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Danneels, Rodríguez, Peña, Ricca: The 'wrong people' Francis can't get rid of...  

Ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick is not the only wrong person on whom Francis bet. Because at least three others can be pointed out, in the upper levels of the hierarchy, each one tied with double thread to the changes that this pope wants to introduce into the Church. Francis too had known for some time about McCarrick's bad conduct...

what do you think?

2018-10-14 12:15:50



What does Heaven cost? A homily for the 28th Sunday of the Year.....  

A rich man asks Jesus, Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life? Though his question is a good one, it is problematic because he couches it in terms of his own personal power and achievement. He wonders what he himself must do to attain eternal life. The problem is that none of us has the holiness, the spiritual wealth...

what do you think?

2018-10-14 11:23:35



Go with God, Cardinal Wuerl...  

On this significant day for the Archdiocese of Washington and the universal Church, I want you to know that I receive the news of the Holy Father's acceptance of Cardinal Donald Wuerl's resignation with mixed feelings. I hope you will understand that he has been a spiritual Father to me since 2006 when he came to Washington as our Archbishop...

what do you think?

2018-10-14 06:35:26



“The key to discernment”: How realizing the beauty of Eucharistic devotion led this man to seminary...  

Throughout the entirety of my conscious existence, I had the greatest gift anyone could ask for, yet it took me many years to realize it. For much of my Catholic upbringing, I never understood the significance of what my family and I were doing each Sunday at Mass. I was accustomed to sitting, standing and kneeling at various points throughout the celebration...

what do you think?

2018-10-14 04:55:39



Do you have some well-mannered demons secretly living in your heart?  

In the battle for our souls, we have to be especially on guard against the "well-mannered" demons, says Pope Francis. The pope said this today during his morning homily at Casa Santa Marta, drawing from today's Gospel passage that explains the work of the devil, and particularly, how he goes out and finds seven demons to bring back to the soul he had formerly possessed...

what do you think?

2018-10-14 04:37:32



Pope Francis canonizes 7 new saints, including Pope Paul VI, Archbishop Óscar Romero...  

"Jesus is radical," Pope Francis said in his homily at the canonization of Pope Paul VI, Oscar Romero, and five other new saints. "He gives all and he asks all: he gives a love that is total and asks for an undivided heart," the pope told the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square Oct. 14. Christ "gives himself to us as the living bread; can we give him crumbs in exchange...

what do you think?

2018-10-14 03:51:44



The secularization of Christ: A case study...  

Yesterday, in my seismographic essay on the Youth Synod, I argued that the crisis of the Church today was rooted in the secularization of Catholicism, that is, the secularization of the message of Christ in ways that please our dominant culture. "This is why," I wrote, "so many Churchmen today find their moral high ground in the purification of the environment rather than in the purification of our bodies...

what do you think?

2018-10-14 03:31:29



Homily at Mass of Canonization of Sts. Paul VI, Óscar Romero and 5 Others...  

The second reading tells us that "the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword. It really is: God's word is not merely a set of truths or an edifying spiritual account; no - it is a living word that touches our lives, that transforms our lives. There, Jesus in person, the living Word of God, speaks to our hearts...

what do you think?

2018-10-14 02:34:30



Donatism and Pennsylvania: How an ancient controversy can help Catholics today...  

While at lunch with a friend, he shared this part of his recent struggle with the Church. A millennial, a practicing Catholic, a man actively involved in the Church. He's a man I know to be marked with a great faith. Nevertheless, the recent Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report shook him to the core. A man who communicated God's saving grace to his family is part of this mess...

what do you think?

2018-10-14 02:25:40



Meet the 5 other blesseds who are being canonized this weekend...  

Bl. Paul VI, the supreme pontiff from 1963 to 1978, will be canonized on 14 October 2018. He authored seven encyclicals in his first five years as pope. Humanae Vitae which caused much debate and controversy among Catholics would be his last with another ten years in the Chair of St. Peter.

what do you think?

2018-10-13 06:36:47



Announcement by Eastern Orthodoxy's Ecumenical Patriarch ratchets up dispute with Moscow...  

A long-simmering dispute between two of the world's leading Orthodox Churches got ratcheted up this week when the Ecumenical Patriarch, considered "first among equals" among the leaders of Orthodoxy, renewed a decision to grant Ukrainian Orthodox faithful ecclesiastical independence from the Russian Orthodox Church.

what do you think?

2018-10-13 02:23:26



These are the roots of Modernism...  

One of the advantages of preparing for Triumphs and Tragedies- my podcast series on the Catholic Church- has been the opportunity to get the big picture. You can really understand where you are if you understand where you've come from. The current division and debate within the Catholic Church had not come out of nowhere...

what do you think?

2018-10-13 01:59:47



Cardinal O'Malley expands sex abuse investigation to include all Boston seminaries...  

