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Cardinal Wuerl withdraws from World Meeting of Families keynote in Dublin


Where is Jesus in the midst of the Church’s sex-abuse crisis?


Active homosexuality in the priesthood helped cause this crisis...
Msgr. Charles Pope
There is a line in the Acts of the Apostles that I once found humorous: So the word of God continued to spread, and the number of disciples in Jerusalem continued to grow rapidly. Even a large number of priests became obedient to the faith. (Acts 6:7) Of course the priests referred to here are the priests of the ancient Temple, the Levitical priests...


The Feast of Wisdom — the 20th Sunday of Ordinary Time...
John Bergsma
Every Catholic should take the time at some point in their life to watch “Babette’s Feast,” a beautiful movie about a French cook in Denmark who wins the lottery and spends her entire earnings on a lavish feast for the two old spinsters she works for, and all their friends. Babette’s Feast was an obvious and intentional Eucharistic allegory...


Dear Cardinal DiNardo and USCCB: Do the right things, and we will have your backs...
Elizabeth Scalia
Thank you for your recently-released statement addressing the revelations concerning both Archbishop Theodore McCarrick and the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report. Many American Catholics are grateful to read that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is committed to investigating, reporting on, and resolving questions and circumstances surrounding both issues...


Cardinal Burke: Pope must ‘take action’ to clean up ‘homosexual culture’ in Church...


Why do I stay Catholic? Because of my faith in Jesus Christ. There is a plan, and I plan to see it revealed...


The Catholic bishops who failed us all (WSJ paywall)...


New allegations surface regarding Archbishop McCarrick and Newark priests...


Archdiocese of Philadelphia investigates sexual harassment allegations at St. Charles Borromeo seminary...


What to make of the Catholic reaction to McCarrick and the Pennsylvania grand jury report...
J.D. Flynn
Among the sexual abusers mentioned in the Aug. 14 Pennsylvania grand jury report, one priest merits particular attention. Rev. David Szatkowski, SCJ, is mentioned in the section of the report concerning the Diocese of Allentown. In 2011, he was arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a child. In August of that year, Szatkowski...


“Will you also go away?”...
Marcus Grodi
How does one adequately address the growing scandal in the Church? Specifically, as I consider this in relation to our work in the Coming Home Network, how do we explain to non-Catholics why they should still consider coming home to the fullness of the Church — and why must Catholics remain? As we see in the above Scripture — and as has been said by many during this difficult time — scandals have been present in the Church from the very beginning: one among the Twelve betrayed his calling...


About withholding donations to the Church...


President of U.S. Bishops' Conference announces plan to address ‘moral catastrophe’...


The season of living bread...
Tom Nash
If you’re old enough — or perhaps have just seen them on the internet—you may recall the famous Coke commercials of the 1970s, in which a multicultural group of young people proclaim about the soft drink, “It’s the real thing!” Well, if I may elevate the theme a bit, the Eucharist could be described as the ultimate “Real Thing...


Maria Gaetana Agnesi was a woman of science...
Fr. George Rutler
A cavalcade of women whose scientific achievements have had an important impact on the way we live and do things, challenges any attempt to stereotype these geniuses as colorless drones or “nerds,” which is merely a neologism of Dr. Seuss from 1950. For instance, the mathematician Gabrielle Emilie Le Tonnelier de Breteuil was an elegant if wayward mistress of Voltaire...


A time for anger? Some Catholic bishops worked hard to limit exposure of their sins and crimes...


10 things to remember about the Assumption of Mary...

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On Pope’s Irish trip, question isn't if he’ll meet victims but what happens next...
John Allen
No matter when Pope Francis might come to Ireland, it wouldn’t be an easy trip. This is a culture, after all, lacerated north and south, facing the impact of runaway secularization and some of the world’s most appalling clerical sexual abuse scandals. Right now, however, feels like a particularly tough moment. In the run-up to Francis’s arrival next Saturday morning...


Reflections on 25 years of Pope John Paul II’s Veritatis Splendor...


The death penalty debate and the Church’s magisterium...
Edward Peters
I follow the death penalty debate, of course, but I am more concerned about how that debate impacts some ecclesiologically important aspects of the Church’s teaching function. As for the death penalty itself I find the arguments organized by Feser and Bessette in their treatise, By Man Shall His Blood Be Shed (Ignatius, 2017)...


Let the world know that Judas did something bad. Better they hear it now than later...


Will you, this moment, let Jesus' Good News saturate your soul with grace?
Marcel LeJeune
I don’t know about you, but the last few weeks have been pretty rough. First there was the story of Archbishop (former Cardinal) McCarrick. Then we had the report from Pennsylvania drop this week. It is so depressing. Last night it reached an apex when my wife and I cried with our two oldest kids after one of them asked me to explain what was going on...


The intercommunion proposal of the German bishops is unbiblical...


On bitter rage, deep grief, righteous anger, and the future of the Catholic Church...
Archbishop Charles Chaput
This has been an ugly week: first for the survivors of sex abuse; second, for Catholics across the state; third, for the wider public. For many, rage is the emotion of choice. The latest grand jury report is a bitterly painful text. But rage risks wounding the innocent along with the guilty, and it rarely accomplishes anything good...


Why men like me should not be priests...
Daniel Mattson
I am the sort of man the Catholic Church says shouldn’t be a priest. I experience what the Vatican calls “deep-seated homosexual tendencies,” which, according to the Church, make me an unsuitable candidate for the priesthood. The 2005 Vatican instruction on the question of homosexuality and the priesthood states this clearly: “The Church...


Cleansing the Church of clerical sacrilege...


The little-known Chinese sacrificial hat, and reflections on inculturation in China...


Sometimes our grief is too heavy even to put into words. But Jesus knows all about our troubles... ...


America’s 30 Major League ballparks, ranked...


FAQs on Pope Francis in Ireland, including size, pricetag and blowback...


Global Britain was built as a narco-empire...


Cardinal O’Malley withdraws from World Meeting of Families...


We are witnessing the collapse of the episcopal establishment in the United States...


Colorado’s Civil Rights Commission is again hounding Jack Phillips for refusing to bake a cake despite the Supreme Court win in Masterpiece Cakeshop...


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