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Trump administration moves to define “gender” as “male or female, unchangeable,” based on biology and genetics


My Evangelical teachers always warned me against Mary — yet somehow, without meaning to, they trained me to love her...


5 writers at the National Review weigh in on Pope Francis and the crisis...


This is the front line of Saudi Arabia’s invisible war in Yemen...


One dead in armed assault on house of Cardinal Norberto Rivera in Mexico City...


How to tell if you’ve really encountered a ghost...
Philip Kosloski
Often we will hear from family or friends that they saw a “ghost,” or we may have even seen something supernatural. Was it truly a ghost? Here are some initial guidelines for discernment. Feelings of peace and joy, according to St. Ignatius of Loyola, are signs of God and his angels, Loyola wrote, “it is proper to God and to his Angels in their movements to give true spiritual gladness and joy...


No cross, no crown: A homily for the the 29th Sunday of the Year...


10 signs you might be a Catholic convert...


Moscow's veto on Catholic/Orthodox dialogue may be slipping away...


Barcelona’s Sagrada Família Basilica to pay $41 million after going without a building permit since 1882...


Trump administration to strengthen religious liberty rules on birth control, homosexuality...


Archbishop Viganò responds to Cardinal Ouellet’s letter with new testimony...
Edward Pentin
Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò issued a third testimony today, the feast of the North American Martyrs, which we publish in full below, with a link below it to Cardinal Ouellet's letter of Oct. 7. He begins by saying, To bear witness to the corruption in the hierarchy of the Catholic Church was a painful decision for me, and remains so...


‘Gosnell’ strikes nerve with moviegoers despite shoestring budget, lack of media attention...


Bitter news with roots 1,000 years old: Russian Orthodox Church cuts ties with Bartholomew...
Terry Mattingly
Anyone who has studied the history of Orthodox Christianity knows the details of this story, as well as arguments about its signifigance. As the first Christian millennium was drawing to a close, something big happened among the East Slavic and Finnic tribes of Europe. As always, the change involved economics, culture, military might and...


The Bosnians who speak medieval Spanish...


What if the perfect happiness of Heaven is the End?
John Clark
When my son Athanasius was eight years old, his batting average for the baseball season was over .900. To be more specific for you baseball neophytes, he made a total of one out in an entire season of batting. And so, for a few years, he and I both dreamed of the major leagues in his future. On the way to baseball practice one day...


In the East there is a rupture between Kirill and Bartholomew — and the Pope sides more with Kirill...
Sandro Magister
On the military terrain, the conflict between Russia and Ukraine continues at low intensity. But on the religious terrain, the clash has reached its peak. On October 15, the patriarchate of Moscow “and all Rus” broke off Eucharistic communion with the ecumenical patriarch of Constantinople, led respectively by patriarchs Kirill and Bartholomew...


Feds open new clergy abuse probe in Pennsylvania...

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Ukrainian Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk has a message for his Western counterparts about married priests: “Not so fast!”...
John Allen
So far there really haven’t been any great political battles during this month’s Synod of Bishops on young people, but when another group of 300 bishops or so gathers in Rome next year for a summit on the Amazonian region, some forecasts call for tension around a long-standing flashpoint in Catholic debate: Married priests. Priest shortages are often terribly acute in parts of the Amazon...


Is the Vatican’s agreement with China a deal with the devil?
David Mulroney
Catholics inside China, and beyond, are waiting anxiously as the details of a recent agreement between the Vatican and Beijing slowly emerge. These discussions, which are about the mutual recognition of Chinese bishops, are important because they could close a rupture that has, since the 1950s, separated the underground Catholic Church...


Reflections on Archbishop Viganò’s courageous third letter...
Msgr. Charles Pope
As I finished reading Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò’s third letter, I had an immediate sense that I had just read something that is destined to be one of the great pastoral and literary moments of the Church’s history. There was an air of greatness about it that I cannot fully describe. I was stunned at its soteriological quality — at its stirring and yet stark reminder of our own judgment day...


Pope’s Sunday Angelus: ‘God chooses an uncomfortable throne, the Cross, from which he reigns’...


Synod stirred by tales of contemporary anti-Christian persecution...


Why February 21 is such a curious date for the Vatican meeting on sex abuse...
Fr. Regis Scanlon
The Bishops Conferences of the World will gather to meet with Pope Francis about clergy sexual abuse on Feb. 21, 2019, the feast day of St. Peter Damian, Doctor of the Church. It is an intriguing date to begin this discussion because 1,000 years ago, St. Peter Damian also faced the widespread reality of rampant sexual sins among clergy and monks spilling over into the culture and poisoning it...


“We are spiritually anemic”: Why abandoning sacramental life is the root of all problems in the Church...


What’s the problem with pot?
Chris Stefanick
When you smoke weed, are you living life to the full?


McCarrick scandal spotlights bishops’ appointment process...


From regular parish to Amazing Parish: Pat Lencioni, John Martin and team are making it happen...


Obama administration dodged state laws to get minors illegal abortions, court papers reveal...


Will Pakistan execute a 53-year-old woman for being Christian? (WSJ paywall)...


‘I believe the Lord wants a change in the Church’: The Pope’s private dialogue with the Jesuits in the Baltics...


Federal agents serve subpoenas to Pennsylvania Catholic dioceses...


Keep working for the Kingdom despite human failures...


29th Sunday of Ordinary Time — His life as a ransom for many...
John Bergsma
The First Reading for this Lord’s Day is personally very significant to me, because it caused me to be disturbed as a young man, and even contributed to a bout of depression I had. When I was in college, a group of Messianic (Christian) Jewish singers called “The Liberated Wailing Wall” came to my home church to put on a concert...


Think professors are liberal? Try school administrators...


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