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Pope Francis Issues New Motu Proprio Decreeing Tighter Control of Vatican Funds and Foundations


Coach Joe Mazzulla of the Boston Celtics tells reporters he knows only one royal family — ‘Jesus, Mary and Joseph’...
Jacqueline Burkepile
NBA coach Joe Mazzulla of the Boston Celtics answered questions during a press conference following a victory against the Miami Heat on Nov. 30. One reporter asked about the presence of Prince William and Princess Kate Middleton of Wales at the game. Did you get a chance to meet with the royal family, and if not, what was it like having them there in the building?” the reporter asked. Mazzulla answers, “Jesus, Mary and Joseph?”


Jolly St. Nick, December lists, and Canada’s culture of death...
J.D. Flynn
Today is the Feast of St. Nicholas, which, to my mind, is always when Advent really kicks into high gear, and when I remember that I’d better start obtaining gifts for the people I love. A lot of people tend to remember St. Nicholas for the legend that he punched Arius the heretic during the Council of Nicea. It’s probably not true that Jolly Ol’ St. Nicholas really walloped Arius, but there’s more to the Saint-Who-Became-Santa than the punch that probably wasn’t.


Pro-life protests gather in Malta as parliament debates legalizing abortion...


Supreme Court Leans in Favor of a Christian Website Designer’s Right to Turn Away Same-Sex Weddings...


The allegory of the Jordan River...
Fr. Victor Feltes
Preceding Jesus’ public ministry, St. John the Baptist appeared preaching in the Judean wilderness. People from Jerusalem, all Judea, and the Jordan River region were going out to see him. John said, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” The crowds regarded him as a prophet and were being baptized by him as they acknowledged their sins. Like a bath which cleanses one’s outer self of dirt and odor, John’s baptism was an appeal to God for an inner self cleansed from sin...


Prominent Jesuit artist Father Marko Rupnik’s ministry restricted following reports of abuse allegations...
Hannah Brockhaus
A prominent Jesuit priest and artist had his ministry restricted, reportedly after an investigation by his religious order into allegations of abuse against religious sisters in Slovenia. The Jesuits said in a statement dated Dec. 2 that the order has barred 68-year-old Father Marko Ivan Rupnik, SJ, from hearing confessions or conducting spiritual direction since the Vatican received a complaint against him in 2021.


The mighty Mississippi was once named ‘River of the Immaculate Conception’ — here’s why...


Catholic Student Center in Nebraska Receives Shooting Threat, Signed ‘Jane’s Revenge’...


New scientific study says these three things are the secret to waking up alert and refreshed...


The Church is a prophet who is preparing the world for the Second Coming of Christ...
Msgr. Charles Pope
The Second Sunday of Advent usually features the Ministry of St. John the Baptist. He was the Prophet who fulfilled the Office of Elijah of whom it was said: See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction.


Do you live in the Pacific Northwest? Here’s EXACTLY what to do when the next megaquake hits the Cascadia Subduction Zone...


Our personal Advents may come to us through pain, joy and longing, because all three give us reason to say, ‘Come, Lord Jesus’...
David Mills
We think of Advent as the run-up to celebrating the birth of our Savior and looking forward to his return. It’s a season of preparation that when finished, is finished till next year. That’s the liturgical Advent, though. Part of our communal life as Catholics and therefore regularized, even “routinized” as the sociologists put it, put into the schedule and set up with rites and readings. And given up when it’s done what it needed to do. That communal life as Catholics points us to the End and trains us for it all year round.


Bishop Robert Barron to give 2023 commencement address at Hillsdale College...


German Synodal Way Designed to Create ‘Pressure’ on Church to Change Teaching, Founding President Admits; Says It’s Advancing ‘Much More Successfully Than I Had Thought’...


Everything is (not) broken...
Francis X. Maier
Every so often an article appears that demands to be shared. So I’m doing that here. If you do nothing else in the coming week, read N.S. Lyons’s recent essay on J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and technocracy at his Substack site, The Upheaval. It’s worth every minute of your time. And note that the name “Lyons” is a pseudonym. In real life, the author is an analyst working in the U.S. foreign policy community. The Upheaval is not a religious site; it covers a wide range of global topics. But Lyons’s skills go well beyond the mechanics of foreign policy.


Thy will be done, but why?


Unforgiveness is serving time for someone else’s crime...

