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


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...
Fr. Victor Feltes
Meditating on the Gospels helps us to grow closer to Jesus, but which passage should we bring to our time of prayer? With the 1st Sunday of Advent (coming liturgically the evening of November 29th, 2014) we’ll begin exploring the Gospel of Mark in our Cycle B Sunday readings.


Today the Church marks the Feast of St. John Paul II...
Rocco Palmo
Six months before the tenth anniversary of his death, for the first time, today the church marks the feast of St John Paul II on this 36th anniversary of his inaugural Mass as Pope. As reflections go, it's safe to say that – comprising enough paper to stretch to the Moon – the sweeping collection of Karol Wojtyla's Magisterium over 27 years on Peter's chair


Some temptations to avoid in the wake of the Synod...
Msgr. Charles Pope
Deep concerns remain in the hearts of many Catholics regarding the just closed extraordinary Synod on the family. I have written much in the past two weeks and you know my own concerns especially for the need for clarity on Catholic doctrine, especially in those teachings most disputed by the Western World: Marriage, family, sexuality...


Scientists reveal the real face of King Tut...


In some European countries, church membership means paying more taxes...


We are in the middle of a "clothes crisis"
R. Jared Staudt
Clothing is a symbol of our disposition. This is true spiritually speaking—which is why we have vestments, habits, and scapulars in the Catholic tradition—but also culturally speaking. We express ourselves to others in the way we dress. Our clothing, therefore, should reflect our relationship with Jesus.


Cardinal Kasper apologizes, suggests Catholic media will avenge him...


These popular world destinations are not for the faint of heart...


The exact perfect amount of time to take a break, according to data...


Vatican condemns terrorism of Islamic State, rejects war as solution...


10 quotes from Blessed Pope Paul VI on the Blessed Virgin Mary...

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What discernment means, and what it doesn't mean...
Simcha Fisher
Often, when we pray to God to help us choose the right thing to do, we're behaving as if what He cares about the most is that one or the other of His human pawns makes the correct move. But in fact, He cares less about what we accomplish than about who we are, and who we can become, and how close we are to Him. In other words, He loves us...


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...
Mark Brumley
Some observers compared the synod’s discussion to Vatican II. Good comparison. The Roman Curial leadership at the Second Vatican Council wanted the bishops to “rubber stamp” the prepackaged documents. The bishops said, “No.” Similarly, some synod fathers tried to get a “rubber stamp” on a misrepresentative interim report.


CBS News looks for 'LGBTQ Catholics', finds schismatics instead...
Dawn Eden
In the wake of the Vatican family synod, as mainstream news outlets go searching for people angry over the failure of the bishops' meeting to produce hope 'n' change, CBS News joins the fray with a bizarre piece that attempts to represent the views of disgruntled "LGBTQ Catholics." Just how disgruntled are these LGBTQ Catholics?


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


Books, pens, paper, and human flourishing...
Fr. Damian Ference
If you walk past a philosophy lecture at Borromeo Seminary you’ll notice something strange. The students all take notes by hand. They also read from real books. Their professors still use chalkboards, and by the end of their lectures, they are often covered in white dust. In 2014, such a sight is rare indeed, but it’s deliberate.


Now that the culture wars seem to be going their way, liberals are showing their true intolerance...
Rachel Lu
The totalitarian tendencies of liberalism have been documented too many times to count, but more recent popularizers include them: Jonah Goldberg and Charles Kesler. James Poulous has offered some compelling analysis as to why progressives (along with, somewhat ironically...


How was the Extraordinary Synod of 2014 extraordinary? Let me count the ways...
George Weigel
According to Vatican-speak, a specially scheduled session of the Synod of Bishops is an “Extraordinary Synod,” meaning Not-an-Ordinary Synod, held every three years or so. In the case of the recently-completed Extraordinary Synod of 2014, extraordinary things did happen, in the “Oh, wow!” sense of the word.


10 amazing lost treasures no one can find...


A complete list of every president’s favorite drink...


The greatest historical miracle you've never heard of...


4 ways the Synod on the Family was like the United States Congress...
Rebecca Hamilton
All in all, I was relieved when these boys in red and black wrote up their final results and went home. I am not looking forward to the next go-round at all. I don’t want pious play acting from my bishops. I certainly don’t expect perfection. In fact, I know that they are as incapable of perfection as any other person who walks this planet.


It didn't go out with Vatican II...


How can you use technology to make yourself happier?


The Synod of Bishops revealed two certainties about the Church...


Blessed Paul VI was not the greatest pope ever, but I owe him a special debt of gratitude...


Modernity has emptied the universe of its wonder...


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