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Oil company PR hit man sets sights on San Fran's Archbishop Cordileone


10 things you need to know about Jesus' Transfiguration...
Jimmy Akin
The Gospel reading for the Second Sunday of Lent commemorates the mysterious event known as the Transfiguration. This event is hard to understand. Why did it happen? What did it mean? Here are 10 things you need to know. The word "transfiguration" comes from the Latin roots trans - ("across") and figura ("form...


Two years after stepping down, Benedict XVI sees out his days in the shadows...


If the Supreme Court OKs same-sex marriage this summer, what's next for Catholics?
Russell Shaw
The likelihood that the Supreme Court next June will announce its discovery of a constitutional right to same-sex marriage raises an obvious question for the Catholic Church: What do we do now? Two steps come to mind. First, press for strong legal protections for individuals and institutions conscientiously unable to cooperate with a legal regime that requires sweeping concessions to the LGBT agenda...


The Catholic Church is the biblical Israel. There is no other...
Austin Ruse
There are abundant national security reasons to support the State of Israel. It is a beacon of democracy in a horrible part of the world. It is one of America’s most important allies. It is the physical and spiritual home to the Jewish people, children of the One True God and so our spiritual brothers, and our forefathers in faith...


The wacky world of postmodernism...
Mark Shea
Postmodern culture is, among other things, all about the subjectivization of everything. It is, like all heretical impulses, based on part of the truth, but (like heresies) it ignore other truths inconvenient to the heretic to focus on the things it liked. In this case, the truth can be roughly stated this way: when you read a book...


False teachings on meditation and contemplation exposed...
Dan Burke
In 1577, St. Teresa of Avila completed what is heralded as her seminal work on mental prayer, meditation, and contemplation in the Interior Castle. This guidebook to the most profound depths of prayer has become the standard against which all serious inquiries into interior progress must be measured. This is the reason that it is to St...


8 reasons to pray the Stations of the Cross this Lent...
Kevin Cotter
The Stations of the Cross are an ancient tradition in the Catholic Church going back to the fourth century when Christians went on pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Like many of our Catholic traditions, the Stations of the Cross can be rich, deep, and meaningful, but at the same time we can lose sight of their significance and how to relate them to our everyday lives...


World Christianity by the numbers...
George Weigel
The annual “Status of Global Christianity” survey published by the International Bulletin of Missionary Research is a cornucopia of numbers: some are encouraging; others are discouraging; many of them are important for grasping the nature of this particular moment in Christian history. This year’s survey works from a baseline of 1900 A...


At Mount Angel Seminary in Oregon, a team of monks and seminarians bond over basketball...


14 cool Christian things you can print with a home 3D printer...


In Brazil, "Surfer Angel" who drowned in 2009 is considered for canonization...


Must Western churches really learn basic theology from ISIS?


Adam sought to be God and found he was dust. Jesus seeks to be dust for us and is revealed as God...


And now a word in favor of negativity...


Wow. This Russell Brand video on '50 Shades' is wisdom from unexpected places...


San Francisco archbishop on teacher contracts: Clarify, but don't capitulate...


Billy Graham had a runny nose...

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Why are Christians being attacked? Because they are the lambs...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
When faced with the new horrors confronting Christians in the world today one comes back time and again to ask “Why”? First of all we consider the enemy. Within the world there is an irrational rage that surges out into violence. One cannot enter into any kind of discussion with such violent and irrational rage. When faced with it I am reminded of the sub human beasts in the film 'I Am Legend...


A church is a church and not a club because people gather to meet God...
David Mills
It's a story priests and pastors will recognize. "After 20 years of mixed feelings and more than eight months of discussion and debate with my husband," wrote the novelist Judy Mollen Walters,"we had walked away from the place where our babies had been named, welcomed, and bat mitzvahed, the place where we had celebrated countless holidays...


Was St. Gregory of Narek, the new Doctor of the Church, a Catholic? | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views...
R. Jared Staudt
On February 21, Pope Francis announced his decision to make St. Gregory of Narek (950-1003) a Doctor of the Church. Once again, Pope Francis has caught us off guard and now many people are scrambling to figure out who St. Gregory was and what the implications of the new honor bestowed upon him are. One key question that is arising is: was St...


“Liturgy Snob” Answers Her Critics...
Rachel Lu
Last week I wrote a piece here on Crisis about good liturgy and its effect on the minds of children. It provoked a number of strong reactions, with some positive and others very critical. This is unsurprising. All liturgy-lovers have heard these critiques before, because they arise as a matter of course whenever liturgical practice is discussed...


Turkish border closed as Christian hostages in Syria spike to 250...


Behold, a rare recording of C.S. Lewis speaking...
Brantly Millegan
You’ve read his books, but have you ever seen or heard C.S. Lewis? He died only 52 years ago, well into the era of audio and video recordings, and yet there no known videos of Lewis, and a few audio recordings of him. According to the descriptions for the videos, these recordings are from a talk he gave on BBC radio that would eventually be published as part of his masterpiece book Mere Christianity...


Rape accusations against Bikram Yoga founder prompts question: Is yoga really just a harmless exercise?


12 steps to help you move from pride to humility...
Msgr. Charles Pope
In yesterday’s post, we considered the twelve steps of pride set forth by St. Bernard of Clairvaux. In escalating ways, the twelve steps draw us to an increasingly mountainous and enslaving pride. St. Bernard also enumerates the twelve steps to deeper humility and it is these that we consider in today’s post. As with yesterday’s post...


5 questions from Catholics about evolution...
Stacy Trasancos
In elementary school, children learn about dinosaurs and fossils, how fossils form, how paleontologists reconstruct skeletons of animals from the past using those fossils. There seems no difficulty whatsoever accepting that all kinds of plants and animals lived on the Earth before people lived. Meanwhile, the Catholic children learn about Creation...


By their actions, ISIS has sealed their doom by engaging supernatural forces beyond comprehension...


Fr. Timothy Scott removed as Basilian spokesman after hurling obscenity toward Cardinal Burke...


Here are some good reasons for sitting up close at Mass...


How to enjoy the cold: Advice from an Arctic scuba diver...


Why you should prepare for martyrdom...


Vatican spokesman: "The pope did not intended to offend the Mexican population"...


Avila Institute to offer online course on angels and demons...


Patriarch urges prayer after ISIS kidnaps at least 90 Christians in Syria...


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