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Don't let a foolish idea go unchallenged...

Father, I must confess: I have made comments on social media. There is at least one thing that social media illuminate, and that is the unwillingness or the incapacity of people to reason. I attribute it in part to “critical thinking,” which turns otherwise intelligent people into perpetual sophomores, ready to play what they think is the ace of trumps...

Federal lawsuit over under-filled Whoppers and Reese’s Pieces boxes goes forward...

Sure, it’s vaguely annoying that boxes of candy aren’t full all the way to the top, but most people don’t file federal class actions over a lack of peanut butter candies. A man in Missouri has done exactly that, claiming that boxes of Reese’s Pieces and Whoppers that he purchased were dramatically under-filled. The case is about “slack fill...

New study: Eastern meditation may trigger fear, anxiety, other ‘distressing’ experiences...

For some people, meditation may trigger experiences that are unpleasant or even distressing, according to a new study. For example, some people may become hypersensitive to light or sound during or after they meditate, the researchers found. Others may experience fear, anxiety or panic related to meditation, they found. "Many effects of meditation are well-known...

U.S. First Lady Melania Trump is Catholic, spokeswoman confirms...

United States First Lady Melania Trump is a practicing Catholic, her spokeswoman has confirmed. Following speculation over Mrs Trump’s faith during her visit to the Vatican on Wednesday, her spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham confirmed to DailyMail.com that the First Lady is indeed Catholic.

Sean Spicer snubbed? White House press secretary left out of visit to Vatican.....

President Donald Trump’s entourage at the Vatican on Wednesday included his wife, his daughter, and an array of staffers—but not White House press secretary Sean Spicer, a devout Catholic who told reporters earlier this year that he gave up alcohol for Lent. Both sides, according to a White House official, agreed to limit the number of staffers who attended...

Jesus, who loves you, warned frequently about hell...

Many people today put Hell in opposition to the love of God, but Jesus combines them. Here is an important truth: No one loves you more than Jesus Christ, yet no one spoke of or taught on Hell and Judgment more than He did. He gave warning after warning and told parable after parable, practically shouting about judgment and the reality of Hell...

Melania Trump is the first practicing Catholic in the White House since Kennedy, spokeswoman confirms...

When Melania Trump recited The Lord's Prayer before a Melbourne, Florida presidential rally in February, the Internet went hog wild. Now we know one reason why the first lady began with 'Let us pray' and 'Our Father who art in heaven' when she introduced the president that evening: She's a practicing Roman Catholic...

Liturgical music is a prayer, not a performance...

I have purchased and listen often to many recordings of liturgical music: Gregorian chant, English Recusant polyphony, the great Counter-Reformation polyphonic works of Victoria, Palestrina, Gesualdo, Lassus, and Josquin de Prez; Mass settings by Mozart, Beethoven, Cherubini, Bruckner, and others; motets, sequences, the propers of the Mass for various feast days...

A pope and a president and his family in Rome...

Wednesday morning was the first time I woke up, turned on the television, saw Donald Trump, and was at complete peace. (Truth be told I’ve taken to watching cable news as infrequently as possible in recently months.) This morning was his visit to the Holy See to visit with Pope Francis. And it was a supremely civilized one. Such a visit is an official one of heads of state...

To renew the Church, we have to make parishes central again...

Back in the late 1960s, when I first began to see the urgent necessity of renewing the Church, the available options were both few and primitive. The disruption of clerical leadership in dioceses, parishes and religious communities throughout the West was so rapid and thorough that it quickly became difficult to promote Catholic fidelity through the usual ecclesiastical structures...