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Pope tells seminarians to report abuse 'immediately'...  

Pope Francis told a group of Italian seminarians to report immediately to their bishop if they ever see or suspect any kind abuse, sexual or otherwise, on the part of a priest. "On this point, speak clearly," the Pope told the students from Lombardy last weekend. "If you see something like [abuse], [go] immediately to the bishop...

what do you think?

2018-10-18 07:39:46



Big family backlash: Twitter explodes with responses to French president's words on fertility...  

Wow, what a statement! And I'm not referring to French President Emmanuel Macron's recent statement about fertility and family planning in Africa. I'm referring to the statement women are making in response to his recent speech! But first, let's go over what he said. Macron recently presented at Gates Foundation's "Goalkeepers...

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2018-10-18 06:12:43



Pot activists say “Jesus performed miracles with cannabis oil.” What are these people smoking?  

Watch out for all the old heresies and new "weeds" that are constantly popping back up. But this one is just ... it's a whole new level of crazy. And I recently interviewed Dr. John Bergsma to show you just how crazy. Marijuana activists are now trying to tie Jesus to cannabis oil. Pot proponents are arguing that Jesus was actually an early advocate of cannabis oil...

what do you think?

2018-10-18 05:26:18



Busy bees take a break during total solar eclipses...  

On August 21, 2017, people across North America from the Pacific coast to the Atlantic seaboard paused their normal routines to experience a total solar eclipse. And so did the bees.

what do you think?

2018-10-18 05:18:46



Authenticity of St. Ambrose's relics confirmed...  

As reported yesterday in several Italian newspapers, a forensic analysis recently performed on the relics of St Ambrose has not only confirmed their authenticity, but also the accuracy of the most ancient portrait of the Saint. In a letter to his elder sister Marcellina (also a Saint), Ambrose speaks of an intense pain which he experienced in his right sholder...

what do you think?

2018-10-18 05:17:42



In the midst of life, and so much death, yet we're anything but helpless...  

The young bank teller clearly spoke English as a second language, and compliments me on "your verdant white hair." I thank him and as we talk, tell him it started turning white early. "That is genitally caused, I think," he said. Last week's trip to New York City wasn't always so amusing. On the train there, an elderly couple across the aisle and one row behind me kept getting phone calls from their kids...

what do you think?

2018-10-18 05:11:02



Is it morally licit to smoke pot?  

Some people use pot, not for therapeutic reasons, but in order to alter their consciousness for the sake of the experience of the altered state itself — to get high. Since the highness it causes, however pleasurable, is a bad effect, to intend it as an end or means is to intend harm myself (and to others if I support them in getting high)...

what do you think?

2018-10-18 04:19:30



Was this obscure 170-year-old Polish poem a prophecy about John Paul II?  

On October 16, 1978, the Cardinals of the Catholic Church gathered in the Sistine Chapel and elected the first non-Italian Pope in 455 years. Many people know him as Karol Wojtyla but the world knows him now as Pope Saint John Paul II. He is my hero and the reason I do things I do today. I don't remember his election like I remember his successors since I was only 4 years old...

what do you think?

2018-10-18 03:42:53



Questions on the abuse crisis, McCarrick, Viganò, John Paul II, the Synod and the decrease of faith, ...  

The Church is the United States is still strong compared to Catholic life in nearly every other "developed" country. We have good resources, many good young clergy and lay leaders, vigorous renewal movements, and plenty of thriving parishes. But we're losing the young. That's a huge challenge for the future. The scandal triggered by Archbishop McCarrick has done great damage...

what do you think?

2018-10-18 03:29:04



The insane physics of airbags...  

I can imagine the meeting: A dozen engineers are gathered around a conference table to discuss automobile safety. How can we protect people during a car crash? We have already added seat belts and crumple zones to cars. Is there anything else we can include? One attendee reluctantly raises their hand with a suggestion: "How about we add an explosive in the steering wheel...

what do you think?

2018-10-18 03:17:45



Thanks largely to Saudi Arabia, the nation that outlawed Mass, Yemen's famine may become the deadliest in 100 years...  

The sheer magnitude of the famine facing Yemen was initially underestimated by the aid sector, leaving food security experts rushing to update projections made at the UN general assembly a fortnight ago, sources have told the Guardian. The speed at which the Yemeni currency plunged in early September, forcing food prices to soar...

what do you think?

2018-10-18 02:29:35



What the Dead Sea Scrolls tell us about the surprising reliability of oral tradition...  

It all started with a stray goat. On an otherwise nondescript day in the spring of 1947, a young Bedouin boy searched for a goat that had strayed from his flock just northwest of the Dead Sea. While he was looking, Muhammed the Wolf, as the boy was known, noticed a series of small caves in the limestone cliff above him. Thinking his goat may have gone into one of those caves...

what do you think?

2018-10-18 02:15:32



5 biblical lists of mortal sins...  

