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“I hope to help lift the stigma”: Lincoln Bishop James Conley announces leave of absence to seek treatment for depression, anxiety


An Open Letter to Bishop Conley...


Who is most likely to succeed Pope Francis?
Phil Lawler
The appointment of Cardinal Luis Tagle as prefect of the Congregation for Evangelization has prompted informed Vatican journalists to observe that Pope Francis may be hoping to put the Filipino prelate in place to become his successor. Pope Francis will celebrate his 83rd birthday next week, and his physical condition has never been robust...


Take your dog for a walk in Switzerland...


Millennials are leaving religion and not coming back...


This is the reason why British politics are so much better than American...


The sin that comes from being a busybody...
Msgr. Charles Pope
The term “busybody” usually refers to one who is intent on the matters of others but looks little to his own issues. Busybodies also tend to focus especially on the faults, foibles, and troubles of other folks. Seldom are they chattering away about good news related to other people; more often it is the scurrilous and scandalous that occupy their minds...


Victoria cops used Cardinal Pell investigation to distract from major police scandal, emails reveal...


Sex differences in personality are so strong and pervasive that they can no longer be ignored, researchers say...


The Catholic Church says a lot, but she speaks of only of what she’s heard...
David Mills
Many of our Protestant friends and even some Catholics don’t understand it. They think the Church makes up stuff, and the claim that Mary was conceived without original sin is often their Exhibit 1. They say it’s unbiblical and unnecessary. The feast gives us a chance to explain what the Church does, and what she doesn’t do...


Benedict Option on the prairie: Members of the SSPX have built a thriving community in rural Kansas...


The fascinating link between Lepanto and Our Lady of Guadalupe...
Carrie Gress
Recently, much attention has been given to the 1571 Battle of Lepanto, where the outnumbered Christian alliance defeated the Muslim Turks, protecting Europe from the further spread of Islam. As I’ve discovered while researching a new book, this battle was certainly miraculous and should be a great sign of hope for us living in these uncertain times...


Vatican officials used tangled web of transactions to fund bankrupt Italian hospital...
Edward Pentin
Using costly methods that appear deceptive, Vatican officials diverted 50 million euros belonging to the Bambino Gesù children’s hospital in Rome to guarantee a loan for the same amount to a bankrupt Italian dermatology hospital in 2014, despite warnings from the cardinal appointed to oversee financial transparency not to go ahead with the transaction...


‘A Hidden Life’ is a cinematic hymn of love and martyrdom...
Deacon Steven Greydanus
The human body, in the anthropology of Pope St. John Paul II, reveals the human person’s vocation to love, to gift of self. This applies, the Pope says, even to the representation of the human body in art. (The topic of art and the body is addressed in a number of the “theology of the body” audiences.) That may be true — for those with eyes to see...


What we’ve lost in translation...
Anthony Esolen
Word is that the USCCB is going to tweak the New American Bible but leave it in place as the basis for the lectionary. Please, your excellencies, give it up. The NAB is a train wreck. It cannot be salvaged. It is, by turns, drab, ungrammatical, clumsy, and stupid. It turns good verbs into verbal nouns. Unlike Hebrew and good English...


A sense of beauty must be taught, and learned. It must be cultivated...


First in a series? Ambitious AP feature examines waves of stress hitting Catholic priests...


Don’t step in it! Here are 5 things you should never say at a family gathering...

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“I convinced a Satanist to come to Mass and now he’s becoming Catholic” — A powerful conversion story from Reddit...


Don’t just defend the fort. Attack!...


Buffalo Bills’ offensive lineman Mitch Morse: “There’s always been a Catholic theme to my football experience”...


The Feast of St. Lucy...


St. Lucy and Advent Ember Week...
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
December 13 was the darkest day – with the least sunlight – of the old Julian calendar. Today in the Gregorian calendar is the feast of St. Lucy, whose name from the Latin lux, for “light”, reminds us who dwell in the still darkening northern hemisphere that our days will soon be getting longer again. Lucy will usually be depicted in art with a lantern...


“The truth cannot hurt the Church” — U.S. bishops in Rome ask Pope Francis about McCarrick report...


Take a tour of 10 of the closest black holes to Earth...


I love Lucy, and here’s why...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
Not Lucille Ball, but St Lucy is the one I love. It is her feast day today, and here are some reasons why she’s important: Firstly, there is the symbolism of her name. “Lucy” comes from the Latin for light–“Lux” or “Lucis”. Lucy is the saint of Light in the season of Advent which is the season of Light. Advent Light in the dark time of the year...


How the papacy of Blessed Pius IX was affected by his epilepsy...


Pope Francis taps Minnesota farm boy to lead Sioux Falls diocese...


Brother James Miller, America’s newest blessed...


A reminder in Advent: Christ reigns, Christ rules, Christ conquers...


Joyful when nothing is going well: Gaudete Sunday...
John Bergsma
I always take consolation from the example of saints who faced death in the middle of a historical situation that offered little in the way of hope. Three in particular come to mind: St. Augustine died with an army of Arian Goths surrounding Hippo in what looked like the end for Western Christian civilization. St. Thomas More was executed at a time when it looked like all was lost for the Church in England...


What’s the perfect gift this year?
John Clark
Every Christmas, we spend considerable time, energy, and/or money trying to locate the right gift. But the ideal gift—the truly perfect gift—is not found online or at Wal-Mart or Target or even Neiman Marcus. It is found within your own heart, soul, mind, and strength. It costs no money. It makes the world a better place. And...


Meet the new smut, worse than the old smut...
Sean Fitzpatrick
There was an underbelly ripple when the news broke that Victoria’s Secret had called off its Christmas season “fashion show,” a prime-time network TV event featuring provocative displays of risqué lingerie. Cancel culture analysts have conjectured at an awareness of the brand’s lack of “body diversity” together with a growing sensitivity to the problem of female objectification...


‘60 Minutes’ treats eugenic dating as something good. Here’s why it’s not...
Fr. Matthew Schneider
This week, the CBS News Program, 60 Minutes featured a report on George Church, a cutting edge genetic scientist. Some of the things he mentioned seemed good but others seemed to be eugenic and only obtainable by unethical means. Let me cite that section of the report and give some reflection. A little science first. Many damaging genetic disorders are recessive so a child needs to receive a copy of the same allele (genetic variant) from each parent...


The bizarre prison chapel at Lincoln Castle in England...


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