Iraq has given many great saints to the Church...
As one of the oldest continuous Christian communities in the world, the Christians of Iraq — whom Pope Francis will visit March 5-8 — have not only given the world a culturally rich ecclesiastical heritage, but also accorded the Church innumerable great saints, many of whom are martyrs for the faith.
Pope Francis in Iraq, Wuerl’s $2 million raises big questions, and Andrew Cuomo...
Pope Francis is in Iraq. It is an historic trip, in the proper sense of the term. The region is home to Catholic communities far older than the name “Iraq,” or the concept of a nation state, and the suffering of that people as they try to hold on to their ancient homes is truly worthy of our every attention and effort of support.
Are Germany’s Catholic bishops paving the way to a schism?
Germany’s Catholic bishops embarked on a series of conversations in 2018 aimed at reforming church teachings. It was an ambitious, if not audacious, effort on everything from homosexuality, priestly celibacy and the ordination of women.
I never really liked Dr. Seuss much anyway...
Write what you want. Publish what you want. Teach what you want. Stock your libraries with what you want. Withdraw what you want. Prohibit what you want. Just do it on the most local scale possible, so the rest of us can write, publish, teach, stock, withdraw and prohibit what we want, as well.
These pastors are learning how to create an ‘Amazing Parish’...
Except for a few cynics, pretty much everyone accepts the fact that a church is not a business. But Patrick Lencioni wants to bring to Catholic parishes the principles he’s been sharing for years with businesses like Southwest Airlines. The key difference is, when visitors walk into a church...
Cardinal Pell and squirming Catholics...
According to the movie Love Story, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” Typical Hollywood fluff, you might say. Yet the best answer to that asininity was given by a Hollywood all-star, the late, great Charlton Heston. Asked the secret of what would eventually become his 64-year long marriage to Lydia, Chuck Heston replied...
COVID-19 vaccines, and how scientists like Dr. Amesh Adalja get science and religion wrong ...
It isn’t often that I come across an editorial filled with as much factual inaccuracy and misunderstanding as the recent one by Dr. Amesh A. Adalja. This is striking, because he’s a Senior Scholar at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security, and his editorial is on health security.
God made you for happiness in Heaven, not comfort on Earth...
“Happy” is unlikely an adjective most people associate with Lent. By the First Sunday of Lent, Catholics in the United States will have already experienced their one (of a whole two) fast days of the year and returned to Friday abstinence (which used to be year round). We talk about what we will “give up” for Lent, and we hear of penance. What’s “happy?”
2021 OSV Challenge will help build up Catholic innovators and non-profits...
The OSV Institute for Catholic Innovation is accepting application submissions for the 2021 OSV Challenge, an entrepreneurial competition designed to “incubate unique project ideas in any stage from Catholics whose faith has motivated them to make a difference.” Three prizes of $100,000 each will be awarded to three Catholic non-profits...
How does society measure mothers?
Quarantine and political violence have made city life considerably less appealing, leading to a noticeable exodus out of cities in favor of simpler lives and less expensive locales. Accompanying this trend are large numbers of women leaving the workforce. With school-age children suddenly at home, this can come as no surprise. Many erstwhile employed women surely lament this change and feel eager to get their children back in school and their jobs back on track...
In Iraq, the Pope will honor the memory of a martyred Christian population, and reach out to the Shi’a ...
Tomorrow Pope Francis leaves for Iraq, and in most of the Christian world it’ll be seen as a trip to honor the memory of a martyred Christian population that suffered unimaginable horrors under an ISIS occupation of the Nineveh Plains region of the country between 2014 and 2017.
From feckless episcopal leadership, Lord save us...
Do you wonder why many Catholics have grown cynical about their bishops? The Pillar news site reports that this year’s budget for the Archdiocese of Washington includes $2 million for the “continuing ministry” of Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who resigned from active ministry nearly two years ago amid what polite people call questions about his role in the McCarrick scandal.
People will always be interested in conspiracy theories. We need a tool kit for discriminating among different fringe ideas...
No problem concerns journalists and press-watchers so much these days as the proliferation of conspiracy theories and misinformation on the internet. “We never confronted this level of conspiracy thinking in the U.S. previously,” Marty Baron, the former executive editor of The Washington Post, told Der Spiegel in a recent interview...
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