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Springfield Bishop Thomas Paprocki decrees: No Communion or funeral rites for same-sex couples


Did Jesus really rise from the dead? ...
Fr. C. John McCloskey
Some Christians confident in their own faith may not immediately see the need to read this book, given their solid belief in the Resurrection. However, answering the challenges and serious questions of those around us, including family members far from such faith, is motive enough to take up Carl Olson's deft exposition of "the reason for our faith...


A good eggsplanation of why bird eggs are shaped like eggs...


The Dismas Option: Why you shouldn't wait to come back to God...
John Clark
Sometimes I wonder how many people fall away from the Catholic Church and live apart from God for many years, with the plan to return at the end of their lives. Their plan is to live the way they want, to “have their cake and eat it, too,” to “beat the system.” Jesus warned against this thinking in His Parable of the Thief in the Night in Matthew 24:42-44...


Where did devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus come from?
Kathy Schiffer
This year on June 23, the Catholic Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. But where did that tradition originate? Devotion to the wounded heart of Jesus has its origins in the eleventh century, when pious Christians meditated on the Five Wounds of Christ. There grew up among the faithful prayers to the Sacred Heart...


Former San Francisco Archbishop John Quinn dies at 88...
Rocco Palmo
For the second time in a month, the City of St Francis is made to bury an archbishop... yet this time, it's the "Big One." The figure who enshrined a progressive style of Catholicism to fit the nation's most liberal city, Archbishop John Raphael Quinn died early this morning at 88. Head of the San Francisco church from 1977-95...


Too many ill-formed priests treat Mass like it’s Howdy Doody time...
George Weigel
Three or four times each month, Father X (as I’ll call him here) celebrates the noontime daily Mass I regularly attend. I’m grateful for his homilies, which are almost always thoughtful. Thus in a recent commentary on Jesus’s debate with the Sadducees over the resurrection of the dead, Father X gave a lucid and moving explanation of the “communion of saints” and how it functions in our Christian lives...


Why is God silent? He’s silent because, as Cardinal Sarah tells us, silence is the language of God...
R. Jared Staudt
In the Catholic world, it was a year of silence. Martin Scorsese fulfilled his longstanding dream to adapt Shusaku Endo’s novel Silence for film. The book chronicles two young Jesuits in Japan searching for their lost mentor, rumored to have abandoned the faith. Japan experienced a massive number of martyrdoms as the Emperor banned the newly established religion in 1587...


43 incredible photos of U.S. UNESCO sites, present and proposed...


The martyr who got overshadowed by St. Thomas More...
Thomas Craughwell
It’s not Thomas More’s fault. His fame is so widespread that he has put in the shade the only English bishop who had the guts to stand up to Henry VIII, and lost his head because of it. That bishop was St. John Fisher (1469-1535). Certainly, most if not all of the Register’s readers will recognize that name. But let’s face it...


This pro-life talk at Google's headquarters was a surprise hit...


Pope appoints new president of Pontifical Academy of Sciences...


Monsignor Bux: We are in a full crisis of faith...


Karen Handel, the winner of Georgia's special congressional election, is a pro-life Catholic...


Is religion comforting? Yes. But not in the way the atheists think...


How to deal with suicide when it's related to mental illness...


Engage in the “battle for the eternal salvation for souls”, wherein Fr. Z beats to quarters...


Pope's Wednesday Audience: “Invoke the saints; they are always present in our life”...

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The symptoms of dying (which you're going to do someday, so go to confession)...


Why Syria’s Christians oppose efforts to depose Assad...
Nicholas Frankovich
In Syria, most Christians and other religious minorities, primarily Alawites and Druze, support Assad, certainly according to conventional wisdom. Polling data such as they are indicate that a majority of the total Syrian population, not just religious minorities, backs him in the civil war. “Even the Sunnis” will take Assad over “the extremists...


St. Thomas More’s prison cell in the Tower of London...
Adam Bowers
For a pilgrimage earlier this year, I made arrangements to visit the cell in the Tower of London where St. Thomas More was imprisoned as he underwent trial for refusal to take the Oath of Supremacy imposed by King IMG_0560Henry VIII. St. Thomas is my patron saint in Confirmation, and today (June 22) is his optional memorial. Although the Tower of London was used to detain the King’s prisoners from time to time...


Is Vatican II to blame for the sex abuse scandal?
Simcha Fisher
The Catholic Herald UK reports: Mgr Peter Smith, former chancellor of Glasgow archdiocese, said the Church accepted conventional wisdom of the 1970s that it was “better to repair the [abuser], to fix them or to redeem them”, than punish them. In that era priests accused of abuse could be sent for therapy rather than face criminal charges...


This exposé of the LA trucking industry shows why Rerum Novarum is more relevant than ever...


How the recovered bones of Julia Greeley reveal her true grit...
Archbishop Samuel Aquila
Hundreds of people were drawn to the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception on June 7 for the transfer of Julia Greeley’s mortal remains, which were exhumed as a part of her cause for canonization. Few records about Julia exist, but her remains confirm what was passed on orally: Julia was a woman of remarkable perseverance and conviction who should inspire us all to pursue holiness...


Fortnight for Freedom: Please spend some time working and praying to protect your religious liberty...
Msgr. Charles Pope
There has been a steady erosion of religious liberty in the United States in recent years. It has been challenged through a broad range of incidents, requirements from the medical world, health insurance mandates, and court decisions. We often take our religious freedom for granted, but it is under substantive though sometimes subtle challenge...


St. John Fisher, Cardinal-Martyr of England...
Stephanie Mann
John Cardinal Fisher, the former Bishop of Rochester—Henry VIII had stripped him of that title—was sentenced to death on June 17, 1535. The sentence pronounced against him brought a flush of color to his sunken cheeks, eyewitnesses remarked. As a traitor, he would be drawn to the place of execution on a hurdle, hanged, cut down still alive and then endure vivisection...


Things Mother Teresa didn’t say: There’s a website for that...


Toronto's National Post: The rise of the radical nuns (i.e., orthodox, habit-wearing sisters)...


The Silence of the Lambs: Are Protestants concealing a Catholic-size sexual abuse scandal?


Center for Medical Progress: Criminal charges in California have been dismissed...


What St. Margaret Mary Alacoque said about devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus...


Why do people embrace things like racism and abortion? Because they live in a world of malignant normality...


Ties that bind in Golden State Warriors locker room: Might those game-day Bible studies be important?
Terry Mattingly
Hello, all of you sports fanatics out there in GetReligion reader land! Yeah, right. I realize there may only be a dozen or so of you, based on the digital silence that has followed most GetReligion posts about sports-news topics. However, I (along with Bobby Ross, Jr., the Texas Rangers acolyte) have bravely soldiered on and written quite a few posts about the God-shaped holes found in the coverage at most mainstream sports-news outlets (hello...


How could this happen? A former destroyer captain explains the U.S.S. Fitzgerald and collisions at sea...


‘Killing's bad 'n all, but how much is too much?’...


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