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The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary...

This Saturday, December 8th, is the feast of the Immaculate Conception. It celebrates an important point of Catholic teaching, and it is a holy day of obligation. Here are 8 things you need to know about the teaching and the way we celebrate it.

If a man wouldn’t make a good husband and dad, he won’t be a good priest either...

A good husband is totally faithful to his wife. A good priest is totally faithful to the Church. A good husband teaches his children how to totally love their mother. A good priest teaches his flock how to totally love Christ and His Church. A good husband leads his wife closer to God. A good priest leads his flock closer to God...

Five dead in Brazilian cathedral shooting, cathedral priest asks for prayer...

A gunman killed at least four people people Tuesday, inside the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Conception in Campinas, Brazil. After opening fire inside the cathedral, the gunman took his own life. The man entered the cathedral at the conclusion of a midday Mass on Dec. 11 and began firing, according to the Military Police of Campinas...

Despair and false doctrine...

A little morsel gleaned from St Augustine by way of the banquet that is Sohrab Ahmari’s conversion story, From Fire By Water... “All false doctrines seek to negate man’s responsibility for sin.” I was just pondering the same thing this morning as we were discussing the terrible epidemic of suicide in America. Drugged and drunk with booze and pills...

Why did the Second Person of the Trinity, rather than the Father or the Holy Spirit, become incarnate?

As we await the approaching Feast of Holy Christmas, we have been pondering some of St. Thomas Aquinas’ teachings on the Incarnation. Today we will consider why it was the Son, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, who became incarnate. Most people have never even thought of this question let alone sought to answer it. God could have chosen many different ways to save us; He chose to act as He did not because it was required but because it was fitting...

U.S. Supreme Court will not hear case of states defunding Planned Parenthood...

The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear an appeal from states that were seeking to terminate Medicaid contracts with Planned Parenthood, meaning that these contracts will remain. Kansas and Louisiana had attempted to block Medicaid funds from being used for preventative care services provided by Planned Parenthood. A lower court ruled that this policy violated federal law...

41 and us: Decency is not dead...

It was June 1, 2006. I will never forget that date.” That was the day Angela Jozwicki had an abortion. She had grown up with “a lot of screaming” around her and was using drugs by the time she was 14. In 2006, she was 22 and found herself pregnant. “I knew in my heart that a baby would stop me from having drugs, but I wasn’t ready...

The quiet epidemic of lonely Catholics...

The more I listen to the experiences of Catholics, the more I get the sense that we are facing a quiet epidemic of loneliness. It is found in the young people who fly to sex addiction, because they fear real people who may break their hearts. It is in spouses who stop communicating because of the pain, wounds, and repeated isolation they feel from one another...

Tale of two New York Times stories: Seeking links in the ultimate anti-Pope Francis conspiracy...

What we have here are two interesting stories, which appear to be connected by a bridge of New York Times paranoia. It’s that latest addition to a growing canon of work attempting to connect Donald Trump to a vast right-wing Catholic conspiracy to bring down the compassionate, progressive Pope Francis. The first story is a legitimate profile of Princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis...

Why I won’t ask Pope Francis to resign...

A lot of people are upset about Pope Francis. Some have called on him to resign. Some have gone so far as to make the outrageous claim he is not really the pope. Although I don’t agree with some of his actions, I will not be calling on him to resign, nor claiming he is not really pope. However, that does not mean that I plan to sit around doing nothing about our current troubles in the Church...