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Father David Pivonka named president of Franciscan University of Steubenville...  

Franciscan University of Steubenville announced that Fr. David Pivonka, TOR, has been appointed the university's seventh president. "It's both humbling and an honor to be chosen to lead Franciscan University of Steubenville," Pivonka said in a May 22 statement. "Over 30 years ago, I first arrived at Franciscan as an undergrad and received an outstanding education as well as life-changing spiritual formation as part of a dynamic...

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2019-05-22 10:37:53



New D.C. Archbishop Wilton Gregory addresses sexual abuse scandal, pledges honesty...  

Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory was installed as the seventh archbishop of Washington Tuesday in a ceremony that comes at a turbulent time for the local Church under the cloud of his predecessors' sexual abuse and cover-up scandals. The newly-installed archbishop addressed the issue head-on in his homily, promising those gathered that he would be committed to transparency about his failings...

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2019-05-22 05:22:14



Belgian monks resurrect 220-year-old beer after finding recipe in their archives...  

It has taken more than 220 years but an order of monks at Grimbergen Abbey, producers of a fabled medieval beer whose brand was adopted by mass producers in the 1950s, have started to brew again after rediscovering the original ingredients and methods in their archives. In a sign of the significance of the news for beer-loving Belgians...

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2019-05-21 17:54:13



True reform will come — but only if you and I remain steadfast...  

Bishop Robert Barron recently published Letter to a Suffering Church: A Bishop Speaks on the Sexual Abuse Crisis. It is an excellent book — a meditation, really. It gives a sobering summary of the sexual-abuse crisis and a historical perspective and offers encouragement to believers in the aftermath of the recent and horrific events...

what do you think?

2019-05-21 16:30:20



The Church's silent witness can cut through the rocks of politics, culture...  

Two things happened in Italy over the weekend, one of which was big, loud and widely covered, the other small and essentially unnoticed. Taken together, they illustrate something about the Church's silent political and cultural impact, as opposed to its noisy public advocacy. We're not talking here about bishops' statements...

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2019-05-21 13:56:54



California confession bill amended, but would still require priests to violate seal...  

California's state senate will vote on a bill that would require priests to violate the seal of confession in certain limited circumstances. An amended text of the bill passed the Senate appropriations' committee May 16. The bill, as amended, would require priests to report to law enforcement knowledge or suspicion of child abuse gained from hearing the sacramental confessions of other priests or co-workers...

what do you think?

2019-05-21 13:43:45



Hope for Vincent Lambert, 'French Terri Schiavo,' as court orders life support to be restored...  

A severely disabled French man, who has been artificially fed and hydrated in a hospital in northeastern France for over 10 years, was taken off life support Monday, hours before the hospital was ordered by a French court to return the support.

what do you think?

2019-05-21 12:27:30



Cardinal Sarah endorses the “Notes” of Benedict XVI, “Martyr for the Truth”...  

Cardinal Robert Sarah took everyone by surprise on the evening of May 14 in Rome, in the auditorium of the cultural center of the church of St. Louis of the French, when everyone was expecting him to present his latest book, entitled "Le soir approche et dejà le jour baisse," on the Church's crisis of faith and the decline of the West...

what do you think?

2019-05-21 10:57:34



So long, Cardinal Wuerl...  

Today marks Archbishop Wilton Gregory's long-awaited arrival in Washington, D.C. But while all eyes and expectations are focused on the new man in the capital see, some thought should be spared for the one he replaces: Cardinal Donald Wuerl. Between the release of the Pennsylvania grand jury report in August—in which he was named more than 200 times—and the luciferian fall from grace of his own predecessor...

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2019-05-21 10:18:08



Contemplation and the renewal of the Church...  

Contemplative prayer remains a largely untapped resource for the renewal of the Church. Many understand it to be no more than an esoteric or at most therapeutic exercise. Others show little regard this spiritual activity or anyone who dedicates his life to this effort. Even still, this most simple and hidden movements of heart avails the world of a power too great for time and space to hold...

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2019-05-21 08:47:07



Vatican recruits 600 high school students to help digitize Secret Archives...  

CBS News offers a rare glimpse of the herculean project...

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2019-05-21 08:21:59



Archbishop Gregory installed in Washington, pledges openness at 'defining moment'...  

Archbishop Wilton Gregory expressed "deep gratitude and immeasurable joy" as he took charge of the nation's capital see see Tuesday. "I want to be a welcoming shepherd who laughs with you whenever we can, who cries with you whenever we must, and who honestly confesses his faults and failings before you when I commit them...

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2019-05-21 07:54:38



Tim Conway (a Catholic convert) was a kind soul, with a gentle sense of humor.....  

If you are of a certain age, then you know that there was a decade or two in which Tim Conway was the funniest man alive. If you looked into the details of his life and personality, then you knew that he was more than that. Watching The Carol Burnett Show was one of the few pop-culture rituals in the Southern Baptist preacher's home in which I grew up...