The Archdiocese of Boston announced Thursday that it is expanding its sex abuse investigation to include all three of its seminaries. The investigation will now include Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary and Redemptoris Mater Seminary, along with St. John's Seminary, which has been under investigation since August after two of its seminarians filed abuse claims...

what do you think?

2018-10-13 01:12:48



What conscience dreads and prayer dares not ask...  

The Collect (Opening Prayer) for this week's Masses (27th Week of the Year), though directed to God, teaches us that our prayer is not always about things with which we are comfortable. It sometimes leads us to examine areas of our life in which we struggle with sin or we struggle to desire to be free of sin. Here is the prayer...

what do you think?

2018-10-12 13:06:30



Justice Kavanaugh's first test on abortion comes this week...  

When Supreme Court Justices meet in conference Friday, Oct. 12, two states, Kansas and Louisiana, will eagerly be waiting to see whether the court will hear two abortion-related cases. The cases were originally scheduled for the justices' first conference of the term at the end of September, but have been rescheduled twice so far...

what do you think?

2018-10-12 12:54:56



“As I conclude my ministry as shepherd of this Church...”...  

Pope Francis has accepted my resignation as Archbishop of Washington. I had the privilege of meeting with him to let him know of your pain, sadness and confusion from what has been revealed these past months. With a heavy heart I said that I could no longer serve you in the way that you deserve. What is needed now is new leadership so that all of you...

what do you think?

2018-10-12 10:50:54



Pope Francis accepts resignation of embattled Cardinal Wuerl...  

Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Washington's Cardinal Donald Wuerl on Friday, while asking the cardinal to continue leading the Archdiocese of Washington on an interim basis until a permanent successor is appointed. In a letter to Cardinal Wuerl obtained by CNA Oct. 12, Pope Francis told the cardinal: "Your renunciation is a sign of your availability and docility to the Spirit who continues to act in his Church...

what do you think?

2018-10-12 07:22:19



In the capital, the cardinal resigns — yet for now, the cardinal remains...  

Six days since the Holy See began tackling Crisis 2.0 in earnest, and amid an epic, months-long storm for the US' longest-serving diocesan bishop, at Roman Noon this Friday the Pope granted the retirement of Cardinal Donald Wuerl as archbishop of Washington, nearly three years after the capital prelate reached the canonical age of 75...

what do you think?

2018-10-12 06:11:40



Out, but not down: After he leaves Washington, Wuerl's influence in Rome might grow even stronger...  

Make no mistake: Cardinal Donald Wuerl resigned today because of allegations of mishandling cases of clerical sexual abuse, and if he were to die tomorrow, his role in the abuse scandals would be how his obituary opened. However fair that linkage may be, it doesn't matter. His resignation at this time, and under these circumstances...

what do you think?

2018-10-12 04:44:48



What just happened to those ISS astronauts? An explanation of “ballistic reentry”.....  

Early this morning, a Russian Soyuz booster carrying two people to the International Space Station malfunctioned, forcing NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin to abort and make an emergency landing in their space capsule. Search and recovery crews boarded helicopters and reached the pair of astronauts...

what do you think?

2018-10-12 03:44:49



Youth Synod working group displays its ignorance about Catholic homeschooling families...  

At the Youth Synod in Rome this week, one of the bishops' discussion groups made some disappointing and ignorant comments about Catholic homeschoolers. It's a sad reminder that, while homeschooling seems to be gaining support from many bishops in the United States, other bishops here and abroad have yet to embrace one of the most promising developments in the Church today...

what do you think?

2018-10-12 03:05:39



Chris Pratt's go-to Bible verse for homesickness...  

Being away from our families for work, illness, separation or other life circumstances is always difficult, and for actor Chris Pratt, who's always on the road filming movies and making appearances, this is no exception. But the 39-year-old Christian and father has a simple life hack that helps him deal with homesickness, and maybe it can help you...

what do you think?

2018-10-12 03:01:43



How the American dream killed Catholic discipleship...  

Yes, it is a provocative statement - the American dream has killed Catholic discipleship. But, I not only believe the argument bears consideration, but that we will never truly win the nation to Jesus until we jettison the idea that Catholicism and Americanism are 100% compatible. Let us start with identifying the American Dream...

what do you think?

2018-10-12 02:49:18



Egypt court sentences 17 to death for attacking Christians...  

An Egyptian military court on Thursday sentenced 17 Islamic militants to death for involvement in deadly attacks on Christians, a rights lawyer said. The court in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria also issued life sentences to 19 defendants and sentenced another nine to 15 years in prison on terror-related charges, lawyer Khaled el-Masry said...

what do you think?

2018-10-12 01:26:36



The New York Times surveyed one mile of devastation in Mexico Beach. Here's what they saw.....  

We used aerial images of Mexico Beach taken before and after Hurricane Michael to assess the extent of the damage along a 1.2-mile stretch of the town. Of 440 buildings we could identify, 237, or 54 percent, were destroyed and 99, or 23 percent, were severely damaged — almost all of these were homes. The level of damage sustained by the remaining structures was unclear...

what do you think?

