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Why Naumann's big win over Cupich isn't necessarily all about Pope Francis...

Elections within the U.S. bishops' conference are more akin to races for department chairs at a university, or officers in a social club, than a U.S. congressional race, meaning that the personal often triumphs over the political. As a result, yesterday's victory of Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas over Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago may have been in part a referendum on Pope Francis...

In ‘Justice League,’ DC Comics’ biggest heroes are together on the big screen at last...

The ghost of Superman hovers over much of Justice League. You might say Superman’s ghost has always haunted Warner Bros’ big-screen DC Extended Universe, though the haunting is more pronounced now that Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel is dead. From the beginning, on Krypton in Man of Steel, Russell Crowe’s Jor-El predicted that his infant son Kal-El would “be a god” to the people of Earth...

Have women you love left the faith? Here's why.....

I recently spoke on Catholic Answers about Mary and the modern woman. A man called in asking about his daughter, saying that although he homeschooled her and taught her the catechism, at 17, she now had little regard for the Church. It was clear he was struggling with how he had failed her. Based on what he told me, this concerned dad was not the problem...

Muslims are converting to Christianity in record numbers...

“We are in a time of the first ever mass conversions of Muslims,” Father Mitch Pacwa SJ told me in a phone interview. “God is doing a mighty work among them.” Pacwa is a host for EWTN radio and TV, a frequent pilgrim guide to the Holy Land and is fluent in 13 languages including Arabic. He is considered an expert on the Middle East and produced the DVD Christianity & Islam: Are We at War...

God’s Elect in the First Epistle of Clement...

Calvinist theology places a great deal of emphasis on the concept of God’s elect. The term “elect” is taken from the Greek word eklektos, which means “chosen.” In Calvinist thought, the elect are those that have been chosen by God to be saved on the last day. The Westminster Confession of Faith states, “God hath appointed the elect unto glory” (3:6)...

Things really are changing. Prepare for the new Puritanism.....

What does this new and unexpected social phenomenon mean? I think it indicates that a new generation of women don’t give two hoots about the old feminist agenda. The main objectives for women have been pretty much obtained-fair pay and fair treatment in the workplace. Now a new generation of women is saying, “We don’t have to put up with the harassment and objectification that still continues...

Father Solanus Casey is still working miracles.....

I’m on the road with my husband Mark headed to the Father Solanus Casey beatification in Detroit. When we met in the Peace Corps over 30 years ago, we said we were going to be writers together, although it was just a hobby. I write full-time now and we are both writing about Father Solanus for the beatification. When we met, neither of us could we have imagined today’s world...

“Nothing will be as it was!”—In the Council and Francis, the Church's “new consciousness”...

As one of the bench put it, the week just past always makes for a "full immersion" experience... and to be sure, that the lounge of the USCCB hotel was dead by 10 on Wednesday night goes to show how knocked out everyone tends to be by Plenary's end. Along those lines, while this scribe has five days of catch-ups and notes to unwind and assemble for print...

I think I’ve figured out who the Magi are...

In my new book The Mystery of the Magi-The Quest to Identify the Three Wise Men I actually believe I have done the research and gathered the evidence and made a strong argument that the Magi were diplomats from Arabia to the court of Herod the Great. What? You may ask. Father. Really. Why do you imagine that after 2000 years you are the one who has identified the Magi...

The story of an underground Catholic priest in China...

Fr. Joseph of Jesus is a Chinese priest, faithful to the Catholic Church. Life is not easy for Catholics in China. Those who adhere to Rome are persecuted by the Chinese government, which only grants freedom of worship to those belonging to the state-controlled Patriotic Church. Fr. Joseph recently shared his story on the “In the Footsteps of the Nazarene” program by the EUK Mamie Foundation...