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Pope reiterates Church’s commitment to protect minors from abuse


McElroy and Chaput on chastity...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
This week we have an American bishop and Archbishop writing articles touching on the question of chastity. In this article for London’s Catholic Herald Archbishop Chaput comments that faithful Christians are the West’s “new dissidents.” In the midst of writing about the openly anti-Catholic attack on federal judge nominee Amy Coney Barrett by Dianne Feinstein...


Notes for Australian Catholics on the ‘same-sex marriage’ postal vote...
Edward Peters
Even in a free country it is very unusual for a government to ask, plainly and directly, its people for their opinion on a specific proposed policy; but it is nigh-on unheard of that any question concerning a proposed policy would have one, and only one, correct answer. Yet that is exactly what is happening Down Under for the next few weeks as the Australian government...


Steve Bannon is right: the Catholic Church “needs” illegal immigrants...


Our haunting insecurities and the human weeds...


In Mannheim presentation, Cardinal Müller notes that St. Robert Bellarmine was sacked three times from the Curia...


A John Paul II Institute alumnus looks at the Pope's motu proprio...


Pope prays for Mexico in its ‘moment of sorrow’ after earthquake...


We've got to be carefully taught, before it's too late, to learn how to love...
Archbishop José Gomez
Our long, difficult summer in this country seems to continue without end. Even as the violence of Charlottesville and its aftermath still weigh heavy on our hearts and minds, this past weekend we saw the outbreak of new violence and racial tensions in St. Louis. We have come a long way in America — but we still have a long way to go...


Veni, vidi, gone: A death map of the Roman emperors...


For centuries, people celebrated a little boy’s first pair of trousers...


On prioritizing the values we teach to our children...
Rick Becker
“You can’t die in every ditch.” It was a favorite saying of Fr. Ed Madden, my pastor and boss, when I was a greenhorn DRE back in Boulder. So many problems, so many complaints, so many challenges crop up in the course of ordinary parish work, and I was motivated (at first) to tackle them all at once. Fr. Madden, drawing on decades of parochial experience...


Pope issues apostolic letter ‘Summa Familiae Cura,’ changes status of John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family...


Catholics come out guns a blazin'...


Pope writes letter to Japan: ‘My thought runs to the witness of so many martyrs’...


About the roots of the Father James Martin/Theological College controversy...
Terry Mattingly
It would be hard to name a media figure in American Catholicism who is more popular than Father James Martin, in part because he is witty, candid and concise. He understands how journalists work, pays attention to deadlines and is relentlessly cooperative. Martin has his points to make and he makes them, both with his words and with strategic silence...


Four months after kidnapping, Philippine military rescues Marawi's captive vicar-general...


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On Jesus’ merciful call of St. Matthew, a great sinner...
Msgr. Charles Pope
On this Feast Day of St. Matthew, we must acknowledge a great mercy in Jesus’ call. As a tax collector, Matthew was considered a great sinner. In fact, the term “tax collector” was a biblical euphemism for great sinner. Yet despite this, Jesus called him to be an Apostle. In our times, many set mercy and the fact that we are sinners in opposition to each other...


My visit to the scene of Fr. Stanley Rother's martyrdom...


If you're not poor, you’ve been blessed. So don’t talk trash about the poor...
David Mills
The crippled man on the bus had finished his community service; he’d been let down by a social worker who never showed up to give him a ride, and walked a mile to get to the bus stop. He was speaking on his phone to a secretary who told him he’d be marked as a no-show and charged for the appointment with his counselor. He looked “downright afraid...


Enjoy chicken? You have some medieval Benedictines to thank...


Bishop Barron talks religion at Facebook headquarters...


Sister Marita Rother remembers her brother, the soon-to-be ‘Blessed’ Father Stanley Rother...
Jim Graves
Sister Marita Rother, 81, is the younger sister of martyred Father Stanley Rother (1935-81), the venerable servant of God who will be beatified Sept. 23. The missionary priest was murdered in 1981 in his rectory amid the violence of the Guatemalan civil war. Sister Marita is a member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ; she made first vows with the religious community in 1955 and final vows in 1960...


“I ask for America’s prayers”: Hurricane Maria slams Puerto Rico with high rains, storm surge...


Our Lady of La Salette reminds us keep holy the Sabbath...
Donal Foley
The feast of Our Lady of La Salette commemorates the apparition of the Blessed Virgin to two French children, 11-year-old Maximin Giraud and 14-year-old Mélanie Mathieu, which took place on a mountain near the village of La Salette-Fallavaux on Saturday, Sept. 19, 1846. The two children worked as shepherds and lived in the nearby town of Corps in southeastern France...


Jailed priest: Abortion centers are ‘modern-day Calvary.’ The Church must be there...


In Vatican trial, question remains: Whose reputations are on the line?
John Allen
As the latest major Vatican criminal trial resumed on Tuesday, judges seemed to challenge claims by the main defendant that spending $500,000 from funds belonging to a papally-sponsored children's hospital to remodel the private apartment of a Vatican cardinal was entirely routine and above-board. As the trial plays out, the reputations of both that cardinal and Pope Francis's broader financial reform appear at stake...


Catholics beware: The attack on free speech is growing stronger...


Vatican calls alleged bombshell over vanished girl ‘false and ridiculous’...


Fr. James Martin Is creating chaos in Catholic circles...
John Zmirak
You might not follow inside Catholic baseball. I wouldn’t blame you. Lately it has recalled the infamous 1962 Mets, who won only 40 games while losing 120. Their manager, Casey Stengel, famously asked the team, “Can’t anybody here play this game?” But the latest wild pitch and lost game are important, both to Catholics and other Christians...


Don't look at 1917 through a rose-colored looking glass...
K.V. Turley
Recently, London’s British Library concluded its five-month exhibition: Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy and Myths. I was handed a free ticket and went along, and quickly found myself dismayed at the myths peddled yet again, the real tragedy still ignored. One wonders, given the history of Communism in the 20th century, why there is still so much residual romanticism attached to it—at least in some quarters in the West...


Lady Gaga posts photo of herself praying Rosary with explanation for tour cancelation...


In defense of bad priests...


Bioethics expert says ‘de-valuing’ human beings is 21st century malady...


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