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Christian ministers told to perform gay 'weddings' or face jail time...


In some European countries, church membership means paying more taxes...


We are in the middle of a "clothes crisis"
R. Jared Staudt
Clothing is a symbol of our disposition. This is true spiritually speaking—which is why we have vestments, habits, and scapulars in the Catholic tradition—but also culturally speaking. We express ourselves to others in the way we dress. Our clothing, therefore, should reflect our relationship with Jesus.


Cardinal Kasper apologizes, suggests Catholic media will avenge him...
Elizabeth Scalia
Cardinal Kasper is 81 years old, and it seems to me he is still fully in his wits. But he has been going at it full steam since February, giving many interviews, traveling, and then participating in the Synod. Perhaps he needs to stand down a bit, go on a repairing lease, as they say, in the countryside, or regroup with a restful...


These popular world destinations are not for the faint of heart...


The exact perfect amount of time to take a break, according to data...


Vatican condemns terrorism of Islamic State, rejects war as solution...
John Thavis
The Vatican summit today on the Middle East heard a strong call to protect Christian minorities, but also a strong rejection of war as a solution to the situation in Syria and Iraq. Pope Francis denounced what he called “terrorism on a scale that previously was unimaginable.” The Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, was more specific...


10 quotes from Blessed Pope Paul VI on the Blessed Virgin Mary...
Tom Perna
It’s an exciting time to be a Catholic. Yesterday’s beatification of Pope Paul VI is yet another indication of this time. We now have three popes that served nearly one after the other in the 20th century as saints of the Catholic Church. Although Paul VI has not been officially canonized, we know that he is there in Heaven with his predecessor, Pope St.


Study: Elephants may know when it's raining 150 miles away...


The Antichrist is dead set on destroying fatherhood...
Jason Craig
Joseph Ratzinger, I think, will go down in history as the best cultural physician of our day not because he fixed everything, but because he correctly diagnosed the ailments. The seminarian and scholarly readers out there will no doubt be familiar with his solution to the many problems of modern scholarship...


Did the papacy exist while St. John the Apostle was still alive?
Joe Heschmeyer
For my money, one of the strongest arguments against the papacy (or at least one of the most interesting) is that the Catholic view requires us to hold that the first few popes after Peter had authority over St. John the Evangelist, even though these popes weren't Apostles, and John was. So how do we answer that?


U.S. Marines engage in drum battle with the Republic of Korea Army Band...


Believe it or not, Alaska has never been mapped to modern standards...


"Great Pope, courageous Christian, tireless apostle": Pope Paul VI beatified at Synod's closing Mass...


"The Pope's duty is to guarantee the Church's unity": In the Aula, Francis brings down the curtain...
Rocco Palmo
While the vote on this Synod's final report (Italian fulltext) was the expected business at tonight's closing session, even the crucial summary text was overshadowed by one last speech from the Pope, containing some of his strongest language to date as he reflected on the several "temptations" he saw at play over the last two weeks.


Read the final "Relatio" here (Italian; use Google Translate for rough English version)


What the Synod of Bishops isn’t talking about...


Synod concludes two-week Assembly with final message to world, final report to Holy Father...

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4 ways the Synod on the Family was like the United States Congress...
Rebecca Hamilton
All in all, I was relieved when these boys in red and black wrote up their final results and went home. I am not looking forward to the next go-round at all. I don’t want pious play acting from my bishops. I certainly don’t expect perfection. In fact, I know that they are as incapable of perfection as any other person who walks this planet.


It didn't go out with Vatican II...
Mark Shea
The "It Went Out With Vatican II" disease causes many Catholics to talk as though the Church before the Council was a completely different animal than the Church after the Council and not a continuation of the same Church. The funny thing, of course, is that both arch-conservative dissenters and arch-liberal dissenters from the Catholic Church talk this way.


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The Synod of Bishops revealed two certainties about the Church...
Andrea Gagliarducci
The first one: there is hope in the Church peripheries. The second: that the most hopeful peripheries are not those that one might expect. It is not Latin America, from which Pope Francis hails, and where the Church has assumed the social function of fighting poverty but has lost sight of the rolein once had of formingthe consciences when the Jesuits established themselves


Blessed Paul VI was not the greatest pope ever, but I owe him a special debt of gratitude...
Edward Peters
Like most reasonably bright sophomores in college, I knew pretty much everything about everything and I was certainly an expert on anything I chose to take a position on. That included, among matters ecclesiastic, contraception. Not that I had ever read Pope Paul’s Humanae vitae, mind...


Modernity has emptied the universe of its wonder...
John Carswell
These days, there’s a lot of emphasis in Catholic circles on the importance of beauty in evangelism. I’m a big fan of this notion. Beauty has played a massive role in my faith from the time I was only a child. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe basically led me to make my first profession of faith in Christ. However...


In Texas, the “Kiss of Peace” becomes "meaningful eye contact" to protect against Ebola...
Kathy Schiffer
With Ebola now claiming more than 4,500 lives, the Diocese of Fort Worth, Texas has taken steps to reduce exposure to potential Ebola cases in their parishes during liturgical celebrations. As of October 14, the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)...


How Pope Paul VI's most controversial work led me from atheism to the Catholic Church...
Jennifer Fulwiler
When I was first exploring Catholicism after a life of atheism, it never occurred to me that I would accept the Church’s teachings against artificial contraception. Like most other people of my generation, I understood contraception to be a universal good. From high-school health classes to messages in popular media...


5 phenomenal science stunts (like "cryogenic napalm") done with dry ice...


Would you not honor the man who saved your life?


The beatification of Paul VI is a fitting coda to a stormy fortnight...


God and God alone: A homily for the 29th Sunday of the Year...


Synod of Bishops releases final "Relatio", rolls back controversial language from midterm report...


Closing speech for the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops...


10 things to know and share about St. Luke...


It's probably better if you don't read this story on public WiFi...


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