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The largest Catholic website in the world Besides hosting the Summa Theologica and the 1913 Catholic Encyclopedia, this site offers a Catholic FAQ, selected writings by the Fathers of the Church, and official Church documents, mostly papal, from approximately the last 250 years.



The Dismas Option: Why you shouldn't wait to come back to God...  

Sometimes I wonder how many people fall away from the Catholic Church and live apart from God for many years, with the plan to return at the end of their lives. Their plan is to live the way they want, to "have their cake and eat it, too," to "beat the system." Jesus warned against this thinking in His Parable of the Thief in the Night in Matthew 24:42-44...

2017-06-23 11:41:57
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Why Syria's Christians oppose efforts to depose Assad...  

In Syria, most Christians and other religious minorities, primarily Alawites and Druze, support Assad, certainly according to conventional wisdom. Polling data such as they are indicate that a majority of the total Syrian population, not just religious minorities, backs him in the civil war. "Even the Sunnis" will take Assad over "the extremists...

2017-06-23 08:58:09
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A good eggsplanation of why bird eggs are shaped like eggs...  

When Mary Caswell Stoddard started measuring bird eggs from hundreds of species, she wasn't expecting to learn that most eggs are not egg-shaped. Think about an egg and you'll probably conjure up an ellipse that's slightly fatter at one end—the classic chicken egg. But chickens are outliers. Hummingbirds lay eggs that look like Tic Tacs...

2017-06-23 07:58:18
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Fortnight for Freedom: Please spend some time working and praying to protect your religious liberty...  

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...

2017-06-23 05:12:15
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Former San Francisco Archbishop John Quinn dies at 88...  

For the second time in a month, the City of St Francis is made to bury an archbishop... yet this time, it's the "Big One." The figure who enshrined a progressive style of Catholicism to fit the nation's most liberal city, Archbishop John Raphael Quinn died early this morning at 88. Head of the San Francisco church from 1977-95...

2017-06-23 05:11:58
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This exposé of the LA trucking industry shows why Rerum Novarum is more relevant than ever.....  

Samuel Talavera Jr. did everything his bosses asked. Most days, the trucker would drive more than 16 hours straight hauling LG dishwashers and Kumho tires to warehouses around Los Angeles, on their way to retail stores nationwide. He rarely went home to his family. At night, he crawled into the back of his cab and slept in the company parking lot...

2017-06-23 03:15:35
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St. Thomas More's prison cell in the Tower of London...  

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...

2017-06-23 02:47:54
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Is Vatican II to blame for the sex abuse scandal?  

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...

2017-06-23 02:24:09
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Too many ill-formed priests treat Mass like it's Howdy Doody time.....  

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...

2017-06-23 02:21:04
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How the recovered bones of Julia Greeley reveal her true grit...  

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...

2017-06-23 02:09:54
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Why is God silent? He's silent because, as Cardinal Sarah tells us, silence is the language of God.....  

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...

2017-06-23 01:54:08
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Where did devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus come from?  

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...

2017-06-23 01:02:40
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Monsignor Bux: We are in a full crisis of faith...  

To resolve the current crisis in the Church over papal teaching and authority, the Pope must make a declaration of faith, affirming what is Catholic and correcting his own "ambiguous and erroneous" words and actions that have been interpreted in a non-Catholic manner. This is according to Monsignor Nicola Bux, a respected theologian and former consulter to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith during Benedict XVI's pontificate...

2017-06-22 13:44:43
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St. John Fisher, Cardinal-Martyr of England...  

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...

2017-06-22 10:02:02
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Things Mother Teresa didn't say: There's a website for that...  

As far as vastly-misquoted leading historical figures go, Mother Teresa ranks right up there with the likes of Albert Einstein and Abraham Lincoln. The internet is ripe with sickly-sweet memes and quotes supposedly from the beloved saint. As it turns out, many of them are actually the words of other people, while others are an attempt at paraphrasing Mother...

2017-06-22 09:16:28
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This pro-life talk at Google's headquarters was a surprise hit...  

A pro-life activist walks into Google's headquarters and delivers a speech so compelling that within 24 hours, the online video of it surpassed a similar speech given by the head of Planned Parenthood. It may sound like the start to a far-fetched joke, but on April 20th, pro-life speaker and activist Stephanie Gray did just that...

2017-06-22 08:18:51
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43 incredible photos of U.S. UNESCO sites, present and proposed...  

