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After Covington Catholic controversy, Nathan Phillips rally attempted to disrupt basilica Mass, security guard says...  

While chanting and playing ceremonial drums, a group of Native American rights activists reportedly led by Nathan Phillips attempted Jan. 19 to enter Washington, D.C.'s Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception during a Saturday evening Mass. The group of 20 demonstrators was stopped by shrine security as it tried to enter the church during its 5:15 pm Vigil Mass...

what do you think?

2019-01-22 19:31:58



When Planned Parenthood bullies try to push your buttons...  

He's a very nice guy, Peter Wolfgang. And a lot more patient than I am. Which is good, because when they have to deal with him, pro-choicers act like the jerk in the third grade who keeps flicking the back of your ear. You may remember what happens. I do. You bear it patiently. You're not going to complain to the teacher. That's against the code...

what do you think?

2019-01-22 18:11:25



The devil, a protagonist throughout the millennia, has clearly upped his game...  

As future Pope Karol Wojtyla prophesied when visiting the United States in 1976, "We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, between the Gospel and the anti-Gospel, between Christ and the anti-Christ." He said this when delivering a bicentennial address at the Eucharistic Congress in Philadelphia...

what do you think?

2019-01-22 16:23:42



Inside a Brazilian chapel made out of wine...  

Within the state of Rio Grande do Sul, at the southernmost tip of Brazil, is the Vale dos Vinhedos: the Valley of Vineyards. With its landscape of rolling green hillsides dotted with family farms, the vista could easily be mistaken for Tuscany. The state produces 90 percent of the nation's wine, with more than 30 wineries in the Vale dos Vinhedos alone...

what do you think?

2019-01-22 15:15:06



What is time?  

So often in funerals I hear proclaimed the familiar lines from the Book of Ecclesiastes, which speaks to the great mystery we call time; more on its text, in a moment. If I were to ask you to define time, could you do it in a way that really satisfies? For example, some have defined as "the measure of change." Well, OK, but that doesn't satisfy...

what do you think?

2019-01-22 13:42:46



We have nuclear ships and subs. So why are there no nuclear airplanes?  

The U.S. Navy recently asked Congress for $139 billion to update its fleet of nuclear-powered submarines. Unlike "conventional" submarines, which need to surface frequently, nuclear submarines can cruise below the sea at high speeds for decades without ever needing to refuel. Defense planners expect that the new submarines will run on one fueling for the entirety of deployment—up to a half century...

what do you think?

2019-01-22 12:05:46



Give your children back to Christ, through Mary...  

Just like that, my husband and I were sitting in the pew alone. For over fifteen years we managed children during Mass, but suddenly one Sunday the girls were helping with their jobs and our youngest boy was assisting as an altar server. I could hear all those times other women said to me: "Oh honey, don't worry about your babies making noise...

what do you think?

2019-01-22 11:38:45



12 (or so) things that caught my eye at the March for Life 2019...  

On today — what some of us call the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children — a few people and signs that caught my eye on Friday at the March for Life... The painful reality... Not a statistic, not a theoretical debate... The pro-life generation... So many families... They walked even if it wasn't easy...

what do you think?

2019-01-22 11:33:18



What I tell my altar servers...  

Boys, before we get down to particulars, I want you to know why we have altar servers at all. Do the deacons and I need you to bring the bread and the water and wine to the altar? No, we could do that ourselves. Do we need you to carry candles and the cross and hold the book? Not really. The priest is supposed to extend his hands in prayer...

what do you think?

2019-01-22 08:43:48



“I failed the Covington Catholic Test. Next time there's a viral story, I'll wait for more facts to emerge...”...  

Like many people who spend too much time on Twitter, I watched with indignation Saturday morning as stories began appearing about a confrontation near the Lincoln Memorial between students from Covington Catholic High School and American Indians from the Indigenous Peoples March. The story felt personal to me; I live a few miles from the high school...

what do you think?

2019-01-22 07:43:38



Sanctity under fire: Fr. Willie Doyle and the rest of us...  

Sometimes we benefit from practical examples of how to grow in holiness. That's why we turn to the lives of the saints. But one drawback is that so many of those who are canonized followed particular paths of life to which the vast majority of us are not called. A gap in understanding arises between the commitment represented by an extraordinary vocation...

what do you think?

2019-01-22 05:07:58



Notre Dame to cover prominent murals of Christopher Columbus...  

A series of murals depicting Christopher Columbus' life and exploration displayed at the University of Notre Dame will be covered up, the university's president announced Sunday. "Painted in 1882-84 ... they reflect the attitudes of the time and were intended as a didactic presentation, responding to cultural challenges for the school's largely immigrant...

what do you think?

2019-01-22 04:52:27



News in an age of rage tweets: Who needs to repent, after the Covington Catholic acid storm?  

