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Former airline pilot appointed to lead diocese of Saginaw


Is sexual autonomy worth the cost to human lives?
Noelle Mering
The advice column over at The Cut has published a letter that is some version of a complaint I’ve heard for years from numerous women: “I have been on nearly 40 first dates in the past couple of years since I’ve been single. At first, casual dating was exactly what I needed. I tried casual relationships a handful of times with guys I had chemistry with...


How classical education benefits the whole person — body, mind and soul...
Mary Jo Gerd
I worked in media for years before becoming a mom. As a writer/producer, I learned the importance of simplicity and brevity in crafting a message. In film school, I was trained in the art of delivering the mythical elevator pitch—a famous director bumps their grocery cart into yours while perusing the organic fruits section—you better be ready to summarize your idea in a concise...


7 reasons you should still keep a paper map in your glovebox...


A rare shot of the International Space Station aligned over the day/night terminator on Earth...


What The Atlantic doesn’t understand about the priesthood...
J.D. Flynn
It should not surprise anyone to discover wickedness among the ranks of the Catholic priesthood. Everyone with a modicum of self-awareness already knows that wickedness is endemic to the human condition. For most of us, it is as easy to be selfish, angry, lustful or power-hungry as it is simply to be – a disposition toward evil seems our perpetual condition...


Argentine doctor faces prison for refusing abortion; Chilean Jesuit faces abuse accusations...
Inés San Martín
A doctor has been condemned in Argentina for refusing to perform an abortion in the fifth month of a pregnancy causing uproar among Catholics, Evangelicals and pro-life groups; Pope Francis has appointed two new auxiliary bishops to the troubled Archdiocese of Santiago, Chile; and an apology from a Chilean Jesuit who “saw nothing and knew nothing...


How to understand the upcoming Sunday readings...
John Bergsma
We have arrived at the Sixth Week of Easter, and continue to bask in the glow of the story of the growth of the early Church in Acts, the vision of heaven from the Book of Revelation, and the consolation of Jesus’ words to the Apostles in the Upper Room from John. It’s a trifecta of glory in these Readings. If last Sunday we noted a “kingdom of love” theme...


The Pell case: Developments down under...
George Weigel
In three weeks, a panel of senior judges will hear Cardinal George Pell’s appeal of the unjust verdict rendered against him at his retrial in March, when he was convicted of “historical sexual abuse.” That conviction did not come close to meeting the criterion of guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt,” which is fundamental to criminal law in any rightly-ordered society...


New D.C. Archbishop Wilton Gregory addresses sexual abuse scandal, pledges honesty...


Tim Conway (a Catholic convert) was a kind soul, with a gentle sense of humor...
Terry Mattingly
If you are of a certain age, then you know that there was a decade or two in which Tim Conway was the funniest man alive. If you looked into the details of his life and personality, then you knew that he was more than that. Watching The Carol Burnett Show was one of the few pop-culture rituals in the Southern Baptist preacher’s home in which I grew up...


Archbishop Gregory installed in Washington, pledges openness at ‘defining moment’...


Hope for Vincent Lambert, ‘French Terri Schiavo,’ as court orders life support to be restored...


Vatican recruits 600 high school students to help digitize Secret Archives...


Contemplation and the renewal of the Church...


The Church's silent witness can cut through the rocks of politics, culture...


Our ‘American Apple Pie Religion‘ is a blend of Oprah Winfrey, Walt Disney and Dale Carnegie...


Why your Marian devotion might need a kickstart...

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Curtail our culture of violence by addressing abortion...
Archbishop Samuel Aquila
Many people are worried about the increasing levels of violence in our country, and over the past week, three states passed laws that address a key contributor to our culture of violence. I am speaking about what Saint Mother Teresa called the “greatest destroyer of peace today” — abortion. This past week, three states moved ahead with bills that recognize this reality by limiting abortion...


The devil targets Catholic priests — it’s urgent that we pray and sacrifice for them...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
“No words I can use would be too strong to state that the Catholic priesthood needs prayer and sacrifice as never before since Calvary,” wrote the late Jesuit Father John Hardon in “The Value of Prayer and Sacrifice for Priests.” He reflects on 30 years of teaching priests, living with priests “and having labored for them...


Scientists have found that this is a solution for loneliness...


The new ‘Aladdin’ movie (RT 60%) is just a dim reminder of the animated version...
Deacon Steven Greydanus
Aladdin is fine. Everything’s fine. How could it be otherwise? It’s the story you know already, almost exactly. They say the lines and sing the songs, the same songs, almost exactly. It’s a good story, and they’re good songs. There are no spoilers in this review because how could there be? When you take your kids to Disneyland and they stand in line to meet Aladdin and Princess Jasmine...


The name of the stand used in Eucharistic adoration reminds us what is happening...
Philip Kosloski
In the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church, the faithful often adore Christ in the Eucharist in a devotion referred to as Eucharistic adoration. The Blessed Sacrament (the consecrated Host) is taken out of the tabernacle where it is usually kept, and placed in a receptacle called a monstrance with a clear glass window that enables the faithful to see the Host...


Have you noticed that God doesn’t seem to be in a big hurry about things?
Msgr. Charles Pope
We live in a loud, fast-paced world, one of constantly breaking news. Crisis and urgency always seem to be the order of the day. Instant communication and quick responses are expected, if not demanded. On the national level, there is little reporting by the media before there is a rush to analyze, comment, and then demand a response and plan of action from public officials...


If Francis wants to mediate between the U.S. and Iran, his best odds may be with Tehran...
John Allen
News headlines of late have been dominated by rumblings between the United States and Iran, capped by President Donald Trump taking to Twitter to state emphatically, “If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran.” In such moments of global tension, the Vatican typically aspires to play the role of a reconciler and peacemaker...


Father David Pivonka named president of Franciscan University of Steubenville...


True reform will come — but only if you and I remain steadfast...


Belgian monks resurrect 220-year-old beer after finding recipe in their archives...


So long, Cardinal Wuerl...


New study says happiest wives are, in order: religious conservatives, then religious liberals, then secular liberals, then secular conservatives...


California confession bill amended, but would still require priests to violate seal...


A brief directive for Church leaders...


Cardinal Sarah endorses the “Notes” of Benedict XVI, “Martyr for the Truth”...
Sandro Magister
Cardinal Robert Sarah took everyone by surprise on the evening of May 14 in Rome, in the auditorium of the cultural center of the church of St. Louis of the French, when everyone was expecting him to present his latest book, entitled “Le soir approche et déjà le jour baisse,” on the Church’s crisis of faith and the decline of the West...


Why people don’t want pro-life women in the abortion debate...


I am the 1 percent used to justify 100 percent of abortions...


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