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Pope names Archbishop Charles Scicluna to the CDF


Raffaella Stroik, 23-year-old daughter of architect Duncan Stroik, reported missing; car found abandoned in state park; family, friends ask for prayers...


8 facts about the amazing St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, first canonized saint from the United States...


A word of encouragement from Elisha the Prophet...
Msgr. Charles Pope
There is an old saying, “Stop telling God how big your storm is and start telling the storm how big your God is.” In other words, we often need to shift our focus, building up our trust and confidence. Because we are so wired for fear, we tend to overestimate the power and shrewdness of demons, or of our enemies, or of whatever it is we fear...


Let’s consider the sins of the priests, as listed by Malachi...


Where and when to watch the Leonid meteor shower this weekend...


USCCB Fall Meeting, Day One: Sackcloth, ashes and a major shock...
Matthew Bunson
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops opened its Fall Assembly in Baltimore Monday with an agenda of prayer and deliberations on dealing with bishop accountability in the face of the scandal surrounding former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. The agenda lasted only a few minutes before being upended by the announcement that no votes would be taken on several key items of reform at the request of the Holy See...


I have multiple sclerosis. Here’s what it has taught me about life...
Rick Becker
Recently I revealed to a friend of mine that I have multiple sclerosis, and she chided me. “Why haven’t you written about this? You write about everything else – why not this?” I dissembled and made excuses – no good. She came back at me. “Look, there are people out there who’d want to hear about it,” she said. “About how you were able to keep going and accomplish things despite the M...


Making sense of the Vatican’s no-fly order to U.S. bishops on abuse crisis...
John Allen
In the run-up to the U.S. bishop’s fall meeting this week in Baltimore, the expectation - to be clear, the expectation of the bishops themselves - was that they’d be making some important decisions on the clerical sexual abuse crisis that’s rocked the Church for the last six months. Instead, what unfolded Monday morning basically sucked all the oxygen out of the room...


U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis orders stolen Catholic church bells, now displayed in Wyoming, to be returned to Philippines...


David Spotanski’s 2002 letter to Bishop Wilton Gregory explains what’s really at stake...
Rod Dreher
In February 2002, with the US Catholic Church reeling from the abuse scandal in Boston, and similar revelations going off all over the country like long-hidden land mines, David Spotanski, a layman who was chancellor of the Diocese of Belleville, wrote this long memo to his boss. That boss was Bishop Wilton Gregory, who had recently been elected head of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops...


Thankfully, seminary formation is undergoing a radical rethinking...
Fr. Thomas Berg
I heard a bishop recently describe what his formation team does at his seminary: “They’re there and they keep an eye on the guys.” And I cringed. Priests assigned to seminary formation are not hallway monitors. They are intended to be mentors, teachers, and guides—nuances all captured in the term “formator.” And seminary formation...


Did domesticated camels exist in biblical times? Yes, and here’s the evidence...


Did a giant Virgin Mary statue really float down a flooded street in this viral video?


Roma locuta est, votum finita est...
Rocco Palmo
From literally the first minute of this morning's business, the meeting was thrown into disarray given a sudden call from Rome. Lest anyone forgot, if the Pope had his way from the outset, this plenary wouldn't be taking place. On a separate front, within minutes of the shift of plans – which clearly rattled the Floor – two Whispers ops relayed another significant change: long slated to be held in Santa Barbara...


How forest fires make their own hellish weather...


This Portuguese town once feared its 10-story waves — but then some extreme surfers showed up...


‘Synodality’ suspended in Baltimore: In stunning last-minute rebuke of U.S. bishops, Rome forbids votes on sex-abuse reform measures...

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Vatican shocks U.S. bishops, while some journalists keep tight focus on child abuse — alone...
Terry Mattingly
It seems like an easy question: What are the sex scandals in the Catholic church all about? If you look at the coverage, week after week, it’s clear that many journalists covering the latest wave of news about the scandals are still wrestling with this issue. Obviously, the scandals center on acts of sexual abuse and harassment by Catholic clergy...


Motivation remains unclear for Vatican request that U.S. bishops delay action...
Edward Pentin
The Vatican has said it instructed U.S. bishops to delay voting on two key proposals on handling the sex-abuse crisis because it is committed to offering the “best evaluation and accompaniment” of the U.S. episcopate on the matter. In brief comments to the Register Nov. 13, Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the prefect of the Congregation for Bishops...


Pray and fast for the abuse crisis, no matter how mad you are...
Tom Hoopes
Feelings are raw with regard to the sex abuse crisis, and I am in no mood to fast for it. I will anyway. This week, as the U.S. bishops gather for their annual fall meeting, many Catholics are following Pope Francis’s suggestion for fasting and prayer for the bishops at their gathering. At Benedictine College, students are participating in 72 hours of Adoration and fasting...


Feds: Mississippi priest sought sympathy and cash by telling people he had cancer instead of HIV...


An emotional post-confession meditation by St. Frances Xavier Cabrini...
Philip Kosloski
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, the first citizen of the United States to be declared a saint, was an industrious missionary in America. She traveled across the United States, founding schools, hospitals and orphanages everywhere she went. Yet, throughout her missionary adventures, she possessed a profound soul that kept her close to the Sacred Heart of Jesus...


What just happened in Baltimore on Monday, and what might happen next?


Cardinal Zen flies to Rome to deliver seven-page letter to Pope detailing renewed persecution following Vatican/China deal...


Some tough-minded questions for tender-hearted “Seamless Garment” pro-lifers...
John Zmirak
They don’t use the term “Seamless Garment” much anymore. The invention of flamboyantly pro-gay and left-wing Cardinal Joseph Bernadin, that phrase lost its luster the fiftieth time some pro-choice Irish- or Italian-American politician used it to burnish his Catholic credentials during a campaign. To hide her support for killing children to suit our sexual convenience behind the promise of more cash for Medicaid...


The problem with those ‘gay clergy networks’...


Proving that even nuncios have a sense of humor, Archbishop Christophe Pierre tells wing-clipped U.S. bishops to “prove that we can be trustworthy”...


Cardinal DiNardo says bombshell Vatican directive came through Congregation for Bishops, not Pope directly...


I saw heroic virtue hiding behind a shaved head and hoodie...
David Mills
He was visiting, I thought. As he hesitated a few feet inside the door, I looked around for the grandparent’s face that would light up when they saw their grandson had come to join them. He looked about 20, wearing jeans and a hoodie, with a shaved head, his face a little doughy as if he didn’t get outside enough. Then a nurse said...


How the GOP gave up on the fight against porn...


Life is a casting off...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
What is it in me that likes the difficult sayings of Jesus more than the easy sayings? Everybody loves Jesus who says, “Let the little children come to me” and “Neither do I condemn you” But have you read the gospels lately? Jesus’ teaching is much more forceful and strident than we like to remember. He’s calling his enemies the “Sons of Satan”...


What about homilies on hot topics like homosexuality and contraception?


People with Down syndrome apply to be first humans on endangered list...


Italy open to asylum for Asia Bibi, U.K. reportedly demurs...


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