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Pope’s Sunday Angelus: ‘In having children, parents are collaborators of God’


Sometimes, a pope just can't help being the pope...
John Allen
Late this week, news broke of a fairly dramatic papal intervention in an important archdiocese in India. Through the Vatican’s Congregation for Oriental Churches, Pope Francis has essentially decapitated the sitting cardinal there and imposed his own administrator, charging him with getting to the bottom of a mushrooming financial scandal and also dealing with toxic divisions among the clergy...


Video: Amazing tornado passes right in front of this guy...


In defense of the book...
Sean Fitzpatrick
The quality of education is closely connected to the quality of reading, a thing threatened in the age of screens. The question of book or Nook, of novel or Kindle, of ink or e-ink, is a real question these days. The dichotomy is based upon the difference between the physical and digital experience of reading—and it is a difference that can make all the difference in education...


What Would Mary Write? It’s got a nice ring to it...


Ex-president of Ireland says baptism violates human rights, creates "infant conscripts"...


Ex-Vatican diplomat found guilty of child porn charges...


Vatican investigates after receiving ‘hundreds of complaints’ about Memphis bishop’s autocratic style...


Thoughts on the King of the Jungle and the World Council of Churches...


On papal flight, Francis says intercommunion policy should be decided by diocesan bishops...


If you want to bring Romans 13 into a conversation, read the whole chapter first...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
The upside of Attorney General Jeff Sessions using Paul’s Letter to the Romans to defend the administration’s policy of family separation at the border was that people might go read the Bible for a moment. Or so was my prayer. He and others were quoting Romans 13 to emphasize the need for people to obey laws. Of course, there were many things wrong with this...


As a reporter in Washington, DC, I knew about Cardinal McCarrick but couldn't do anything. Here's why...
Julia Duin
On Election Day 2008, I was not following the historic election of Barack Obama to the presidency. Instead, I was meeting up with a priest. At the time, I was religion editor for the Washington Times. The documents he gave me were sensational. At first I thought it was about a priest who’d been forced out of the priesthood because he’d been caught fondling two teen-aged boys...


Catholic writer Thomas Craughwell, ‘faithful storyteller’, dies at 61...


On hypocrisy and its cure...


How poetry can save us in our age of superficiality...


With a cardinal’s fall, the crisis returns home...
Rocco Palmo
With the specter of sex-abuse returned to the fore with a vengeance across the Catholic world, the story's mounting American angle has suddenly yielded a historic, shocking development: early Wednesday, the archdiocese of New York announced that the Holy See had removed Cardinal Theodore McCarrick from all public ministry following a 47 year-old allegation of abusing a minor during his days as a priest in the city...


Were Chris Pratt’s ‘9 rules for living’ on MTV news or not?
Terry Mattingly
There are many ways to calculate who is a "player" in Hollywood and who is not. However, Chris Pratt has to near the top of any current list of performers whose name on a marquee will inspire millions of ordinary Americans to shell out cash for movie tickets. Where would Hollywood be, in the summer of 2018, without his clout at the box office...


What is an apostle? (Hint: Pay attention to the boats in the New Testament)...
Taylor Marshall
Our Lord Jesus Christ founded a New Israel with Himself as Davidic King and with Twelve Apostles initiating the new Twelve Tribes of Israel. This is the Messianic Kingdom of the Church. As one who connects the Old Testament features to Catholic dogma, I’ve always been painfully aware that the term “apostle” doesn’t have a slick connection to Old Testament kingdom language...

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4 aspects of the life and ministry of St. John the Baptist...
Msgr. Charles Pope
We briefly step out of the “green” of Ordinary Time to celebrate the birth of the last prophet of the Old Testament, St. John the Baptist. In so doing, we not only commemorate a great prophet of history, but we also consider the office of prophet itself, one to which we are summoned by our baptism. As we consider John the Baptist...


12 facts about WWII Japanese-American internment in the United States...


Abortion vs. Immigration: Don’t take the bait...


3 useful sacramentals to have in your briefcase or purse...
Philip Kosloski
Sacramentals are meant to enrich our spiritual lives, reminding us of God wherever we are in the world. They have been instituted by the Church to draw us into a deeper relationship with Christ and are focused on sanctifying every part of our lives. Sacramentals are extensions of the seven sacraments and bring the grace of God into everything that we do...


Jordan Peterson on Cain and Abel...
Chris Kaczor
Spurred by social comparison, Cain and Abel represent rival responses to the suffering inherent in the human condition following the rise of self-consciousness. Abel’s suffering leads to his self-development as a warrior. Cain’s suffering leads to envy, malevolence, and murder. This essay explicates and develops Peterson’s interpretation of the story...


Separating immigrant children? Stupid and ugly. The anger it sparked was warranted...
Archbishop Charles Chaput
Last month, acting on a new “zero tolerance” White House policy toward immigrants illegally entering the country, the Justice Department determined that all persons detained illegally crossing the border should be prosecuted as criminals. But many undocumented immigrants travel as families. They arrive with children, and a 1997 court decree (the Flores settlement) forbids the detention of minors...


Did whiskey really taste better in the 1800s? We wanted to know, so we ran an experiment...


Birth of a glorious failure: The Nativity of St. John the Baptist...
John Bergsma
This Sunday we celebrate the birth of John the Baptist, a great saint and biblical character who led a very difficult life and ministry. In hindsight, the conflict that led to his demise and martyrdom has a strangely modern ring to it: he was jailed by Herod Antipas for speaking out on marriage (Mark 6:17-18). Specifically, John the Baptist held to the principle of one man...


How crazy is it to encourage the mentally ill to kill themselves?


How did Cardinal McCarrick’s secret last so long?
Phil Lawler
At least fifteen years ago, I wrote a confidential email message to a few trusted friends, telling them to brace themselves. Within a few days, I said, a major secular newspaper would break a sensational story about Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. To my surprise, the newspaper never ran the story—which finally came out today.


Pope flies to Geneva for the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches...


Cardinal McCarrick: Everybody knew...
Rod Dreher
Remember how, after Harvey Weinstein was busted as a serial sexual abuser, it emerged that a whole lot of people knew this about Weinstein, but never said anything about it? The same thing is true about Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was outed today (by the Catholic Church) as having sexually abused a minor years ago. I had never heard that McCarrick abused minors...


Around the world, people have surprisingly modest notions of the 'ideal' life...


What did the Vatican know about Cardinal McCarrick and when did it know it?


I have been waiting for the Cardinal McCarrick molestation story to break since 2002...


Since its debut 20 years ago, ‘Sex and the City’ has been hurting women with its profoundly unrealistic view of the world...


Cardinal McCarrick investigated for sexual abuse of minor in NY; ‘multiple incidents with adults’ surface in NJ...


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