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Pope meets with Lutheran delegation, says “true ecumenism is based on a shared conversion to Jesus Christ”


An exhortation for the Inauguration...
Msgr. Charles Pope
These are tense times both in the Church and in America. Proper critique of those in authority is essential in order that they understand how their decisions affect those they are supposed to serve. It is also necessary for accountability; authority figures must be accountable to those whom they serve; they will surely have to account to God one day...


How Opus Dei elects a new leader...


Trump nominee Ryan Zinke wears Our Lady of Guadalupe socks to confirmation hearing...


What Louis CK knows about the art of speaking (that many homilists don't)...


It does Pope Francis no good service to demean his two predecessors as rigid ideologues...
George Weigel
Speaking of public policy debates, Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously said that, while everyone had a right to his opinion, no one had a right to his own facts. Something similar might be said about today’s debates within the Church: Everyone has a right to their opinion about the state of Catholicism in 2017, but no one has a right to invent their own Church history...


5 Rules for the new Catholic (because there's more to it than anyone told you) ...
David Mills
You think you know what’s going on. You’ve done all the prep, made the big decision to enter the Church, and now you’re a Catholic. But — haha! — you don’t know squat. It’s what pretty much all converts do, especially the bookish ones who read themselves into the Church. Some of us, the bookish ones, always think we know more than we do...


So you're anxious about God's will: Three thoughts on figuring it out...


The spiritual roots of the Church’s crisis...
R. Jared Staudt
I’ve had a few friends ask for my perspective on why God has been allowing what Bishop Athanasius Schneider has called a crisis permitted by divine providence. Why is God allowing confusion and dissension in his Church? Of course, no one can really answer that question. Whenever anyone ever asks me why God allows anything, I always suggest a self-examination...


7 of the deepest holes humanity ever dug...


St. Michael and Our Lady of Fatima: Why 2017 is such a critical moment...


“Angels” and bishops in the OC...
Rocco Palmo
Even if it isn't time for baseball just yet, a pleasant Tuesday to you, wherever you may be. While this New Year's most consequential installation has already taken place, Stateside Catholicism's 2017 Hat Cycle kicks into gear today in the church's Western anchor of Southern California, as Bishop-elect Tim Freyer is ordained the lone auxiliary of the 1...


Two final battles for author of 'The Exorcist;' Washington Post buries a key local angle...
Terry Mattingly
Anyone who interviewed William Peter Blatty in the final years of his life knew that there were two major issues that were constantly on his mind. Both subjects were linked to his Catholic faith and, from his point of view, the reality of evil in the world. Both were linked to his education at Georgetown University. The first challenge was making sure people really knew what was going on at the end of "The Exorcist...


India's ancient engineering marvel...


Why Benjamin Franklin hated the letter “C”...


Balance is the stance of orthodoxy...


Can absolution be granted when no purpose of amendment exists?
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
In normal circumstances, when there isn’t danger or some other odd condition, in order to absolve a penitent who is sui compos (conscious, able to make a confession, etc.) the priest must be reasonably certain that the penitent 1) has actually confessed a sin (even a previously confessed and absolved sin is enough), 2) has, in that moment...


A satirist at work: Evelyn Waugh's “Helena”...

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After performing 6,000 exorcisms, this priest says the devil fears him...


Nebraska law bars religious sister from teaching in her habit...


How not to minister to the divorced and remarried...


Welcome to the YOLOCAUST: Selfies and extermination camps...
Elizabeth Scalia
Located in the middle of Berline, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, covers over four acres of bucolic land with 2711 concrete slabs meant to represent graves. Many young visitors find the memorial to be a great place to jog or bike, or to simply hang out with friends but — as countless Instagram photos of people juggling and posing amid the slabs will attest — they do so with little appreciation of the human horror being memorialized...


The secret “Miracle of the Sun” that confirmed Pius XII's new Marian dogma...


Which Bible verses have the presidents chosen during their inaugural oaths?
Fr. Victor Feltes
Typically, presidents-elect take their oaths upon open or closed Bibles — sometimes two or three stacked one atop another under the oath-taker’s hand — but there have been exceptions to this custom. John Quincy Adams (1825) and Franklin Pierce (1853) used law books, while John F. Kennedy’s Catholic missal was found on a side table in Air Force One’s presidential bedroom for the mid-flight swearing-in of Lyndon Johnson in 1963...


Sant’Ignazio is only one of many beautiful churches in the Eternal City...
Kathy Schiffer
The massive church of St. Ignatius of Loyola was begun in 1626, but wasn’t finished until near the end of the century. It’s designed in the form of a Latin cross, with numerous side chapels–probably because priests in its monastery would celebrate private masses. (In the days prior to the Second Vatican Council, concelebration in the Roman Rite was permitted only at the ordination of a priest or the consecration of a bishop...


Cardinal Timothy Dolan interview: ‘I’m in the business of hope’...
Matthew Bunson
Cardinal Timothy Dolan will soon enter his eighth year as archbishop of the Archdiocese of New York, since being named to the post by Pope Benedict XVI in February 2009. He was asked to lead a prayer at the inauguration of President Donald Trump on Jan. 20 in Washington. He spoke Jan. 11 with the Register.


Polish parliament recognizes coronation of Mary as nation's queen...


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


10 Ways to find true union with God amid the chaos...
Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble
Recently, a priest I know commented on the stony, gloomy faces he sometimes sees as he looks out on the congregation during Mass. He joked, “Some say Vatican II took the statues out of the churches but they are still there... in the pews!” The priest was teasing, of course, but he was also pointing to a serious reality. In other words...


This see-through engine shows you the marvel that is internal combustion...


There's no mustache on the Mona Lisa...


Dispute escalates between Vatican, Knights of Malta...


After a cave turns deadly, scientists seek answers...


Colorado's Marisol Health: “We've got to stop the need for abortion”...
Larry Smith
New administration or old, the real issue is if we're going to stop abortion, we've got to stop the need for abortion. When you look at the women who are experiencing — or are most vulnerable for an abortion — their top reasons for getting an abortion are: Having a baby would dramatically change my life in a negative way; it would stop my education; it would end my career; I wouldn't be able to get a better job; I'll have to take time off; I have other children; I don't have the money; I don't have the housing...


‘The Exorcist’ author William Peter Blatty's canon law case against Georgetown continues...
Patrick Reilly
William Peter Blatty, best-selling author and Academy-Award screenwriter of The Exorcist, died Thursday at the age of 89 after battling a form of blood cancer. But his final work is still underway: a petition to the Vatican, seeking the enforcement of canon law to reform Georgetown University’s Catholic identity, is still in front of the Church’s highest court...


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