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2019-05-21 04:50:39



A brief directive for Church leaders...  

The first reading from Sunday Mass this week (5th Sunday of Easter) is very Catholic, and it's too informative to just pass by. It presents a Church as rather highly organized and possessed of some the structures we know today in full form. Granted, some of these structures are in seminal (seed) form, but the are there. One can detect qualities of the original kerygma that are at variance with what some modern thinkers declare should be the methodology of the Church...

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2019-05-21 03:37:34



New study says happiest wives are, in order: religious conservatives, then religious liberals, then secular liberals, then secular conservatives.....  

"Blue" marriages are better — or at least that is the conventional wisdom. Couples who live according to egalitarian values, sharing domestic responsibilities like housework and cooking, have long been seen as superior by most academics, journalists and public intellectuals engaged in the national conversation about the American family...

what do you think?

2019-05-21 02:07:11



Why people don't want pro-life women in the abortion debate...  

New pro-life laws in Georgia and Alabama have elicited predictable responses from pro-abortion activists. Framing the pro-life argument as an attack on women, Alyssa Milano suggested a sex strike, while Linda Sarsour was quick to blame white women for supporting the patriarchy. With the left's sacrament of the left under fire...

what do you think?

2019-05-20 12:52:41



Why your Marian devotion might need a kickstart.....  

Marian devotion has not come easily to me. Don't get me wrong, I've tried: Years of praying the rosary daily Several consecrations Consistent small devotions But, "True" devotion has eluded me for any consistent period of time. The sort of devotion that does all "in Mary, by Mary, for Mary and with Mary." It's tempting to dismiss this inconsistency by blaming my fragile human nature and just assuming that I'm always going to struggle...

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2019-05-20 11:08:06



Our 'American Apple Pie Religion' is a blend of Oprah Winfrey, Walt Disney and Dale Carnegie...  

I am in the middle of writing my next book. It was going to be called The Way of the Warrior Priest but the working title now is Immortal Combat - Everyday Evil and the Only Solution. As part of this process I am being drawn to meditate increasingly on the reality of evil and how, at the root of it all, are lies. Lies, lies, lies...

what do you think?

2019-05-20 10:34:31



Amended California confession bill still targets priests, Catholic employees...  

Catholic officials are urging Catholics to continue to oppose a California bill that would force priests to disclose information about child sexual abuse that they hear in the sacrament of confession, which is advancing in the state legislature. Current California law requires clergy to report suspected abuse or neglect unless the information about the abuse was obtained during confession...

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2019-05-20 08:40:45



I am the 1 percent used to justify 100 percent of abortions...  

Iowa. Kentucky. Mississippi. Ohio. Georgia. Alabama. What do these states have in common? Courage and compassion. They've passed Heartbeat bills (Missouri and Louisiana are on their way), banning the brutal act of abortion once a heartbeat can be detected in unborn children. I love how mainstream media is trying to spin this as a male versus female political fight (well...

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2019-05-20 02:23:28



Nationalism and Catholicism collide in run-up to the European elections...  

Italians will go to the ballot box on May 26 to elect members of the country's delegation to the European Parliament. The vote — part of elections held across the European Union — will be another litmus test regarding Italy's two populist political parties and whether they can withstand challenges from the left. What this latest electoral test will also do is reveal Italy's love-hate relationship with the Catholic church...

what do you think?

2019-05-19 13:02:33



The Lord has left a legacy of love for us to draw upon...  

The title of this sermon uses the word legacy, which refers to something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor. Perhaps the most accessible image of this is money. If I receive 100 million dollars from a dying relative, I can the money to start living differently. My bills, which now seem overwhelming, can be paid with just the interest earned from my newfound wealth...

what do you think?

2019-05-19 12:38:45



Belloc, the Bible, and a buried lede about a Franciscan...  

These words of Hilaire Belloc's have been popping up a lot on the Web, so in case you haven't seen it: Arriving at a posh Anglican school after a Catholic gathering, he told its Anglican minister: "The Catholic Church is an institution I am bound to hold divine — but for unbelievers a proof of its divinity might be found in the fact that no merely human institution conducted with such knavish imbecility would have lasted a fortnight...

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2019-05-19 10:45:44



King St. Eric of Sweden is a template for dads everywhere...  

It can't be easy for kings to become saints. Most are also husbands and fathers, and so you have all the challenges that come with those callings, plus the enormous headaches and perpetual consternation associated with ruling a people. Raise taxes, lower taxes? Go to war, sue for peace? Statecraft, diplomacy, court intrigues - how do Gospel values square with all that...

what do you think?

2019-05-19 10:22:40



Making the best case for that open letter on papal heresy...  

John Rist, perhaps the most distinguished scholar among those who signed the open letter charging Pope Francis with heresy, has explained his action in an interview with the National Catholic Register. I would strongly urge all concerned Catholics to read the entire interview. Rist is an extremely intelligent man, and makes a strong case in defense of the open letter...

what do you think?

