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Pope Francis asks Catholics worldwide to pray for Vatican abuse summit


Sacred Scripture is a pool in which a small toddler may safely play and a great whale may deeply swim...
Fr. Victor Feltes
Last year, the internet hotly debated whether a particular sound clip was saying “Yanny” or “Laurel.” While most people can only hear one name or the other, some people can make out each. In fact, both of the names are sounding in the clip together but at higher and lower pitches. In another online curiosity, a short video shows a small figurine glowing and emitting a sound...


Maybe the summit can’t do everything, but it had better deliver something...
John Allen
When I first arrived in Rome as a cub reporter in the late 1990s, I met a kindly German priest who worked in the Vatican and asked him to tell me what he’d learned. In response, he launched into a story intended as a metaphor for his grudging acceptance of the Vatican’s legendary aversion to change. It went like this: When he first arrived at his new job...


What I taught my son about his masculine vocation...
Marlon De La Torre
There is a genuine sense of truth, beauty and goodness when a parent witnesses the development of their own child especially their understanding and relationship with God. Inherent in this development is how our children will engage the world through a Catholic lens in effect fostering a genuine sense of Christian community wherever they may be...


How is Adam’s sin different from Eve’s?
Msgr. Charles Pope
In Friday’s blog post, I sought to explore the details of original sin and to convey that there are subtleties and stages to it. The sin was more than eating a piece of fruit; there were things that led up to it, both externally and internally. Today I would like to consider how the sacred text speaks of the sin of Adam and differentiates it to some extent from that of Eve...


The surprising little-known story behind St. Thérèse’s famous St. Joan of Arc photo...


Blessing or woe — you decide...


Why you should read Church history...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
A good reason for reading church history is that it gives one hope, helping one navigate the stormy waters of yesterday’s news with a calm hand on the tiller. And not only does it put present turmoil into perspective, but it helps one realize that things have often been bad, but despite all the death sentences pronounced on Christians and Christianity...


McCarrick’s dismissal caps the most precipitous fall of a top-level cleric anywhere in modern times...
Rocco Palmo
Over the last two decades, some 5,000 men worldwide have been dismissed from the clerical state following a credible allegation of the sexual abuse of a minor. Only now has one of them once worn the red hat of a cardinal. Anticipated for months, the Pope's decree ousting Theodore Edgar McCarrick, now a former archbishop and priest...


Gerhard Cardinal Müller: “The Rotten Fruit of Secularization”...


Smoking pot as teenager increases risk of depression by 40 per cent, Oxford study finds...


The Catholic Church — More Than You Realize...


Another welcome return to the earlier age for Confirmation...
Edward Peters
Bishop James Wall of Gallup NM just announced that Catholic children in his diocese can receive the sacraments of Confirmation and holy Communion in a single Eucharistic liturgy celebrated for them around their attaining age seven or eight. This makes a dozen arch/dioceses that have jettisoned the once-trendy-but-pastorally-flawed practice of delaying Confirmation until well into a young person’s teenage years...


Eucharist desecrated, statues smashed in series of French church attacks...


The Christian art of letter writing...


Independent investigation confirms Covington students didn’t instigate confrontation...


Rome remembers Fr. Paolo Dall’Oglio, celebrated Jesuit missionary kidnapped in Syria...


When a mentally absent spouse is apportioned a third of a marriage...

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Group calls for 5 “more McCarricks” to be defrocked, including Nienstedt and Hart...


Archbishop Charles Scicluna, Church’s leading reformer on sex abuse, warns of more McCarricks...
Inés San Martín
Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta, perhaps one of the most respected members of the Catholic Church’s hierarchy when it comes to addressing clerical sexual abuse, believes it’s possible there are other cases like that of Theodore McCarrick, who was removed from the clerical state Saturday after the Vatican found him guilty of multiple crimes of a sexual nature...


“Don’t let the world steal your purpose” — An abortion survivor’s empowering story of hope and healing...


Theodore McCarrick removed from clerical state for sex abuse but money and power questions remain...


Two common myths you probably believe about the Catholic Church that are totally wrong...
Jenny Uebbing
How about a little remedial ecclesiology today? Trigger warning: if you don’t like going past 1200 words, this piece might stretch you 5 uncomfortable minutes past your limit. I know, I know. Same! I tried my best to rein it in. The summer of shame is well in the rearview now, and we’re underway into a whole new calendar year...


Here’s a thought about Bible reading and the Sunday Gospel...
Amy Welborn
This Sunday’s Gospel – for those of us not blessed with Septuagesima Sunday – is the Beatitudes as presented in the Gospel of Luke – in the context of a Sermon on the Plain, rather than a Sermon on the Mount as in Matthew. Those of you who have studied or taught anything about Scripture, including these passages...


Mother Teresa’s secret to true peace of heart, explained by a parish priest...


Theodore McCarrick dismissed from the clerical state...


The Church’s long ‘German moment’...
Fr. Raymond de Souza
The Rhine Flows Into the Tiber was published in 1967; it is an account of how the priorities and positions of German Catholicism had a massive influence in Rome in the mid-20th century in general and on the Second Vatican Council in particular. Did the Rhine bring fresh waters to the stagnant, fetid Tiber? Or did it pollute the Tiber with noxious effluent...


The evil of banality...


The anatomy of original sin...


6th Sunday of Ordinary Time: The upside-down Kingdom of God...
John Bergsma
As we continue our journey through the Gospel of Luke in Ordinary Time, Jesus keeps teaching us that his kingdom, the Kingdom of God, reverses many of our expectations and stereotypes. His is a kingdom where the typical markings of “blessing”—health, wealth, prosperity, power—are doomed to woe, and the typical markings of “curse”—weakness...


Vatican ambassador to France under investigation for sexual assault...


In the winter of faith, just keep working...


Vatican, Microsoft team up on prize for artificial intelligence ethics...


It should be clear that a church is a place not just of community, but of Communion...


“Glorious chastity” is truly a gift from God...


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