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Pope Francis names Spanish Jesuit head of Vatican’s Secretariat for the Economy


Catholic churches burning in Chile? Apparently this is now just a ‘conservative’ news story...
Terry Mattingly
The violence that as seized Chile is linked to complex issues of history, economics and bitter political divisions. As you would expect, American news operations have been busy covering other stories. I get that. Meanwhile, the role of the Catholic Church in the politics of Chile is complicated and, as you would expect, decades of arguments about clergy sexual abuse and related topics has not helped the situation...


In the culture of death, abortion is a sacrament...
Sean Fitzpatrick
The feminist writer Florynce Kennedy once said, “If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament.” She didn’t give the left enough credit. Abortion has become a kind of “sacrament” because women can get pregnant. Abortion has morphed from a taboo tragedy to a constitutional right: a sine qua non of the Democratic Party...


How to influence the way the Lord will judge you...
Msgr. Charles Pope
In the past several posts, we have been considering the judgment that awaits us. Not only must we be ready in the ways we have described, but should allow our looming judgment to help our attitude today. Scripture says, Always speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the Law that gives freedom. For judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful (James 2:12-13)...


Jesuit martyrs, old and new — without the gospel, social reform is just politics...
Fr. Raymond de Souza
Last week in Rome there was a full-on all-stops-pulled celebration of the Jesuits, organized by the Jesuits. Both Pope Francis and Father Arturo Sosa, the superior general, took part. It was a clarifying moment for those who might wonder at the various curiosities offered by the Society of Jesus in these past years under the first Jesuit pope...


On Wounded Shepherds...


San Diego Bishop McElroy wants Catholics to stop treating abortion as “preeminent” problem — but U.S. bishops (backed by words of Pope Francis) shoot him down...


Dominicans order up preaching for the digital age...


You are going to die and you don’t get to say when...


Don’t despair: Hope is found in the Church’s faithful, a rock-solid stratum...
Janet Smith
When I was teaching at the University of Dallas, sometime in the mid-1990s, it hit me that I was now teaching a very different kind of student, the likes of which I had not seen before. For years, I felt like I was laboriously pulling students up a steep incline to truths they had only barely glimpsed, but I now I was in front of students who had been home-schooled or shaped by one of the Church movements...


Foster children in America: We can do more...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
More than 442,000. That’s roughly the number of children in foster care in America. Many of us go about our days not thinking about them. Others among us open hearts and homes to children who need loving permanency. Earlier this month, I was with one of those children, Sarah Zagorski, now a mother of her own. We were screening a short...


Catholic trade school forms young Catholic men for life and work...


Australian High Court to allow Cardinal Pell to appeal sex-abuse conviction...


Parables of Jesus on the Day of Judgment and our need to be ready...


A map of the Mediterranean Sea of America...


Archbishop José Gomez elected president of U.S. Bishops’ Conference...
J.D. Flynn
When he became a priest four decades ago, Archbishop José Gomez did not expect that he would one day lead the largest archdiocese in the U.S., or the country’s bishops’ conference. “I just wanted to be a priest,” Archbishop Gomez told CNA with a laugh, speaking about his election. “Somehow God wanted me to do what I am doing...


St. Martin’s Day: The feast that began the fast...


Pope Francis will publish results of Vatican’s McCarrick investigation by early 2020, Cardinal O’Malley reveals...

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Rare photos: How America’s first saint nearly went down with the R.M.S. Titanic...


33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time — The end of the world is near!...
John Bergsma
Some years ago I was driving through the back hills of Ohio with my son, and we passed a billboard in a farmer’s field that read: “God has a Judgment Day coming!” My son asked me if the farmer who had placed the billboard in his field was Catholic or Protestant. I suggested he probably was a Protestant. My son asked why Catholics didn’t put up billboards like that...


How the Japanese bombed Oregon and Michigan during World War II...


Chilean Churches looted amid anti-government protests...


Why stuff your soul with gossip, nonsense and vain talk? We have to defend our “right not to know”...
John Cuddeback
What often strikes me when listening to or watching news is that at root it’s an industry. Every turn of phrase, the tone, the urgency. The news outlets need us to tune in, otherwise their business fails. It’s a very bad model, and it has significant negative consequences in our lives, as we are made to feel that we cannot get by without knowing what is ‘going on out there’—as if the news were somehow presenting what is really going on in the world...


Rest, reading, and remembering what a man is...
Jason Craig
It is said the most valuable and hoarded treasure of the modern world is information. Most of this seems to be in the form of what we call “data,” but there’s also the ambiguous word of “content” that fills our screens and servers. But, paradoxically, it seems our oceans of information have made us shallower in thinking...


If I touched the Moon, what would it feel like?


Sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll and the path to death...
Fr. Matthew Schneider
Recently, the pornographic actress Jessica Redding was found dead at 43. It made me reflect as I remembered hearing that “rock star” was the job with the lowest life expectancy. I remember when we were in middle school rebellion and thought Kurt Cobain was the greatest musician ever, only to find out a few months later that he stuck a gun in his mouth and pulled the trigger...


Last Things...
David Mills
It’s long been a dream for some, creating human beings without a womb. J.B.S. Haldane, a scientist and communist, invented the term ectogenesis for it in 1923. He saw it, an article in JSTOR Daily explains, as “the perfect example of how science could bring about radical social change: by freeing women from the necessity of pregnancy...


Angels, knights, and midichlorians — A look back at ‘Star Wars: The Phantom Menace’...


Does the Pope’s nuncio hope to silence questions from American bishops?
Phil Lawler
“The pastoral thrust of this pontificate must reach the American people,” Archbishop Christoph Pierre said today in his address to the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Believe me, the impact of this pontificate has reached the American people—but not in the way the apostolic nuncio has in mind. When the US bishops met in Baltimore one year ago...


“We are all Jews here” — Israel honors GI who refused to identify Jewish comrades to German captors after Battle of the Bulge...


The Universal Church: Is there a Catholic Church in Antarctica?


Rioters loot, desecrate and set fire to Catholic church statues, pews and sacred art in Chile...


Hate This, Not That!...
Mary Jo Gerd
Years ago I used to enjoy the mind-numbing babble of a popular national morning show while I got ready for work. One segment that caught my attention was, “Eat this! Not that!” The ultra-skinny host whose own diet clearly consisted of an occasional rice cake topped with kale would run through a display of mouth-watering dishes...


‘Jeopardy!’ contestant nearly brings Alex Trebek to tears with Final Jeopardy message...


Pondering our judgment, one of the Four Last Things...


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