2019-05-19 06:51:04



Church in Chile 'shocked' and 'perplexed' over abuse crisis, locals say...  

Though it's been diminishing for a while, more so in some places than others, the influence of the Catholic Church across Latin America is still undeniable. Chile is no exception, especially given that the Church here was at the forefront of the defense of human rights during the 1973-1990 dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. The Church's standing in Chile right now...

what do you think?

2019-05-19 06:32:29



What do the numbers and letters on a boarding pass mean? How to read your ticket like a pro.....  

Picture this: You're about to embark on a vacation or business trip, and you have to fly to reach your destination. You get to the airport, make it through the security checkpoint, and breathe a sigh of relief. What do you do next? After putting your shoes back on, you'll probably look at your boarding pass to double-check your gate number and boarding time...

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2019-05-19 05:19:01



Pope's Sunday Regina Coeli address: “Christ's love helps us love those 'on the other side'”...  

The boundless love with which Jesus Christ loves each and every person is the same love Catholics are compelled to show their "enemies," Pope Francis said Sunday. Speaking during his address before the recitation of the Regina Coeli prayer May 19, the pope asked people to answer a question in their hearts: "Am I capable of loving my enemies...

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2019-05-19 03:08:06



A gorgeous drone's-eye-view video of Colorado...  

Best watched at high-resolution in full-screen mode...

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2019-05-19 02:26:51



What the Church teaches by saturating liturgy with the “Glory Be”...  

The Liturgy of the Hours has a distinct rhythm that becomes familiar over time. The Our Father comes at the end every morning and evening, antiphons are repeated after each psalm, the Gospel canticle is always marked with the Sign of the Cross, and when in doubt, pray the doxology. "Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit...

what do you think?

2019-05-19 02:14:48



Humility should be the 'cornerstone' of media work, Pope Francis tells journalists...  

Pope Francis told journalists Saturday that their profession has a great responsibility, the foundation of which should be humility. "Humility is an essential virtue for spiritual life; but I would say that it can also be a fundamental element of your profession," the pope said May 18. He affirmed that there are other important qualities of a journalist...

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2019-05-18 17:24:39



Despite religious freedom concerns, House passes Equality Act...  

The House of Representatives passed the controversial Equality Act on Friday, amid heated opposition from those who argue it would pose serious threats to critical constitutional freedoms. "This bill undermines human dignity by threatening the fundamental freedoms of speech, religion, and conscience that the First Amendment guarantees for every citizen...

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2019-05-18 01:12:55



This chemist will be the first beatified Opus Dei numerary...  

On May 18 in Madrid, Guadalupe Ortiz de Landazuri, a laywoman, will become the first numerary of Opus Dei to be beatified. A chemist, university teacher, and close associate of St. Josemaría Escriva, she was known for her strong character, big heart, and cheerfulness. According to Beatriz Gaytan, a historian who knew Ortiz: "Whenever I think of her...

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2019-05-17 13:41:29



On the sufferings of St. Paul and the price of the Gospel...  

As we turn in this week of Easter to the Acts of Paul section of the Acts of the Apostles, we do well to ponder the kinds of sufferings the apostles endured to announce the gospel and win souls for Christ. In the "softer" Church of the declining West, it is hard for us even to imagine such suffering. How many Catholics today can even bear to rouse themselves to get to an hour-long Mass on Sunday...

what do you think?

2019-05-17 12:51:31



A Christian gentleman in the nation's capital...  

Clement Attlee once described Winston Churchill as akin to a layer cake: one never knew which layer of his personality would be displayed at a given moment — the 17th-century Churchill, imaginatively riding across the battlefields of Europe with his great ancestor, Marlborough; the 18th-century Churchill, standing in Parliament alongside Edmund Burke; the man born into 19th-century aristocracy at Blenheim Palace; the colossus of the democratic 20th century; or the visionary of the 21st century...

what do you think?

2019-05-17 10:07:15



Ex-Legionary, Fox News personality Father Jonathan Morris asks to leave the priesthood...  

Father Jonathan Morris, a former member of the Legion of Christ who was at one time among the most prominent Catholic priests in America as a contributor to Fox News, has asked to be dismissed from the clerical state, indicating he wants to be free to "marry and have a family" though saying it's not about an "existing relationship...

what do you think?

2019-05-17 08:48:15



12,000 'On the March' to Lourdes for the International Military Pilgrimage...  

Over 12,000 soldiers from over 40 countries are set to arrive in Lourdes, France on Friday as part of the 61st Annual International Military Pilgrimage. The pilgrimage goes throughout the weekend before concluding on Sunday. The International Military Pilgrimage, known as the PMI [Pèlerinage Militaire International] first began in 1958...

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2019-05-17 08:36:24



The Kingdom of Love: The readings for the 5th Sunday of Easter...  

The Easter Season is passing quickly. Already it is more than half over, as we progress toward the great Feasts of Ascension and Pentecost. We want the Season to slow down, so that we may savor the joy and consolation of these readings from Acts and John that dominate the Easter Cycle, but tempus fugit. The Readings for this Fifth Sunday of Easter describe the growth of the Kingdom of God...