2018-10-12 01:24:53



Few Catholics are going to Confession. Here's what we might do about that.....  

Recently, several prominent Catholics have been tweeting about confession on Twitter. The consensus seems to be that Catholics frequent this sacrament less than they should. I want to not only present the problems but offer solutions. Posts like this lead me to look for solutions. The first - and often hardest step is admitting we have a problem...

what do you think?

2018-10-12 01:15:21



“Exhausted majority”: Research shows Americans strongly dislike PC culture...  

On social media, the country seems to divide into two neat camps: Call them the woke and the resentful. Team Resentment is manned—pun very much intended—by people who are predominantly old and almost exclusively white. Team Woke is young, likely to be female, and predominantly black, brown, or Asian (though white "allies" do their dutiful part)...

what do you think?

2018-10-12 01:11:49



Here's how one FSSP priest offered Mass on top of Mount Kilimanjaro...  

New Zealand native Fr. Antony Sumich, FSSP, celebrated Mass on top of Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa in Sept. of 2015.

what do you think?

2018-10-12 01:10:45



Architect of Pope's prayer campaign sees 'spiritual combat' behind crisis...  

In a move suggesting Pope Francis believes the Church is undergoing "spiritual turbulence," the pontiff recently asked Catholics to pray daily for the protection of the Church from the devil. The man tasked with coordinating the global campaign says there's "spiritual combat" underway, and that Satan is at the root of the ongoing crisis in the Church...

what do you think?

2018-10-11 13:20:39



After early votes, it's clear Pope Francis has 'his' Synod of Bishops...  

A Synod of Bishops is often described as the "Congress of the Catholic Church," with the College of Cardinals being the Catholic Senate. Both comparisons are terribly inexact, beginning with the fact that neither Catholic body holds any real power because it's all in the hands of the pope. Yet there are certainly parallels...

what do you think?

2018-10-11 06:05:06



Commission members elected to draft Youth Synod final document...  

The Vatican released today the names of those who will be responsible for drafting the final document of the Synod on Youth, and although they are geographically representative, concerns surround some of them and their views on aspects of Church teaching. The commission for drafting the final document of the Oct. 3-28 synod on "Young People...

what do you think?

2018-10-11 05:54:33



Why St. Paul called some disciples stupid...  

The first reading for Thursday's Mass (27th week of the year) contains St. Paul's provocative assessment that some of us are stupid. The Greek word used is ἀνόητος (anóētos), which comes from a (without) + noieō, (to think). Therefore, this refers to not thinking, not reasoning through a matter, being unmindful, or acting in a mindless...

what do you think?

2018-10-11 04:26:21



A bishop's failure to enforce canon law does not excuse his faithful from following it...  

It needs no long blog post from a canon lawyer to explain how wrong would be a failure by a bishop to protect his faithful against scandal and/or to defend the Eucharist against potential sacrilege but, make no mistake, in reiterating that "it is not his policy" to withhold holy Communion from persons in 'same-sex marriages'...

what do you think?

2018-10-10 11:30:54



Pope's Wednesday Audience: Trying to solve problems by getting an abortion “is like hiring a hitman”...  

In his general audience Wednesday, Pope Francis said that abortion "suppresses innocent and helpless life in its blossoming." "Is it right to take a human life to solve a problem? It's like hiring a hitman," Pope Francis said in St. Peter's Square Oct. 10, in a departure from his prepared remarks. "Violence and the rejection of life are born from fear...

what do you think?

2018-10-10 10:14:04



Vatican declines to reinstate German Jesuit rector for supporting homosexual acts...  

Due to what appears to be his public comments about homosexuality and the women's diaconate, a German Jesuit has not been given the permissions he needs to begin his term as rector of a graduate school of theology in Frankfurt. Ansgar Wucherpfennig, S.J., was due to begin a third term as rector of the Sankt Georgen Graduate School of Philosophy and Theology this fall...

what do you think?

2018-10-10 10:01:42



What St. Paul says about respect for authority...  

In daily Mass we have been reading from second chapter of the Letter to the Galatians. In it, St. Paul recounts his personal history and describes his authority. St. Paul's story is interesting for three reasons: It shows that St. Paul did not ascend to the office of apostle (bishop) overly quickly but rather was formed in the community of the Church for quite some time and did not go on mission until he was sent...

what do you think?

2018-10-10 08:44:56



Bishops at synod ponder ambivalence of the digital realm...  

A week into the Oct. 3-28 Synod of Bishops, it's abundantly clear that a strong share of the prelates gathered in Rome understand that the clerical sexual abuse scandals have to be a front-burner priority in whatever the synod does or says. As one English-speaking small working group put it, the crisis can't be "skimmed over tangentially in a few short sentences...

what do you think?

2018-10-10 07:44:07



The Catholic crisis, in perspective...  

