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Vatican’s CDF announces excommunication of Tomislav Vlašić, former Medjugorje spiritual director


The Lord is eager to engage the battle. Are you?
Msgr. Charles Pope
The Gospel for Thursday of the 29th Week of the Year speaks of a great cosmic battle taking place all around us. In it, Jesus speaks of His mission to engage our ancient foe and to gather God’s elect back from the enslaving clutches of Satan, who was a murderer and a liar from the beginning (cf John 8:44).


Mexican broadcaster: Vatican held back Pope Francis’ words on same-sex civil unions in 2019 interview footage...


‘Catholic voters’ will split their votes in this election, but how will that affect swing states?
Clemente Lisi
The U.S. election season has come down to its final days. Both national polling and those in battleground states see former Vice President Joe Biden with a lead. President Donald Trump has been traveling across the Rust Belt in hopes of winning key states like Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, as voters are told...


There is less in the Holy Father’s comments than meets the eye, but it remains a significant statement, and what exactly it means remains unclear...
Fr. Raymond de Souza
The global headlines reporting that Pope Francis is in favor of civil unions for same-sex couples presented the Holy Father’s comments as a dramatic shift in the Catholic Church’s teaching on homosexual relationships. There is less here than meets the eye, but it remains a significant statement...


“Properties of a wound” — The eucharistic miracle that occurred after Blessed Carlo Acutis’ death...


Pope John Paul II and President Ronald Reagan were a match made in Heaven...


Pope Francis calls for civil union law for same-sex couples, in shift from Vatican stance...


A ‘perfect’ chocolate chip cookie and the chef who created it [scroll to end of article for recipe]...


“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful”...
John Cuddeback
I wonder what features were typical of ‘useless houses’ in Athens. Did they have the ancient equivalent of a state-of-the-art entertainment center dominating the family room, or a master bath big enough to host a luncheon? Was it that size, number, and arrangement of rooms did not reasonably correspond to real human life of the household community?


Surprise! There’s a secret organ in your head — the first new one scientists have found in 300 years...


Lessons from the life and legacy of Blessed Karl, the last Habsburg emperor...
K.V. Turley
Sometimes it is hard to believe that saints were once flesh and blood: So often we see church statues of the blessed that look unreal. Harder still is it to recall that some of these saints had children and that today their descendants are living, breathing men and women. St. Gianna Molla is one such example. His Imperial Royal Highness Imre von Habsburg-Lothringen, archduke of Austria...


Is this the end of the College of Cardinals as a polite society?


Video: Amazing animation showing how ingenious medieval engineers built the Charles Bridge in Prague...


Thomas Howard and the wonder of our earthly and heavenly homes...
Noelle Mering
The widely beloved author and professor Tom Howard has gone on to his eternal rest. He rose to prominence in Evangelical circles in the late 1960s with his book Christ the Tiger (1967), then entered the Anglican Communion before he finally, as he explained, “read his way into the Catholic Church.” News of his becoming Catholic in 1985 was monumental enough to justify a three-part series analyzing it in Christianity Today, the flagship Evangelical magazine in North America...


Cardinal Zen on Cardinal Parolin: “Parolin knows he himself is lying. He knows that I know he is a liar. He knows that I will tell everyone that he is a liar”...


On the wickedness that withers and the truth that perdures...


4 issues on the table for Pope Francis and the future of the Church...
Andrea Gagliarducci
Until now, Pope Francis appears to have escaped the criticism and attacks levied against the Church. Even when it comes to the recent Vatican financial scandals, Pope Francis’ name is never mentioned. It is strange since the Pope, though he never took any responsibility for what happened, always presented himself as a guarantor, a leader committed to clarify and solve the most difficult situations...

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Here’s the bottom line on the Pope’s movie mystery: “If you don’t fix it, you bought it”...
John Allen
When I was a child growing up in a small Western Kansas town, my mom from time to time would take me to Main Street to visit the shops. Most had some version of the following sign on display, meant as a warning to be careful with the merchandise: “You break it, you bought it.” There’s a PR corollary that could be said to go like this...


What should a Catholic make of Q and QAnon?
Patti Armstrong
Are you a follower of QAnon? Do you even know what it is? The QAnon (also known as “Q”) movement is largely seen as paranoid and cult-like by liberals but has found a soft landing among some conservatives and evangelicals. Supposedly, Q is a highly-placed government insider who claims knowledge...


What every Catholic needs to remember about the pope’s opinions on civil unions (or anything else)...


Plot thickens over origins of Pope’s civil union remarks...


How different languages tell time, and how cultures around the world perceive time differently...


At Amy Coney Barrett hearings, Sen. Chris Coons turned John Paul II’s theology of the body upside down...


The 30 year anniversary of Benedictine College’s great mascot heist...


Pope reverts to mask-less old ways amid growing criticism from left ...


Science always points to God...
Jeff Mirus
I have always been fortunate to know scientists who don’t confuse the domain of science with their own philosophical presuppositions. It is, after all, one of the most common—and probably the most absurd—of all contemporary secular claims that the physical sciences somehow disprove the existence of God...


It’s shocking to hear Our Lord compare Himself to a thief. Let’s look at some of the implications...


Embryonic stem cell research underperforms in California...
Fr. Matthew Schneider
Do you remember the top bioethical topic of discussion in 2004? It was California voters approving a $3 billion bond for embryonic stem cell research. Now they are asking for even more money 16 years later. But despite promising all kinds of therapies 16 years ago, there is still no FDA-approved therapy using human embryonic stem cells.


In times of explosive uncertainty, we need to cling to the single thread that is God...


Video: Giant John Paul II mural created in Stalowa Wola, Poland...


Amy Coney Barrett’s “civic grace” is an antidote to the culture of contempt...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
“Dude, I want you to punch Donald Trump in the face.” During Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearings, Democratic senator Cory Booker of New Jersey quoted a man who approached him at a town hall. “Dude, that’s a felony,” is how Senator Booker described his response...


Thoughts on the soap opera of the Vatican’s latest femme fatale...


To love in the face of an offense — this is a secret form of mercy that God longs to share with us, a wisdom that is unfamiliar to this world...
Anthony Lilles
What if the neighbor whom I trust sins against me and robs me of the dignity that is due, am I still to love him? Such a neighbor has taken a hostile stand toward me and has become my enemy. Christ commands me to love my enemies, to be concerned over the plight of those who have betrayed me...


Hooded protestors set fire to two historic Catholic churches in Chile...


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