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Pope Francis to Schoenstatt movement: Marriage has never been attacked so much as now...


How to make sense of this Old Testament passage about adultery...
Mark Shea
One of the things that the Old Covenant writers are often struggling with is the mystery of original sin and what we might call “corporate personality”: the mysterious way in which the sins of the fathers afflict future progeny. On the one hand, sins of parents affect descendants (the sin of Adam being the supreme example). On the other hand...


Here's the prayer that General Douglas MacArthur wrote for his only son...


How Jesus recited the whole Law, standing on one foot...
Msgr. Charles Pope
There was an expression common among the rabbis of Jesus’ time, wherein one rabbi would ask another a question, and request that the answer be given while “standing on one foot.” This is a Jewish way of saying, “Be brief in your answer.” And that sort of expression may be behind the question that is raised in today’s gospel by the scholar of law...


An atheist in the Communion line...
Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble
The grace of God often comes to a person in the midst of paradox and mystery. This is perhaps the truth that many missed when they read part of my story of return to the Church. In short, I was an atheist, fallen-away Catholic involved in serious sin who stumbled into Mass one day and received the Eucharist.


Archbishop Chaput rejects 'simply false' media reports on Synod comments...


Chaldean Catholic patriarch suspends ten Iraqi-American priests for not returning to Iraq by deadline...
Kathy Schiffer
Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako, head of the Chaldean Catholic Church, has suspended ten Iraqi-American priests who fled Iraq to escape the Gulf War in the 1990s and established parishes and ministries here in the United States.The Patriarch demanded that the priests return to Iraq before October 22, 2014, or face suspension from priestly ministry.


What's the most misunderstood historical event? The Galileo affair, says one atheist, and here's why...


20 images that prove St. John Paul II was the coolest saint ever...


It's never too late to listen to Benedict XVI, one of the world's wisest voices...


A silent priest is a dead priest...


This museum is a jewel in the buckle of the Bible Belt...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
The American South is full of obscure oddities, unexpected eccentricities and disconcerting delights. Here the farmhouse of an eccentric peacock loving novelist, there the country home of a homespun poet. Here a church of hootin’ and hollerin’ snake handlers, there a gothic cathedral in a genteel Southern city.


Extra Ecclesiam, Ecclesiam...
Richard Becker
“You got any change, man?” I’d only made it a few blocks from the Denver Sheraton, and I’d already heard that request three times. “Sorry, I’m tapped out,” I mumbled. “That’s OK,” he replied with a smile as bright as his big orange Broncos sweater. Something in his tone made me think it really was OK...


Catholic seminarian with terminal brain cancer responds to Brittany Maynard...


Satan wants to sow error in the minds of faithful Catholics. This movie serves that purpose well...


At the spiritual center of Mundelein stands the St. John Paul II Chapel...
John Paul Shimek
In Chicago, there’s a new man in town: Archbishop Elect Blase Cupich. Since the announcement of his appointment to succeed Francis Cardinal George, American Catholics have been buzzing about him almost non-stop. Some have called him America’s Pope Francis. While he has created a veritable storm of media excitement...


Babies are born alive after abortions more often than most people realize...


Praying with a marked deck...

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It's time to award the Oscars for the 2014 Synod of Bishops...
John Allen
No doubt about it, the Oct. 5-19 Synod of Bishops on the family in Rome, which brought together some 260 Catholic bishops and other Church leaders for a tumultuous fortnight, was serious business. Issues such as how much moral value the Catholic Church should assign to same-sex unions or living together outside marriage...


Some reactions to Bishop Robert Lynch’s ‘Locker Room’ essay...
Edward Peters
Defenders of right reason and doctrinal coherence must often, these days, upon reading the latest column in support of, say, holy Communion for divorced-and-remarried Catholics or ecclesial recognition of the gay life-style, engage in ‘comprehensional self-checks’ along the lines of “Did so-and-so really say that?


Our knowledge about Ebola shows that medicine is a science of uncertainty and an art of probability...
Tod Worner
We crowded into a small room at my internal medicine clinic and looked at each other. Some decisions had to be made. Soon. We were charged to answer one fundamental question: What would we do if a patient suspected of having Ebola were to walk in our clinic door? As simple as it may seem, this is an incredibly complex question.


Cardinal Pell promises ‘no doctrinal backflips’ at next family synod...


In media jargon, a "moderate" in Syria seems to be a Muslim who kidnaps bishops without beheading them...
Terry Mattingly
Several years ago, I was asked to travel to Prague to speak to the newsroom staff at Radio Liberty. The topic: Efforts to improve news coverage. However, once I was there it became clear to me that some members of the staff wanted me to discuss a much more specific topic. Thus...


Why are converts so appealing?
Shaun McAfee
I love apologetics. I love studying ways to defend the faith. So does everyone else. Why? Also, I love studying and reading about other converts. But, why? It’s the mark of a child to keep asking “why?” but this is a good question. Why are we so attracted to converts? We love the life-long Catholics...


For someone who didn't believe in ghosts, St. Augustine sure loved telling ghost stories...
Thomas McDonald
St. Augustine was the first Church Father to consider at length stories of ghostly apparitions that appeared in various strands of hagiography, legend, scripture, and eyewitness testimony. It’s not truly a “theology of ghosts,” but it’s a more developed consideration of the subject that anyone else, even Tertullian...


11 ways the Synod of Bishops departed from Pope Francis' vision...
Fr. Raymond de Souza
Before the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family in Rome began Oct. 5, I wrote that my first hope for the fortnight would be that “it does no harm to those efforts in parishes around the world to propose the blessed and demanding vocation of Christian marriage.” The danger of even low expectations is that they can be dashed.


If and when we get around to defeating ISIS, let’s hope we administer a psychological defeat as well...


Vatican announces reorganization of historic Montecassino Abbey...


What discernment means, and what it doesn't mean...


Why the U.S. bishops retreated from the pro-life front, and how they can still stop the killing...


The Synod's final report aligns with Catholic teaching. This should have come at no surprise...


CBS News looks for 'LGBTQ Catholics', finds schismatics instead...


5 reasons why homeschool kids will survive the Zombie Apocalypse...


Books, pens, paper, and human flourishing...


Pope's Wednesday Audience: "The Church is the Body of Christ!"


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