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2019-05-17 06:39:05



Vatican court acquits priest accused of sexual misconduct...  

On Friday, the Vatican's Supreme Court announced that after an investigation, they have acquitted Father Hermann Geissler, an Austrian priest who formerly worked at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith who was accused of making sexual advances during confession. Geissler resigned from his post as an official in the Vatican's doctrine office Jan...

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2019-05-17 05:59:02



'I hate all of you': 'Juno' writer regrets that her movie was pro-life...  

These are the times that try feminists' souls. Pro-life laws in places like Georgia and Alabama threaten to produce an epidemic of live, healthy births in red states in the not-too-distant future. All good progressives must rally to the abortion uber alles flag. Now is not time to be seen as a summer sister or sunshine patriarchy smasher...

what do you think?

2019-05-17 05:22:44



The 19th-century infographic that stacks a redwood against St. Peter's Basilica.....  

Eduard Mielck was a big fan of enormous plants. He worked as a forestry official in Holstein, Germany, and in 1863 published a volume titled Die Riesen der Pflanzenwelt, or The Giants of the Plant World, which compiled measurements and dreamy illustrations of some of the most soaring living organisms known at the time. Just how big is "giant"...

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2019-05-17 04:26:22



The English word that hasn't changed in sound or meaning in 8,000 years...  

One of my favorite words is lox," says Gregory Guy, a professor of linguistics at New York University. There is hardly a more quintessential New York food than a lox bagel—a century-old popular appetizing store, Russ & Daughters, calls it "The Classic." But Guy, who has lived in the city for the past 17 years, is passionate about lox for a different reason...

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2019-05-17 03:44:08



Alabama's abortion bill and what it means to be pro-life...  

I'm a pro life priest. We have a strong and active pro life ministry in our parish. Every year we take a bus and March for Life. We pray at the abortion clinic. We support Birthright-our local support group for women in crisis pregnancies. We encourage and support families who foster and adopt. I'm happy about the Alabama vote...

what do you think?

2019-05-17 02:44:18



See the face of a man who lived in Switzerland 1,300 years ago...  

Adelasius Ebalchus has a decidedly Latin name for a man who lived in Switzerland around A.D. 700, centuries after the western Roman Empire fell apart. That choice of name was deliberate, explains Mirjam Wullschleger of the Solothurn state archaeology department. It was at this time that Germanic peoples were moving into the Swiss Plateau in the country's north...

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2019-05-17 02:29:06



New D.C. leader says of facing abuse crisis again: 'I'm not afraid'...  

Seventeen years ago, a charismatic young African-American bishop of Belleville, Illinois, rose to national prominence as president of the U.S. bishops' conference at a time when the clerical sexual abuse crisis exploded in Boston in 2002, and then quickly rippled across the country. In a dark moment for the American Church, many Catholics felt Wilton Gregory was a rare point of light...

what do you think?

2019-05-17 01:28:18



This trail in the Holy Land covers at least 3,000 years of biblical history...  

Tradition claims Moses walked all across Jordan, from the Red Sea in the south all the way to the north to Mount Nebo on his way to the Promised Land. In fact, the closest city to the ancient Nabatean city of Petra is called "Wadi Mousa," "the Valley of Moses," very close to what tradition has also identified as Moses' well...

what do you think?

2019-05-16 16:37:16



St. Elizabeth Ann Seton: A convert who brought her gifts with her into the Church...  

Elizabeth was born two years before the Declaration of Independence was signed. From an early age, she was taught the value of service by her parents, especially her father, a surgeon who would serve immigrants in New York City, even risking his life to do so when yellow fever hit the city. As a young woman in the Episcopal Church...

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2019-05-16 16:28:27



Harvard researchers discovered an astonishing fact about people who go to Mass ...  

A Harvard research study followed 89,000 women over a 15-year period in order to understand the relationship between religion and suicide. Results showed that Catholic women who attended Mass weekly had a suicide rate that was half that of the general population. Of the 7,000 women who attended Mass more than once a week, not a single one committed suicide during the 15 years of the study...

what do you think?

2019-05-16 16:04:29



9 reasons you should host a dinner party this weekend...  

Why is it that folks are so hesitant about throwing dinner parties? It's likely some combination of a few different factors: The well-edited version of food and life that's presented on social media has led to a perception of heightened expectations, and the feeling that if you can't make a party perfect, you shouldn't throw one at all...

what do you think?

2019-05-16 15:29:38



Archdiocese of Detroit cancels sporting events on Sundays...  

The Archdiocese of Detroit has announced that it will no longer hold required sporting events on Sundays, in an effort to refocus the day on prayer, family and rest. In a reflection on his 2016 pastoral letter, Unleash the Gospel, Archbishop Allen Vigneron issued a pastoral note on Wednesday, emphasizing the importance of "the Lord's Day...

what do you think?

