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Legionaries of Christ university in Rome reverses decision to honor Father Frank Pavone


My people need Christ’s Body and Blood...
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone
They canceled Easter. Is Christmas next?” Matthew Hennessey asked this question in the Wall Street Journal on December 8. Lockdown regulations did indeed cancel Christmas gatherings and festivities for many. We bishops have been hearing variations on Hennessey's cry from our people as we approach another pandemic-dominated Lent, barely a month away.


Bishops’ acquiescence makes restrictions on worship possible...
Phil Lawler
The US Supreme Court has issued a very clear ruling that government officials cannot impose special restrictions on religious worship under Covid-emergency rules. If churches are subject to restrictions, the same restrictions must apply to other institutions; otherwise the rules are prima facie indications of discrimination against religion, which is forbidden by the First Amendment...


TikTok is making sea shanties big again [note: skip the first video and jump down to the various ‘Wellerman’ mixes]...


Why are these words missing from our present Lectionary readings?
Fr. Regis Scanlon
Did you know that the present Lectionary Readings for Weekday Masses has some elements of the Word of God missing? Check it out. The traditional translation for Mt. 19:29 based on St. Jerome’s Latin Vulgate says “everyone who has left house, or brothers or sisters, or father or mother, or wife or children...


5 more hard truths we’ve come to see with 2020 vision...
Msgr. Charles Pope
In the first part of this reflection we reviewed the painful year of 2020, focusing on the social and political ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic. This installment examines the Church’s response to the situation. Sadly, we didn’t handle things well...


In 6-3 decision, Supreme Court reinstates FDA’s in-person abortion pill requirements...


Must-read eye-opener: “How I survived a Chinese ‘re-education’ camp for Uighurs”...


Will Catholics ever return to Mass? No, not like before. So here’s what we need to do next...
Eric Sammons
The question that currently hovers over every chancery and rectory in America is this: will they ever come back? Will the Catholic Church in America see a return to pre-2020 numbers, which were already quite dreadful, but weren’t as catastrophic as now? No one knows the answer to that question, but I don’t think Church leaders should have high hopes.


Welcome to “ordinary time”...


Vatican announces Ash Wednesday modifications to expedite distribution of ashes amid pandemic...


“She will come” — The supernatural power of Our Lady’s name against the gates of Hell...


In new interview, Pope Francis talks pandemic, abortion and the need for unity...
Edward Pentin
The world will only emerge from the coronavirus crisis better if people become aware of social injustices, review their lives, and “think about ‘we’ and erase the ‘I’ for a while,” Pope Francis has said in a new interview broadcast in Italy on Sunday evening.


Who stands in the middle of American politics? Often, that’s a religion question...
Terry Mattingly
There were two major stories in American life this week, when it seemed like the world turned in a matter of minutes. The riot at the U.S. Capitol grew out of yet another legal Donald Trump rally, with its familiar mix of hero worship, populist rage and, yes, rhetoric and symbols used by conservative, often Pentecostal, Christians...


Why did Our Lord choose the title “Son of Man?”...


The faith of Christ’s followers is slight. St. John shows the courage our baptism should give us...


At Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis invokes ‘the Immaculate Virgin, Patroness of the United States’ to intercede after Capitol violence ...

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Americans must be good if this country is to be great. Catholic Americans must lead the way...
Sean Fitzpatrick
Somewhere along the way, our gaze has become too grand, too wide, too caught up with sides and spins and high political spheres. Taking too great of an interest in politics is an inevitable road to exasperation and peril. Our personal mood should not be impossibly linked to the national mood...


Benedict XVI and Pope Francis receive their first doses of COVID-19 vaccine...


It is refreshing down to my very soul to see so much love lavished on such ordinary children...


North Dakota bill would compel priests to violate confessional seal...


The future of humanity passes by way of the family — not by Parler, Twitter or Facebook...


What the Pope’s new letter about lectors and acolytes means for you...
John Grondelski
In 1972, Pope St. Paul VI issued the motu proprio Ministeriam Quaedam, reforming the steps governing advancement to the priesthood. Back then, there were “four minor and three major” orders: porter, exorcist, lector, acolyte, subdeacon, deacon, and priest. Tonsure (a symbolic clipping of hair) preceded them all.


Chef Lou Aaron, seen on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” is also a Catholic deacon — and a man with an amazing mission...


My college tried to stop me from speaking about religion. Now, we’ll meet in the Supreme Court...


Our burning thirst for God is what brought down Communism — and it’s what will help us endure dark times to come...
Carrie Gress
During several long stays in Poland, I heard many stories about life under communism. Fascinated by these first-hand accounts, it was hard to wrap my mind around what my friends had lived through. One young man had his family estate divided up by the government: the parents and son were left the kitchen and a bedroom...


Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Pope Francis to receive coronavirus vaccine “as soon as it is available”...


Remember, Christian, that you have been baptized into Christ, the Holy Spirit rests on you, and the Father acknowledges you as His beloved child...
Fr. Victor Feltes
Who indeed conquers the world? If the rioters at the Capitol this week or the rioters from this summer had succeeded, if they had prevailed and conquered, would they find peace in this world? History suggests not. Violence and death would continue to accompany them. In Sunday’s first reading, the Lord tells us through the Prophet Isaiah...


Rumors were flying yesterday that the Pope had been arrested during a ‘Vatican blackout.’ This CNA explainer cuts through the baloney... ...


Put down your phone, back away from the news, and look at the Christ Child Who is our King...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
One of the mercies of the (first) coronavirus pandemic year is I did not spend much time near a television. Of course, I watched videos on my phone off and on. My job as a conservative journalist, commentator and activist does require paying attention to the world. But I forced myself into discipline about avoiding it...


Pope Francis issues new ‘motu proprio’ admitting women to ministries of lector and acolyte ...


What St. John Paul II was to Catholicism, Tommy Lasorda was to baseball...
John Allen
My personal bucket list became one item shorter on Thursday, when legendary Dodgers manager and lifelong Catholic Tommy Lasorda died at the age of 93. He suffered a heart attack at his home in Fullerton, California, and was transported to a nearby hospital where he passed away.


Wading in these troubled waters is what saves you...


Good News in a time of bad news: Catholic Bible-in-a-Year podcast tops the charts...


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