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Archbishop José Gomez elected president of U.S. Bishops’ Conference


Parables of Jesus on the Day of Judgment and our need to be ready...
Msgr. Charles Pope
Jesus was urgent in warning us to be ready for judgment. He did this in many ways, but most notably in the parables. In this post let’s ponder His teachings and hear His urgency. Most casual readers of the Bible tend to view the parables as merely interesting, entertaining stories. While that is so, they are deadly serious as well; they powerfully portray the drama of human life...


A map of the Mediterranean Sea of America...


Hate This, Not That!...
Mary Jo Gerd
Years ago I used to enjoy the mind-numbing babble of a popular national morning show while I got ready for work. One segment that caught my attention was, “Eat this! Not that!” The ultra-skinny host whose own diet clearly consisted of an occasional rice cake topped with kale would run through a display of mouth-watering dishes...


‘Jeopardy!’ contestant nearly brings Alex Trebek to tears with Final Jeopardy message...


Pondering our judgment, one of the Four Last Things...


Pope Francis’ nuncio admonishes U.S. bishops: “The pastoral thrust of this pontificate must reach the American people”...


How to love others better than you do...
David Mills
The people that had to talk, they bothered me. My sister was dying, and later died, of a cancer that created hundreds and hundreds of tumors in her spine and long bones. She suffered continuous, deep, aching pain. I could barely keep control of my feelings, and they forced me to paste on that pained fake smile, the one you have to wear when good people try to help you...


Cardinal Burke to Ross Douthat: “I’m called the enemy of the Pope, which I am not”...
Ross Douthat
In mid-October, while the Catholic Church’s internal debates were reaching another crescendo at a synod for the Amazon region held in Rome, I sat down with Cardinal Raymond Burke, best known as Pope Francis’s most vocal critic in the church’s hierarchy. Our conversations, which continued last week, covered Burke’s role in Francis-era debates about Catholic moral teaching...


Learn how to slice every kind of fruit...


Pope’s Sunday Angelus: “This earthly dimension, in which we now live, isn’t the only dimension”...


9 ingenious smuggling machines that beat the Berlin Wall...


Fr. Mitch Pacwa on idol worship at the Amazon Synod: “We’re not stupid — this is an idol”...


How to explain Pope Francis without making things worse...
Jeff Mirus
Every seriously committed Catholic who is paying attention to Pope Francis has to figure out a way to deal with him both in their own minds, and in speaking about the Church with others. There may be as many different approaches to this problem as there are serious Catholics, but there are certainly several broad categories of response...


Must-read article! — “I was an astrologer. Here's how it really works, and why I had to stop...”...


How do you see death? Do you long to one day depart this life and go home to God? ...


U.S. Bishops counter narrative of resistance to Pope Francis...


L’Osservatore Romano offers inaccurate reporting on U.S. election...

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The Universal Church: Is there a Catholic Church in Antarctica?


Rioters loot, desecrate and set fire to Catholic church statues, pews and sacred art in Chile...


St. Martin’s Day: The feast that began the fast...
R. Jared Staudt
This website focuses on rebuilding Catholic culture through art, festivity, education, Catholic history and traditions, and a life shaped by prayer. St. Martin of Tours (c.316-97) can be considered one of the original builders of Catholic culture. Thanks to Sulpitius Severus, we have a detailed biography speaking of his life as a soldier...


Pope Francis will publish results of Vatican’s McCarrick investigation by early 2020, Cardinal O’Malley reveals...


On opening day of the USCCB meeting, more questions than answers...
Rocco Palmo
A hundred years since the bishops of the United States – freshly gathered into an episcopal conference – made their first collective strike on the national stage with a sweeping Program of Social Reconstruction, the bench has returned to its cradle in this Premier See with a considerably less ambitious agenda, but the specter of history still hanging over the place...


A taste test, and a question: Does eating fake meat (like the Impossible Burger) violate Friday abstinence law?


The Church is like a machine for making saints...


I treat teens who have attempted suicide. Here’s what they told me...


I’m gonna ride the chariot in the morning, Lord! A homily for the 32nd Sunday of the Year...


Are mainstream reporters who ask doctrinal questions part of a great conservative Catholic conspiracy to attack the Pope?
Terry Mattingly
If you have been reading GetReligion for a decade or so, you have probably seen references to the “tmatt trio,” a set of short questions I have long used to probe the doctrinal fault lines inside Christian hierarchies, institutions and flocks. A dozen years ago or so, a website called “Religious Left Online” — it appears that site is now dead — even offered up a fun GetReligion drinking game that suggested that these topics...


Theology in ‘dialogue with cultures’ renews humanity, Pope Francis says...


DACA and our future...
Archbishop Charles Chaput
One of the great blessings I’ve had in my years as a bishop was serving with then-Auxiliary Bishop José Gomez during my tenure in Denver. As shepherd now of the largest and most diverse archdiocese in the United States – the Archdiocese of Los Angeles – Archbishop Gomez has brought a balanced, prudent, and articulate leadership to a wide range of difficult issues...


You and I have unfinished business...
Phil Lawler
Every morning, on our way to Mass we pass two houses that are under construction, side by side. When we first moved to this area, these two houses looked close to completion; the scaffolding around them showed that the contractor was finishing up the facades. Twenty years later the scaffolding is still in place; the facades are still unfinished...


The Earth is not my mother. Here’s why...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
One of the most disturbing things about the final document from the Amazonian Synod is the repeated and unchallenged reference to “Mother Earth.” In the desire to “inculturate the gospel” the synod organizers are infecting the Catholic faith with a religious concept which has always been incontrovertibly pagan and which the Christian faith has always steadfastly resisted...


Those martyrs who don’t make the news — a testimony from Burkina Faso...
Sandro Magister
The killing of Islamic State head Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi does not by any means allow the letting down of one’s guard on the aggressiveness of the countless armed units that take their inspiration from Islamist fundamentalism. Aid to the Church in Need, the foundation of pontifical right engaged in supporting persecuted Christians all over the world...


For us faithful, the day we die is the greatest day of our life on this earth...


Survey says: Most Catholics in U.S. reject Church teaching on cohabitation...


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