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Pope publicly clarifies new translation rules in letter to Cardinal Sarah


Why was Pope Francis so quick to answer Cardinal Sarah's ‘dubia’?
John Allen
Given Pope Francis's usual disinclination to answer his critics, it may seem a little puzzling as to why he quickly and publicly responded to Cardinal Robert Sarah about the implications of the pontiff's recent decisions on liturgical translation. The nature of Sarah's position, the pope's readiness to be precise...


Meanwhile in Heaven, at the Hard Rock of Ages Cafe...


God and God alone: A homily for the 29th Sunday of the year...
Msgr. Charles Pope
The Gospel for Sunday contains lots of interesting juxtapositions: hatred for Jesus but grudging respect, real questions vs. rhetorical ones, politics and faith, duties to Caesar and duties to God. The word “juxtaposition” comes from the Latin juxta, meaning “near” and positio, meaning “place” or “position”. Juxtaposition is the placing of two things near to each other...


What Christ said about freedom of religion...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
One of Catholics’ major blind spots down through the ages–and this includes the unfortunate statements of some popes–is to be opposed to freedom of religion. When Constantine made Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire it has been well nigh impossible for Catholics to disentangle themselves from involvement with the state...


There were 326,079 weddings in the church in 1990. In 2016, the number fell to just 145,916...


Here's how Marxism tickles each of the 7 deadly sins...
John Zmirak
Yesterday I marked the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution with a list of the crimes that Marxist ideologues have committed around the world. I promised to analyze why all through the decades those crimes were being committed, intelligent people were still drawn to Marxism. Indeed, some still are today. What gives...


Ancient song recreated and performed for the first time in a thousand years...


Good stories tell the whole story...
Edward Peters
Pope Francis is a story teller who uses stories to make his points. A time-honored method of teaching, of course, but it comes with a risk: omitting parts of a story can leave listeners with a distorted sense of the reality behind the story. Complaining yesterday for the umpteenth time about Pharisees in the Church—apparently Francis has discounted complaints from Jews that his unrelenting portrayal of Pharisees-qua-boogeymen is lending comfort to anti-Semites—the pope told a story about a pastoral travesty committed in regard to baptism...


Georgetown pro-marriage group faces sanctions as ‘hate group’ after students complain...


We might not live to see Europe’s Christian revival—but it will happen...


The journey of Abraham gives hope to the rest of us...


When Bl. Maria Theresia Bonzel died in 1905, she left behind 1,500 joy-filled daughters...
Rick Becker
Toward the back of the Franciscan Sisters’ hilltop property in Mishawaka, Indiana, there’s a life-size bronze statue of their foundress situated near blooming flowers. “Mother always wanted the sisters to have a garden,” says Sr. Rose Agnes of Blessed Maria Theresia Bonzel, “and she herself regularly prayed the Rosary in a garden...


Going to the dogs...
Mark Shea
Last time we focused on the contention that the story of Jesus and the Canaanite Woman could be legitimately read as Jesus learning from the Canaanite Woman as long as it does not involve the contention that he was learning to repent his sin of racism or ethnocentrism. Because Jesus is “like us in all things but sin” (Hebrews 4:15)...


When you die you know you’re dead: Major study shows mind still works after the body shows no signs of life...


Dan Brown is a very bad writer...


President George H.W. Bush's Super Bowl socks to be auctioned by Diocese of Portland, Maine...


Why birthdays should be celebrated...

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What does Pope Francis’ letter To Cardinal Sarah really say?
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
By now you have seen coverage of a letter that his Holiness of Our Lord Pope Francis sent to an Italian site, La Nuova Bussola, for publication. Inter alia, it explains something about the meaning of Magnum principium, Pope Francis’ change to law to expand the role of episcopal conferences in the preparation of liturgical translations...


In the wake of Magnum Principium, the Pope “clarifies” Cardinal Sarah...
Rocco Palmo
In an extraordinary rebuke to one of his own Curial cardinals, the Pope has aimed to "explain simply, and hopefully clearly... some errors" in his Worship chief's understanding of Magnum Principium, his recent motu proprio on liturgical translations, indicating the new norms granting new oversight to bishops' conferences as a fresh development and declaring several key pieces of the operative rules in 2001's Liturgiam authenticam "abrogated...


After the murder of a Maltese journalist, can the Church lead a push for reform?


Sexual abuse leaves spiritual wounds, and spiritual care is needed...
Dawn Eden Goldstein
An article today on the Catholic news website Crux, "In wake of Weinstein abuse scandal, Catholics call Church to leadership," features quotes from me about what the Church can do to help abuse victims heal. If you or a loved one seek healing from the spiritual wounds of abuse, here are some resources from my writings and apostolate...


Why should Christians care what the Early Church Fathers have to say?


You don't want to get in the way of a 100,000-ton aircraft carrier's anchor...


Beware of the cult of Santa Muerte...


Pope slams 'eugenic' mentality that seeks to eliminate disability...


U.S. abortion rate drops 25 percent since 2008...


St. John Paul II was a sublime visionary, but he had an Achilles’ heel...
Fr. George Rutler
George Weigel’s Witness to Hope was written before its subject was canonised, but that exhaustive biography vibrated with confidence that the day of universal recognition would be inevitable. Weigel has become something of a pontifical Boswell, and his third volume about John Paul II is like the last wing on a vivid triptych by Memling or Rubens...


Sir Roger Scruton, Denis McNamara, Duncan Stroik—all under one roof...


Why Catholics who make the Church look bad are still Catholic...
David Mills
Some people who identify as Catholics make us look bad. Mobsters, for example. As it happens, our Jewish brethren have the same problem. As Wikipedia puts it, “For several decades after World War II, the dominant figures in organized crime were second-generation Jews and Italians, often working in concert.” When I was a kid...


500 years later, who was Martin Luther?
R. Jared Staudt
Hero, villain, heretic, saint, reformer, corrupter, man of integrity, bombastic glutton. Which image of Luther should we believe? Because Luther primarily sought not to reform abuses in the Church but to reform the Church’s beliefs, Catholics cannot recognize him as a true reformer or a holy man. Nonetheless, it is widely agreed that Luther played a major role in shaping the modern world...


If you know any young people who wear Che Guevara t-shirts, wake them up with this film...


Whose bourgeois morality?
George Weigel
In the latest round of debate over Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation on marriage and the family, a fervent defender of the document sniffed at some of its critics that “the Magisterium doesn’t bow to middle-class lobbies” and cited Humanae Vitae as an example of papal tough-mindedness in the face of bourgeois cultural pressures...


3 pitfalls of arguing online...


Pope to Methodists: Reconciliation is more than talk – it needs action...


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