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Cardinal Pell conviction upheld in 2-1 decision


Ruling cements Pell’s profile as the Dreyfus or Hiss of the Catholic abuse crisis...
John Allen
Although Australian Cardinal George Pell’s appeal of a conviction on child sexual abuse charges was rejected Wednesday, that ruling may not be the end of the legal road. As of this writing, Pell’s attorneys were still weighing whether to file a final appeal to Australia’s High Court. Those attorneys told reporters that Pell continues to maintain his innocence...


This astonishing decision calls into the gravest doubt the quality of justice in Australia...
George Weigel
There will be much more to be said in the weeks and months ahead about the rejection of Cardinal George Pell’s appeal of his conviction for “historic sexual abuse,” by the 2-1 vote of a three-judge panel of the Supreme Court of Victoria. For the moment, this astonishing, indeed incomprehensible, decision calls into the gravest doubt the quality of justice in Australia—and the possibility of any Catholic cleric charged with sexual abuse to receive a fair trial or a fair consideration of the probity of his trial...


Yale computer science professor takes a fresh look at stale Darwinism...


In Brazil, sudden darkness befalls Sao Paulo, baffling thousands...


Charleston Bishop stepping back to fight accusation...


The Chrysler air raid siren was so powerful it could induce rain...


Mary in History: Our Lady of Prompt Succor...
Fr. Victor Feltes
Mary as Our Lady of Prompt Succor (which means, “rapid aid”) has been celebrated in New Orleans, Louisiana on this date for more than 200 years since a famous military victory. The Ursuline Sisters in New Orleans had honored a statue of Mary by this title for several years in their chapel, but when the British army threatened to capture their city during the War of 1812 these nuns and many townsfolk spent the night beseeching her help...


Casinos have become the new cathedrals...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
I first went to a casino when I was visiting Detroit on a speaking engagement. A guy named Bob was my host. He said, “Where do you want to go for lunch Father?” “Someplace local.” So Bob took me to the casino. On the way over I said, “Bob. I have a confession to make.” “What’s that?” “I’m a casino virgin...


All we are saying is, give the Prince of Peace a chance...
Tom Nash
It was billed as “three days of peace and music,” but when you’re promoting “sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll,” and more than 400,000 young adults show up, you’re bound to foster domestic warfare, even if you are at the same time decrying armed conflict overseas. This isn’t about opposing protests against the Vietnam War...


Poland’s bishops, pro-family leaders square off against LGBT ‘revolution of customs and morals’ ...


The oldest continuously operating library in the world is in this Egyptian monastery...


Conspiracy theories are not as harmless as they sound...


There’s something about the Jeffrey Epstein story that’s just out of the pit of hell...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
I thought that before he apparently killed himself while being held in federal custody. I became more convicted of that as the Saturday-morning news broke and it seemed to be the topic of every conversation, nearly impossible not to comment on. Conspiracy theories, as we well know, filled social media and conversations everywhere...


Pope Francis: Discover the beauty of prayer in adoration...


The battle is engaged — choose your sides!...


National collegiate group fans flames of faith in athletes...


The Bishop of Amsterdam explains Mary to Protestants...

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The conviction of Pell is an outrage — the case against him could not be proved beyond a reasonable doubt...


Why Justice Mark Weinberg, the dissenting vote in the Pell appeal, believed George Pell should go free...


It is better to be hated by the world but be with God...
Msgr. Charles Pope
Never presume that the world and the prince of this world, the devil, love you or are pleased with you. You are just a tool for them to use; when you do connive with them, you are not loved or respected but rather regarded with contempt because you are so easily manipulated. Once you are no longer useful, you will be thrown out and trampled underfoot...


Watch: Trailer of ‘A Hidden Life,’ Terrence Malick’s biopic of Blessed Franz J gerst tter...


‘Happy sailing’: 50-year-old message in a bottle from Soviet navy captain washes up in Alaska...


Words of encouragement from the Prophet Micah...


What happens when Christian dialogue ignores the Creed?
Marlon De La Torre
Soon to be Saint Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman once commented that “true development occurs when Christianity is able to assimilate the surrounding environment, informing and changing its culture, whereas corruption happens when its instead the environment that assimilates Christianity to itself.” A central premise of this statement is the idea that genuine dialogue is based on revealed truth and not an inquiry to truth...


Cardinal Pell’s groundbreaking record on dealing with clergy sexual abuse...
Fr. Raymond de Souza
In the discussion of clerical sexual abuse, Cardinal George Pell now occupies a unique place. He is in fact the highest-ranking Catholic official ever to be criminally charged with the sexual abuse of minors. Other cardinals have had allegations confirmed against them in Church processes — Theodore McCarrick of Washington, Hans Hermann Groër of Vienna — but faced neither criminal charges nor subsequent conviction to date...


Rhoda Wise ‘miracle house’ in Ohio draws pilgrims amid sainthood push...


Here’s how to find out if your MacBook Pro was just banned by the FAA...


Ecstatic love and Real Presence...
Anthony Lilles
Ecstasy is a total going out of oneself. It is an abandonment of all else save for what has captured the heart. It is a getting caught up in the beauty, the glory of something - someone outside of myself. Ecstasy is to be rendered fully present to the other - the beloved before me captures my attention until I am aware of nothing else...


Why comic book artists rely on Catholic symbols to portray religion...


Undaunted, Justice Clarence Thomas seeks the Supreme Court’s atonement on abortion...


5 possibilities for a grand Catholic experiment in ‘open innovation’...


Will everyone go to Heaven?
John Bergsma
I think part of our contemporary struggle with the doctrines of heaven and hell is that we have an inadequate idea of what each place is like. Most Americans probably think of heaven as like a Disney World in the sky, guarded by gates and either St. Peter, or Jesus, or some angels as gate-keepers. You can get into the eternal amusement park if you've done more "good" than "bad" in your life...


Relevant Radio purchases Salem Media stations for $17.7 million, increases reach to 220 million people ...


To found a school...
R. Jared Staudt
I’m joyfully anticipating Bl. John Henry Newman’s canonization on October 13th, a momentous day for the Church and for Catholic education in particular. Newman wrote the most comprehensive and in depth work on the nature of Catholic education in his Idea of a University. The book arose from a series of addresses he gave to the faculty of the university he founded in Dublin...


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