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Benedict XVI Confirms He Attended Disputed 1980 Meeting in Munich


To tell the Catholic story this week, you need both Munich and Mustafa...
John Allen
Over the centuries, the Catholic Church often has led the pack in two distinct specialties: Breaking your heart, and then stitching it back together again with a fresh infusion of hope. This past week brought classic examples of both. Out of Munich, we got a report from a law firm commissioned by the archdiocese documenting almost 500 cases of clerical sexual abuse stretching over 74 years...


On the wonder of the Word of God...
Msgr. Charles Pope
The gospel for this Sunday is continued next week, so I will postpone the analysis of it until then. Instead, I will focus on the first reading, from Nehemiah 8. It is a wonderful meditation on the glory and wonder of the Word of God and it deserves our attention. The background of the text is that in 587 BC, Israel had been conquered by the Babylonians and the survivors of the war were led into exile in Babylon...


God has an announcement to make: The days of exile are over!...
Tom Hoopes
The days of waiting are done. He is here, among us, ready to do the things he promised he would do — mighty deeds he will do for us and through us. Sunday’s Gospel reading is a supreme moment in human history, and the Church gives us a huge hint as to how we should receive it. Jesus, the incarnate God, bursts onto the world stage in a number of dramatic entrances...


How to literally read Scripture literally...
Joe Heschmeyer
One of the most common questions about biblical interpretation is how much of the Bible ought to be taken “literally.” That’s a tricky question to answer, because the word literal actually has two distinct (but related) meanings. When the Catechism of the Catholic Church talks about the literal sense of Scripture, it’s referring to “the meaning conveyed by the words of Scripture and discovered by exegesis...


Sex, marriage and babies are now topics too hot for preachers to handle?
Terry Mattingly
Hey religion-beat reporters (and even pros who cover politics): Want to find some really interesting stories? Ask this question: What are the subjects that clergy are afraid to address in the pulpit? For example, lots of people interpreted the silence of many super-preachers on the ethics and affairs of Donald Trump as evidence of support for him...


“Catholics” for choice, marchers for life, and how to sabotage a synod...
Ed Condon
And to all those of you in or making your way here to Washington for the March for Life today, I hope you wore your thermals. For those of you at home, when you see images today of families with young children out there, bear in mind that it’s due to be frigid in the District today. We have a lot of great stuff to go along with today’s march and the cause of defending the dignity of all human life...


Seven things to know about March for Life speaker Father Mike Schmitz...


Vigil Mass for Life: ‘Every Human Being, at Every Stage of Life, Should Be Treated With Respect’...


Vatican Makes It Official: St. Irenaeus to Be Declared a Doctor of the Church ...


How Stalin’s Russia-Ukraine ‘Sobor’ applies to China’s ‘Sinicization’...
Fr. Raymond de Souza
The Winter Olympics in China are about to open, a welcome propaganda exercise for an authoritarian regime. Eight years ago at Sochi 2014, Vladimir Putin took a vainglorious turn on the world stage, promising a return to imperial glory for the hungry Russian bear. As soon as the Olympic torch was extinguished, Putin invaded Ukraine and annexed Crimea...


Why I am no longer a tenured professor at the University of Toronto...


King Canute the Great, the "dumb, arrogant" king who thought he could command the tides, was actually a devout and humble Christian...


Will Catholic universities survive the upheaval in higher education? The next 10 years will tell...


The USPS website to get four free COVID tests quietly went online a day early. If you want to beat the rush, here’s how to do it...


Why the Tonga volcanic eruption was so violent, and what to expect next...


Cana was a cosmic wedding feast...


Pope to confer new lay ministries (catechist, lector, acolyte) for first time in St. Peter’s Basilica this Sunday...

Pope Francis was right about pets and kids...


What is Christian joy, and how can it be yours?
Fr. Victor Feltes
A subtle theme threads throughout this Sunday’s readings: the theme of joy. When the Jews return to Jerusalem from the Babylonian Exile their leaders read the Old Covenant to them. And the crowd weeps as the scrolls are read because they realize they have not been keeping God’s laws. But Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the priest...


As Russian Troop Buildup Continues, Pope Sets Jan. 26 as Day of Prayer for Peace in Ukraine...


The Real Presence and the presence of reality...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
In the wee hours when the mind is awake and pondering I kept thinking of all the artificiality, lying, deception, fakery and illusion in our world. The modern world seems increasingly to be a flimsy stage set, a simulacrum of reality, a plastic Disneyworld of fairy tale fakery and lies. We are alienated from reality not by suffering so much as by the sweetness of our artificial affluence...


March for Life 2022: ‘A Great Witness to the Sanctity of Human Life’...


This year’s March for Life, the 49th, will be different...
George Weigel
The annual March for Life in Washington began in 1974 — and it’s hard to think of a more admirable or consistent public witness to the dignity of the human person being given for so many years by so many people of all races, religions, and social classes. The March has taken place in fair weather and foul. Senior public officials have addressed it; others have assiduously (or contemptuously) ignored it...


Activist Group Projects Pro-Choice Messages on Washington Basilica on Eve of March for Life...


Answering the call: When a fire truck becomes a ‘friar truck’...
Joseph Pronechen
Sound the alarm, and make way for the “Friar Truck” and its first official call: January’s “Bible Marathon” in St. Martinville, Louisiana. After this debut, it will continue carrying on its official duty — proclaiming the word of God from its eye-catching, antique mobile pulpit. No one will be able to miss the message as the Friar Truck makes its rounds...


My dad, Bruce Thomas Clark, and the communion of saints...
John Clark
On Jan. 10, my father died in the arms of the Catholic Church — embraced by Confession, Holy Communion, Anointing of the Sick and the Apostolic Pardon. The fact that my father received such graces has been a powerful and hopeful consolation. It has also helped me understand the Communion of Saints in a new and glorious way. My father grew up Protestant but converted in his early twenties...


Here’s a Q&A to help make sense of what’s been alleged about Benedict XVI and Munich...


America’s favorite hot sauces, ranked and mapped for all 50 states...


The need for two pockets...


Pope’s Wednesday Audience: ‘God Is Not Afraid of Our Sins’...


The Top 10 most luxurious trains in the world...


Even Peter nods...
Regis Martin
Soon after ascending to the Chair of St. Peter in 2005, Pope Benedict XVI was driven across town in order to take possession of the Basilica of St. John Lateran, the mother of all churches. Indeed, the very first Christian basilica built in Rome and the oldest of all the churches in Christendom, it is the place where, until 1870...


Shock Gallup poll: Only 41% of U.S. conservatives and 45% of churchgoers say it’s ‘very important’ that couples with children together legally marry...


Cardinal Parolin and Deputy Vatican Secretary of State Test Positive for COVID-19...
Edward Pentin
Cardinal Pietro Parolin and Archbishop Edgar Peña Parra have tested positive for COVID-19, the Holy See press office confirmed on Tuesday. Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, has “very mild” symptoms, while his Venezuelan substitute, Peña Parra, is asymptomatic, Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni told journalists on Jan...


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