As this past weekend's March for Life controversy began to escalate, I did what legions of other journalists and pundits did — I aimed a tweet at the young men of Covington Catholic High School and their leaders. It was a rather mild tweet, as these things go. I said: "We can hope the young men repent and change. #MarchForLife holds out hope for repentance and healing...

what do you think?

2019-01-22 01:13:57



The age of deference by bishops toward the Holy Father has taken a decisive turn...  

As depicted in the television series The Crown, a member of the House of Lords publicly criticizes the Queen's old-fashioned and "priggish" ways as out of keeping with a "new" Britain. In a bit of creative license, the Queen meets secretly with Lord Altrincham to seek his counsel. What is it that has changed? What is part of the old Britain that no longer holds...

what do you think?

2019-01-21 21:27:18



14 of the best signs at March for Life 2019...  

On Friday, January 18, thousands in the pro-life movement marched in DC for an end to abortion. I took pictures of some of the best signs. Here you go (titles link to Tweets).

what do you think?

2019-01-21 21:11:56



A layman's guide to the Roe vs. Wade decision...  

Last December I posted an analysis of the Obergefell decision which changed the definition of "marriage" in the United States. Today I thought I'd give the same treatment to another landmark decision: What was in that decision? How was it decided? Did it make any sense? Let's find out. The decision begins with the background of the law being challenged...

what do you think?

2019-01-21 20:49:22



Watch the March for Life from beginning to end in a one-minute time lapse.....  

Yesterday, hundreds of thousands stood up for the life in Washington, D.C. at the 46th annual March for Life. This amazing event featured speakers such as Vice President Mike Pence, Second Lady Karen Pence, Ben Shapiro, Abby Johnson, Lila Rose, Dr. Alveda King, and many more! Not only that, but hundreds of thousands of participants braved the freezing-cold weather to show our country that human life begins at conception and abortion should never be an option...

what do you think?

2019-01-21 20:32:50



An incorrupt heart, 17,000 youth, and the hope of SEEK19...  

At the same time that the bishops of the United States gathered at Mundelein Seminary at the behest of Pope Francis for a week of prayer and reflection concerning the clergy sexual abuse crisis, 17,000 young people met just 200 miles away in Indianapolis, Indiana. While the shepherds of the Church were on retreat, the Indiana Convention Center was transformed for the biennial Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) SEEK Conference...

what do you think?

2019-01-21 19:48:21



Covington Catholic, rage and civil war...  

The incident with the boys from Covington Catholic at March for Life echoes ominously in our culture. It indicates the fragility of our society and the divisions that run deep in our country. It reveals the levels of rage and blame in our society and there are several problems with what happened: First of all, the mainstream media jumped on the story and promoted the anti-Catholic...

what do you think?

2019-01-21 19:24:22



In search of non-toxic manhood...  

One of the frustrating tics of our society's progressive vanguard is the assumption that every evil it discovers was entirely invisible in the past, that this generation is the first to wrestle with dominance and cruelty. This forgetting of human experience, this perpetual present-tenseness, pervades the latest flashpoint in the culture war over the sexes — the new guidelines for treating male pathology from the American Psychological Association...

what do you think?

2019-01-21 19:24:18



The time Bill Murray gave David Letterman a baptismal gown...  

Bill Murray may not act much these days, but his off-screen antics have kept him in the public's eye. The Ghostbusters actor has been known to pop up in the strangest places to do all sorts of things you'd never expect from a successful household name; like dropping in to a stranger's bachelor party to give a toast or chauffeuring a taxi driver so he can practice the saxophone...

what do you think?

2019-01-21 17:18:04



Franciscan University of Steubenville Prof. Stephen E. Lewis: “Why I assigned 'The Kingdom'”...  

Last week, a controversy erupted over a book I assigned in a five-student advanced literature seminar at the Franciscan University of Steubenville (FUS) during the Spring 2018 semester. Not wishing to further divide our university community, I trusted that my superiors at FUS would handle the matter appropriately and I refrained from public comment...

what do you think?

2019-01-21 16:18:12



Covington Catholic students at the Indigenous Peoples March: What we know...  

Covington Catholic High School has said that students could be expelled after a video went viral, showing an incident where students who were in Washington D.C. for the March for Life interacted with indigenous marchers at a different event. Multiple videos have gained popularity, including a longer version that shows the start of the incident...

what do you think?

2019-01-21 14:16:20



Why March for Life? “They're only babies...”...  

A right-wing atheist I knew at Yale liked to get under believers' skins. At 22, he sported a prophet's hipster John Brown beard. He taught some younger members of the Party of the Right to channel Nietzsche, swig bourbon, and target shoot beer bottles just off campus. I thought him pernicious. As an angry Catholic culture warrior from Queens...

what do you think?

2019-01-21 13:54:44



Rumors of the death of detente with traditionalists may be exaggerated...  

As expected, Pope Francis on Saturday formally abolished the "Ecclesia Dei" commission, ending its over thirty-year run as the Vatican's primary forum for relations with the Society of St. Pius X, founded by the late French Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, and the broader traditionalist galaxy in the Church. First reported by a series of traditionalist blogs in December...

what do you think?

