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We must pray, even for the difficult...

As we continue the June meeting of the USCCB (where they will discuss and implement norms on how to best address the latest round of the abuse crisis in the Church), there are a lot of different emotions Catholics are feeling. There will also be a lot of different suggestions for ways the laity can help contribute to the discussion...

Who’s responsible for the USCCB’s Twitter account?

Over the course of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ spring general assembly, questions arose online: what was going on with the suddenly-chatty USCCB Twitter account? Did they give an intern, or perhaps a particularly hip young priest or enthusiastic new convert the password? Had the account been hacked? As it turns out...

Appreciating fatherhood — on Earth as it is in Heaven...

This weekend we celebrate Father’s Day throughout the United States. It’s a relatively recent feast, made a permanent national holiday on the third Sunday of June only in 1972, when it was signed into law by President Richard Nixon. President Lyndon Johnson had given the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers only six years prior...

One and one and one are one...

There is an old spiritual that says, “My God is so high you can’t get over Him. He’s so low you can’t get under Him. He’s so wide you can’t get around Him. You must come in, by and through the Lamb.” It’s not a bad way of saying that God is “other.” He is beyond what human words can describe, beyond what human thoughts can conjure...

David Daleiden fined $195,000 in court battle over Planned Parenthood videos...

David Daleiden is a courageous pro life campaigner. For three years he ran an undercover operation to expose Planned Parenthood’s sickening business of selling body parts from aborted babies to research labs. He set up the Center for Medical Progress as a front to infiltrate the Planned Parenthood abortion regime. Posing as a potential buyer...

The logic of the Resurrection...

The meaning of human existence was definitively determined and confirmed about 2,000 years ago in a little cave just outside Jerusalem when a dead man suddenly came alive again. Nobody saw the event itself – it was secret. Only its effects were perceived, just as this same man’s public miracles had been... in the midst of confusion...

Cardinal Cupich’s rationale for not taking canonical action against prominent pro-abortion Catholic politicos is as unconvincing as ever...

No one thought that Chicago’s Blase Cdl. Cupich would follow Springfield’s Bp. Thomas Paprocki’s example in calling upon Catholic state legislators, who had supported Illinois’ express attack on the basic rights of pre-born babies, to refrain from holy Communion until they repented of their evil deed (Canon 916), further directing that his ministers withhold holy Communion from two specific legislators based on their protracted and public support of such measures (Canon 915)...

Bishop-elect in Chile resigns after controversial statements on sex abuse crisis...

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of an auxiliary bishop-elect in Santiago, Chile, after he made controversial comments on the sexual abuse crisis, women in the Church, and the Jewish community. “The Holy Father has accepted the resignation of Father Carlos Eugenio Irarrázaval Errázuriz as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Santiago...

French politicians divided over how to rebuild Notre Dame...

It has been two months since a fire at the start of Holy Week destroyed the roof of the famed Notre Dame Cathedral. The large gothic structure now sits, enveloped in scaffolding, as a part of the low-rise Parisian skyline. The 300-foot spire that once appeared to stretch out to heaven is missing. These are constant reminders of that April 15 blaze and the hard work that lies ahead...

Boys will be boys — and boys should be boys, to become true men...

Which cultures, pagan or Christian, made a point to raise boys to become strong and healthy men, fit to work hard, marry, raise children and unite with their fellow men in teams to hunt or fish on the open sea, drive herds of large animals, fight enemies, dredge harbors, dig canals, clear fields, hew stone from the earth, lay roads...