The first reading for Wednesday of the 27th Week of the Year, from Galatians, spoke to sins that exclude one from the Kingdom of Heaven. If one dies unrepentant from committing any of these sins, one cannot go to Heaven but rather must be excluded in Hell. It is an important reminder to pay heed to the toll that sin takes on our heart...

what do you think?

2018-10-18 01:54:28



'Life here is death': Waiting for help that may never come in South Sudan...  

The baby is skeletal from malnutrition, and so dehydrated that her skin is as thin and wrinkled as if she'd survived a century. Instead, these are almost certainly 20-month-old Josephine Moses' last hours, though the mother who took her into the bush to protect her from this pointless war, but then watched her shrivel away there...

what do you think?

2018-10-18 01:52:58



3 lessons the Synod might draw from John Paul II, the greatest papal youth minister in modern history...  

Pole that he was, Karol Wojtyła had a well developed sense of historical irony. So from his present position in the Communion of Saints, he might be struck by the ironic fact that the Synod on "Youth, Faith, and Vocational Discernment," currently underway in Rome, coincides with the fortieth anniversary of his election as Pope John Paul II on October 16...

what do you think?

2018-10-17 13:58:55



Pope's Wednesday Audience: Before God's court, hatred against a brother “is a form of murder”...  

A person may not have killed someone, but if they are angry or have hate toward another person, it is like they have killed him or her in their heart, Pope Francis said Wednesday. To insult or hate someone, or to have contempt, is a way of "killing the dignity of a person," the pope said Oct. 17. One may think: "I'm fine because I do not do anything wrong...

what do you think?

2018-10-17 13:53:36



'Gosnell,' like its namesake, faces a media blackout...  

"Gosnell" is a difficult film to watch, not because of what appears on the screen—it's rated PG-13—but because of what is left to the viewer's imagination. This might explain why the theater where I caught the film Friday was mostly empty. But other explanations are worth considering.

what do you think?

2018-10-17 10:44:35



The bishops who've never seen their dioceses...  

Thala in Tunisia is not a remarkable city by any means. Nestled in the mountains, the North African country's highest town - and its almost entirely Muslim population - was probably unaware that Pope Francis had a particular interest in the settlement. In 2016, he even went so far as to appoint the then 45-year-old priest Richard Umbers as Thala's bishop...

what do you think?

2018-10-17 10:43:31



Was your Facebook hacked? Here's how to find out.....  

Dealing with security breaches has become an unfortunate part of sharing your personal information with online channels. The most recent data heist of concern to users of social media happened last month, when Facebook announced that information culled from nearly 30 million of its users had been compromised. In roughly half of the cases...

what do you think?

2018-10-17 06:26:01



Exorcist and Catholics respond to curse against Kavanaugh...  

Catholics and exorcists are responding to the news that a curse on the newest U.S. Supreme Court Justice is planned for Saturday Oct. 20 at Catland Books, a "metaphysical boutique and occult bookshop" in Brooklyn, New York. He will be the main focus, at the "Ritual to Hex Brett Kavanaugh" but others will also be targeted...

what do you think?

2018-10-17 06:08:29



Archbishop Chaput is right: Our culture is frozen in a kind of moral adolescence...  

I would like to argue that our modern culture seems to manifest many fixations that are typical of the teenage years. In fact, one way to describe our modern culture is to see it as developmentally like that of a teenager. Such a situation presents rather serious problems in terms of facing life with the necessary sobriety, seriousness...

what do you think?

2018-10-17 01:45:39



As Cardinal Wuerl steps down (with a papal salute), 'Uncle Ted' McCarrick is way out of sight...  

So, how good was the news coverage of the very gentle fall of Cardinal Donald Wuerl, in terms of the stories published in the two elite newspapers that have been driving this story? Well, that depends. It appears that the crucial issue — once again — is whether the most important scandal linked to Wuerl at the the moment is (a) his role in efforts to hide the abuse of children and teens...

what do you think?

2018-10-16 13:28:32



Chinese bishops at Vatican meeting invite Pope to make landmark visit...  

Two Catholic bishops from China who for the first time were allowed by the Beijing government to attend a Vatican meeting have invited Pope Francis to visit their country, a Catholic newspaper said on Tuesday. Joseph Guo Jincai and John Baptist Yang Xiaoting attended the first two weeks of a meeting of bishops from around the world...

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2018-10-16 12:19:56



With teamwork and courage, men can steal meat from lions... and souls from the devil.....  

"Rakita has been attacked by lions before. He knows this could end badly."

what do you think?

2018-10-16 11:08:18



Here's what you need to know if you'd like to try hand-feeding hummingbirds...  

Spencer Pratt, the former reality TV star, often feeds hummingbirds on his Instagram page. Maybe you've watched him, with a feeder in one hand and baby in the other, or wearing special hats and glasses.

what do you think?

