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Catholic churches burned, vandalized over weekend as police investigate — “Where’s the outrage?”


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...


Why is there a special sink in the sacristy?
Philip Kosloski
If you have ever been in the sacristy — the room set aside for preparing for liturgy — inside a Catholic church, you may have noticed two sinks. One sink looks normal and has a faucet with normal plumbing. Then next to it, or in the same room, is a secondary sink. It often has a metal top that covers it and usually does not have a faucet. The technical term for this special sink is the “sacrarium,” sometimes called a “piscina”...


Pope’s Sunday Angelus: “If we want, we can become good soil”...


10 bishops ask Ecuador’s president to legalize quack medical “cure” for COVID-19...
Inés San Martín
In a letter signed by a third of the Catholic bishops in Ecuador, the prelates ask President Lenin Moreno to authorize the use of a bleaching agent as an “alternative medicine” to treat COVID-19. “We ask you to authorize the use of chlorine dioxide,” said ten of the 30 bishops in the country in a letter to the president released on Thursday through the bishops’ conference website.


St. Ignatius: When are pious thoughts not from God?
Jeff Mirus
One of the great confusions throughout the history of the Church is the common misunderstanding that “pious” or “spiritual” thoughts and motives always come from God. In the fourth century, Arius was “inspired” by his own insight into the Godhead to conclude that Jesus Christ must be a creature and so could not be God. In the sixteenth century...


Yes, the math teacher at a religious school is a religion teacher...


Does it matter that journalists have quit asking about the missing McCarrick report?
Terry Mattingly
It’s July of 2020. Do you know where the McCarrick report is? There are people who still care about the who, what, when, where, why and how of the scandal that brought down former cardinal Theodore McCarrick, at one time the most press-friendly and influential cardinal in the United States of America.


Pope advances cause of four people, including Eusebio Kino and teen who ‘made purgatory on this earth’...


Istanbul’s iconic Hagia Sophia can be turned back into mosque, court rules...


Joe Biden says if elected, he’ll end contraception exemption for Little Sisters of the Poor...


Dogma liberates and relativism enslaves. Here’s why...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
Rusty Reno’s recent book ‘Return of the Strong Gods’ opened my eyes to some of the reasons why relativism has gained such a foothold in Western society. He shows how, after the second world war, a group of thinkers, philosophers, economists, political strategists, literary figures and theologians all began to believe that the wars that tore apart Europe for the last five hundred years were the fault of dogma...


False paths to Paradise...


Survey finds 30% of German Catholics are considering leaving Church...


The Next Pope and the Great Commission...
George Weigel
In The Shoes of the Fisherman, crusty old Cardinal Leone, canvassing votes for a surprise candidate just before the election of a new pope, is deeply moved by a quiet admonition from a Syrian cardinal named Rahamani: “Always you search a man for the one necessary gift – the gift of cooperation with God. Even among good men this gift is rare. Most of us, you see, spend our lives trying to bend ourselves to the will of God...

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The holy lives and passions of Sts. Louis and Zélie Martin...
Susanna Spencer
They passed each other on a bridge one spring day — a distinguished, reserved, hardworking watchmaker who had tried and failed to become a monk and a lovely, intelligent, productive lacemaker who had been turned away by the Vincentian sisters. When St. Zélie first laid eyes on St. Louis she heard an interior voice, one that she had learned to trust, say, This is he whom I have prepared for you.


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...
Elizabeth Scalia
Original sin has rendered our world an ever-contentious place, but for many who remember the late 1960s, the Year of Our Lord 2020 seems (largely thanks to the internet, social media, 24-hour news channels) like a banner year, a David Banner year, furious and destructive. Like 1968 on steroids. It’s brought us to a place were dialogue is strained, where people are reacting at each other, rather than responding to...


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


Dreams of shutting down lazy talk about “the people” and “the base”...


“I think of Hagia Sophia, and I am very saddened” — Pope speaks out on Turkey’s mosque ruling...


“As nothing compared with the glory”...
Fr. Victor Feltes
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the current archbishop of New York, tells a story from his first Lent as a newly ordained associate priest in a small Missouri parish. The president of their church’s men’s group told him unenthusiastically, “Father, you’re supposed to give us an evening of recollection in Lent.” So Fr. Tim, on fire to share the treasures of our Faith, worked earnestly for weeks preparing spiritual reflections about characters appearing in the Stations of the Cross.


Joining a Church in the midst of scandal — Kevin Stephenson...


San Gabriel, California mission founded by St. Junípero Serra, burns in overnight fire...


On race, COVID and just about everything else...
Msgr. Charles Pope
Here is a recent interview I did with Simone Rizkallah of Endow, a Denver-based group that “unites the Catholic intellectual tradition with intentional community by creating study guides and organizing women into small groups.” It began as a discussion on race and COVID and expanded from there. I really enjoyed our conversation which was wide-ranging and personal...


The Parable of the Sower shows just what a great risk Jesus took, and how much depends on us...
Tom Hoopes
This Sunday, the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, Jesus tells the Parable of the Sower, one of those Gospel stories that we feel like we know. After all, Jesus himself explains the parable in the long form of the Gospel — meaning that to interpret it in any other way is foolhardy. But the application of the parable is another matter. The Parable of the Sower shows just what a great risk Jesus took, and how much depends on us.


Notre Dame Cathedral’s spire will be restored to 19th-century design, French President Macron announces...


Robert George: Stand up to the woke bullying in America...


Why Catholic voters in four states could again decide the presidential election...
Clemente Lisi
The first six months of this year has produced a pandemic that has killed thousands of Americans followed by high rates of unemployment triggered by the coronavirus lockdowns. Add to that the fight for racial justice following the murder of George Floyd and the protests and civil unrest that followed and you can see how 2020 will be forever remembered as one of the toughest years in American history.


To understand this papacy, forget Rome — head to Lampedusa...


What makes ships mysteriously slow down or even stop as they travel? It’s called the “dead-water phenomenon,” and here’s how it works...


We need Julia Greeley — a former slave in Missouri, and now a saint in the making...
R. Jared Staudt
Almost exactly 100 years ago, on the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in 1918, a woman, a former slave, died in Denver. This apostle of the Sacred Heart, spreading devotion across the city, was the first lay Catholic to lie in state as hundreds visited her body to honor her works of charity. Friends had to help bury her, because she had given away her burial plot to a poor man.


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