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Planned Parenthood president Leana Wen resigns amid internal dispute over mission...

Citing disagreements with board leaders over whether Planned Parenthood should focus on health care or abortion advocacy, the organization’s president is stepping down. Dr. Leana Wen took the reins at Planned Parenthood eight months ago. On Tuesday, she announced that she was resigning. Wen’s statements about her departure suggested internal turbulence within the organization...

For Eritrea’s Christians, government is not the solution but the problem...

As the world struggles to catch up with what victims and experts have known for a long time - to wit, that anti-Christian persecution is one of the world’s most pernicious human rights scourges in the early 21st century - one point steadily becoming more clear is that it’s a complicated problem with no single diagnosis and, for sure...

225 years ago today, the Carmelites of Compiègne went to the guillotine...

When Bastille Day comes around each summer on July 14, I just can’t bring myself to pop the cork on a bottle of Champagne-style California sparkling wine (the kind I can afford). The Fête Nationale commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789 and its one year anniversary, Fête de la Fédération, when a new government...

“The Hour of Power,” Roman Edition...

For a quarter-century, that verse of the Psalmist was Dr Robert Schuller's sign-on from this crystal sanctuary as he began his Sunday broadcasts across the globe... and now, it's fitting to return to it on this day, as one of American Christianity's most prominent and cherished venues begins its second incarnation as a Catholic church and the seat of this 1...

Must-read NYTimes presentation: Notre-Dame came far closer to collapsing than people knew. This is how it was saved.....

The employee monitoring the smoke alarm panel at Notre-Dame cathedral was just three days on the job when the red warning light flashed on the evening of April 15: “Feu.” Fire. It was 6:18 on a Monday, the week before Easter. The Rev. Jean-Pierre Caveau was celebrating Mass before hundreds of worshipers and visitors, and the employee radioed a church guard who was standing just a few feet from the altar...

Dear National Catholic Reporter, don’t fudge parish numbers...

Last week, the National Catholic Reporter came out with a story about a parish they see as a model parish. However, the story exaggerated the parish reach and it misunderstood the sacrament of orders. St. William Catholic Church is a parish in Louisville run by a layperson. The archdiocesan website lists a lay “Pastoral Administrator...

Small graces can lead to abundant blessings...

Evil loves the spotlight. It is exceedingly easy to perceive the chain reaction started with evil: abuse perpetuating abuse, bitterness to bitterness, death to death. For this reason it is easier to count those killed by Nazis, or Communists, than to count those encouraged to holiness by Maximilian Kolbe. Likewise, it seems that only when a marriage falls apart do we see how many are touched by that marriage...

Another cutting-edge New York Times interactive — Apollo 11 play-by-play...

To the Moon, One Small Step and Returning Home.

Vatican announces new restrictions on disgraced Bishop Michael Bransfield...

Bishop Michael J. Bransfield, Bishop emeritus of Wheeling-Charleston, will no longer be allowed to participate in public Masses or live within his former diocese. He must “make personal amends” for the harm he brought to the diocese, Pope Francis announced in a communique released on Friday afternoon. Bransfield is reported to have sexually harassed...

16th Ordinary Sunday: Right now you are being hunted...

The Collect for the 16th Ordinary Sunday is not in any pre-Conciliar Missale Romanum. It has its antecedent in a 9th century manuscript. Enjoy the fine clausula (rhythmic ending). Propitiare, Domine, famulis tuis, et clementer gratiae tuae super eos dona multiplica, ut, spe, fide et caritate ferventes, semper in mandatis tuis vigili custodia perseverent...