2018-10-16 10:59:40



In major break over Ukraine, Russian Orthodox Church splits from Constantinople...  

The Russian Orthodox Patriarchate of Moscow has cut ties with the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, claiming his recognition of an independent Orthodox Church in Ukraine departed from Orthodox Christian norms. Metropolitan Hilarion, who heads foreign relations for the Russian Orthodox Church, said Russian Orthodox leaders decided to "break the Eucharistic communion" in response to actions it called "lawless and canonically void...

what do you think?

2018-10-16 10:18:22



The Church is Someone, not something, and she has the right to say “no”...  

The internet will teach you how to turn a "no" into a "yes." The phrase appears in tutorials designed for salespeople, but also in more sinister contexts. In militant men's rights groups, there are forums and even study guides that teach men how to manipulate women and extract the sexual goodies they want from them. They understand that...

what do you think?

2018-10-16 08:10:08



Bishop Joseph Cistone of Saginaw dies after cancer battle...  

Months after announcing his cancer diagnosis, Saginaw Diocese Bishop Joseph R. Cistone has died at age 69. Erin Looby Carlson, director of communications for the Diocese, confirmed Cistone's death to MLive.

what do you think?

2018-10-16 07:51:23



Is the Synod assembly rigged? Monday brought 2 twists that bear on this question.....  

As the Oct. 3-28 Synod of Bishops reaches its midway point this week, two developments on Monday bear on perceptions in some quarters that the process is "rigged" to endorse foreordained conclusions - one that would seem to ameliorate those suspicions, another that could exacerbate them. First, a Vatican official told reporters Monday that the vote on the synod's final document on Oct...

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2018-10-16 05:42:32



What our church buildings say about us...  

The week in the Office of Readings from the Liturgy of the Hours we are reading from the books of Haggai and Zechariah. Both these prophets wrote at the time of the return of the Jews from the Babylonian exile, which had begun in 587 B.C. The Jewish people were permitted to return to the Promised Land beginning in about 538 B.C...

what do you think?

2018-10-16 04:52:31



The next 500 years are going to be exciting...  

I encourage you to listen to my church history podcast Triumphs and Tragedies. I'm not a historian by any stretch, and I'm afraid the podcast is more than rough around the edges. It was simply my attempt to give a quick roller coaster ride through twenty centuries of church history so that we can make better sense of where we are by understanding where we've come from...

what do you think?

2018-10-16 03:25:36



A case for daily Mass in Catholic schools...  

If we are serious about passing on the Christian faith in a meaningful way to the next generation, who I'm told are fleeing like millennials from Facebook, daily mass attendance is a beautiful way to engage their hearts and imaginations. We must instruct them to incorporate a slice of heaven into the drudgery of their daily lives...

what do you think?

2018-10-16 01:27:04



On Sts. Óscar Romero and Paul VI, and their surprising affinity for Opus Dei...  

Without any doubt, the superstars among the seven people being canonized by Pope Francis today are Pope Paul VI and Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador, and in some ways the two may seem very different kinds of saints. Paul VI was a consummate Vatican insider, very much a man of the system; Romero, on the other hand, was a man of the people slain for his advocacy of the poor...

what do you think?

2018-10-15 17:51:56



3 lies pro-abortion politicians tell...  

With the proxy war over abortion that has taken place these last few months during the confirmation process of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the need to address the abortion industry talking points has never been greater. The political allies of abortion are willing to say anything to maintain control of the courts and taxpayer dollars...

what do you think?

2018-10-15 16:09:27



Vatican confirms synod's final report to be voted on 'part by part'...  

The head of Vatican communications said Monday the youth synod's final document will be voted on "part by part," requiring a 2/3 majority to pass each section, before being forwarded to Pope Francis. Speaking at a press briefing Oct. 15, Paolo Ruffini, who serves as Prefect of the Vatican's Dicastery for Communications...

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2018-10-15 08:34:41



“Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock...”...  

As they built their dream house last year on the shimmering sands of the Gulf of Mexico, Russell King and his nephew, Dr. Lebron Lackey, painstakingly documented every detail of the elevated construction, from the 40-foot pilings buried into the ground to the types of screws drilled into the walls. They picked gleaming paints from a palette of shore colors...

what do you think?

2018-10-15 03:51:51



Danneels, Rodríguez, Peña, Ricca: The 'wrong people' Francis can't get rid of...  

Ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick is not the only wrong person on whom Francis bet. Because at least three others can be pointed out, in the upper levels of the hierarchy, each one tied with double thread to the changes that this pope wants to introduce into the Church. Francis too had known for some time about McCarrick's bad conduct...

what do you think?

2018-10-14 12:15:50



What does Heaven cost? A homily for the 28th Sunday of the Year.....  

A rich man asks Jesus, Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life? Though his question is a good one, it is problematic because he couches it in terms of his own personal power and achievement. He wonders what he himself must do to attain eternal life. The problem is that none of us has the holiness, the spiritual wealth...

what do you think?

