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Bishops Request USCCB Study After Transgender Hermit Announcement


Did you go see the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy on the big screen last week?
Terry Mattingly
Did anyone head to a multiplex to see the (extended) “Lord of the Rings” trilogy on real movie screens (or what passes for them these days)? Yes, it took time and money to do this. Why go see movies with other people in a theater? After all, people are really busy, even as statistics keep rising showing how much time we dedicate to the more convenient, solitary, even hidden screens that dominate modern life.


Pope Francis becomes first pontiff to address a G7 summit, raises alarm about AI...


‘I have my mission’: Your role in God’s plan...
R. Jared Staudt
I want to be someone who matters. I want to make a difference, to do something great. “I have my mission.” This is how St. John Henry Newman situates these desires, meditating on the “definite service,” the particular work that God has given to each of us. We might think of this kind of mission as something lofty, but it often entails the daily sacrifice and presence of others within our normal duties...


Civilization, Something He Said, and Panic Buying...
Ed Condon
Happy Friday friends, And hello from Louisville. The USCCB spring assembly has been a fairly low-key event, as these things go. There were some important bits of business done, of course. There always are. And we’ll get to those in a second. But the conference floor was a little empty in comparison to recent meetings.


Honoring Fatherhood, and Imperfect Fathers...
John Cuddeback
In an age that questions, doubts, and undermines first things, there is at least one silver lining. It demands that we look more intently and perhaps even discover some of these ‘first things’ for the first time. Fatherhood stands out among these. It might have seemed that a conceptual analysis of fatherhood is so obvious as to be foregone. But words of Thomas Aquinas indicate otherwise...


Growing Up Hindu, Silicon Valley Execs Micro-Dosing, and More With Kailash Duraiswami...
Chris Stefanick
I am so excited for you guys to meet my guest this week! Kalashi Duraiswami grew up Hindu, in the highest caste, Brahmin. He became an entrepreneur as a teenager, and eventually a tech giant in Silicon Valley who could have retired at 31. But he was so unhappy and enslaved to his desires. Then he found Jesus, and everything changed...


We are in grave danger of offending the Holy Spirit when we abandon our struggle against unholy attachments...
Fr. Jerry Pokorsky
“Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they utter; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin.” (Mk. 3:28) The prospect of blaspheming the Holy Spirit is unnerving because the sin ensures eternal damnation. But when do we cross that bright red line?


Another church in Canada burns to the ground with cause of blaze a ‘mystery’...


Is Your Parish Like the Shire or Rivendell?
Marcel LeJeune
Ask a Mass-going Catholic this question and you will have a very very wide variety of answers! You probably have a lot of thoughts about this yourself. Many Catholics want a parish to operate in a certain way. Many want to see changes made. Many want certain things to stop and others to start. Yet I would argue that there are much deeper questions that need to be answered before such strategic decisions are made. These questions include:


Southern Baptists vote to formally oppose IVF, drawing closer to Catholic teaching...


Supreme Court Rules 9-0 to Preserve Access to Abortion Pill Mifepristone...


7 Surprising Uses for Silica Packets...


Look up at the sky. What do you see? Tell NASA — they need your help identifying clouds...


Pope Francis Reportedly Uses Word ‘Frociaggine’ for Second Time in Closed-Door Meeting With Priests...


U.S. Bishops to Apologize to Indigenous Catholics at Louisville Meeting, Vow to Address ‘Unique Cultural Needs’...


It’s time to rethink the US approach to picking our ambassador to the Holy See...


Tree of Righteousness: Looking Ahead at the 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time...

Pope Francis hosts 100 comedians (including Chris Rock, Jim Gaffigan and Conan O’Brien) at Vatican gathering...
Hannah Brockhaus
Pope Francis got a chuckle from an audience of comedians on Friday morning after he suggested throwing away his prepared remarks for simply making people laugh with a silly gesture. Following the advice of St. Thomas Aquinas, who said, “Those who lack playfulness are sinful,” the pope joked that instead of reading his prepared speech, “I’ll do this, and we will all laugh,” as he held his thumb to his head and wiggled his fingers.


The Moon Marks Time in the Light of the Son...
K.V. Turley
In April, the Biden administration called upon NASA to create a moon-based time standard. The proposed lunar time zone would be known as Coordinated Lunar Time (LTC). What the inhabitants of the moon think of this has not yet been recorded, but NASA’s imposition of “time” upon the earth’s only natural satellite prompts the question: What is time? As underlying NASA’s undertaking is the presumption that time belongs to man...


What it’s like when your son becomes your Father...


Some people think the Vatican Archives hold UFO secrets. Vatican archivists say they’re barking up the wrong tree...


This Baptist Convert to Catholicism Is on the Path to Sainthood...


So who owns the Catholic ‘brand’?
Phil Lawler
It’s the Age of the Laity and all that, but Stephen Millies, writing for the National Catholic Reporter, worries that things are getting out of hand. “Who owns the brand?” The honest answer probably is that it no longer is owned (at least in the same way it used to be) by the successors of the apostles, our bishops and pastors. Millies illustrates his point by showing that organizations run by lay Catholics are raising large sums of money...


Vatican Publishes ‘The Bishop of Rome,’ a Document on Papal Primacy Aimed at ‘a Reunited Church’...


Evils tend to conflict with each other. Our current insanities possess no lasting power against what the Church offers...


CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: St. Anthony of Padua (1195-1231), Franciscan Thaumaturgist...


‘United in Our Love of the Lord’: 16 Men to Be Ordained Priests for Archdiocese of Washington, DC, on Saturday; Largest Class Since 1960...


‘Not Just a Symbol’: Most Catholics Believe Jesus Is Really Present in Holy Eucharist, Says New Vinea Poll...


Harvard returns Danish mummies, won’t do same for Catholic saint relic...


Catholic meteorologist keeps eyes on skies to support safety, success of Eucharistic pilgrimage...


Our Ole Kentucky Meeting...
J.D. Flynn
Greetings from the road. As you read this Tuesday Pillar Post, I am on my way to Louisville, Kentucky, to cover the spring plenary assembly of the U.S. bishops’ conference. I’ll be joined by The Pillar’s Ed Condon, as our team keeps you apprised on what’s happening at the USCCB meeting...


Here are 5 up-and-coming bishops who may become archbishops soon...


Persevere in love — it’s the antidote to dispel dangerous spiritual mediocrity...
Marlon De La Torre
The first time someone asked me why I made the Sign of the Cross before a meal I told him that I was grateful to Jesus for the meal I was about to receive. Rousing a sense of curiosity, I followed by explaining that the symbolism behind the Sign of the Cross proclaims and affirms my faith in Jesus Christ the Son of God who died for my sins...


Medical Care for Gender Dysphoria Is a Wild West Legally, Empirically and Ethically...
Christopher Kaczor
The recent Independent Review of Gender Identity Services for Children and Young People commissioned by the National Health Service of England prompted much reflection on both sides of the Atlantic. Also known as the Cass Review, its author is Dr. Hilary Cass, OBE, former President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and chair of the British Academy of Childhood Disability...


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