Perspective is at least as important when reading the signs of the times as it is in landscape painting. And so, in this autumn of our Catholic discontent, I was particularly grateful to hear from an old friend, Nina-Sophie Heereman, who offered some needed perspective on the Catholic circumstance in the United States.

what do you think?

2018-10-10 05:42:53



Is it okay to listen to non-religious music?  

God gave mankind the gift of intelligence and skills so that we could glorify him by being creative. However, this does not mean that he wants us to be explicitly religious in every creative thing we do. There are many situations in life where our human nature requires us not to explicitly think about God every moment. It is enough that we orient our lives toward God in a general way...

what do you think?

2018-10-10 05:31:29



The Society of St. John used dreams of a medieval life and a Catholic utopia to groom young victims of abuse...  

On Dec. 18, 2001, a desperate North Carolina dad wrote a letter to the Vatican asking the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church to discipline a group of priests at a Pennsylvania boys' boarding school who he said took turns sexually abusing his teenage son. The priests were members of an organization called the Society of Saint John...

what do you think?

2018-10-10 04:16:48



The surgeon who operates on babies months before they're born...  

Something about the way Shayla Jones' pregnancy came about made her and her husband, Jonathan, more shocked than most by what they learned at her eight-week ultrasound. Shayla started on fertility medication in 2016, after the couple had tried for more than a year on their own. Four months later, still no baby on the way, they decided to take her off the pills and go forward with an intrauterine insemination (IUI)...

what do you think?

2018-10-10 01:37:04



Measuring the Synod on Youth: Whose seismograph?  

The Synod on Youth is destined to become a microcosm of the battle between Catholics who are rich in faith and those who have become secularized. Some readers bridle when I say things like this, but while secular attitudes affect all of us to some degree, the crisis of the Church in our time—that is, the chief problem which demands renewal—is that the institutional apparatus of the Church is so deeply infected by secular values...

what do you think?

2018-10-10 01:23:51



8 myths about pornography and marriage...  

One of the major myths the pornography industry tries to make people believe is that the fantasy world of pornography is better than real sex. This has led many people to not want to get married. They believe that true happiness and fulfillment will only come from having thousands of sexual experiences with multiple sex partners...

what do you think?

2018-10-09 18:07:02



The incredible Christian love story of King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola...  

Throughout the centuries royalty have been at the center of many conflicts over religion, land, and power. There have been some bloodthirsty royals whose exploits have had an impact on society today — just think of Henry VIII with his penchant for killing off wives, and who brought about the English Reformation. However, fortunately...

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2018-10-09 17:55:14



What would the Church's greatest crisis be, if she were to have one?  

On September 21, the well-known German magazine, Der Spiegel, featured a long article on the whole career of Pope Francis under the title "The Greatest Crisis in the History of the Church." The immediate issues brought up concerned the pope's handling of abuse issues while he was still in Argentina. Most people are by now also familiar with the issues in this same area brought up by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò's testimony concerning former Cardinal McCarrick's unfortunate record...

what do you think?

2018-10-09 11:41:05



Kim Jong Un invites Pope Francis to meet in Pyongyang...  

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has invited Pope Francis to meet in Pyongyang, a South Korean spokesman said Tuesday. Pope Francis is already set to meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in Oct. 18 for an audience at the Vatican Apostolic Palace, where Moon will personally deliver the invitation from Kim Jong Un. President Moon...

what do you think?

2018-10-09 08:42:51



On McCarrick, Chile, and 'lawyers, guns and money'...  

As the leadership of the U.S. bishops' conference meets with Pope Francis, American Catholics naturally will wonder what may result in terms of getting to the bottom of the case of ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, whose rise to power despite rumors of sexual misconduct remains a question awaiting an answer. When conference leaders met with the pontiff last month...

what do you think?

2018-10-09 04:10:58



It's time to become a time realist...  

Julie Morgenstern, a productivity and time management expert, wasn't born organized. Chronically late, forever losing things, utterly disorganized, Ms. Morgenstern lived in a state of chaos. Then, she had a child. She turned the lessons she learned from taking control of her time into a career as an adviser and coach. She is the author of six books...

what do you think?

2018-10-09 03:33:06



Queen Elizabeth's sculptor to speak at Chicago's St. John Cantius church...  

The Catholic Arts Guild is a lay apostolate based in Chicago seeking the restoration of the sacred in the visual arts. Its mission is to support artists in offering their gifts for the greater glory of God. As they say on their website, "We recognize that Beauty flowing from the Church's Liturgy helps many to encounter the person of Jesus Christ...

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2018-10-08 18:25:39



When roses make the devil flee — a fragrant Dominican tradition...  

Why bless roses on Rosary Sunday? For many centuries, devotion to the Rosary has been entrusted by the Church in a special way to the Dominican Order. Even today, Dominican parishes observe Rosary Sunday with a public recitation of the Holy Rosary, the blessing of rosaries, and the blessing and distribution of roses (or rose petals)...

