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Pope Francis names Archbishop Gabriele Caccia ambassador to the United Nations


Is Australian public opinion shifting in Cardinal Pell’s favor?
Edward Pentin
Although a good deal of negative and angry opinion abounds, a number of commentators are beginning to voice doubts about Cardinal Pell's conviction. One of them is Andrew Bolt, an analyst for Sky News Australia, who has been consistent in voicing skepticism over the case but on Nov. 13 made his strongest declaration to date: That the cardinal is innocent and has been jailed “for a crime [he] could not have done" (see clip below)...


Obi-Wan Kenobi was originally created to be a Star Wars version of Gandalf...
Philip Kosloski
Among the numerous influences behind George Lucas’ Star Wars saga, J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings was a principal driving force in the early drafts of the 1977 film. In fact, Lucas nearly copied Tolkien’s dialogue, word-for-word, borrowing Gandalf’s greeting to Bilbo in The Hobbit. In How Star Wars Conquered the Universe by Chris Taylor...


Jury rules against pro-life activist David Daleiden, awards Planned Parenthood $870,000...


Berlioz’s “Te Deum” and Chateaubriand’s “Genius of Christianity”...


Pope considering adding “sin against ecology” to Catechism of the Catholic Church, says “culture of waste and hatred” reminds him of Nazi era...
Inés San Martín
Speaking to a group of lawyers on Friday, Pope Francis said that the Catholic Church is contemplating the introduction of “ecological sin” to the compendium of Church teaching. “We have to introduce, we are thinking about it, in the catechism of the Catholic Church, the sin against ecology, the sin against our common home...


Everyone you love will die. So will you. November is a time to think and pray about that...
R. Jared Staudt
November is a month when the Church asks us to pray for the dead. After celebrating those in heaven on Nov. 1, we pray for all the faithful departed who await heaven while undergoing purgation on Nov. 2, All Souls Day. The Church encourages us to pray for the dead by granting special indulgences in November to assist the souls in purgatory...


Catholic churches burning in Chile? Apparently this is now just a ‘conservative’ news story...
Terry Mattingly
The violence that as seized Chile is linked to complex issues of history, economics and bitter political divisions. As you would expect, American news operations have been busy covering other stories. I get that. Meanwhile, the role of the Catholic Church in the politics of Chile is complicated and, as you would expect, decades of arguments about clergy sexual abuse and related topics has not helped the situation...


In the culture of death, abortion is a sacrament...
Sean Fitzpatrick
The feminist writer Florynce Kennedy once said, “If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament.” She didn’t give the left enough credit. Abortion has become a kind of “sacrament” because women can get pregnant. Abortion has morphed from a taboo tragedy to a constitutional right: a sine qua non of the Democratic Party...


How to influence the way the Lord will judge you...


Jesuit martyrs, old and new — without the gospel, social reform is just politics...
Fr. Raymond de Souza
Last week in Rome there was a full-on all-stops-pulled celebration of the Jesuits, organized by the Jesuits. Both Pope Francis and Father Arturo Sosa, the superior general, took part. It was a clarifying moment for those who might wonder at the various curiosities offered by the Society of Jesus in these past years under the first Jesuit pope...


Chilean Churches looted amid anti-government protests...


Why stuff your soul with gossip, nonsense and vain talk? We have to defend our “right not to know”...


Rest, reading, and remembering what a man is...


If I touched the Moon, what would it feel like?


Sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll and the path to death...


Last Things...


Angels, knights, and midichlorians — A look back at ‘Star Wars: The Phantom Menace’...

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‘The Irony of Modern Catholic History’ is a book too valuable to ignore...
Archbishop Charles Chaput
The historian Christopher Lasch (among many others) liked to note that Americans tend to be bad at history. We resent it. We want the past to be over and gone. And there’s a very good reason for that instinct. One of our key myths as a nation is that if we work hard enough we can achieve, and deserve to achieve, anything we want...


Global Neo-Paganism is a new threat, but it’s not new...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
One of the takeaways from the Amazonian Synod was the materialization of a new religious identity in the world. When I say this is a “new religious identity” I do not mean to suggest that it is a new invention. It is, in fact, a religion that is as old and wide and powerful as the Amazon itself. I name it “Global Neo-Paganism” and this new manifestation of the old paganism is unique in certain ways and yet as predictable as a seance...


‘Frozen II’: More sister time, less memorable songs...
Deacon Steven Greydanus
“Warmed-over Frozen” is how I described the first Maleficent five years ago: another revisionist take on a classic fairy tale about the relationship between an innocent princess and a rehabilitated witch-villainess ending in true love’s kiss subverted. (For the many other parallels, see my review of Maleficent.) Now Frozen II comes out on the heels of Maleficent: Mistress of Evil — and...


Do you desire Heaven? Really?
Msgr. Charles Pope
After some sobering reflection on death and judgment over the past several days, it’s finally time to talk about Heaven. Now that is a topic everyone wants to hear about! Yet there is a strange disconnect today. As it becomes easier and easier to satisfy our desire for instant gratification, we find it harder and harder to take the time to ponder a future paradise...


‘Synodality’ is a masquerade, behind which is an agenda...
George Weigel
During the 2001 Synod of Bishops, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, who’d suffered through a lot of synodal speechifying and small-group discussions over the years, made a trenchant observation: “Jesus Christ didn’t intend his Church to be governed by a committee.” Indeed. The mechanisms of consultation that exist in the Church — from parish councils through diocesan pastoral councils to the Synod of Bishops — exist to strengthen the governance of the Church by its pastors: priests in their parishes...


Dignity, defiance and mirth: A plan for dying well...
Rick Becker
My wife thinks it’s morbid, but I’m planning to buy myself a pine coffin for my 60th birthday. Nothing fancy. Something fashioned by monks. I’ll set it up in the living room—lean it against the wall with the lid to one side—and I’ll invite visitors to inscribe a few words with a Sharpie (my daughter’s idea, and a good one)...


Rare photos: How America’s first saint nearly went down with the R.M.S. Titanic...


33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time — The end of the world is near!...
John Bergsma
Some years ago I was driving through the back hills of Ohio with my son, and we passed a billboard in a farmer’s field that read: “God has a Judgment Day coming!” My son asked me if the farmer who had placed the billboard in his field was Catholic or Protestant. I suggested he probably was a Protestant. My son asked why Catholics didn’t put up billboards like that...


How the Japanese bombed Oregon and Michigan during World War II...


Pope Francis names Spanish Jesuit head of Vatican’s Secretariat for the Economy...


On Wounded Shepherds...


San Diego Bishop McElroy wants Catholics to stop treating abortion as “preeminent” problem — but U.S. bishops (backed by words of Pope Francis) shoot him down...


Dominicans order up preaching for the digital age...


You are going to die and you don’t get to say when...


Don’t despair: Hope is found in the Church’s faithful, a rock-solid stratum...


Foster children in America: We can do more...


Catholic trade school forms young Catholic men for life and work...


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