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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.



U.S. abortion rate drops 25 percent since 2008...  

Pro-life advocates have made a lot of progress changing hearts and minds for life in the past decade. From 2008 to 2014, the abortion rate dropped a full 25 percent, according to a new report in the American Journal of Public Health. Looking at data from the federal government and the Guttmacher Institute, the researchers found that abortions dropped from 19...

2017-10-20 11:47:36
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We might not live to see Europe's Christian revival—but it will happen...  

The phrase "new evangelisation" gets thrown around a great deal these days. And St John Paul II's demand for an evangelisation that is "new in its ardour, methods and expression" is often quoted. But while much attention has been devoted to methods and expression, I think we need to ask ourselves some difficult questions about the new ardour...

2017-10-20 09:32:38
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Georgetown pro-marriage group faces sanctions as 'hate group' after students complain...  

A pro-marriage student group at Georgetown University is in danger of being defunded and barred from campus facilities, after fellow students have petitioned that it be recognized as a "hate group." The Hoya, Georgetown's student newspaper, reported on Oct. 20 that Love Saxa, a student organization promoting Catholic doctrine regarding marriage...

2017-10-20 06:20:21
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Whose bourgeois morality?  

In the latest round of debate over Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis's apostolic exhortation on marriage and the family, a fervent defender of the document sniffed at some of its critics that "the Magisterium doesn't bow to middle-class lobbies" and cited Humanae Vitae as an example of papal tough-mindedness in the face of bourgeois cultural pressures...

2017-10-19 19:57:13
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Sir Roger Scruton, Denis McNamara, Duncan Stroik—all under one roof.....  

For those visual artists, designers, or architects who perhaps feel a bit out of step with much of the art they see around them; for art educators who hope to inspire their students; or for art lovers who simply seek beauty and would enjoy time to reflect on its importance, a conference, held in the fitting setting of Chicago's The Drake Hotel...

2017-10-19 19:47:19
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Why birthdays should be celebrated...  

September 11th was my 64th birthday. Yes, 9/11, but we'll leave that for another time. What I want to explain here is why for most of my life I found birthdays and most occasions for celebration meaningless and maddening, and why that's no longer true. After drifting away from the Church in my late teens, I was regularly mystified...

2017-10-19 16:40:13
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Dan Brown is a very bad writer...  

To say that Dan Brown's Origin is one of the worst "thrillers" ever published would not be accurate. Not because it is not appallingly, insultingly, groan-inducingly written — it is — but because it is not, in fact, a thriller. It would be hard to pinpoint the exact moment at which I made this discovery, but I would venture a guess that it was somewhere around chapter three...

2017-10-19 15:15:08
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Going to the dogs...  

Last time we focused on the contention that the story of Jesus and the Canaanite Woman could be legitimately read as Jesus learning from the Canaanite Woman as long as it does not involve the contention that he was learning to repent his sin of racism or ethnocentrism. Because Jesus is "like us in all things but sin" (Hebrews 4:15)...

2017-10-19 12:18:52
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500 years later, who was Martin Luther?  

Hero, villain, heretic, saint, reformer, corrupter, man of integrity, bombastic glutton. Which image of Luther should we believe? Because Luther primarily sought not to reform abuses in the Church but to reform the Church's beliefs, Catholics cannot recognize him as a true reformer or a holy man. Nonetheless, it is widely agreed that Luther played a major role in shaping the modern world...

2017-10-19 11:54:01
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St. John Paul II was a sublime visionary, but he had an Achilles' heel...  

George Weigel's Witness to Hope was written before its subject was canonised, but that exhaustive biography vibrated with confidence that the day of universal recognition would be inevitable. Weigel has become something of a pontifical Boswell, and his third volume about John Paul II is like the last wing on a vivid triptych by Memling or Rubens...

2017-10-19 11:13:34
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If you know any young people who wear Che Guevara t-shirts, wake them up with this film.....  

On November 7 the world will mark a grim anniversary: One hundred years since the small but devout faction of Marxists called the Bolsheviks lost a popular election. It was the last one Russia would see for 70 years. Instead of accepting the people's will, the Bolsheviks overthrew that country's fledgling provisional government...

2017-10-19 08:22:45
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When you die you know you're dead: Major study shows mind still works after the body shows no signs of life...  

Death just became even more scary: scientists say people are aware they're dead because their consciousness continues to work after the body has stopped showing signs of life. That means that, theoretically, someone may even hear their own death being announced by medics. The claim was made by Dr Sam Parnia, director of critical care and resuscitation research at NYU Langone School of Medicine in New York City...

2017-10-19 07:33:48
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Pope to Methodists: Reconciliation is more than talk – it needs action...  

Marking 50 years of Catholic-Methodist dialogue, Pope Francis on Thursday told members of both traditions that when it comes to future relations, simply speaking about reconciliation is not enough - we must actually pray and work for it. "This is the journey that awaits us in the new phase of the dialogue, devoted to reconciliation: we cannot speak of prayer and charity unless together we pray and work for reconciliation and full communion...