2019-01-21 13:31:44



How to watch Sunday night's lunar eclipse...  

Americans will soon have another chance to stare at something amazing in the sky. Starting late at night on Sunday, January 20, and continuing into the wee hours of Monday morning, a total lunar eclipse will be visible over the United States, turning the moon an eerie red color for just more than an hour. This total lunar eclipse (nicknamed the "Super Wolf Blood Moon") should be visible everywhere in the U...

what do you think?

2019-01-21 13:08:49



Why is the night sky dark?  

You might have wondered why the sky is blue. Or what gives sunsets their brilliant red. These bright colors stick out in the natural world and beg for an explanation. But have you ever wondered why the night sky is black?

what do you think?

2019-01-21 12:43:01



Panama, Vatican make final preparations for papal visit, World Youth Day this week...  

When Pope Francis visits Panama this week, he arrives not only as the first Latin American pontiff to visit Central America but as perhaps the world's most prominent advocate for migrants at a time when migration has become a pressing political issue in the region and elsewhere. The Argentine-born son of Italian immigrants has long held the issue dear to his heart and has signaled that it will be a central theme during the trip...

what do you think?

2019-01-21 12:12:14



In search of non-toxic manhood...  

One of the frustrating tics of our society's progressive vanguard is the assumption that every evil it discovers was entirely invisible in the past, that this generation is the first to wrestle with dominance and cruelty. This forgetting of human experience, this perpetual present-tenseness, pervades the latest flashpoint in the culture war over the sexes — the new guidelines for treating male pathology from the American Psychological Association...

what do you think?

2019-01-21 11:57:24



At crisis' Ground Zero, a muted March for the bishops...  

In a normal year, these days would see the Stateside church storm the nation's capital with bells on to carry out American Catholicism's most prominent act of advocacy in the public square. For the millionth time, however, these days are anything but normal. That tomorrow's March for Life was destined to unfold in the epicenter of this season of scandal was always bound to make for a tricky confluence...

what do you think?

2019-01-21 10:59:34



Biblical basics about Mother Mary...  

In this Sunday's Gospel passage of the wedding feast at Cana, there is a theological portrait of both Mother Mary and prayer. Let's look at the Gospel along five lines: The place that Mary has, the prayer she makes, the portrait of Mary, and the power and product of her prayer.

what do you think?

2019-01-21 10:36:38



Where did Jesus' first miracle really take place?  

Cana is known for being the scene of Jesus' first miracle, the changing of water into wine at a wedding feast (John 2:1-11). Some commentators claim the wedding might have possibly been that of a close relative of Jesus' mother. As they ran out of wine, Mary turned to her Son to avoid any potential embarrassment. The Gospel says Jesus replied asking his mother "what concern is that to you and to me...

what do you think?

2019-01-21 10:03:51



A real look at the (notoriously under-reported) March for Life...  

"Happy March for Life!" More than a few people said that to me as I arrived here for the annual March for Life. The march is really a few days of events. And it's weird, in a way. It's in fact a protest of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions, which legalized abortion in all three trimesters of pregnancy and codified a war that cruelly and unnecessarily pitted women against their unborn children...

what do you think?

2019-01-21 09:53:11



Vatican knew about Bishop Zanchetta's “obscene” selfies in 2015, say Argentine Church officials...  

The Vatican received information in 2015 and 2017 that an Argentine bishop close to Pope Francis had taken naked selfies, exhibited "obscene" behavior and had been accused of misconduct with seminarians, his former vicar general told The Associated Press, undermining Vatican claims that allegations of sexual abuse were only made a few months ago...

what do you think?

2019-01-21 09:09:29



Lax news: Catholic teens, plus Native elder, plus Hebrew Israelites, equals volatile video mess...  

No doubt the religion story of the month involved a feisty aftermath of Friday's March for Life in Washington, D.C. where a group of Catholic high school kids from Kentucky, a handful of Black Hebrew Israelite protestors and Native American activists met on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Black, Native, white: A perfect storm...

what do you think?

2019-01-21 08:08:57



There seems to be more to the Steubenville kerfuffle than meets the eye...  

It is hard to believe that Franciscan University at Steubenville demoted Stephen Lewis from his English Department chairmanship over a single porny book about the Blessed Mother that he assigned to students. You might suspect there was more to it than that, and so your mind turns to Lewis's judgment over time and from there to Rebecca Bratten Weiss...

what do you think?

2019-01-21 07:44:44



Uncle Screwtape is delighted with our social cowardice...  

My Dear Wormwood, Forgive my tardy response to your last flaming missive (or—if you really want to impress me—don't) in which you attempt to berate me for insufficiently appreciating your efforts at sowing discord within the venue of American Politics. As they say in your circles, "Goon, get over yourself." Political discord...

what do you think?

2019-01-21 07:36:01



Father James Schall reflects on life and death...  

