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Notre Dame Cathedral’s spire will be restored to 19th-century design, French President Macron announces


Joe Biden says if elected, he’ll end contraception exemption for Little Sisters of the Poor...


Dogma liberates and relativism enslaves. Here’s why...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
Rusty Reno’s recent book ‘Return of the Strong Gods’ opened my eyes to some of the reasons why relativism has gained such a foothold in Western society. He shows how, after the second world war, a group of thinkers, philosophers, economists, political strategists, literary figures and theologians all began to believe that the wars that tore apart Europe for the last five hundred years were the fault of dogma...


False paths to Paradise...
Fr. Victor Feltes
Early in the Book of Genesis we read about a great flood wiping out humanity (sparing only Noah, his three sons, and their wives) and then about people building a great city and high tower until God confounds their efforts. These two inspired tales hold important lessons for every society in history, including our’s today. When God saw how wicked the human race was he decided to pour down judgment on the earth and start over...


Survey finds 30% of German Catholics are considering leaving Church...


The Next Pope and the Great Commission...
George Weigel
In The Shoes of the Fisherman, crusty old Cardinal Leone, canvassing votes for a surprise candidate just before the election of a new pope, is deeply moved by a quiet admonition from a Syrian cardinal named Rahamani: “Always you search a man for the one necessary gift – the gift of cooperation with God. Even among good men this gift is rare. Most of us, you see, spend our lives trying to bend ourselves to the will of God...


This enhanced footage of Apollo 16 will make you feel like you’re on the Moon with the astronauts...


The New York Times says COVID-19 is ‘surging’ through churches — as opposed to bars, marches, stores, etc...
Terry Mattingly
Soon after the word “coronavirus” started dominating headlines around the world, your GetReligionistas started trying to communicate a pair of ideas that we thought journalists needed to “get” in this age of advocacy journalism. First, it was perfectly valid to cover the relatively small number of religious groups — most of them totally independent Pentecostal and evangelical congregations...


Why I’ve come to favor Holy Communion kneeling and on the tongue...
David Mills
Like a traveler ordering a cheeseburger in a highway cafeteria, I wrote somewhere, when I arrived at the Episcopal seminary to find that everyone stood for communion at the weekly Eucharist. That now strikes me as a really snotty remark. It was a practice I’d never seen in my years as an Episcopalian. In every parish we’d ever been to, the people knelt at the altar rail, as the minister came down the line with the bread and then a lay minister with the wine...


Great Events: A great history game about great events...
Lisa Hendey
The past few months of home confinement due to the COVID-19 pandemic have reacquainted many of us with the world of family entertainment. One can only watch Netflix for so long before one goes crazy! Many of us have rediscovered the fun of puzzles, board games, and other ways to combine learning and fun. I was delighted to learn about The Great Events and wanted to share this cool project with you so that you can consider backing it to help it come to fruition...


“Planned Parenthood [clinics] have been placed inside cities by white supremacists to do the devil’s work,” says Kanye West...


A new birth for American civil rights...
Louis Brown
We cannot expect to end racism until we, as a country, value and protect the dignity of every life from conception to natural death. In part, our country still suffers from racism because we are failing to defend the dignity and right to life of every human being, no matter the person’s color, no matter the person’s usefulness, and no matter the person’s stage of development...


Supreme Court delivers two important victories for religious freedom...


After 10-year legal battle over ‘contraception mandate,’ Little Sisters of the Poor get big win in Supreme Court decision...


My time in prison...


7 entertaining comic books for kids that pack a spiritual punch...


I saw ‘Hamilton’ this weekend and found myself wondering about his religious faith. Here’s what I found out...


Catholicism is life transformation, not behavior modification...

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Robert George: Stand up to the woke bullying in America...


Why Catholic voters in four states could again decide the presidential election...
Clemente Lisi
The first six months of this year has produced a pandemic that has killed thousands of Americans followed by high rates of unemployment triggered by the coronavirus lockdowns. Add to that the fight for racial justice following the murder of George Floyd and the protests and civil unrest that followed and you can see how 2020 will be forever remembered as one of the toughest years in American history.


To understand this papacy, forget Rome — head to Lampedusa...
John Allen
There are certain place names so associated with a particular chapter in history that merely mentioning them conjures up a truckload of associations and emotions. Such is “Gettysburg,” “Dunkirk,” “Robben Island,” even “Woodstock” – and, increasingly, such is “Lampedusa,” as we mark the seventh anniversary of one of the briefest and yet most paradigmatic papal trips of all time.


What makes ships mysteriously slow down or even stop as they travel? It’s called the “dead-water phenomenon,” and here’s how it works...


We need Julia Greeley — a former slave in Missouri, and now a saint in the making...
R. Jared Staudt
Almost exactly 100 years ago, on the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in 1918, a woman, a former slave, died in Denver. This apostle of the Sacred Heart, spreading devotion across the city, was the first lay Catholic to lie in state as hundreds visited her body to honor her works of charity. Friends had to help bury her, because she had given away her burial plot to a poor man.


Why didn’t the Spanish colonies in America become a single country like the United States did?


4 kinds of slavery the Civil War didn’t end: Slavery to passion, fashion, custom, and error...
Mark Langley
The bad news is that the Civil War did not put an end to slavery. Sure, the Civil War did end the apparent and visible slavery that made legal the ownership of human beings by other human beings, whereby the owners could wring their bread from the sweat of other men’s faces. And whatever one thinks about the causes of the North and the South, and the means employed, and the tremendous and appalling loss of life that ensued...


Cancel the liberal cancel culture, say 130 liberal intellectuals in a liberal magazine...


As hearts grow ever colder, Christians must double down on simple decency, common courtesy, and basic civility...
Jenny Uebbing
In what attention I’ve paid to recent news cycles, the dominant theme – the one thing that we still collectively agree on, one might be forgiven for thinking – is anger. Anger with causes both righteous and dubious. Anger that is justified and anger that is rooted in pure, spleen-venting malice. Anger that fuels the engines of progress and anger that feeds the devouring flames of destruction and death...


Sobering spiritual truths according to St. John of the Cross...
Msgr. Charles Pope
In today’s post I would like to ponder some hard and sobering spiritual truths, but ones that will set us free. In calling them “hard truths”, I mean that they are not the usual cozy bromides that many seek. They speak bluntly about the more irksome and difficult realities we face. If we come to accept them, though, they have a strange way of bringing serenity by getting us to focus us on the right things rather than spending our time chasing after false dreams.


I still grieve for England...


Catholic school teachers are “ministers,” Supreme Court rules in 7-2 decision...


Pope appoints Fr. Stephen Parkes, brother of St. Petersburg’s Bishop Gregory Parkes, new bishop of Savannah, Georgia...


More victims of attack under statue of St. Louis IX identified...


Abundant confessions and Eucharistic awe — A Christ-centered game plan for the Church after COVID ...
Tom Nash
Fifty years ago, my classmates and I at St. Mary of Redford Grade School in Detroit received the great blessings of our First Confession and First Holy Communion. My gratitude for these great gifts has only grown over the years. Learning that Jesus Christ offers us reconciliation through the merits of his Paschal Mystery, and also enables us to participate in and partake of that same Paschal Sacrifice at every Mass in receiving the Holy Eucharist...


Why Americans celebrate Christopher Columbus and ignore Amerigo Vespucci...


Christians shouldn’t treat other people as contemptible jokes, or add to all the ugliness in the world...


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