2017-10-19 07:20:13
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The journey of Abraham gives hope to the rest of us...  

In the reading at daily Mass for Friday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time, St. Paul speaks of Abraham's faith. Abraham did come to strong faith, but it took time! One of the beautiful things about the Bible is that it does not present epic figures who never fell. Rather, it presents us with authentic human beings who struggled and eventually "got there...

2017-10-19 05:22:12
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When Bl. Maria Theresia Bonzel died in 1905, she left behind 1,500 joy-filled daughters...  

Toward the back of the Franciscan Sisters' hilltop property in Mishawaka, Indiana, there's a life-size bronze statue of their foundress situated near blooming flowers. "Mother always wanted the sisters to have a garden," says Sr. Rose Agnes of Blessed Maria Theresia Bonzel, "and she herself regularly prayed the Rosary in a garden...

2017-10-19 05:10:06
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3 pitfalls of arguing online...  

There's only one thing that tempts me to believe the Calvinist doctrine of total depravity and its claim that humanity is so sinful that the image of God has been obliterated in our souls: Internet comment boxes. These places can become so nasty that when Microsoft sent an artificial intelligence chatbot onto the Internet, it took only twenty-four hours for the program to become a racist that denied the Holocaust...

2017-10-19 04:49:38
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President George H.W. Bush's Super Bowl socks to be auctioned by Diocese of Portland, Maine...  

The New England Patriots may have left Super Bowl LI with the Lombardi Trophy, but someone else is going home with presidential socks. Former Republican President George H.W. Bush is giving a pair of socks he wore to the Super Bowl to a Roman Catholic Diocese in Maine so they can be auctioned off. Bush wore the red, white and blue socks while performing the ceremonial coin toss with his wife Barbara Bush at Super Bowl LI in February...

2017-10-19 04:10:20
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Why Catholics who make the Church look bad are still Catholic...  

Some people who identify as Catholics make us look bad. Mobsters, for example. As it happens, our Jewish brethren have the same problem. As Wikipedia puts it, "For several decades after World War II, the dominant figures in organized crime were second-generation Jews and Italians, often working in concert." When I was a kid...

2017-10-19 01:55:27
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When Catholics evangelize, they stop too soon.....  

There really is no other way to say it - Catholics stop too soon when they evangelize. In fact, I might call it the fatal flaw of Catholics who evangelize. God won't save us without us saying "yes" to His grace! This means our free choice to respond to God's grace, makes all the difference, so why aren't we offering more opportunities to others to make this choice...

2017-10-18 16:11:48
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St. Luke, evangelist and artist...  

Today is St Luke's feast day. It is Luke who recounts the infancy narratives, and the tradition is that he knew the Blessed Virgin and got the stories about the birth of the Lord straight from her. Icon of the Virgin in St Maria Maggiore The other beautiful tradition is that St Luke was an artist. The image illustrating today's post shows St Luke painting a portrait of the Virgin...

2017-10-18 11:54:10
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Abortion row between UK Catholic hierarchy and The Tablet escalates as another bishop wades in...  

The Tablet is a leading Catholic weekly magazine which is seen as relatively liberal compared to its conservative counterparts. The row over abortion between the English Catholic Church heirarchy and a respected Catholic journal has escalated this week after a bishop said that Catholics - including on newspapers - cannot claim to be true to their faith if they question Church teaching on the issue...

2017-10-18 05:36:24
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Where does the Catholic Church own land around the world?  

On May 24, 2016, Molly Burhans made her way to Rome's Palazzo San Callisto, a pale brick building outside Vatican City that houses several powerful Catholic organizations. Burhans, then 26 years old, had flown to Rome hoping to meet with Cardinal Peter Turkson, the president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, as well as members of the Secretariat of State...

2017-10-18 04:20:12
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Massive section of Jerusalem's Western Wall and Roman theater uncovered after 1,700 years...  

Archaeologists are one step closer to solving the riddle of what took place in Jerusalem following the destruction of the city by Romans in AD 70. Israel Antiquity Authority archaeologists announced Monday that for the past two years they have been excavating and exposing a massive eight-meter deep section of Jerusalem's Western Wall...

2017-10-18 04:03:52
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The first recorded pizza delivery was to a Catholic bishop in the 10th century...  

Pizza. The favorite food of many and consumed in the billions of slices each year all around the globe. While the pizza as we know it today was invented in Naples, Italy, the dish stems back thousands of years when early humans would add variety to their bread with an array of toppings and other ingredients. Despite the dishes popularity...

2017-10-18 04:01:38
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Pope Francis invited some prisoners to lunch. They ended up escaping instead.....  

They were supposed to be having lunch with Pope Francis. During his Oct. 1 trip to Bologna, the Holy Father was scheduled to dine with 20 prisoners from a local drug rehabilitation facility, along with refugees and the poor of the area, during a "Lunch of Solidarity" at San Petronio Basilica. Instead, two of the Italian prisoners shirked their invitation for what they saw as a prime opportunity for escape...