A few weeks ago, the word was that Father James V. Schall, S. J., was in his final days. At 91, that's not too shocking. At the same time, the "retired," storied Georgetown politics professor remains more productive than many of us. So I sent him a few questions the other day about life and death, and he answered. It's a mediation on everything — all of the things we really ought to be thinking about more...

what do you think?

2019-01-21 07:31:38



The Covington Catholic dust-up was a brief, weird situation. So why are we all talking about it?  

Well, that was quite the weekend on the Internets, wasn't it? When the Covington Catholic photo flashed across one of my feeds, I freely admit that my first reaction was, "Expel him!" accompanied by several tweets/posts that mercifully existed only in my head. And then... as it does... a fuller picture started emerging. As it does...

what do you think?

2019-01-21 06:48:15



Martin Luther King Jr. stands firmly on the shoulders of Augustine and Aquinas...  

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., leader of the nonviolent Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and '60s, helped Americans to understand that while obedience to the law is important, one is not required to obey an unjust law. In his "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" on April 16, 1963, he drew on the teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas to explain the difference between just and unjust laws:

what do you think?

2019-01-21 06:43:50



From the Book of Proverbs, here are 3 proverbs for pro-lifers...  

We who participate in the March for Life are always in need of the Lord's strength and guidance, His grace and mercy, in order to see our goal of ending legalized abortion. To that end, I offer some lessons drawn from the 24th chapter of the Book of Proverbs. If you remain indifferent in times of adversity, your strength will depart from you...

what do you think?

2019-01-21 06:15:26



A reflection on a sermon of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., refuting atheistic materialism...  

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose birthday we commemorate on Monday, is best known as a civil rights leader who worked to end racial injustice, but he had other things to say as he preached each Sunday, first in his own assembly and later as he spoke around the country. Among his recorded sermons is one in which Dr. King addressed the problem of unbelief...

what do you think?

2019-01-21 06:06:19



A closer look at the Holy Veil of Manoppello...  

The Holy Veil of Manoppello is an image-bearing piece of cloth that some believe is Veronica's veil.

what do you think?

2019-01-21 04:45:15



The readings for this Lord's Day highlight Jesus as our spiritual bridegroom...  

This Sunday we remain in the afterglow of Epiphany, the celebration of the "manifestation" of Jesus' divine glory. [Greek epi - phaino = "shine upon" = "reveal, manifest."] Epiphany, which once was its own season (like Advent or Christmas), has often been associated with three events from the Gospels: the Magi, the Baptism...

what do you think?

2019-01-21 04:32:13



Why is the night sky dark?  

You might have wondered why the sky is blue. Or what gives sunsets their brilliant red. These bright colors stick out in the natural world and beg for an explanation. But have you ever wondered why the night sky is black?

what do you think?

2019-01-21 04:30:40



There seems to be more to the Covington Catholic kerfuffle than meets the eye...  

Good morning from Dublin. It is really interesting to observe US public controversies from outside the American bubble. I am startled by the massive controversy that has erupted over the Covington (KY) Catholic school boys and the Native American man, Nathan Phillips, in the aftermath of the March For Life. Several video clips of the confrontation between an elder of the Omaha tribe and a large group of Catholic high school boys wearing MAGA hats have gone viral...

what do you think?

2019-01-21 04:14:40



Sister resigns from Detroit seminary after sex abuse allegations...  

Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit announced this week the resignation of Sr. Mary Finn, 84, a long-time faculty member and assistant professor of theology, after allegations surfaced that she had sexual contact with young adult novices under her charge in the 1970s. "In recent days, information came to my attention regarding inappropriate conduct over fifty years ago by Sr...

what do you think?

2019-01-21 03:51:53



Former athlete Katrina Gallic found strength in her paralysis — and call to join the March for Life...  

When Katrina Gallic was entering high school, one of the things the future pro-life advocate was most excited about was being a sprinter for the track team. "The thrill of being able to run very quickly — I loved it when I was a kid. I thought it was so fun," said Gallic, now 23. Running was one of the few constants Gallic had...

what do you think?

2019-01-21 03:46:29



St. Sebastian, pray for us!...  

If you have (or ever have had) children in Catholic schools around here, chances are good that they played sports at some point. And if that's the case, then the chances are even better that you know the Inter-City Catholic League (ICCL) Athlete's Prayer by heart. It's recited before every Catholic school match-up, and it ends with this enthusiastic invocation: "Saint Sebastian...

what do you think?

2019-01-21 03:08:16



Pope Francis suppresses Ecclesia Dei, transfers duties to CDF...  

As had been widely expected, Pope Francis has issued a papal decree suppressing the pontifical commission charged with bringing separated traditional Catholics linked to the Society of St. Pius X back into full communion. In a motu proprio signed Jan. 17 and published today, the Pope decreed that the Pontifical Commission 'Ecclesia Dei' is to be abolished but that its work will continue in a "special section" of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith...

what do you think?

