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Vatican says 'no' to transsexual godparents amid Spain controversy


Pope Francis slips out of Vatican to shop for new eyeglasses...


Look closely: These 15 microprints are hiding in the U.S. currency in your wallet...


How troubled Disney star Dean Jones, who just died at 84, found ‘the peace of Christ’...


Pew Study suggests a field ripe for Catholic reclamation...


Owing our souls to the new company store...
Anthony Esolen
There is a scene in one of my favorite movies, John Ford’s How Green Was My Valley, that I find myself recalling as I survey the moral soot that has descended and thickened upon the land of my birth. The patriarch of the family, Gwilym Morgan, has come home from a day in the coal mines with his five grown sons. Usually, the stripping and washing and scrubbing with strong lye soap is a merry time...


Pro-lifers will keep losing, and babies will keep dying, until we do this...
Rebecca Hamilton
General George C. Marshall, Chief of Staff of the United States Army, gave his newly appointed Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force something that pro-life people have not managed to develop in over forty years of fighting the culture war. He gave him a clear-cut objective. The paragraph at the top of this post quotes the order that General Marshall gave General Eisenhower at the start of Eisenhower’s tour of duty as Commanding General of the US forces in the European Theater of World War II...


Why do Evangelical films fail? Because they all have this fatal flaw...


Media attack Kentucky clerk for not following Christianity before she converted to Christianity...


Beware the error of those who proclaim mercy without repentance...
Msgr. Charles Pope
As we prepare for the Year of Mercy, a blessed declaration from our Holy Father to be sure, permit me to express one concern. Fundamentally it concerns a flawed notion of mercy that is widespread in the world today, and also to some extent in the Church. A simple way of describing the problem is to say that one of the great errors of our day is the proclamation of mercy without repentance...


House will hold first hearing next week on Planned Parenthood selling aborted babies...


The (mostly liberal) political ideologies of American lawyers, law schools, and firms...


Why Junípero Serra matters today...
Bishop-Elect Robert Barron
The upcoming canonization of Blessed Junípero Serra in Washington, D.C. — the first ever to take place on American soil — has generated, as I'm sure you know, a good deal of controversy. For his defenders, Padre Serra was an intrepid evangelist and a model of Gospel living, while for his detractors, he was a shameless advocate of an oppressive colonial system that resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of Indians...


Pope Francis validates SSPX confessions for Year of Mercy...


The jaw-dropping wonder of the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood...
Brantly Millegan
You know the Sistine Chapel and the Notre Dame in Paris, but do you know the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood? Because it’s one of the most beautiful churches in the whole world. Located in St. Petersburg, Russia, Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood is a Russian Orthodox church that was built in the late 19th century under the direction of the Russian imperial family...


Dramatic gestures on abortion and the SSPX: 12 things to know and share...
Jimmy Akin
Pope Francis has just released a letter in which he made several announcements concerning the upcoming Year of Mercy. This includes absolution for those who have procured abortion and the ability to go to priests of the Society of St. Pius X for confession. These have raised a lot of questions, so here are 12 things to know and share...


Family driving 13,000 miles from Argentina to see Pope in Philadelphia...


Reflections on a daring double play by the ‘Pope of Mercy’...
John Allen
One day after taping a video session with three US communities set to air Friday and described by those who’ve seen it as a “home run,” Pope Francis executed a daring pastoral double play on Tuesday, reaching out to two constituencies long alienated from the official structures of the Catholic Church. In a concession that applies to a special “Year of Mercy” set to run from Dec...

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The man behind 'Whispers in the Loggia' gears up for Philadelphia's big event...


Don't forget the dead! Reviving 7 lost spiritual practices...
R. Jared Staudt
In an enormous cultural and spiritual shift, praying for the dead has shifted from a central Catholic practice to having a marginal role in our liturgical and personal lives. If we do not pray for our departed loved ones (and also those whom we did not know) we do them an incomprehensible disservice and break the bonds of charity which are meant to keep the Church united in its three states: militant...


Blessed John Forest was a beacon of truth in the dark days of Henry VIII...
Rick Becker
Despite his peace-loving Franciscan temperament, John's fiery side flared up when it came to defending the Church. As provincial, he once cursed 19 fellow friars for resisting a visit from papal legate Cardinal Thomas Wolsey – a reprimand based less on religious hospitality than on respect for the pope in his representatives...


Pope Francis on reconciliation for abortion...
Edward Peters
Abortion has long sat in the middle of a three-street ecclesial intersection, namely, those of Sin, Crime, and Sanction. The meeting of any two of these factors would make for a perilous perch but the confluence of all three is fraught with opportunities for confusion. At the risk of serious over-simplification, let me sketch the basic situation and then address Pope Francis’ comments thereon...


What are the worst airports in the world?


Despite what gay marriage and abortion supporters claim, there's no such thing as "settled law"...


Pope Francis Minute: "The secret to having a successful relationship"...


Vast majority of U.S. Catholics who left the Church can’t imagine returning, study says...


An epistolary romp through Catholicism...
George Weigel
In 2003, Elizabeth Maguire, publisher of Basic Books, made a proposal: I should write Letters to a Young Catholic as part of a series she was doing that included volumes like Letters to a Young Contrarian, Letters to a Young Chef, Letters to a Young Golfer, Letters to a Young Lawyer, and so forth. Liz and I had worked well together on The Courage To Be Catholic...


The surprisingly complicated physics of how I didn't lose my phone...


Pope's Wednesday Audience: "Our cities have become like deserts; the love of families is needed"...


A few thoughts about Pope Francis on reconciliation for abortion...


How to recognize (and avoid) gluttony when it's dressed up in a Catholic disguise...


The "Great Amnesty": For Jubilee of Mercy, Pope opens door to forgiveness (and misinterpretation)...
Rocco Palmo
Having taken July and August on a relative breather – not so much for his own downtime, but to give everyone else a break – for the third year running, the Pope has started September with a bang. This time around, though, the subtext is even keener than usual, with the initial flurry coming three weeks before Francis' arrival in the US...


Should I let my kid dress like a weirdo?
Simcha Fisher
Last night, I told my kids, "Make sure you have an outfit picked out for the first day of school, so it will be easy to get ready on time!" This morning, I discovered that they heard me say, "Make sure you have an outfit picked out mentally, so we can spend the first morning frantically tearing through mountains of laundry in the hopes that your My Little Pony tank somehow miraculously found its way into a basket...


There he goes again? Pope Francis sends 'apostolic blessing' to gay writer and her family...
Terry Mattingly
At various times and in many different ways, priests bless things. Most notably, at the end of a liturgy, the priest blesses the whole congregation – pretty much no matter who is out there in the pews or what these people may or may not have done. Priests have been known to bless entire crowds at other public events. It's a blessing...


To teach as Jesus taught: A reflection on the qualities of Jesus as preacher and teacher...


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