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Pope prays for victims of massive earthquake in Nepal


The mystery and the mask of Alfred Hitchcock...


The concept, origin and sacramental nature of marriage...
Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg
Marriage is a principle and guiding theme throughout the Holy Scriptures. It is the symbol and sign of God’s sacred covenant with His people. The Creation and institution of marriage appears woven throughout the Bible, first at the beginning of Genesis and last in the book of Revelation 19:9, where it says “blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb...


1980s free-range childhood was not the same as 1950s childhood...


Hillary insists that you change your backwards religious beliefs...
Kathy Schiffer
“Deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed” for the sake of giving women access to “reproductive health care and safe childbirth.” That’s the message Hillary Clinton delivered to the 2015 Women in the World Summit on Thursday, April 23. What she means is that Catholics and other Christians who find abortion abhorrent must be freed from their backward faith so that women can kill their children up through the date of delivery...


How to build a better sandwich...


How Christianity invented children...


The Catholic Church is pretty wonderful, and it's time to start saying so again...
Russell Shaw
Is it time to revive Catholic triumphalism? On the whole, I’d say yes. At the very least, the question isn’t frivolous and deserves serious consideration. For after several decades during which Catholics have offered repeated apologies for a host of mistakes, sometimes real and sometimes imaginary, the feeling grows that a comparable effort devoted to tooting the Church’s horn is now long overdue...


How the devil detests silence and fills our world with noise...
Philip Kosloski
Silence is a key way to hear God’s voice and unfortunately our world has been saturated by “Noise.” The “Noise” that we encounter today is not always audible, but it has also taken the shape of constant advertising, and numerous images and media vying for our attention. The Internet is full of “Noise” that can distract us as well...


Depression is not a curse. It is a cross, and a way of participating in the life of Christ...
Michael Lichens
I have written on this subject quite a bit, I still feel uncomfortable telling people about this in person. Most folks, in their tender hearts, want to help and fix it and, well, this is a lifetime condition. There is no “fixing” it and thus they either feel like I’m not even trying or they assume I have abandoned hope because their usual treatments for sadness (which...


Of saints, suffering, and scleroderma...
Richard Becker
I’m guessing it was probably the first time Pope John Paul II heard that one in the Vatican’s audience hall. It was my sister, Adeline, who was visiting Rome with my mom and dad many years ago. None of them were Catholic at the time, but my pastor had helped them secure an invitation to a general audience. Although my family had tremendous respect for the Pope...


Archbishop Joseph Naumann replaces Finn, signalling change in Missouri diocese...
Simcha Fisher
On Tuesday, the beleaguered Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph got a new interim leader, Archbishop Joseph Naumann. Naumann is stepping in to replace Bishop Finn, whose resignation was accepted by the Vatican two days ago. Finn has been at the center of a fierce debate about how he dealt with Fr. Ratigan, a priest in his diocese who took hundreds of pornographic images of children...


Faithful nuns walk out of Catholic school in protest of gay activists...


‘Interstellar’ and ‘Gravity': Science fiction, outer space, and the question of God...


What will your resurrected body be like?


The anti-Catholic “Wolf Hall,” while bad history, is also a cautionary tale for today...


When pirates captured a cargo ship, its crew faced some desperate choices...


Why religious liberty arguments aren’t working...

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G.K. Chesterton: Rhetoric, genius and holiness...
David Mills
He may even have waved his hand in a dismissive gesture, my friend, when he explained his dislike of G. K. Chesterton. “It’s all rhetoric,” he said, and his voice by itself comprehensively dismissed Chesterton as a writer one should read even if he hadn’t added the backhanded wave of his hand. He meant by rhetoric what others would have called “word games” and “verbal fireworks” or even “hot air”: an effect without meaning...


Major earthquake hits Himalayas; CRS and Caritas mobilizing response...


The secret roots of Liberation Theology...


So, Hillary votes “no” on Faith in Public Square, then?
Elizabeth Scalia
So, it wasn’t long ago — April 13, actually — that I watched the usual “Hillary is very religious” narrative begin again and asked whether that meant the churches had an ally in Hillary, against those voices who demand that faith be relegated to pews and homes, and put out of the public square. Well, it seems Hillay is not so much in favor of faith in the public square...


12 reasons why you should watch The Twilight Zone...
John Clark
Many a night I find myself searching through Netflix for a good movie or show—one that is both uplifting and free of the immorality that plagues modern motion pictures. As you might suspect, I am often disappointed with the selection. Most nights, I wind up watching an old show like Columbo or The Rockford Files. There’s another that I have been watching a lot lately...


San Francisco Chronicle op-ed: Why the Marin Catholic nuns walked out...


Two excellent Notre Dame profs are teaching a free online course this summer...


Clericalism isn't dead. It thrives among clergymen and laity alike...


A fascinating new light on a tragic tale in American history...
Dale Ahlquist
A friend once lent me a book that I wish everyone else could read. Unfortunately it is not readily available. In fact, it has been out of print for almost 120 years. It is the memoir of Monsignor Augustin Ravoux, who served as a priest in Minnesota before the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis even existed. It is an inspiring and thrilling account of the trials and triumphs of a remarkable priest...


Here's how to argue against "same-sex marriage"...


The semi-permeable membranes of the various Protestantisms...
Mark Shea
One basic rule of thumb to understand in Catholic/Protestant conversations is that it is not the case that Catholics rely on Sacred Tradition and Protestants don't. Rather, Catholics (and, by this, I mean “educated Catholics speaking out of the Magisterial teaching of the Church”) rely on Sacred Tradition and know they do...


Pray for a deep hatred of sin, and be afraid of its darkness...
Msgr. Charles Pope
We ought to ask the Lord to inspire us with a holy hatred of sin. There is a kind of inverse relationship that we ought to seek: if we love the truth staunchly we will detest sin and lies more fully. It is impossible to love the truth vigorously without also detesting error. Similarly, as we grow in the love of God, we grow in the love of holiness...


Pope appoints new bishop to Diocese of Greensburg, Pennsylvania...
Rocco Palmo
After the rocky road of Bishop Lawrence Brandt's 14 years at the helm of the diocese of Greensburg, one way of expressing the widespread mood in Southwestern Pennsylvania's coal country was that their next bishop would come bearing power. Suffice it to say, mission accomplished. At Roman Noon, the US' longest-pending diocesan handover was resolved as the Pope tapped Fr Edward Malesic...


Galveston-Houston's vicar for clergy tapped to lead Victoria diocese...


Archbishop Cordileone truly has the heart of a lion...


How the colonial tavern changed American history...


Kenyan bishop says ‘stop playing around’ on anti-Christian violence...


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