2019-01-21 02:47:42



Panama, Vatican make final preparations for papal visit, World Youth Day this week...  

When Pope Francis visits Panama this week, he arrives not only as the first Latin American pontiff to visit Central America but as perhaps the world's most prominent advocate for migrants at a time when migration has become a pressing political issue in the region and elsewhere. The Argentine-born son of Italian immigrants has long held the issue dear to his heart and has signaled that it will be a central theme during the trip...

what do you think?

2019-01-21 02:44:30



A reflection on a sermon of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., refuting atheistic materialism...  

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose birthday we commemorate on Monday, is best known as a civil rights leader who worked to end racial injustice, but he had other things to say as he preached each Sunday, first in his own assembly and later as he spoke around the country. Among his recorded sermons is one in which Dr. King addressed the problem of unbelief...

what do you think?

2019-01-21 01:41:19



There seems to be more to the Steubenville kerfuffle than meets the eye...  

It is hard to believe that Franciscan University at Steubenville demoted Stephen Lewis from his English Department chairmanship over a single porny book about the Blessed Mother that he assigned to students. You might suspect there was more to it than that, and so your mind turns to Lewis's judgment over time and from there to Rebecca Bratten Weiss...

what do you think?

2019-01-20 15:16:12



Biblical basics about Mother Mary...  

In this Sunday's Gospel passage of the wedding feast at Cana, there is a theological portrait of both Mother Mary and prayer. Let's look at the Gospel along five lines: The place that Mary has, the prayer she makes, the portrait of Mary, and the power and product of her prayer.

what do you think?

2019-01-20 14:21:56



There seems to be more to the Covington Catholic kerfuffle than meets the eye...  

Good morning from Dublin. It is really interesting to observe US public controversies from outside the American bubble. I am startled by the massive controversy that has erupted over the Covington (KY) Catholic school boys and the Native American man, Nathan Phillips, in the aftermath of the March For Life. Several video clips of the confrontation between an elder of the Omaha tribe and a large group of Catholic high school boys wearing MAGA hats have gone viral...

what do you think?

2019-01-20 14:11:54



Why March for Life? “They're only babies...”...  

A right-wing atheist I knew at Yale liked to get under believers' skins. At 22, he sported a prophet's hipster John Brown beard. He taught some younger members of the Party of the Right to channel Nietzsche, swig bourbon, and target shoot beer bottles just off campus. I thought him pernicious. As an angry Catholic culture warrior from Queens...

what do you think?

2019-01-20 13:35:10



Vatican knew about Bishop Zanchetta's “obscene” selfies in 2015, say Argentine Church officials...  

The Vatican received information in 2015 and 2017 that an Argentine bishop close to Pope Francis had taken naked selfies, exhibited "obscene" behavior and had been accused of misconduct with seminarians, his former vicar general told The Associated Press, undermining Vatican claims that allegations of sexual abuse were only made a few months ago...

what do you think?

2019-01-20 12:42:01



The readings for this Lord's Day highlight Jesus as our spiritual bridegroom...  

This Sunday we remain in the afterglow of Epiphany, the celebration of the "manifestation" of Jesus' divine glory. [Greek epi - phaino = "shine upon" = "reveal, manifest."] Epiphany, which once was its own season (like Advent or Christmas), has often been associated with three events from the Gospels: the Magi, the Baptism...

what do you think?

2019-01-20 12:32:07



Rumors of the death of detente with traditionalists may be exaggerated...  

As expected, Pope Francis on Saturday formally abolished the "Ecclesia Dei" commission, ending its over thirty-year run as the Vatican's primary forum for relations with the Society of St. Pius X, founded by the late French Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, and the broader traditionalist galaxy in the Church. First reported by a series of traditionalist blogs in December...

what do you think?

2019-01-20 05:27:14



Where did Jesus' first miracle really take place?  

Cana is known for being the scene of Jesus' first miracle, the changing of water into wine at a wedding feast (John 2:1-11). Some commentators claim the wedding might have possibly been that of a close relative of Jesus' mother. As they ran out of wine, Mary turned to her Son to avoid any potential embarrassment. The Gospel says Jesus replied asking his mother "what concern is that to you and to me...

what do you think?

2019-01-20 05:24:22



Covington Catholic, rage and civil war...  

The incident with the boys from Covington Catholic at March for Life echoes ominously in our culture. It indicates the fragility of our society and the divisions that run deep in our country. It reveals the levels of rage and blame in our society and there are several problems with what happened: First of all, the mainstream media jumped on the story and promoted the anti-Catholic...

what do you think?

2019-01-20 05:12:17



Watch the March for Life from beginning to end in a one-minute time lapse.....  

Yesterday, hundreds of thousands stood up for the life in Washington, D.C. at the 46th annual March for Life. This amazing event featured speakers such as Vice President Mike Pence, Second Lady Karen Pence, Ben Shapiro, Abby Johnson, Lila Rose, Dr. Alveda King, and many more! Not only that, but hundreds of thousands of participants braved the freezing-cold weather to show our country that human life begins at conception and abortion should never be an option...

what do you think?

