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Vatican announces reorganization of historic Montecassino Abbey...


Why are converts so appealing?
Shaun McAfee
I love apologetics. I love studying ways to defend the faith. So does everyone else. Why? Also, I love studying and reading about other converts. But, why? It’s the mark of a child to keep asking “why?” but this is a good question. Why are we so attracted to converts? We love the life-long Catholics...


For someone who didn't believe in ghosts, St. Augustine sure loved telling ghost stories...
Thomas McDonald
St. Augustine was the first Church Father to consider at length stories of ghostly apparitions that appeared in various strands of hagiography, legend, scripture, and eyewitness testimony. It’s not truly a “theology of ghosts,” but it’s a more developed consideration of the subject that anyone else, even Tertullian...


11 ways the Synod of Bishops departed from Pope Francis' vision...
Fr. Raymond de Souza
Before the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family in Rome began Oct. 5, I wrote that my first hope for the fortnight would be that “it does no harm to those efforts in parishes around the world to propose the blessed and demanding vocation of Christian marriage.” The danger of even low expectations is that they can be dashed.


If and when we get around to defeating ISIS, let’s hope we administer a psychological defeat as well...
William Kilpatrick
In a recent column, I suggested that one of the best ways to fight terrorism is by undermining the terrorist’s ideology. For example, by undercutting the belief that seventy-two virgins await the young martyr in paradise, you simultaneously undermine the will to fight.


This museum is a jewel in the buckle of the Bible Belt...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
The American South is full of obscure oddities, unexpected eccentricities and disconcerting delights. Here the farmhouse of an eccentric peacock loving novelist, there the country home of a homespun poet. Here a church of hootin’ and hollerin’ snake handlers, there a gothic cathedral in a genteel Southern city.


Extra Ecclesiam, Ecclesiam...
Richard Becker
“You got any change, man?” I’d only made it a few blocks from the Denver Sheraton, and I’d already heard that request three times. “Sorry, I’m tapped out,” I mumbled. “That’s OK,” he replied with a smile as bright as his big orange Broncos sweater. Something in his tone made me think it really was OK...


Catholic seminarian with terminal brain cancer responds to Brittany Maynard...


Satan wants to sow error in the minds of faithful Catholics. This movie serves that purpose well...


At the spiritual center of Mundelein stands the St. John Paul II Chapel...
John Paul Shimek
In Chicago, there’s a new man in town: Archbishop Elect Blase Cupich. Since the announcement of his appointment to succeed Francis Cardinal George, American Catholics have been buzzing about him almost non-stop. Some have called him America’s Pope Francis. While he has created a veritable storm of media excitement...


Babies are born alive after abortions more often than most people realize...


Praying with a marked deck...


Now that the culture wars seem to be going their way, liberals are showing their true intolerance...


How was the Extraordinary Synod of 2014 extraordinary? Let me count the ways...


10 amazing lost treasures no one can find...


A complete list of every president’s favorite drink...


The greatest historical miracle you've never heard of...


4 ways the Synod on the Family was like the United States Congress...

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What's the most misunderstood historical event? The Galileo affair, says one atheist, and here's why...


20 images that prove St. John Paul II was the coolest saint ever...


It's never too late to listen to Benedict XVI, one of the world's wisest voices...


A silent priest is a dead priest...
Msgr. Charles Pope
A former Archbishop of Washington was known to often remark, “There’s nothing deader than a dead priest.” Some wondered as to the meaning of this expression, and those who knew him the best explained that it was a sort of version of the old Latin expression Corruptio optime pessima (The corruption of the best is the worst thing of all).


What discernment means, and what it doesn't mean...
Simcha Fisher
Often, when we pray to God to help us choose the right thing to do, we're behaving as if what He cares about the most is that one or the other of His human pawns makes the correct move. But in fact, He cares less about what we accomplish than about who we are, and who we can become, and how close we are to Him. In other words, He loves us...


Why the U.S. bishops retreated from the pro-life front, and how they can still stop the killing...


The Synod's final report aligns with Catholic teaching. This should have come at no surprise...
Mark Brumley
Some observers compared the synod’s discussion to Vatican II. Good comparison. The Roman Curial leadership at the Second Vatican Council wanted the bishops to “rubber stamp” the prepackaged documents. The bishops said, “No.” Similarly, some synod fathers tried to get a “rubber stamp” on a misrepresentative interim report.


CBS News looks for 'LGBTQ Catholics', finds schismatics instead...
Dawn Eden
In the wake of the Vatican family synod, as mainstream news outlets go searching for people angry over the failure of the bishops' meeting to produce hope 'n' change, CBS News joins the fray with a bizarre piece that attempts to represent the views of disgruntled "LGBTQ Catholics." Just how disgruntled are these LGBTQ Catholics?


5 reasons why homeschool kids will survive the Zombie Apocalypse...


Books, pens, paper, and human flourishing...
Fr. Damian Ference
If you walk past a philosophy lecture at Borromeo Seminary you’ll notice something strange. The students all take notes by hand. They also read from real books. Their professors still use chalkboards, and by the end of their lectures, they are often covered in white dust. In 2014, such a sight is rare indeed, but it’s deliberate.


Pope's Wednesday Audience: "The Church is the Body of Christ!"


Today the Church marks the Feast of St. John Paul II...
Rocco Palmo
Six months before the tenth anniversary of his death, for the first time, today the church marks the feast of St John Paul II on this 36th anniversary of his inaugural Mass as Pope. As reflections go, it's safe to say that – comprising enough paper to stretch to the Moon – the sweeping collection of Karol Wojtyla's Magisterium over 27 years on Peter's chair


Some temptations to avoid in the wake of the Synod...


Scientists reveal the real face of King Tut...


In some European countries, church membership means paying more taxes...


We are in the middle of a "clothes crisis"
R. Jared Staudt
Clothing is a symbol of our disposition. This is true spiritually speaking—which is why we have vestments, habits, and scapulars in the Catholic tradition—but also culturally speaking. We express ourselves to others in the way we dress. Our clothing, therefore, should reflect our relationship with Jesus.


Cardinal Kasper apologizes, suggests Catholic media will avenge him...


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