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U.S. Supreme Court will not hear case of states defunding Planned Parenthood


Why did the Second Person of the Trinity, rather than the Father or the Holy Spirit, become incarnate?
Msgr. Charles Pope
As we await the approaching Feast of Holy Christmas, we have been pondering some of St. Thomas Aquinas’ teachings on the Incarnation. Today we will consider why it was the Son, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, who became incarnate. Most people have never even thought of this question let alone sought to answer it. God could have chosen many different ways to save us; He chose to act as He did not because it was required but because it was fitting...


The quiet epidemic of lonely Catholics...
Marcel LeJeune
The more I listen to the experiences of Catholics, the more I get the sense that we are facing a quiet epidemic of loneliness. It is found in the young people who fly to sex addiction, because they fear real people who may break their hearts. It is in spouses who stop communicating because of the pain, wounds, and repeated isolation they feel from one another...


Tale of two New York Times stories: Seeking links in the ultimate anti-Pope Francis conspiracy...
Terry Mattingly
What we have here are two interesting stories, which appear to be connected by a bridge of New York Times paranoia. It’s that latest addition to a growing canon of work attempting to connect Donald Trump to a vast right-wing Catholic conspiracy to bring down the compassionate, progressive Pope Francis. The first story is a legitimate profile of Princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis...


Battle of wills: Tiny order of French nuns takes on the Vatican...


Virginia high school teacher fired for refusing to use transgender student’s new pronouns...


What’s the meaning of life? Here are three possible answers...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
The first option is nihilism. That is, that there is no meaning of life and the search for meaning if a fool’s errand, a wild goose chase, a pointless quest. If that is your point of view, then I guess you might as well stop reading this post right now and go make a sandwich. However, if you believe there is some meaning to life...


I wanna be ready to put on a long white robe – A homily for the Second Sunday of Advent...


Religious Freedom 2, ObamaCare 0...
Michael Warsaw
An unnecessary fight came to an end in November, after a federal appeals court gave EWTN Global Catholic Network, which I lead, a final victory in our seven-year fight against the Obama administration’s contraceptive mandate. Left unchallenged, the mandate would have required us to use our employee health care plan to provide services such as the week-after pill in violation of our religious beliefs...


Back in theaters, ‘Schindler’s List’ turns 25...
Deacon Steven Greydanus
From the armbands to the ghettos, from forced labor to extermination camps and beyond, Schindler’s List covers the successive historical stages of the Final Solution more comprehensively than any other popular film had at the time, or has since. That, in part, is its great achievement — and, for many of its critics, its enduring stigma...


Our true home is in Heaven...
Fr. George Rutler
A bishop condescendingly asked John Henry Newman, “Who are the laity?” To which the great saint, and, one hopes, future Doctor of the Church, replied that the Church would look foolish without them. The same might be said of those who are consecrated in the Religious life. The difference is that most of the Church consists in laypeople...


The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary...


Nativity scene at Vatican’s St. Peter's Square sculpted out of 700 tons of sand...


5 things you didn’t know about Pearl Harbor...


Saying “they’ll have to kill me first,” 85-year-old Florida woman refuses to remove Our Lady of Guadalupe image from mobile home...


American priest is accused of molesting boys in the Philippines...


The closing of so many churches reflects a shocking loss of faith...


A straight path in the wilderness of our soul — 2nd Sunday of Advent...

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41 and us: Decency is not dead...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
It was June 1, 2006. I will never forget that date.” That was the day Angela Jozwicki had an abortion. She had grown up with “a lot of screaming” around her and was using drugs by the time she was 14. In 2006, she was 22 and found herself pregnant. “I knew in my heart that a baby would stop me from having drugs, but I wasn’t ready...


If a man wouldn’t make a good husband and dad, he won’t be a good priest either...


A reality check on expectations for February child abuse summit...
John Allen
Under any circumstances, the announcement in September that Pope Francis plans to convene a summit Feb. 21-24 for all the presidents of bishops’ conferences around the world, along with the Vatican’s senior leadership, to discuss the clerical sexual abuse scandals in the Church would have been big news. After the Vatican invoked that summit in November in instructing the U...


19 martyrs killed in Algeria’s 1990s civil war are beatified — first time in a Muslim nation...


Possibly lying in Confession? Help for the scrupulous...
Jimmy Akin
Please set your mind at rest. In the first place, saying, “Okay, Father” is ambiguous in meaning. It can mean, “Yes, I will do that,” or it can mean, “I acknowledge your recommendation.” “Okay” is an ambiguous word that we use in English as a way of helping conversations and social interactions along. It can even mean...


I am happy to proclaim that Christ is very much alive in the heart of small town America...
Joseph Pearce
One of the most discouraging things about small town America is the way that corporate gigantism has ripped its heart out. This is made all too painfully evident when I drive on the back roads to Charlotte from my home in South Carolina, which is my preferred route when time permits. Taking these country roads, I pass through several small towns that have become like the ghost towns of the legendary west...


Pope’s Sunday Angelus: Advent is a time to “take into account the demands of conversion”...


The Pope’s warning about homosexuals in the clergy is a ray of light...


The Uncool Dad and a dead salamander named Godzilla...


The abuse crisis: Sacrificing ourselves for the Church?
Jeff Mirus
In the second of his interviews with Thomas V. Mirus on the abuse crisis, Fr. Roger Landry explains how we can all contribute to a solution, even those who are not guilty. Perhaps especially those of us who are not guilty: The guilty, after all, are far less likely to contribute to the solution. This is not the end of the lesson but the beginning...


The dogma of the Immaculate Conception is biblical...


NYTimes on Princess Gloria: “The ‘It’ ’80s party girl is now a defender of the Catholic faith”...


Dec. 7 is the Memorial of Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church...


Pope approves new legislation governing Vatican City...


Woman accused of tossing acid at priest as he heard her confession...


Did God punish Jesus on the Cross?


What happened when this woman met her Nazi torturer, 40 years after World War II...
K.V. Turley
This is the story of a young woman, a gifted pianist, who, after the Nazi invasion of France, began to work for the Resistance. Her subsequent arrest and torture at the hands of the Gestapo left her disabled and in acute pain for the rest of her life. Needless to say, she was unable to fulfill her heart’s desire to become a concert pianist...


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