2019-01-20 01:46:44



Covington Catholic students at the Indigenous Peoples March: What we know...  

Covington Catholic High School has said that students could be expelled after a video went viral, showing an incident where students who were in Washington D.C. for the March for Life interacted with indigenous marchers at a different event. Multiple videos have gained popularity, including a longer version that shows the start of the incident...

what do you think?

2019-01-20 01:20:39



14 of the best signs at March for Life 2019...  

On Friday, January 18, thousands in the pro-life movement marched in DC for an end to abortion. I took pictures of some of the best signs. Here you go (titles link to Tweets).

what do you think?

2019-01-19 13:15:23



The age of deference by bishops toward the Holy Father has taken a decisive turn...  

As depicted in the television series The Crown, a member of the House of Lords publicly criticizes the Queen's old-fashioned and "priggish" ways as out of keeping with a "new" Britain. In a bit of creative license, the Queen meets secretly with Lord Altrincham to seek his counsel. What is it that has changed? What is part of the old Britain that no longer holds...

what do you think?

2019-01-19 12:43:56



Former athlete Katrina Gallic found strength in her paralysis — and call to join the March for Life...  

When Katrina Gallic was entering high school, one of the things the future pro-life advocate was most excited about was being a sprinter for the track team. "The thrill of being able to run very quickly — I loved it when I was a kid. I thought it was so fun," said Gallic, now 23. Running was one of the few constants Gallic had...

what do you think?

2019-01-19 08:02:26



Pope Francis suppresses Ecclesia Dei, transfers duties to CDF...  

As had been widely expected, Pope Francis has issued a papal decree suppressing the pontifical commission charged with bringing separated traditional Catholics linked to the Society of St. Pius X back into full communion. In a motu proprio signed Jan. 17 and published today, the Pope decreed that the Pontifical Commission 'Ecclesia Dei' is to be abolished but that its work will continue in a "special section" of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith...

what do you think?

2019-01-19 07:52:54



A layman's guide to the Roe vs. Wade decision...  

Last December I posted an analysis of the Obergefell decision which changed the definition of "marriage" in the United States. Today I thought I'd give the same treatment to another landmark decision: What was in that decision? How was it decided? Did it make any sense? Let's find out. The decision begins with the background of the law being challenged...

what do you think?

2019-01-19 07:01:37



Franciscan University of Steubenville Prof. Stephen E. Lewis: “Why I assigned 'The Kingdom'”...  

Last week, a controversy erupted over a book I assigned in a five-student advanced literature seminar at the Franciscan University of Steubenville (FUS) during the Spring 2018 semester. Not wishing to further divide our university community, I trusted that my superiors at FUS would handle the matter appropriately and I refrained from public comment...

what do you think?

2019-01-19 06:14:58



A closer look at the Holy Veil of Manoppello...  

The Holy Veil of Manoppello is an image-bearing piece of cloth that some believe is Veronica's veil.

what do you think?

2019-01-19 03:55:09



How to watch Sunday night's lunar eclipse...  

Americans will soon have another chance to stare at something amazing in the sky. Starting late at night on Sunday, January 20, and continuing into the wee hours of Monday morning, a total lunar eclipse will be visible over the United States, turning the moon an eerie red color for just more than an hour. This total lunar eclipse (nicknamed the "Super Wolf Blood Moon") should be visible everywhere in the U...

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2019-01-19 03:42:54



St. Sebastian, pray for us!...  

If you have (or ever have had) children in Catholic schools around here, chances are good that they played sports at some point. And if that's the case, then the chances are even better that you know the Inter-City Catholic League (ICCL) Athlete's Prayer by heart. It's recited before every Catholic school match-up, and it ends with this enthusiastic invocation: "Saint Sebastian...

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2019-01-19 01:54:26



Father James Schall reflects on life and death...  

A few weeks ago, the word was that Father James V. Schall, S. J., was in his final days. At 91, that's not too shocking. At the same time, the "retired," storied Georgetown politics professor remains more productive than many of us. So I sent him a few questions the other day about life and death, and he answered. It's a mediation on everything — all of the things we really ought to be thinking about more...

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2019-01-19 01:28:07



“Deep Blue,” one of the planet's biggest great white sharks, spotted off Hawaii — and divers got pictures...  

A team of divers has had a close encounter with one of the biggest great white sharks on record - and lived to tell the tale. Some of the divers came so close to the female shark in the waters off Hawaii that they were able to touch it. The shark, nearly 20ft (6m) long and weighing an estimated 2.5 tonnes, is believed to be one tagged by researchers about 20 years ago called Deep Blue...

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2019-01-18 17:44:16



An incorrupt heart, 17,000 youth, and the hope of SEEK19...  

