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Department of Justice announces Settlement in HHS Mandate lawsuits


What would Jesus do about Artificial Intelligence? Become more human...
Simcha Fisher
The bots were worried about me. There I was, mindlessly scrolling past Trump memes, soup recipes and baby pictures when my screen abruptly showed me a new page. In a concerned font, Facebook itself asked if I wanted some help. Would I like some resources on depression and suicide prevention? Would I like to try this hotline? No thanks...


St. Paul was not ashamed of the Gospel. Are you?
Msgr. Charles Pope
St. Paul writes this in today’s reading from the Letter to the Romans: “I am not ashamed of the gospel. It is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes” (Rom 1:16). “Gospel” here refers to the whole of the New Testament rather than merely the four Gospels. The gospel is the apostolic exhortation, the proclamation of the apostles of what Jesus taught and said and did for our salvation...


The 100 Years War between the Church and Communism...


A prayer for Somalia, and for the pathetic killers who face eternal darkness...
Elizabeth Scalia
The pictures are almost unimaginable — even in the face of so many such images we’ve scrolled by, before. Somali people knee-deep in wreckage; little children carrying away human remains. At this writing, the death toll has just been raised to 300, with another 300 injured, and we are told both of those numbers may yet climb as more people or bodies are recovered following a truck-bomb enacted terror attack — the deadliest single attack in Somalia’s history...


Could Jesus learn things?
Mark Shea
Last time in this space we looked at Matthew’s account of Jesus’ encounter with the Canaanite Woman (Matthew 15:21-28). I noted that there is a common reading abroad these days, centering on the claim that, in one way or another, it is Jesus, not his disciples, who is the learner in this story. The “within the pale of orthodoxy” version of this is that Jesus learns from the Woman that she is capable of faith...


The moral imagination of ‘Leave It to Beaver’...


Our Lady of Lourdes and Harvey Weinstein...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
Brad Pitt appears to be the hero of the Hollywood story, having done what many were afraid to do: stand up to Harvey Weinstein. The scandal was a far cry from the peace and dignity of Lourdes, France, where I happened to be as the scandal details began to emerge. Here it’s hard to escape the natural and supernatural presence of something healing...


German monastery Himmerod to close its doors 900 years after its founding by St. Bernard of Clairvaux...


Hindu and Catholic schoolchildren in India say Virgin Mary appeared amid scent of jasmine...


Pope announces Synod of Bishops for South America’s ‘Pan-Amazon region’ in 2019...
Rocco Palmo
At the Angelus which wrapped up this morning's canonization of 35 saints – all but two martyrs from indigenous communities in Mexico and Brazil – the Pope took the liberty of making a fitting, yet (another) surprise announcement. To be sure, this development brings numerous ramifications, merely the first of which is a confirmation that the Synod on Young People and Vocational Discernment...


The Pope's death penalty remarks signal a new approach to development of doctrine...
J.D. Flynn
On Wednesday, Pope Francis told a gathering in Rome that the Catechism of the Catholic Church should significantly revise its treatment of the death penalty. It's no surprise that Francis proposed a stronger theological condemnation of capital punishment. He's criticized the practice throughout his papacy, as did his most immediate predecessors...


Respect for human life comes in all forms of witness...


You might say the theme of this Sunday’s Gospel is “Party or Perish!”...


The conversion of Russia: maybe not as we expected it...


Vatican court convicts former hospital CEO for rehabbing cardinal's apartment...


How the Miracle of the Sun dazzled the skeptics...


Why the debate about aborting Down Syndrome babies matters...

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In education, the end depends on the beginning...
Mark Langley
Incidentally, I haven’t read much of the Roman poet Manlius who “flourished” in the first century AD. But his famous line “Finisque ab origine pendet” from the fourth book of his Astronomicon appears to have been adopted by Phillips Exeter Academy as its motto. Phillips Exeter, founded in 1781, is now, I would say, a fairly prestigious Academy claiming everyone from Daniel Webster to Pierre S...


Churches attacked in Australian same-sex marriage vote...


54 days of quotes about the Holy Rosary...
Tom Perna
Over the past 54 days here in the Diocese of Phoenix, we have been praying the 54-Day Rosary Novena in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Fatima. This past Friday night, Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted consecrated the Diocese of Phoenix to the Immaculate Heart of Mary at Saints Simon and Jude Cathedral. Many people I know have taken up the Holy Rosary and have prayed it devoutly these past weeks...


Harvey Weinstein and Hollywood’s ‘open secrets’...
Tom Hoopes
You could say that the Harvey Weinstein case reveals the dark secret underbelly of Hollywood — but Hollywood’s low morality has never been secret or merely an underbelly. Weinstein’s case just gives people permission to start talking about it. When the New York Times reported on years of sexual harassment accusations against Harvey Weinstein...


339 years after her death, St. Teresa of Ávila converted Edith Stein...


Of memory, metanoia and manslaughter...
Rick Becker
An essay by historian Andrew Bacevich scrolled up in my Facebook feed, and I saw that it had been posted by my friend Shawn Storer of Catholic Peace Fellowship. That was enough to make it a must-read sooner rather than later, so I opened it up. It was entitled “Autopilot Wars,” and it was Bacevich’s take on our nation’s numb embrace of perpetual armed conflict as a norm...


7 of the most stunning subway stations in the world...


It’s hard to believe that ‘The Princess Bride’ is now 30 years old...


Pope canonizes 35 new saints in St. Peter's Square...


The Vatican still retains the last word on translations, Cardinal Sarah says...
Edward Pentin
Cardinal Robert Sarah has weighed in on Magnum Principium, Pope Francis’ motu proprio on liturgical translations, reassuring the faithful that the Vatican will continue to safeguard any changes or new liturgical translations to ensure they remain faithful to the original Latin. In an article in the French Catholic journal L’Homme Nouveau...


Scientists are just beginning to understand how Old Faithful works...


Benedict XVI is weak but still following concerns of Church, says bishop...


How Stalin hid Ukraine's famine from the world (with the help of milksops like Walter Duranty)...


Must-read: How vulgarity normalizes predators...


A lesson for parents: Don’t drag your children to Mass for the wrong reasons...
David Mills
Ernie’s story left my children and me indignant. A golden retriever puppy, he’d been bought by doting parents as a birthday present for their 11-year-old daughter. Jon Katz tells the story in “Poor Little Rich Dog.” “Girl and dog, growing up together — what parent hasn’t pictured it?” he writes. Getting Ernie completed the parents’ picture of the perfect family...


What is to be done with the body of Archbishop Fulton Sheen?


Protestantism in the Catholic Church: The emergence of a shared tradition?
R. Jared Staudt
Earlier this year, I wrote a CWR essay identifying a seriously harmful legacy of the Reformation: Luther’s emphasis on the individuality of conscience. There is another side of the story, however, as we evaluate the legacy of the Reformation. In the last five hundred years, numerous elements of the Protestant tradition have influenced the Catholic Church...


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