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St. Louis Archbishop Carlson: Christ welcomes and challenges those wrestling with gender identity


Takeaways from the Vatican’s ‘Thursday Thunder’...
John Allen
For the whole Catholic world, August 15 means the Feast of the Assumption. In Italy, it also means ferragosto, the traditional summer holiday that sees the whole country head to either the beach or the mountains, or both, roughly from the second week of August until early September. Pope Francis, famously the pontiff of the “staycation,” isn’t going anywhere, but a good chunk of his workforce will be...


This Sunday, step out into the storm...
Tom Hoopes
The wind is raging, the waves are taller than the boat. The night seems never ending, and even Jesus isn’t calming the storm. Do you hunker down and go where the wind takes you? Do you grit your teeth and wait for the end? Or do you step out into the storm? That is the question the Gospel and readings ask us this Sunday, the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A.


U.S. bishops tell Congress: Catholic schools need help to help at-risk families...


SSPX accused of intimidating would-be whistleblowers amid abuse investigation...


Are we back in the Middle Ages? Who will save us?
Fr. Patrick Briscoe
To my mind our position today is approaching something rather medieval. Hear me out. The constant talk of the novel Coronavirus (and the synonyms we now use to describe our times: pandemic, epidemic, pestilence, etc.) has animated in my Catholic imagination references to the great plagues of the West. In fact, the Great Famine of 1315-1317 and the Black Death of 1347-1351 eviscerated Europe...


Nicaraguan cardinal says Mass at entrance of firebombed cathedral chapel...


August is dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Here’s how we can be devoted to her...
Donal Foley
While many Catholics are aware that May is the month dedicated to Our Lady and October has a dedication to the Holy Rosary, fewer will realize that August is specifically dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary—a central devotional theme of the Fatima message. Even before the Blessed Virgin appeared to the young seers, Jacinta, Francisco and Lucia...


The real Damien, St. Damien of Molokai, exemplifies what it means to cherish human dignity...


Why isn’t the Upper Peninsula of Michigan part of Wisconsin?


Watch Olympian Katie Ledecky swim with a full glass of milk on her head, without spilling a drop...


Genetic screening might end up killing disabled babies...
Fr. Matthew Schneider
Yes, you read that right. Most of you have probably heard about genetic testing on Down Syndrome Children that results in a very high percentage of them being aborted. The US doesn’t keep great statistics on this but the best research estimated 67% termination rate. In European countries, the termination rate is often over 90%...


Was Father Damien of Moloka’i a “white savior?”...


Medjugorje message expresses Pope Francis’s ‘Marian Classic’...


According to this letter from Cardinal Ratzinger, the founder of Schönstatt was never rehabilitated...
Sandro Magister
Far from rehabilitated, as claimed by his followers and supporters. In 1965 the Holy See did not by any means lift the penalties imposed in 1951 on Fr. Joseph Kentenich, the German religious who founded the international Schönstatt movement and whose beatification cause is underway. The Holy Office only allowed him to return to Germany from exile in the United States...


Benedict XVI “very frail,” says biographer; suffering from facial shingles since visit to Germany...


Under the shadow of the Cross...
Anthony Lilles
Under the Shadow of the Cross, an uneventful silence can take hold. We want something to happen but instead we are pulled into a sort of idleness. We want some sort of result, something that will help us prove to ourselves that this time was not wasted. Instead, there is an empty expanse and the only horizons we see are lonely, raising more questions than answers. What difficult voids wait in the heart! Yet, here, the Living God has created an ache that He yearns for us to share, a sharing in we know not what.


How coronavirus turned me into a homeschooling mom...

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Our culture is attempting suicide...
Phil Lawler
When I read the news headline it suddenly all seemed clear. The story reported that new positive COVID tests were attributed to “community spread.” Well of course! That’s how contagious diseases are contracted, right? They spread through the community. But this is the first time, in our long history of fighting diseases, that we have sought to stop the spread of a contagious disease by abolishing the community.


Are you discouraged? Don’t lose heart. Here are some practical things you can do to fight discouragement...


People keep asking: Why does press say ‘religious left,’ as opposed to ‘Religious Left?’...
Terry Mattingly
Every now and then, readers — or people I meet in daily life — ask this question: Why do journalists write so much about the Religious Right (capital letters), while devoting way less digital ink to the actions, policies and beliefs of the religious left (no capital letters). That is a complex question and you can hear me struggling with it all the way through this week’s “Crossroads” podcast...


Today’s lesson from Rome is about perspective and patience...


The dangers of canceling culture...
Fr. George Rutler
In the ethnic tradition of Anglo-Saxons, the “patter songs” of Gilbert and Sullivan have been the equivalent of contemporary rap music. Learning the repertoire was part of the expected rites of passage and, in the 1960s, I did my duty, even attaining to the heights of playing Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd, a baronet disguised as young farmer Robin Oakapple in a New York City production of Ruddigore. In the second act, portraits of Robin’s ancestor come alive and step out of their frames to curse him as he writhes in unspeakable agony. While I quickly fell from that peak in my theatrical career, I still have clippings of critical reviews that thought my plangent voice and shrieks of pain were convincing.


The best ways to reheat and reuse leftover french fries...


Vatican warns: Using novel “We baptize” form of Baptism makes the sacrament invalid...


Pope Francis appoints six women to the Vatican’s Council for the Economy...


Whatever the future holds, don’t fear. Don’t fret. Just do what you can to be properly prepared...
John Cuddeback
One cannot but notice a growing sense of concern and even anxiety about the future. Are we in for serious disruptions of the social order, and should we be doing something to prepare? The fact is that the last several months have taught a lesson: things we thought could not happen can happen, surprisingly quickly. This lesson should not be without fruit in our lives. But what is the appropriate response?


‘No one has experienced this’ in Lebanon — Beirut blast threatens national catastrophe...


Ernest Hemingway and Flannery O’Connor were two very different Catholic writers, but both were pierced by suffering...


After Beirut explosion, Lebanon asks for prayer, turns to St. Charbel...


Pope Francis and a new private secretariat...
Andrea Gagliarducci
Why does Pope Francis feel the need to replace all the members of his private secretariat? At first, Fabián Pedacchio Leániz, who served as Pope Francis’ first secretary since the beginning of the pontificate, left the office at the beginning of the year. Pedacchio had been an official at the Congregation for Bishops since 2007, when then Cardinal Bergoglio sent him to Rome.


On the truest source of our dignity...
Msgr. Charles Pope
One of our deeper wounds is that we tend to doubt our dignity, especially in times of trouble. We look to human being who are fickle for a sense of honor and prestige in our life. But St. Peter Chrysologus reminds us of the true source of our dignity, and that of others, in a homily in last week’s office, saying, A virgin conceived, bore a son, and yet remained a virgin...


At Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis urges Catholics to follow ‘God’s logic,’ laments firebomb attack on cathedral in Nicaragua...


COVID-19 has changed the way Europeans go to Mass — for the worse...
Edward Pentin
In recent days I visited a number of churches in Italy and the alpine regions of Germany and Austria and was especially struck by how detrimental the reaction to the coronavirus pandemic had been to worship. Whereas most public places had become fairly relaxed about precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 — few people, for example, wore masks even in supermarkets and on public transport — when it came to churches, measures were strictly enforced.


Bishops see pro-Ortega 'terrorism' behind church attacks in Nicaragua...


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