2017-10-18 02:55:57
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All that Catholic stuff is connected...  

A priest friend of mine told me about how the local Methodist minister turned up during Lent and said, "Father, I've got a practical question for you." "Yes? How can I help?" "Well, where do you guys get the ashes for Ash Wednesday? See, we were trying to be more liturgical this year and so I was going to put ashes on people...

2017-10-18 02:53:18
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Pope taps Joliet auxiliary to head Evansville diocese...  

On Wednesday the Vatican announced that Joseph M. Siegel, until now auxiliary bishop of Joliet, will be taking the reins in the diocese of Evansville, Indiana, which has been vacant for several months. Siegel's appointment was announced in an Oct. 18 communique from the Vatican, and comes just four months after the previous Bishop of Evansville...

2017-10-18 02:51:05
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9 important things you should consider when prepping for a winter power outage...  

It was January of 2002. I was still young and living at home, and it was our first winter in Kentucky. I went to bed one night as usual, but when I woke up the next morning nothing was like it was the day before. In the night, freezing rain and ice had come through our area. The temperatures were very low and it was a bad combination with the rain and ice...

2017-10-18 02:37:20
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Why the Centering Prayer movement is so off-center...  

A technique out there purporting to be a form of Christian prayer has made inroads in countless parishes across the U.S. and Canada. Its promoters try very hard to sound Catholic and monastic, but it is, in fact, not really either. It's called Centering Prayer, and the movement it spawned in a few short years was more or less begun by Fathers Thomas Keating...

2017-10-18 02:16:22
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Meet a woman who was killed because she loved the Rosary...  

She stood alone. The only others present were her accusers. A young woman faced question after question while trying to make sense of the growing hostility around her. This cross-examination was to be the final drama in a life as innocent as it had been faithful; it was played out in a state interrogation room far from her home and those who loved her...

2017-10-18 01:52:53
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Pope's Wednesday Audience: 'Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord'...  

"Blessed Are the Dead that Die in the Lord," was the theme of Pope Francis address at his October 18, 2017 General Audience in St. Peter's Square, where the Holy Father Francis met with groups of pilgrims and faithful from Italy and from all over the world. After summarizing his catechesis in several languages, the Holy Father expressed special greetings to groups of faithful present...

2017-10-18 01:40:15
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Want to bring us millennials back to church? Stop giving us what we can get in the world.....  

As your millennial correspondent has said for years, if only to his parents: If churches want to bring young people back to worship, give us what we're not getting anywhere else. It's really that simple. Perhaps Boomers needed something "different"; maybe they responded to making the Church more like "the world," but we're not the Boomers...

2017-10-18 01:30:27
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Is Romans 1 a prophetic interpretation of reality for our times?  

We continue to read from the Letter to the Romans in daily Mass. Scripture is a prophetic interpretation of reality. That is, it tells us what is really going on from the perspective of the Lord of History. An inspired text, it traces out not only the current time, but also the trajectory, the end to which things tend. It is of course important for us to read Scripture with the Church...

2017-10-18 01:10:45
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Benedict XVI's secretary denies rumors that he is close to death...  

Archbishop Georg Ganswein, the personal secretary of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, has rejected reports that the former pontiff is nearing death. Rumors of Benedict XVI being close to death circulated on social media following a quote attributed to Ganswein, which reads, "Pope Benedict is like a candle that fades slowly. He is serene...

2017-10-17 21:56:46
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Hollywood is full of booming gongs and clashing cymbals...  

Harvey Weinstein is a problem. But he's not THE problem. It goes far deeper. We all know that Harvey Weinstein is a symptom of a diseased culture. I enjoy going to the movies but I've noticed something disturbing in recent years. It's hit me a few times when I'm watching a movie that the people who made the film don't actually like people...

2017-10-17 18:33:20
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In education, the end depends on the beginning...  

Incidentally, I haven't read much of the Roman poet Manlius who "flourished" in the first century AD. But his famous line "Finisque ab origine pendet" from the fourth book of his Astronomicon appears to have been adopted by Phillips Exeter Academy as its motto. Phillips Exeter, founded in 1781, is now, I would say, a fairly prestigious Academy claiming everyone from Daniel Webster to Pierre S...

2017-10-17 14:56:44
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St. Paul was not ashamed of the Gospel. Are you?  

St. Paul writes this in today's reading from the Letter to the Romans: "I am not ashamed of the gospel. It is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes" (Rom 1:16). "Gospel" here refers to the whole of the New Testament rather than merely the four Gospels. The gospel is the apostolic exhortation, the proclamation of the apostles of what Jesus taught and said and did for our salvation...

2017-10-17 09:49:03
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What would Jesus do about Artificial Intelligence? Become more human.....  

The bots were worried about me. There I was, mindlessly scrolling past Trump memes, soup recipes and baby pictures when my screen abruptly showed me a new page. In a concerned font, Facebook itself asked if I wanted some help. Would I like some resources on depression and suicide prevention? Would I like to try this hotline? No thanks...