2019-05-16 14:07:57



9 reasons you should host a dinner party this weekend...  

Why is it that folks are so hesitant about throwing dinner parties? It's likely some combination of a few different factors: The well-edited version of food and life that's presented on social media has led to a perception of heightened expectations, and the feeling that if you can't make a party perfect, you shouldn't throw one at all...

what do you think?

2019-05-16 14:01:25



9 things I wish I could go back in time to tell my young self about the Faith...  

I occasionally like to reimagine what my life might look like if I could have a heart-to-heart with that 12-year-old kid I used to be. What if I could share with her all that I've learned about the beauty and genius of the Catholic Church? What if I could shake her and tell her to take a plunge into the depth of her faith? I consider myself blessed to be finally gaining some fluency...

what do you think?

2019-05-16 13:12:45



St. Elizabeth Ann Seton: A convert who brought her gifts with her into the Church...  

Elizabeth was born two years before the Declaration of Independence was signed. From an early age, she was taught the value of service by her parents, especially her father, a surgeon who would serve immigrants in New York City, even risking his life to do so when yellow fever hit the city. As a young woman in the Episcopal Church...

what do you think?

2019-05-16 13:12:42



What you think matters more than you think. Christ alone can give you a 'new mind'...  

There is a tendency today to trivialize and reduce the human person. One of the ways we do this is by claiming that it doesn't really matter what people think or believe, only that they behave well. For example, we think that if a man is a good citizen, pays his taxes, doesn't beat his wife, and is kind to children and animals then it doesn't matter what he believes...

what do you think?

2019-05-16 12:49:53



Harvard researchers discovered an astonishing fact about people who go to Mass ...  

A Harvard research study followed 89,000 women over a 15-year period in order to understand the relationship between religion and suicide. Results showed that Catholic women who attended Mass weekly had a suicide rate that was half that of the general population. Of the 7,000 women who attended Mass more than once a week, not a single one committed suicide during the 15 years of the study...

what do you think?

2019-05-16 12:08:24



Married priests? We already have married priests. I am one of them.....  

It seems there are billboards like this going up all across Cincinnati demanding "Married Priests. Now." My usual quick comment when someone brings up the issue of married priests (and it is almost always a progressive Catholic who does so) is: "Well, we have to remember that if the man is married and young and he and his wife are fertile they would be living within the teachings of the Catholic Church right...

what do you think?

2019-05-16 11:58:58



9 things I wish I could go back in time to tell my young self about the Faith...  

I occasionally like to reimagine what my life might look like if I could have a heart-to-heart with that 12-year-old kid I used to be. What if I could share with her all that I've learned about the beauty and genius of the Catholic Church? What if I could shake her and tell her to take a plunge into the depth of her faith? I consider myself blessed to be finally gaining some fluency...

what do you think?

2019-05-16 09:56:02



This trail in the Holy Land covers at least 3,000 years of biblical history...  

Tradition claims Moses walked all across Jordan, from the Red Sea in the south all the way to the north to Mount Nebo on his way to the Promised Land. In fact, the closest city to the ancient Nabatean city of Petra is called "Wadi Mousa," "the Valley of Moses," very close to what tradition has also identified as Moses' well...

what do you think?

2019-05-16 08:34:21



With America's Vatican 'checkup' on tap, the reports come due...  

Even more than usual, the last 11 months have seen no shortage of notable stories come up, only to get washed out within hours by the latest curveball on the crisis front. Among other instances, this happened last July when - at the start of what should've been a quiet summer weekend - a Friday night saw the first report of plans for the all-important ad limina visit of the US bishops: American Catholicism's first Roman "exam" in the age of Francis ...

what do you think?

2019-05-16 07:18:14



U.S. births have fallen to a 32-year low; CDC says birthrate is in record slump...  

The U.S. birthrate fell again in 2018, to 3,788,235 births — representing a 2% drop from 2017. It's the lowest number of births in 32 years, according to a new federal report. The numbers also sank the U.S. fertility rate to a record low. Not since 1986 has the U.S. seen so few babies born. And it's an ongoing slump: 2018 was the fourth consecutive year of birth declines...

what do you think?

2019-05-16 05:37:17



How the Resurrection transforms you from a tomb to a temple...  

Easter marks the time that brought us from death to life. We became a new creation in Baptism, through which we died and rose with Christ. It changed us from a tomb, a place of spiritual death, to a temple of the Holy Spirit. We might compare this transformation to the Holy Sepulcher: it was a place of death but now testifies to the living presence of Christ...

what do you think?

2019-05-16 05:25:12



Married priests? We already have married priests. I am one of them.....  

It seems there are billboards like this going up all across Cincinnati demanding "Married Priests. Now." My usual quick comment when someone brings up the issue of married priests (and it is almost always a progressive Catholic who does so) is: "Well, we have to remember that if the man is married and young and he and his wife are fertile they would be living within the teachings of the Catholic Church right...

what do you think?

2019-05-16 04:34:14



How the Resurrection transforms you from a tomb to a temple...  

