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Disability rights activists protest assisted suicide bills as dangerous, discriminatory


The problem of evil — actually, it’s complicated...
Deacon Steven Greydanus
“God had to take her,” says a grieving father at a bereavement support group in the 2010 film Rabbit Hole, starring Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart. “He needed another angel. He needed another angel.” I would be very reluctant to take issue with a thought or sentiment that a person in grief found helpful. But I couldn’t imagine saying something like this to a person in grief — and I can well understand the waspish response from Kidman’s character...


Vatican commission has found “there is no historical evidence” that women were ever ordained as deacons, says theologian...


Who was Garamond, anyway? The history behind 5 classic typefaces...


Lessons from Churchill’s walk with destiny...
Christopher Kaczor
The first lesson of Churchill’s life is that serious parental failures do not necessarily destroy our potential for greatness. Winston’s father, Randolph, treated his son with disdain, repeatedly telling the young boy and later the young man that he would never amount to anything. Winston’s mother, Jennie, had numerous extramarital affairs and spent much more time and energy as a social butterfly than as a caring mother...


A wretched ‘tell-all’ Vatican exposé that tells us only one thing...
Phil Lawler
“I don’t often talk about my own life in my books,” writes Frederic Martel, near the close of his sensationalistic In the Closet of the Vatican. Reading that phrase, I laughed out loud. The humor was unintentional; Martel takes himself very seriously. Still in light of the spectacular self-promotion on display in the preceding 300+ pages...


Did the Catholic Church destroy the once-beloved anchovy pizza? (And if so, will this be the subject of Dan Brown’s next sequel?)...


Priest stabbed during Mass at St. Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal...


Small hole in the ground leads to mysterious English cavern with possible ties to Crusades...


The 3rd Sunday of Lent: Bearing the fruit of repentance...
John Bergsma
The fig tree is, in the first instance, a symbol of the City of Jerusalem, which Jesus is about to visit. When he comes, he will not find the fruit of repentance there. As a result, the city will ultimately be destroyed (in a sense, destroy itself) in AD 70. On the other hand, the fig tree is a type of each one of us, and a warning to us...


Who will be the next archbishop of Washington? Arch Madness returns...
Rocco Palmo
If only this scribe had a dime for every time one of this readership asked about the ongoing vacancy in Washington over these weeks, Whispers would be solvent into the next Holy Year – that is, 2025. To be sure, that's a figurative line. Still, almost six months into the singular move that'll define Pope Francis' stewardship of the Stateside Church...


3 tips to reaching modern culture for Catholic evangelists...
Marcel LeJeune
A few years ago, my family and I went to Yellowstone National Park. It was amazing because we absolutely marveled in the majesty of God’s creation. But, we also saw the results of natural disaster - in this case, forest fires. There were some sections of the park when all you could see were burned down forests. It was a reminder that God wastes nothing and even in seasons of struggle...


Learning the lessons of Lazarus and the rich man...


Hell is real, you have a real chance of going there, and it will hurt like hell when you do...
David Mills
He doesn’t like the idea of Hell, this voice of urbane secular liberalism, of people who pity the poor yokels who not only believe in God but think he has standards. “What modern believer wouldn’t want to cast off this old, sadistic barrier to faith in a loving God?” writes Vinson Cunningham in The New Yorker. “What kind of deity draws such a hard line between his friends and his enemies...


Saving eggs before blocking puberty: Why “transition” if still uncertain?


See this movie. It matters...


Canada set to shut down one-third of its churches in coming years, says National Trust...


The filmmaking duo behind ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ and ‘The Lego Movie’ have a refreshing take on fathers...

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Poetry has simply vanished from popular culture — and from church hymn books...
Anthony Esolen
In an earlier column, I asked why we could not sing hymns from the Christian treasury, which is nearly two thousand years old, and which features composers with names like Bach and Handel and poets from Prudentius to Thomas Aquinas to Isaac Watts, the Wesleys, and John Henry Newman, rather than silly, sloppy, banally sentimental...


Watch this video: As lawmakers plot murder, young people sing a ‘lullaby of perfect pain’ for holy innocents in the Illinois State Capitol...
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
I have written about the breath-taking, throat-choking, eye-blurring composition of Philip Stopford, “Lully, Lulla, Lullay”. This is the “Conventry Carol” about the Holy Innocents, a carol in some ways so heart-piercing that it seems out of step with Christmastide, except that the joyous season embraces also Childermas...


What should be our attitude toward priests today? A great Doctor of the Church, St. Catherine of Siena, has an answer...


Arguments against a germ-line editing moratorium fail...
Fr. Matthew Schneider
Last week it came out that many scientists want a 5-year moratorium on gene-line editing. This means no editing DNA that might be passed down to your kids. However, a recent piece argued against this. I will dissect the arguments against this to point out why we should have a moratorium. Stat ran a story titled, “Leading scientists...


4 women in Tolkien’s Middle-Earth who reflect the beauty of the Virgin Mary...
Philip Kosloski
J.R.R. Tolkien, being a devout Catholic, was well acquainted with the indispensable role of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Christianity and had a deep devotion to her. He saw her importance in being the “Mother of God” and venerated her as the “Queen Mother” who sits enthroned with her Son in Heaven. This devotion to the “Morning Star” would find its way into four women in the realm of Middle-Earth...


‘We're in a very different time now’: Montreal officials oust crucifix from City Hall...


A rock and roll journalist opens her ears to God...


How Jane Austen played baseball...


This is the only rational explanation for the world’s intense fear of and hatred for Christ and Catholicism...
Msgr. Charles Pope
I have often contemplated this hostility toward and resistance to Christ and His Body, the Church; it is unparalleled. Few of the Protestant denominations experience this hatred. The Buddhists don’t seem to be subject to it. Even the Muslims are exempt despite the distinctly non-Western views that predominantly Muslim countries have on many social issues important to the American Left...


A little dose of eschatology at the airport...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
I’m on the road today to speak at the Youngstown Diocesan Men’s Conference. I’m wearing my clericals and as I’m going through the ritual public humiliation we call “airport security” one of the rather stern looking guards–thin, bald headed with an aquiline look to him leans over and says to me, “What’s your eschatology...


From St. Francis de Sales, 7 common undetected sins to consider before your next Confession...


Pell case reminds the world why cardinals wear red...


True humility means using the gifts God gave you to serve His people...


There’s some good in the world, and it’s worth fighting for. That’s a pretty good description of the vocation God is asking from you...
Archbishop Charles Chaput
I want to talk about vocations today, especially to the young people in the audience, but I want to do it in a roundabout way. So I hope you’ll bear with me. I also need to express my gratitude for this award. I don’t deserve it, but I’m happy to have it for two reasons. First, because it comes from a university whose courage and fidelity I greatly admire...


Suicide is contagious. Don’t let it spread by supporting assisted suicide...


A tale of two Georges...


The Charlie Brown cartoon that haunted Ronald Reagan...


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