From the glowing lava flows of Hawaii to the pearly ice fields of Alaska, the United States' natural and cultural heritage is as vast and diverse as the country itself. The U.S. currently claims 23 UNESCO World Heritage sites, which capture thousands of years of natural history and human innovation. An additional 20 natural and cultural sites ranging from under-the-sea monuments to urban architectural wonders are also vying for the renowned title...

2017-06-22 07:43:11
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The Silence of the Lambs: Are Protestants concealing a Catholic-size sexual abuse scandal?  

It was a hot day in July, a Saturday afternoon, and Kim James was bored. Her older sisters had taken her to a church event in their small hometown in Indiana, where the girls were spending their summer. Her parents were back in Bangladesh, working at the remote Baptist missionary compound where the family had lived, on and off, for five years...

2017-06-22 07:06:03
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Pope appoints new president of Pontifical Academy of Sciences...  

Pope Francis appointed Professor Joachim von Braun as the new President of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on Wednesday. Professor von Braun is Ordinary Professor of Economics and Technological Change, as well as Director of the Center for Development Research at the University of Bonn in Germany. He told Vatican Radio's Mario Galgano his goal as head of the Academy will be to seek solutions for inequality and the destruction of the environment...

2017-06-22 06:45:33
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Toronto's National Post: The rise of the radical nuns (i.e., orthodox, habit-wearing sisters)...  

Wearing a traditional blue and white habit from head to toe, Sister John Mary is at once peaceful and intense. She warmly welcomes visitors into the quiet convent tucked between a church and a Catholic school in Toronto's east end. She sings softly during a midday prayer, one of four she attends each day. "Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit...

2017-06-22 06:32:25
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The martyr who got overshadowed by St. Thomas More...  

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...

2017-06-22 01:09:37
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What St. Margaret Mary Alacoque said about devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus...  

The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is June 23rd. Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, the Apostle of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, was privileged to receive visions of Christ beginning in childhood. Our Lord entrusted to her the divine mission of establishing the devotion to His Sacred Heart in the world. Criticism did not hamper her enthusiasm...

2017-06-21 18:39:45
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Is religion comforting? Yes. But not in the way the atheists think.....  

"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...

2017-06-21 17:38:52
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How could this happen? A former destroyer captain explains the U.S.S. Fitzgerald and collisions at sea.....  

On Saturday, at about 2:30 AM local time, the destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and the Philippine container ship ACX Crystal collided southwest of Yokosuka, Japan — the home of the United States Navy's Seventh Fleet. Several crew members were injured (including the commanding officer), and when flooded spaces were accessed pier-side...

2017-06-21 13:36:10
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'Killing's bad 'n all, but how much is too much?'...  

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...

2017-06-21 13:27:18
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Center for Medical Progress: Criminal charges in California have been dismissed...  

This afternoon, the San Francisco Superior Court tossed out 14 of the 15 criminal charges that had been brought by the state of California against two journalists from the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), after they released a series of undercover videos exposing Planned Parenthood's possible involvement in illegal fetal-tissue trafficking...

2017-06-21 13:14:25
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Ties that bind in Golden State Warriors locker room: Might those game-day Bible studies be important?  

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...

2017-06-21 11:17:50
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Karen Handel, the winner of Georgia's special congressional election, is a pro-life Catholic...  

On Tuesday night, it was announced that Karen Handel had won the most expensive House race in American history. While many are describing this as a defeat for the Democratic party, what's not being mentioned is that Handel's victory is a big win for the pro-life movement and a vindication of sorts for the Congresswoman-elect...

2017-06-21 09:49:51
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Engage in the “battle for the eternal salvation for souls”, wherein Fr. Z beats to quarters...  

A young writer at the increasingly helpful - and descriptive - Crisis in a new must-read offering penned: No happy bromides about non-condemnation can erase Christ's fifteen warnings about Hell. No heady defense of sin, no tangled jargon on "time" and "space," can theorize the Four Last Things out of existence. How often do I remind you here of the Four Last Things...

2017-06-21 09:26:57
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Why do people embrace things like racism and abortion? Because they live in a world of malignant normality.....  

The majority of people don't have to go all in for evil for a society to turn to evil. They need only go one-third or half-way. That's one lesson to be taken from the work of the psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton, most famous as the author of The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide. The book appeared in 1986 and was widely praised...

2017-06-21 09:25:51
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Pope's Wednesday Audience: “Invoke the saints; they are always present in our life”...  

