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Two Weeks After Pope Francis’s Latin Mass Restrictions, U.S. Bishops Continue to Respond


With Rome’s blessing, Switzerland’s Bishop Charles Morerod appoints lay people to be his regional “vicars”...


The Pope’s motu proprio places a new burden on bishops — particularly on Cardinal Gregory...
Fr. Raymond de Souza
Being a bishop is not easy. Being the Pope’s man in Washington, D.C., is more difficult still. And the recent liturgical changes have added to the challenges. Just ask Cardinal Wilton Gregory, who in June took the lead in attempting to delay the U.S. bishops’ discussion of a document on the Holy Eucharist...


The Pillar stories do raise questions — but not about journalistic ethics...
Phil Lawler
Journalistic ethics: That’s not a topic often discussed by Catholic media outlets, and for two good reasons. First, most Catholic media outlets are heavily subsidized, and therefore reliant on the goodwill of their sponsors. A diocesan newspaper, for instance, is reporting on the institution that pays its bills. There’s a conflict of interest there—albeit one so obvious that it doesn’t really require disclosure.


A grizzly bear terrorized a man for days in Alaska. The Coast Guard saw his SOS...


New podcast: What could go wrong? NYTimes looks at Facebook’s religious ambitions...
Terry Mattingly
Truth be told, I am not prone to flashbacks — even though I did come of age in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Anyway, I had a big flashback recently while reading a very interesting New York Times feature that ran with this headline: “Facebook’s Next Target: The Religious Experience.” In this case, the subhead is also crucial...


Disgraced Ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick Criminally Charged with Sexual Assault of a Minor...


Traditionis Custodes: Catholic liturgical tradition comes in many forms, united in one mystery of Christ...
John Clark
Some of my earliest and happiest memories are those of my mother taking me to weekday liturgies at the tiny Byzantine Catholic parish of Saint John Chrysostom in Columbus, Ohio. Though the entire family attended liturgy together on Sundays, it was on weekdays that my mom was able to quietly teach me what was going on — what was taking place at each part of the liturgy.


Cardinal Gregory Reportedly Withdraws Permission for Traditional Latin Mass at National Shrine...


Landmark ‘London Property’ Trial Begins at the Vatican — Then Gets Adjourned Until October...
Edward Pentin
A landmark trial relating to a London property deal that inflicted massive losses on the Holy See has been adjourned until Oct. 5, after the Vatican Tribunal upheld objections raised by the defense. The trial of 10 defendants, including former Deputy Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Becciù, involves accusations of embezzlement, abuse of office and fraud.


Bigger than Burrill and Newark: Hookup app signals from ‘at least 32 mobile devices’ publicly broadcast inside Vatican walls...


The Cardinal, the Brokers and the Lady: Vatican fraud trial features an interesting cast of characters...
Inés San Martín
Starting today, a historic fraud trial against an array of people will begin in a modified courtroom in the Vatican Museums. The list of those being tried by the Vatican criminal court include a once powerful cardinal, an alleged intelligence analyst who used Vatican money to buy high-end handbags. and the man once tasked with putting the Vatican on Europe’s “white list” for financial propriety.


Sparked by pandemic fallout, homeschooling surges across U.S. — going from 5% to 11% of all families, and from 3% to 16% of black families...


Be Catholic to save the world by grace! Some words of encouragement from the early Church...
Msgr. Charles Pope
There are some who would have the Church step back to avoid persecution or giving offense. Perhaps there are assets like buildings and land to protect. And maybe some rapprochement with the world will attract more members. Or so the thinking goes. But a study of earlier periods of persecution reveals a different plan for the way forward: confidence, courage, boldness, and love — even for our enemies...


My secret Catholic ancestor...


Vatican shows $78 million budget deficit, releases report on investments...


How can I discern God’s will?


Small sins bring great curses; small offerings bring great blessings. So do not doubt that your humble, ordinary, everyday faithfulness to Christ is doing more good than you know...

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MUST READ: When a priest is unchaste, his priestly work becomes barren. Our silence isn’t doing these men any favors anymore. The solution is simple...
Carrie Gress
The recent unsavory revelations about Msgr. Jeffery Burrill and his resignation as general secretary from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have led to much hand wringing about privacy, tabloid tactics and distracting allegations, despite the legal avenues used to expose him. There seems to be precious little discussion about the spiritual cost to the Body of Christ...


How to measure success in a parish...
Marcel LeJeune
When I was in college, I took several semesters of archery. I loved shooting arrows at targets, but what ultimately won me over was the nature of archery; you immediately know how you are doing, based on where you hit the target. Still, there was one time that I hit the bulls eye and yet I scored a zero, because I was aiming at the wrong target...


Polynesia's master voyagers who navigate by nature...


The bishops, Donatism, and President Biden...
George Weigel
In an article first posted at Commonweal and republished on July 7 in La Croix International, Professor John Thiel of Fairfield University, while criticizing the U.S. bishops’ decision to prepare a teaching document on Eucharistic coherence and integrity in the Church, performed the not-inconsiderable feat of striking out four times (swinging).


Disney’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ is an underwhelming ride to nowhere...
Deacon Steven Greydanus
There’s a back story involving Spanish conquistadors cursed with immortality by wronged natives. A swaggering captain with a dark past who is both more and less than he seems. There’s magic involving the rays of the moon, but also a quest for a mythical source of life deep in the jungle and a magic MacGuffin that points the way. We have supernatural antagonists whose deteriorating bodies have assumed...


In 1974, Archbishop Sheen prophetically warned of a coming crisis in Christendom...
Joseph Pronechen
“First of all, we are at the end of Christendom,” Archbishop Fulton Sheen solemnly said during a television show in 1974. “Now not Christianity, not the Church. Remember what I am saying.” Then he defined what he meant. “Christendom is economic, political, social life as inspired by Christian principles. That is ending — we’ve seen it die. Look at the symptoms: the breakup of the family, divorce, abortion, immorality, general dishonesty.”


St. Mary of Bethany — she has chosen the better part...


Dutch bishop calls ‘Traditionis Custodes’ a ‘declaration of war’...


“Distraction?” Using euphemisms like this to describe grave misconduct reduces our moral authority elsewhere...
Fr. Matthew Schneider
One line from the USCCB’s statement on Msgr. Jeffrey Burrill’s resignation has bothered me: they state he is resigning “in order to avoid becoming a distraction.” Fidelity to your priestly vows seems much more than a “distraction” — it’s an important aspect of being a priest and leading as a priest in the Church. We should see celibacy as more than a “distraction.” The statement stated...


We don’t just have a history of abuse of children in the Church; we may have a subculture of sexually active priests. So we all need to pray...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
After reading that Msgr. Jeffrey Burrill, general secretary of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, resigned because it was reported that he was using an app for sex hookups with men, one of my first reactions was to realize that I haven’t been praying enough for the purity of priests. Would you join me in doing so?


Benedict XVI Laments Lack of Faith Within Church Institutions in Germany...


Our responsibility is to preserve the memory of the Church...


On Tuesday, Vatican trial opens into financial scandal rocking the papacy...


The Dobbs Supreme Court case can help us see the cruelty that is abortion...


St. Anne is our grandmother in Heaven...


What do you say when kids ask about dinosaurs?


The strange conversion of Wallace Stevens...


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