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


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...
Msgr. Charles Pope
This should inspire a sober, urgent, and daily preparation for death and judgment. Yet too many people today are not serious about their spiritual walk. They’re running around as if life is just some big game. They’re not thinking about appearing before the judgment seat. They’re not praying. They’re not reading Scripture...


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...


“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...


Pope Francis’ nuncio admonishes U.S. bishops: “The pastoral thrust of this pontificate must reach the American people”...


How to love others better than you do...


Cardinal Burke to Ross Douthat: “I’m called the enemy of the Pope, which I am not”...
Ross Douthat
In mid-October, while the Catholic Church’s internal debates were reaching another crescendo at a synod for the Amazon region held in Rome, I sat down with Cardinal Raymond Burke, best known as Pope Francis’s most vocal critic in the church’s hierarchy. Our conversations, which continued last week, covered Burke’s role in Francis-era debates about Catholic moral teaching...


Learn how to slice every kind of fruit...


Pope’s Sunday Angelus: “This earthly dimension, in which we now live, isn’t the only dimension”...

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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...


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...
R. Jared Staudt
This website focuses on rebuilding Catholic culture through art, festivity, education, Catholic history and traditions, and a life shaped by prayer. St. Martin of Tours (c.316-97) can be considered one of the original builders of Catholic culture. Thanks to Sulpitius Severus, we have a detailed biography speaking of his life as a soldier...


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


On opening day of the USCCB meeting, more questions than answers...
Rocco Palmo
A hundred years since the bishops of the United States – freshly gathered into an episcopal conference – made their first collective strike on the national stage with a sweeping Program of Social Reconstruction, the bench has returned to its cradle in this Premier See with a considerably less ambitious agenda, but the specter of history still hanging over the place...


A taste test, and a question: Does eating fake meat (like the Impossible Burger) violate Friday abstinence law?


The Church is like a machine for making saints...


I treat teens who have attempted suicide. Here’s what they told me...


I’m gonna ride the chariot in the morning, Lord! A homily for the 32nd Sunday of the Year...


Are mainstream reporters who ask doctrinal questions part of a great conservative Catholic conspiracy to attack the Pope?


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