On Wednesday, Pope Francis said the saints show us that despite what we might think, holiness is possible for everyone, and we should call on them for help in living out our vocations. Some of us may be tempted to question if it is really possible to be holy in everyday life, the Pope said, but "yes, you can," he encouraged...

2017-06-21 02:13:43
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How to deal with suicide when it's related to mental illness...  

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...

2017-06-21 01:38:06
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3 reasons why Catholic classical education is a tough sell...  

Genuine Catholic education appears to be a product which doesn't sell itself. That was a bit of a surprise for me when I was a freshly minted teacher. Naturally, I thought that an excellent school would flourish immediately. Word about the school would spread like an uncontrollable grass fire in the American South West or a brush fire through the Gamba grass in Australia...

2017-06-20 18:27:43
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Vatican's auditor general Libero Milone unexpectedly resigns...  

The Vatican has announced that Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the Holy See's auditor general, Libero Milone. In a statement released today, the Vatican said by "mutual agreement" the Dutch-born financier's "collaborative relationship" with the Holy See ended yesterday, but did not give any reasons. It added that the search for his replacement would begin "as soon as possible...

2017-06-20 14:42:36
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Please don't ask me about my sex life...  

So my husband and I are sitting at the table one evening when our dinner guest proceeds to ask us, in front of our children, about our sex life. That's not what he meant to do, of course. What piqued his curiosity was the part about how we had a run of four children two years apart, and then: Nothing. The difficulty is that, for those of us who are old enough to know how these things work...

2017-06-20 09:16:17
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Pope Francis speaks to priests...  

I write these words from the Nuremore Hotel in Monaghan, Ireland, where I am conducting a retreat for the good priests of the Dublin Archdiocese. As I look out at these men, I am reminded of so many of my own relatives on both sides of my family ("Gosh, he looks like Uncle Charlie" and "That one is the spitting image of my cousin Terry")...

2017-06-20 09:12:51
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Love your enemies, says the Lord. I am coming soon!...  

There is a specific depiction of Christ known as Christ Pantocrator. It was widespread in the ancient world and still is today. The title "Pantocrator" is most often translated into English as "The Almighty One" or "The Omnipotent One." It comes from the Greek words παντός (pantos, meaning all) and κράτος (kratos...

2017-06-20 08:58:47
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Why are so many babies born around 8:00 a.m.?  

As humans, our lives are filled with routines, habits and schedules. There are times that we wake up, go to school or work, or to the gym. We have routines around coffee breaks, rush hour traffic, meetings and soccer games.

2017-06-20 05:49:34
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In Italy and beyond, all eyes are on Milan...  

While late last week was supposed to be given to the Midsummer Classic - eventful as it was for a June meeting - more pressing developments have pushed the bench to the side... at least, the Stateside one. As ever, news has its ways of disrupting the best-laid plans. Still, as sidetracks go, this instance brings the specter of a blockbuster: the most important personnel choice Pope Francis will make...

2017-06-20 04:34:23
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How the cost of light has fallen by a factor of 500,000...  

As the BBC recently pointed out, our prehistoric ancestors needed to gather and chop "wood 10 hours a day for six days... [in order to] produce 1,000 lumen hours of light... That is the equivalent of one modern light bulb shining for just 54 minutes, although what you would actually get is many more hours of dim, flickering light instead...

2017-06-20 04:12:10
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Former slave Julia Greeley's remains exhumed, laid to rest at cathedral in Denver...  

She was a laywoman, a Catholic convert, an ex-slave — and she is the first person to be buried at Denver's 105-year-old cathedral. The remains of Servant of God Julia Greeley were recently exhumed from a local cemetery. And on June 7, the 99th anniversary of her death, they were transferred to the Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception...

2017-06-20 02:45:23
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Here's the full text of the dubia cardinals' letter asking Pope Francis for an audience...  

Here below is the full text of the letter, signed by Cardinal Carlo Caffarra on behalf of the four dubia cardinals, asking Pope Francis for an audience to discuss deep concerns over the Pope's apostolic exhortation on the family, Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love). The Holy Father has yet to acknowledge the cardinals' written request...

2017-06-20 02:43:57
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The importance of 'Humanae Vitae', a testimony to the truth...  

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...

2017-06-20 01:44:39
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A Treasury official in 1866 put his own face on U.S. currency...  

In 1866, Spencer M. Clark, then Superintendent of the National Currency Bureau, made a daring decision: to print his own face on U.S. currency. Clark, who served as Superintendent from 1862 to 1868, had no authorization from his superiors to do this. But U.S. paper bills were in flux because of the recent introduction of fractional money...

