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What I tell my altar servers...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
Boys, before we get down to particulars, I want you to know why we have altar servers at all. Do the deacons and I need you to bring the bread and the water and wine to the altar? No, we could do that ourselves. Do we need you to carry candles and the cross and hold the book? Not really. The priest is supposed to extend his hands in prayer...


We have nuclear ships and subs. So why are there no nuclear airplanes?


The time Bill Murray gave David Letterman a baptismal gown...


Martin Luther King Jr. stands firmly on the shoulders of Augustine and Aquinas...
Kathy Schiffer
Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., leader of the nonviolent Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and '60s, helped Americans to understand that while obedience to the law is important, one is not required to obey an unjust law. In his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” on April 16, 1963, he drew on the teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas to explain the difference between just and unjust laws:


Panama, Vatican make final preparations for papal visit, World Youth Day this week...


Why is the night sky dark?


There seems to be more to the Steubenville kerfuffle than meets the eye...


There seems to be more to the Covington Catholic kerfuffle than meets the eye...
Rod Dreher
Good morning from Dublin. It is really interesting to observe US public controversies from outside the American bubble. I am startled by the massive controversy that has erupted over the Covington (KY) Catholic school boys and the Native American man, Nathan Phillips, in the aftermath of the March For Life. Several video clips of the confrontation between an elder of the Omaha tribe and a large group of Catholic high school boys wearing MAGA hats have gone viral...


Covington Catholic, rage and civil war...


Watch the March for Life from beginning to end in a one-minute time lapse...


The readings for this Lord’s Day highlight Jesus as our spiritual bridegroom...
John Bergsma
This Sunday we remain in the afterglow of Epiphany, the celebration of the “manifestation” of Jesus’ divine glory. [Greek epi – phaino = “shine upon” = “reveal, manifest.”] Epiphany, which once was its own season (like Advent or Christmas), has often been associated with three events from the Gospels: the Magi, the Baptism...


Vatican knew about Bishop Zanchetta’s “obscene” selfies in 2015, say Argentine Church officials...


Former athlete Katrina Gallic found strength in her paralysis — and call to join the March for Life...
Stephen Beale
When Katrina Gallic was entering high school, one of the things the future pro-life advocate was most excited about was being a sprinter for the track team. “The thrill of being able to run very quickly — I loved it when I was a kid. I thought it was so fun,” said Gallic, now 23. Running was one of the few constants Gallic had...


A layman’s guide to the Roe vs. Wade decision...


How to watch Sunday night’s lunar eclipse...


Pope Francis suppresses Ecclesia Dei, transfers duties to CDF...
Edward Pentin
As had been widely expected, Pope Francis has issued a papal decree suppressing the pontifical commission charged with bringing separated traditional Catholics linked to the Society of St. Pius X back into full communion. In a motu proprio signed Jan. 17 and published today, the Pope decreed that the Pontifical Commission ‘Ecclesia Dei’ is to be abolished but that its work will continue in a “special section” of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith...


14 of the best signs at March for Life 2019...
Fr. Matthew Schneider
On Friday, January 18, thousands in the pro-life movement marched in DC for an end to abortion. I took pictures of some of the best signs. Here you go (titles link to Tweets).

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Give your children back to Christ, through Mary...
Stacy Trasancos
Just like that, my husband and I were sitting in the pew alone. For over fifteen years we managed children during Mass, but suddenly one Sunday the girls were helping with their jobs and our youngest boy was assisting as an altar server. I could hear all those times other women said to me: “Oh honey, don’t worry about your babies making noise...


The Covington Catholic dust-up was a brief, weird situation. So why are we all talking about it?
Amy Welborn
Well, that was quite the weekend on the Internets, wasn’t it? When the Covington Catholic photo flashed across one of my feeds, I freely admit that my first reaction was, “Expel him!” accompanied by several tweets/posts that mercifully existed only in my head. And then... as it does... a fuller picture started emerging. As it does...


A real look at the (notoriously under-reported) March for Life...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
“Happy March for Life!” More than a few people said that to me as I arrived here for the annual March for Life. The march is really a few days of events. And it’s weird, in a way. It’s in fact a protest of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions, which legalized abortion in all three trimesters of pregnancy and codified a war that cruelly and unnecessarily pitted women against their unborn children...


A reflection on a sermon of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., refuting atheistic materialism...
Msgr. Charles Pope
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose birthday we commemorate on Monday, is best known as a civil rights leader who worked to end racial injustice, but he had other things to say as he preached each Sunday, first in his own assembly and later as he spoke around the country. Among his recorded sermons is one in which Dr. King addressed the problem of unbelief...


In search of non-toxic manhood...
Ross Douthat
One of the frustrating tics of our society’s progressive vanguard is the assumption that every evil it discovers was entirely invisible in the past, that this generation is the first to wrestle with dominance and cruelty. This forgetting of human experience, this perpetual present-tenseness, pervades the latest flashpoint in the culture war over the sexes — the new guidelines for treating male pathology from the American Psychological Association...


Where did Jesus’ first miracle really take place?


Covington Catholic students at the Indigenous Peoples March: What we know...


Why March for Life? “They’re only babies...”...
John Zmirak
A right-wing atheist I knew at Yale liked to get under believers’ skins. At 22, he sported a prophet’s hipster John Brown beard. He taught some younger members of the Party of the Right to channel Nietzsche, swig bourbon, and target shoot beer bottles just off campus. I thought him pernicious. As an angry Catholic culture warrior from Queens...


Rumors of the death of detente with traditionalists may be exaggerated...
John Allen
As expected, Pope Francis on Saturday formally abolished the “Ecclesia Dei” commission, ending its over thirty-year run as the Vatican’s primary forum for relations with the Society of St. Pius X, founded by the late French Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, and the broader traditionalist galaxy in the Church. First reported by a series of traditionalist blogs in December...


Biblical basics about Mother Mary...


The age of deference by bishops toward the Holy Father has taken a decisive turn...


St. Sebastian, pray for us!...


Father James Schall reflects on life and death...


Franciscan University of Steubenville Prof. Stephen E. Lewis: “Why I assigned ‘The Kingdom’”...


A closer look at the Holy Veil of Manoppello...


Sister resigns from Detroit seminary after sex abuse allegations...


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