian synod...
Edward Pentin
Cardinal Raymond Burke and Bishop Athanasius Schneider have issued an eight-page declaration warning against six “serious theological errors and heresies” they say are contained in the Amazonian Synod working document, and calling for prayer and fasting to prevent them being approved. Cardinal Burke, patron of the Sovereign Order of Malta...


Sister Jess Lambert: She gave up an engineering career to become a nun...


There are no teachers...
Mark Langley
At the outset of a new academic year those of us who have the privilege of working with students in that mysterious process that we call ‘education,’ are again confronted with the question about how we might succeed a little better in the new year than we all did in the previous one. Unfortunately, the teaching profession is markedly different from every other profession in one prominent way: It is not safe to assume that a teacher will improve with experience...


Pope says open criticism is welcome, but warns against schism as “ideology separated from doctrine”...


Pray for priests! (Part 1): In video, priest says deacons are “saying Mass” in Amazon region [but note: his claim of papal approval is hearsay, and contradicted by Pope’s strong words on Sept. 7]...
Sandro Magister
For a few days a video has been circulating on the web in which an Italian priest of the highest rank, among those closest to Jorge Mario Bergoglio, says that in the Amazon the celebration of the Mass by married deacons is already a de facto reality, authorized by the local bishops. And Pope Francis, informed of the matter, is alleged to have said:”Go ahead...


Pray for priests! (Part 2): Writer Massimo Faggioli retweets “deacons saying Mass” video, says “the Church of the priests is ending...”...


Should Catholic women preach at Mass? Here’s a better question...
Pia de Solenni
Catholics who have sat through enough bad homilies can find it difficult to understand why the church does not allow women (or laymen) to preach about the good news at Mass. We all know women who are knowledgeable in the Catholic faith and who could probably give a more engaging homily than Father who is struggling through his fourth Mass of the weekend...


“Don’t be afraid of Confession” — Priest reveals how one powerful photo changed his life forever...


The University and the Church...
R. Jared Staudt
A collection of essays written by my mentor, Dr. Don Briel, was just released by Cluny Media. I was privileged to assemble and edit this collection, unified by the theme of the University and the Church, particularly the needed renewal of the university through the influence of the Catholic tradition. Briel founded the first Catholic Studies program to initiate a renewal through smaller...


The Christian family’s unique relationship with Christ...


Cardinal Dolan considering options over scandal-hit Buffalo diocese...


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