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L’Arche reports multiple counts of sexual misconduct by founder Jean Vanier


The cycle of hatred and revenge ends with me...
Msgr. Charles Pope
In today’s Gospel the Lord is teaching us, by His grace, to break the cycle of hatred and retribution. When someone harms me I may well become angry, and in my anger seek to get back at the offender. If I do that, though, then Satan has earned a second victory and brought the anger and retribution to a higher level. Most likely...


7th Sunday of Ordinary Time: Turning the other cheek...
John Bergsma
This Sunday’s Readings include some of the best known—and hardest to practice—passages from the Gospel, including Jesus famous command to “turn the other cheek.” Biblical scholarship can only go so far in elucidating some of Jesus’ challenging commands; beyond that, we need the saints. Our Readings start off showing the continuity between Jesus’ teachings and the Old Testament...


Is coffee good for you? Yes! But it depends on the kind of coffee and the quantity...


Atheist Twitter account unwittingly admits God’s power and Christians respond...


Jean Vanier and total depravity...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
The news broke this morning the Jean Vanier, the founder of the L’Arche communities for the disabled, was guilty of manipulative sexual abuse of at least six women over the years. The disappointment and shock is reverberating around the Catholic world because he was considered, along with Mother Teresa, to be a living saint. At the same time the headlines rumble with indignation at the bigotry and misogyny of candidate Bloomberg...


The clerical cassock: A black badge of courage...


At private ad limina meetings, Pope Francis talks euthanasia with U.S. bishops, says “he felt he’d been used” after Fr. James Martin photo op...


4 ways of thinking that will drive you (and other people) crazy...


Diocese of Harrisburg files for bankruptcy amid new sex abuse lawsuits...


Assisted suicide bills are driven by contempt for disabled people...


How rapidly is the universe expanding? The growing crisis in cosmology...


The broomstick hoax and the truth about Galileo...


A diagram of the 100 most-spoken languages in the world...


Beyond Amazonia...
George Weigel
The post-synodal apostolic exhortation Querida Amazonia [Dear Amazonia] did not accept or endorse the 2019 Amazonian synod’s proposal that viri probati — mature married men — be ordained priests in that region. So until the German Church’s “synodal path” comes up with a similar proposal (which seems more than likely)...


Why did Pope Francis hit the brakes in Querida Amazonia? Because the Germans are up to no good, and he knows it...
Sandro Magister
That on the Amazon is the second synod in a row in which Francis has disappointed the expectations of those awaiting the innovations that he himself, the pope, had foretold. In the 2018 synod on young people, the issue on which the expectations and controversies had focused was homosexuality. The base document of the discussion...


What is synodality?
Bishop Robert Barron
It was a great privilege for me to participate in the Synod on Young People in the fall of 2018. Along with about three hundred other bishops and ecclesial experts from around the world, I spent four weeks in Rome exploring the complex question of the Church’s outreach to the young. About three weeks into the Synod process, a sub-committee of writers presented a preliminary text...


Parishioners of Detroit’s Assumption Grotto sue to get back Father Eduard Perrone, their ousted priest...

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Where in the world: The biggest ‘diocese’ you have never heard of...
K.V. Turley
The Catholic Church in the British Overseas Territories of the southern Atlantic Ocean is governed by two ecclesiastical jurisdictions: the Apostolic Prefecture of the Falkland Islands and the Ecclesial Mission sui iuris of St. Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha. Both of these are directly responsible to the Holy See. From the 18th century onwards this large ecclesial territory was a mission field for the French and then the Spanish...


Why are most airplane seats blue?


This Sunday, the hard teaching that changed the world...
Tom Hoopes
“Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect,” Jesus says in the Gospel this Sunday, the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A). If you look at that injunction the wrong way, it can look like God wants “perfectionism” or that we will always fall short of God’s ideal. But for 2,000 years of Christianity, it has not been taken that way — instead...


Patron saint of the internet? Carlo Acutis to be beatified...
Fr. Matthew Schneider
Ven. Carlo Acutis is the ideal candidate for the patron saint of the internet. He created a database of Eucharistic miracles on a website so people could find out about them all while he was still a teenager. If you’ve seen a traveling exhibit with displays on different Eucharistic miracles, this is based right off his site. On Friday...


Pope Francis: Canon law revision project is concluding...


Are your kids difficult in Mass? What every Catholic parent of young children needs to hear...


“Greater love hath no man” — 89-year-old crossing guard fatally struck by car at Kansas parochial school while saving two kids ...


A test for pridefulness...


Storms over the Emerald Isle...


Do not underestimate the power of your love to do something real in the people you love...
John Cuddeback
The power of will is astounding in what it can effect in us, and in others, every day. Human life is always about presence. And presence cannot be taken for granted. As Thomas Aquinas notes, absence is opposed to presence. Often we are separated in some way or absent from those that we love. Certain kinds of absence we cannot remove...


A well-stocked pantry and a shriven soul: Why you should always be prepared for disaster...
Fr. Victor Feltes
On October 9th, 1859, the first Marian apparition in the United States (since approved by the Catholic Church as “worthy of belief – although not obligatory”) occurred near Green Bay, Wisconsin. Adele Brise, a 28-year-old Belgian immigrant, was walking eleven miles home from Sunday Mass when she saw a beautiful lady with long...


Bari trip gives Pope a chance to help save Christianity in the Middle East...
John Allen
During the Roman Empire, the entire Mediterranean region was known as Mare Nostrum, “Our Sea.” It was an imperial assertion of dominance, of course, but it also reflected the idea that the peoples of the Mediterranean are linked by geography and destiny, sharing a common fate. In a nutshell, that’s the same intuition that will carry Pope Francis to the Italian costal city of Bari on Sunday...


Work harder, America, and be alert. Democracy is not immune to the spirit of dictatorship...
Sean Fitzpatrick
Published 75 years ago in 1945, George Orwell’s Animal Farm presents revolution as a thing true to its name: revolving and returning like an infernal circle to the despotic power and blind capitulation originally repulsed. It is a principle suggestive of an ingrained brutality in political animals that cannot be broken. And the political animals in the “land of the free” are not always better off than the pitifully enslaved animals of Orwell’s Animal Farm...


Listen to Yogi Berra! Flashback to previous New York Times religion-beat puzzle...


Pope’s Wednesday Audience: ‘Blessed are the meek’ is not ‘Blessed are the weak’...


Victim says Legion lied to police about her abuse...


A priest’s middle-of-the-night crisis that reveals the powerful existence of guardian angels...


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