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Pope issues apostolic letter ‘Summa Familiae Cura,’ changes status of John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family


Our Lady of La Salette reminds us keep holy the Sabbath...
Donal Foley
The feast of Our Lady of La Salette commemorates the apparition of the Blessed Virgin to two French children, 11-year-old Maximin Giraud and 14-year-old Mélanie Mathieu, which took place on a mountain near the village of La Salette-Fallavaux on Saturday, Sept. 19, 1846. The two children worked as shepherds and lived in the nearby town of Corps in southeastern France...


Jailed priest: Abortion centers are ‘modern-day Calvary.’ The Church must be there...


In Vatican trial, question remains: Whose reputations are on the line?
John Allen
As the latest major Vatican criminal trial resumed on Tuesday, judges seemed to challenge claims by the main defendant that spending $500,000 from funds belonging to a papally-sponsored children's hospital to remodel the private apartment of a Vatican cardinal was entirely routine and above-board. As the trial plays out, the reputations of both that cardinal and Pope Francis's broader financial reform appear at stake...


Catholics beware: The attack on free speech is growing stronger...
Msgr. Charles Pope
Hate is a strong word. It means “to regard with extreme ill-will, have a passionate aversion to, treat as an enemy” (source: Online Etymology Dictionary, etmyonline.com). True hatred is ugly. One should exercise care in attributing hatred to others because it identifies a dangerous level of passion in them and can poison reputations...


Catholics come out guns a blazin'...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
I watched a forgettable film the other evening called Tombstone. It was a predictable Western with Wyatt Earp, his brothers and Doc Holliday shooting up the OK Corral. It made me think of this week’s shoot out between Fr Martin and his pals and some conservative commentators. Both sides came out guns a-blazin’ about Fr Martin’s rather slight and sentimental book about being friendly to gay people...


Pope writes letter to Japan: ‘My thought runs to the witness of so many martyrs’...


About the roots of the Father James Martin/Theological College controversy...
Terry Mattingly
It would be hard to name a media figure in American Catholicism who is more popular than Father James Martin, in part because he is witty, candid and concise. He understands how journalists work, pays attention to deadlines and is relentlessly cooperative. Martin has his points to make and he makes them, both with his words and with strategic silence...


Four months after kidnapping, Philippine military rescues Marawi's captive vicar-general...


Can you influence how the Lord will judge you?


Bishop Robert Barron speaks at Facebook headquarters...


Blessed babbler: Notker of Saint Gall (c. 840-912)...


Meet the priest whom John Quincy Adams thought was the most learned man in America...
Philip Kosloski
Born in 1779 at Rennes, France, Simon Bruté lived during the tumultuous French Revolution and witnessed the open persecution of Catholic priests. He frequently visited the prisons where these men were held and often brought with him the Blessed Sacrament, hidden in his clothes. Then in 1796 Bruté studied medicine, but never became a doctor...


Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil recounts harrowing 18-month kidnapping ordeal...


Finding forgiveness through the magnificence of mercy...


Alienation is killing people in America and Japan...


With a candle fixed to his hat for light, Michelangelo sculpted this for his own tomb...


Turning the artistic tide in the post-conciliar era...

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Veni, vidi, gone: A death map of the Roman emperors...


For centuries, people celebrated a little boy’s first pair of trousers...


On prioritizing the values we teach to our children...
Rick Becker
“You can’t die in every ditch.” It was a favorite saying of Fr. Ed Madden, my pastor and boss, when I was a greenhorn DRE back in Boulder. So many problems, so many complaints, so many challenges crop up in the course of ordinary parish work, and I was motivated (at first) to tackle them all at once. Fr. Madden, drawing on decades of parochial experience...


Vatican calls alleged bombshell over vanished girl ‘false and ridiculous’...


Fr. James Martin Is creating chaos in Catholic circles...
John Zmirak
You might not follow inside Catholic baseball. I wouldn’t blame you. Lately it has recalled the infamous 1962 Mets, who won only 40 games while losing 120. Their manager, Casey Stengel, famously asked the team, “Can’t anybody here play this game?” But the latest wild pitch and lost game are important, both to Catholics and other Christians...


Don't look at 1917 through a rose-colored looking glass...
K.V. Turley
Recently, London’s British Library concluded its five-month exhibition: Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy and Myths. I was handed a free ticket and went along, and quickly found myself dismayed at the myths peddled yet again, the real tragedy still ignored. One wonders, given the history of Communism in the 20th century, why there is still so much residual romanticism attached to it—at least in some quarters in the West...


Lady Gaga posts photo of herself praying Rosary with explanation for tour cancelation...


In defense of bad priests...


Bioethics expert says ‘de-valuing’ human beings is 21st century malady...


Pope's Sunday Angelus: ‘God can’t share His love with us if we close our hearts to love for others’...


No, Jesus was never ignorant of his mission. We learn from Him, not He from us...


The religious Brothers of Charity are clear: No euthanasia is possible in our hospitals...
Andrea Gagliarducci
Br. René Stockman says it clearly: the path to euthanasia is not viable for a Catholic hospital. After a board of trustees decision to allow euthanasia in Belgian hospitals sponsored by the Brothers of Charity, the community’s general superior spoke with CNA about the issues at stake, and the possibility that the Brothers of Charity might discontinue sponsoring hospitals if things do not change...


A potpourri of nuggets from a week on the Vatican beat...


A few canonical points about Fr. James Martin’s latest book...
Edward Peters
Defending his book, Building a Bridge (2017), Jesuit Father James Martin claims that its consistency with Church teaching is attested to by (A) his own good standing as a priest, and (B) the canonical approval the book received from his Jesuit superior. Martin’s first claim, that he is a priest in good standing, is neither contested nor relevant to the question of whether his book is doctrinally sound or pastorally trustworthy...


Jimmy Kimmel defends good priests, says it's unfair to label all as abusers...


After Irma, Knights of Columbus go knocking on doors near Fort Lauderdale...


Theologican College (seminary) asks Jesuit Fr. James Martin not to speak at event...
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
Today I arose to messages that Theological College, an important major seminary with national prominence in Washington DC, had decided to withdraw an invitation to homosexualist activist and Jesuit Fr. James Martin, to speak at their “Alumni Days”. Since I am deeply concerned about the situation of vocations to the priesthood in the USA...


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