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Cardinal Egan, former Archbishop of New York, dead at 82


The plot to free North Korea with smuggled episodes of 'Friends'...


The Lord's Prayer reveals that the Father Himself cares about your struggles here below...
Anthony Lilles
The Lord taught us to call on our heavenly Father not because God is distant or inaccessible, but because the Father is awaiting for us with love. This means that heaven is near and dawning on us even now. This means that we are the objects of a particular joy, a special and un-repeatable delight that has lived in the Heart of God from the beginning...


Read the full text of the joint editorial as it appears in the National Catholic Register...


C.S. Lewis and the death penalty...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
This morning, in an unprecedented step four Catholic national publications have issued a joint editorial. National Catholic Register, National Catholic Reporter, America Magazine and Our Sunday Visitor have all called for an end to the death penalty. You can read the editorial here. In an excellent essay called The Humanitarian Theory of Punishment Lewis enters the capital punishment debate with a deeper discussion of the principles of punishment...


Patheos Catholic joins joint call to end capital punishment...
Elizabeth Scalia
Individual bloggers within this channel may feel differently, and they are entitled to their opinions and to make their arguments, but editorially, Patheos Catholic hopes today’s effort by Catholic publications begins to move the United States away from a cultural idea the the taking of one unlovely human life can somehow make up for the loss of another...


How serious is the sin of lust?
Jason Craig
Man’s uniqueness among creation is fascinating. He lives in the world with animals, yet he shares in the ability of the angels to see and contemplate God. He can have his hands in the soil and his mind in heaven. Animals and angels cannot do that. For survival, man, like the animals but unlike the angels, has bodily urges – instincts that are self-preserving...


Catholicism and the New Creation: The conversion story of Tyler Blanski...


Cardinal Morton, St. Thomas More, beer and ecclesiastical heraldry...
Adam Bowers
Although beer has always been a part of Catholic life in Europe since the Middle Ages, it is not associated directly with Jesus in nearly the same way as wine. This is because (1) Jesus’ first miracle at the wedding at Cana involved wine; (2) Jesus changed wine into his Most Precious Blood at the Last Supper; and as a result (3) only bread and wine are the necessary types of matter used at mass...


Vatican PR man Fr. Thomas Rosica backs off threat to sue Vox Cantoris blog...
Inés San Martín
Despite a frenzy in the conservative Catholic blogosphere, a high-profile priest who volunteers as an English-language assistant to the Vatican press office says he’s not planning to take legal action against a Canadian blogger who had criticized him, and considers the matter closed. The Rev. Thomas Rosica, also a Canadian, said Wednesday he never planned to sue the blogger...


9 facts about computer security that experts wish you knew...


Why atheists don't really exist...


4 lessons from Downton Abbey's fifth season...


G.K. Chesterton's poetry was something extraordinary. Even atheist Christopher Hitchens said so...
Michael Lichens
In his otherwise disparaging review of Dr. Ian Ker’s G. K. Chesterton: A Biography, the late atheist critic Christopher Hitchens noted that he and Ker were in agreement “on the high quality of Chesterton’s poems.” Hitchens had many unkind comments about a whole host of Catholic writers but on the subject of Chesterton’s poetic works...


Why the devil hates the present moment...


Lent is an annual reminder that God is God and you are not...


Pope's Wednesday Audience: Care for and respect the elderly, storehouses of wisdom...


Breathtaking videos of 11 beautiful Christian sites taken with drones...

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An intriguing archaeological discovery gives a new look at where Jesus grew up...
John Burger
So much of Jesus Christ’s life before his public ministry is shrouded in mystery. Aside from things like the Infancy Narratives and the account of the finding in the Temple, we don’t know all that much. Now, however, we may know the place where he lived with Mary and Joseph. And if, ultimately, the answer to the headline in the journal Biblical Archaeology Review...


‘Capital punishment must end’: Catholic publications unite in rare joint editorial...


Why the National Catholic Register is taking part in this unprecedented step...


Catholic media unite in opposition to the death penalty...
Kathy Schiffer
‘Capital Punishment Must End.’ That’s the bold headline in the National Catholic Register this morning. The Register, in a groundbreaking collaboration with three other Catholic journals, published a strong statement opposing capital punishment. The editorial boards of the Register, the National Catholic Reporter, Our Sunday Visitor and America joined in opposition to the death penalty...


It is far too early to write the obituary for Irish Catholicism...
Greg Erlandson
Although I have a Moriarty in my family tree, I’ve never thought of myself as particularly Irish. Growing up in Southern California, the cult of Notre Dame and the Fighting Irish was foreign to me. We did have one fierce Irish pastor, but he was better at putting the fear of the Lord in us than a love for Ireland. So when I made my first trip to Ireland to visit my daughter who was studying there...


Ten years on, a big hand for Dan Brown...


Six ways to avoid becoming a virtual family...
Randy Hain
I took my family out to dinner one evening after my younger son’s lacrosse practice. As we were catching up on each other’s day and making plans for the coming weekend, I noticed a family had been seated at the table next to us. What struck me as odd was that the dad was on his iPhone answering an email, the mom was texting...


Parents of St. Thérèse of Lisieux to be canonized in October...


7 adorable animals that are surprisingly violent...


Which fast food fish sandwiches are worth eating?


From SNL to Eric Clapton, sometimes secular celebrities say surprising things...
Kathryn Easter
Half of my life ago, all I wanted was to be on Saturday Night Live. While on vacation with my family, I spent my babysitting money on a coffee-table book about the first twenty years of SNL which I brought with me on the bus every single day of junior high. I looked at it so much that all the pages fell out as I committed each character and skit to memory...


NYTimes op-ed: Why our children don't think there are moral facts...


Conservatives would be more effective if so many conservatives didn’t speak and write like jerks...
David Mills
I have been at parties with affluent Catholics, all Republicans, standing around talking about children or football or some other comfortable subject, when one of the people around me would start talking about the failings of the poor. The judgments would be comprehensive and categorical. Heads would nod and affirmative noises would be made...


Don't get distracted by the GMO food panic. The real biotech horror is lurking elsewhere...


Here are 3 reasons why I try to go to confession weekly...
Archbishop Samuel Aquila
As a priest and bishop, it is a blessing to participate in the sacrament of reconciliation. Whenever I hear a thorough, honest confession, I am moved by the humility of the penitent and the beauty of God’s mercy working to restore what has been broken. God cannot be outdone in generosity, so let us trust in his abundant mercy...


Five truths that might change your views on mental illness...


New rules for Vatican finance offices include protection for whistleblowers...


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