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Vatican confirms synod’s final report to be voted on ‘part by part’


On Sts. Óscar Romero and Paul VI, and their surprising affinity for Opus Dei...
John Allen
Without any doubt, the superstars among the seven people being canonized by Pope Francis today are Pope Paul VI and Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador, and in some ways the two may seem very different kinds of saints. Paul VI was a consummate Vatican insider, very much a man of the system; Romero, on the other hand, was a man of the people slain for his advocacy of the poor...


3 lies pro-abortion politicians tell...


Homily at Mass of Canonization of Sts. Paul VI, Óscar Romero and 5 Others...
Pope Francis
The second reading tells us that “the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword. It really is: God’s word is not merely a set of truths or an edifying spiritual account; no – it is a living word that touches our lives, that transforms our lives. There, Jesus in person, the living Word of God, speaks to our hearts...


Danneels, Rodríguez, Peña, Ricca: The ‘wrong people’ Francis can’t get rid of...
Sandro Magister
Ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick is not the only wrong person on whom Francis bet. Because at least three others can be pointed out, in the upper levels of the hierarchy, each one tied with double thread to the changes that this pope wants to introduce into the Church. Francis too had known for some time about McCarrick’s bad conduct...


Do you have some well-mannered demons secretly living in your heart?


The secularization of Christ: A case study...
Jeff Mirus
Yesterday, in my seismographic essay on the Youth Synod, I argued that the crisis of the Church today was rooted in the secularization of Catholicism, that is, the secularization of the message of Christ in ways that please our dominant culture. “This is why,” I wrote, “so many Churchmen today find their moral high ground in the purification of the environment rather than in the purification of our bodies...


Meet the 5 other blesseds who are being canonized this weekend...
Shaun McAfee
Bl. Paul VI, the supreme pontiff from 1963 to 1978, will be canonized on 14 October 2018. He authored seven encyclicals in his first five years as pope. Humanae Vitae which caused much debate and controversy among Catholics would be his last with another ten years in the Chair of St. Peter.


These are the roots of Modernism...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
One of the advantages of preparing for Triumphs and Tragedies– my podcast series on the Catholic Church– has been the opportunity to get the big picture. You can really understand where you are if you understand where you’ve come from. The current division and debate within the Catholic Church had not come out of nowhere...


“As I conclude my ministry as shepherd of this Church...”...
Donald Cardinal Wuerl
Pope Francis has accepted my resignation as Archbishop of Washington. I had the privilege of meeting with him to let him know of your pain, sadness and confusion from what has been revealed these past months. With a heavy heart I said that I could no longer serve you in the way that you deserve. What is needed now is new leadership so that all of you...


Out, but not down: After he leaves Washington, Wuerl’s influence in Rome might grow even stronger...


What conscience dreads and prayer dares not ask...


Chris Pratt’s go-to Bible verse for homesickness...


Here’s how one FSSP priest offered Mass on top of Mount Kilimanjaro...


What just happened to those ISS astronauts? An explanation of “ballistic reentry”...


“Exhausted majority”: Research shows Americans strongly dislike PC culture...


Why St. Paul called some disciples stupid...


Commission members elected to draft Youth Synod final document...

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“Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock...”...


Donatism and Pennsylvania: How an ancient controversy can help Catholics today...
Fr. Patrick Briscoe
While at lunch with a friend, he shared this part of his recent struggle with the Church. A millennial, a practicing Catholic, a man actively involved in the Church. He’s a man I know to be marked with a great faith. Nevertheless, the recent Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report shook him to the core. A man who communicated God’s saving grace to his family is part of this mess...


What does Heaven cost? A homily for the 28th Sunday of the Year...
Msgr. Charles Pope
A rich man asks Jesus, Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life? Though his question is a good one, it is problematic because he couches it in terms of his own personal power and achievement. He wonders what he himself must do to attain eternal life. The problem is that none of us has the holiness, the spiritual wealth...


“The key to discernment”: How realizing the beauty of Eucharistic devotion led this man to seminary...


Go with God, Cardinal Wuerl...


Cardinal O’Malley expands sex abuse investigation to include all Boston seminaries...


Announcement by Eastern Orthodoxy’s Ecumenical Patriarch ratchets up dispute with Moscow...
John Burger
A long-simmering dispute between two of the world’s leading Orthodox Churches got ratcheted up this week when the Ecumenical Patriarch, considered “first among equals” among the leaders of Orthodoxy, renewed a decision to grant Ukrainian Orthodox faithful ecclesiastical independence from the Russian Orthodox Church.


In the capital, the cardinal resigns — yet for now, the cardinal remains...
Rocco Palmo
Six days since the Holy See began tackling Crisis 2.0 in earnest, and amid an epic, months-long storm for the US' longest-serving diocesan bishop, at Roman Noon this Friday the Pope granted the retirement of Cardinal Donald Wuerl as archbishop of Washington, nearly three years after the capital prelate reached the canonical age of 75...


The New York Times surveyed one mile of devastation in Mexico Beach. Here’s what they saw...


Justice Kavanaugh’s first test on abortion comes this week...


Egypt court sentences 17 to death for attacking Christians...


How the American dream killed Catholic discipleship...
Marcel LeJeune
Yes, it is a provocative statement - the American dream has killed Catholic discipleship. But, I not only believe the argument bears consideration, but that we will never truly win the nation to Jesus until we jettison the idea that Catholicism and Americanism are 100% compatible. Let us start with identifying the American Dream...


Few Catholics are going to Confession. Here’s what we might do about that...
Fr. Matthew Schneider
Recently, several prominent Catholics have been tweeting about confession on Twitter. The consensus seems to be that Catholics frequent this sacrament less than they should. I want to not only present the problems but offer solutions. Posts like this lead me to look for solutions. The first – and often hardest step is admitting we have a problem...


Youth Synod working group displays its ignorance about Catholic homeschooling families...
Patrick Reilly
At the Youth Synod in Rome this week, one of the bishops’ discussion groups made some disappointing and ignorant comments about Catholic homeschoolers. It’s a sad reminder that, while homeschooling seems to be gaining support from many bishops in the United States, other bishops here and abroad have yet to embrace one of the most promising developments in the Church today...


Architect of Pope’s prayer campaign sees ‘spiritual combat’ behind crisis...


After early votes, it’s clear Pope Francis has ‘his’ Synod of Bishops...


The surgeon who operates on babies months before they’re born...


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