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Annual poll shows 75 percent of U.S. adults want “substantial” restrictions on abortion


Optimism and pessimism are equally dangerous because both God and the devil are full of surprises...
Archbishop Charles Chaput
This month marks the 46th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, which effectively legalized abortion on demand. It also marks another annual March for Life, this year on January 18. It’s a time to look back and look ahead. The abortion struggle of the past four decades teaches a very useful lesson. Evil talks a lot about “tolerance” when it’s weak...


7 ways the Knights of Columbus defend life at every stage...


Millennials turn against Roe v. Wade when they learn what it really does...


This is mesmerizing: Watch how honeybees defend their nests against wasp attacks...


Courage International is a lifeline for Catholics living with SSA...
Richard Evans
Have you heard of Courage International? It is the official Catholic apostolate for men, women, and their loved ones who struggle with SSA (same-sex attraction). I have a very dear young friend by the name of Andrés, a beautiful young Latino man who was born and raised in Mexico, where he still lives. I recently learned more about his story...


“Wherever the Catholic sun doth shine, there’s always laughter and good red wine...”...
Kathy Schiffer
Temperance societies – social organizations which opposed drinking and drunkenness – were a powerful force in America by the late 19th century. In the early years of our nation's history, drinking had been commonplace for men, women and even children; and too often, drunkenness was the result. Christian denominations, from John Wesley and the Methodists...


5-foot-long snake mysteriously washes ashore in Ireland...


Pro-lifers: Make the scientific argument, but make other arguments too — and make life the easier choice...
David Mills
David Mills Every now and then some pro-lifer says, with the air of a man who holds all the aces, that science shows that the unborn child is a person and therefore has the right to live. He’ll then describe the child’s unique DNA and maybe discuss embryology as well. The pro-choicers hit us with science? he says. Well, we’ll hit ’em back with science even harder...


Looking back to the First Vatican Council...
R. Jared Staudt
We often hear of the Second Vatican Council and its messy aftermath, but it would be hard to imagine this council without its predecessor, the First Vatican Council (1870-71). To summarize briefly, the first of these two councils held in St. Peter’s Basilica sought to confront the modern world by emphasizing the importance of faith and the authority of the Church...


Despite role in sex scandal, Cardinal Mahony to speak to youth at LA conference in Diocese of Orange...
John Zmirak
I’ll never forget my mom, explaining in her Hell’s Kitchen New York accent, why my older sister couldn’t go to Woodstock: “Oh no. That’s how the Nazis got started. First you corrupt the youth. The next thing you know, whaddaya you got? World War II. No way.” And if I knew someone young and impressionable, that’s what I’d tell him about the Los Angeles Religious Education Conference...


Cardinal Wuerl apologizes to priests, McCarrick victim, says he forgot he knew about harassment allegations...


Two abuse victims who came back to the Church...
Patti Armstrong
Amid outrage at clergy sexual abuse, there are sometimes questions about the victims. Why did they allow it? Why do some wait so long to come forward? And why can’t they see it is bad men and not bad teaching to blame? Paul Peloquin, a psychologist in New Mexico, and Benedict Hoffman of Minnesota, shared their stories in “Victimized Family Finds Healing in the Church”...


4 possible reasons why Cardinal Wuerl didn’t come clean about Cardinal McCarrick...


Who would have known?


If you love somebody, if you love someone...


The message of the Letter to the Hebrews...


The “9 Days For Life” novena begins today — pray it here...

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Beware false doctrines — especially when they’re dressed up in traditional Church language...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
If there are problems with the foundation of the house the whole house shudders and creaks. The house that’s built on sand shifts and falls, and one of the major cracks in the modern church, one of the quickest of quicksand foundations is the modernist re-interpretation of the faith. Those who re-interpret believe the old, old story is out of date and needs to be made accessible and relevant for modern man...


5 tips for evangelizing and shepherding Generation Z...


The No. 1 reason average Catholics don’t evangelize...
Marcel LeJeune
The data doesn’t lie. In what they personally believe about salvation, most Catholics are closer to Universalists than they are to Catholic doctrine – that is they believe that being a “good" person will get you to heaven. Catholics aren’t alone. Many modern Christians believe in what could at least be described as a quasi-universalism...


What happens if Ruth Bader Ginsburg remains too sick to work?


Religious faith makes for a better night’s sleep, study says...


XKCD: Know the difference between the Missal of Silos and a missile silo...


8 emergency landings that rival the ‘Miracle on the Hudson’...


It’s time for a conclave — not in Rome but in Washington!...
Msgr. Charles Pope
In light of the current impasse regarding a border wall and the partial government shutdown, it is worth exploring a feature from Catholic history: the conclave. The Church, too, has had periods when political divisions were so deep that only drastic measures could secure a way forward. As most know, a conclave is an assembly of the College of Cardinals for the purpose of choosing a pope...


Nothing about us without us...
George Weigel
The slogan “Nothing about us without us” was used by Solidarity in the 1980s in Poland, borrowing a royal motto from the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in the mid-second millennium. Then, it was expressed in Latin: Nihil de nobis sine nobis. Later, it appeared in Polish on the banners of 19th-century Poles fighting their country’s partition by Russia...


Archbishop McCarrick could be laicized before February abuse summit, say Vatican sources...


Christ calls people in ordinary time...
Fr. Victor Feltes
A remarkable thing about this calling of Simon Peter and Andrew is its ordinariness. The pair are not called through a vision or by angels. Mark mentions no miracles performed there on the shore. We know from John’s Gospel that they have met this rabbi before. Jesus simply tells them to follow him. This call does not happen on a Jewish holy day...


Lawmakers set sights on parental rights...
Brianna Heldt
A new legislative session just began here in Colorado. Most people probably don’t follow local politics too closely — I certainly don’t, or at least not very consistently — but one bill in particular has parents like me talking, and brainstorming, about how to defeat it. HB-1032 is designed to expand comprehensive human sexuality education across the state of Colorado...


Faced with another bad flu season, some churches are nixing handshaking, handholding and Communion under both species...


This map shows the most popular condiments in every state...


Judges block Little Sisters’ religious exemption from contraception mandate...


‘Quite a shock’: Father McCloskey was a D.C. luminary. Then he had a disturbing fall from grace...


Want more pizza in your life? Order one 18-inch pie instead of two 12-inch pies...


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