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Obama announces plan to protect 4 million immigrants from deportation


Here's a map of the most-stolen vehicle in every state...


Paranoia is the serious business of Heaven: New horizons in conspiracy cinema...
Mark Shea
Whether you love him or hate him, agree or disagree, you've got to concede that Christian fundamentalist filmmaker Oliver Stone has once again made a forceful movie which commands our fascination almost against our will. Indeed, his most recent Chick Production release, CSL, is in many respects superior to his recent films (e...


Pro-life answers to pro-abortion questions...
Jason Jones and John Zmirak
As more and more young people describe themselves as prolife, we see the culture inexorably moving in our direction. So it’s only responsible to plan for what will happen when laws change to offer the preborn protection. We would press for the firm and consistent enforcement of laws against doctors who pervert their medical training to destroy preborn life...


Fr. Jean Buridan and the birth of modern science...
Stacy Trasancos
The people in ancient cultures had the skills to produce a viable science of physical laws and systems of laws, but they held some form of a pantheistic or animistic worldview. The worldview instilled by the Old Testament cultures was founded on the theology of a personal and merciful God who created a universe of order and routine...


Don't be "that guy": 8 personalities to avoid in sidewalk counseling...
Abby Johnson
In the pro-life movement, there are many different personalities and styles when it comes to sidewalk counseling. Some are effective and some are not. Everyone’s heart is in a good place, but that does not mean that everyone is cut out for the sidewalk.


Here in Lincoln, we'll be celebrating the Mass "ad orientem" in some churches this Advent...
Bishop James Conley
Jesus Christ will return in glory to the earth. We do not know when he will return. But Christ promised us that he would return in glory, “as light comes from the east” to bring God’s plan of redemption to its fulfillment. In 2009, Bishop Edward Slattery, of Tulsa, Okla., wrote that “the dawn of redemption has already broken...


In 21st century Catholicism, you can’t ignore Africa anymore...
John Allen
It's commonplace to say that the Catholic Church, and the Vatican in particular, needs to hear the voices of the developing world. Two-thirds of the planet's 1.2 billion Catholics now live outside the West, a share that will reach three-quarters by mid-century, and it seems only fair that those folks claim a seat at the table...


Revisiting the argument from desire...
Fr. Robert Barron
One of the classical demonstrations of God’s existence is the so-called argument from desire. It can be stated in a very succinct manner as follows. Every innate or natural desire corresponds to some objective state of affairs that fulfills it. Now we all have an innate or natural desire for ultimate fulfillment, ultimate joy...


Pope's Wednesday Audience: "In our daily tasks, we are all called to become saints"...


How to fold the world-record-setting paper airplane "Suzanne"...


This year's best interview with an American cardinal...


8 clues your friends secretly want to be Catholic...


Is there a secret cipher hidden in Shakespeare's greatest works?


A reflection on perhaps the "meanest" and most shocking thing Jesus ever said...


Pope Francis' new idea: raffling off his stuff for charity...


New Chicago archbishop: Be authentic, leave your comfort zone...


Pope Francis to meet with Catholics on the autism spectrum...

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May you sleep the sleep of the just: A short meditation on the burden that sin brings...
Msgr. Charles Pope
There’s an old expression, seldom used today although I remember the old folks used it sometimes when I was young, “May you sleep the sleep of the just.” When my Great Aunt Polly used it, she meant simply, “May you sleep well.” But more richly and historically, the phrase speaks to a serenity that comes from having a quiet conscience...


Part of being a Catholic is to live in the past in the present...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
Think about it. At Mass the priest comes out robed like a Roman senator. Did you know that’s where the vestments first originated? The liturgy transcends time because even the Novus Ordo (sometimes derided by traditionalist Catholics) is deeply derived from a the liturgy of the ages. It is firmly rooted in the words and works that have been alive for 2000 years...


Did you know that Mary was raised in the Temple and made a vow of virginity?
Fr. Ryan Erlenbush
Though it is related nowhere in the sacred books, ancient tradition tells us of the presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Temple when she had been weaned from her mother at the age of three. This presentation is quite diverse from that of our Lord in his fortieth day – for Blessed Mary was given over to the Temple for her rearing and education...


The future, as foretold in the past...


Vatican concludes three-day 'Humanum' conference in defense of family...


Reflections on my '60 Minutes' interview...
Seán Cardinal O'Malley
Last Sunday evening I was privileged to be featured on the CBS television program "60 Minutes," which is actually three 20 minute segments. I was featured in segment two of the broadcast. The whole experience was fascinating. I was very impressed by the entire team, their work ethic, professionalism and dedication. Those 20 minutes are distilled out of many hours of hard work...


Using Pope Francis to share the Catholic Faith in 4 steps...


The “Humanum” videos: Extraordinary short films on marriage and the family...
Brandon Vogt
The Vatican is currently wrapping up an international and interreligious colloquium on men, women, and marriage called "Humanum" . Over 350 participants, including representatives from 14 religious traditions and 23 countries, have united to uphold the beauty and wisdom of marriage. (I recently interviewed Dr...


What’s up with the false English translation of the Synod’s Final Report?
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
Now that the 2014 Extraordinary Synod of Bishops has been over for a while, we have to start asking some questions about the synodal documents that emerged during the meeting, namely the midpoint report, or Relatio post disceptationem, and the final report, that went to the Holy Father, the Relatio Synodi . The final and official Relatio is still accessible on the Vatican website only in Italian ...


G.K. Chesterton's intemperance may throw a wrench in his cause for canonization...


Were the early Christians pacifists?
Jimmy Akin
There is a persistent claim that the early Christians were pacifists—in the strong sense of being opposed to all use of violence—and that it was not until the time of the Emperor Constantine that this began to change. After Christianity became the official religion of the empire, the Church embraced the use of military force...


Imagine if Catholic hymn writers wrote the "Harry Potter" film music...


Kicking the can down the road...


Vatican II and the Berlin Wall...


Gee, thanks Oswald: On distractions in prayer...


Rusty Reno’s bad penny...


Why is your brain susceptible to these strange body illusions?


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