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Pennsylvania grand jury report: A reminder of the toll of failure


C.S. Lewis Doodle: On Ethics...


The Assumption of Mary: 12 things to know and share...
Jimmy Akin
August 15 is the solemnity of the Assumption of Mary. In the United States, it is a holy day of obligation (in years when it does not fall on a Monday). What is the Assumption of Mary, how did it come to be defined, and what relevance does it have for our lives? Here are 12 things to know and share...


The current crisis...
George Weigel
The outbreak of the Franco-Prussian war caused the premature suspension of the First Vatican Council on October 20, 1870 and left the Church’s theological self-understanding somewhat imbalanced. In its first session, Vatican I defined the nature of papal authority with a carefully crafted affirmation of papal infallibility under certain clearly defined circumstances; the intention was to complete that reflection on authority in the Church by a parallel statement on the authority of bishops...


Cities of the world where you don’t need AC or heat, mapped...


This powerful meme tells the hard truth about mistreatment of the Holy Eucharist in our parishes...


Pennsylvania grand jury report exposes decades of clerical sexual abuse...


‘I am parking right now’ — How this person found salvation in a Carl’s Jr. drive-thru lane ...


What St. Catherine of Siena would say to today’s bishops...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
If you’ve ever dipped into the letters of St. Catherine of Siena, you know she is forever encouraging holiness. She wants people inflamed with “blazing charity” and bathing “in the blood of Christ crucified.” She wants to see people be who God made them to be and she wants his Church seeking to be worthy of her identity as the bride of Christ...


‘The weaponization of faith’ — Pennsylvania grand jury report released to public...
Rocco Palmo
After a two-year process, an 884-page Pennsylvania grand jury report detailing seven decades of sexual abuse and its cover-up in the dioceses of Allentown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Scranton was released at 2pm Eastern, the end of a court-imposed deadline. The most sprawling probe of its kind for the American church – equaled only by similar state inquiries in Ireland and Australia – the grand jury identified some 300 accused clerics across the six dioceses and 1...


Former Australian Archbishop Philip Wilson, guilty of concealing sex abuse, to serve sentence at home...


Why do men matter? Because the legacy of a good man is forever...
Archbishop Charles Chaput
I spent the 1960s studying to be a priest, so I was exempt from the military draft. I never served in Vietnam. I can’t and don’t claim to know what combat is like. But I have friends who did serve, and no one in my generation could really avoid the war because it dominated our country’s life for more than a decade. The Vietnam War intersected with a sexual revolution and a wave of social turmoil here at home that...


Tolerance of sexual immorality among clergy is coming back to haunt us...
Michael Warsaw
When something divinely instituted, like the Catholic priesthood, is tarnished, you know the onslaught from the evil one is formidable. As the sex-abuse scandal of 2002 regains a fresh head of toxic steam — with the revelations that former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick abused minors and adult men, and with more men coming forward alleging harassment by homosexual superiors in seminary and in the presbyterate — some Church leaders are stepping forward with action and proposals for change...


Coptic monk arrested over murder of bishop in Egypt...


Fight scandal by giving witness to the Gospel, Pope tells young people...


Why the U.S. chills its eggs and most of the world doesn’t...


Looking at World Youth Day 1993 in Denver, 25 years later...
Tom Perna
This morning I checked the inbox of one of my email accounts to find an email from a friend sharing with me an article that George Weigel wrote titled, WYD 1993: The Turning Point. After reading through it, I knew that before I went out to drive for Uber Eats today, my side hustle to make extra money for wedding stuff, I wanted to write my own reflection on World Youth Day 1993 as well as share some photos that I took during the week of August 10-15 of the same year...


The 5 stages of apostolic apprenticeship...

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The Pennsylvania grand jury report is a reminder of the toll of failure...
Matthew Bunson
The redacted grand jury report on the 70-year history of clergy sexual abuse in six Pennsylvania dioceses that was released by the state Attorney General Josh Shapiro Aug. 14 was expected, but it still proved horrifying. Its impact extends well beyond the state of Pennsylvania, especially as it comes as the next terrible blow to Catholics still dealing with the scandal of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and the ongoing lurid crises of sexual abuse...


Chilean officials raid bishops’ conference amid abuse investigation...


Group sends ‘An Appeal to the Cardinals of the Catholic Church’ over Catechism death penalty revision...


Important reminder: God is more powerful than Satan...
Msgr. Charles Pope
In the work of deliverance ministry, one of the first obstacles to overcome in the afflicted soul is an exaggerated notion of the power of Satan and his demons. Often the troubled person is experiencing a time of crisis. Overwhelmed, he is often scared and sees only darkness. The power of the evil one seems very real, while the power of the angels...


Does the mega-diocese foster sexual scandals and bad priests? Yes...
Taylor Marshall
A Mega-Diocese is a diocese so enormous that a bishop cannot oversee it. Remember “bishop” in Greek is επίσκοπος (episcopos) which means “overseer.” Epi means “over” as in the word epidermis. Skopos means “see” as in the English words scope and telescope. What we have created over the last 150 years (since the loss of the Papal States...


Wuerl, Trautman, Zubik and Timlin: First thoughts on the Pennsylvania Catholic sex abuse horror...
Rod Dreher
The Pennsylvania grand jury report is out: read it here. It examines 70 years of child sex abuse by Catholic priests in six of the state’s eight dioceses, and 70 years of cover-up. Josh Shapiro, the state Attorney General, said in his press conference this afternoon that “over one thousand child victims” were identified in the investigation...


Mathematicians solve age-old mystery involving spaghetti...


Why some suspect there is a connection between homosexual priests and abuse...


Janet Smith to the U.S. bishops: ‘Save the Church — tell everything’...


Fr. Thomas Rosica: ‘Pope Francis breaks Catholic traditions whenever he wants’ ...


15 things to know and share about the ‘unanimous consent’ of the Church Fathers...


This is the fastest-sinking city in the world...


The sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is more powerful than you imagine...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
Sometimes people will say about married priests, “Well, he’s not going to be available to get out of bed and go to anoint someone at three in the morning.” What a ludicrous statement. Why would it be more difficult for a married man to go to the hospital in the wee hours? I always go when called–not because I have to but because I want to...


The Church does not need a tearing down by the mob. It needs a building up by saints...


God gave us a Church that’s as people-proof as any human institution can be...
David Mills
We love the insight that God writes straight with crooked lines. We’re a crooked bunch and we take comfort in the fact that God uses us anyway, at the same time he’s helping us straighten out. But sometimes, like now, the lines just feel too crooked ever to get straightened out. The whole Church in the US has been mortified by the revelations about former cardinal Theodore McCarrick...


My son is about to enter the seminary. Here are 7 things I want to tell him...
Marlon De La Torre
One of the most endearing gifts we possess as human beings is an imprint of God’s image. We hold a distinctive anthropology rooted out of God’s love allowing us to have an intimate union with Him. The irony of this gift is that it’s often overlooked. The strengthening of our identity in baptism for example solidifies the reception of this distinctive mark...


19th Ordinary Sunday: Trusting audacity and harrowing consolation...


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