2017-06-20 01:39:49
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What is sacred music? The history is more complex than you might think.....  

With the exception of chant, almost every form of music that is today regarded as sacred initially had a stormy reception in the Church before being admitted to the ranks of music commonly called "sacred." That music is controversial in the Church is nothing new, as we shall see in this modest survey of the history of music in Catholic liturgy...

2017-06-20 01:27:42
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Neighborhoods change, but the Lord is an everlasting rock...  

Dramatic demographic shifts have occurred throughout this country that have substantially affected the Catholic Church. Nationally, Catholics have tended to relocate from the Northeast to the South and Southwest. In many large cities, such as Washington D.C. where I live, there have also been large shifts in the demographics of the city centers...

2017-06-20 01:27:07
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The studies are clear: Religion fosters more stable marriages...  

Over the next decade, count on the press, academics, and pop culture icons to take a more negative view of religion in American life. This opposition has been driven by a variety of factors, such as the rise of the "new atheism" and conservative Christian alliances with the Republican Party and with President Donald Trump. In particular...

2017-06-20 01:10:43
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Father's Day when your father has died...  

I still miss my dad, though thank God not as intensely as I did the first few years. He died eleven years ago this coming July 5th. He'd survived the lung cancer's first attack. Almost to the day, when he should have gotten the news that after five years he was considered cured, the doctors found the cancer had returned. He didn't have enough of his lungs left...

2017-06-20 01:08:20
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Is today's far left “possessed”?  

During the primaries it was all the rage among some conservative pundits to cite the 2006 comedy Idiocracy as prescient of the election. The joke was on Trump supporters, who supposedly were as clueless as the characters in that movie. Some of those Tweets were funny, if mean. But recent months have spoiled the humor. Between the relentless efforts by Deep State actors to sabotage a presidency...

2017-06-19 20:53:41
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4 'dubia' cardinals release letter requesting audience with Pope Francis...  

After seven months of not receiving a response from Pope Francis to their request that he clarify highly disputed parts in his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), four cardinals asked the Holy Father for an audience in April but the Pope has yet to respond, it has emerged. In an April 25 letter hand-delivered to the Holy Father on May 6...

2017-06-19 19:28:38
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An update on the drowned toddler who made a miraculous recovery...  

Almost six months after Joy Loboda heart stopped for nearly thirty minutes, she celebrates her second birthday with family and the medical professionals who saved her life. When Matt pulled his daughter's lifeless body out of his in-law's pool and began performing CPR, he saw Joy's pupils shrink to the size of a pinpoint...

2017-06-19 17:58:34
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'Doctrinal anarchy' as bishops' conflicting positions on Amoris Laetitia show...  

Since the publication last year of Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on the family Amoris Laetitia, a "doctrinal anarchy" that was feared and predicted at the synods on the family is becoming apparent. Belgium's bishops have become the latest to read the exhortation as giving — under certain conditions but with an emphasis on the primacy of conscience — access to the Sacraments for some civilly remarried divorcees without an annulment...

2017-06-19 16:40:09
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NBA champions Golden State Warriors have daily Bible chats, Steph Curry reveals...  

The Golden State Warriors just won their 5th NBA Championship, setting tons of amazing new records in the process. One of their star guards, Steph Curry, recently revealed in an interview one of the things that binds them together as a team: regular Bible studies. "We have a group chat. We call it the discipleship group," Curry explained in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network...

2017-06-19 15:56:42
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Mary's relationship with the Holy Eucharist...  

With yesterday's celebration in the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church of the great Solemnity of Corpus Christi (The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ), I felt the need to share with you some of the words from Pope St. John Paul II's encyclical, Eucharistia de Ecclesia, specifically where he focuses on the Blessed Virgin Mary's relationship with the Holy Eucharist...

2017-06-19 11:35:34
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The rumors about the Vatican Humanae Vitae commission might be real, sources say...  

Monsignor Gilfredo Marengo, professor at John Paul II Pontifical Institute, will be the coordinator of the commission nominated by Pope Francis to "reinterpret" the encyclical Humanæ Vitæ by Pope Paul VI, in the light of Amoris laetitia, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the former's promulgation, which falls next year...

2017-06-19 11:03:42
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Captain Blood and the real Pirates of the Caribbean...  

