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Oil company PR hit man sets sights on San Fran's Archbishop Cordileone


"A shepherd has to be someone who is afraid of nothing"...


What is science?
Joseph Pearce
Many of my essays for The Imaginative Conservative have stressed the need to define the words that we use more definitely and precisely so that we can communicate our understanding of reality with greater clarity and less ambiguity. Over the months we have sought to define key words, such as “love,” “progress,” “man,” “utopia...


Kansas City Royals’ VP grateful to serve Christ the King...


This priest witnessed a miracle in the 1940s, then was killed for refusing to deny what he saw...


Notre Dame has lost two contrasting giants...
Phil Lawler
On successive days, death has claimed two giant figures in the history of America’s most iconic Catholic university: two revered men, with very different ideas about that university’s proper role. The death of Father Theodore Hesburgh on February 26 will claim headline coverage, and rightly so. He was one of the most influential Americans of the late 20th century...


When rest stops were America's best roadside attractions...


Pluto may become a planet again...


Why are Christians being attacked? Because they are the lambs...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
When faced with the new horrors confronting Christians in the world today one comes back time and again to ask “Why”? First of all we consider the enemy. Within the world there is an irrational rage that surges out into violence. One cannot enter into any kind of discussion with such violent and irrational rage. When faced with it I am reminded of the sub human beasts in the film 'I Am Legend...


A church is a church and not a club because people gather to meet God...
David Mills
It's a story priests and pastors will recognize. "After 20 years of mixed feelings and more than eight months of discussion and debate with my husband," wrote the novelist Judy Mollen Walters,"we had walked away from the place where our babies had been named, welcomed, and bat mitzvahed, the place where we had celebrated countless holidays...


Was St. Gregory of Narek, the new Doctor of the Church, a Catholic? | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views...
R. Jared Staudt
On February 21, Pope Francis announced his decision to make St. Gregory of Narek (950-1003) a Doctor of the Church. Once again, Pope Francis has caught us off guard and now many people are scrambling to figure out who St. Gregory was and what the implications of the new honor bestowed upon him are. One key question that is arising is: was St...


“Liturgy Snob” Answers Her Critics...
Rachel Lu
Last week I wrote a piece here on Crisis about good liturgy and its effect on the minds of children. It provoked a number of strong reactions, with some positive and others very critical. This is unsurprising. All liturgy-lovers have heard these critiques before, because they arise as a matter of course whenever liturgical practice is discussed...


Turkish border closed as Christian hostages in Syria spike to 250...


Behold, a rare recording of C.S. Lewis speaking...
Brantly Millegan
You’ve read his books, but have you ever seen or heard C.S. Lewis? He died only 52 years ago, well into the era of audio and video recordings, and yet there no known videos of Lewis, and a few audio recordings of him. According to the descriptions for the videos, these recordings are from a talk he gave on BBC radio that would eventually be published as part of his masterpiece book Mere Christianity...


Rape accusations against Bikram Yoga founder prompts question: Is yoga really just a harmless exercise?


12 steps to help you move from pride to humility...


5 questions from Catholics about evolution...


By their actions, ISIS has sealed their doom by engaging supernatural forces beyond comprehension...

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What an Evangelical church was like for an atheist with anxiety...
Devin Rose
I was the atheist. Suffering from anxiety disorder, clinical depression, panic attacks, and agoraphobia. I didn’t believe in God or Jesus or the Bible. But I was under constant torment from anxiety and fear of being humiliated in front of other people. I had begun reading the Bible and was somewhere in the inscrutable wilderness of the Old Testament when my classmates invited me to come to their Southern Baptist church...


Add a dash of Johnny Cash to your Lent...
Michael Lichens
While my life, compared to Johnny Cash and many others, has been incredibly easy, his music has meant a lot to me. In his lyrics I found an Old Testament man strumming the steel strings of a guitar, singing once about how “God’s Gonna Cut you Down” while also begging “Lead me Father,with the staff of life/Give me the strength for a song” and it was all from the same man who knew well both the disappointment of his own life as well as what Graham Greene called “the appalling strangeness of the mercy of God...


Two years ago today, Pope Benedict XVI shook history...
Rocco Palmo
With the Pope and Curia on the road and off the grid for this week's Lenten retreat, the beat's been unusually quiet... but don't worry – it won't be for much longer. In any case, beyond fresh stories, the coming weeks are likely to bring an uptick of wider focus on the Vatican as Francis marks his second anniversary on Peter's chair...


Why should you be Catholic? Because it's true...
Mark Shea
As a non-denominational Evangelical, my theology tended to look askance at the Catholic view of the Eucharist. There were various reasons I was taught to reject the idea of the Real Presence in the Eucharist. It was, I was led to believe, a re-sacrifice of Christ. It was a man-made ritual, I thought. It was an obstacle to grace...


Is beauty a temptation or a path to God?
Philip Kosloski
Rising to the occasion, the ancient Saint Augustine appears as a source and guide who can answer this modern question. In particular, Augustine would respond by changing the approach to beauty from a search for beautiful things to an encounter with a person: “Late have I loved you, beauty so old, and so new: late have I loved you...


7 difficult deserted places (including a Catholic seminary) filmed with drones...


10 things you need to know about Jesus' Transfiguration...
Jimmy Akin
The Gospel reading for the Second Sunday of Lent commemorates the mysterious event known as the Transfiguration. This event is hard to understand. Why did it happen? What did it mean? Here are 10 things you need to know. The word "transfiguration" comes from the Latin roots trans - ("across") and figura ("form...


Two years after stepping down, Benedict XVI sees out his days in the shadows...


If the Supreme Court OKs same-sex marriage this summer, what's next for Catholics?
Russell Shaw
The likelihood that the Supreme Court next June will announce its discovery of a constitutional right to same-sex marriage raises an obvious question for the Catholic Church: What do we do now? Two steps come to mind. First, press for strong legal protections for individuals and institutions conscientiously unable to cooperate with a legal regime that requires sweeping concessions to the LGBT agenda...


The Catholic Church is the biblical Israel. There is no other...


The wacky world of postmodernism...


False teachings on meditation and contemplation exposed...


8 reasons to pray the Stations of the Cross this Lent...


World Christianity by the numbers...


At Mount Angel Seminary in Oregon, a team of monks and seminarians bond over basketball...


14 cool Christian things you can print with a home 3D printer...


In Brazil, "Surfer Angel" who drowned in 2009 is considered for canonization...


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