2018-10-14 11:23:35



Go with God, Cardinal Wuerl...  

On this significant day for the Archdiocese of Washington and the universal Church, I want you to know that I receive the news of the Holy Father's acceptance of Cardinal Donald Wuerl's resignation with mixed feelings. I hope you will understand that he has been a spiritual Father to me since 2006 when he came to Washington as our Archbishop...

what do you think?

2018-10-14 06:35:26



“The key to discernment”: How realizing the beauty of Eucharistic devotion led this man to seminary...  

Throughout the entirety of my conscious existence, I had the greatest gift anyone could ask for, yet it took me many years to realize it. For much of my Catholic upbringing, I never understood the significance of what my family and I were doing each Sunday at Mass. I was accustomed to sitting, standing and kneeling at various points throughout the celebration...

what do you think?

2018-10-14 04:55:39



Do you have some well-mannered demons secretly living in your heart?  

In the battle for our souls, we have to be especially on guard against the "well-mannered" demons, says Pope Francis. The pope said this today during his morning homily at Casa Santa Marta, drawing from today's Gospel passage that explains the work of the devil, and particularly, how he goes out and finds seven demons to bring back to the soul he had formerly possessed...

what do you think?

2018-10-14 04:37:32



Pope Francis canonizes 7 new saints, including Pope Paul VI, Archbishop Óscar Romero...  

"Jesus is radical," Pope Francis said in his homily at the canonization of Pope Paul VI, Oscar Romero, and five other new saints. "He gives all and he asks all: he gives a love that is total and asks for an undivided heart," the pope told the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square Oct. 14. Christ "gives himself to us as the living bread; can we give him crumbs in exchange...

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2018-10-14 03:51:44



The secularization of Christ: A case study...  

Yesterday, in my seismographic essay on the Youth Synod, I argued that the crisis of the Church today was rooted in the secularization of Catholicism, that is, the secularization of the message of Christ in ways that please our dominant culture. "This is why," I wrote, "so many Churchmen today find their moral high ground in the purification of the environment rather than in the purification of our bodies...

what do you think?

2018-10-14 03:31:29



Homily at Mass of Canonization of Sts. Paul VI, Óscar Romero and 5 Others...  

The second reading tells us that "the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword. It really is: God's word is not merely a set of truths or an edifying spiritual account; no - it is a living word that touches our lives, that transforms our lives. There, Jesus in person, the living Word of God, speaks to our hearts...

what do you think?

2018-10-14 02:34:30



Donatism and Pennsylvania: How an ancient controversy can help Catholics today...  

While at lunch with a friend, he shared this part of his recent struggle with the Church. A millennial, a practicing Catholic, a man actively involved in the Church. He's a man I know to be marked with a great faith. Nevertheless, the recent Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report shook him to the core. A man who communicated God's saving grace to his family is part of this mess...

what do you think?

2018-10-14 02:25:40



Meet the 5 other blesseds who are being canonized this weekend...  

Bl. Paul VI, the supreme pontiff from 1963 to 1978, will be canonized on 14 October 2018. He authored seven encyclicals in his first five years as pope. Humanae Vitae which caused much debate and controversy among Catholics would be his last with another ten years in the Chair of St. Peter.

what do you think?

2018-10-13 06:36:47



Announcement by Eastern Orthodoxy's Ecumenical Patriarch ratchets up dispute with Moscow...  

A long-simmering dispute between two of the world's leading Orthodox Churches got ratcheted up this week when the Ecumenical Patriarch, considered "first among equals" among the leaders of Orthodoxy, renewed a decision to grant Ukrainian Orthodox faithful ecclesiastical independence from the Russian Orthodox Church.

what do you think?

2018-10-13 02:23:26



These are the roots of Modernism...  

One of the advantages of preparing for Triumphs and Tragedies- my podcast series on the Catholic Church- has been the opportunity to get the big picture. You can really understand where you are if you understand where you've come from. The current division and debate within the Catholic Church had not come out of nowhere...

what do you think?

2018-10-13 01:59:47



Cardinal O'Malley expands sex abuse investigation to include all Boston seminaries...  

The Archdiocese of Boston announced Thursday that it is expanding its sex abuse investigation to include all three of its seminaries. The investigation will now include Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary and Redemptoris Mater Seminary, along with St. John's Seminary, which has been under investigation since August after two of its seminarians filed abuse claims...

what do you think?

2018-10-13 01:12:48



What conscience dreads and prayer dares not ask...  

The Collect (Opening Prayer) for this week's Masses (27th Week of the Year), though directed to God, teaches us that our prayer is not always about things with which we are comfortable. It sometimes leads us to examine areas of our life in which we struggle with sin or we struggle to desire to be free of sin. Here is the prayer...

what do you think?

2018-10-12 13:06:30



Justice Kavanaugh's first test on abortion comes this week...  