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2018-10-08 18:19:08



Is there still room in politics for truth and humanity?  

Perhaps the most pernicious comment in recent weeks was the demand of Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii for men to "shut up" about the differing accounts of high-school memories involving Brett Kavanaugh. The Brett Kavanaugh ordeal has been miserable in so many ways. A woman in pain may have been used for ideological purposes...

what do you think?

2018-10-08 18:07:03



Why don't we talk about Peru's 200,000 forced sterilizations?  

Last week, Peru's supreme court overturned the pardon of brutal Peruvian ex-President Alberto Fujimori, tossing the leader back to his 25-year prison sentence for human rights violations and corruption. Human rights groups, outraged when Fujimori was pardoned by former-President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski on Christmas Eve last year...

what do you think?

2018-10-08 18:06:58



There are hopeful signs from Rome, but stay vigilant...  

I wrote most of this post before the open letter of Cardinal Ouellet was released. I will leave extended commentary on that letter to others for now, except to say that whatever scolding the cardinal issued to Archbishop Viganò, he does confirm a central claim made by the archbishop — namely, that allegations about Cardinal McCarrick were known well before June of this year and resulted in some sort of censure...

what do you think?

2018-10-08 17:38:54



A priest remembers how he found home, and knew his father's love, at a baseball game...  

The idea of home and a baseball game usually conjure up home plate, with a hefty umpire gesticulating quickly that a runner is safe or out. But for one priest, Father Matt Guckin, a trip to the baseball field would imprint a different kind of home on his memory. Father Matt was the youngest of five children. His father, Vincent...

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2018-10-08 15:06:23



How to develop passionate detachment...  

I got on the plane completely worn out. After training a large group of religious sisters in how to do hands-on evangelization for a weekend, I was tired. So, I wanted to put on my headphones and drift into my nothing box. But, as is usually the case, God had different plans for me. My conscience was triggered by the fact that I had trained others for evangelization...

what do you think?

2018-10-08 14:25:13



The beatitudes as nursery rhymes...  

Every child should learn a catalogue of reassuring poetic principles that are held by heart. And for those who would become as little children, the Beatitudes can assume the ringing, singing education of the nursery, bringing happiness as well as holiness. The Beatitudes are not rigid laws, but attitudes of virtue and blessedness that bring joy...

what do you think?

2018-10-08 14:04:24



The Internet's keepers? “Some call us hoarders—I like to say we're archivists”...  

As much as subscription services want you to believe it, not everything can be found on Amazon or Netflix. Want to read Brett Kavanaugh buddy Mark Judge's old book, for instance (or their now infamous yearbook even)? Curious to watch a bunch of vintage smoking ads? How about perusing the largest collection of Tibetan Buddhist literature in the world...

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2018-10-08 12:55:55



Michigan man discovers his rock used as doorstop is actually a meteorite worth $100,000...  

A Michigan man curious about a rock he'd used for decades as a doorstop now knows its secret: it's a meteorite worth $100,000. In fact, the nearly 23-pound hunk of iron and nickel is the sixth largest meteorite found in Michigan, according to the Smithsonian Museum and Central Michigan University. David Mazurek said he took his doorstop to the university for examination after seeing reports in January of meteorite pieces selling for thousands of dollars...

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2018-10-08 09:54:40



Marriage is about what's best for children...  

As a kind of follow-up from yesterday's Gospel on marriage, we do well to ponder where our focus on marriage is, both personally and nationally. Finding our way back - Part of the essential work we must do in re-establishing a coherent vision for marriage rooted in tradition, Natural Law, and, for believers, Scripture, is to restore a proper reference point so that all the pieces of the discussion make sense...

what do you think?

2018-10-08 09:07:41



Archbishop becomes latest Chilean cleric to face abuse charges...  

When he arrived in the central Chilean diocese of Chillan back in 1974 Bishop Francisco Cox had a blue truck. Kids loved riding in it, accompanying the bishop as he went to neighboring towns to say Mass during the weekends. He loved it too, reportedly, but for different reasons. According to people who took part in those rides...

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2018-10-08 06:09:25



Archbishop Scicluna: Don't look to youth synod for answers on sexual abuse crisis...  

Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna of Malta said that while the youth synod is not ignoring the sexual abuse crisis, Catholics looking for thorough answers should wait for a February 2019 meeting of bishops. He also commented on the effectiveness of Pope Francis' voice on the abuse issue, saying to those losing trust in the pontiff's handling of abuse cases: "Give him time...

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2018-10-08 04:19:40



Cardinal Ouellet issues blistering new response to Archbishop Viganò...  

Six weeks after Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò unleashed his "nuclear" accusations that Pope Francis and a host of other key Vatican and US figures had abetted the public profile of Archbishop Theodore McCarrick amid claims of adult misconduct by the now ex-cardinal, the Vatican's key response to date has emerged - and in equally spectacular...

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2018-10-07 12:49:36



Old question from world of sports: Why avoid role of faith in lives of many great athletes?  

