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New D.C. Archbishop Wilton Gregory addresses sexual abuse scandal, pledges honesty


Father David Pivonka named president of Franciscan University of Steubenville...


Tim Conway (a Catholic convert) was a kind soul, with a gentle sense of humor...
Terry Mattingly
If you are of a certain age, then you know that there was a decade or two in which Tim Conway was the funniest man alive. If you looked into the details of his life and personality, then you knew that he was more than that. Watching The Carol Burnett Show was one of the few pop-culture rituals in the Southern Baptist preacher’s home in which I grew up...


Archbishop Gregory installed in Washington, pledges openness at ‘defining moment’...


Hope for Vincent Lambert, ‘French Terri Schiavo,’ as court orders life support to be restored...


Vatican recruits 600 high school students to help digitize Secret Archives...


Contemplation and the renewal of the Church...
Anthony Lilles
Contemplative prayer remains a largely untapped resource for the renewal of the Church. Many understand it to be no more than an esoteric or at most therapeutic exercise. Others show little regard this spiritual activity or anyone who dedicates his life to this effort. Even still, this most simple and hidden movements of heart avails the world of a power too great for time and space to hold...


The Church's silent witness can cut through the rocks of politics, culture...
John Allen
Two things happened in Italy over the weekend, one of which was big, loud and widely covered, the other small and essentially unnoticed. Taken together, they illustrate something about the Church’s silent political and cultural impact, as opposed to its noisy public advocacy. We’re not talking here about bishops’ statements...


Our ‘American Apple Pie Religion‘ is a blend of Oprah Winfrey, Walt Disney and Dale Carnegie...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
I am in the middle of writing my next book. It was going to be called The Way of the Warrior Priest but the working title now is Immortal Combat – Everyday Evil and the Only Solution. As part of this process I am being drawn to meditate increasingly on the reality of evil and how, at the root of it all, are lies. Lies, lies, lies...


Why your Marian devotion might need a kickstart...


What do the numbers and letters on a boarding pass mean? How to read your ticket like a pro...


What the Church teaches by saturating liturgy with the “Glory Be”...


The Lord has left a legacy of love for us to draw upon...


Belloc, the Bible, and a buried lede about a Franciscan...
David Mills
These words of Hilaire Belloc’s have been popping up a lot on the Web, so in case you haven’t seen it: Arriving at a posh Anglican school after a Catholic gathering, he told its Anglican minister: “The Catholic Church is an institution I am bound to hold divine — but for unbelievers a proof of its divinity might be found in the fact that no merely human institution conducted with such knavish imbecility would have lasted a fortnight...


King St. Eric of Sweden is a template for dads everywhere...
Rick Becker
It can’t be easy for kings to become saints. Most are also husbands and fathers, and so you have all the challenges that come with those callings, plus the enormous headaches and perpetual consternation associated with ruling a people. Raise taxes, lower taxes? Go to war, sue for peace? Statecraft, diplomacy, court intrigues – how do Gospel values square with all that...


Humility should be the ‘cornerstone’ of media work, Pope Francis tells journalists...


See the face of a man who lived in Switzerland 1,300 years ago...


‘I hate all of you’: ‘Juno’ writer regrets that her movie was pro-life...

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True reform will come — but only if you and I remain steadfast...
Msgr. Charles Pope
Bishop Robert Barron recently published Letter to a Suffering Church: A Bishop Speaks on the Sexual Abuse Crisis. It is an excellent book — a meditation, really. It gives a sobering summary of the sexual-abuse crisis and a historical perspective and offers encouragement to believers in the aftermath of the recent and horrific events...


Belgian monks resurrect 220-year-old beer after finding recipe in their archives...


So long, Cardinal Wuerl...


New study says happiest wives are, in order: religious conservatives, then religious liberals, then secular liberals, then secular conservatives...


California confession bill amended, but would still require priests to violate seal...
J.D. Flynn
California’s state senate will vote on a bill that would require priests to violate the seal of confession in certain limited circumstances. An amended text of the bill passed the Senate appropriations’ committee May 16. The bill, as amended, would require priests to report to law enforcement knowledge or suspicion of child abuse gained from hearing the sacramental confessions of other priests or co-workers...


A brief directive for Church leaders...


Cardinal Sarah endorses the “Notes” of Benedict XVI, “Martyr for the Truth”...
Sandro Magister
Cardinal Robert Sarah took everyone by surprise on the evening of May 14 in Rome, in the auditorium of the cultural center of the church of St. Louis of the French, when everyone was expecting him to present his latest book, entitled “Le soir approche et déjà le jour baisse,” on the Church’s crisis of faith and the decline of the West...


Why people don’t want pro-life women in the abortion debate...
Carrie Gress
New pro-life laws in Georgia and Alabama have elicited predictable responses from pro-abortion activists. Framing the pro-life argument as an attack on women, Alyssa Milano suggested a sex strike, while Linda Sarsour was quick to blame white women for supporting the patriarchy. With the left’s sacrament of the left under fire...


I am the 1 percent used to justify 100 percent of abortions...


A gorgeous drone’s-eye-view video of Colorado...


Church in Chile ‘shocked’ and ‘perplexed’ over abuse crisis, locals say...
Inés San Martín
Though it’s been diminishing for a while, more so in some places than others, the influence of the Catholic Church across Latin America is still undeniable. Chile is no exception, especially given that the Church here was at the forefront of the defense of human rights during the 1973-1990 dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. The Church’s standing in Chile right now...


Nationalism and Catholicism collide in run-up to the European elections...
Clemente Lisi
Italians will go to the ballot box on May 26 to elect members of the country’s delegation to the European Parliament. The vote — part of elections held across the European Union — will be another litmus test regarding Italy’s two populist political parties and whether they can withstand challenges from the left. What this latest electoral test will also do is reveal Italy’s love-hate relationship with the Catholic church...


Making the best case for that open letter on papal heresy...
Phil Lawler
John Rist, perhaps the most distinguished scholar among those who signed the open letter charging Pope Francis with heresy, has explained his action in an interview with the National Catholic Register. I would strongly urge all concerned Catholics to read the entire interview. Rist is an extremely intelligent man, and makes a strong case in defense of the open letter...


Pope’s Sunday Regina Coeli address: “Christ’s love helps us love those 'on the other side'”...


Despite religious freedom concerns, House passes Equality Act...


This chemist will be the first beatified Opus Dei numerary...


Ex-Legionary, Fox News personality Father Jonathan Morris asks to leave the priesthood...


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