When Supreme Court Justices meet in conference Friday, Oct. 12, two states, Kansas and Louisiana, will eagerly be waiting to see whether the court will hear two abortion-related cases. The cases were originally scheduled for the justices' first conference of the term at the end of September, but have been rescheduled twice so far...

what do you think?

2018-10-12 12:54:56



“As I conclude my ministry as shepherd of this Church...”...  

Pope Francis has accepted my resignation as Archbishop of Washington. I had the privilege of meeting with him to let him know of your pain, sadness and confusion from what has been revealed these past months. With a heavy heart I said that I could no longer serve you in the way that you deserve. What is needed now is new leadership so that all of you...

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2018-10-12 10:50:54



Pope Francis accepts resignation of embattled Cardinal Wuerl...  

Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Washington's Cardinal Donald Wuerl on Friday, while asking the cardinal to continue leading the Archdiocese of Washington on an interim basis until a permanent successor is appointed. In a letter to Cardinal Wuerl obtained by CNA Oct. 12, Pope Francis told the cardinal: "Your renunciation is a sign of your availability and docility to the Spirit who continues to act in his Church...

what do you think?

2018-10-12 07:22:19



In the capital, the cardinal resigns — yet for now, the cardinal remains...  

Six days since the Holy See began tackling Crisis 2.0 in earnest, and amid an epic, months-long storm for the US' longest-serving diocesan bishop, at Roman Noon this Friday the Pope granted the retirement of Cardinal Donald Wuerl as archbishop of Washington, nearly three years after the capital prelate reached the canonical age of 75...

what do you think?

2018-10-12 06:11:40



Out, but not down: After he leaves Washington, Wuerl's influence in Rome might grow even stronger...  

Make no mistake: Cardinal Donald Wuerl resigned today because of allegations of mishandling cases of clerical sexual abuse, and if he were to die tomorrow, his role in the abuse scandals would be how his obituary opened. However fair that linkage may be, it doesn't matter. His resignation at this time, and under these circumstances...

what do you think?

2018-10-12 04:44:48



What just happened to those ISS astronauts? An explanation of “ballistic reentry”.....  

Early this morning, a Russian Soyuz booster carrying two people to the International Space Station malfunctioned, forcing NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin to abort and make an emergency landing in their space capsule. Search and recovery crews boarded helicopters and reached the pair of astronauts...

what do you think?

2018-10-12 03:44:49



Youth Synod working group displays its ignorance about Catholic homeschooling families...  

At the Youth Synod in Rome this week, one of the bishops' discussion groups made some disappointing and ignorant comments about Catholic homeschoolers. It's a sad reminder that, while homeschooling seems to be gaining support from many bishops in the United States, other bishops here and abroad have yet to embrace one of the most promising developments in the Church today...

what do you think?

2018-10-12 03:05:39



Chris Pratt's go-to Bible verse for homesickness...  

Being away from our families for work, illness, separation or other life circumstances is always difficult, and for actor Chris Pratt, who's always on the road filming movies and making appearances, this is no exception. But the 39-year-old Christian and father has a simple life hack that helps him deal with homesickness, and maybe it can help you...

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2018-10-12 03:01:43



How the American dream killed Catholic discipleship...  

Yes, it is a provocative statement - the American dream has killed Catholic discipleship. But, I not only believe the argument bears consideration, but that we will never truly win the nation to Jesus until we jettison the idea that Catholicism and Americanism are 100% compatible. Let us start with identifying the American Dream...

what do you think?

2018-10-12 02:49:18



Egypt court sentences 17 to death for attacking Christians...  

An Egyptian military court on Thursday sentenced 17 Islamic militants to death for involvement in deadly attacks on Christians, a rights lawyer said. The court in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria also issued life sentences to 19 defendants and sentenced another nine to 15 years in prison on terror-related charges, lawyer Khaled el-Masry said...

what do you think?

2018-10-12 01:26:36



The New York Times surveyed one mile of devastation in Mexico Beach. Here's what they saw.....  

We used aerial images of Mexico Beach taken before and after Hurricane Michael to assess the extent of the damage along a 1.2-mile stretch of the town. Of 440 buildings we could identify, 237, or 54 percent, were destroyed and 99, or 23 percent, were severely damaged — almost all of these were homes. The level of damage sustained by the remaining structures was unclear...

what do you think?

2018-10-12 01:24:53



Few Catholics are going to Confession. Here's what we might do about that.....  

Recently, several prominent Catholics have been tweeting about confession on Twitter. The consensus seems to be that Catholics frequent this sacrament less than they should. I want to not only present the problems but offer solutions. Posts like this lead me to look for solutions. The first - and often hardest step is admitting we have a problem...

what do you think?

2018-10-12 01:15:21



“Exhausted majority”: Research shows Americans strongly dislike PC culture...  

