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German bishops’ report: At least 3,677 minors were abused by clerics


Pope Francis on China deal: “I signed the agreement. I am responsible...”...


Science fiction was around in medieval times – here's what it looked like...


Spare a thought for China’s “underground” Catholics...
Nicholas Frankovich
Over generations, a critical mass of Chinese Catholics have successfully resisted the intrusion of the government into the affairs of their local churches. Many so-called underground churches are above ground in fact and operate openly, with the tacit approval of local officials who know the Catholic community and see no problem with it...


Former Olympic speed skater tells how she became a Franciscan Sister, reveals her secret to inner peace...


Tending trees when the Church is dark...
Jason Craig
In Wendell Berry’s book The Unsettling of America he has a short but powerful little commentary on The Odyssey. He’s describing the disarray of Ithaca, Odysseus’s home and kingdom. With Odysseus gone for so long, there are men eating up the stores of food, with disregard for the place and its people. They have desires they want met...


Pope: Young people outraged by “scandals that do not meet with clear condemnation”...


Jordan Peterson and Leon Kass — Searching for wisdom in a confused world...
R. Jared Staudt
Jordan Peterson became an overnight celebrity with the success of his book, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos. A viral interview from January of this year with Kathy Newman of England’s Channel 4 News brought immediate attention to Peterson’s newly released book, which has sold over two million copies since its release...


Did Pope Francis just make China Protestant?
George Weigel
Attempts to defend the recent provisional agreement between the Vatican and the People’s Republic of China, which was signed on September 22, have rung increasingly hollow over the past few days. That pattern began before the ink was dry in Beijing, as Pope Francis’s secretary of state, Pietro Parolin, issued a statement claiming that now “for the first time all the bishops in China are in communion with the Bishop of Rome...


Red herrings, heresy and hot topics...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
A red herring might be defined as a rhetorical device to distract someone from the real argument. There are three such relativistic devices–heresies or red herrings–that are used in our society and church constantly. They may be named the sentimental heresy, the utilitarian heresy and the political heresy. These forms of argument are...


Learning to name sins is to have more power over them...


Der Spiegel heavily criticizes Francis’s papacy in 19-page report...


Does your mind wander at Mass? These 6 tips may help you avoid distractions...


Asking a crucial question: A homily for the 25th Sunday of the Year...


Three quick take-aways on the Vatican's deal with China...
John Allen
In thinking about the deal between the Vatican and China on the appointment of bishops announced on Saturday, the central point to be clear on is that there’s not really much to think about. It says something about public discussion in the early 21st century that the deal has already been described as both an “incredible betrayal” and a “positive fact for Chinese Catholics” before anyone actually knows what it contains...


Pietro Cardinal Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, issues English-language video to explain agreement on China...


Alongside Francis the Simple, there’s also Francis the Stubborn...


Pope Francis permits Newark’s Cardinal Tobin to skip upcoming Vatican youth synod...

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On plane, Pope discusses sex abuse, corruption of cover-up, China pact...


Does insipid church music play a role in the crisis?
Mark Langley
As a liturgical musician I can’t help wondering to what extent the insipid and vapid music prevalent in our churches has contributed to the present crisis. That there is more than a mere coincidental connection between the squishy feel-good liturgical music and the lax and casual atmosphere in our churches is clear to me- especially when I reflect upon what the great Philosopher Socrates had to say about the power of music...


With Vatican talks and bulldozers, China aims to control Christianity...


How about a little more George Washington?
Kathryn Jean Lopez
You don’t need to spend a few minutes on Twitter to realize that politics is not bringing out the best in us, to put it mildly. The Brett Kavanaugh confirmation ordeal seems to be some kind of breaking point. And yet, haven’t we had many of them over the past weeks and months and years — and decades? No Trump appointee, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg...


Brett Kavanaugh uses the V-word, which used to be OK for Catholics...
Terry Mattingly
Growing up as a Southern Baptist preacher’s kid in Bible Belt Texas, I was quite familiar with the word “virgin.” It wasn’t a curse word and, for most people, it wasn’t a punch line. At the same time, it wasn’t something folks in my high school discussed in public very much. Yes, there were people who gossiped about who was doing or not doing what...


“This is all I can do now” — Applying a practice of St. Catherine of Siena to our current crisis...
Msgr. Charles Pope
Many Catholics have struggled to find a voice that has been nearly washed out of us by our training. We remember a time when it was unthinkable to criticize a priest; those who did were quickly rebuked, with little opportunity for explanation. Bishops and especially the Pope were not to be questioned let alone criticized. We have now seen the sometimes-horrifying toll of unhealthy deference...


Evil things have happened at Fr. Paul Kalchik’s church, and the burning of a rainbow flag isn’t one of them...
Rod Dreher
Last week, when I heard news that Father Paul Kalchik and some fellow parishioners from his Chicago parish had burned a rainbow flag he found in the church’s storage, I knew things weren’t going to go well for him in Cardinal Bernardin’s old archdiocese, now administered by Cardinal Cupich. The Chicago Tribune provides context: Kalchik said he twice was a victim of sexual abuse...


Meet the man who lives at the bottom of the Grand Canyon...


France bans smartphones in schools through 9th grade. Will it help students?


Pope Francis in Riga, Latvia: Don't let Christianity become an artifact of history...


Your home, by its nature, foreshadows heaven...
Carrie Gress
Home. It is a magical word that resonates with all of us. Even those from broken homes, or homes that no longer exist, there is still something in the idea that is sought after. Home is that place where we are meant to be safe, nurtured, known for who we are, to freely live and love. Home’s universal appeal populates culture. Take Me Home...


In joke to reporters, Pope Francis says that John Paul II is a saint, while he is “the devil”...


Pope’s Mass in Lithuania: “Christian life always includes the cross”...


The phantom accord between the Holy See and China...
Sandro Magister
All that is known at the official level about the accord signed in Beijing today, September 22, by the Holy See and China is that “it concerns the appointment of bishops,” is “provisory” and “provides for periodic evaluations of its implementation.” Not one more word about its contents. The accord was signed for the Holy See by the undersecretary for relations with states...


Holy See signs ‘provisional agreement’ with China on appointment of bishops, ...


Beware the allure of the Inner Ring...


This criticism of the upcoming synod, from a respected North American theologian, warrants much wider discussion...


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