It was bound to happen. Even the venerable and visceral occupation of piracy has fallen to the vicissitudes of the movies. The bold and brazen pirates of the West Indies have a reputation in rags and ruins thanks to the ravages of the American entertainment crisis—but it is not too late to rescue the New World buccaneers and all their romance from the platitudes of insanity and inanity that plague the Modern World...

2017-06-19 05:36:02
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What's popular in Catholic circles? Seven trends shaping the Church.....  

I know what I have been told: In the United States, interest in the Catholic faith is waning, and statistics of baptisms, Mass attendance, and priests and religious prove it. By that telling, the future of the Catholic Church is bleak. But I also know what I have seen. My circle of friends — and the student body at Benedictine College...

2017-06-19 04:17:36
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Do you love coffee? Thank Pope Clement VIII.....  

Coffee is one of the most consumed drinks in the world, second only to water, enjoyed by millions every day. The drink was not always so ubiquitous, only becoming popular relatively recently during the 16th century. If you can't start the day without first having your morning cup of coffee, then you should probably thank Pope Clement VIII...

2017-06-19 03:04:48
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Rosary helps us unite our lives to Christ's: papal message to Marian shrine...  

Pope Francis sent a video message to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Blessed Virgin of Ta' Pinu in Malta on the occasion of the installation of three new mosaics. In his June 18 message, the Pontiff described the Rosary as "a simple contemplative prayer, accessible to all, great and small," a prayer that "brings peace to hearts...

2017-06-19 02:29:04
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Are you a mouse or a man? A homily for the Feast of Corpus Christi.....  

In many places this Sunday, the (moved) Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ Our Lord is celebrated. While you may puzzle over my title for today's blog, allow me to delay the explanation to a bit later. On a solemn feast like this, many things might be preached and taught. Let's look at three areas for reflection: the Reality of the Eucharist...

2017-06-18 10:28:04
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Put off your old self and be a man—pure and simple...  

Young man, I'm not your dad. Still, what I'm about to relate is what I tell my own sons, and it's probably what your own dad told you in one form or another. Think of this as a reminder of his sage advice - or, if he hasn't gotten to it yet, a stopgap until he does. It's Father's Day weekend, which is a good time to consider your own potential for fatherhood...

2017-06-18 06:50:55
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Col. Louis Cook: Operatic Abenaki, U.S. patriot, devoted Catholic...  

During the cold winter months of February 1778, a 17-year-old Frenchman named Peter Du Ponceau joined the soldiers at the Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, encampment of Gen. George Washington's Continental Army. Du Ponceau had arrived with Baron Friedrich von Steuben, a former Prussian military officer who had volunteered to serve in the army and train Washington's soldiers much like professional European soldiers...

2017-06-18 06:47:45
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Secrets of the saints: 5 powerful prayers to Jesus in the Holy Eucharist...  

In the United States, today is the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ! The saints are unanimous in centering their lives on Jesus in the Eucharist. From their deep interior devotion, some of them composed prayers, left as examples for the rest of us. The five prayers below are words for us when don't know what we ought to say...

2017-06-18 05:16:13
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Pope urged me to fight for Paris climate deal, says German Chancellor Angela Merkel...  

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Pope Francis encouraged her to work to preserve the Paris climate accord despite the US withdrawal and shared her aim to "bring down walls," and not build them. Merkel and Francis met for about 40 minutes Saturday in the Apostolic Palace, focusing on the Group of 20 summit that Germany is hosting in Hamburg on July 7-8...

2017-06-18 04:43:47
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Fatima's great and hidden servant who stayed a “little longer”...  

The history of Fatima is a continuous illustration of God's words to us through the Prophet Isaiah: "My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways" (Is 55:8). The divergence between divine and human ways, between God's thinking and ours, is seen in the selection of three uneducated shepherd children in a small out-of-the-way Portuguese village to entrust Mary's poignant appeal to conversion...

2017-06-18 04:20:52
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Fr. James Martin, “bridges”, and the triumph of the therapeutic mentality...  

By the therapeutic mentality I mean a subjectivist philosophy in which a feeling of well-being, feeling good about oneself, is the only, or dominant, criterion by which we measure what is acceptable or not to us. A good example of this mentality is found throughout the recent book by James Martin, SJ, Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community can Enter into a Relationship of Respect...

2017-06-18 02:52:58
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Pope's Sunday Angelus: “Rediscover the beauty of the Eucharist”...  

