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Trump to pick Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace Ginsburg on Supreme Court


Two cheers for Archbishop Cordileone...
Phil Lawler
As much as I admire Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone for challenging restrictions on the Church in San Francisco... As much as I applaud him for bringing our Eucharistic Lord out onto the streets of the city... As much as I thank him for taking the lead (when so many other prelates remain silent) in insisting that religious worship is “essential activity”...


Breaking form, Pope Francis “decapitates” a cardinal — and Becciu’s exile sets a monster Vatican precedent...
Rocco Palmo
In a 2016 interview with his hometown paper, Pope Francis told La Nación one key to his governing style: "I don't cut off heads," he said. "I've never liked doing that." Yet now, the pontiff has done just that, effectively stripping one of his inner circle of the red hat in stunning, dramatic fashion. At 8pm Thursday in Rome, the Holy See Press Office slipped out a very late, one-sentence addendum to the noontime Bollettino...


The reason why this U.S. Navy destroyer flies a Jolly Roger pirate flag...


Why is the ‘handmaid’ image so important in Amy Coney Barrett coverage?
Terry Mattingly
The question for the week appears to be: Are you now, or have you ever been, a charismatic Catholic? In a land in which citizens are divided just as much by entertainment as they are by their religious and political choices, that question leads directly to cable television and a certain blue-zip-code hit focusing on, to quote IMDB, this story hook...


The sparkling story of Dom Pérignon, Benedictine monk...


Why Cardinal Becciu’s resignation wasn’t surprising...
Edward Pentin
Pope Francis’ decision to accept the resignation of Cardinal Giovanni Becciu as prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints came as little surprise and considerable relief to those involved in trying to improve Vatican finances. Plenty of dubious Vatican financial cases have emerged in recent years, and often the Sardinian prelate’s name has been in some way connected with them — closely followed by his strenuous denials.


As a teen in the 1970s I was given a wimpy, “nice” Jesus. Imagine my pleasant surprise when I actually began to read the Bible and encountered God incarnate...
Msgr. Charles Pope
When I was a teenager in the 1970s Jesus was presented in less than flattering terms, at least from my standpoint as a young man at that time. The paintings and statues of that day presented Jesus as a rather thin, willow-wisp of a man, a sort of friendly hippie who went about blessing poor people and healing the sick...


A grandfather’s advice on prayer...


President Trump announces ‘Born Alive’ executive order at National Catholic Prayer Breakfast...


Holy Eucharist and sacred art desecrated, church robbed in horrific attack at Catholic parish in Italy...


Here’s what 40 famous historical figures would look like today...


St. Thomas Aquinas on how to ensure your prayer is answered — in 4 easy steps...


There’s a virtue that only rich people can have. It’s called “magnificence” and it’s the habit of spending large sums of money well for the good of others...
John Cuddeback
To examine with Aristotle the various virtues is an eye-opening tour through the wonders of what it is to be human. For him the virtues are nothing but the ways of really living well, of living rationally with excellence. The virtue of magnificence is surprising. It is a habit of spending large sums of money well for the good of others. Particularly interesting is that it is possible only for the wealthy...


Trump and Biden campaigns intensify religious outreach efforts — with a focus on Catholics...


The fatuities of Villanova Professor Massimo Faggioli...
George Weigel
The defense of the dubious by the ill-informed can lead to the preposterous – and that is precisely the slippery slope down which Villanova’s Massimo Faggioli careens in his critique of my recent Washington Post op-ed article and my other writings urging a more forthright Vatican defense of religious freedom and other basic human rights in China.


EWTN News RealClear Opinion Research poll finds Catholics and their priorities deeply affected by pandemic...


Explaining the Vatican’s silence on the “Abraham Accords”...

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Understanding Divine Providence in peace and joy...
Jeff Mirus
In a recent commentary I suggested that a new Italian translation of the “Our Father” indicated a difficulty in accepting the comprehensive character of God’s will. “Lead us not into temptation” was changed to “do not abandon us to temptation” (see The frequency problem in liturgical translations). Now I would like to address this difficulty more broadly. In other words, I want to talk about Divine Providence.


New details emerge about Cardinal Becciu’s management of Vatican finances...


In the past two years, the full horror of Xi Jinping’s plans for China have crystallized...


Spanish ‘Hosts case’ — involving consecrated Hosts that were stolen and desecrated — reveals Europe’s internal divisions over human rights...
Solène Tadié
A Spanish association of Christian lawyers recently submitted a complaint of anti-Catholicism against the Spanish government at the European Court for Human Rights (ECHR) over a highly controversial art performance involving stolen consecrated hosts in the Spanish city of Pamplona in 2015.


Cardinal Pell thanks Pope Francis for sacking Cardinal Becciu, says “I hope the cleaning of the stables continues”...


Archbishop John Myers, former shepherd of Peoria and Newark, dies at 79...


Vatican’s Cardinal Angelo Becciu unexpectedly ‘resigns’ from office, renounces rights of cardinalate...


Judge Amy Coney Barrett is affiliated with a charismatic group called ‘People of Praise.’ Who are they?


Mel Gibson working on sequel to ‘The Passion of the Christ,’ says Jim Caviezel...


What Justice Scalia can still teach us...
John Clark
Many of the news stories about the recently-departed Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg have highlighted the fact that she and her late colleague Antonin Scalia shared a close friendship. Reporters often ask in bewilderment How could that be? How is it possible that an originalist and a progressive could share anything approaching civility, much less friendship? In our current me-versus-everyone-who-disagrees-with-me culture, it is important that we address that question.


We can’t imitate people like Padre Pio and Mother Seton, but we can follow in their footsteps...


In SCOTUS confirmation, expect Dems to embrace anti-Catholic bigotry...


This is a good week to ponder some proverbs from Proverbs...


Pope’s Wednesday Audience: ‘Subsidiarity’ is needed ‘to emerge from the crisis’ ...


The curtain came down on the Papal States 150 years ago this month. It’s one of the best things that has happened to the papacy...


3 ways liberals will attack Amy Coney Barrett’s Catholic faith...
David Mills
According to “insiders” and the betting markets, which are probably more reliable, Amy Coney Barrett may be nominated to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. President Trump says he’ll announce his choice on Friday or Saturday, and that it’ll be a woman. If he nominates Barrett, liberals and pro-choicers will tell the world that she’ll impose her religion on the country.


Vatican reaffirms euthanasia is ‘intrinsically evil act,’ says those who seek it may not receive sacraments...


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