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Number of abortions in U.S. falls to lowest level since 1973


Texas priest survives attempted shooting — suspects’ gun fails to fire three times...


The threat of schism is real, but it comes from Germany, not the United States...
Fr. Raymond de Souza
Talk of schism in the Church is “promiscuous” now, writes New York Times columnist Ross Douthat. Pope Francis addressed it at length on his return flight from Madagascar. But where is the danger of schism? It is far more likely from Germany, where bishops are openly defying the Holy Father, than from the United States. The question of potential schism was raised on the recent papal flights to and from Africa...


Who benefits from all this talk of schism?
Phil Lawler
Why are we even talking about schism? Who began this extraordinary conversation, and whose interests are served by it? Ross Douthat of the New York Times admits that he used the term “schism” long ago, as a theoretical possibility—which he now (rightly) regards as remote. But now Pope Francis speaks calmly about the prospect of schism...


How this introvert got super-involved at her parish...
Mary Jo Gerd
I was caught off guard recently by someone’s response to meeting me. While shaking her hand, I made the customary smiling introduction. “Nice to meet you. My name is...” I had barely gotten my name out when recognition instantly spread across her face. “I totally know that name! I see your name attached to everything here...


Neither Jesus nor Socrates were published authors...
Mark Langley
Jesus and Socrates are alike in two striking ways. Not that we are the first to compare the two. Actually, I am singularly unversed in what other thinkers like Montaigne and Mill, Kierkegaard and Nietzsche had to say about the matter, but I am confident that what I shall say will probably be more enjoyable and accessible to other simple souls like myself who are not quite so inclined for heavy reading in the evenings...


New report on Amazon mafias draws on church-collected data on rural violence...
John Allen
Signaling a topic likely to surface during next month’s Synod of Bishops on the Amazon convened by Pope Francis, a human rights group has released a new report asserting that criminal gangs often are behind the destruction of the rainforest, menacing and even killing police, government officials and activists who try to stop them...


John Clark’s ‘Professors on Break’ series is off to a great start...
John Clark
In this episode, Clark meets up with theology professor Dr. Matthew Tsakanikas in an Audi R8 Spider. In this episode, Clark meets up with philosophy professor Dr. John Cuddeback in his 1990-something Chevy Suburban.


The secret to dying well, according to St. Robert Bellarmine...
Philip Kosloski
As much as we may try to avoid or “cheat” death, prolonging our lives as much as possible, death will come knocking at our door soon enough. It is inescapable in this world and so the question is not if we will die, but how we will die. Death is something that can come to us unexpectedly, but that does not mean that we can’t prepare for it...


A prescription for peace in a world of woe...


Here are 14 of the most impressive Christian sculptures of all time...


Maradona documentary packs plenty of Catholic imagery to go with its soccer...


Fruitfulness in ministry should be named more than numbered...


Science says marriage saves you. So why is it so unpopular?


The death of St. Peter Claver offers a lesson in the way the world treats saints...


Video: L.A. Chargers QB Philip Rivers greets nuns at Sunday’s game...


Pope’s Sunday Angelus: ‘Brothers and sisters, have courage! With God, No sin has the last word...’...


Australian justice in the dock...

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7 apps (including a Bible) you should delete from your phone right now...


Ironies in the fire...
George Weigel
The eminent sociologist Peter Rossi was a world-class punster whose scholarly accomplishments fed a sometimes-whimsical view of the human condition — in which, Rossi memorably observed, “there are many ironies in the fire.” That’s certainly true of the interaction between Catholicism and cultural, social, and political modernity over the last 250 years...


No one seems to know what will happen after Brexit. No one, that is, except me...
K.V. Turley
In case you haven’t noticed, the United Kingdom is going through a collective political meltdown. The 2016 referendum on Britain’s membership in the European Union proved to be the pulled thread that is unraveling the seemingly seamless garment of the British constitution. Now as the shrewd observer will know, unlike the U...


The Church is a bride, not a widow...
Msgr. Charles Pope
Venerable Fulton J. Sheen once wrote, “The Church knows after 1900 years’ experience that any institution which suits the spirit of any age will be a widow in the next one” (War and Guilt, OSV Press, 1941, pp. 138-139). This is a clear admonition to the many who demand that the Church update her teachings, particularly her moral doctrines...


Stay and fight for the Church and life...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
Our culture can be harsh in all kinds of cruel ways. There’s something here in the trails of this holy site that reminds us that no matter the circumstances we find ourselves in, we can be who we say we are. Father Jogues had been subjected to torture. He escaped but came back for the people he loved whom he had baptized. He wanted to serve and be a priest for the people who wanted Jesus in their lives...


Drinking (and not drinking) in Dublin...
R. Jared Staudt
Dublin is known for its drink. As author of The Beer Option, I had to explore this tradition, even if it was driven by Protestants at a time Catholics suffered under the penal laws. In the book, I drew from Mansfield’s The Search for God and Guinness, and it seemed wise to stop by Ireland’s number one tourist destination, the Guinness Storehouse...


Scrupulosity is an obstacle to truth...


Vatican to try two priests for alleged abuse of altar boys in St. Peter’s Basilica...


Cardinal Pell submits final appeal to Australian High Court...


Cardinal Marx says German ‘synod’ will proceed despite Vatican objections...


God lovingly leads us. Enjoy the view — no map required...


5 ways to tell you’re being too pious...
Tom Hoopes
Jesus warned several times about too much piety. “Not every one who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven,” he said, “but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” He even specified that some very pious people will be cast away: People who “prophesy,” “cast out demons” and “do many mighty works” in his name...


In 1987, I had an encounter with my guardian angel at Le Mont-Saint-Michel. Here’s what I saw...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
Apologies for not blogging very much over the last few days. I intended to blog every day during our fantastic pilgrimage to France, but if you’ve ever been on one of my pilgrimages you realize it is “go, go, go.” Most mornings we had a wake up call around 5 or 6 and were on the road before 8 am. Evenings were taken up with dinner...


Prince Charles to attend Cardinal Newman’s Oct. 13 canonization in Rome...


Why did John Paul II call Josemaría Escrivá the “saint of ordinary life?”...


Beyond the U.S., the Top Five countries for beefs with the Pope...


Crazy! A homily for the 24th Sunday of the Year...


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