2017-10-17 09:32:27
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Department of Justice announces Settlement in HHS Mandate lawsuits...  

A week after issuing new religious-freedom guidelines to all administrative agencies in the federal government, the U.S. Department of Justice has settled with more than 70 plaintiffs who had challenged the controversial HHS contraceptive mandate. The Oct. 13 agreement was reached between the government and the law firm Jones Day...

2017-10-17 03:34:30
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This pro-abortion fanatic presented a thought experiment 'destroying' pro-lifers. Here are 4 reasons he failed dramatically.....  

On Tuesday morning, a pro-abortion Twitter thread went viral. The thread posited a thought experiment the author claimed to be original, though it has existed in one form or another for over a decade (I first became aware of the thought experiment from Harvard philosopher Michael Sandel, who was arguing in favor of fetal stem cell research at the time)...

2017-10-17 01:42:30
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Churches attacked in Australian same-sex marriage vote...  

Churches in Australia have been daubed with anti-Christian graffiti amid an increasingly toxic debate about same-sex marriage. Last weekend Anglican and Baptist churches in Melbourne were defaced with the words "bash bigots" and "Crucify 'no' voters" - a reference to those who are voting "no" in a same-sex marriage plebiscite...

2017-10-17 01:20:32
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A prayer for Somalia, and for the pathetic killers who face eternal darkness...  

The pictures are almost unimaginable — even in the face of so many such images we've scrolled by, before. Somali people knee-deep in wreckage; little children carrying away human remains. At this writing, the death toll has just been raised to 300, with another 300 injured, and we are told both of those numbers may yet climb as more people or bodies are recovered following a truck-bomb enacted terror attack — the deadliest single attack in Somalia's history...

2017-10-16 21:41:36
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Harvey Weinstein and Hollywood's 'open secrets'...  

You could say that the Harvey Weinstein case reveals the dark secret underbelly of Hollywood — but Hollywood's low morality has never been secret or merely an underbelly. Weinstein's case just gives people permission to start talking about it. When the New York Times reported on years of sexual harassment accusations against Harvey Weinstein...

2017-10-16 19:43:54
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German monastery Himmerod to close its doors 900 years after its founding by St. Bernard of Clairvaux...  

After almost 900 years since its founding by French Abbot Bernhard of Clairvaux in 1134, the Cistercian Himmerod Abbey in western Germany will soon close its doors for good. The decision was made by the Mehrerau Congregation, a worldwide association of Cistercian monasteries based near Salzburg, Austria. The abbey is a direct subordinate of the Holy See and not part of the Archdiocese of Salzburg...

2017-10-16 12:20:06
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7 of the most stunning subway stations in the world...  

Beauty and subways don't always go hand-in-hand, especially for the millions of daily riders slogging their way to work or school every day across the world. But the underground isn't always drab, dingy and dreary, as evidenced by these seven stunning subway station designs.

2017-10-16 11:30:08
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339 years after her death, St. Teresa of Ávila converted Edith Stein...  

Saint Teresa of Ávila, the 16th century Carmelite nun, mystic, reformer and doctor, was graced with spiritual insights into prayer, the soul and the ineffable love of God. With the blessing of Pope Pius IV, she departed her cloister at Avila, and together with Saint John of the Cross, set up a reformed Carmelite Order in Spain and Portugal...

2017-10-16 08:45:11
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The moral imagination of 'Leave It to Beaver'...  

Russell Kirk defined the moral imagination as "an enduring source of inspiration that elevates us to first principles as it guides us upwards towards virtue and wisdom and redemption." It is a quality which informs the great works of art, not excluding the more popular art forms of film and television. Since its premiere sixty years ago...

2017-10-16 08:22:05
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Our Lady of Lourdes and Harvey Weinstein...  

Brad Pitt appears to be the hero of the Hollywood story, having done what many were afraid to do: stand up to Harvey Weinstein. The scandal was a far cry from the peace and dignity of Lourdes, France, where I happened to be as the scandal details began to emerge. Here it's hard to escape the natural and supernatural presence of something healing...

2017-10-16 07:19:09
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Could Jesus learn things?  

Last time in this space we looked at Matthew's account of Jesus' encounter with the Canaanite Woman (Matthew 15:21-28). I noted that there is a common reading abroad these days, centering on the claim that, in one way or another, it is Jesus, not his disciples, who is the learner in this story. The "within the pale of orthodoxy" version of this is that Jesus learns from the Woman that she is capable of faith...

2017-10-16 07:14:39
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54 days of quotes about the Holy Rosary...  

Over the past 54 days here in the Diocese of Phoenix, we have been praying the 54-Day Rosary Novena in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Fatima. This past Friday night, Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted consecrated the Diocese of Phoenix to the Immaculate Heart of Mary at Saints Simon and Jude Cathedral. Many people I know have taken up the Holy Rosary and have prayed it devoutly these past weeks...