Easter marks the time that brought us from death to life. We became a new creation in Baptism, through which we died and rose with Christ. It changed us from a tomb, a place of spiritual death, to a temple of the Holy Spirit. We might compare this transformation to the Holy Sepulcher: it was a place of death but now testifies to the living presence of Christ...

what do you think?

2019-05-16 03:31:06



Archdiocese of Detroit cancels sporting events on Sundays...  

The Archdiocese of Detroit has announced that it will no longer hold required sporting events on Sundays, in an effort to refocus the day on prayer, family and rest. In a reflection on his 2016 pastoral letter, Unleash the Gospel, Archbishop Allen Vigneron issued a pastoral note on Wednesday, emphasizing the importance of "the Lord's Day...

what do you think?

2019-05-16 03:06:03



U.S. births have fallen to a 32-year low; CDC says birthrate is in record slump...  

The U.S. birthrate fell again in 2018, to 3,788,235 births — representing a 2% drop from 2017. It's the lowest number of births in 32 years, according to a new federal report. The numbers also sank the U.S. fertility rate to a record low. Not since 1986 has the U.S. seen so few babies born. And it's an ongoing slump: 2018 was the fourth consecutive year of birth declines...

what do you think?

2019-05-16 02:57:31



What you think matters more than you think. Christ alone can give you a 'new mind'...  

There is a tendency today to trivialize and reduce the human person. One of the ways we do this is by claiming that it doesn't really matter what people think or believe, only that they behave well. For example, we think that if a man is a good citizen, pays his taxes, doesn't beat his wife, and is kind to children and animals then it doesn't matter what he believes...

what do you think?

2019-05-16 02:05:12



With America's Vatican 'checkup' on tap, the reports come due...  

Even more than usual, the last 11 months have seen no shortage of notable stories come up, only to get washed out within hours by the latest curveball on the crisis front. Among other instances, this happened last July when - at the start of what should've been a quiet summer weekend - a Friday night saw the first report of plans for the all-important ad limina visit of the US bishops: American Catholicism's first Roman "exam" in the age of Francis ...

what do you think?

2019-05-16 01:07:29



Mainstream press still ignoring church vandalism in France — even after Notre Dame fire...  

It has been exactly a month since a fire destroyed the roof and spire of Notre Dame in Paris, leaving the Catholic world — and beyond — in shock over the destruction of such an important structure in Christendom and Western Civilization. In the days and weeks that followed, we were treated to news coverage that was exceptional to the ordinary to the downright bizarre...

what do you think?

2019-05-15 07:17:53



Alabama Senate outlaws abortion, setting up Supreme Court Roe v. Wade challenge...  

The Alabama Senate approved a bill Thursday that will outlaw nearly all abortion in the state. The bill, which is expected to be signed by Gov. Kay Ivey, is intended to be a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that declared unconstitutional state measures prohibiting abortion. The Human Life Protection Act...

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2019-05-15 05:44:44



Alabama Senate passes near-total ban on abortion...  

Alabama's Senate passed a near-total ban on abortion Tuesday, sending what would be the nation's most stringent abortion law to the state's Republican governor. The GOP-dominated Senate voted 25-6 to make performing an abortion at any stage of pregnancy a felony punishable by up to 99 years or life in prison for the abortion provider...

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2019-05-15 02:59:58



As China detains 1-2 million Uighur Muslims, world looks the other way...  

China has detained an estimated 1 million to 2 million Uighur Muslims in the region of Xinjiang, and millions more live one step away from detention under the watchful eye of the Chinese Communist Party. Why it matters: It has been two years since the internment camps first came to light internationally, and a series of reports from Xinjiang have made vivid the scale of the abuses...

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2019-05-14 17:29:10



When sex ed goes over the top, it's children who lose...  

Colorado's House Bill 19-1032 which passed recently, calls for "comprehensive sex education" for our children in Colorado schools. While it is difficult to determine what elements of sexual activity will be studied and at what age this will be given to children to learn, the word "comprehensive" is a hint of what is to come...

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2019-05-14 17:22:33



Chile bishop says Pope's criticism created 'painful,' 'unfair' image...  

When the entire Chilean bishops' conference presented their resignations to Pope Francis in Rome last year amid a massive scandal involving clerical sexual abuse and cover-up, Celestino Aos Braco had been a bishop of a small diocese for just four years. As it turns out, it was scant preparation for the job the pope gave him in March: Apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of Santiago...

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2019-05-14 16:52:09



Exorcists see ecumenical agenda in fighting 'voluntary possession'...  

When representatives from different Christian churches gathered in Rome to talk about exorcism with Catholic clergy last week, one point of both alarm and common cause that surfaced involved reports that an increasing number of people are choosing to be possessed. Speaking to Crux, Father Enrich Junger of the Anglican Church of North America said that while exorcisms have always been a problem...

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2019-05-14 13:27:23



What should my child know about his Catholic Faith?  