On social media, the country seems to divide into two neat camps: Call them the woke and the resentful. Team Resentment is manned—pun very much intended—by people who are predominantly old and almost exclusively white. Team Woke is young, likely to be female, and predominantly black, brown, or Asian (though white "allies" do their dutiful part)...

what do you think?

2018-10-12 01:11:49



Here's how one FSSP priest offered Mass on top of Mount Kilimanjaro...  

New Zealand native Fr. Antony Sumich, FSSP, celebrated Mass on top of Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa in Sept. of 2015.

what do you think?

2018-10-12 01:10:45



Architect of Pope's prayer campaign sees 'spiritual combat' behind crisis...  

In a move suggesting Pope Francis believes the Church is undergoing "spiritual turbulence," the pontiff recently asked Catholics to pray daily for the protection of the Church from the devil. The man tasked with coordinating the global campaign says there's "spiritual combat" underway, and that Satan is at the root of the ongoing crisis in the Church...

what do you think?

2018-10-11 13:20:39



After early votes, it's clear Pope Francis has 'his' Synod of Bishops...  

A Synod of Bishops is often described as the "Congress of the Catholic Church," with the College of Cardinals being the Catholic Senate. Both comparisons are terribly inexact, beginning with the fact that neither Catholic body holds any real power because it's all in the hands of the pope. Yet there are certainly parallels...

what do you think?

2018-10-11 06:05:06



Commission members elected to draft Youth Synod final document...  

The Vatican released today the names of those who will be responsible for drafting the final document of the Synod on Youth, and although they are geographically representative, concerns surround some of them and their views on aspects of Church teaching. The commission for drafting the final document of the Oct. 3-28 synod on "Young People...

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2018-10-11 05:54:33



Why St. Paul called some disciples stupid...  

The first reading for Thursday's Mass (27th week of the year) contains St. Paul's provocative assessment that some of us are stupid. The Greek word used is ἀνόητος (anóētos), which comes from a (without) + noieō, (to think). Therefore, this refers to not thinking, not reasoning through a matter, being unmindful, or acting in a mindless...

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2018-10-11 04:26:21



A bishop's failure to enforce canon law does not excuse his faithful from following it...  

It needs no long blog post from a canon lawyer to explain how wrong would be a failure by a bishop to protect his faithful against scandal and/or to defend the Eucharist against potential sacrilege but, make no mistake, in reiterating that "it is not his policy" to withhold holy Communion from persons in 'same-sex marriages'...

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2018-10-10 11:30:54



Pope's Wednesday Audience: Trying to solve problems by getting an abortion “is like hiring a hitman”...  

In his general audience Wednesday, Pope Francis said that abortion "suppresses innocent and helpless life in its blossoming." "Is it right to take a human life to solve a problem? It's like hiring a hitman," Pope Francis said in St. Peter's Square Oct. 10, in a departure from his prepared remarks. "Violence and the rejection of life are born from fear...

what do you think?

2018-10-10 10:14:04



Vatican declines to reinstate German Jesuit rector for supporting homosexual acts...  

Due to what appears to be his public comments about homosexuality and the women's diaconate, a German Jesuit has not been given the permissions he needs to begin his term as rector of a graduate school of theology in Frankfurt. Ansgar Wucherpfennig, S.J., was due to begin a third term as rector of the Sankt Georgen Graduate School of Philosophy and Theology this fall...

what do you think?

2018-10-10 10:01:42



What St. Paul says about respect for authority...  

In daily Mass we have been reading from second chapter of the Letter to the Galatians. In it, St. Paul recounts his personal history and describes his authority. St. Paul's story is interesting for three reasons: It shows that St. Paul did not ascend to the office of apostle (bishop) overly quickly but rather was formed in the community of the Church for quite some time and did not go on mission until he was sent...

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2018-10-10 08:44:56



Bishops at synod ponder ambivalence of the digital realm...  

A week into the Oct. 3-28 Synod of Bishops, it's abundantly clear that a strong share of the prelates gathered in Rome understand that the clerical sexual abuse scandals have to be a front-burner priority in whatever the synod does or says. As one English-speaking small working group put it, the crisis can't be "skimmed over tangentially in a few short sentences...

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2018-10-10 07:44:07



The Catholic crisis, in perspective...  

Perspective is at least as important when reading the signs of the times as it is in landscape painting. And so, in this autumn of our Catholic discontent, I was particularly grateful to hear from an old friend, Nina-Sophie Heereman, who offered some needed perspective on the Catholic circumstance in the United States.

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2018-10-10 05:42:53



Is it okay to listen to non-religious music?  

God gave mankind the gift of intelligence and skills so that we could glorify him by being creative. However, this does not mean that he wants us to be explicitly religious in every creative thing we do. There are many situations in life where our human nature requires us not to explicitly think about God every moment. It is enough that we orient our lives toward God in a general way...