Excavations in Turkey highlight the intriguing history of the real St. Nicholas...
Thomas McDonald
Archaeologists believe they have uncovered the location where the sarcophagus of St. Nicholas of Myra (A.D. 270-343) was originally located. Various media were quick to report that the “Tomb of Santa Claus” was discovered, but, in fact, the many and varied resting places of the great bishop and saint have been known for some time, and his remains were translated to Italy more than a thousand years ago.


Are we ready to welcome Him?
Marlon De La Torre
When the first proposition to reject God’s love -original sin was introduced to our first parents, the appeal of this proposition was its focus on the human nature of Adam and Eve at the expense of supplanting the Divine. Choosing to be overwhelmed by a curiosity and desire to be like God, Adam and Eve proclaimed a willingness to welcome the first act of disobedience-sin, into the world. The progression of the original sin laid the groundwork for the development of a daily battle between good versus evil, sin versus grace, permitted under the authority of God.


Today in papal history: A pope who was first an antipope, and Eisenhower meets John XXIII...
Matthew Sewell
Today in Papal History marks the date that a future pope – Leo VIII – started his anti-papacy. Yes, you read that right. Leo VIII is indeed the 131st pope of the Catholic Church, but his is an interesting case: before becoming the rightful pontiff, Leo was first an illegitimate one – a pretender to the papal throne. As the story goes, many in those days sought to get Pope John XII out of office – the man...or should we say boy...who as its youngest claimant in history was basically gifted the papacy by dear old dad, the patrician of Rome at the time, when he was a mere 18(ish) years old.


Malta is set to legalize abortion soon. President George Vella, who is also a pro-life physician, says he’ll quit if it happens...


Fr. Peter Stravinskas: How to really pursue a Eucharistic Revival...


The 1998 Swiss Guard slayings are back in the spotlight with a new book, ‘Blood in the Vatican’...


The Pillar’s Starting Seven for December 5, 2022...
Luke Coppen
Malta’s bishops have expressed “profound concern” over a bill that would permit abortion. Jesuit artist Fr. Marko Ivan Rupnik reportedly continues to face “precautionary” restrictions on his ministry after the Vatican’s Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith closed a case against him in October. The beatification cause of Neocatechumenal Way co-founder Carmen Hernández has officially opened. St. John Paul II’s brother Edmund Wojtyła could be a candidate for beatification under the “offering of life” category introduced by Pope Francis, a conference in Warsaw has heard (Polish report)..


Biden administration waives Supreme Court review in key transgender fight...


Fiber optic cables are taking the planet’s pulse and can detect volcanoes, traffic rumbles and whale calls...


Pope’s Sunday Angelus: ‘Advent Is a Moment of Grace to Confess Our Sins and to Welcome God’s Pardon’...


Former Anglican minister Gavin Ashenden says he’s changed his mind about seeking ordination as a Catholic priest...


St. John the Baptist is very much the voice of conscience. He even looks and sounds like a conscience might...
Tom Hoopes
The voice of one crying in the desert in the Gospel for the Second Sunday of Advent, Year A is the voice of your conscience. What does the voice want? Whatever change it takes in your case to make a straight path for the Lord to enter your life this Christmas. John the Baptist is very much the voice of conscience. He even looks and sounds like a conscience might. He lives on the bare necessities...


Church and state in Ukraine, ‘un-baptisms’ in Belgium, and bread in France...
Ed Condon
Our top stories this week both come from Ukraine via our correspondent, Anatolii Babynskyi. Yesterday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced a coming major crackdown on the operation of Moscow-affiliated Orthodox churches in the country. For weeks, Ukrainian intelligence services have been staging raids on monasteries, rectories, and chanceries belonging to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP). The government claims to have found reams of Russian propaganda material promoting the Russkiy-mir worldview of Vladimir Putin and denying the right of Ukraine to exist as an independent nation.


Who was Isaiah, and what does his message mean for us?


Conservatives have a women problem, and it’s not going to go away on its own...
Carrie Gress
There has been a lot of chatter since the midterms about how women voted, breaking significantly toward the Democratic Party. Although the issue isn’t new, it has become the elephant in the electoral room. Conservatives can tackle it by understanding the roots that buttress women’s votes instead of hoping it will go away on its own. Much of what informs women’s votes is feminism, which has been an earnest effort by millions for over two centuries now to help improve the lives of women. What most of feminism’s adherents have missed is that the first feminists...


Murder of Louisiana Priest and Assistant Confirmed, Believed to Be Random Attack...


The Vatican is buzzing with conspiracy theories as hackers take down the Pope’s website...


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