Sunday, following the Angelus, Pope Francis asked pilgrims in St. Peter's Square to pause for a silent moment of prayer for all those affected by forest fires still raging in central Portugal. "I express my closeness to the dear Portuguese people for the devastating fires that are destroying the woods around Pedrógão Grande and causing numerous victims and wounded...

2017-06-18 01:37:04
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Pope Francis, German Chancellor Angela Merkl meet at Vatican...  

Saturday, Pope Francis and German Chancellor Angela Merkel met at the Vatican, agreeing on the need to dedicate special attention to the responsibility of the international community in addressing issues of poverty and hunger. According to a brief June 17 Vatican communique, the "cordial discussions" also included a conversation on the upcoming G20 meeting in Hamburg...

2017-06-17 09:42:31
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This is what happens when you teach an AI to name guinea pigs...  

As literally every sci-fi movie has predicted, we're becoming increasingly reliant on artificial intelligence. AI can already compose music, play Ms. Pac-Man—like a pro, nonetheless—and even manage a hotel. But it's never been used solely for the purpose of naming small, fluffy guinea pigs—until now.

2017-06-17 06:41:45
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Is it true that there's going to be a pontifical commission on Humanae Vitae?  

As rumors abound concerning a Vatican commission to reinterpret Humanae vitae in light of Amoris laetitia, the controversial president of the Pontifical Academy for Life has rejected these rumors. "I can confirm that there is no pontifical commission called to re-read or to re-interpret Humanae vitae. However, we should look positively on all those initiatives...

2017-06-17 03:37:47
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United Arab Emirates renames mosque 'Mary, Mother of Jesus'...  

A mosque in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) capital, has been renamed "Mary, Mother of Jesus". Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Abu Dhabi crown prince and deputy supreme commander of the UAE armed forces, ordered that the mosque be renamed to "consolidate bonds of humanity between followers of different religions...

2017-06-17 02:35:55
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No, not every lifestyle is sinful...  

"Pretty much everyone's lifestyle is sinful," Father James Martin told the New York Times. That statement is outrageous. In a sane world, Father Martin's Jesuit superiors would order him to apologize. We are all sinners; we are all sinful. But we are not all engaged in sinful ways of life. The awkward word "lifestyle" complicates things here...

2017-06-17 01:08:21
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The Mammoth Pirates: Ivory poachers search Siberia for tusks from long-extinct woolly mammoths...  

With the sale of elephant tusks under close scrutiny, "ethical ivory" from the extinct woolly mammoth is now feeding an insatiable market in China. This rush on mammoth ivory is luring a fresh breed of miner - the tusker - into the Russian wilderness and creating dollar millionaires in some of the poorest villages of Siberia...

2017-06-16 19:46:18
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Total solar eclipses will eventually stop — here's why...  

In 1695, Edmond Halley discovered that eclipses recorded in ancient history did not match calculations for the times or places of those eclipses. Starting with records of eclipses in his day and the observed motion of the moon and sun, he used Isaac Newton's new theory of universal gravitation (1687) to calculate when and where ancient eclipses should have occurred and then compared them with eclipses actually observed more than 2...

2017-06-16 17:58:24
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Are you sad on Father's Day because you think you were a bad dad? Then consider this.....  

For some fathers in America, Father's Day is a wonderful and happy reminder of all the things that they have done right in raising their children. Maybe they celebrate the day with their children, reliving old memories and talking happily about future plans together. But I suspect that for some fathers, Father's Day is just a painful reminder of the things they have done wrong...

2017-06-16 12:07:56
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The first Viking invasion of England happened 1,224 years ago this month...  

The Vikings were arguably the most destructive force in early medieval Europe. Libraries burned. Rare works of art looted and lost forever. Towns and villages wiped off the landscape. Lives destroyed. And the future of England, Ireland, and France—the primary targets of the Norsemen—placed in severe jeopardy. And this month of June marks the 1224th anniversary of when the apocalypse began...

2017-06-16 11:14:35
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Secretary of John Paul II and Benedict XVI sheds light on their daily lives...  

St. John Paul II discussed stepping down as pope with his aides but was advised against it in the interest of the Catholic Church, his former secretary said in a book recently published in the pope's native Poland. A book of interviews with the Polish Father Mieczyslaw Mokrzycki, "Secretary of Two Popes," released last month...

2017-06-16 09:17:09
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Why Catholics should embrace Tolkien's 'Beren and Lúthien'...  