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2018-10-10 05:31:29



The Society of St. John used dreams of a medieval life and a Catholic utopia to groom young victims of abuse...  

On Dec. 18, 2001, a desperate North Carolina dad wrote a letter to the Vatican asking the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church to discipline a group of priests at a Pennsylvania boys' boarding school who he said took turns sexually abusing his teenage son. The priests were members of an organization called the Society of Saint John...

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2018-10-10 04:16:48



The surgeon who operates on babies months before they're born...  

Something about the way Shayla Jones' pregnancy came about made her and her husband, Jonathan, more shocked than most by what they learned at her eight-week ultrasound. Shayla started on fertility medication in 2016, after the couple had tried for more than a year on their own. Four months later, still no baby on the way, they decided to take her off the pills and go forward with an intrauterine insemination (IUI)...

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2018-10-10 01:37:04



Measuring the Synod on Youth: Whose seismograph?  

The Synod on Youth is destined to become a microcosm of the battle between Catholics who are rich in faith and those who have become secularized. Some readers bridle when I say things like this, but while secular attitudes affect all of us to some degree, the crisis of the Church in our time—that is, the chief problem which demands renewal—is that the institutional apparatus of the Church is so deeply infected by secular values...

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2018-10-10 01:23:51



8 myths about pornography and marriage...  

One of the major myths the pornography industry tries to make people believe is that the fantasy world of pornography is better than real sex. This has led many people to not want to get married. They believe that true happiness and fulfillment will only come from having thousands of sexual experiences with multiple sex partners...

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2018-10-09 18:07:02



The incredible Christian love story of King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola...  

Throughout the centuries royalty have been at the center of many conflicts over religion, land, and power. There have been some bloodthirsty royals whose exploits have had an impact on society today — just think of Henry VIII with his penchant for killing off wives, and who brought about the English Reformation. However, fortunately...

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2018-10-09 17:55:14



What would the Church's greatest crisis be, if she were to have one?  

On September 21, the well-known German magazine, Der Spiegel, featured a long article on the whole career of Pope Francis under the title "The Greatest Crisis in the History of the Church." The immediate issues brought up concerned the pope's handling of abuse issues while he was still in Argentina. Most people are by now also familiar with the issues in this same area brought up by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò's testimony concerning former Cardinal McCarrick's unfortunate record...

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2018-10-09 11:41:05



Kim Jong Un invites Pope Francis to meet in Pyongyang...  

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has invited Pope Francis to meet in Pyongyang, a South Korean spokesman said Tuesday. Pope Francis is already set to meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in Oct. 18 for an audience at the Vatican Apostolic Palace, where Moon will personally deliver the invitation from Kim Jong Un. President Moon...

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2018-10-09 08:42:51



On McCarrick, Chile, and 'lawyers, guns and money'...  

As the leadership of the U.S. bishops' conference meets with Pope Francis, American Catholics naturally will wonder what may result in terms of getting to the bottom of the case of ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, whose rise to power despite rumors of sexual misconduct remains a question awaiting an answer. When conference leaders met with the pontiff last month...

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2018-10-09 04:10:58



It's time to become a time realist...  

Julie Morgenstern, a productivity and time management expert, wasn't born organized. Chronically late, forever losing things, utterly disorganized, Ms. Morgenstern lived in a state of chaos. Then, she had a child. She turned the lessons she learned from taking control of her time into a career as an adviser and coach. She is the author of six books...

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2018-10-09 03:33:06



Queen Elizabeth's sculptor to speak at Chicago's St. John Cantius church...  

The Catholic Arts Guild is a lay apostolate based in Chicago seeking the restoration of the sacred in the visual arts. Its mission is to support artists in offering their gifts for the greater glory of God. As they say on their website, "We recognize that Beauty flowing from the Church's Liturgy helps many to encounter the person of Jesus Christ...

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2018-10-08 18:25:39



When roses make the devil flee — a fragrant Dominican tradition...  

Why bless roses on Rosary Sunday? For many centuries, devotion to the Rosary has been entrusted by the Church in a special way to the Dominican Order. Even today, Dominican parishes observe Rosary Sunday with a public recitation of the Holy Rosary, the blessing of rosaries, and the blessing and distribution of roses (or rose petals)...

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2018-10-08 18:19:08



Is there still room in politics for truth and humanity?  

Perhaps the most pernicious comment in recent weeks was the demand of Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii for men to "shut up" about the differing accounts of high-school memories involving Brett Kavanaugh. The Brett Kavanaugh ordeal has been miserable in so many ways. A woman in pain may have been used for ideological purposes...

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2018-10-08 18:07:03



Why don't we talk about Peru's 200,000 forced sterilizations?  

Last week, Peru's supreme court overturned the pardon of brutal Peruvian ex-President Alberto Fujimori, tossing the leader back to his 25-year prison sentence for human rights violations and corruption. Human rights groups, outraged when Fujimori was pardoned by former-President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski on Christmas Eve last year...

