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


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


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


Is it morally licit to smoke pot?
E. Christian Brugger
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)...


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


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


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


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


‘Gosnell,’ like its namesake, faces a media blackout...


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


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


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


The next 500 years are going to be exciting...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
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...


A case for daily Mass in Catholic schools...
Mary Jo Gerd
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 our church buildings say about us...


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


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


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

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


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


The insane physics of airbags...


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


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


Exorcist and Catholics respond to curse against Kavanaugh...
Patti Armstrong
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...


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


3 lies pro-abortion politicians tell...


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


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