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Teenager to be canonized with Paul VI and Oscar Romero


Chile's two cardinals become focus of clerical abuse investigation...
Inés San Martín
Pope’s Francis’s recent about-face on Chile’s clerical sexual abuse crisis, pivoting from strongly defending a bishop accused of cover-up to ordering investigations and summoning bishops to Rome to read them the riot act, appears to have been read as a green light to investigate by Chile’s civilian authorities, who in recent months have conducted multiple raids in several dioceses looking for evidence...


Antichrist arrives in a world without mercy...
Elizabeth Scalia
A couple of years ago a woman about to board a flight tweeted out what she thought was an ironic “joke” and then obediently turned off her phone. When she disembarked some hours later, Justine Sacco discovered that she had become one of the most hated women on the planet, and had lost her job, to boot. She had been, effectively...


‘Deportation’ argument reveals principles for reading Church documents...
Jimmy Akin
A starting point for interpreting any document is figuring out what its authors have in mind. This is done principally by examining the words they use, and we must employ some caution here. Words can have meanings that are not obvious, especially when translations of technical documents—like those of the Magisterium—are involved...


Vanity of vanities, all is vanity: Ecclesiastes...


13 reasons I never go to Mass or take a shower...


Watch a Chinook helicopter rescue 7 people with a pinnacle landing on Mount Hood...


Nicaragua’s bishops to fast, pray for exorcism amid Ortega crackdown...


St. Gilbert? In the coming weeks, the fate of G.K. Chesterton’s cause will be known...
K.V. Turley
Is he or is he not on the road to being canonized? In the coming weeks, the fate of Gilbert Keith Chesterton will be known. Soon, all eyes will turn upon Canon John Udris as he presents his written report to the bishop of Northampton, England, with, thereafter, a decision being made. For the past five years, Canon Udris has been the man tasked by Bishop Peter Doyle to explore whether Chesterton was a saint...


The pruning of the Church and our response to it...
Msgr. Charles Pope
As we go through the Book of the Prophet Isaiah at Mass this week, we read of Israel’s painful purifications as well as the subsequent punishment of the surrounding nations. God permitted the nations to persecute Israel in order that she be purified, but the iniquity and sin of the nations and of this world cannot go on forever; wickedness must be ended...


Priest says new degree in Church administration builds servant-leaders...


Why we need Loome Theological Booksellers...


Which car brands have the most (and least) loyal owners?


The childlike appeal of classic murder mysteries...
Rick Becker
“Just what kind of movies do you like?” We were sitting around the dinner table discussing cinematic tastes. Katharine, my youngest, was being a bit evasive; Benedict, my oldest, was drawing her out. Kath paused, looked straight at Ben, and then blurted, “I like murders.” Maybe not the answer you’d expect from a 12-year-old...


What’s happening to Christians in Nigeria?
John Zmirak
I conservatively estimate that 20,000, mostly Christians, have been killed since Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari took office in 2015. That number could be significantly higher. Specifically, we know there have been 3,000 victims of direct State violence. And 9,000 victims of police custody or captivity killings. Those people were systematically targeted based on religious and racial profiling...


Location, location, location: Where a Supreme Court nominee kneels matters in DC life — GetReligion...


He preyed on men who wanted to be priests. Then he became a cardinal...


Can Humanae Vitae’s teachings change?

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What you should know about this Sunday’s readings (16th Sunday in Ordinary Time)...
John Bergsma
At this time in the Church year, we are working our way through the Gospel of Mark, approaching the record of the Feeding of the 5,000 (Mark 6). In the next five weeks, we are going to take a break from Mark in order to meditate on John’s account of the same event (John 6), which will provide a lengthy opportunity to reflect on the theology and biblical basis for the Eucharist...


Head of Vatican commission says contraception is ‘intrinsically wrong’...


But what do the neighbors think?
Jenny Uebbing
Lately I’ve been experimenting with a little mental exercise I like to call “what if there’s a nanny cam?” Now, being the queen of my domicile and the only avid Amazon clicker in the house, I can be reasonably confident this is only a mental exercise. However, it has borne some fruit when I play it out in my imagination to the logical conclusion and pretend there are tapes that we’re going to be playing back later tonight...


The 20 things your guardian angel does for you, without your even realizing it...
Stephen Beale
Imagine you had a bodyguard who was always with you. He did all the usual bodyguard things like protecting you from danger, warding off assailants, and generally keeping you safe in all situations. But he also did more than this: he offered you moral guidance, helped you become a stronger person, and led you to your ultimate calling in life...


Archaeologists discover bread that was baked 14,400 years ago...


Every dot in this picture is an entire galaxy...


Google Doodle celebrates Catholic priest who proposed Big Bang theory...


A tale of two revolutions...
Fr. George Rutler
It may be the seasonal heat that incubates revolutionary sentiments, since both Independence Day and Bastille Day occurred in the feverish days of July. One admires the temperance of our Founding Fathers meeting in Philadelphia in un-airconditioned rooms. The other revolution unleashed more violent passions against a devout monarch who...


Memo to Vatican reformers: Don't take cues from the gas company...
John Allen
Outsiders to the Vatican often find themselves wondering why the pace of things seems so slow. As the old joke goes, Rome’s working motto tends to be, “Talk to me on Wednesday, and I’ll get back to you in 300 years.” Confirmation of those impressions is readily available, from Vatican departments that can take years to bring out documents whose conclusions could have been scripted from the very beginning...


Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s legacy of eugenics and racism can’t be ignored...


Archaeologists and astronomers solve the mystery of Chile's Stonehenge...


As a new priest, I admit: Seminary did not prepare me for the cultural fallout from the legalization of marijuana...


The call to integrity in worship...


Surprise! Pope Francis unexpectedly celebrates Vatican wedding...


Social media and looking for love in all the wrong places...


Church begins construction of new Our Lady of Arabia Cathedral in Bahrain...


Did you know it? Michelangelo was a poet...
Kathy Schiffer
Michelangelo was quite a talented fellow! I mean, the Pietà! The statue of David! The Sistine Chapel! The acclaimed sculptor, artist and architect was considered a master by his Renaissance peers; and his reputation has continued to the present day. In his long lifetime, Michelangelo Buonarroti produced a vast number of works that are still considered masterpieces of the highest order...


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