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2018-10-08 18:06:58



There are hopeful signs from Rome, but stay vigilant...  

I wrote most of this post before the open letter of Cardinal Ouellet was released. I will leave extended commentary on that letter to others for now, except to say that whatever scolding the cardinal issued to Archbishop Viganò, he does confirm a central claim made by the archbishop — namely, that allegations about Cardinal McCarrick were known well before June of this year and resulted in some sort of censure...

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2018-10-08 17:38:54



A priest remembers how he found home, and knew his father's love, at a baseball game...  

The idea of home and a baseball game usually conjure up home plate, with a hefty umpire gesticulating quickly that a runner is safe or out. But for one priest, Father Matt Guckin, a trip to the baseball field would imprint a different kind of home on his memory. Father Matt was the youngest of five children. His father, Vincent...

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2018-10-08 15:06:23



How to develop passionate detachment...  

I got on the plane completely worn out. After training a large group of religious sisters in how to do hands-on evangelization for a weekend, I was tired. So, I wanted to put on my headphones and drift into my nothing box. But, as is usually the case, God had different plans for me. My conscience was triggered by the fact that I had trained others for evangelization...

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2018-10-08 14:25:13



The beatitudes as nursery rhymes...  

Every child should learn a catalogue of reassuring poetic principles that are held by heart. And for those who would become as little children, the Beatitudes can assume the ringing, singing education of the nursery, bringing happiness as well as holiness. The Beatitudes are not rigid laws, but attitudes of virtue and blessedness that bring joy...

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2018-10-08 14:04:24



The Internet's keepers? “Some call us hoarders—I like to say we're archivists”...  

As much as subscription services want you to believe it, not everything can be found on Amazon or Netflix. Want to read Brett Kavanaugh buddy Mark Judge's old book, for instance (or their now infamous yearbook even)? Curious to watch a bunch of vintage smoking ads? How about perusing the largest collection of Tibetan Buddhist literature in the world...

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2018-10-08 12:55:55



Michigan man discovers his rock used as doorstop is actually a meteorite worth $100,000...  

A Michigan man curious about a rock he'd used for decades as a doorstop now knows its secret: it's a meteorite worth $100,000. In fact, the nearly 23-pound hunk of iron and nickel is the sixth largest meteorite found in Michigan, according to the Smithsonian Museum and Central Michigan University. David Mazurek said he took his doorstop to the university for examination after seeing reports in January of meteorite pieces selling for thousands of dollars...

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2018-10-08 09:54:40



Marriage is about what's best for children...  

As a kind of follow-up from yesterday's Gospel on marriage, we do well to ponder where our focus on marriage is, both personally and nationally. Finding our way back - Part of the essential work we must do in re-establishing a coherent vision for marriage rooted in tradition, Natural Law, and, for believers, Scripture, is to restore a proper reference point so that all the pieces of the discussion make sense...

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2018-10-08 09:07:41



Archbishop becomes latest Chilean cleric to face abuse charges...  

When he arrived in the central Chilean diocese of Chillan back in 1974 Bishop Francisco Cox had a blue truck. Kids loved riding in it, accompanying the bishop as he went to neighboring towns to say Mass during the weekends. He loved it too, reportedly, but for different reasons. According to people who took part in those rides...

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2018-10-08 06:09:25



Archbishop Scicluna: Don't look to youth synod for answers on sexual abuse crisis...  

Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna of Malta said that while the youth synod is not ignoring the sexual abuse crisis, Catholics looking for thorough answers should wait for a February 2019 meeting of bishops. He also commented on the effectiveness of Pope Francis' voice on the abuse issue, saying to those losing trust in the pontiff's handling of abuse cases: "Give him time...

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2018-10-08 04:19:40



Cardinal Ouellet issues blistering new response to Archbishop Viganò...  

Six weeks after Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò unleashed his "nuclear" accusations that Pope Francis and a host of other key Vatican and US figures had abetted the public profile of Archbishop Theodore McCarrick amid claims of adult misconduct by the now ex-cardinal, the Vatican's key response to date has emerged - and in equally spectacular...

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2018-10-07 12:49:36



Old question from world of sports: Why avoid role of faith in lives of many great athletes?  

There is nothing new (or newsworthy) about athletes, in post-game interviews, saying things like this: "Most of all, I would like to thank God for the many blessings he has given me." Or even this: "First, I'd like to give praise to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." Many superstars say this after victories. Many say things like this after defeat...

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2018-10-07 08:49:32



What is Fat Bear Week and why is it so good?  

Every animal has their own way of preparing for the winter. Squirrels hoard nuts, birds fly south, humans buy SAD lamps, and bears just get as fat as physically possible. So fat, in fact, that it's inspired a beloved annual competition: Fat Bear Week. For those unfamiliar, please join me on this enormous-ursine journey.

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2018-10-06 13:41:33






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