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Pope Francis’ US Bishop Selections Under Scrutiny Amid Abundance of Potential Openings


Pope Francis meets FSSP head, confirms right to celebrate the Traditional Latin Mass...


Daffy people, big city problems, and media watch...
Ed Condon
It’s not often that I read a proposal for reforming the canon law of future conclaves that makes me sit up and go “that’s so crazy it might just work.” But I read one this week. The proposal came from Italian Church historial Alberto Melloni, who suggested that Pope Francis reduce the cardinal’s conclave voting schedule from four ballots a day to just one. I took a look at the arguments for the change in an analysis this week and, I have to say, I’m pretty much sold.


Surveying the Landscape of History...
Joseph Pearce
The past is present whether we like it or not or know it or not. The past is where we are. We can’t be anywhere else in the present because of where we have been in the past. This is why the knowledge of history is so important. If we don’t know where we’ve been, we don’t know where we are; and if we don’t know where we are, we can’t know where we’re going.


Interesting theory, but rights do come from God...
Fr. Patrick Briscoe
The term “Christian nationalism” has sparked considerable debate online recently, especially in relation to its influence within political spheres and its distinction from mainstream Christian beliefs. During a recent appearance on MSNBC, Politico national investigative correspondent Heidi Przybyla attempted to differentiate Christian (or other theistic philosophical) views...


If You Gild It, They Will Come — Spotlight on St. Peter's in Volo, Illinois...


Family first? Or the Way of the Cross?
David Deavel
The second volume in the Catholic Women Writers series from Catholic University Press (full disclosure: I am on the series’ advisory board), Sheila Kaye-Smith’s 1923 novel The Fall of the House of Alard, may seem an odd choice to some. Written when Kaye-Smith was still an Anglo-Catholic, it deals with an old English aristocratic family coming to...


On Religion: Are Attacks Against Churches ‘Hate Crimes’ Or Old News?
Terry Mattingly
Security cameras at St. Columba Catholic Church in Brooklyn showed five people, in the dead of night, trying to force their way inside. When they failed, the suspects settled for breaking a stained-glass window and attacking a nearby cross. Police noted that this Jan. 27 crime was the latest of many New York City attacks on churches, synagogues, sacred symbols and religious schools...


Pope Francis to the World’s Children: ‘If We Really Want to Be Happy, We Need to Pray’...


Actor Gary Sinise Pays Tribute to Son Who Died: ‘A Man Who Loved His Catholic Faith’...
Alyssa Murphy
It’s been a warm day, maybe even a little humid, and the tall clouds in the distance remind you of cauliflower. You hear a sharp crack, like the sound of a batter hitting a home run, or a low rumble reminiscent of a truck driving down the highway. A distant thunderstorm, alive with lightning, is making itself known.


10 Words to Transform Our Home Life...
John Cuddeback
This is perhaps at once the most terrifying and practical of all the principles I have found in Thomas Aquinas. It explains so much of human unhappiness, especially today, while also pointing to a remedy, starting right in our homes. The principle is 10 words, plus a line from scripture to back it up.


How 19th-century black painter Robert Duncanson risked his life to chronicle the Underground Railroad...


We need to be Confessing Christians. And we need a Confessing Church...


“Demos II,” reportedly an anonymous cardinal, lays out 7 characteristics he’d like to see in the next pope...


Wokism Is the New Face of an Old Heresy, and It Can Be Defeated Again...


Should the next papal conclave vote less?


Mafia in Italy suspected of poisoning priest’s chalice before Mass...


Can anyone make a citizen’s arrest? The history and legalities of catching criminals yourself...

Church Militant to shut down following $500,000 defamation lawsuit brought by priest...


Jesus Cleansed Jerusalem’s Temple First. You’re Next...
Tom Hoopes
Your body is a Temple and Jesus wants you to drive the greed and self-love out of it this Lent. There is a lot going on beneath the surface in the cleansing of the Temple story we hear on the Third Sunday of Lent (Year B). Ultimately, though, it is meant to drive home the point that Lent demands a violent cleansing of your soul in order to aggressively restore it to its true purpose.


What Are We Teaching Our Students?
Daniel Philpott
Days after Hamas’s October 7, 2023 attacks on Israel—killing over 1200 men, women and children, beheading babies, murdering the elderly, killing more Jews in any day since the Holocaust—hundreds of students at our nation’s most prestigious universities protested ... Israel. A thousand students at Harvard condemned their university for complicity in genocide...


10 strange news items that make you think strange things...
Jeff Mirus
Sometimes the news can appear to be just plain strange. Sometimes the point becomes clear on further reflection. Sometimes it doesn’t. And sometimes it is clear that the figures in the story are missing the point altogether. Just for fun, I’ve decided to compile ten examples of the strangeness of some very recent Catholic news


Tithing is a way to demonstrate our radical dependence on God as Father...
Rick Becker
When Nancy and I and our newborn son became parishioners here at St. Matt's nearly 30 years ago, we automatically signed up for collection envelopes. Automatically. As in: No question. For us, to be parishioners – actually, to be Catholic – necessarily included financially supporting the church, our spiritual home. That’s not some quirk of the Beckers...


Repentance and the Way of Perfection — that’s a path the Devil prefers you avoid...
Marlon De La Torre
There is a particular sequence in the third pillar of the Catechism under the tenth commandment that describes the process of how you and I can see God. It begins by revealing that true happiness frees man from his immoderate attachment to the goods of this world so that he can find his fulfillment in the vision and beatitude of God...


Putin Critic Alexei Navalny Found Christianity Before His Death...


Pope Francis: ‘Today the Ugliest Danger Is Gender Ideology’...


Where does lightning strike? New maps reveal unprecedented detail of 36.8 million strikes in the United States...


When are crosses veiled during Lent? Do we venerate a cross or crucifix on Good Friday? And other FAQs to help parishes do the rites right...


‘Gendered’ nonsense is dangerous nonsense...
George Weigel
Dean Acheson, U.S. secretary of state from 1949 until 1953, is buried in Washington’s Oak Hill Cemetery. When I read recently that Acheson’s 20th successor, Antony Blinken, had sent a cable subtitled “Gender Identity Best Practices” to American diplomats around the world, warning against “harmful, exclusionary messages” conveyed by the use of terms like...


Renewing the moral life while renouncing the tyranny of the banal...


A landmark Finnish study is changing how we approach transgender kids...


Catholic Chapel Where Two Men Simulated ‘Marriage’ Liturgy Now Subject to Permanent Deconsecration, Bishop Says...


Before she landed the part of St. Mary Magdalene in ‘The Chosen,’ Elizabeth Tabish nearly quit the acting business...


Pope Francis Visits Hospital for Diagnostic Tests After Wednesday Audience...
Courtney Mares
Pope Francis went to the hospital on Rome’s Tiber Island on Wednesday morning after meeting with the public at his general audience.The Vatican confirmed on Feb. 28 that the pope underwent “diagnostic tests” at the Gemelli Isola Tiberina Hospital before returning to his Vatican residence shortly after noon.


Lamentations, some links, and ‘sink pizza’...


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