A predicament I often discover with how parents raise their child is the question about the child's overall development. I argue most parents want to be sure their child is appropriately cared for and that their overall physical, physiological, mental and academic development is on par. However, a parent's consumption of the physical...

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2019-05-14 13:12:14



Homosexuals in the seminaries — A startling survey in Brazil...  

The survey is not brand-new, its results came out in the spring of 2017 in Portuguese in the "Revista Eclesiastica Brasileira." But "Il Regno - Documenti" has recently published a complete translation of it in Italian, thus making it known to a much wider public. On a question that is as relevant as they come. The question is that of homosexuality in the seminaries...

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2019-05-14 12:40:39



8 questions every Catholic leader should answer...  

Church renewal is really hard. In fact, merely managing the daily grind of running a parish (or diocese / ministry) can be hard. That means trying to do all of the day-to-day and still make time for growth, evangelization, discipleship, change, renewal, and more is VERY hard. Yet, it is still worth it. If you believe it is worth the time...

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2019-05-14 11:56:07



Sri Lanka holds first public Masses since Easter attacks...  

The Sri Lankan Catholic Church on May 12 held its first public Sunday Masses since suicide bombers claimed more than 250 lives and injured hundreds of others on Easter. Attendees at the Masses saw heightened safety precautions, including full-body searches, ID checks, and street patrols by military and police forces, according to The Guardian...

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2019-05-14 09:53:16



Charlotte's Web is a good book because E.B. White had a good imagination...  

With the unfolding of spring comes a renewed awareness and appreciation for life. It is peculiar, though, how the observation of life, birth, and the rounds of nature's dance can lead to the contemplation of death. Resurrection requires that life conclude before it may rise again. Spring can, as a result, be solemn even as it sings...

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2019-05-14 07:01:10



Bishop Barron urges Catholics not to quit over scandals, but to stay and fight...  

It's now been almost a year since the latest wave of the clerical sexual abuse scandals in Catholicism erupted with news that the Vatican had removed then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick from ministry following allegations deemed credible by a review board in the Archdiocese of New York. How bad have things become over that year...

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2019-05-14 06:21:57



Georgetown Visitation Prep to publish alumnae same-sex 'marriage' announcements...  

About a week ago, the monastery that runs Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, a prestigious high school in Washington, D.C., sent an email to alumnae that is certain to confuse and demoralize many faithful Catholics. The superior of the Georgetown Visitation Monastery, Sister Mary Berchmans, announced that the monastery leadership has decided to publish news of their alumnae's same-sex unions alongside other updates from alumnae...

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2019-05-14 06:09:52



Too many sermons focus on this world. Too few sermons focus on Heaven... ...  

Many people say that they don't hear too many sermons about Hell anymore. I believe this is true in general, but I will say that I preach about it a good bit. However, I would like to point out that the same could be said about sermons on Heaven. Try to remember the last time you heard a sermon that dealt with the topic let alone inspired a longing for Heaven...

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2019-05-14 04:43:06



The Dubia were finally answered — by Benedict XVI...  

Perhaps it was because Notre-Dame de Paris was burning. Perhaps it was because the best place to hide something from view is in plain sight. Or perhaps it was because we look for power in wind, earthquake, and fire, but miss the "still small voice" of God when He passes by. Whatever the reason, the world watched, read, and missed the answers to the dubia proposed by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in his April essay...

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2019-05-14 02:55:23



Jean Vanier on the importance of a 'healthy belonging'...  

There's a very out-in-the-open debate happening right now about whether an unborn child at the heartbeat stage should ever be considered a child. It's the norm for Democratic presidential candidates to extend that question to the case of children who survive abortions. At a recent unprecedented pro-life event in New York City's Times Square...

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2019-05-13 19:21:10



New Orthodox schism stalls ecumenical dialogue, Vatican official says...  

A significant rupture between Orthodox churches in Ukraine has brought the official theological dialogue between Catholics and Orthodox to a standstill, according to a Vatican official involved in the talks. "The ecumenical dialogue is a journey. At this point in the journey, we have a new problem," said Bishop Brian Farrell...

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2019-05-13 16:18:13



Gunmen kill six, including priest, during Mass in Burkina Faso...  

A group of gunmen burned down a Catholic Church during Sunday Mass and killed at least six people, including a priest, in the west African nation of Burkina Faso Sunday morning. The attackers reportedly burst into the church, located in the northern town of Dablo, and started shooting at the beginning of Mass, around 9 am local time...

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2019-05-13 09:31:43



The numbers don't look good — what should the Church do?  

What are we to make of "the numbers"? As the Church it is hard to ignore the large decline in attendance at Mass and reception of the sacraments, yet the Lord never seemed overly concerned with numbers; He even distrusted them. The information can help us to gauge the effectiveness of our preaching, teaching, and engagement of God's people; it can also be a pernicious temptation to water down the gospel just to improve our numbers...

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2019-05-13 02:59:31



Thoughts on populism, liability and unfinished business on abuse norms...  

