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Australian archbishop convicted of child sex abuse cover-up


Married priests and Synod of the Amazon...
Edward Peters
There is no canonical or doctrinal objection to ordaining married men for priestly ministry. Whether it makes practical sense, however, to ordain married men is quite another matter, and whether such ordinations would detract from the appreciation of celibacy itself as “a special gift of God” that has finally, Deo gratias, made its way into codified law (Canon 277)...


‘The woman’ and ‘the two’...


Vetoing life, vetoing women’s care...
Daniel Philpott
Late last month, the mayor of my city, South Bend, Indiana, vetoed a zoning request put forth by the Women’s Care Center, the nation’s largest pregnancy resource center, to open a branch next door to the anticipated site of an abortion clinic. The mayor, Pete Buttigieg, a winsome young politician who is often compared to John F...


Chilean abuse victim claims Pope ‘told me to accept being gay, God made me this way’...


Why the Church needs more athletics apostolates like Denver-based Frassati Sports ...


Ross Douthat: The Irish Exception...


Why do mass shootings happen? The best explanation is the least comforting...


A close reading of True Grit’s perfect first paragraph...


China considers ending birth limits as soon as this year...


On Pentecost, Francis revs up the Red Machine, taps 14 new cardinals...
Rocco Palmo
Marking another push to the church's “peripheries” – and even the Vatican’s – at the noontime Regina Caeli on this Pentecost Sunday, the Pope revealed his slate of 14 Cardinals-designate to be elevated at a Consistory on 29 June, the feast of Saints Peter and Paul. Francis' fifth intake into the College of his five-year pontificate...


Nazissism: The totalitarianism of the self...
Joseph Pearce
More than a century ago, in 1911 to be precise, Holbrook Jackson published a book entitled 'Platitudes in the Making,' a volume of aphorisms expressive of Jackson’s radical relativism. “Truth,” Jackson proclaimed platitudinously, “is one’s own conception of things.” “The Big Blunder,” Chesterton responded upon reading it...


Pentecost: Christianity is more than getting out of Hell...
Jason Craig
Christianity is more than a canceling of a sin-debt. The central piece of our faith is not just the communication of our cleansing, but the Incarnation of God Himself. But even that doesn’t say enough – it’s not the whole story. Because it is not just that the divine intermingled with man, like a visitor, but that through Christ man becomes divine...


Ever think of the Holy Spirit as your lawyer? If you know a bit about the devil, you should!...


After the landmark resignation of 34 Chilean bishops, what’s next?
Edward Pentin
The decision of Chile’s 34 bishops to submit their resignations was inevitable after Pope Francis’ 10-page letter highly critical of the Church leadership in Chile was leaked this morning. Francis issued a devastating critique of the Church’s handling of abuse cases. Not only did the letter include the notorious case of serial abuser Father Fernando Karadima...


The Pope’s next steps on sexual abuse in Chile...
J.D. Flynn
After meeting with him for three days, and reading his reflections on the problem of clerical sexual abuse in their country, 34 Chilean bishops submitted their resignation to Pope Francis Friday. The pope is unlikely to accept all of their resignations. He is likely to accept resignations from those who are at the center of Chile’s sexual abuse scandal...


Sit, stand, kneel: The symbolic meaning of all that moving at Mass...


Here are my 17 favorite Marian hymns. What are yours?

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After Pentecost, we sing and pray the Salve Regina...
Stephanie Mann
This is one of the four Marian antiphons the Church uses throughout the liturgical year. The Alma Redemptoris Mater is chanted from the First Vespers of the First Sunday of Advent through the Feast of the Purification on February 2. The Ave, Regina Caelorum/Hail, O Queen of Heaven is the antiphon from the Purification until the Wednesday of Holy Week...


They Might Be Giants on joy, death and unlikely anagrams...
Dawn Eden Goldstein
When Pope Francis, writing in “Evangelii Gaudium”, said that “the Church will have to initiate everyone” into the “art of accompaniment,” he probably didn’t mean every Catholic should learn to sing while playing an instrument. Yet the long-running musical duo They Might Be Giants, whose 20 studio albums have sold more than 4 million copies...


How people become digital pirates without even knowing it...
E. Christian Brugger
I am an avid music-lover. I have a Spotify account, for which I pay a monthly subscription and through which I listen to most of my music. But since my car does not have Bluetooth, I cannot use a streaming service like Spotify in the car. So I use an iPod with digital MP3 files. Sometimes I acquire my MP3 files from “free music download” sites or by other techniques (e...


A little-known feature in Google Maps lets you explore Mercury, Venus, and other planets and moons...


Adoption and foster care must be a priority for people who consider themselves pro-life...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
The world would be a better place if all the mothers were like you.” Kelly Rosati’s 16-year-old “little Vietnamese tsunami” put on her card for Mother’s Day. There was a time when Rosati didn’t think such sentiments were possible. Let’s just say she’s been called things less endearing than “Mom.” There have been suicides attempts...


The 12 tricks of the Antichrist to steal souls, according to Ven. Fulton Sheen...


A look at the Fruits of the Holy Spirit...
Msgr. Charles Pope
On Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was given unto our mission to the ends of the earth. Among His gifts are the fruits of the Spirit which deserve our attention today. The Fruits of the Holy Spirit in the Catholic Catechism and Tradition are drawn largely from St. Paul’s letter to the Galatians where he writes, But the fruit of the Spirit is love...


Catholics celebrate first Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church...


From the USCCB: Liturgical details for the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church...


The 7 best pro-life TV commercials of all time...
John Clark
Later this month, the citizens of Ireland will vote on the most important legislation in their nation’s history. The vote will decide whether preborn life will continue to have any rights under law. For a nation long-regarded as the world champion of the protection of unborn human beings in law, it is tragic that Ireland is even considering the repeal of the right-to-life amendment...


The Chilean Crisis points to greater accountability for bishops...
Matthew Bunson
The announcement from the Vatican on Friday that all of the members of the episcopal conference of Chile — 31 active bishops and three retired — had offered to resign over their handling of clergy sexual abuse is a watershed moment in the history of the handling of sex abuse in the Church. The dramatic step by the Chilean bishops followed less than 24 hours after the end of three days of meetings between the shepherds of Chile with Pope Francis in the Vatican...


Pope announces June 29 consistory to create 14 new cardinals...


The best race comeback you will ever see...


Welcome to Yakutsk, the coldest city on the planet...


How Our Lord’s mother holds the key to living Pentecost like a true apostle...


An egregious case of left-wing anti-Catholic bigotry In Philadelphia...


A Catholic Anglophile on the royal wedding...


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