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Francis Cardinal George, RIP


"He opened their minds to understand the scriptures": Readings for the Third Sunday of Easter...
Michael Barber
Two themes are underscored by this Sunday's lectionary readings. First, Jesus' passion was anticipated by the prophets. Second, Jesus died for a purpose, namely, the forgiveness of sins. As the lectionary will also make clear, however, recognizing these truths is not simply the result of rationalistic biblical interpretation...


San Francisco’s dissident Catholics publish ad attacking Archbishop Cordileone...
Kathy Schiffer
A group of more than 100 dissident Catholics in San Francisco have published an “open letter to Pope Francis” in today’s San Francisco Chronicle. In a shocking display of bad etiquette, improper protocol, and ignorance of Catholic teaching, the full-page letter calls on Pope Francis to replace their archbishop, who dares to insist that Catholic schools consistently teach the Catholic faith...


10 things Planned Parenthood doesn't want you to know...
Shaun McAfee
Planned Parenthood recently killed a woman named Tonya Reaves. She went to them for a legal abortion procedure and died. She didn’t have to die, but Planned Parenthood didn’t call an ambulance. They let this woman bleed out on the abortion clinic table for FIVE hours before they finally dialed 911...by that time, it was too late...


Baton Rouge-area priest and marathon runner preaches a healthy lifestyle for spirit and body...


The DMV is a snake pit of despair and hidden saints...
Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble
I went to the DMV yesterday. Yes, feel sorry for me now. One of the sisters in my community had cheerfully told me that she went to renew her license at the DMV by our house recently and NO ONE was there. She zipped right through in ten minutes. I hoped against hope that this would be true, but I should have known that this strange...


Man up, campus Christians. Your timidity feeds the PC beast...


Vatican announces halt to LCWR Mandate; American sisters accept reforms on doctrine, theology...


Following Pope's comments, European Parliament votes to call Armenian massacre ′genocide′...


Priest on Titanic: The last voyage of Fr. Thomas Byles...


France’s proposed Vatican envoy is a devout Catholic and may not even be ‘gay’. So who’s creating this flap, and why?


This is why I could never be a Catholic...
David Mills
Note to my Protestant friends: When you begin an item with “This is why I could never be a Catholic,” you slightly undermine your point simply by saying it. It tells us that “Should I enter the Church?” is a question you feel you must answer —and answer definitively in public too. When someone assertively answers a question no one is asking...


The Bible teaches us to pray for the dead, and to pray to the saints...
Joe Heschmeyer
Before we go any further, I should clarify a bit of history that lots of people get wrong: 2 Maccabees was in everyone's Bible at the time of the Reformation, and had already been declared canonical by the Catholics, the Orthodox, and the Copts. During the Reformation, these Books were then removed by Protestants, although there was some initial confusion over which books they wanted in and out (for example...


In San Diego, “Accompany” Man Begins...
Rocco Palmo
Between the vaunted pedigree of Harvard, Stanford and the Gregorian – not to mention the lauds of admirers who've termed him the "American Martini" – over the weeks since his January appointment, the expectations on Bob McElroy going into his installation as San Diego's sixth bishop have reached levels approaching Beatlemania...


NASA captures first color image of Pluto...


Ten pleasures Gwyneth Paltrow will never know...


Pope's Wednesday Audience: "Communion with God is reflected in the communion between man and woman"...


Which has a greater gravitational pull on you: the Sun, or spiders?

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LCWR agrees to abide by Vatican’s corrections...
Ann Carey
The reform of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) mandated three years ago by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has been concluded, according to an April 16 bulletin from the Holy See...


The new celibacy? How porn may be destroying the impetus for sex...


5 things I want to say to a homeschooling mom...


How J.R.R. Tolkien can save your soul...
John Zmirak
Last weekend at New York’s Lincoln Center, I got some idea of what the Last Judgment will be like. You know, the Day that each of us is looking forward to, when all the sins of all the world will be exposed, including our own. There were angelic choirs, infernal screams, brash trumpets, kettle drums — and amidst all the murk and evil...


What the CARA report reveals about our newest priests...
Fr. Damian Ference
Each year the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops commissions CARA to offer a detailed report on the hundreds of men from around the country who are up for ordination to the priesthood. (There are 595 men scheduled to be ordained this year; 411 of them completed the survey.) It’s a fascinating little study, and there’s a lot to learn from it...


Why the Vatican’s crackdown on nuns ended happily...
John Allen
Sometimes in the news business, stories run their course without the explosive ending their dramatic arc would seem to merit. Think a nasty lawsuit, for instance, which ends with an amicable settlement, or the early years of the Super Bowl when a matchup that looked like a heavyweight collision on paper ended with a blowout.


Here's a surefire way to radically transform your parish...


Pakistani Christian boy dies after being set on fire by young extremists...


Vatican astronomer Brother Guy Consolmagno: 'Science is an act of worship'...


That time the U.S. accidentally nuked Britain's first satellite...


10 things every Catholic should know about marriage...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
Marriage is forged from the natural order. Men and women fit together. They fit together to make love and make babies. Two men or two women can love each other and that love can be a good and beautiful thing, but this is called friendship. It’s not marriage. Friends do not have sex together. That’s something husbands and wives–men and women do...


Whether it's your marriage or the Mass, it's easy to become lazy about sacred things...
Msgr. Charles Pope
I often have to remind myself about little things like the condition of my shoes. Are my vestments clean? How about the altar linens, are they properly cared for? Do I bow and pause at Mass when I should. How is my tone of voice? Do I walk reverently in the sanctuary? Am I careful to pronounce the sacred words of the liturgy with care and a prayerful spirit...


6 behind-the-scenes secrets of supermarkets...


There's a dark, tense history behind Turkey’s protest of the Holy See...
Andrea Gagliarducci
Pope Francis' comments on the extermination of Armenian Christians in early 20th century Turkey prompted a strongly worded criticism from the Turkish Foreign Ministry and led to the withdrawal of...


How to know if you are headed for blessed shores...


Don't call Patricia Jannuzzi's reinstatement a victory...


No doubt about it, believers and secularists are fated to live together...


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