There is nothing new (or newsworthy) about athletes, in post-game interviews, saying things like this: "Most of all, I would like to thank God for the many blessings he has given me." Or even this: "First, I'd like to give praise to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." Many superstars say this after victories. Many say things like this after defeat...

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2018-10-07 08:49:32



What is Fat Bear Week and why is it so good?  

Every animal has their own way of preparing for the winter. Squirrels hoard nuts, birds fly south, humans buy SAD lamps, and bears just get as fat as physically possible. So fat, in fact, that it's inspired a beloved annual competition: Fat Bear Week. For those unfamiliar, please join me on this enormous-ursine journey.

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2018-10-06 13:41:33



This week has been a 'best of times, worst of times' montage on abuse crisis...  

Charles Dickens famously described the French Revolution as the "best of times, the worst of times." Catholicism too seems to be experiencing a revolutionary moment fueled by the clerical sexual abuse scandals, and the opening week of this month's Synod of Bishops in Rome has, in that sense, seemed a highly Dickensian experience...

what do you think?

2018-10-06 12:17:46



St. John Paul II's enigmatic warning on the 'final confrontation' with the 'anti-Church'...  

A remarkable gathering took place in the nation's capital Sept. 26. In two locations, the John Paul II Shrine on the campus of The Catholic University of America and the Ronald Reagan Building on Pennsylvania Avenue, more than 500 people convened for a conference honoring Pope St. John Paul II and President Ronald Reagan and how these two men changed the world for the better...

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2018-10-06 12:09:07



Enjoy the joy of being normal. It's an underrated gift and Satan hates it.....  

I had a terrific compliment last week. This person didn't praise me for being extraordinary. She didn't thank me for being intellectual or handsome or holy or amazing. She thanked me for being normal. We are so often attracted to what is weird. We follow the details of the lives of the stars of athletics and the arts. We revel in the eccentricities of celebrities and relish the extraordinary...

what do you think?

2018-10-06 10:52:16



Pope Francis orders new, 'thorough' Vatican investigation of Archbishop McCarrick coverup...  

Pope Francis has decided to combine the results of an investigation begun last year into Archbishop Theodore McCarrick with a new, "thorough study" of all the documentation contained in the Vatican archives in order to "ascertain all the relevant facts" surrounding the ex-cardinal. In an Oct. 6 communique (see below), the Vatican said the Pope had ordered the archdiocese of New York to begin a preliminary investigation into Archbishop McCarrick in September 2017...

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2018-10-06 09:39:23



What do young people need from the Church? A back-to-basics clarity.....  

I'm not a theologian. I'm not a cultural commentator. I'm not a pundit. I'm not a statistician who can track all the trends in youth culture. I'm an evangelist, and have been for my entire "career." All I have to share is the work I do. All I can appeal to is what I see working. And what I see working is a return to the basics...

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2018-10-06 09:31:37



Stand your ground and look your enemy in the eye...  

There is a passage in the Sermon on the Mount that is often misunderstood: But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. Many think this passage tells us that we should accept abuse—even death—at the hands of another. Pacifists often take the general advice of this passage and turn it into an absolute...

what do you think?

2018-10-06 08:52:41



The Cerberus of clerical sexual misconduct has 3 heads...  

The cerberus of clerical sexual misconduct has three heads: clerical sexual abuse against minors; clerical sexual misconduct with consenting adults; and episcopal complicity in both. Canon law is not the only means of addressing these three snarling problems, but it is, or could be, one means to address them. It behooves all to understand what canon law does...

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2018-10-06 04:10:05



Papal envoy compares Medjugorje to Fatima and Lourdes...  

By comparing Medjugorje, a site where the Virgin Mary has allegedly been appearing since 1981, to the already recognized shrines of Fatima and Lourdes, a papal envoy has raised hopes that official confirmation of Medjugorje may also be in the works. "I believe that the message of peace, which is central here in Medjugorje, is intended for the whole world...

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2018-10-06 01:44:42



Listen to this Catholic mother's words of faith after a drunk driver killed her 25-year-old daughter...  

Even good can come from a horrible tragedy. This mother's faith in such a trying time is indescribable. This terrible story about a suspected drunk driver killing a 25-year-old woman made headlines in Denver this week. There is more to the story than a normal news outlet may tell you. But first, let's begin with what happened...

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2018-10-05 19:26:33



Archbishop Chaput to youth synod: Developed nations stuck in a 'moral adolescence'...  

While the idea of being "forever young" can seem appealing, the underdevelopment of morality is a problem in developed nations, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia told the Synod of Bishops Thursday. The answer to this problem is Christ, whom the Church must present more strongly and confidently to young people, he noted in his second intervention to the assembly Oct...

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2018-10-05 13:03:15



Swedish girl discovers ancient sword in lake...  

