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Apollo 11’s giant leap began with medieval Catholic steps...

This Saturday, July 20, 2019, we commemorate the 50th anniversary of an enormous milestone in the journey of science. On July 20, 1969, the first human set foot on the moon, an event that was “a small step for (a) man, but a giant leap for mankind.” This leap was made possible by the training and strengthening of a particular set of legs that belongs to mankind: science...

‘The Lion King’ is the most slavish (and pointless) Disney Renaissance remake to date...

There are two obvious ways to watch Jon Favreau’s The Lion King. It can be seen, first, as a duller, plodding retread of the original 1994 Disney Renaissance landmark. But it can also be seen as a duller, plodding retread of Favreau’s own The Jungle Book, another photorealistic computer-animated talking-animal Disney remake with a leonine villain...

Pope Francis names Matteo Bruni as director of Holy See Press Office...

Matteo Bruni, 43, an Italian born in Great Britain, has worked for the Holy See press office since 2009, including as chief press handler, and most recently, as the lead on organization of papal trips.

Discussion of same-sex attraction should be rooted in God’s love, says Courage speaker Avera Maria Santo...

Avera Maria Santo travels to parishes across the country giving her own testimony of experiencing Jesus’ love while living with same-sex attraction, and she shares how the Courage apostolate gave her a road map and supportive community committed to living out integrated sexuality informed by the beauty of the Church’s teachings...

The truth about political correctness...

Political correctness identifies a syndrome we all recognize, but is hard to define. It can be best described as a set of attitudes rather than an ideology, since viewed philosophically it is completely incoherent. It can perhaps be traced back to the French Revolution, in the aftermath of which various slogans became fashionable—mostly involving “Liberty” and “Equality...

He is here...

It may have been partly the bright light, I admit, after all those crepuscular chapels. As soon as I opened the door, before I saw the altar, or the tabernacle, or the crucifix, when all I could see were pews, I felt at home. “Jesus is here,” I thought with complete certainty. My family and I had been received into the Church at the Easter Vigil three months before...

Villanova historian Massimo Faggioli says Chaput, Cordileone and Strickland are ‘devout schismatics’...

A Church historian at Philadelphia’s Villanova University has said three U.S. bishops are “devout schismatics” who try to diminish the authority of Pope Francis. “They are devout in the sense that they publicly display their preference for a traditionalist Church and its devotions, such as the rosary. They are schismatics because they openly promote the undermining of the bishop of Rome among the Catholic faithful...

Sin on sale — but beware of the side effects...

I usually like to keep things light on Friday evening when I post. And the video at the bottom of the page is something of a spoof on drug commercials, treating sin like a drug. Wait till you hear the side-effects disclaimer at the end. I also thought today of doing a little post on the sins that cry to heaven for vengeance since I was talking to a parishioner today...

On fascination and fear before Almighty God...

Balanced spiritualities seek to find a middle ground between fascination and holy fear, a kind of reverent bowing before the Holy One Who draws me close. We saw it in yesterday’s reading in which Moses was fascinated by the burning bush and went nearer to investigate it. He was cautioned to revere this mystery: An angel of the LORD appeared to Moses in fire flaming out of a bush...

The church vandalism cases in France are starting to get the journalistic attention they deserve...

Spending two weeks in France earlier this summer was a wonderful experience. While I was there to cover the Women’s World Cup, I did get an opportunity to travel extensively throughout Paris and the northern part of the country. During my travels, I walked into a lot of churches. France is one of the few countries I have ever visited where churches were always open...