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Pan-Amazonian Synod participants include former UN head, liberation theologians


In defense of archaisms...
Joseph Pearce
The “coming peril” was not Bolshevism, G.K. Chesterton said in 1927, only ten years after the Bolshevik Revolution, it was “standardization by a low standard.” For Chesterton, ever the prophet, the surest way of destroying a utopia was to try to put it into practice. He knew that communism could never be anything but a tyranny and that its monstrous flaws would become evident once it had the power to expose its inherent wickedness...


Cardinal Marx holds ‘constructive dialogue’ with Pope Francis on synodal plans...


Why the Church Fathers called the Beatitudes the ‘staircase of conversion’...
Marcus Grodi
In the image of Moses bringing the old Law down from Mount Sinai, our Lord gave the new Law to those who desired to grow closer to Him and thereby enter the kingdom. He gave this in a sermon on a mount of grass, out in a field, to people gathered around Him, enjoying the wind and the sun, the songs of birds and the camaraderie of family and friends...


How a fake mountain range slowed down Arctic exploration...


Blood of St. Januarius liquefies on feast day...


Father James Martin and Catholic belief...
Archbishop Charles Chaput
Father James Martin, S.J., spoke at St. Joseph’s University earlier this week (Tuesday, September 17) on themes related to his book Building A Bridge. And as I expected, quite a few emails arrived in my inbox questioning his teaching on same-sex related issues and urging me to prevent his appearance. A local bishop is typically unable to do that...


From ‘Star Wars’ to ‘The Shining,’ why the 13th-century ‘Dies Irae’ shows up in so many movies...


7 apps (including a Bible) you should delete from your phone right now...


Ironies in the fire...
George Weigel
The eminent sociologist Peter Rossi was a world-class punster whose scholarly accomplishments fed a sometimes-whimsical view of the human condition — in which, Rossi memorably observed, “there are many ironies in the fire.” That’s certainly true of the interaction between Catholicism and cultural, social, and political modernity over the last 250 years...


No one seems to know what will happen after Brexit. No one, that is, except me...
K.V. Turley
In case you haven’t noticed, the United Kingdom is going through a collective political meltdown. The 2016 referendum on Britain’s membership in the European Union proved to be the pulled thread that is unraveling the seemingly seamless garment of the British constitution. Now as the shrewd observer will know, unlike the U...


The Church is a bride, not a widow...


Stay and fight for the Church and life...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
Our culture can be harsh in all kinds of cruel ways. There’s something here in the trails of this holy site that reminds us that no matter the circumstances we find ourselves in, we can be who we say we are. Father Jogues had been subjected to torture. He escaped but came back for the people he loved whom he had baptized. He wanted to serve and be a priest for the people who wanted Jesus in their lives...


Number of abortions in U.S. falls to lowest level since 1973...


John Clark’s ‘Professors on Break’ series is off to a great start...
John Clark
In this episode, Clark meets up with theology professor Dr. Matthew Tsakanikas in an Audi R8 Spider. In this episode, Clark meets up with philosophy professor Dr. John Cuddeback in his 1990-something Chevy Suburban.


The secret to dying well, according to St. Robert Bellarmine...


A prescription for peace in a world of woe...


Here are 14 of the most impressive Christian sculptures of all time...

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On the power of liturgy and prayer...
Msgr. Charles Pope
There is a text from the Acts of the Apostles that sets forth quite well some of the qualities of the Sacred Liturgy. Although the “liturgy” cited in this passage is not a Mass, the description should apply to all our liturgies; from the Liturgy of the Hours to baptism, from a penance service to a full sung Mass. Let’s look at the passage and learn from it the power of liturgy to deliver...


Praying to plants: Twitter explodes when Union Seminary holds one of its interfaith rites...
Terry Mattingly
Yes, this was click-bait heaven. Yes, this was an oh-so-typical Twitter storm. Yes, this was a perfect example of a “conservative story,” in a niche-news era in which social-media choirs — conservative in this case — send up clouds of laughs, jeers and gasps of alleged shock in response to some online signal. I am referring...


Eight-part ‘Messiah’ series is a ‘crash course on the Bible and salvation history’...


The prayer of the priest drives the prayer of the whole Church...
Anthony Lilles
Christ is the Great High Priest — and because of His priesthood on our behalf, our prayers are raised to heaven and heard by the Father. The Risen Lord intercedes for us in the sanctuary not made by human hands, and He is at work in the world, fully present to our needs. This is what makes Christian prayer unique. By faith, the One who mediates the blessings of God the Father to us and who has won for us the forgiveness of our sins...


Brad Pitt aims for the stars but falls short in ‘Ad Astra’ (Rotten Tomatoes 80%)...
Deacon Steven Greydanus
There seems to be no reason for the title Ad Astra, meaning “to the stars,” to be in Latin, except to highlight writer-director James Gray’s elevated intentions. Deliberate, downbeat, vast in scope and theme but emotionally intimate, it evokes — at times overtly — the likes of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Solaris, Contact and Arrival...


Archbishop Chaput warns Catholics against Father James Martin’s ‘pattern of ambiguity’...


Texas priest survives attempted shooting — suspects’ gun fails to fire three times...


The threat of schism is real, but it comes from Germany, not the United States...
Fr. Raymond de Souza
Talk of schism in the Church is “promiscuous” now, writes New York Times columnist Ross Douthat. Pope Francis addressed it at length on his return flight from Madagascar. But where is the danger of schism? It is far more likely from Germany, where bishops are openly defying the Holy Father, than from the United States. The question of potential schism was raised on the recent papal flights to and from Africa...


Who benefits from all this talk of schism?
Phil Lawler
Why are we even talking about schism? Who began this extraordinary conversation, and whose interests are served by it? Ross Douthat of the New York Times admits that he used the term “schism” long ago, as a theoretical possibility—which he now (rightly) regards as remote. But now Pope Francis speaks calmly about the prospect of schism...


How this introvert got super-involved at her parish...
Mary Jo Gerd
I was caught off guard recently by someone’s response to meeting me. While shaking her hand, I made the customary smiling introduction. “Nice to meet you. My name is...” I had barely gotten my name out when recognition instantly spread across her face. “I totally know that name! I see your name attached to everything here...


Neither Jesus nor Socrates were published authors...


New report on Amazon mafias draws on church-collected data on rural violence...


Drinking (and not drinking) in Dublin...


Scrupulosity is an obstacle to truth...


Vatican to try two priests for alleged abuse of altar boys in St. Peter’s Basilica...


Cardinal Pell submits final appeal to Australian High Court...


Cardinal Marx says German ‘synod’ will proceed despite Vatican objections...


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