2017-10-16 06:30:41
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Of memory, metanoia and manslaughter...  

An essay by historian Andrew Bacevich scrolled up in my Facebook feed, and I saw that it had been posted by my friend Shawn Storer of Catholic Peace Fellowship. That was enough to make it a must-read sooner rather than later, so I opened it up. It was entitled "Autopilot Wars," and it was Bacevich's take on our nation's numb embrace of perpetual armed conflict as a norm...

2017-10-16 05:20:41
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The 100 Years War between the Church and Communism...  

The past 100 years from 1917 to 2017 have been an encapsulation of the protoevangelium, when God told the serpent "I will put enmity between you and the woman." This 100-years-war has signified a most pronounced phase in the enmity. It began in 1917 with both (what are the odds?) the revelation of Our Lady of Fatima and the Russian Revolution to atheistic Communism...

2017-10-16 03:43:17
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It's hard to believe that 'The Princess Bride' is now 30 years old...  

For its anniversary, it will have a return to the big screen, with show-times across the country in mid-October. After numerous failed attempts to secure a movie deal, William Goldman's story—he wrote the screenplay as well as the original story—finally made the transition to film, in 1987, directed by Rob Reiner (This Is Spinal Tap...

2017-10-16 02:12:40
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The Pope's death penalty remarks signal a new approach to development of doctrine...  

On Wednesday, Pope Francis told a gathering in Rome that the Catechism of the Catholic Church should significantly revise its treatment of the death penalty. It's no surprise that Francis proposed a stronger theological condemnation of capital punishment. He's criticized the practice throughout his papacy, as did his most immediate predecessors...

2017-10-15 13:45:51
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Scientists are just beginning to understand how Old Faithful works...  

Every 90 minutes or so, a crowd gathers on a wooden boardwalk as steam pours out of a crack in the ground. Soon enough, a spout of water, up to 184 feet high, erupts from the ground for about 90 seconds. And 90 minutes later, it happens all over again. Old Faithful is one of the most famous sights in Yellowstone National Park, but for all its popularity...

2017-10-15 13:25:08
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Pope announces Synod of Bishops for South America's 'Pan-Amazon region' in 2019...  

At the Angelus which wrapped up this morning's canonization of 35 saints - all but two martyrs from indigenous communities in Mexico and Brazil - the Pope took the liberty of making a fitting, yet (another) surprise announcement. To be sure, this development brings numerous ramifications, merely the first of which is a confirmation that the Synod on Young People and Vocational Discernment...

2017-10-15 11:09:14
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The Vatican still retains the last word on translations, Cardinal Sarah says...  

Cardinal Robert Sarah has weighed in on Magnum Principium, Pope Francis' motu proprio on liturgical translations, reassuring the faithful that the Vatican will continue to safeguard any changes or new liturgical translations to ensure they remain faithful to the original Latin. In an article in the French Catholic journal L'Homme Nouveau...

2017-10-15 10:04:02
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Pope canonizes 35 new saints in St. Peter's Square...  

On Sunday, Pope Francis canonized 35 new saints in the Catholic Church, saying that no matter how often we reject him, the Lord will continue to love us and invite us to participate in his heavenly banquet. "The Gospel tells us that, even before constant rejection and indifference on the part of those whom he invites, God does not cancel the wedding feast...

2017-10-15 08:22:07
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Hindu and Catholic schoolchildren in India say Virgin Mary appeared amid scent of jasmine...  

Both Hindu and Catholic schoolchildren in India claim to have witnessed an apparition of Christ and several appearances of the Virgin Mary accompanied by the scent of jasmine, the gift of contrition, and the healing of a girl's ear problem. The site of the alleged apparitions is St. Ambrose Church and Lower Primary School in Edavanakkad...

2017-10-15 06:56:20
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The conversion of Russia: maybe not as we expected it...  

All through the Old Testament and into the New, God surprised his People. We shouldn't be caught off guard, then, if He still has surprises in store for us today. Elijah encountered God not in wind or the fire or the earthquake, but in the small still voice. [1 Kgs 19:11-13] The Messiah came on the human scene as a mighty warrior but as a defenseless baby...

2017-10-14 20:06:37
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Respect for human life comes in all forms of witness...  

American Catholics mark October each year as "Respect Life Month." Reverence for the sanctity of the human person starts with a defense of the unborn child. The right to life is foundational. Without it, all other rights and all other discussions of justice and human dignity are built on sand. No other issue or collection of issues can eclipse the priority of the fundamental right to life from conception to natural death...

2017-10-14 18:44:09
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Must-read: How vulgarity normalizes predators...  

Harvey Weinstein preyed on women for decades, and used his power to limit their ability to escape his assaults or bring him to justice. He mustered his legal team and press contacts to smear and threaten women who tried to take action. He conducted his despicable behavior with the same meticulous care he demonstrated in his Oscar campaigns...

