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Theodore McCarrick dismissed from the clerical state


McCarrick’s dismissal caps the most precipitous fall of a top-level cleric anywhere in modern times...
Rocco Palmo
Over the last two decades, some 5,000 men worldwide have been dismissed from the clerical state following a credible allegation of the sexual abuse of a minor. Only now has one of them once worn the red hat of a cardinal. Anticipated for months, the Pope's decree ousting Theodore Edgar McCarrick, now a former archbishop and priest...


The Church’s long ‘German moment’...
Fr. Raymond de Souza
The Rhine Flows Into the Tiber was published in 1967; it is an account of how the priorities and positions of German Catholicism had a massive influence in Rome in the mid-20th century in general and on the Second Vatican Council in particular. Did the Rhine bring fresh waters to the stagnant, fetid Tiber? Or did it pollute the Tiber with noxious effluent...


The evil of banality...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
A famous phrase was coined after the Nuremberg trials...”the banality of evil.” Wishing to stand things on their head I wonder sometimes about the evil of banality. I’m thinking of the banality of much religious life which is given over to dull talk about theology, rules, regulations and rubrics. It’s boring. It’s banal and perhaps the banality is evil...


The anatomy of original sin...
Msgr. Charles Pope
In the readings at Mass this week we are pondering the account of original sin. Let’s explore the stages of sin that are manifested in Adam’s and Eve’s struggle. Many tend to describe original sin merely as the eating of a forbidden fruit. While this accurate, it is incomplete and leads many to wonder why all this trouble came just from eating a piece of fruit...


6th Sunday of Ordinary Time: The upside-down Kingdom of God...
John Bergsma
As we continue our journey through the Gospel of Luke in Ordinary Time, Jesus keeps teaching us that his kingdom, the Kingdom of God, reverses many of our expectations and stereotypes. His is a kingdom where the typical markings of “blessing”—health, wealth, prosperity, power—are doomed to woe, and the typical markings of “curse”—weakness...


Vatican ambassador to France under investigation for sexual assault...


In the winter of faith, just keep working...


Vatican, Microsoft team up on prize for artificial intelligence ethics...


It should be clear that a church is a place not just of community, but of Communion...


“Glorious chastity” is truly a gift from God...


Once again, Cardinal O'Malley has found himself in the middle of a crisis...


Cardinal Kevin Farrell named new camerlengo by Pope Francis...


Impossible cookware and other triumphs of the Penrose tile...


What the apparition of ‘Our Lady of America’ reportedly said about the U.S. in 1956...
Fr. Regis Scanlon
Growing numbers of Americans are looking with horror at what has become of our Church and country. Moral confusion and indifference to human life is common. Legal boundaries continue to be stretched to favor abortion, same-sex marriage and pornography without limits. Finally, the Church seems to be rotting from within from a massive problem of homosexuality among the clergy...


Actor Gary Sinise describes his road to the Catholic Church...


Pope Francis to canonize Blessed John Henry Newman, declares Cardinal Mindszenty Venerable...
Edward Pentin
Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman is to be canonized following a Vatican announcement on Wednesday that the Pope had formally approved a miracle attributed to his intercession. Oratorian Father Ignatius Harrison, postulator for Blessed John Henry’s cause, told the Register Feb. 13 that he heard the news with “enormous elation...


In countdown to summit, abuse scandals rock Pope’s native Argentina...

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Gerhard Cardinal Müller: “The Rotten Fruit of Secularization”...


Smoking pot as teenager increases risk of depression by 40 per cent, Oxford study finds...


The Catholic Church — More Than You Realize...


Another welcome return to the earlier age for Confirmation...
Edward Peters
Bishop James Wall of Gallup NM just announced that Catholic children in his diocese can receive the sacraments of Confirmation and holy Communion in a single Eucharistic liturgy celebrated for them around their attaining age seven or eight. This makes a dozen arch/dioceses that have jettisoned the once-trendy-but-pastorally-flawed practice of delaying Confirmation until well into a young person’s teenage years...


Eucharist desecrated, statues smashed in series of French church attacks...


The Christian art of letter writing...


Independent investigation confirms Covington students didn’t instigate confrontation...


Rome remembers Fr. Paolo Dall’Oglio, celebrated Jesuit missionary kidnapped in Syria...
John Allen
Last night, a torchlit rally took place in front of Rome’s Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore for Father Paolo Dall’Oglio, a native Roman and Jesuit missionary in Syria who disappeared in 2013, along with the thousands of both natives and foreigners who’ve been subject to kidnapping or arbitrary detention in Syria since violence broke out in 2011...


When a mentally absent spouse is apportioned a third of a marriage...
Elizabeth Scalia
Fans of “reality TV,” willing to be entertained by stories of exhibitionists behaving badly (and willingly) for a camera, some cash, and the most vulgar sort of celebrity notice, are being promised a new diversion, this time in the form of one husband’s decision to openly bring his mistress into his marriage because his wife suffers from early-onset Alzheimer’s disease...


A first look at ‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’...
Deacon Steven Greydanus
Nine years ago, How to Train Your Dragon threw together Vikings, dragons and a standard-issue Junior Knows Best plot, and came up with something pretty cool. If it was about time-worn themes of overcoming prejudice and accepting differences, it was also about young Viking Hiccup’s journey of self-discovery as an inventor and student of natural philosophy...


‘It Will Cause a Scandal’ — The Pope and Cardinal O’Malley clash over sex-abuse crisis...


Ignatius Press turns 40 years old...
Fr. James Schall
In a celebration in St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco this past November, the founders, staff, and several authors recalled the many books and initiatives that have poured forth from that dynamic and innovative source of insight and wisdom known as Ignatius Press. Since its founding in 1978, the Press has published some 39 million books...


Facing breast cancer like a man...
Mary Jo Gerd
No one enjoys flummoxing their doctor, unless it’s some singular distinction of good health, like having perfect cholesterol levels, or never having taken an antibiotic in one’s entire life. I can claim neither. But I do have an exceptional family medical history. My mother died suddenly due to complications of lung cancer surgery at the age of 51...


Diocese of Gallup moves to ‘restored order’ of Baptism, Confirmation and First Communion...


New Mexico close to passing ‘most extreme bill in nation’ on abortion...


The ever-present totalitarian temptation...
George Weigel
First circulated underground in communist Czechoslovakia in October 1978, Vaclav Havel’s brilliant dissection of totalitarianism, “The Power of the Powerless,” retains its salience four decades later. It should be required reading for politicians given to describing the Knights of Columbus as an “extremist” organization because of the Knights’ pro-life convictions and activism...


Geneva, Switzerland, votes to ban religious symbols on public employees...


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