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


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...


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...


Breaking law once hardly justifies breaking it twice...


Bells toll at St. Peter’s and worldwide to mark 100th anniversary of World War I armistice...


How did the world’s smallest flightless bird end up on an island in the middle of the ocean?


How the beauty of Catholic art helped to rescue the Church from confusion...


Wenzhou Bishop Shao Zhumin taken by Chinese police for “10 or 15 days” of “isolation and indoctrination”...

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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”...


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...


Turning points on abuse crisis loom in U.S., Italy...
John Allen and Inés San Martín
Two potential turning points loom this week in the Catholic Church’s fight against clerical sexual abuse, one in the “gets it” part of the world and another in the “jury’s still out” zone. One should come from the fall meeting of the U.S. bishops in Baltimore opening Monday, and the other with the release of a long-awaited new set of anti-abuse guidelines from the powerful Episcopal Conference of Italy...


The paradox of poverty — A homily for the 32nd Sunday of the Year...
Msgr. Charles Pope
The first reading in today’s Mass speaks to us of the paradox of poverty: it is our poverty, our neediness, that provides a doorway for God to bless us with true riches. Our emptiness provides room for God to go to work. In our worldly riches, we feel we have “too much to lose”; the Gospel just seems too demanding. In our poverty...


The newest Grinch movie is coming upon us — so read this review from Deacon Greydanus...
Deacon Steven Greydanus
Do the Tinsels Of Tinsel-town Like Christmas Day? From my lair On Mount Critic... It’s tricky to say. They Tinsel up holiday movies each year But I don’t see much joy or holiday cheer. For years now, they’ve built up a gloomulous glut Of glum Christmas flicks. They’ve been stuck in a rut — From R-rated dregs to Tim Allen-ish dreck And the Jim Carrey Grinch...


New cold war by proxy? Religious conflict on Ukrainian territory...
Victor Gaetan
The accelerating dispute in Ukraine between two Orthodox Churches — the Church of Constantinople, a historic Church with spiritual prestige, and the 140-million-member Russian Orthodox Church, a powerhouse in terms of membership muscle, political clout and wealth — is ominous because it forecasts conflict in a country already suffering a “fratricidal” war...


Denver deacon recounts miraculous story of surviving Siberia, Dachau and Auschwitz...


To the bishops, before their general assembly...


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