At the same time that the bishops of the United States gathered at Mundelein Seminary at the behest of Pope Francis for a week of prayer and reflection concerning the clergy sexual abuse crisis, 17,000 young people met just 200 miles away in Indianapolis, Indiana. While the shepherds of the Church were on retreat, the Indiana Convention Center was transformed for the biennial Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) SEEK Conference...

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2019-01-18 17:17:04



Pregnant woman's sonogram appears to depict Christ crucified...  

While at the Fellowship of Catholic University Students' (FOCUS) SEEK2019 conference, assistant editor Jacqueline Burkepile met up with the Sisters of Life, and they showed her a fascinating picture. One of the sisters said, "An Indiana seminarian came up to me and gave me this. He did not provide his name, but said, 'Pressured to have an abortion...

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2019-01-18 14:27:23



Some sobering thoughts about why Fr. Fidelis gets himself arrested, and why we march...  

ather Fidelis Moscinski, C.F.R., goes to the front lines. He's a Catholic priest with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, and I run into him now and again. One of the most recent times was at a monthly Saturday morning Mass for life and healing at Old Saint Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan. Afterwards, there's always a prayerful procession to the flagship Planned Parenthood on Margaret Sanger Place...

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2019-01-18 13:43:53



Uncle Screwtape is delighted with our social cowardice...  

My Dear Wormwood, Forgive my tardy response to your last flaming missive (or—if you really want to impress me—don't) in which you attempt to berate me for insufficiently appreciating your efforts at sowing discord within the venue of American Politics. As they say in your circles, "Goon, get over yourself." Political discord...

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2019-01-18 10:05:04



Karen Pence commits heresy against New York Times editorial board...  

How did I miss this story? Apparently, there is some kind of move afoot in elite media to push for the establishment of the Episcopal Church, or perhaps the United Church of Christ, as the state-mandated religion in the United States. Have you heard about this? That's one way to read the remarkable media response to Second Lady Karen Pence's decision to return to the teaching at an ordinary evangelical Protestant school that attempts to defend ordinary conservative or traditional Christian d...

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2019-01-18 06:34:06



Sister resigns from Detroit seminary after sex abuse allegations...  

Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit announced this week the resignation of Sr. Mary Finn, 84, a long-time faculty member and assistant professor of theology, after allegations surfaced that she had sexual contact with young adult novices under her charge in the 1970s. "In recent days, information came to my attention regarding inappropriate conduct over fifty years ago by Sr...

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2019-01-18 06:24:12



Because I believe so deeply in the power of story, let me tell you how I came back to the Church...  

I tend to lean pretty far in the self disclosing direction when I share here on the blog. I've pulled back a little bit as the kids have gotten older as far as the specifics I share about them, images, etc, but I'm still a fairly open book with my own story. I share bits about our marriage that Dave approves, but for the most part I'm a one woman show in this space...

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2019-01-18 06:04:34



At crisis' Ground Zero, a muted March for the bishops...  

In a normal year, these days would see the Stateside church storm the nation's capital with bells on to carry out American Catholicism's most prominent act of advocacy in the public square. For the millionth time, however, these days are anything but normal. That tomorrow's March for Life was destined to unfold in the epicenter of this season of scandal was always bound to make for a tricky confluence...

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2019-01-18 04:27:43



“Unique From Day One” — Massive crowd gathers in Washington for March for Life 2019...  

Live and complete coverage from EWTN...

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2019-01-18 03:52:56



From the Book of Proverbs, here are 3 proverbs for pro-lifers...  

We who participate in the March for Life are always in need of the Lord's strength and guidance, His grace and mercy, in order to see our goal of ending legalized abortion. To that end, I offer some lessons drawn from the 24th chapter of the Book of Proverbs. If you remain indifferent in times of adversity, your strength will depart from you...

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2019-01-18 01:58:49



Senate passes 'religious test' resolution on Knights of Columbus...  

The Senate yesterday passed a resolution saying it would be "unconstitutional" to consider membership in the Knights of Columbus a disqualifying criteria for public office. The resolution passed by unanimous consent, meaning it went unopposed by senators of either party. The Jan. 16 resolution was drafted and introduced by Sen...

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2019-01-17 21:55:38



4 possible reasons why Cardinal Wuerl didn't come clean about Cardinal McCarrick...  

Last week, U.S. Catholics learned that Cardinal Wuerl knew that his disgraced predecessor, Theodore McCarrick, had faced allegations of sexual misconduct with seminarians back in 2004. And when Cardinal Wuerl was accused of lying about his knowledge of McCarrick's misbehavior, his spokesman argued last week that his public comments had been misunderstood: He had only denied prior knowledge of the allegations against McCarrick that involved minors...

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2019-01-17 19:56:09



Who would have known?  

A few days ago, the Nashua Public Library hosted a Drag Queen Teen Time, starring soi-disant Monique Toosoon, a gay man whom the once-conservative Manchester Union Leader, in a short puff-piece, denominated as "she." Over 130 people attended, mostly women and teenagers. When one girl asked the transvestite Toosoon whether a girl could be a drag queen...

