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Federal judge places hold on Tennessee heartbeat-based abortion ban


Ennio Morricone’s Mission Accomplished...
Fr. Raymond de Souza
The death last week of the great composer Ennio Morricone was timely. His greatest work, the score for The Mission, addresses current controversies about missionary activity and indigenous peoples. The Mission is not about Spanish Franciscans in California, Alta and Baja, but Spanish Jesuits in Paraguay. The issues, though, are the same. And Morricone attempted to resolve them nobly with his music.


Police seize Mincione’s phones in Vatican real estate corruption probe...


Texas COVID-19 patient Michael Hickson was black and paralyzed, so doctors decided his life wasn’t worth saving...


The next pope and Vatican II...
George Weigel
Polemics about the Second Vatican Council continue to bedevil the global Catholic conversation. Some Catholics, often found in the moribund local Churches of western Europe, claim that the Council’s “spirit” has never been implemented (although the Catholic Lite implementation they propose seems more akin to liberal Protestantism than Catholicism). Other voices claim that the Council was a terrible mistake and that its teaching should be quietly forgotten, consigned to the dustbin of history.


Martin Luther King and the religious motivation for social change...
Bishop Robert Barron
A principal reason why the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s was so successful both morally and practically was that it was led largely by people with a strong religious sensibility. The most notable of these leaders was, of course, Martin Luther King. To appreciate the subtle play between King’s religious commitment and his practical work, I would draw your attention to two texts...


Who made the crown for the statue of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal?


Man charged with assault after allegedly attacking man in Rosary prayer group at St. Louis statue...


6 things to keep in mind when (not if) the Church’s human element lets you down...


The problems we’ve behaved ourselves into have no convenient escape clause. The devil will have his due. And he’s having it now...
Francis X. Maier
Rod Serling and Jesus of Nazareth had at least two things in common. Both were Jewish. And both were marvelous storytellers. Both men knew that we can talk about ideas and rules all day long, and these things can be important. But if we want people’s attention, the way to get it is through parables. Human beings love stories. One of humanity’s great skills, of course, is abstract thinking...


Michigan court panel says Detroit’s Father Eduard Perrone was defamed by false charges, recommends $125,000 in restitution ...


620 Nigerian Christians killed by Muslim Jihadists in first six months of 2020, says watchdog group...


Humility is an underrated commodity in our society...


The Holy See is still keeping quiet about Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò...
Sandro Magister
Not a word from the congregation appointed to watch over the "doctrine of the faith.” Not a word from Pope Francis, whose original mandate, as the successor of Peter, is to strengthen his brothers in the faith. The calculation underlying this silence is plausibly that of letting Viganò go adrift, alone or nearly so. In effect, since he has lashed out against Vatican II as a hotbed of heresies...


The Fatima secret no one talks about...


Catholics hold pilgrimage to grave of Venerable Augustus Tolton, America’s first black priest...


Pope weaves ‘Tale of Two Cities’ on Hong Kong and Hagia Sophia...
John Allen
Cue the soundtrack from film adaptations of the Dickens classic, because what Pope Francis has given us over the last week, ladies and gentlemen, is a Tale of Two Cities ... only the settings aren’t London and Paris, they’re Beijing and Ankara. We’re in the middle of July, which means most of Italy, including the Vatican, is down-shifting in preparation for the August holidays...


Senator Joe McCarthy’s controversial Catholic faith...

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Priest distributes Ziploc bags and “sacred vessels” to parishioners, tells people to hold hosts in their hands while he consecrates...
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
If only priests were as hard working to develop reverence in their parishes as they are to facilitate communion-no-matter-what and for-anyone-at-all. There is a piece at LifeSite, in which I am heavily quoted, about a priest who came up with wacky ideas – astonishingly tacky and irreverent – to facilitate Communion. It is hard to believe that anyone in this day and would do this...


The Atlantic’s John McWhorter: “The dehumanizing condescension of ‘White Fragility’”...


NYTimes op-ed: “Pray for your poor uncle,” Theodore McCarrick told his victims...


Unless your faith is strong you shall not be strong...
Msgr. Charles Pope
The first reading at Tuesday’s daily Mass presents a complex picture, but its fundamental message is clear. Isaiah announces that there will be a period of political stability among the nations and enemies surrounding Israel. It is a time of favor during which Israel can repent of its injustice and infidelity. If they do not, however, Israel will be destroyed within 65 years...


Catholic sci-fi writer John C. Wright discusses his craft...
K.V. Turley
“No science fiction writer is imaginative enough to have pictured this combination of hysteria, incompetence, malice and affluence.” So says award-winning science fiction writer John C. Wright, down the line from his home in Virginia. In this time of pandemic, Wright was speaking to the Register June 20, just as the lockdown began to ease across the Western world. The obvious question to ask a writer of speculative fiction is how recent events...


The divorced Catholic’s guide to parenting...
Jeff Mirus
Divorce is a horrific experience for everyone involved, and it is most horrific of all for those who are completely innocent: The children of a broken marriage. But I deliberately begin this commentary with strong negative statements only in order to become more effectively positive in the end. In our age of easy divorce, then, I think it must be acknowledged that the majority of divorces...


AP explains why it thinks it was wrong for local-level Catholic employees to get coronavirus relief money...
Terry Mattingly
Let’s say that an unemployed Catholic kindergarten teacher in Brooklyn works for her local parish school and it has been crippled by coronavirus financial realities. Using the logic at the top of this AP report, this teacher actually works for the pope. Or, in the lede, she works for a mythical super-cardinal who leads a united “U.S. Roman Catholic Church” — the structure that landed this financial “haul.” Where to start?


Who would be King of America if George Washington had been made a monarch?


C.S. Lewis tells us what to do when the world seems to be falling apart...
David Mills
What C. S. Lewis told the people gathered that evening in autumn 1939, at the main Anglican church in Oxford, he could tell us as we face a world falling apart. England had just declared war on Germany. Germany might kill European civilization and tens of millions of people to get what it wanted. In a year or two, barbarian Germany might conquer England, after half-destroying it first.


This NYTimes op-ed was an insult to the remarkable Little Sisters of the Poor...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
Did you happen to see the Gail Collins op-ed in the New York Times this weekend? She painted a picture of the Little Sisters of the Poor Supreme Court case as being about Donald Trump. She presented a caricature of the Little Sisters of the Poor as easily used for ideological purposes. She continued the party line used since the beginning of the Affordable Care Act...


6 saints who were ‘good’ and then found holiness...


The destruction of Mission San Gabriel has diminished the cultural heritage and spiritual patrimony of California...


Catholic churches and statues burned, vandalized in string of targeted attacks...


The holy lives and passions of Sts. Louis and Zélie Martin...


Retired Bishop Edward Kmiec, 13th bishop of Buffalo, dies...


5 tips from St. Benedict on engaging online — because we’ll get nowhere by daily riding each other’s backs...


Gary Larson quietly brings back occasional ‘The Far Side’ cartoons after 25 years away...


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