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Former San Francisco Archbishop John Quinn dies at 88


St. Thomas More’s prison cell in the Tower of London...
Adam Bowers
For a pilgrimage earlier this year, I made arrangements to visit the cell in the Tower of London where St. Thomas More was imprisoned as he underwent trial for refusal to take the Oath of Supremacy imposed by King IMG_0560Henry VIII. St. Thomas is my patron saint in Confirmation, and today (June 22) is his optional memorial. Although the Tower of London was used to detain the King’s prisoners from time to time...


Is Vatican II to blame for the sex abuse scandal?
Simcha Fisher
The Catholic Herald UK reports: Mgr Peter Smith, former chancellor of Glasgow archdiocese, said the Church accepted conventional wisdom of the 1970s that it was “better to repair the [abuser], to fix them or to redeem them”, than punish them. In that era priests accused of abuse could be sent for therapy rather than face criminal charges...


Too many ill-formed priests treat Mass like it’s Howdy Doody time...
George Weigel
Three or four times each month, Father X (as I’ll call him here) celebrates the noontime daily Mass I regularly attend. I’m grateful for his homilies, which are almost always thoughtful. Thus in a recent commentary on Jesus’s debate with the Sadducees over the resurrection of the dead, Father X gave a lucid and moving explanation of the “communion of saints” and how it functions in our Christian lives...


Why is God silent? He’s silent because, as Cardinal Sarah tells us, silence is the language of God...
R. Jared Staudt
In the Catholic world, it was a year of silence. Martin Scorsese fulfilled his longstanding dream to adapt Shusaku Endo’s novel Silence for film. The book chronicles two young Jesuits in Japan searching for their lost mentor, rumored to have abandoned the faith. Japan experienced a massive number of martyrdoms as the Emperor banned the newly established religion in 1587...


43 incredible photos of U.S. UNESCO sites, present and proposed...


The martyr who got overshadowed by St. Thomas More...
Thomas Craughwell
It’s not Thomas More’s fault. His fame is so widespread that he has put in the shade the only English bishop who had the guts to stand up to Henry VIII, and lost his head because of it. That bishop was St. John Fisher (1469-1535). Certainly, most if not all of the Register’s readers will recognize that name. But let’s face it...


This pro-life talk at Google's headquarters was a surprise hit...


Pope appoints new president of Pontifical Academy of Sciences...


Monsignor Bux: We are in a full crisis of faith...


Karen Handel, the winner of Georgia's special congressional election, is a pro-life Catholic...


Is religion comforting? Yes. But not in the way the atheists think...
David Mills
“The single most annoying thing a nonreligious person can say,” writes a Hollywood screenwriter, “... isn’t that religion is oppressive or that religious people are brainwashed.” Dorothy Fortenberry is writing in The Los Angeles Review of Books, not a place you’d expect to find a Catholic explaining why she’s Catholic...


How to deal with suicide when it's related to mental illness...
Fr. Matthew Schneider
I was speaking recently to a young woman whose friend had taken her own life. The friend had always been one of those girls with the biggest smile. But one fall she started acting depressed and within a few months the young girl had attempted suicide multiple times, finally succeeding. The family would tell people that their daughter got sick and died...


Engage in the “battle for the eternal salvation for souls”, wherein Fr. Z beats to quarters...


Pope's Wednesday Audience: “Invoke the saints; they are always present in our life”...


Love your enemies, says the Lord. I am coming soon!...


The studies are clear: Religion fosters more stable marriages...


Why are so many babies born around 8:00 a.m.?

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Where did devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus come from?
Kathy Schiffer
This year on June 23, the Catholic Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. But where did that tradition originate? Devotion to the wounded heart of Jesus has its origins in the eleventh century, when pious Christians meditated on the Five Wounds of Christ. There grew up among the faithful prayers to the Sacred Heart...


This exposé of the LA trucking industry shows why Rerum Novarum is more relevant than ever...


How the recovered bones of Julia Greeley reveal her true grit...
Archbishop Samuel Aquila
Hundreds of people were drawn to the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception on June 7 for the transfer of Julia Greeley’s mortal remains, which were exhumed as a part of her cause for canonization. Few records about Julia exist, but her remains confirm what was passed on orally: Julia was a woman of remarkable perseverance and conviction who should inspire us all to pursue holiness...


Fortnight for Freedom: Please spend some time working and praying to protect your religious liberty...
Msgr. Charles Pope
There has been a steady erosion of religious liberty in the United States in recent years. It has been challenged through a broad range of incidents, requirements from the medical world, health insurance mandates, and court decisions. We often take our religious freedom for granted, but it is under substantive though sometimes subtle challenge...


St. John Fisher, Cardinal-Martyr of England...
Stephanie Mann
John Cardinal Fisher, the former Bishop of Rochester—Henry VIII had stripped him of that title—was sentenced to death on June 17, 1535. The sentence pronounced against him brought a flush of color to his sunken cheeks, eyewitnesses remarked. As a traitor, he would be drawn to the place of execution on a hurdle, hanged, cut down still alive and then endure vivisection...


Things Mother Teresa didn’t say: There’s a website for that...


Toronto's National Post: The rise of the radical nuns (i.e., orthodox, habit-wearing sisters)...


The Silence of the Lambs: Are Protestants concealing a Catholic-size sexual abuse scandal?


Center for Medical Progress: Criminal charges in California have been dismissed...


What St. Margaret Mary Alacoque said about devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus...


Why do people embrace things like racism and abortion? Because they live in a world of malignant normality...


Ties that bind in Golden State Warriors locker room: Might those game-day Bible studies be important?
Terry Mattingly
Hello, all of you sports fanatics out there in GetReligion reader land! Yeah, right. I realize there may only be a dozen or so of you, based on the digital silence that has followed most GetReligion posts about sports-news topics. However, I (along with Bobby Ross, Jr., the Texas Rangers acolyte) have bravely soldiered on and written quite a few posts about the God-shaped holes found in the coverage at most mainstream sports-news outlets (hello...


How could this happen? A former destroyer captain explains the U.S.S. Fitzgerald and collisions at sea...


‘Killing's bad 'n all, but how much is too much?’...
Mark Shea
Last time in this space we discussed the false understanding of prudential judgment which imagines it to mean, “If you don’t like what the Church teaches, feel free to blow it off.” We learned that the correct meaning of “prudential judgment” refers to how best, not whether to obey the Church’s guidance. And this brings us to our final point about the Church’s guidance with respect to killing vs...


The importance of ‘Humanae Vitae’, a testimony to the truth...
Archbishop Charles Chaput
A bishop attends a lot of worthy public events and fundraisers. It’s part of the job. And supporting good people doing good things is always a source of satisfaction and hope. But once in a while, an event comes along with an unexpected pleasure. The June 17 luncheon on behalf of our Philadelphia Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary Seminary was just that kind of event...


In Italy and beyond, all eyes are on Milan...


Pope Francis speaks to priests...


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