2017-10-14 18:18:01
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You might say the theme of this Sunday's Gospel is “Party or Perish!”...  

The past three Sundays have featured shocking parables about our readiness, fruitfulness, and decision as to whether to accept and enter the Kingdom of God. The Lord has used the image of a vineyard extensively: a vineyard into which workers are dispatched at different times of the day but who have different attitudes about what is due to them at the end of the day; a vineyard into which two sons are sent...

2017-10-14 18:04:47
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How Stalin hid Ukraine's famine from the world (with the help of milksops like Walter Duranty)...  

n the years 1932 and 1933, a catastrophic famine swept across the Soviet Union. It began in the chaos of collectivization, when millions of peasants were forced off their land and made to join state farms. It was then exacerbated, in the autumn of 1932, when the Soviet Politburo, the elite leadership of the Soviet Communist Party...

2017-10-14 17:35:32
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The mysterious Holy House of Loreto...  

In the Italian town of Loreto there stands a house. It has stood there for over seven centuries and may stand for another seven, yet. Each day it is visited by the many who come to gaze upon it. The house has attracted, and no doubt shall continue to attract the pious and the penitent, the wondering and the curious. Saints have come; so have many popes; many sinners too; in short...

2017-10-14 12:25:22
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How the Miracle of the Sun dazzled the skeptics...  

The Miracle of the Sun at Fatima, which took place exactly a century ago, on October 13, 1917, was one of the most stupendous, if not the most stupendous event of the 20th century. And yet it is hardly known outside the Church, and not well enough known within it. The people who braved the terrible rainstorm which struck Fatima that day had gone there because of the promise of a miracle...

2017-10-14 12:13:18
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What is to be done with the body of Archbishop Fulton Sheen?  

Visitors to the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York's First Judicial Department on Oct. 10 in New York City might have enjoyed a rather unexpected departure from the usual legal folderol: the latest arguments in Cunningham v. Trustees of St. Patrick's Cathedral. This legal battle is perhaps better known by the question both sides ask and offer answers for: "What is to be done with the body of Archbishop Fulton Sheen...

2017-10-14 11:19:03
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Benedict XVI is weak but still following concerns of Church, says bishop...  

Coptic Catholic bishop of Egypt says Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is now very weak at age 90, but still "aware of everything." Bishop Kyrillos William Samaan of Assiut gave this report after a meeting with the Pope Emeritus at the beginning of September, according to the Swiss Catholic Information agency cath.ch in an article published today...

2017-10-14 11:07:03
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Protestantism in the Catholic Church: The emergence of a shared tradition?  

Earlier this year, I wrote a CWR essay identifying a seriously harmful legacy of the Reformation: Luther's emphasis on the individuality of conscience. There is another side of the story, however, as we evaluate the legacy of the Reformation. In the last five hundred years, numerous elements of the Protestant tradition have influenced the Catholic Church...

2017-10-14 10:58:43
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Pope Francis: 'You can't spread God's love from an armchair'...  

On Saturday Pope Francis said that to share God's love with the world requires action and service - and that we can't just sit around and wait for other people to perform our vocation. "Love is dynamic, it goes out of itself," the Pope said Oct. 14. The person who loves does not just sit in an armchair watching and waiting for the world to improve...

2017-10-14 10:33:38
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Catholic convert Kenneth Parker: 'In that moment, I felt like I had found my spiritual home.'...  

Kenneth Parker, who teaches Newman Studies at Duquesne University, shares how his quest to understand the meaning of the Reformation led him to discover that many of the things he'd originally believed about it were misconceptions. This caused him to wonder what spiritual treasures his own Christian tradition had abandoned when it separated from the Catholic Church...

2017-10-14 09:16:14
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Power tends to corrupt, Lord Acton said. But why?  

His name's way cooler than yours. John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton, more famous simply as Lord Acton. More to the point, he said something way more influential than anything you or I are likely to say. It's the one thing most people know. Usually misquoted, but still. He said: "Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely...

2017-10-14 08:42:50
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A lesson for parents: Don't drag your children to Mass for the wrong reasons...  

Ernie's story left my children and me indignant. A golden retriever puppy, he'd been bought by doting parents as a birthday present for their 11-year-old daughter. Jon Katz tells the story in "Poor Little Rich Dog." "Girl and dog, growing up together — what parent hasn't pictured it?" he writes. Getting Ernie completed the parents' picture of the perfect family...

2017-10-14 07:40:47
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Are you isolating yourself from your children?  

There comes a time when parents simply want some quiet time to themselves. Handling the rigors of parenthood by meeting the temporal and spiritual needs of our children can take a physical and spiritual toll. This carnal desire is something almost every parent goes through. It's not a sinful desire per se for a parent to seek a retreat or respite of sorts from their children...

2017-10-14 06:19:22
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Why the debate about aborting Down Syndrome babies matters...  

