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Cardinal McCarrick accused of sexually abusing 11-year-old boy


Discernment is important, so let’s not make a mockery of it...


Look closely and you’ll see reminders that heaven is not too far away...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
There was a moment during the recent Napa Institute conference where I found myself looking around and thinking the exact opposite of what everyday news headlines suggest: We were not too far away from heaven. The Napa Institute was formed to renew and equip Catholic leaders, preparing them to face the challenges of a growing secularized American culture...


We believe in God because we have seen Him...
Mark Shea
There are two interesting things to notice about these words of the Creed. The first is that the Creed makes not the slightest attempt at argument for the existence of one God. The Creed assumes that the person professing it has already done their homework or has, at the very least, made the choice to say, “I believe in order that I may understand...


What’s the oldest building in your home state? Here’s the list for all 50 states...


Chile's two cardinals become focus of clerical abuse investigation...
Inés San Martín
Pope’s Francis’s recent about-face on Chile’s clerical sexual abuse crisis, pivoting from strongly defending a bishop accused of cover-up to ordering investigations and summoning bishops to Rome to read them the riot act, appears to have been read as a green light to investigate by Chile’s civilian authorities, who in recent months have conducted multiple raids in several dioceses looking for evidence...


What you should know about this Sunday’s readings (16th Sunday in Ordinary Time)...
John Bergsma
At this time in the Church year, we are working our way through the Gospel of Mark, approaching the record of the Feeding of the 5,000 (Mark 6). In the next five weeks, we are going to take a break from Mark in order to meditate on John’s account of the same event (John 6), which will provide a lengthy opportunity to reflect on the theology and biblical basis for the Eucharist...


Head of Vatican commission says contraception is ‘intrinsically wrong’...


But what do the neighbors think?
Jenny Uebbing
Lately I’ve been experimenting with a little mental exercise I like to call “what if there’s a nanny cam?” Now, being the queen of my domicile and the only avid Amazon clicker in the house, I can be reasonably confident this is only a mental exercise. However, it has borne some fruit when I play it out in my imagination to the logical conclusion and pretend there are tapes that we’re going to be playing back later tonight...


The 20 things your guardian angel does for you, without your even realizing it...
Stephen Beale
Imagine you had a bodyguard who was always with you. He did all the usual bodyguard things like protecting you from danger, warding off assailants, and generally keeping you safe in all situations. But he also did more than this: he offered you moral guidance, helped you become a stronger person, and led you to your ultimate calling in life...


Archaeologists discover bread that was baked 14,400 years ago...


Every dot in this picture is an entire galaxy...


Google Doodle celebrates Catholic priest who proposed Big Bang theory...


A tale of two revolutions...
Fr. George Rutler
It may be the seasonal heat that incubates revolutionary sentiments, since both Independence Day and Bastille Day occurred in the feverish days of July. One admires the temperance of our Founding Fathers meeting in Philadelphia in un-airconditioned rooms. The other revolution unleashed more violent passions against a devout monarch who...


Memo to Vatican reformers: Don't take cues from the gas company...


Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s legacy of eugenics and racism can’t be ignored...


Archaeologists and astronomers solve the mystery of Chile's Stonehenge...


As a new priest, I admit: Seminary did not prepare me for the cultural fallout from the legalization of marijuana...

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Fire keeps falling: ‘Uncle Teddy’ the DC cardinal faces the reality of Matthew 18:6...
Terry Mattingly
The whole story of retired Cardinal Theodore "Uncle Ted" McCarrick has reached the stage where reporters, as well as concerned readers, simply have to ride the waves of coverage and wait to connect the hellish dots. The victims are starting to tell their stories. But let's pause to note a significant change in the shape of the clergy abuse story that has haunted Catholic leaders in America (and elsewhere) since the mid-1980s...


Why was the McCarrick abuse hushed up?
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
Yesterday Fr James Martin had an anguished piece at America magazine asking how the McCarrick affair could have happened. Why was it covered up? Why wasn’t it reported? He gives some good answers: the young men were ashamed of what happened. They did report it but were ignored. They were afraid their careers would be ended. They were gay...


The untold story of NASA’s Apollo 11 moon mission...


For ‘Uncle Ted,’ the final cut...
Rocco Palmo
Put simply, the report is a nuclear bomb. Even as last month's credible, substantiated allegation that Cardinal Theodore McCarrick abused a minor in the early 1970s resulted in the Pope's direct suspension of the 88 year-old prelate, and with it emerged two decade-old settlements by the dioceses he led over his misconduct with adults...


Teenager to be canonized with Paul VI and Oscar Romero...


Antichrist arrives in a world without mercy...
Elizabeth Scalia
A couple of years ago a woman about to board a flight tweeted out what she thought was an ironic “joke” and then obediently turned off her phone. When she disembarked some hours later, Justine Sacco discovered that she had become one of the most hated women on the planet, and had lost her job, to boot. She had been, effectively...


‘Deportation’ argument reveals principles for reading Church documents...
Jimmy Akin
A starting point for interpreting any document is figuring out what its authors have in mind. This is done principally by examining the words they use, and we must employ some caution here. Words can have meanings that are not obvious, especially when translations of technical documents—like those of the Magisterium—are involved...


Vanity of vanities, all is vanity: Ecclesiastes...


13 reasons I never go to Mass or take a shower...


Watch a Chinook helicopter rescue 7 people with a pinnacle landing on Mount Hood...


Nicaragua’s bishops to fast, pray for exorcism amid Ortega crackdown...


St. Gilbert? In the coming weeks, the fate of G.K. Chesterton’s cause will be known...
K.V. Turley
Is he or is he not on the road to being canonized? In the coming weeks, the fate of Gilbert Keith Chesterton will be known. Soon, all eyes will turn upon Canon John Udris as he presents his written report to the bishop of Northampton, England, with, thereafter, a decision being made. For the past five years, Canon Udris has been the man tasked by Bishop Peter Doyle to explore whether Chesterton was a saint...


The pruning of the Church and our response to it...
Msgr. Charles Pope
As we go through the Book of the Prophet Isaiah at Mass this week, we read of Israel’s painful purifications as well as the subsequent punishment of the surrounding nations. God permitted the nations to persecute Israel in order that she be purified, but the iniquity and sin of the nations and of this world cannot go on forever; wickedness must be ended...


Priest says new degree in Church administration builds servant-leaders...


Why we need Loome Theological Booksellers...


Which car brands have the most (and least) loyal owners?


The childlike appeal of classic murder mysteries...


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