For most readers, J.R.R. Tolkien's name evokes his two classic Bilbo and Frodo novels: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. By some estimates, The Lord of the Rings was the 20th century's best-selling novel, and Peter Jackson's blockbuster films have only served to enshrine the place of hobbits and Middle-earth in the popular imagination...

2017-06-16 08:29:40
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'Cars 3' is better than 'Cars 2', but it's still just another Pixar sequel ...  

In the end, Cars 3 rumbles across the finish line with a show of dignity, empathy and purpose, and it feels like a suitable bookend to the original Cars 11 years ago. At this point it seems like too much to hope for that any Pixar sequel, let alone a Cars sequel, should function smoothly from start to finish, but at least it ends well...

2017-06-16 06:30:43
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There may be much less to the religious revival in Russia than sympathetic Americans think...  

Greetings from Munich. This week, I have been in Trento, in northern Italy, attending a conference about the role of Tradition in contemporary American, European, and Russian life. I was there with a group of academics from all three places. The conference was more of a workshop than a formal event. I'm still trying to get my thoughts about what I heard sorted...

2017-06-16 04:56:12
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Italian police recover St. John Bosco's stolen brain from teapot...  

Italian police have tracked down a stolen relic of St John Bosco which had been hidden inside a copper teapot in a kitchen cupboard. The press office of the Salesians in nearby Turin announced that Italian military police obtained a search warrant and discovered the relic early that morning in the home of a 42-year-old Italian man identified only by the initials C...

2017-06-16 04:24:10
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The liver: An amazing 'blob' that runs the body...  

To the Mesopotamians, the liver was the body's premier organ, the seat of the human soul and emotions. The ancient Greeks linked the liver to pleasure: The words hepatic and hedonic are thought to share the same root. The Elizabethans referred to their monarch not as the head of state but as its liver, and woe to any people saddled with a lily-livered leader...

2017-06-16 03:27:50
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Put not your trust in princes... or doctors.....  

It's in his first paragraph. Doctors, Robert Jay Lifton notes, can "with relative ease ... be socialized to killing." In the article that follows he doesn't make the obvious applications, though he does apply his insight to the physicians and psychologists who colluded in torture during the Iraq war, and especially the two psychologists who helped the CIA create their program for torturing prisoners...

2017-06-16 03:07:11
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Confused Oregonians can now select 'X' (instead of F or M) for their sex on their driver's license...  

A decision by Oregon's Transportation Commission makes it the first state to allow residents to identify as "non-binary" — a third gender option beyond male or female. Starting in July, Oregonians can select M, F, or X as their gender on licenses and identification cards, The Oregonian reports. Applicants who want a new ID will pay fees for replacement or renewal...

2017-06-16 02:20:22
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Take heed, Catholic leaders: This email from Elon Musk is a master class in emotional intelligence...  

Tesla, the electric-automobile manufacturer led by famed CEO Elon Musk, has struggled mightily with safety over the past few years. California nonprofit Worksafe, a worker safety advocacy group, recently made headlines when it reported that the injury rate at Tesla's Fremont, California, plant was more than 30 percent higher than the industry average in 2014 and 2015...

2017-06-15 19:40:38
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The ministry in matrimony and the destruction of divorce...  

Our culture tends to take one of two opposing views on marriage. One is that "happily ever after" is yours so long as you find the right person. The other is that once you say the words "I do" your freedom is gone forever and your life is over (at least until a judge determines otherwise). But the sacrament of marriage...

2017-06-15 16:31:23
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How much are your frequent flier miles really worth?  

Merriam-Webster defines a mile as a unit of measurement equal to 5,280 feet. But in the increasingly byzantine world of frequent flier mileage reward programs, the term has little or no connection to physical distance. In 2015, United and Delta joined Southwest, Jet Blue and other airlines that award miles based upon ticket price and class...

2017-06-15 12:44:01
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69 Indonesian priests resign after accusing bishop of embezzlement...  

At least 69 priests have resigned en masse after accusing their bishop of embezzling $100,000 of Church funds for personal use, and of having an affair. Priests from the Diocese of Ruteng on the island of Flores, Indonesia submitted their resignations as episcopal vicars and parish priests, demanding that Bishop Hubertus Leteng overhaul how the diocese is run...

2017-06-15 12:33:15
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This is the oldest continuously family-run restaurant in the U.S...  

In many ways, Antoine's restaurant remains the same as the day it opened. The New Orleans institution still serves the same classic French-Creole cuisine, still embodies the same Old World style, and is still run by the descendants of the same family that founded the place 173 years ago. According to the Los Angeles Times, Antoine's is the oldest continuously family-run restaurant in America...