Iceland aborts about 98% of babies prenatally diagnosed with Down Syndrome and averages under 2 babies born with Down's a year. CBS recently featured Iceland as "the country where Down syndrome is disappearing," and lauded how they have "virtually eliminate[d] Down syndrome." Many pro-life groups quickly shot back that Iceland was boasting of no medical advance to accompany that statistic...

2017-10-14 05:26:12
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Vatican court convicts former hospital CEO for rehabbing cardinal's apartment...  

A three-judge Vatican panel on Saturday sentenced a former president of a papally-sponsored pediatric hospital to one year of detention, a temporary ban on public office and a fine of 5,000 Euro, all suspended on the condition that he not commit another offense, for the charge of having illicitly spent $500,000 of the hospital's money to remodel the private apartment of a senior Vatican cardinal...

2017-10-14 03:27:50
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When you meet Poor Lazarus, look at him as a man...  

When Omar died, apparently a suicide, many remembered him "as a boozy lout who would shout sexist and xenophobic comments at passersby." Others, Philly.com reported, "remembered a selfless and idiosyncratic soul, prone to spontaneous acts of kindness." He was Moroccan, born in France, living on the streets in a rough neighborhood in west Philadelphia...

2017-10-14 02:58:24
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5 reasons why Catholics don't evangelize...  

In 2013, the Barna Group did a large survey on the importance of sharing the faith of Christians. Though probably not a surprise - the demographic which had the lowest number of people who actively shared their faith was Catholics. Here is the truly sad part. They only polled those they designated as "people who said they have made "a personal commitment to Jesus Christ that is still important in their life today" and who also indicated they believe that when they die they will go to Heaven ...

2017-10-14 01:49:55
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World marks 100th anniversary of 'Miracle of the Sun' at Fatima...  

The "Miracle of the Sun," witnessed by thousands of Portuguese pilgrims Oct. 13, 1917, at Fatima, capped an amazing six months in which the Blessed Mother appeared to three simple shepherd children and imparted her wisdom that would draw the world closer to her Son and her Immaculate Heart.

2017-10-13 12:31:57
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HHS to define human life as 'beginning at conception'...  

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a draft of its new strategic plan for 2018-2022, and with the addition of a few small words, it's clear that there is a major change.

2017-10-13 07:11:23
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'Not my king': Hope in an age of fallible politics...  

The talk is a dark one. That's for sure. And I have been giving it for nearly 10 years. But what does one expect when telling the black tale of Soviet dictator, Josef Stalin? A beaten son and aimless teen finds purpose in the radical writing and vitriolic rantings of Russian socialist Vladimir Lenin. In short order, under Lenin's ideological influence...

2017-10-13 05:55:59
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Evidence shows that online dating is changing the nature of society...  

Not so long ago, nobody met a partner online. Then, in the 1990s, came the first dating websites. Match.com went live in 1995. A new wave of dating websites, such as OKCupid, emerged in the early 2000s. And the 2012 arrival of Tinder changed dating even further. Today, more than one-third of marriages start online. Clearly, these sites have had a huge impact on dating behavior...

2017-10-13 04:55:24
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Las Vegas reminds us that evil is real and that our lives are vulnerable...  

Like many of you, I woke last week on the feast of the Guardian Angels to the news of another mass shooting in America — this time in Las Vegas. The scene has played out too many times in recent years. Las Vegas reminds us again that evil is real and that our lives are vulnerable. We appreciate again what St. Paul meant: When one of us suffers...

2017-10-13 03:12:20
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The double birth and lonely death of Hugh Hefner...  

There is a scene in Ken Russell's film of The Who's rock opera "Tommy" that depicts a church whose goddess is Marilyn Monroe. In a grotesque mockery of Catholic devotion, the faithful rise from their pews to venerate a larger-than-life porcelain statue of the actress, while preacher Eric Clapton croons that she "gives eyesight to the blind...

2017-10-13 02:51:38
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If graphic designers ruled the US...  

It turned out they just wanted to fix some things...

2017-10-13 02:33:26
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'If Ye Love Me' by Thomas Tallis...  

Thomas Tallis, like his younger contemporary William Byrd, was a survivor. He was a singer, organist, and composer during the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I. Tallis endured the religious changes of the Tudor Dynasty, from Henry's through Edward VI's Calvinist iconoclasm...

2017-10-13 02:12:16
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6 steps to ensure that your car doesn't smell like garbage...  

One of the best parts of a new car is the way that it smells. The so-called "new car smell" is a hallmark of a car rolling fresh off the lot, but it's actually a smell caused by chemicals like adhesives on the interior. and can be harmful. Still, there's something about that scent. And if you buy a used car, you aren't getting any sort of nasal gratification from your first time driving the car...

2017-10-12 16:32:31
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On the Babylonian Captivity of the Church...  

Later this month, Western Christians will celebrate or grieve, or some mix of both, an awkwardly shared anniversary: the nailing of Martin Luther's Ninety-Five Theses to the door of a Wittenberg church in 1517. Never mind that the nailed-to-the-door story probably never happened. Never mind that Luther's heroic words to an Imperial Diet at Worms—"Here I stand; I can do no other"—probably weren't said...

