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Pope’s Wednesday Audience: ‘The Holy Spirit unites the Church, despite sin and scandal’


“No one was saved” — How Paul McCartney out-harshed Lennon’s critique with four words...
Elizabeth Scalia
Well, Happy Birthday to James Paul McCartney, who was born this day in 1942 and grew up to be one half of what became arguably the greatest songwriting partnerships in popular music. What a gift he had, to seemingly exhale melodies. What a remarkable, innovative bass player, to boot. What unforgettable harmonies — so tightly wound...


Father Thomas Rosica resigns from Salt and Light after plagiarism scandal...


Familiar journalism question: Why did the New York Times ignore Franco Zeffirelli’s Catholic faith?
Terry Mattingly
The lengthy New York Times obituary for the Franco Zeffirelli features lots of material — as it should — about the legendary director’s off-stage and off-screen private life, which was colorful, to say the least. The headline proclaimed: “Franco Zeffirelli, Italian Director With Taste for Excess, Dies at 96.” Zeffirelli lived a sprawling...


China killing Prisoners to harvest organs for transplant, tribunal finds...


A comment about Cardinal Dolan’s capital punishment tweet...
Edward Peters
Earlier today Cdl. Dolan of New York tweeted: “With the clear and cogent clarification of the successor of St. Peter, there now exists no loophole to morally justify capital punishment.” The supposedly clear and cogent clarification that Dolan has in mind must be Pope Francis’ 2018 modification of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to assert that the death penalty is “inadmissible”...


If this man asks for a penny, don’t give it to him. It’s a pyramid scheme...


The doctrine of the Most Holy Trinity describes divine love...
Simcha Fisher
So, how was Heresy Sunday at your parish? Maybe you know it better as “Trinity Sunday,” but, well, you know. One minute, you’re standing there sweating behind the pulpit, trying to give your flock something solid to chew on, and then next minute, you’re a modalist. Or an arian, or a partialist. On the other hand, you also have people complaining on Twitter that they’re pretty tired of hearing from their pastors that they’re just too dumb to understand the trinity...


‘Baby steps’ toward Humanae Vitae: Why even non-Catholic women are starting to question the Pill...


At bishops’ summit, filling McCarrick’s chair signals hope for change...
Christopher White
When the U.S. Catholic bishops gathered for their semi-annual meeting last week, the burning outsider question was what steps they would take to combat the clerical sexual abuse scandals that are once again scarring the Church in America. For insiders, however, that question took on a highly specific focus: Would anyone finally sit in Ted McCarrick’s chair...


Did St. Paul really land on Malta? Or was it really (as Fr. Ronald Knox translates it) the island of Melita?
John Burger
St. Paul made several journeys around the Mediterranean, preaching the Gospel. According the Acts of the Apostles, he was shipwrecked on the island of Malta. In some translations, such as Ronald Knox’s, though, the place is referred to as Melita. Though Maltese are proud of their connection with the Apostle to the Gentiles, one scholar is calling into question whether St...


New York Times columnist David Brooks wants to convert. Are we stopping him?
Tom Hoopes
secular Jewish New York Times columnist is on the cusp of accepting the Christian faith, and his new book tells Christians what we do that encourages and discourages people like him. I knew I had to read David Brooks’ The Second Mountain when I read Rod Dreher’s tweet about it. “Plane landed as I finished final pages,” Dreher tweeted...


Antonin Scalia’s son looks at the faith of his father...


Amazons from the Amazon...


The power of Francis Poulenc’s “Dialogues of the Carmelites”...


‘Sin City South’ offers a lesson in religion as the kudzu of the cosmos...


According to one exorcist, this problem is ‘far worse than Satan’...


‘Hope does not disappoint!’ — Pope travels to Camerino for Father’s Day and Trinity Sunday...

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Here’s everything we know so far about Netflix’s Narnia project...
Philip Kosloski
Roughly a year after Amazon announced its plan to create a series based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, Netflix revealed plans to create a series and feature films based on the world of C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia. Ever since the announcement was made on October 3, 2018, various speculations have been made. To help you sort through them all...


The Holy Eucharist and the priesthood: The Solemnity of Corpus Christi...
John Bergsma
I love the early summer liturgical “trifecta” of Pentecost, Trinity, and Corpus Christi, forming a kind of “encore” to the joyful Easter Season focusing in succession on three fundamental realities of the Christian life: the Church, the Triune Godhead, and the Eucharist. This “trifecta” comes to an end this week with the celebration of the Body and Blood of Christ...


Holy See Press Office denies rumors of Benedict XVI stroke...


Understanding the debate over married priests at the Amazon synod...
John Allen
Every so often, we get official confirmation of the obvious, and, surprisingly enough, it still makes waves. Such is the case again this week with the release of a preparatory document for an October summit of bishops on the Amazon, which confirms that the ordination of married “elderly people,” meaning men, will be on the agenda...


Three churches agree to more renovations at Church of the Holy Sepulcher...


The impact of a loving marriage is greater than you can imagine...
John Clark
June 17 is my parents’ 58th wedding anniversary. Since I’ve been around for all but 10 of those years, I consider myself somewhat of an expert on their marriage. So first, I’d like to say: Congratulations, Mom and Dad! And I’d like to offer an observation about marriage and how it can affect children. At the start of every day...


Polish priest, ordained in his hospital bed after cancer diagnosis, dies...


Amazon Synod to consider possible ordination of married men, ‘official ministry’ for women...


Three slogans that show the Church and science agree about abortion...
Stacy Trasancos
Whenever pro-life policies advance, such as the fetal “heartbeat” bill in Georgia, the protection of children conceived by rape in Alabama, and the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) defunding of fetal tissue in research, the same old pro-choice slogans pop up again in the media: “My Body, My Choice!” “Parasites Don’t Have Rights...


Italian priest concelebrates his 100th birthday Mass with his 4 sons, who are all priests too...


What really happened to Malaysia’s missing airplane...


Transgenderism and perfect freedom...
Robert Royal
here are many reasons to read Dante’s Divine Comedy, not least the pleasure of encountering sheer imaginative genius. But in the end, the most important reason is one he identifies in a letter to a patron, Can Grande della Scala: “the subject is man according as by his merits or demerits in the exercise of his free will he is deserving of reward or punishment by justice...


‘Sunday will never be the same’...


Notre Dame Cathedral celebrates first Mass since fire...


The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity...


When the miracle doesn’t come...


Boys will be boys — and boys should be boys, to become true men...
Anthony Esolen
Which cultures, pagan or Christian, made a point to raise boys to become strong and healthy men, fit to work hard, marry, raise children and unite with their fellow men in teams to hunt or fish on the open sea, drive herds of large animals, fight enemies, dredge harbors, dig canals, clear fields, hew stone from the earth, lay roads...


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