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Exorcists to Jesuit head: Satan is real


Encountering dragons: Cultural proof for the devil’s existence...
R. Jared Staudt
The Superior of the Jesuits, Fr. Arturo Sosa, recently denied the personal existence of the devil, calling him a personification of evil rather than an actual being–a symbol, he argued. He was quickly corrected by exorcists, who know the devil’s reality from personal experience. It is true that the Catechism speaks of Genesis as using “symbolic language” in the Creation account...


What life is like for an Augustinian...


Liberals fail to practice what they preach about tolerance...


Cardinal Pell’s unsuccessful appeal — and reason for hope...


On narratives about popes and allowing oneself to be surprised...
John Allen
This Wednesday happened to be the feast of St. Pius X, who served as pope from 1903 to 1914 and whose primary claim to fame was unleashing an “anti-modernist” purge in the Catholic Church, the targets of which were a loosely defined network of Biblical scholars, theologians and others trying, in various ways, to reconcile the faith with science and modern thought...


Agreement reached on permanent Holy See representative to Vietnam...


Some advice from Mother Church...


That time two comic artists independently created Dennis the Menace on the same day an ocean apart...


Don’t underestimate the Vatican’s power in Italian politics...
Clemente Lisi
The Tiber River cuts through Rome in the shape of a serpent, splitting the ancient city in half. On one side is the Vatican, home to the Catholic Church with the large dome of St. Peter’s Basilica looming over the city’s skyline. Directly across from the Vatican is Palazzo Montecitorio, seat of the Italian parliament. It is a place many Italians despise because it houses bickering politicians...


Fr. Sosa’s remarks on the devil warrant an official response from Church authorities...
Edward Peters
The existence of the devil as a personal reality, and not merely as a symbol of evil, is an article of faith (Ott, Fundamentals 126-131; CCC 395, 2851). Denial of an article of faith is an element of the canonical crime of heresy (1983 CIC 751), an act punishable by measures up to and including excommunication, dismissal from the clerical state...


The ‘ring of truth’ is all it took to keep Cardinal Pell in prison...
Fr. Raymond de Souza
The “ring of truth.” The two justices who denied the appeal of Cardinal George Pell Aug. 21 said that the complainant’s testimony had the “ring of truth.” If so, they were able to detect the tinkle of a sanctuary bell, even though contradictory evidence was pouring forth from the cathedral organ at top volume, with all stops pulled...


Mary Queen of Heaven? Where’s that in the Bible?
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
Calling Mary the “Queen of Heaven” seems to most non-Catholics a title too far. How can the simple girl from Nazareth be “Queen of Heaven”? Isn’t that a pagan term? In fact, isn’t the “Queen of Heaven” actually condemned in the Bible? In Jeremiah 44 the Hebrews are blamed for turning back to false gods and they admit that they were making cakes and burning incense to the Queen of Heaven...


Where are the young? Familiar religion ghosts in Washington Post report on Maine’s aging crisis...
Terry Mattingly
If you have followed international news about abortion and demographics, you are used to seeing headlines such as the following in the New York Times, focusing on a side effect of China’s infamous one-child policy. That headline: “Teenage Brides Trafficked to China Reveal Ordeal: ‘Ma, I’ve Been Sold’.” Selling brides...


Ruling cements Pell’s profile as the Dreyfus or Hiss of the Catholic abuse crisis...


This astonishing decision calls into the gravest doubt the quality of justice in Australia...


Yale computer science professor takes a fresh look at stale Darwinism...


In Brazil, sudden darkness befalls Sao Paulo, baffling thousands...

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How Silver Bullet Syndrome has infected the Catholic Church...
Marcel LeJeune
If I told you that you could transform your local parish culture in 5 easy steps, would you want to know what those steps were? Even if those steps were hard, would you be willing to work to achieve change? Would you be willing to pay a steep price to get access to these steps? If you respond “yes”, then you have “Silver Bullet Syndrome”...


Renowned Yale computer science professor leaves Darwinism...


What Jeffrey Epstein got right...


Why it’s almost impossible to kick a 90-yard field goal...


9 questions about the Hong Kong protests you were too embarrassed to ask...


Pan-Amazonian pandemic: A pivotal moment in the Catholic Church...
Msgr. Charles Pope
Western culture has brought great blessings to this world! Though Western culture draws deeply from the fonts of the Old Testament and ancient Greece and Rome, it is in the Christian era that it especially flourished. The emergence of the powerful gospel vision led to the rise of monasteries that preserved scripture and other knowledge...


What the devil did the Jesuit superior general just say?


These are the signs of a good education...
Joseph Pearce
As the new school year gets under way, it’s a good time to be thinking about the quality of education that our children are getting, or in all too many cases the education that they are not getting. The first test of what constitutes a good education is the way that one of the most important questions is asked and answered. It is Pilate’s famous question to Christ: Quid est veritas...


A little take on the Catholic Twitter working mom controversy...
Jenny Uebbing
She rises at dawn to lace up her running shoes, logging hard-won miles in the gray light of morning. She is up before the sun with a sick baby, a nursing baby, an anxious kindergartener, making toast and oatmeal and gestures of comfort. She is still asleep at dawn because the baby nursed four times last night. She leaves the house by seven to get the kids to school...


Jesuit superior general says he rejects Catholic dogma about Satan’s existence...


Aussie headaches on Pell case could be child’s play compared to Rome’s...


The Queenship of Mary is deeply rooted in Scripture...
Kathy Schiffer
Pope Pius XII established Aug. 22 as the Memorial of the Queenship of Mary in 1954; but Mary’s role as queen over the universal Church finds its roots in the Scriptures. At the Annunciation, the archangel Gabriel announced that Mary’s Son would rule forever on the throne of David. At the Visitation, Elizabeth called Mary the “mother of my Lord...


Pope gives sick girl free run of audience stage, delighting crowd...


The conviction of Pell is an outrage — the case against him could not be proved beyond a reasonable doubt...


Why Justice Mark Weinberg, the dissenting vote in the Pell appeal, believed George Pell should go free...


It is better to be hated by the world but be with God...


Watch: Trailer of ‘A Hidden Life,’ Terrence Malick’s biopic of Blessed Franz J gerst tter...


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