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2019-01-17 19:35:18



We prolifers ought to work harder at winning and not so hard at being seen as winners...  

While visiting Texas recently I observed two rather different approaches to accommodating Latino migrants released from federal detention into the United States—and learned a lesson applicable to the pro-life movement. At one non-denominational church, Christians received a Latino family into their care. The pastor promptly scheduled a press conference...

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2019-01-17 19:10:10



Faced with another bad flu season, some churches are nixing handshaking, handholding and Communion under both species...  

In New Mexico, the Archdiocese of Santa Fe said Monday that parishioners should limit touching during Mass, including by not holding hands during prayer and simply nodding during the sign of peace instead of shaking hands or hugging. Only the consecrated bread will be administered during the sacrament of Holy Communion, the archdiocese said...

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2019-01-17 19:04:37



Despite role in sex scandal, Cardinal Mahony to speak to youth at LA conference in Diocese of Orange...  

I'll never forget my mom, explaining in her Hell's Kitchen New York accent, why my older sister couldn't go to Woodstock: "Oh no. That's how the Nazis got started. First you corrupt the youth. The next thing you know, whaddaya you got? World War II. No way." And if I knew someone young and impressionable, that's what I'd tell him about the Los Angeles Religious Education Conference...

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2019-01-17 18:52:50



Cardinal Wuerl apologizes to priests, McCarrick victim, says he forgot he knew about harassment allegations...  

D.C.'s embattled Catholic leader, Donald Wuerl, under fire in recent days for untruthful statements regarding what he knew about the alleged sexual misconduct of his predecessor, Theodore McCarrick, apologized late Tuesday, saying he forgot he knew about the allegations and that it was "never the intention to provide false information...

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2019-01-17 17:15:53



If you love somebody, if you love someone.....  

One thing is very clear from looking at the universe God designed: God loves extreme variety. Really extreme. Just one example I love: there are about 17,500 species of butterflies and 160,000 species of moths in the world. Crazy! The differences between each person are vast and superabound. Our unique fingerprint is our glory. Diverse physical features...

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2019-01-17 17:06:11



Courage International is a lifeline for Catholics living with SSA...  

Have you heard of Courage International? It is the official Catholic apostolate for men, women, and their loved ones who struggle with SSA (same-sex attraction). I have a very dear young friend by the name of Andres, a beautiful young Latino man who was born and raised in Mexico, where he still lives. I recently learned more about his story...

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2019-01-17 16:58:36



Christ calls people in ordinary time...  

A remarkable thing about this calling of Simon Peter and Andrew is its ordinariness. The pair are not called through a vision or by angels. Mark mentions no miracles performed there on the shore. We know from John's Gospel that they have met this rabbi before. Jesus simply tells them to follow him. This call does not happen on a Jewish holy day...

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2019-01-17 15:48:58



This map shows the most popular condiments in every state...  

Much like cocktails and pairs of blue jeans, everyone has their go-to condiment. Maybe it's dijon mustard, or hot sauce, or, god forbid, Vegemite. Whatever yours may be, the debate can be exceedingly contentious when it comes to the best add-on sauce or French fry dipping option. But just how much do preferences vary from coast to coast...

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2019-01-17 15:36:54



7 ways the Knights of Columbus defend life at every stage...  

Like other Catholic organizations, the Knights of Columbus defends life in its various stages from conception to natural death.

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2019-01-17 15:34:49



Nothing about us without us...  

The slogan "Nothing about us without us" was used by Solidarity in the 1980s in Poland, borrowing a royal motto from the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in the mid-second millennium. Then, it was expressed in Latin: Nihil de nobis sine nobis. Later, it appeared in Polish on the banners of 19th-century Poles fighting their country's partition by Russia...

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2019-01-17 15:07:26



This is mesmerizing: Watch how honeybees defend their nests against wasp attacks...  

"This is about honeybee or Apis Dorsata. This 'wave' is utilized against wasps and is referred to as 'shimmering' behavior or defense waving. Bees in the outer layer thrust their abdomens 90 degrees in an upward direction and shake them in a synchronous way. This may be accompanied by stroking of the wings. The signal is transmitted to nearby workers that also adopt the posture...

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2019-01-17 14:30:35



Archbishop McCarrick could be laicized before February abuse summit, say Vatican sources...  

Disgraced former U.S. cardinal Theodore McCarrick is almost certain to be defrocked in the next few weeks over allegations against him, including sexual abuse of minors, two Vatican sources said.

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2019-01-17 13:33:53



Judges block Little Sisters' religious exemption from contraception mandate...  

Judges in California and Pennsylvania have issued injunctions against a Trump administration rule that would allow the Little Sisters of the Poor and similar groups to claim a religious exemption against the Department of Health and Human Services so-called Contraception Mandate. Judge Haywood Gilliam of the U.S. District Court for Northern California issued a preliminary injunction Jan...

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2019-01-17 13:22:04






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