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Pro-Abortion Ford Foundation identified as major funder of key organizations behind Amazon Synod


How an Amazon pagan rite brought 48 years of demonic torment, until Jesus Christ and His Church freed me...


The Art of Manliness: How to open a can without an opener...


A million people are jailed at China’s gulags. I managed to escape. Here’s what really goes on inside...


This genius trick will change how you fry eggs...


In the Synod debate over married priests, is the Rhine flowing into the Amazon?
John Allen
Back in the mid-1980s, rebel Brazilian Franciscan Leonardo Boff was the enfant terrible of Latin America’s liberation theology movement, and he had a couple of celebrated run-ins with then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the Vatican’s doctrinal czar under St. John Paul II and the future Pope Benedict XVI. At one point, Ratzinger jokingly said of Boff that his problem was that he’d “read too much German theology...


10 things to know and share about St. Luke...
Jimmy Akin
Oct. 18 is the feast of St. Luke the Evangelist. Who was he and what do we know about him? Here are 10 things to know and share. First, who was St. Luke? St. Luke is mentioned by name in three passages of Scripture: In Colossians 4:14, St. Paul writes: “Luke the beloved physician and Demas greet you.” In 2 Timothy 4:11, Paul writes: “Luke alone is with me...


‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ doesn’t live up to its title...
Deacon Steven Greydanus
It’s tempting to suppose that Maleficent: Mistress of Evil opening in the wake of Columbus Day isn’t a coincidence. Each year Columbus Day brings another round of controversy pitting what was originally intended as a way to validate Italian American and Catholic identity against increasing resistance to celebrating a pivotal figure in a thorny story marked by slavery...


St. John Henry Newman and the scandal of Catholic classical education...
Mark Langley
Saint John Henry Newman, speaking of the unique status of Western Civilization in the history of the world, emphatically asserts, I think it has a claim to be considered as the representative Society and Civilization of the human race, as its perfect result and limit...I call then this commonwealth preeminently and emphatically Human Society...


Brazilian bishop: Yes, Amazon people can understand celibacy...


How can a star be older than the universe?


The pioneering maps of Alexander von Humboldt...


Could this Louisiana case lead to an overturn of Roe vs. Wade?


“Blessed are those who do not see and believe”...
Fr. Regis Scanlon
The Pew Research Center (CARA) recently reported that “Just one-third of U.S. Catholics agree with their Church that Eucharist is body, blood of Christ.” Alarming news like this caused U. S. bishops to realize that they must help Catholics regain their faith in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. The following reflection on the Road to Emmaus is a small contribution to this purpose...


Historical clarity and today’s Catholic contentions...
George Weigel
One of the curiosities of the 21st-century Catholic debate is that many Catholic traditionalists (especially integralists) and a high percentage of Catholic progressives make the same mistake in analyzing the cause of today’s contentions within the Church — or to vary the old fallacy taught in Logic 101, they think in terms of post Concilium ergo propter Concilium [everything that’s happened after the Council has happened because of the Council]...


Prayer as Warfare: The 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time...
John Bergsma
Usually we think of men of prayer and men of war as complete opposites. A monk in a habit—such as St. Francis—is a man dedicated to peace, a total contrast to one clad in armor brandishing weapons. Yet the Readings for this Sunday combine the imagery of war and prayer in interesting ways that provoke our thoughts about the nature and reality of supplicating God...


What the police chief’s resignation tells us about the Vatican power struggle...


Thoughts on the surprisingly sudden fall of the Vatican’s J. Edgar Hoover...

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On imperfection, as seen in an animation...
Msgr. Charles Pope
There are different ways to look at life, and two of these are captured in a couple of seemingly contradictory sayings. The more famous aphorism is this one: “The perfect is the enemy of the good,” but you’ll also hear its converse: “The good is the enemy of the best.” The second expression cautions that we sometimes settle for something that is merely good enough when we should be aiming higher; excellence is certainly something for which to strive...


The little-known ‘slow fire’ that’s destroying all our books...


Missionaries who have “dis-evangelized” the Amazon: Stats from a Church reduced by half...
Sandro Magister
At the press conference on Monday, October 14 Paolo Ruffini, prefect of the Vatican dicastery for communication, was asked why updated statistical data have not been released on the religious affiliation of inhabitants of the Amazon, seeing the impetuous growth of the Evangelical and Pentecostal Churches, at the expense of the Catholic Church...


The Blessed Virgin Mary can help you in your mental prayer...
Anthony Lilles
Popular devotion is very important for contemplative prayer. Holy images, beautiful churches, holy shrines, rosaries, and Eucharistic Adoration are given to us to dispose us to a deeper encounter with God. Mary is of special importance. Different cultures have developed different expressions of Marian piety. These sources of contemplative prayer need to be rediscovered and promoted now more than ever...


The Pachamama or the Virgin: which does the Synod revere?
Phil Lawler
Questioned about the Pachamama icon that has become the most visible symbol of the Amazon Synod, Father Giacomo Costa told reporters that it was an image of “an indigenous woman who brings life.” The Synod spokesman added: “Nobody said it was the Virgin Mary.” I beg to differ. Browsing the internet during the past week...


Are you tormented by scrupulosity? Be at peace. Intellectual conversion is a huge step toward overcoming it...
John Clark
In the 1957 movie, “12 Angry Men,” a dozen jurors are assembled for the purpose of determining whether a boy, accused with the murder of his father, is guilty of the alleged crime. The first ballot, though one-sided, lacks the required unanimity to convict: 11 guilty; 1 not guilty. And so, the arguments begin. Juror no...


“I asked thousands of biologists when life begins. The answer wasn’t popular...”...


What is the wrath of God?


St. Thérèse of Lisieux and the renewal of missionary zeal...


10 great infographics by XKCD’s Randall Munroe...


Why that naked native lady statue in the Vatican ain’t Catholic...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
I commented here last week on the weird Amazonian earth mother ceremony with which they kicked off the Amazonian synod. It’s got me thinking that “Amazon” is just about right for the name of this synod, and not because of the river. The Amazons, if you remember your Greek myths, were fearsome female warriors–the daughters of Ares the god of war and Harmonia–a wood nymph...


Not lost forever: On miscarriage, grief, and hope...
Simcha Fisher
In the movie Gladiator, the victorious but homesick general Maximus carries with him tiny, crude statues of his beloved wife and son. They are a reminder of home, but he also prays to them and for them, tenderly cradling the figures in his hand as he endures the pain of separation. The figures become even more precious to him when he discovers that his wife and son are dead — tortured and murdered as political revenge...


This might be the world’s weirdest border...


Dissenting note struck on married priests as solution for the Amazon...


Pope’s Wednesday Audience: ‘God wants to save everyone,’ and the baptized must ‘mediate the divine blessing among pagan peoples’...


The Salvator Mundi painting and a $450 million snub...


St. Teresa of Avila’s haunting vision of Hell...


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