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Pope issues apostolic letter ‘Summa Familiae Cura,’ establishes new John Paul II Institute on Marriage and Family


Vatican calls alleged bombshell over vanished girl ‘false and ridiculous’...
John Allen
Every culture tends to develop its own peculiar obsessions with conspiracy theories. To this day, for instance, a great way to get three or four Americans arguing is to ask their opinions about whether Oswald acted alone in the JFK assassination. The rest of the world, however, really doesn’t hold a candle to Italy when it comes to generating what are known here as gialli...


Fr. James Martin Is creating chaos in Catholic circles...
John Zmirak
You might not follow inside Catholic baseball. I wouldn’t blame you. Lately it has recalled the infamous 1962 Mets, who won only 40 games while losing 120. Their manager, Casey Stengel, famously asked the team, “Can’t anybody here play this game?” But the latest wild pitch and lost game are important, both to Catholics and other Christians...


Don't look at 1917 through a rose-colored looking glass...
K.V. Turley
Recently, London’s British Library concluded its five-month exhibition: Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy and Myths. I was handed a free ticket and went along, and quickly found myself dismayed at the myths peddled yet again, the real tragedy still ignored. One wonders, given the history of Communism in the 20th century, why there is still so much residual romanticism attached to it—at least in some quarters in the West...


Lady Gaga posts photo of herself praying Rosary with explanation for tour cancelation...


In defense of bad priests...


Bioethics expert says ‘de-valuing’ human beings is 21st century malady...


Pope's Sunday Angelus: ‘God can’t share His love with us if we close our hearts to love for others’...


No, Jesus was never ignorant of his mission. We learn from Him, not He from us...


The religious Brothers of Charity are clear: No euthanasia is possible in our hospitals...
Andrea Gagliarducci
Br. René Stockman says it clearly: the path to euthanasia is not viable for a Catholic hospital. After a board of trustees decision to allow euthanasia in Belgian hospitals sponsored by the Brothers of Charity, the community’s general superior spoke with CNA about the issues at stake, and the possibility that the Brothers of Charity might discontinue sponsoring hospitals if things do not change...


A potpourri of nuggets from a week on the Vatican beat...


A few canonical points about Fr. James Martin’s latest book...
Edward Peters
Defending his book, Building a Bridge (2017), Jesuit Father James Martin claims that its consistency with Church teaching is attested to by (A) his own good standing as a priest, and (B) the canonical approval the book received from his Jesuit superior. Martin’s first claim, that he is a priest in good standing, is neither contested nor relevant to the question of whether his book is doctrinally sound or pastorally trustworthy...


Jimmy Kimmel defends good priests, says it's unfair to label all as abusers...


After Irma, Knights of Columbus go knocking on doors near Fort Lauderdale...


Theologican College (seminary) asks Jesuit Fr. James Martin not to speak at event...
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
Today I arose to messages that Theological College, an important major seminary with national prominence in Washington DC, had decided to withdraw an invitation to homosexualist activist and Jesuit Fr. James Martin, to speak at their “Alumni Days”. Since I am deeply concerned about the situation of vocations to the priesthood in the USA...


Video: 66-year-old man sees color for the first time in his life...


Video: A strangely mesmerizing illustration of math concepts...


Despite his wing-clipping, Cardinal Sarah is not going quiet in defense of tradition...

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Catholics come out guns a blazin'...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
I watched a forgettable film the other evening called Tombstone. It was a predictable Western with Wyatt Earp, his brothers and Doc Holliday shooting up the OK Corral. It made me think of this week’s shoot out between Fr Martin and his pals and some conservative commentators. Both sides came out guns a-blazin’ about Fr Martin’s rather slight and sentimental book about being friendly to gay people...


Pope writes letter to Japan: ‘My thought runs to the witness of so many martyrs’...


About the roots of the Father James Martin/Theological College controversy...
Terry Mattingly
It would be hard to name a media figure in American Catholicism who is more popular than Father James Martin, in part because he is witty, candid and concise. He understands how journalists work, pays attention to deadlines and is relentlessly cooperative. Martin has his points to make and he makes them, both with his words and with strategic silence...


Four months after kidnapping, Philippine military rescues Marawi's captive vicar-general...


Can you influence how the Lord will judge you?
Msgr. Charles Pope
The readings from Mass for the 24th Sunday of the Year were a continuation from the previous Sunday, when our Lord taught us of the requirement that we correct one another. Yesterday’s readings remind us that our correction must be done with mercy and humility. Failing to correct an erring or sinning brother is not mercy at all...


Bishop Robert Barron speaks at Facebook headquarters...


Blessed babbler: Notker of Saint Gall (c. 840-912)...
Rick Becker
“N-O-T-K-E-R,” my wife spelled out to me. “Ever heard of him?” Nope – football maybe? Some obscure character from Shakespeare? “Saint,” she said. Nancy was scrambling to contact all the confirmands for our parish’s upcoming Confirmation Mass: Nailing down details about attire and arrival, times and seating arrangements...


Meet the priest whom John Quincy Adams thought was the most learned man in America...
Philip Kosloski
Born in 1779 at Rennes, France, Simon Bruté lived during the tumultuous French Revolution and witnessed the open persecution of Catholic priests. He frequently visited the prisons where these men were held and often brought with him the Blessed Sacrament, hidden in his clothes. Then in 1796 Bruté studied medicine, but never became a doctor...


Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil recounts harrowing 18-month kidnapping ordeal...


Finding forgiveness through the magnificence of mercy...


Alienation is killing people in America and Japan...


With a candle fixed to his hat for light, Michelangelo sculpted this for his own tomb...


Turning the artistic tide in the post-conciliar era...


After dramatic papal threat, Nigerian diocese remains badly split...
Inés San Martín
In an extremely complicated dispute in the Nigerian Diocese of Ahaira, even a papal threat to suspend every last priest there doesn't seem to have stopped the infighting over the controversial appointment of a new bishop five years ago. The two sides remain bitterly divided, accusing one another of being "satanic" and "corrupt...


Our Lady of Sorrows is one of the reasons I’m a Catholic...


Vatican diplomat in Holy See’s D.C. Embassy recalled to Rome, investigated for child pornography...


Our Lady’s seven sorrows, seven promises, and Fatima’s connection...


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