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Episcopal Church approves religious weddings for gay couples


A study of sloth in the life of Lot...
Msgr. Charles Pope
In daily Mass this week (the 13th week of the year) we have been reading through Genesis. Tuesday’s reading highlights a significant spiritual problem: sloth, one of the seven deadly sins. Sloth is a sorrow, sadness, or aversion to the good things God offers. Rather than being joyful and zealous to obtain these gifts, the slothful person sees them as too much trouble to obtain and is averse to the changes such gifts might introduce into his life...


Creation and the future of marriage...
Archbishop José Gomez
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to redefine the nation’s marriage laws to include same-sex couples is no surprise. Obergefell v. Hodges is one more sign that we have entered into a “post-Christian,” even perhaps an “anti-Christian,” moment in American public life. But on a deeper level, the decision reflects the crisis in our society’s understanding of creation and the human person...


Some people assume that unnatural is the new normal, and the new normal is good...


What redefining marriage really means...


Jupiter, Venus to converge in "Star of Bethlehem moment" Tuesday night...


Islamic mosque donates thousands of dollars to help repair vandalized Catholic church...


On loneliness: Stabbing our grief with a plastic knife...


Why modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers...


5 extraordinary Eucharistic miracles that left physical evidence...
Brantly Millegan
Catholics believe that Jesus Christ is really, truly, and substantially present in the Eucharist. There are many stories of miracles throughout Church history that seem to confirm this important teaching. It’s important to note that no Catholic is required to believe any of these stories. Even if they have been investigated and approved by the Church...


Vatican releases itinerary for Pope Francis’s U.S. visit...


Waiting to convert...
Richard Becker
Becoming a Catholic is a huge deal for evangelical Protestants, and it frequently leads to disrupted relationships – family, friends, co-workers, you name it. Nonetheless, once you’re convinced that the Catholicism is true, and you start craving the Sacraments, and it’s so hard to not receive the Eucharist, you’re raring to go – full speed ahead...


A scriptural guide for our troubled and confused times...


Avila to Aspen (Day 27): We live in unsettled times, but have confidence in Christ...
Fr. John Hilton
I started in a little town called Mercer, in the North Woods area of Wisconsin. A lot of people come here on vacations from Green Bay, Chicago and Milwaukee, and you can see why. Beautiful trees, rolling countryside, gorgeous blue skies. We found some fire pits in the woods, so we might even start a campfire tonight...


We delude ourselves if we think we are expanding our freedom by driving the Faith into retreat...
Mark Shea
The mindset that puts no brake on the power of the strong over the weak is the root of slavery. It is the inevitable corollary of the destruction of the Christian tradition. Slavery is the normal room temperature state of fallen man. It took centuries for the Christian tradition to beat it back and the victory has always been tenuous and provisional...


U.S. Supreme Court upholds use of controversial lethal injection drug...


Pope officially paves the way for Saint Thérèse's parents to be canonized...


From despair to deliverance: The journey of Jairus...

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Conversion story: "Connecting to my English Catholic heritage"...


We're Catholics. Everything's connected...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
I heard about this Methodist minister who had decided to make his church more liturgical so on Ash Wednesday he got some ashes from the fireplace and added some water and smeared the mess on the heads of his people. Thinking he could do better he trotted off to the Catholic priest and asked, “Where do you get those tidy ashes you use for Ash Wednesday...


The Supreme Court is a despotic agent of change...


God gave us freedom in order to do good, not to commit evil...
Philip Kosloski
Two years before he was elected Pope, John Paul II was invited to give a homily at the International Eucharistic Congress in Philadelphia. He preached at a Mass on August 3, 1976 on the topic of "The Eucharist and Man’s Hunger for Freedom." It was a fitting theme for his homily, as the United States of America recently celebrated the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence...


The Church will survive gay marriage if it sticks to its guns...


The (Roman) Empire strikes back...


We've been here before: Marriage and the Room of Tears...
Fr. Robert Barron
Just last week, I had the privilege of spending four hours in the Sistine Chapel with my Word on Fire team. Toward the end of our filming, the director of the Vatican Museums, who had accompanied us throughout the process, asked whether I wanted to see the “Room of Tears.” This is the little antechamber, just off of the Sistine Chapel...


In the wake of the SCOTUS opinion, I believe this could be the Church's finest hour...


Ticking time bomb: Why Obergefell is "Roe on steroids"...


Everything is not fine...


Francis is not the only pope facing a divorce dilemma...
John Allen
As Pope Francis gears up for a showdown over divorce and remarriage at October’s Synod of Bishops, marking the latest chapter in a polarizing debate that’s left some Catholics delighted and others disenchanted, he can take consolation that he’s not the pope in the hottest water over the issue. The world’s other major Christian leader who holds the same title...


Ecco Papa: At long last, Francis' U.S. dance card...
Rocco Palmo
After a notably longer wait than usual, this morning the schedule for the Pope's late September swing through the Northeast was released by the Holy See and the USCCB with some 90 days to spare before the journey takes place. For the Vatican, the 22-27 September Stateside trek is the second leg of a tour that'll first see Francis spend four days in Cuba...


Legal marriage is not the endgame of the gay agenda. It never was. Moral approval is the endgame...


Pope's rules of the road to new metropolitans: "Teach prayer by praying, proclaim faith by believing"...


We are obliged to resist! “Clear and emphatic opposition is a duty”...
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
In the wake of the June 26 U.S. Supreme Court opinion that legalized same-sex "marriage" throughout the United States, everyone should review the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s document from 2003, which is called Considerations Regarding Proposals to Give Legal Recognition to Unions Between Homosexual Persons...


Pope's Sunday Angelus: "What is faith? Faith is to touch Jesus and draw saving grace from Him"...


John Kerry needs a lesson on anti-Christian persecution in Egypt...


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