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List of participants who attended Gregorian 'Shadow Synod' released


Pope to engaged couples at Wednesday Audience: "Prepare for marriage with wisdom, hope and joy"...


Priest reacts to Charlie Charlie Challenge: "We are opening our kids to real spiritual warfare"...


How to think like a poet...


On keeping our kids Catholic: The indispensable minimum...
Richard Becker
This might sound callous, but I just don’t think it’s our job as parents to keep our kids in the Church, even in the short-term. That’s God’s job and, frankly, the job of our kids once they’re making decisions for themselves. Our job as parents is a lot more prosaic – and, consequently, a lot more challenging. “Parents have the most grave obligation...


Golden Gate Bridge builders ate special meals to prevent dizziness...


Is there a vocation to the single life? I think not, and here's why...
Msgr. Charles Pope
There are some today who think that the Church should give greater recognition to the “call” to the single life. And therefore when we pray for vocations to the priesthood, religious life, and marriage in the Prayer of the Faithful (or at other times) some will say, “Why don’t you ever pray for those called to the single life or mention the vocation to the single life...


The assumption of faith has fallen away. This is the collapse of casual Christianity...


Has the last human trekked to the North Pole?


Did Pope Francis say it doesn’t matter what kind of Christian you are? 9 things to know...
Jimmy Akin
Recently I’ve received several queries about a video message that Pope Francis sent to an ecumenical gathering in Arizona. A Zenit news story implied that the pope stated that Jesus doesn’t care what kind of Christian you are. But that’s not what he said at all. The Catholic news agency Zenit did a piece reporting on the video message...


Do this, or summer will swallow your faith whole...
Tom Hoopes
I got a frantic e-mail from one of my students. She wrote it sitting at home, in her old room. She said she could feel her old surroundings and old habits and old relationships literally swallowing her faith whole. She was experiencing exactly what happens to all of us: The summer is like a giant yellow sponge soaking up spiritual energy...


Maligned study on gay unions is shaking trust in scientific community...


Charlie Charlie Challenge: Catholic priest issues "urgent warning" over dangers of demon-summoning fad...


It wasn't the gays who trashed marriage in Ireland...


In El Salvador, there’s a love/hate relationship between churches and gangs...
John Allen
Now that the euphoria from the beatification of the late Archbishop Oscar Romero has subsided, El Salvador is returning to normal. Unfortunately, “normal” in this small Central American nation includes levels of violence that would be astonishing in most other places. Saturday night, El Salvador’s notorious criminal gangs abandoned the cease-fire they declared for the beatification...


Is it time to hunker down?
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
Over at 'The Week' Damon Linker analyzes what Rod Dreher calls “The Benedict Option”. This is the idea that the church will follow the pattern of St Benedict. To understand what this means we have to understand the social conditions in Benedict’s day. It was the end of the fifth century. The once mighty Roman Empire was collapsing...


Pope to Friars Minor: "Littleness" and "brotherhood" are keys to Franciscan charism...


Question about magisterial failures...
Mark Shea
The curious thing about the faith is that it claims only infallibility, not impeccability. The Church is promised that the Holy Spirit will make sure that the Church does not, in its doctrinal formulations, pervert the Faith. But that’s it. She is not promised that her members will never sin, nor that her prudential judgment will never err or be influenced by cowardice...

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One of the most amazing Catholic "ghosts" ever spotted at GetReligion...
Terry Mattingly
So let's say that you are reading a story about a nice elderly couple in Illinois named Leo and Ruth Zanger. The story appeared in the Quincy Herald-Whig that was picked up by the Associated Press, which is why several people saw it and sent me stunned, even incredulous notes. Now, the key to this story is that Leo and Ruth Zanger recently celebrated the birth of their 100th grandchild...


Coming to a post office near you: The Flannery O'Connor postage stamp...


12 right-on-the-money quotes from Flannery O'Connor...


The full magnitude of the problem...
Erin Manning
At Rod Dreher’s blog last week there was a very interesting and civil discussion of the recent Pew report on various religions and their rate of growth or shrinking. Rod asked what Evangelicals were doing right, and what Catholics might be doing wrong? Pretty much everybody agrees that this sort of thing is NOT what Evangelicals are doing right...


Job's Behemoth wasn’t a dinosaur, and it undermines the Church to promote such a preposterous idea...
Karl Keating
The Kolbe Center for the Study of Creation is a creationist organization for Catholics. It holds to the idea that our world was created in six literal days and that the Earth is very young—at most about 10,000 years old. This stance poses difficulties, such as how to account for the fossil record. When did all those extinct animals live—particularly the interesting ones...


Time Magazine: Newer birth control pills triple the risk of blood clots (warning: autoplay video)...


When Hell has a hashtag...
Simcha Fisher
I was chatting with my husband about how these things are forbidden even if we don't really believe they will work, and he pointed out that the devil may actually prefer it when people sell their souls lightly. "That's what the devil wants, even more than satanists," he said: "Dummies selling their souls as a joke...


Closed-door meeting seeks to sway Synod to accept same-sex unions; cardinal and bishops involved...


What does Pope Francis miss most? Walking in the streets, eating pizza at restaurants...


Can your guardian angel help discern God's will for you?
Philip Kosloski
The English word “angel” comes from the Latin angelus, meaning “messenger of God.” The Latin stems from Greek ἄγγελος ángelos, which is a translation of the Hebrew mal’ākh, meaning “messenger.” This name we give to these celestial beings refers to their principal role. They are “messengers” of God’s divine plan and have continually relayed to men His holy and glorious will...


"There must be a reason": A father's final gift to his same-sex attracted son...


15 things you should know about 'Dogs Playing Poker'...


BBC broadcaster Adrian Chiles: "What I learnt from 46 consecutive days in church"...


Beware the strangest idol of all...


My appeal to Michael Coren: Please come home!...
Dawn Eden
Although we have never met or corresponded, we have some things in common. We both have Jewish ancestry; we both admire GK Chesterton; and, last but not least, we are both Catholic converts. Or, rather, we were, until you were received into the Anglican Communion last month. From your perspective, according to your National Post interview...


Parental guidance and offensive movie favorites...


Humanizing war and the dangers of drone warfare...
R. Jared Staudt
Though war is one of the greatest scourges of humanity, the Church has always sought to humanize war, as much as this is possible. This effort faces a new challenge with the rise of drone warfare, now in nascent stage. The USCCB’s Committee on International Justice and Peace has just released its second letter in two years on the topic...


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