2017-06-15 11:10:27
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After the phenomena I witnessed in my creepy house, I'll never doubt the devil's existence again...  

Partly because I revere the history of that noble order of priests deliciously described by an unsympathetic observer as "Inflexible in nothing but in their fidelity to the Church ... arguing, instructing, consoling, stealing away the hearts of the young, animating the courage of the timid, holding up the crucifix before the eyes of the dying"...

2017-06-15 11:09:15
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Fortitude, patience, and meekness: 3 virtues we often separate, but that belong together...  

There is an important interplay and balance between the virtues that many modern minds set in opposition to one another. False dichotomies often prevail when the subtlety of virtues are lost or their meanings are grasped in simplistic or inaccurate ways. Consider three virtues that are related and which enable and moderate one other: fortitude...

2017-06-15 08:35:56
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NYTimes blames GOP when both Democrats And Republicans are shot...  

The media's big problem right now is that everyone in the country knows how they'd be covering yesterday's shooting if the parties were reversed. Progressive Democratic activist James Hodgkinson spent years on social media and in local and national politics focusing on his hatred of Republican politicians. On Wednesday, he went after a group of Republican politicians as they practiced baseball in the early morning...

2017-06-15 07:53:55
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Reminders on the road to victory: A witness to the truth of a teaching from St. Catherine...  

One of the great battles in the spiritual life is mastering our emotions, by God's grace. Our emotions are not evil, but they are unruly and easily manipulated by the world and the devil. Our own flesh (fallen nature) also contributes to the difficulty of self-mastery. Yet as I have often testified, if we are faithful to the Lord and to prayer...

2017-06-15 05:38:32
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Chaldean bishop: 'Iraqi Christians should not be deported to become victims of ISIS'...  

In 1939, the Cuban government, and then the U.S. government refused entry to hundreds of Jewish refugees fleeing Germany. They were forced to return to Europe, and many perished in the Holocaust. The story of the S.S. St. Louis - popularly known as the "voyage of the damned" - remains one of the darkest episodes of the Roosevelt administration...

2017-06-15 04:55:10
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When fresh air went out of fashion at hospitals...  

In the March 1942 issue of the journal Modern Hospital, Charles F. Neergaard, a prominent New York City hospital design consultant, published a layout for a hospital inpatient department that was so innovative he copyrighted it. The plan held two nursing units—groups of patient rooms overseen by a single nursing staff—in a single building wing...

2017-06-15 03:23:36
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9 ways you might be sharing in the sins of others without even realizing it.....  

Did you know that you can be held responsible for the sins committed by others when you cooperate in them? Upset? Frightened? Perhaps you should be. Apparently, there are nine, count-them-nine, ways to sin without actually putting pedal-to-the-metal, as it were. So, before you rev up your engines and do wheelies in the church parking lot thinking you're in the clear...

2017-06-14 17:03:51
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Supporter of legalized abortion picked as Pontifical Academy for Life member...  

Pope Francis has appointed 50 academics as members of the Pontifical Academy for Life, offering what academy president Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia called a "deep and wise vision in the service of human life, especially life that is weakest and most defenseless." However, some choices are causing considerable concern, particularly that of Nigel Biggar...

2017-06-14 08:26:25
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New Hampshire diocese becomes latest to restore order of sacraments...  

In the name of raising up lifelong disciples of Jesus Christ, another U.S. Latin-rite diocese has decided to restore confirmation to its traditional place before first Holy Communion. Bishop Peter Libasci of Manchester, New Hampshire, has begun the process of restoring the reception of the sacraments of initiation in the diocese to their theological sequential order of baptism...

2017-06-14 06:50:49
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Pope's Wednesday Audience: God's love is freely given, not earned...  

On Wednesday, Pope Francis said that God's love isn't something we earn or deserve by our good works, but that it is free and unconditional - no matter what. "God's first step towards us is that of an anticipated and unconditional love. God loves first," Pope Francis said June 14. "God does not love us because there is some reason that causes love...

2017-06-14 06:12:48
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U.S. Bishops pray for victims of shooting at congressional baseball practice...  

Republican House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, 51, was among multiple persons shot in an incident at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, Wednesday morning. Scalise, a lifelong Catholic, was shot at the hip and was transported to surgery. He is reportedly in stable condition. "Prior to entering surgery, the Whip was in good spirits and spoke to his wife by phone...

2017-06-14 04:42:58
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