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Vatican announces new restrictions on disgraced Bishop Michael Bransfield


When a theologian accuses his archbishop of schism...
Phil Lawler
Now isn’t this an interesting situation? The mandatum signifies full communion with the universal Church. Schism is a breach of communion. So should a theology professor seek to obtain the mandatum from a prelate he considers schismatic? Should the prelate grant the mandatum to a theologian who accuses him of schism? If Faggioli requests and receives the mandatum from Archbishop Chaput...


As a pope picks a spokesman, could history repeat itself?
John Allen
When the Vatican announced Thursday that Pope Francis had named a new spokesman, most early reaction suggested the move didn’t exactly inspire confidence about an upgrade in the role of the press office. The pope tapped a 43-year-old Italian layman who’s worked in the press office for the last decade, and who’s known primarily for his organizational chops...


Pope Francis phoned Vincent Lambert’s mom with a ‘touching’ message as her son lay dying...


Here’s something to help you understand the readings (and prepare your homily) for the 16th Sunday of Ordinary Time...
John Bergsma
This Sunday, as we continue to accompany Jesus on his fateful journey to Jerusalem in the Gospel of Luke, we are confronted with a pair of Readings in which human beings host a meal for God: Abraham for the LORD in the First Reading; Martha and Mary for Jesus in the Gospel. But is it really possible for us to “do God a favor” by giving him a nice meal...


Twitter users celebrate Brazilian Priest’s attack while others strike back...


Apollo 11’s giant leap began with medieval Catholic steps...


Pope Francis names Matteo Bruni as director of Holy See Press Office...


The truth about political correctness...


3 ways we should read Sacred Scripture...
Mark Langley
In scene two of the third Act of Romeo and Juliet, Friar Laurence cautions Romeo, Wisely and Slow, they stumble that run fast. Now, even those who have not read the play can guess that Romeo probably did not take that advice. Youth is impetuous and although St Thomas says, Man has a natural aptitude for docility even as for other things connected with prudence...


Small graces can lead to abundant blessings...
Elizabeth Anderson
Evil loves the spotlight. It is exceedingly easy to perceive the chain reaction started with evil: abuse perpetuating abuse, bitterness to bitterness, death to death. For this reason it is easier to count those killed by Nazis, or Communists, than to count those encouraged to holiness by Maximilian Kolbe. Likewise, it seems that only when a marriage falls apart do we see how many are touched by that marriage...


Dear National Catholic Reporter, don’t fudge parish numbers...
Fr. Matthew Schneider
Last week, the National Catholic Reporter came out with a story about a parish they see as a model parish. However, the story exaggerated the parish reach and it misunderstood the sacrament of orders. St. William Catholic Church is a parish in Louisville run by a layperson. The archdiocesan website lists a lay “Pastoral Administrator...


“The Hour of Power,” Roman Edition...
Rocco Palmo
For a quarter-century, that verse of the Psalmist was Dr Robert Schuller's sign-on from this crystal sanctuary as he began his Sunday broadcasts across the globe... and now, it's fitting to return to it on this day, as one of American Christianity's most prominent and cherished venues begins its second incarnation as a Catholic church and the seat of this 1...


For Eritrea’s Christians, government is not the solution but the problem...


I really like this new translation of Mark’s Gospel...


How to take your virtues to new, life-changing heights...


Mark insists that Christ is the Son of God...


Pro-life women deliver semitrailer full of supplies, $72,000 to the border...

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Villanova historian Massimo Faggioli says Chaput, Cordileone and Strickland are ‘devout schismatics’...


New clues hint at top-level Soviet involvement in John Paul II’s assassination attempt...
George Weigel
On first meeting Dr. Andrzej Grajewski, you probably wouldn’t guess that this mild-mannered Polish historian is one of the world’s leading experts on the ecclesiastical Dark Side of the Cold War: the relentless communist assault on the Catholic Church. But he is, and his expertise comes primarily from years of patient combing through the Bad Guys’ secret intelligence service files...


How did Pope Paul VI watch the Moon landing? And is there religion on the Moon? ...
Brother Guy Consolmagno
As everyone has been told, countless times this month, July 20 – the 21st, in Rome – marks the 50th anniversary of the landing of the Apollo 11 astronauts to the Moon. Here are a few lunar topics probably not covered by most folks remembering that event. As for Pope Paul VI, world leaders were invited to address the astronauts on a world-wide television link-up...


The victory disclosed in Christian death...
Anthony Lilles
A war has been fought in heaven for the life and dignity of each man and woman so that in death all that is good, noble and true might not be taken from us but definitively restored forever. Indeed, the powers of death and corruption have been cast down and sent away empty. The lowly and those who hunger and thirst for justice have been raised on high...


There’s a yoke to be carried in following Jesus. Make sure it’s Jesus’ yoke, not yours...
Msgr. Charles Pope
What is a yoke? It’s a wooden truss that makes it easier to carry a heavy load by distributing the weight across a wider part of the body or by allowing the weight to be shared by two or more people or animals. In the picture above, the woman is able to carry the heavy water more easily with the weight distributed across her shoulders rather than in her hands...


‘The Lion King’ is the most slavish (and pointless) Disney Renaissance remake to date...
Deacon Steven Greydanus
There are two obvious ways to watch Jon Favreau’s The Lion King. It can be seen, first, as a duller, plodding retread of the original 1994 Disney Renaissance landmark. But it can also be seen as a duller, plodding retread of Favreau’s own The Jungle Book, another photorealistic computer-animated talking-animal Disney remake with a leonine villain...


Discussion of same-sex attraction should be rooted in God’s love, says Courage speaker Avera Maria Santo...


He is here...
David Mills
It may have been partly the bright light, I admit, after all those crepuscular chapels. As soon as I opened the door, before I saw the altar, or the tabernacle, or the crucifix, when all I could see were pews, I felt at home. “Jesus is here,” I thought with complete certainty. My family and I had been received into the Church at the Easter Vigil three months before...


On fascination and fear before Almighty God...


The church vandalism cases in France are starting to get the journalistic attention they deserve...
Clemente Lisi
Spending two weeks in France earlier this summer was a wonderful experience. While I was there to cover the Women’s World Cup, I did get an opportunity to travel extensively throughout Paris and the northern part of the country. During my travels, I walked into a lot of churches. France is one of the few countries I have ever visited where churches were always open...


Must-read NYTimes presentation: Notre-Dame came far closer to collapsing than people knew. This is how it was saved...


225 years ago today, the Carmelites of Compiègne went to the guillotine...


Planned Parenthood president Leana Wen resigns amid internal dispute over mission...


What Neil Armstrong and I did on July 20, 1969...


When men first landed on the Moon, I was at Fenway Park watching a Red Sox game...


Netflix removes suicide scene from ‘13 Reasons Why’ after dramatic spike in teen suicides...


Cardinal Mueller criticizes ‘false teaching’ on revelation in Amazon synod working doc...


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