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Papal envoy backtracks on Medjugorje comments


‘Pastoral charity’ is the key to the Pope’s endorsement of the Buenos Aires bishops’ document...
Robert Fastiggi
It was recently made known that Pope Francis’s September 5, 2016, letter praising the Guidelines for the Application of Chapter VIII of Amoris laetitia—issued by the Argentine bishops of the Buenos Aires Region—has now been published in the Acta Apostolicae Sedis (Acta or AAS for short), the “Acts of the Apostolic See.” Since 1909 the Acta have served as the official instrument for the publication of documents and decisions of the Holy Father and the Roman Curia...


Insanity is a lack of judgment, not a lack of brains...
Fr. George Rutler
As a chaplain in a state mental hospital, I quickly learned two things. First, sometimes it was easy to mistake a psychiatrist for one of the patients. Second, and more importantly, the mentally ill can be highly intelligent. If one begins with an illogical premise, one may convincingly make a fallacy seem cogent. An unfortunate man in a locked ward who thinks he is Napoleon Bonaparte can almost convince a visitor that he is there because he lost the battle of Waterloo...


Why would a Saudi prince pay $450 million for a painting of Christ?
Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith
The news that the buyer of Salvator Mundi, the most expensive painting ever sold, is the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, known catchily as MBS, comes as something as a revelation. The painting is destined to hang in the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Most commentators have seen this as a part of the rivalry between the United Arab Emirates (which are allied to Saudi Arabia) and Qatar...


Amid embassy furor, Vatican cautions against ‘new cycle of violence’...
John Allen
Once again expressing its alarm over U.S. President Donald Trump’s relocation of the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, a decision that has provoked violent clashes across the Middle East, the Vatican on Sunday called for “wisdom and prudence” and affirmed “the essential need for respecting the status quo.” Trump made the embassy announcement last Wednesday...


Pope’s Sunday Angelus: ‘Advent is the time to recognize the voids in our life’...


‘Crown jewel’ mosaic of National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception blessed in DC...


Masterpiece Cakeshop waiting game: Are the bakers of all ‘offensive’ cakes created equal?
Terry Mattingly
It probably comes as no surprise that this week's "Crossroads" podcast (click here to tune that in) focused on key ingredients in the Masterpiece Cakeshop debates at the U.S. Supreme Court. This is one case in which it really helps to spend time reading the transcript (click here for the .pdf). I loved Julia Duin's description of these court arguments...


Listen: “Blessed Flesh of the Virgin Mary”...


I agree—most Catholic theologians need more training in canon law (at least before they propound on it)...
Edward Peters
I applaud Massimo Faggioli’s recognition that “canon law is clearly an important part of the Catholic tradition” and join him in urging that “the curricula of Catholic theologians should include more” canon law. His own Commonweal essay on what he thinks are the canonical implications of the appearance of Pope Francis’ letter to the Argentine bishops in the Acta Apostolicae Sedis illustrates several of the ways that non-canonists can stumble over canonical issues while setting those faulty views before the public...


Jesus is not your trump card...
David Mills
On a friend’s Facebook page, a commenter launched a long, repetitive, not very coherent rant declaring Purgatory “unbiblical.” Along the way he said this: “Paul was a Jew who converted to Christianity, the letters written were to specific churches with specific prejudices. So having been Jewish he no doubt could not shake off all old tradition in his line of thinking...


What it’s like to sightsee over Antarctica in a chartered Qantas 747...


Planned Parenthood under investigation by Justice Department over sale of fetal tissue...


Here’s the latest update on Fr. Andrew Apostoli's declining health...


The blame game and the Immaculate Conception...


The reality of Christ is a lot to take in...


Will the Temple of Jerusalem ever be rebuilt?


12 gift ideas for priests, nuns and religious...

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Little-known facts about 7 North American bishops...
Jim Graves
Growing up, the closest sibling companion of Archbishop of Louisville, Kentucky Joseph Kurtz, 71, was his brother, George, who had Down syndrome. Archbishop Kurtz is the son of a Pennsylvania coal miner, and one of five children, but his three older sisters had married and moved out of the house while he was still young. Hence, “Georgie” was his friend and companion while growing up...


No, Pope Francis is not changing the Lord’s Prayer...
Jimmy Akin
Commenting that a translation can be misleading is not the same thing as mandating a new one. People have grown up with the Lord’s Prayer, and changing it is a big deal. The French bishops thought it was worth making a change, but it’s up to local episcopal conferences what they want to do in this regard. The New York Times reports...


Why I oppose changing the English translation of the Our Father...
Msgr. Charles Pope
Recent remarks by the Holy Father, Pope Francis, cast doubt on the traditional English rendering of the Lord’s Prayer. To be fair to the Pope, reports that he is calling for the Our Father to be changed are incorrect. He did not propose any change to the Greek text. What he did say, in a recent interview with an Italian Catholic television network...


The fire next time: A homily for the Second Sunday of Advent...


Surrogacy is not truly pro-life...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
On Thursday, Arizona Republican congressman Trent Franks announced he would resign in the face of an ethics investigation, after having asked women on his staff to be gestational surrogates for him and his wife, who had been struggling with infertility. In his statement, he described the surrogacy approach they ultimately did take as “pro-life...


Masterpiece Cakeshop arguments suggest Kennedy again holds key SCOTUS vote...


At last, the “Vice-Wuerl” gets the call: Pope taps DC’s Knestout for Richmond...
Rocco Palmo
After months of rumblings over his future, Bishop Barry Knestout can finally breathe easy – expected from very early in the year, the Pope's choice of the 55 year-old vicar-general of Washington as the 13th bishop of Richmond indeed came to pass at Roman Noon yesterday. In the post overseeing the massive 33,000 square mile bulk of Virginia stretching from the Atlantic's Eastern Shore to the Kentucky border – all of it home to some 250...


America for the Immaculata...


Ex-priest found guilty of murdering Texas woman after confession 57 years ago...


Yes, we really do have that many sex predators...


Jesus and the Canaanite woman...
Mark Shea
Last time, we saw that the Church to which Matthew writes has been grappling for decades with the question of the relationship of Jew and Gentile in the early Church, particularly in the Holy Land where Jewish ethnocentrism encouraged the idea that Jewish believers sit in first class while Gentile believers are second class and the proposition that “in Christ there is neither Jew nor Greek” is regarded with hostility and skepticism...


Pope Francis says studying Latin can help young people avoid “superficiality, banality, inner emptiness” of our age...


10 quotes from Pope St. John Paul II on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception...
Tom Perna
Today, in the Catholic Church, we celebrate one of the great solemnities associated with the Blessed Virgin Mary – the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. This doctrine was declared dogmatic on December 8, 1854, by Blessed Pope Pius IX through an ex cathedra statement. For a full explanation of this dogma, I would encourage you to read my article...


What the justices wanted to know in the Masterpiece Cakeshop oral arguments...


What will heal our brutalized public discourse? A return to magnanimity...


Bob Jones University and the Immaculate Conception...


Pope Francis makes two major appointments, names new archbishops for Paris and Mexico City...


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