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Pope names Bishop Mark Brennan to replace Bransfield in Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia


Correcting Father James Martin (yet again) — this time, on why the laity can’t preach at Mass...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
It is a simple truth of Catholic ecclesiology that the ordained man is configured to Christ in a unique way. The priest is configured to Christ’s priestly ministry and the deacon with Christ’s ministry of service. Within the liturgy this unique charism is revealed through the functions set apart for the ordained. In the liturgy the priest and deacon perform the sacramental sign of Christ...


Donatello’s unusual depiction of St. Mary Magdalene...
R. Jared Staudt
Catholic art tends to depict Mary Magdalene’s beauty, emphasizing her as the embodiment of a conversion from worldly pleasures and the pomp of life (drawing from her debated attribution as the woman caught in adultery). The Scriptures do testify (regardless of this attribution) that she had a dramatic conversion: “And the twelve were with him...


Steps away from Puerto Rico’s massive protests, cathedral closes its doors in fear of violence...


Plight of Iraq’s Christians continues to worsen, warns missionary priest...


The adventures of St. Mary Magdalene after Our Lord’s resurrection...
Philip Kosloski
The last time we see Mary Magdalene in the Bible, Jesus says to her, “[G]o to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am going to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God'” (John 20:17). She did exactly that and proclaimed to them, “I have seen the Lord!” After that, the rest of the Bible is silent in regards to where she went and what she did...


Tolerance: A brief consideration of a widely misunderstood virtue...
Msgr. Charles Pope
Tolerance is often bandied about today with a meaning far removed from its original definition. It has come to mean agreeing with or supporting what someone else is saying or doing; one is deemed tolerant to the degree that he goes along with another’s words or behavior. However, if one supports another’s position or actions...


What can unite us Catholics?
Anthony Esolen
Amidst our unfortunate and time-bound divisions as regards partisan politics, I wonder whether it is possible to come up with a set of fundamentals that all Catholics can agree upon. Here is my attempt: 1. All the tenets of the Nicene Creed are true, without reservation or equivocation. The Father is the Father, from whom all fatherhood derives as from its originating fountain...


Pope Francis may just hit it off with new EU leader...
John Allen
For sure, German politician Ursula von der Leyen isn’t exactly taking office as the first female leader of the European Union under the best of circumstances. To tick off just a few less-than-auspicious realities, the UK is about to name a prime minister determined to exit the EU even without a formal agreement, the new European parliament contains a record share of Euro-skeptics...


16th Ordinary Sunday: Right now you are being hunted...
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
The Collect for the 16th Ordinary Sunday is not in any pre-Conciliar Missale Romanum. It has its antecedent in a 9th century manuscript. Enjoy the fine clausula (rhythmic ending). Propitiare, Domine, famulis tuis, et clementer gratiae tuae super eos dona multiplica, ut, spe, fide et caritate ferventes, semper in mandatis tuis vigili custodia perseverent...


One giant leap for mankind...


What sin sends the most people to hell? The terrifying answer, revealed by Our Lady of Fatima...


Sin on sale — but beware of the side effects...


Vatican announces new restrictions on disgraced Bishop Michael Bransfield...


As a pope picks a spokesman, could history repeat itself?


Pope Francis phoned Vincent Lambert’s mom with a ‘touching’ message as her son lay dying...


Here’s something to help you understand the readings (and prepare your homily) for the 16th Sunday of Ordinary Time...


Twitter users celebrate Brazilian Priest’s attack while others strike back...

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Autism is NOT due to parental sin, Fr. Valanmahal...
Fr. Matthew Schneider
I’m surprised I need to say that autism is not due to parental sin. However, a Catholic priest from India has started preaching about this publicly and I think some people might be confused. I’m going to quote a bit of Fr. Valanmahal, then show that both Church teaching and science say parental sin does not cause autism. Recently the Archbishop of Dublin forbade Fr...


Gallup’s Bishop James Wall issues decree encouraging celebration of Mass ‘ad orientem’ ...


Benedict XVI offered Bergoglio position as Secretary of State in 2005, Argentine priest says...
Inés San Martín
An Argentine priest who knew Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires prior to his election as Pope Francis claims that in 2005, Pope emeritus Benedict XVI offered Bergoglio the position of Secretary of State, effectively the second most important position in the Vatican after the papacy itself, but the future pontiff turned it down...


Planned Parenthood’s true mission exposed by ousted CEO...


Pope Francis, a new model for Vatican communication?
Andrea Gagliarducci
The appointments of Matteo Bruni as director of the Holy See Press Office, and those of Alessandro Gisotti and Sergio Centofanti as deputy editorial directors of the Vatican Dicastery for Communications, show how the Vatican communication is evolving. In Pastor Bonus, the apostolic constitution that regulated until now functions and tasks of the Curia offices...


China is inflating its population data to sugarcoat its disastrous ‘family planning’ legacy...


Pope’s Sunday Angelus: Moon landing should inspire ‘even greater goals’...


Future pope once called host-turned-to-blood a ‘mark of the Lord’...


Here is the central point of this Sunday’s Gospel...


The Bible’s most politically incorrect teaching (you won’t like it)...
David Mills
If the Bible has a single most politically incorrect teaching, it won’t be about a sin only a few people commit. It won’t condemn something you and your friends aren’t going to do anyway. It won’t command something you would do anyway. And it definitely won’t be a sin or a commandment you can use as a weapon in the culture war...


Another cutting-edge New York Times interactive — Apollo 11 play-by-play...


When a theologian accuses his archbishop of schism...
Phil Lawler
Now isn’t this an interesting situation? The mandatum signifies full communion with the universal Church. Schism is a breach of communion. So should a theology professor seek to obtain the mandatum from a prelate he considers schismatic? Should the prelate grant the mandatum to a theologian who accuses him of schism? If Faggioli requests and receives the mandatum from Archbishop Chaput...


Villanova historian Massimo Faggioli says Chaput, Cordileone and Strickland are ‘devout schismatics’...


New clues hint at top-level Soviet involvement in John Paul II’s assassination attempt...
George Weigel
On first meeting Dr. Andrzej Grajewski, you probably wouldn’t guess that this mild-mannered Polish historian is one of the world’s leading experts on the ecclesiastical Dark Side of the Cold War: the relentless communist assault on the Catholic Church. But he is, and his expertise comes primarily from years of patient combing through the Bad Guys’ secret intelligence service files...


How did Pope Paul VI watch the Moon landing? And is there religion on the Moon? ...
Brother Guy Consolmagno
As everyone has been told, countless times this month, July 20 – the 21st, in Rome – marks the 50th anniversary of the landing of the Apollo 11 astronauts to the Moon. Here are a few lunar topics probably not covered by most folks remembering that event. As for Pope Paul VI, world leaders were invited to address the astronauts on a world-wide television link-up...


The victory disclosed in Christian death...


There’s a yoke to be carried in following Jesus. Make sure it’s Jesus’ yoke, not yours...


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