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Mother of 3 killed in St. Louis Catholic Supply shooting was active at parish, sang in choir


We still need apostolic bishops...
Andrew Haines
Last week's meeting of American bishops in Baltimore was pathetic. To start, there was the surprise directive from Rome (and the Congregation for Bishops, in particular) not to vote on any proposed resolutions to the domestic clerical sex abuse crisis. The rest of the meeting became an awkward attempt to produce some sort of unified...


Amid Asia Bibi drama, ‘Under Caesar's Sword’ is worth revisiting...
John Allen
Over the last three weeks, Christians and others concerned with religious freedom have been watching the drama play out in Pakistan, where Asia Bibi was finally released from nine years on death row on a blasphemy charge only to be forced into hiding inside the country with no clear exit strategy for asylum. Bibi, an illiterate Catholic mother of five...


Damien Hirst’s giant sculptures of an unborn baby re-emerge at Qatar hospital...


Google is watching you...
K.V. Turley
The Creepy Line takes its title from former Google executive Eric Schmidt’s comment in 2010 when he said that Google’s job was to “get right up to the creepy line and not cross it.” The Creepy Line claims that Google (and also Facebook) have crossed that line in ways that many of us could not have contemplated The film claims that Google is part of a deliberate manipulation of millions of users through its multiple platforms including YouTube to suppress conservative views...


22 dos and don’ts in evangelization...
Marcel LeJeune
DO Truly listen to the other person. It is more important that you really understand where they are coming from and try to meet them at that place, than it is that you find the perfect answer to a question they may not even care about. If you want to be a better listener, then learn to ask better questions. DO Remain calm. Nobody will come closer to Jesus if you get upset and show it...


Vietnamese shrine to Our Lady of La Vang rises in Orange County...


Why a great mystery writer called Christianity “the greatest drama”...
David Mills
She could be writing a manifesto for the New Evangelization, even though she wasn’t a Catholic. Dorothy Sayers basically said: Look, this stuff is amazing and even we Christians don’t see it. If we did see it, we could change the world. “Let us, in Heaven’s name,” she once wrote, “drag out the Divine Drama from under the dreadful accumulation of slipshod thinking and trashy sentiment heaped upon it...


Abortion will end when it loses its cool...
Carrie Gress
For most of human history, the killing of other human beings was most often soldier against soldier in combat. With the exception of civil wars and familial conflicts, strangers were killing strangers. This all changed with the arrival of Second Wave feminism. Suddenly, abortion was what the cool girls were doing. Almost overnight...


Legatus suspends nearly $1 million in donations to the Holy See...
Kathy Schiffer
Nearly $1 million in funds which had been earmarked for the Holy See will now be withheld, following the Vatican's action to delay the U.S. Bishops' vote on a plan to end the sexual abuse crisis in the Church. Legatus, the international organization of Catholic business leaders, has since its inception tithed to the Holy See from member dues...


Amid church property dispute with Vietnamese Communists, Vatican names new archbishop of Hanoi...


The Book of Revelation: Regardless of what you think is going on, this is what is really going on...


The Word of the Lord remains forever! A homily for the 33rd Sunday of the Year...


Pope Francis dines with 1,500 poor at the Vatican...


The Pope owns this...


Can driving the inside lane on the highway shorten your trip?


Before envelopes were invented, people protected messages with letterlocking...


Would Jesus recognize Catholic worship?

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‘Dictator Pope’ author Henry Sire expelled from Order of Malta...


At least 42 dead in cathedral attack in Central African Republic...


Why 536 (when St. Benedict was busy saving Western civilization) was “the worst year to be alive” ...


The Catholic bubble isn’t supposed to be our home and hangout...
Mary Jo Gerd
I am not a hugger. But I have a dear friend who is. She will “love-on” the most unsuspecting stranger with abandon. Often when I’ve introduced her to others I lead with, “Be prepared... she’s a hugger.” Then I stand back as she envelops them in a firestorm of affection. If the recipient of the hug is not particularly into it...


4K time-lapse flow motion video of Hawaii’s Big Island...


St. John Vianney’s incorrupt heart begins touring the U.S...


A living, breathing Thanksgiving: A grown man thanks his birth mother for the gift of life...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
Dennis was adopted, and he couldn’t be more grateful. An 18-year-old girl walked into a Methodist hospital in Philadelphia, and she says, “I’m pregnant.” And she literally almost delivers me in the elevator. As she’s going to the hospital, she tells the nurses and everybody else that she wants to put the baby up for adoption and that she doesn’t want to see the baby...


I would walk 500 miles, and I would walk 500 more...
Rick Becker
Katharine, my preteen, sent me a link to a song she’d happened across. “It’s my new jam,” she wrote, and I eagerly clicked on it to listen. What dad of a preteen wouldn’t? Imagine my surprise when Kath’s new jam turned out to be an ad for a cleaning product. The accompanying video was fun and eye-catching, and there was no doubt that the tune was catchy as well...


Cupich denies he and Wuerl hatched rival plan before Baltimore...


I want, before I die, to see bishops with scars from the wolves they wrestled to the ground...
Anthony Esolen
“Do you not know,” says Saint Paul to the lax and factious Corinthians, “that we shall judge angels?” They had ceded to the unbelievers around them the authority to judge a controversy between Christian brothers. But Jesus says, “Judge not, lest you be judged,” because the criterion by which we measure others will be our measure too...


The other Gettysburg Address you probably haven’t heard of...


“If it be your will, O God, glorify our beloved Sister Thea...”...
Rocco Palmo
Lest it wasn't already clear, Church, Plenary Week always takes a bit of recovery and time to process... given this one, all the more. While the scribe's putting the 600-piece jigsaw back together, however, what's arguably the lone "God-moment" born of these last days – by far the meeting's happiest turn – is already springing to life: later this morning...


Melinda Henneberger’s cri de coeur is a scorching rebuke to Catholic bishops...
Elizabeth Scalia
After the Vatican ordered US Bishops to refrain from voting on episcopal correctives to their failures on the sex abuse front (a February bishop’s gathering in Rome will now address it), American bishops left their bi-annual conference with little to show for their time beyond approving a the promotion of the excellent Sister Thea Bowman’s cause for sainthood...


A field guide to 7 of America’s Catholic tribes, from Rad Trads to Tradinistas...


Mapping Thanksgiving: What makes your state unique? Fascinating data visualization from Google...


Cupich and Wuerl collaborated on alternative sex abuse proposal...


The Final Judgment: Readings for the 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time...
John Bergsma
“Tempus fugit,” the Romans used to say. “Time flies.” It’s hard to believe that we are already at the second-to-last Sunday of the liturgical year. Where has the year gone? How can it be so close to the end already? Yet these feelings are very appropriate for Mass we will celebrate this Sunday, whose readings encourage us to count time carefully...


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