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Pope Francis: Canon law revision project is concluding


The clerical cassock: A black badge of courage...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
I have blogged in the past about the opportunities one has to evangelize in the deep South when wearing the cassock. My favorite episode was when I stopped at the supermarket to pick up a few items. I was wearing my cassock and Benedictine scapula and as I got to the end of the aisle with the shopping cart two rather large African American ladies came around the corner...


At private ad limina meetings, Pope Francis talks euthanasia with U.S. bishops, says “he felt he’d been used” after Fr. James Martin photo op...


4 ways of thinking that will drive you (and other people) crazy...


Diocese of Harrisburg files for bankruptcy amid new sex abuse lawsuits...


Assisted suicide bills are driven by contempt for disabled people...


How rapidly is the universe expanding? The growing crisis in cosmology...


The broomstick hoax and the truth about Galileo...


A diagram of the 100 most-spoken languages in the world...


Beyond Amazonia...
George Weigel
The post-synodal apostolic exhortation Querida Amazonia [Dear Amazonia] did not accept or endorse the 2019 Amazonian synod’s proposal that viri probati — mature married men — be ordained priests in that region. So until the German Church’s “synodal path” comes up with a similar proposal (which seems more than likely)...


Why did Pope Francis hit the brakes in Querida Amazonia? Because the Germans are up to no good, and he knows it...
Sandro Magister
That on the Amazon is the second synod in a row in which Francis has disappointed the expectations of those awaiting the innovations that he himself, the pope, had foretold. In the 2018 synod on young people, the issue on which the expectations and controversies had focused was homosexuality. The base document of the discussion...


What is synodality?
Bishop Robert Barron
It was a great privilege for me to participate in the Synod on Young People in the fall of 2018. Along with about three hundred other bishops and ecclesial experts from around the world, I spent four weeks in Rome exploring the complex question of the Church’s outreach to the young. About three weeks into the Synod process, a sub-committee of writers presented a preliminary text...


Parishioners of Detroit’s Assumption Grotto sue to get back Father Eduard Perrone, their ousted priest...


Wondering about wandering about bishops...


Father James Martin and the “captivity of confusion” about who we are, and who God made us to be...
J.D. Flynn
Fr. James Martin, S.J., avers that his advocacy does not challenge Catholic doctrine on homosexuality. He has made a point of publishing an essay delineating Church teaching on the subject. I am happy to take Fr. Martin at face value: If he says he does not wish to challenge the Church’s teaching on homosexuality, even if there is some evidence that this may not be true...


First Mass since Reformation to be offered in Swiss cathedral...


We need this virtue because screens are changing us...
Jason Craig
Will you make it through this article? You have been re-programmed in the media-saturated age of consumerism and internet galloping to skim this article. You’re here to grab enough of it to sense a completion after reading, perhaps gaining a sense of gained knowledge, maybe feeling part of a tribe or something. I’ve been trained as a “content” writer to keep this article skimmable (shallow)...


Pope Francis adds year of missionary work as requirement for future Vatican diplomat priests...

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Are your kids difficult in Mass? What every Catholic parent of young children needs to hear...


“Greater love hath no man” — 89-year-old crossing guard fatally struck by car at Kansas parochial school while saving two kids ...


A test for pridefulness...
Msgr. Charles Pope
None of us likes to think we are prideful. It’s always someone else; that guy over there is the arrogant one. One way of gauging is to ponder how well we accept being corrected. Consider the following verses from Proverbs: He who corrects an arrogant man earns insult; and he who reproves a wicked man incurs opprobrium. Reprove not an arrogant man...


Storms over the Emerald Isle...
K.V. Turley
On the weekend of February 8, 2020, a storm ripped through Ireland. Storm Ciara was one of the worst of its kind for many years. Its winds, snows, and driving rains caused havoc with landslides and flooding. At the same time, a political storm ripped through the Irish political landscape. Sinn Féin up-ended the political consensus and sent shock waves through the political establishment by winning the most first-preference votes in the 2020 general election...


Do not underestimate the power of your love to do something real in the people you love...
John Cuddeback
The power of will is astounding in what it can effect in us, and in others, every day. Human life is always about presence. And presence cannot be taken for granted. As Thomas Aquinas notes, absence is opposed to presence. Often we are separated in some way or absent from those that we love. Certain kinds of absence we cannot remove...


A well-stocked pantry and a shriven soul: Why you should always be prepared for disaster...
Fr. Victor Feltes
On October 9th, 1859, the first Marian apparition in the United States (since approved by the Catholic Church as “worthy of belief – although not obligatory”) occurred near Green Bay, Wisconsin. Adele Brise, a 28-year-old Belgian immigrant, was walking eleven miles home from Sunday Mass when she saw a beautiful lady with long...


Bari trip gives Pope a chance to help save Christianity in the Middle East...
John Allen
During the Roman Empire, the entire Mediterranean region was known as Mare Nostrum, “Our Sea.” It was an imperial assertion of dominance, of course, but it also reflected the idea that the peoples of the Mediterranean are linked by geography and destiny, sharing a common fate. In a nutshell, that’s the same intuition that will carry Pope Francis to the Italian costal city of Bari on Sunday...


Work harder, America, and be alert. Democracy is not immune to the spirit of dictatorship...
Sean Fitzpatrick
Published 75 years ago in 1945, George Orwell’s Animal Farm presents revolution as a thing true to its name: revolving and returning like an infernal circle to the despotic power and blind capitulation originally repulsed. It is a principle suggestive of an ingrained brutality in political animals that cannot be broken. And the political animals in the “land of the free” are not always better off than the pitifully enslaved animals of Orwell’s Animal Farm...


Listen to Yogi Berra! Flashback to previous New York Times religion-beat puzzle...
Terry Mattingly
It’s one of the major challenges of writing for GetReligion. What are we supposed to do when major news organizations make the same error over and over or professionals leave the same religion-shaped holes in major stories? Are we supposed to write the same posts over and over? Actually, what we usually do is write new posts about the new errors and link back to the old posts...


Pope’s Wednesday Audience: ‘Blessed are the meek’ is not ‘Blessed are the weak’...


Victim says Legion lied to police about her abuse...


A priest’s middle-of-the-night crisis that reveals the powerful existence of guardian angels...


Future priests forge ahead: Seminarians say lessons from scandals actually strengthen their hope and faith...


On the need for moderation, even in learning...


Vatican official raided over London property deal investigation...


The story of John Adams’ perilous transatlantic voyage...


Sunday homily: Undertaking the work of forgiveness...


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