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Amid continued Midwest flooding, Catholic groups step up to help


Hell is real, you have a real chance of going there, and it will hurt like hell when you do...
David Mills
He doesn’t like the idea of Hell, this voice of urbane secular liberalism, of people who pity the poor yokels who not only believe in God but think he has standards. “What modern believer wouldn’t want to cast off this old, sadistic barrier to faith in a loving God?” writes Vinson Cunningham in The New Yorker. “What kind of deity draws such a hard line between his friends and his enemies...


Saving eggs before blocking puberty: Why “transition” if still uncertain?
Fr. Matthew Schneider
A recent report came out about a young woman who thinks she is a man so will be blocking puberty. However, her parents decided to wait until her first period before blocking puberty, and collect her eggs to freeze at that moment. I want to examine this and the moral consequences. This whole article implies, but barely states, the reality that most forms of hormonal or surgical gender reassignment render the patient sterile...


See this movie. It matters...


Canada set to shut down one-third of its churches in coming years, says National Trust...


The filmmaking duo behind ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ and ‘The Lego Movie’ have a refreshing take on fathers...
Deacon Steven Greydanus
Right now the two most exciting names in American animation are Phil Lord and Chris Miller. From their breakout film Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 10 years ago and their smash hit The Lego Movie (both of which they cowrote and directed) to last year’s Oscar-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (cowritten by Lord and co-produced by them both)...


When Native Americans backed the Jacobite cause...


Why the saints turn to St. Joseph...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
The first challenge is getting to the point of silence, where we can come to hear God’s voice and know His will for us. The next challenge is faithfulness, especially when it seems that no one understands what we are doing when we are doing what we believe to be God’s will. The most unappreciated saint for these and all challenges may be St...


Supreme Court rejects appeal of Hawaii B&B owner who denied room to same-sex couple...


Houston library brings in registered child molester as part of “Drag Queen” story hour for kids...
Julia Duin
A photo of Garza in drag appears with this blog post. Despite this hiccup, the American Library Association isn’t dropping the idea of drag queen stories any time soon. See the ALA site’s resource page for libraries facing “challenges” with staging these events. As this NBC-TV story points out, these story hours bring “pride and glamor” to libraries and have spread like wildfire across the nation in three short years...


For the first time since 2010, the number of priests worldwide has decreased...
Andrea Gagliarducci
There is one striking figure in the 2017 Church Stats presented to the Pope on March 6: for the first time since 2010, the number of priests decreases, while bishops and deacons are more. This clue must not be underestimated. It means there are no vocations. Old bishops retire, other priests are appointed to replace them, and this is the reason why the number of bishops increases...


California lawmakers threaten the Seal of Confession...


What’s the closest planet to Earth? Surprise — most of the time, it’s Mercury...


How to avoid despair at our crumbling culture...


The Atlantic: How Catholic parents deal with scandals — and why some say “the way a priest says Mass” is a clue to his character...


This 8-year-old chess champion will make you smile...


In 1915, as World War I raged in Europe, a girl in Fatima, Portugal, saw something strange in the sky...
Jimmy Akin
The girl—Lucia dos Santos—was seven years old and lived near the town of Fatima. One day, as she was tending her family’s sheep along with three other girls, they began to say the rosary and saw a strange sight. In the second of four memoirs she would write, Lucia recalled: “We saw a figure poised in the air above the trees; it looked like a statue made of snow...


2nd Sunday of Lent — The Cross is a fruit-bearing tree...

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True humility means using the gifts God gave you to serve His people...


There’s some good in the world, and it’s worth fighting for. That’s a pretty good description of the vocation God is asking from you...
Archbishop Charles Chaput
I want to talk about vocations today, especially to the young people in the audience, but I want to do it in a roundabout way. So I hope you’ll bear with me. I also need to express my gratitude for this award. I don’t deserve it, but I’m happy to have it for two reasons. First, because it comes from a university whose courage and fidelity I greatly admire...


Suicide is contagious. Don’t let it spread by supporting assisted suicide...
Msgr. Charles Pope
The Maryland physician-assisted suicide bill has been passed by the House of Delegates and is now being considered by the state Senate. The House bill is numbered HB 399, and the bill cross-filed in the Senate is SB 311. We have every reason to be very alarmed by these developments. Other states are considering similar legislation designed to advance...


A tale of two Georges...
George Weigel
When a pope is elected, the cardinals who have just chosen him make their way to the Hall of Benedictions atop the narthex of St. Peter’s Basilica. It’s a challenging journey for some: In 2005, the frail, 79-year old Cardinal William Baum was carried out of the Sistine Chapel, through the basilica, and up to the Hall of Benedictions by his conclavist-secretary...


The Charlie Brown cartoon that haunted Ronald Reagan...


West Virginia diocese sued by state attorney general for “knowingly employing pedophiles”...


St. Joseph socks on the Solemnity of Saint Joseph...
Tom Perna
If you have been reading my blog/website for a few years, you will know that I have written on Saint Joseph many times. I think the exact number of blog posts is around twelve. I’ve always had a devotion to the foster-father of Jesus and continue to have one this day. I’ve always had a close connection with Saint Joseph because my middle is Joseph...


Fertility doctor Donald Cline must have thought no one would ever discover his dark secret. Then DNA testing came along... ...


The unfathomable immensity of the Father’s love...
Anthony Lilles
Christ Jesus, the radiant splendor of the Father's love, entered into our condition to infuse into human history a gentle blessing that was long ago misunderstood and rejected. This uncommon benevolence toward us in our present plight comes from the hidden depths of God's very Being. In those same depths, the Father conceived each one us us in His Word by an unfathomable ecstasy of goodness and truth...


Here’s a concise description of what it means to be a “mature Christian”...


Musings on Giussani, von Balthasar, and the creation of a “people” (“Opus Dei for lazy Catholics”)...
John Allen
In January 1971, during a set of spiritual exercises in Einsiedeln, Switzerland, the great Swiss Catholic theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar met Italian Father Luigi Giussani, who founded the Comunione e Liberazione movement in 1954 and oversaw its rapid development into a global Catholic “brand.” Von Balthasar had been invited by then-Father Angelo Scola...


3 ways to get over your discomfort and become an effective spreader of the Gospel...


What St. Patrick can still teach the world...
John Clark
It’s terribly unfortunate when Catholic feast days and holy days become secularized and disconnected from any Christian meaning. Saint Valentine’s Day becomes just “Valentine’s Day,” Easter is somehow about bunnies, and Christmas is about new electronics. And though March 17 is still known to the world as Saint Patrick’s Day...


Sunday Angelus Address: On Christ’s Transfiguration and the Christian perspective of suffering...


What were Moses and Elijah doing at the Transfiguration of Our Lord?


USCCB president Cardinal DiNardo suffers stroke, Archbishop Gomez temporarily takes reins ...


German bishops announce ‘synodal process’ on celibacy, sexual morality...


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