An eight-year-old girl found a pre-Viking era sword while swimming in a lake in Sweden during the summer. The sword was initially reported to be 1,000 years old, but experts at the local museum now believe it may date to around 1,500 years ago.

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2018-10-05 07:49:42



Kavanaugh advances in cloture vote 51-49, final vote expected Saturday afternoon...  

Senators today cast a key procedural vote that allowed the Senate to move forward on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination. His nomination, which was once seen as an almost sure bet, has become seeped in drama after several women came forward and accused the nominee of sexual misconduct more than 30 years ago. The full floor vote is expected Saturday afternoon...

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2018-10-05 06:29:12



If you don't know the bad news, the good news is no news...  

St. John the Baptist seems to have missed the evangelization seminars in which we are told to be cheerful and "welcoming," and advised that honey attracts more than does vinegar. He never heard that we are supposed to be nice and steer clear of unpleasant topics like sin; no, doing that might upset or alienate people. Perhaps I exaggerate—but just a little...

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2018-10-05 05:14:23



Archbishop Chaput: 'LGBT' should not be used in Church docs...  

There is no such thing as an LGBTQ, "transgender" or "heterosexual" Catholic and such designations have never been true in the life of the Church, nor should they used in Church documents, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia said in his intervention at the Synod on Youth today. Reflecting on Chapter IV of the synod's instrumentum laboris...

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2018-10-05 04:20:46



On Paul VI and whether the synod could pull an 'October surprise'...  

Halfway through the summit of Catholic bishops from around the world taking place in Rome this month, Pope Francis will preside over the canonization of six new saints, among whom are two of the towering figures of 20th century Catholicism: Pope Paul VI, and Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador. At a briefing for journalists in Rome on Thursday...

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2018-10-05 03:18:58



Here is St. Faustina's description of her guardian angel...  

In the midst of the 1930s, a Polish nun named Faustina Kowalska received several visions and messages from Jesus. During these private revelations a great emphasis was placed on the Divine Mercy of God, which eventually led to the institution of "Divine Mercy Sunday." During these mystical visions, St. Faustina was typically accompanied by a "spirit...

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2018-10-05 02:55:58



Mary and the D.C. sniper attacks: My Rosary story...  

When Suz and I first began to talk about becoming Catholic, one of the first things she wanted to know was: "If I become Catholic, will I have to pray the Rosary?" "No," I assured her. "Catholics are not obliged to pray the Rosary." She also wanted to know if we would have to have statues in our house, and I told her that this too was not a requirement...

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2018-10-05 01:39:55



“What God has joined together” — 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time...  

You don't need to read a lot of news to realize marriage and family in the United States and Western culture generally are really in a bad state and getting worse. Marriage and birth rates in the US are at historic lows and continue to decline. The average age a person gets married in the U.S. has sky rocketed in recent years...

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2018-10-05 01:08:31



Silence surrounds abuse crisis on day one of Synod of Bishops...  

Heading into an Oct. 3-28 Synod of Bishops on young people, faith and vocational discernment, one big-ticket question on the Catholic street was whether the 300 or so prelates gathering in Rome would acknowledge the elephant in the room: clerical sexual abuse scandals, and what they mean for the life and moral integrity of the Church...

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2018-10-04 14:33:44



5 takeaways from the “Red Hat Report”...  

Yesterday a story broke that a group of conservative Catholics called "The Better Church Governance Group" are planning a "Red Hat Report" to lay out against cardinals worldwide accusations of clerical sex abuse or cover-up. Here are five points to consider on the news. The Church moves slowly. Politics does not. The Catholic Church has to proceed carefully...

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2018-10-04 07:09:45



Police execute search warrants on 7 Michigan dioceses, seize clergy misconduct records...  

Police seized clergy misconduct records from all of Michigan's Catholic dioceses after serving several search warrants across the state within an hour of each other Wednesday morning. Diocesan officials in Lansing, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Saginaw, Marquette, Kalamazoo and Gaylord confirmed the searches took place Wednesday as part of the Attorney General's Office investigation into the dioceses' handling of clergy sexual abuse of minors...

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2018-10-04 03:13:31



This royal princess renounced her crown for the Catholic Church — would you do the same?  

Royal Central recently reported that Princess Alexandra of Hanover lost her place in the British line of succession for becoming Catholic! The news made international headlines. Although, her mother, Princess Caroline of Hanover, has always been Catholic. Princess Alexandra probably knew this would happen, as the Act of Settlement of 1701 "secured the Protestant succession to the throne...

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2018-10-04 02:27:09



Things we can learn from dogs and cats...  

With the Feast of St. Francis upon us we do well to thank God for many things. It is a tradition in many parishes to bless animals on this feast. It is also a good time to ponder what our pets and animals can "teach" us. In the past I have shared a list of things we can learn from dogs. When I was growing up, we always had a dog...

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2018-10-04 02:06:16



New evidence discovered near Jordan River could corroborate Book of Exodus...  

