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Pope: Priests Can Absolve Sin of Abortion During Holy Year of Mercy; Faculties Extended to SSPX Priests


The "Great Amnesty": For Jubilee of Mercy, Pope opens door to forgiveness (and misinterpretation)...
Rocco Palmo
Having taken July and August on a relative breather – not so much for his own downtime, but to give everyone else a break – for the third year running, the Pope has started September with a bang. This time around, though, the subtext is even keener than usual, with the initial flurry coming three weeks before Francis' arrival in the US...


Should I let my kid dress like a weirdo?
Simcha Fisher
Last night, I told my kids, "Make sure you have an outfit picked out for the first day of school, so it will be easy to get ready on time!" This morning, I discovered that they heard me say, "Make sure you have an outfit picked out mentally, so we can spend the first morning frantically tearing through mountains of laundry in the hopes that your My Little Pony tank somehow miraculously found its way into a basket...


There he goes again? Pope Francis sends 'apostolic blessing' to gay writer and her family...
Terry Mattingly
At various times and in many different ways, priests bless things. Most notably, at the end of a liturgy, the priest blesses the whole congregation – pretty much no matter who is out there in the pews or what these people may or may not have done. Priests have been known to bless entire crowds at other public events. It's a blessing...


To teach as Jesus taught: A reflection on the qualities of Jesus as preacher and teacher...
Msgr. Charles Pope
As a priest I am called to preach and teach, and as such I must look to Jesus Christ as my model. In this I refer to the real Jesus of Scripture. Too many people today have refashioned Jesus into a sort of “harmless hippie,” an affable affirmer, a pleasant sort of fellow who healed the sick, blessed the poor, and talked about love but in a very fuzzy and “anything goes” manner...


Ahead of Pope Francis's Philly visit, the media are writing hit pieces on Archbishop Chaput...
J.D. Flynn
In 2003, Charles Chaput gave a lecture on the life of St. Francis to undergraduates at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. I was among those undergraduates, and twelve years later, the experience is still fresh in my mind. I don’t much remember the lecture. I do remember that after an hour of talking, the archbishop gamely agreed to take a few minutes of questions...


The strange case of the bishop who ran a gas station in New York for 40 years...
Rick Becker
Ordained a priest in Connecticut in 1896, Bishop Broderick’s clerical career led him to Cuba where he served as a secretary, pastor, and seminary rector. In 1903, Broderick was consecrated as an auxiliary bishop and, later, appointed coadjutor bishop for Cuba’s Archdiocese of San Cristóbal de la Habana. Due to a falling out with the Holy See over financial matters...


Is this what Saint Rose of Lima looked like?


Why ESPN's Curt Schilling got penalized for preferring fact over tact...
Nicholas Frankovich
Curt Schilling was recently denounced from coast to coast, and suspended by ESPN, after tweeting an observation on a note similar to though more nuanced than the one sounded by Father Douglas: If only 5 to 10 percent of Muslims can be described as extremists, Schilling indicated, remember that membership in the Nazi party never constituted much more than 10 percent of the German population...


What do (Catholic) women want?


Will Nigeria’s Muslims and Christians let Boko Haram set the agenda?


Pope Francis and the trendy new world of 'omniscient anonymous' journalism...


Archbishop Cupich names new rector to replace Bishop-Elect Barron at Mundelein Seminary...


For Boko Haram victims, persecution is a never-ending story...


Pop Artist, provocateur, Catholic. Who was Andy Warhol?


We are saved by Jesus Christ, not by rules...


A synod is not a council, and other canonical facts...


5 seeming liturgical abuses that are actually legit...

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Dramatic gestures on abortion and the SSPX: 12 things to know and share...
Jimmy Akin
Pope Francis has just released a letter in which he made several announcements concerning the upcoming Year of Mercy. This includes absolution for those who have procured abortion and the ability to go to priests of the Society of St. Pius X for confession. These have raised a lot of questions, so here are 12 things to know and share...


Family driving 13,000 miles from Argentina to see Pope in Philadelphia...


Reflections on a daring double play by the ‘Pope of Mercy’...
John Allen
One day after taping a video session with three US communities set to air Friday and described by those who’ve seen it as a “home run,” Pope Francis executed a daring pastoral double play on Tuesday, reaching out to two constituencies long alienated from the official structures of the Catholic Church. In a concession that applies to a special “Year of Mercy” set to run from Dec...


Bishop Michael Melki, Catholic bishop murdered during 1915 genocide, is beatified...


20,000 pounds sterling per "dot" is infinitely too little...
Karl Keating
That Saturday was blustery, filled with persistent showers and a low overcast. I saw our weekend plans running into the storm drains. Late at night I woke, peeked out the bedroom window, and saw stars—a good sign. The storms were passing and with them the winds. Sunday dawned cloudless, the air almost still. It would be ideal weather for our flight into Big Bear City for lunch...


Inc. Magazine: Why we should all learn to speak Latin...


Heading to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families? Watch these videos...


5 things that an Esquire writer learned from wearing a cassock for a day...


22nd Sunday of the Year: The love of the law and the law of love...


Pope's Sunday Angelus: "If the heart doesn't change, we aren't true Christians"...


The supervolcano under Yellowstone is alive and kicking...


Top 10 things you can do with a slow cooker that don't involve food...


The life of Saint Augustine through the words of Pope Benedict XVI...
Tom Perna
Today, in the Western lung of the Catholic Church, we celebrate the great African Doctor – Saint Augustine of Hippo. Eloquent in his life and his words, the Church dons him the name – The Doctor of Grace. Even after 1600 years, the Catholic Church views him as one of the greatest theologians in her arsenal; an arsenal filled with many great fighters and defenders of Jesus Christ...


ISIS be warned: Persecution only strengthens the faith of Christians...


Mark Twain said the Church in Hawaii in 1866 was "unmistakably Catholic." Is this the way to go forward now?
Fr. Daren Zehnle
Finding myself in the unusual situation without another book to read at hand, I picked up a copy of Mark Twain's Letters from Hawaii, edited by A. Grove Day. Having grown up on the banks of the Mississippi River just a few miles north of Samuel Clemen's (1835-1910) hometown of Hannibal, Missouri, I heard much about Mark Twain but - as is often the case - have never really read much of his works...


New York Times: Church inquiry may pit Pope against Medjugorje devotees...


An open letter to my kids' teacher...


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