2017-10-12 02:27:01
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Pope Francis: 'Death penalty is inhumane measure that humiliates human dignity'...  

In an Oct. 11 speech to members of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, Francis said the topic of the death penalty should have "a more adequate and coherent space" in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. This topic "cannot be reduced to a mere memory of a historic teaching" without taking into account the works and teachings of recent popes...

2017-10-11 21:30:39
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Beyond the gambling and a girlfriend, we've found nothing on Paddock. And that may tell us everything.....  

It was supposed to illustrate how the shooting was inexplicable; how nothing in this man's life could explain why he would lose his mind and become a mass murderer. "No affiliation. No religion. No politics. He never cared about any of that stuff," the brother of the Las Vegas shooter said. It was easy to miss the significance of those words -- to see how revealing they are...

2017-10-11 17:57:24
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Boy Scouts to admit girls, allow them to earn Eagle Scout rank...  

The Boy Scouts of America announced Wednesday that girls will soon be allowed to become Cub Scouts and to earn the coveted rank of Eagle Scout, the organization's highest honor. "We believe it is critical to evolve how our programs meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children...

2017-10-11 11:27:41
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Federal judge strikes down housing allowance for clergy...  

A federal judge in Wisconsin has struck down as unconstitutional a law that gives clergy tax-free housing allowances, in a ruling that could have far-reaching ramifications for religious leaders, who could be facing new taxes which will threaten their ministry. Under the federal law passed in 1954, a "minister of the gospel" doesn't pay income taxes on compensation that is designated part of a housing allowance...

2017-10-11 11:06:04
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The Catechism of the Catholic Church turns 25...  

More than twelve years since the end of the pontificate of St. John Paul II, the Church continues to assess and meditate on one of the most significant pontificates in history. And no assessment of his extraordinary papal era can overlook one of the greatest of his achievements: the Catechism of the Catholic Church, issued exactly 25 years ago...

2017-10-11 10:30:06
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In historic move, Pope gives Syro-Malabar Church powers to evangelize outside its base in southern India...  

In a historic move, Pope Francis has extended the administrative powers of the Syro-Malabar Church across India, removing restrictions imposed since the arrival of Portuguese missionaries in the 16th century. Announcing the establishment of two new dioceses for the Eastern-rite church in an Oct. 9 letter to all India bishops, Pope Francis also authorized it to have pastoral powers across India...

2017-10-11 08:33:03
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Ross Douthat weighs in on Harvey Weinstein and other 'pigs of liberalism'...  

If you are surprised by the news that Harvey Weinstein of Miramax fame, a man well known for profane tirades and physical altercations and scrounging M&Ms off movie theater floors, is also the sort of charmer who loafs around semi-nude while asking subordinates for "back" massages, then you can be surprised by just about anything: the sun rising in the east...

2017-10-11 07:35:19
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Adult diapers outsell baby diapers, and 7 other signs Japan has become a 'demographic time bomb'...  

Japan is dealing with what economists call a "demographic time bomb." Through a vicious cycle of low fertility and low consumer spending, the country's economy has gradually shrunk over the last 25 years. People are living longer, and they're heaping greater social-security costs onto younger generations who aren't having kids to replace them — thereby furthering the cycle...

2017-10-11 07:05:45
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Pope's Wednesday Audience: 'A Christian is made to have patience, not boredom'...  

This morning's General Audience was held at 9:20 in St. Peter's Square, where the Holy Father Francis met with groups of pilgrims and faithful from Italy and from all over the world. In his address in Italian the Pope reflected on the theme: "Vigilant Waiting." After summarizing his catechesis in several languages, the Holy Father expressed special greetings to groups of faithful present...

2017-10-11 05:43:32
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The times are urgent and we must heed the warnings of Our Lady...  

We all know what the Virgin Mary said at Fatima in 1917 and that she was very serious. Although one terrible war (World War I) was ending, she said that another more terrible war would come if men did not pray and repent. Further, in the aftermath of the coming war, Russia would spread her errors (atheistic Communism) and both the Church and the world would have much to suffer...

2017-10-11 03:51:45
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How long do popes usually serve?  

In 2013 Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation from the Papacy, to the surprise of millions (if not Billions) of people. His reign as leader of the Catholic church felt very short for two reasons: 1) he is the first Pope for several hundred years to resign 2) his predecessor was the second-longest-serving Pope in history For those of us young enough to not remember a time before Pope John Paul II...

2017-10-11 03:26:49
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Bishop Vasa of Santa Rosa: 'Our diocese has been hit hard' by wildfires...  

Our diocese has been hit hard, as you know well, and is in an ongoing state of uncertainty. The fires are zero percent contained as of Tuesday morning. Most of our parishes are fine. The one exception is Cardinal Newman High School and Saint Rose Elementary, which share a campus. A significant portion of the high school has been destroyed...

2017-10-11 03:20:54
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