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Pope's Wednesday Audience: "Be brave, be courageous, be a missionary"...


Ghosts are scarce in the Old Testament, but not absent...
Thomas McDonald
Ghosts posed a problem for the early Church because they seemed to reflect a holdover of pagan belief and superstition. Yet reliable witnesses continued to report encounters with what to appeared to be spirits, and witnesses were not so easily dismissed as they are now. As we head into Halloween...


How to make the world's best paper airplanes...


The religious imagery in the "Shuffleton's Barbershop" painting by Norman Rockwell...


The 10 commandments of clean communication...


We've got to do something about divorced and remarried Catholics...
Bishop Thomas Tobin
In October a number of bishops from around the world will meet with Pope Francis in Rome to discuss the “Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the Context of Evangelization.” A similar meeting in October of 2015 will follow-up on the same topic. Although the discussion of the pastoral care of the family will be very comprehensive...


Bishop Tobin’s thoughtful column deserves some thoughtful replies...
Edward Peters
Imprecision in speech always hampers discussion, but all the more so in controversial and technical matters. In this context we are not talking about Catholics who have “fallen short of the ideal”—such a phrase describes every Catholic on earth!—but rather about Catholics who, in choosing to civilly remarry after divorce...


Ayaan Hirsi Ali brings her "clash of civilizations" to Yale...


Another day, another quote fabricated by Neil deGrasse Tyson...


Concerning Pope Francis, 'trial marriages' and poorly covered media rites...
Terry Mattingly
No matter what you think of the moral issues at stake in these news stories, we have very imprecise reporting here. To me, this vague language seems intentional. Yes, it's possible that the canonical and doctrinal fog was present in Vatican statements. However, aren't journalists supposed to ask questions and then clarify the basic facts?


But what if we’re not scientists?
Simcha Fisher
When Catholics have a hard time understanding or accepting some point of doctrine, their path is not easy, but it is clear. John XXIII reportedly told a man, “Accept the teaching you can accept, and pray to accept the ones you can’t.” We do this because we understand that the magsterium, the teaching authority of the Church...


Here's a visual argument against the Q document...
Jimmy Akin
There are 235 verses in Matthew that are paralleled in Luke but not in Mark or John. This number represents more than a fifth of Matthew and Luke, and so some scholars have proposed that there was a written source—called Q—that both Evangelists drew upon, though it is now lost. There are, of course, other possibilities.


Learn how to talk to your barber so you get the haircut you want...


Things were looking so bright in Ukraine, but the Russians have taken their jackboots out of storage...
Timothy Cardinal Dolan
Last week I called my friend Sviatoslav Shevchuk, the Major Archbishop for the Greek Catholics of Ukraine. I have grown to admire this young, brave brother bishop over the last years, as we have often spent time in Rome together, and especially when I was with him last year for the dedication of the daring new Cathedral of the Resurrection in Kiev.


Is Christ truly a king or is this just a nice metaphor?


Test your knowledge about these 10 common scientific misconceptions...


In a world that is growing more hostile to God, the impact of Pilgrim George is something remarkable...


'Calvary' is a vivid portrait of a real priest with the heart of a shepherd...

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Benedict XVI, I am sure, takes no pleasure in history’s vindication of his Regensburg Lecture...
George Weigel
On the evening of Sept. 12, 2006, my wife and I were dining in Cracow with Polish friends when an agitated Italian Vaticanista (pardon the redundancy in adjectives) called, demanding to know what I thought of “Zees crazee speech of zee pope about zee Muslims.


40 genius travel tips that will change your life forever...


Diocese of Knoxville investigates possible miracle involving Father Thomas Hecker...


It's strange that so few of us express a longing for Heaven anymore...
Msgr. Charles Pope
There is a long list of things that people never hear in sermons anymore: mortal sin, judgment, Hell, purgatory, fornication, you name it. But there is another omission that is rather odd given the tenor of these times: Heaven. Almost no one talks of Heaven and I seldom hear any expressed desire to go there. The way most of our prayers sound...


People are missing the message of the 20 couples married in St. Peter's Basilica...
Bishop Robert Vasa
If evidence is needed how wrong some media commentators can get a story, look no further than the coverage of Pope Francis’ recent action of witnessing the marriages of 20 couples, some of whom had lived together or had children together prior to marriage. For instance...


Greed is a deadly sin because it is a form of idolatry...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
We think of greed as a fat cat banker who pays himself a million dollar bonus after already receiving a salary of three million for working a seventy hour week doing shady almost legal deals for people. Or we think greed is shown by a person who is a tightwad: pinching every penny and cutting every corner to make a little bit more money wherever he can.


Stories are circulating in Rome that Cardinal Burke's demotion is imminent...
Sandro Magister
The “revolution” of Pope Francis in ecclesiastical governance is not losing its driving thrust. And so, as happens in every self-respecting revolution, the heads continue to roll for churchmen seen as deserving this metaphorical guillotine. In his first months as bishop of Rome...


Homosexual acts cannot be approved or celebrated by the Church. Here's why...


Chaput, Vatican officials announce catechesis to prepare for 2015 World Meeting of Families...


Premarital sex is a mortal sin. God is clear about this. Repentance is the only way to be saved...


Sadly, Roger Cohen's column on the Great Unraveling is a necessary look at reality...
Elizabeth Scalia
This morning, the New York Times published an exquisitely-written dose of reality via Roger Cohen. If “only Nixon could go to China” then perhaps only a NYT columnist could spell this out and thus permit us to credibly acknowledge that things are as grim as we have all known, in our guts...


New York Magazine: "My year as an abortion doula"


A wildflower in the pages of an ancient book...
Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble
I made my first vows of poverty, chastity and obedience on August 30, 2014. Visibly not much has changed. The biggest change is the veil I am wearing now. It has cleared up a lot of confusion. When I walk down the street, people now look at me and usually know what I am. In my novice outfit, people could rarely figure me out.


Mass etiquette: 20 things to do (and to avoid) during Mass...


This is the time of the Great Unraveling, but nobody is connecting the dots...


6 reasons to take your family to daily Mass as often as possible...


What moves your heart? Or better yet, WHO moves your heart?


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