The story of the Israelites leaving Egypt covers much of the Pentateuch (the first 5 books of the Old Testament), yet scant archaeological evidence of this great escape has led experts to question its authenticity. It has long been the believed that the Israelites were actually native to Canaan — an ancient region encompassing much of modern-day Israel...

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2018-10-03 13:19:40



What does prophecy say? Are these difficult times the 'End Times?' ...  

Under the sobering headline, "A Time of Judgment and Purification," Ann Arbor, Michigan-based Renewal Ministries published a decades-old message in its July newsletter that seemed eerily timely. "My Church is desperately in need of this judgment," the message said in part. "They have continued in an adulterous relationship with the spirit of the world...

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2018-10-03 13:07:37



Texas boy speaks clearly for first time after dentist discovered he was tongue-tied...  

For years, parents of a Texas boy believed he was mostly nonverbal because of a brain aneurysm he had when he was 10 days old. The boy, Mason Motz, 6, of Katy, Tex., started going to speech therapy when he was 1. In addition to his difficulties speaking, he was given a diagnosis of Sotos syndrome, a disorder that can cause learning disabilities or delayed development...

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2018-10-03 12:48:23



Because of 7 little words in the 13th Amendment, slavery in the U.S. never died out completely...  

In August, an organization called the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee announced that prisoners in at least 17 states had pledged to stage a strike to protest prison conditions. It is unclear how many inmates actually took part in the 19-day strike, but organizers said "thousands" refused to work, staged sit-ins, and turned away meals to demand "an immediate end to prison slavery...

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2018-10-03 11:07:11



Where do these wars between yourselves first start?  

Abraham Lincoln won the election of 1860 with only 39.8 percent of the popular vote and was so loathed that he had to take a night train secretly into Washington for his inauguration. The Salem Advocate in his own state of Illinois editorialized: "...he is no more capable of becoming a statesman, nay, even a moderate one, than the braying ass can become a noble lion...

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2018-10-03 09:51:22



Sanity, sanctity and sexuality...  

Catholics are often blamed for being obsessed with sex, and the ones who lay this charge are usually sex obsessed secularists. Catholics are interested in sexuality however, because we believe that what we do with our bodies is connected with the destiny of our souls. This is because we believe the human body is not just a container for the soul...

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2018-10-03 09:15:13



Deacon Greg 'CBS' Kandra vents: USA Today sports said WHAT about Brett Kavanaugh?!?  

I truly appreciate people who have the ability to show restraint in today's crazy, heated world of social media. Take, for example Deacon Greg Kandra, a former CBS News writer with 26 years, two Emmys and two Peabody Awards to his credit. He is now a permanent deacon in the Catholic Church, assigned to Our Lady Queen of Martyrs...

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2018-10-03 08:22:03



Italians have it right — the case for taking a walk after you eat...  

At the end of a long day, it's tempting to dive into your social feeds or Netflix queue the minute you've finished eating. But back before screens bogarted all our free time, an after-dinner stroll was a popular activity and one associated with improved health and digestion. "Italians have been walking after meals for centuries...

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2018-10-03 08:18:43



Why this Synod of Bishops may be the most important of all...  

Today is the opening day of the third Synod of Bishops under Pope Francis, and despite the seemingly anodyne subject - "Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment" - it's potentially the most significant summit so far on this pope's watch. Not to put too fine a point on it, but the bishops are gathering in Rome in a moment in which the Church faces perhaps its gravest crisis since the Protestant Reformation in the form of the worldwide clerical sexual abuse scandals...

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2018-10-03 08:07:52



How the theology of home makes men heroic...  

While we were in the throes of babies and toddlers, pregnancies and postpartums, my husband would often walk through the door after work with groceries, pour me wine, and hold the baby in one arm while he made dinner with the other. I remember some days being too exhausted to reciprocate with much except an ardent feeling and expression of gratitude to him...

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2018-10-03 07:23:26



The 2018 Synod: Key themes, deep tensions, and many questions...  

Despite the now ever-increasing number of reports and articles across the world about the preying on children and young people by priests and bishops (along with cover-ups, denials, and obstructions by various bishops), Pope Francis is going ahead with his latest synod, the Synod on Young People, The Faith, and Vocational Discernment...

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2018-10-03 07:15:46



Courage in the Slough of Despond...  

I never took a class from the historian Frank Orlando, but the motto he placed in the faculty section of my college yearbook—"History is an antidote for despair"—has stuck with me for 45 years. It also seems quite appropriate at this disturbing moment in the life of the Church, so perhaps a history lesson is in order. Forty years ago this week...

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2018-10-03 06:39:54



How can we evangelize among these ruins?  

My dear wife and I converted to Catholicism a bit over 30 years ago. All converts have some angle in to the Church, some very personal hook by which the Great Angler reels them in the door. For my wife, it was the very real feeling of Christ's presence in the tabernacle of the church. Mine was an intellectual conversion. Winding my way through the history of philosophy...

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2018-10-03 04:52:27






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