Now that the dust has settled a bit on Vos Estis Lux Mundi, a new set of papal norms governing both reporting and investigation into accusations of clerical sexual abuse and its cover-up released by the Vatican on Thursday, the overall reaction seems reasonably clear. For most people, it can be expressed this way: So far as they go...

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2019-05-13 01:55:35



Soldiers of the Pope: The ancestral tradition of the Pontifical Swiss Guard in the Vatican...  

The emblematic Pontifical Swiss Guard, entrusted with the safety of the Successor of Peter and the Apostolic Palace for more than five centuries, welcomed 23 new recruits to its ranks in an annual ceremony at the Vatican. On the afternoon of May 6, 23 Swiss Guards — easily identifiable thanks to their Renaissance-style parti-colored uniforms — took the oath during a ceremony in the Vatican's St...

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2019-05-12 14:55:48



Pope authorizes pilgrimages to Medjugorje, judgment on authenticity 'still requires examination by the Church'...  

Pope Francis has decided to authorize pilgrimages to Medjugorje, which can now be officially organized by dioceses and parishes and will no longer take place only in a private capacity which as has so far been the case. The announcement was made today during Mass, at the parish shrine which has become a destination for millions of pilgrims...

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2019-05-12 14:30:31



What does Our Lord mean by calling us sheep?  

The Lord says, "My sheep hear my voice." That's right, He called us sheep. Get a little indignant with me here! The Lord is comparing us not to majestic eagles, beautiful gazelles, swift horses, mighty lions, or clever doges, but to sheep. While reality may hurt, the truth can liberate. Although sheep are considered somewhat lowly animals...

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2019-05-12 14:26:15



How to understand the readings for Good Shepherd Sunday...  

This upcoming Lord's Day is often known as "Good Shepherd Sunday," since each year the Gospel reading is taken from John 10, the "Good Shepherd Discourse." It's also often observed as a day of prayer for vocations to the priesthood and religious life, since priests and religious are visible manifestations to us of Christ in his role as the Good Shepherd...

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2019-05-12 05:22:48



Exorcist says diabolical temptation is “not as spectacular as possession, but it's far more dangerous”...  

Though dramatic representations of demonic possessions, as seen in Hollywood, can make them appear to be the primary method of the devil, one Dominican priest and exorcist has warned that the greater and more common threat to a person's salvation is the temptation to sin. "The most common manifestation of the demonic is temptation...

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2019-05-12 04:54:46



Pope's Regina Coeli address: 'Jesus is the only Shepherd who speaks, knows and guards you'...  

Here is a ZENIT translation of the address Pope Francis gave today, before and after praying the midday Regina Coeli with those gathered in St. Peter's Square.

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2019-05-12 02:56:26



On the composting of thee and me...  

In Herman Wouk's novel, War and Remembrance, Warren Henry shocks his Bible-reading father, the novel's hero, by claiming that human beings are "microbes on a grain of dust...and when it's over we're just dead meat." The Washington state legislature has now topped the cynical young Warren Henry by declaring that we're useful meat...

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2019-05-12 02:07:21



Mirror image: What if an evangelical politico doxed gay protesters at Family Research Council?  

There is a reason that I held off writing about mainstream news coverage of Rep. Brian Sims and his online activism against people praying at his local Planned Parenthood facility. To be blunt: I was waiting for some mainstream media coverage of this digital drama. The fact that this took several days is really interesting — from a media-analysis point of view...

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2019-05-10 17:03:55



Catholic student gunned down in Colorado; few reporters ask crucial questions about shooters...  

Another week, another school shooting, although this latest one in the Denver suburb of Highlands Ranch has quickly turned into a religion story. Well, it's a religion story if reporters note crucial details and ask basic questions. As I scanned various stories, I learned there was very little news about the shooters, especially some of their more controversial aspects...

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2019-05-10 11:37:39



Pro-life activists rally in Philadelphia to counter lawmaker's vicious viral attack...  

Pro-life activists rallied in Philadelphia Friday morning in response to a viral video of a Pennsylvania state representative harassing pro-life teens and women.

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2019-05-10 01:51:17



'Mayor Pete' Buttigieg is wrong — God still forbids all homosexual acts...  

In recent remarks, Pete Buttigieg, Democratic presidential candidate and mayor of South Bend, Indiana, remarked that his same-sex "marriage" to Chasten Glezman has brought him closer to God. This raises a question: To what god has he moved closer? Respectfully and sincerely, Mr. Buttigieg, it cannot be the God who has revealed himself in the Scriptures and through the Church...

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2019-05-09 12:44:10



Benedict's essay broadens conversation on causes of crisis...  

The recent essay of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, "The Church and the Scandal of Sexual Abuse," was an apt summary of a long life of ecclesial and theological service, as I commented previously. At the same time, it significantly advances the Church's handling of the sexual-abuse crisis. Since the first sexual-abuse cases emerged into public knowledge in the 1980s and early 1990s...

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2019-05-09 08:28:35






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