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Theodore McCarrick removed from clerical state for sex abuse but money and power questions remain


The surprising little-known story behind St. Thérèse’s famous St. Joan of Arc photo...


Blessing or woe — you decide...
Msgr. Charles Pope
The Gospel passage this Sunday is Luke’s version of the Beatitudes. Being paradoxical, they are difficult to understand. We do not usually refer to the poor as blessed, but rather the well off; we do not typically call those who mourn blessed, but rather the joyful. The word “beatitude” itself means “supreme blessedness...


Why you should read Church history...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
A good reason for reading church history is that it gives one hope, helping one navigate the stormy waters of yesterday’s news with a calm hand on the tiller. And not only does it put present turmoil into perspective, but it helps one realize that things have often been bad, but despite all the death sentences pronounced on Christians and Christianity...


McCarrick’s dismissal caps the most precipitous fall of a top-level cleric anywhere in modern times...
Rocco Palmo
Over the last two decades, some 5,000 men worldwide have been dismissed from the clerical state following a credible allegation of the sexual abuse of a minor. Only now has one of them once worn the red hat of a cardinal. Anticipated for months, the Pope's decree ousting Theodore Edgar McCarrick, now a former archbishop and priest...


Gerhard Cardinal Müller: “The Rotten Fruit of Secularization”...


Smoking pot as teenager increases risk of depression by 40 per cent, Oxford study finds...


The Catholic Church — More Than You Realize...


Another welcome return to the earlier age for Confirmation...
Edward Peters
Bishop James Wall of Gallup NM just announced that Catholic children in his diocese can receive the sacraments of Confirmation and holy Communion in a single Eucharistic liturgy celebrated for them around their attaining age seven or eight. This makes a dozen arch/dioceses that have jettisoned the once-trendy-but-pastorally-flawed practice of delaying Confirmation until well into a young person’s teenage years...


Eucharist desecrated, statues smashed in series of French church attacks...


The Christian art of letter writing...


Independent investigation confirms Covington students didn’t instigate confrontation...


Rome remembers Fr. Paolo Dall’Oglio, celebrated Jesuit missionary kidnapped in Syria...
John Allen
Last night, a torchlit rally took place in front of Rome’s Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore for Father Paolo Dall’Oglio, a native Roman and Jesuit missionary in Syria who disappeared in 2013, along with the thousands of both natives and foreigners who’ve been subject to kidnapping or arbitrary detention in Syria since violence broke out in 2011...


When a mentally absent spouse is apportioned a third of a marriage...
Elizabeth Scalia
Fans of “reality TV,” willing to be entertained by stories of exhibitionists behaving badly (and willingly) for a camera, some cash, and the most vulgar sort of celebrity notice, are being promised a new diversion, this time in the form of one husband’s decision to openly bring his mistress into his marriage because his wife suffers from early-onset Alzheimer’s disease...


A first look at ‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’...
Deacon Steven Greydanus
Nine years ago, How to Train Your Dragon threw together Vikings, dragons and a standard-issue Junior Knows Best plot, and came up with something pretty cool. If it was about time-worn themes of overcoming prejudice and accepting differences, it was also about young Viking Hiccup’s journey of self-discovery as an inventor and student of natural philosophy...


‘It Will Cause a Scandal’ — The Pope and Cardinal O’Malley clash over sex-abuse crisis...


Ignatius Press turns 40 years old...


Facing breast cancer like a man...

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Two common myths you probably believe about the Catholic Church that are totally wrong...
Jenny Uebbing
How about a little remedial ecclesiology today? Trigger warning: if you don’t like going past 1200 words, this piece might stretch you 5 uncomfortable minutes past your limit. I know, I know. Same! I tried my best to rein it in. The summer of shame is well in the rearview now, and we’re underway into a whole new calendar year...


Here’s a thought about Bible reading and the Sunday Gospel...
Amy Welborn
This Sunday’s Gospel – for those of us not blessed with Septuagesima Sunday – is the Beatitudes as presented in the Gospel of Luke – in the context of a Sermon on the Plain, rather than a Sermon on the Mount as in Matthew. Those of you who have studied or taught anything about Scripture, including these passages...


Mother Teresa’s secret to true peace of heart, explained by a parish priest...


Theodore McCarrick dismissed from the clerical state...


The Church’s long ‘German moment’...
Fr. Raymond de Souza
The Rhine Flows Into the Tiber was published in 1967; it is an account of how the priorities and positions of German Catholicism had a massive influence in Rome in the mid-20th century in general and on the Second Vatican Council in particular. Did the Rhine bring fresh waters to the stagnant, fetid Tiber? Or did it pollute the Tiber with noxious effluent...


The evil of banality...


The anatomy of original sin...


6th Sunday of Ordinary Time: The upside-down Kingdom of God...
John Bergsma
As we continue our journey through the Gospel of Luke in Ordinary Time, Jesus keeps teaching us that his kingdom, the Kingdom of God, reverses many of our expectations and stereotypes. His is a kingdom where the typical markings of “blessing”—health, wealth, prosperity, power—are doomed to woe, and the typical markings of “curse”—weakness...


Vatican ambassador to France under investigation for sexual assault...


In the winter of faith, just keep working...


Vatican, Microsoft team up on prize for artificial intelligence ethics...


It should be clear that a church is a place not just of community, but of Communion...


“Glorious chastity” is truly a gift from God...


Once again, Cardinal O'Malley has found himself in the middle of a crisis...


Cardinal Kevin Farrell named new camerlengo by Pope Francis...


Impossible cookware and other triumphs of the Penrose tile...


What the apparition of ‘Our Lady of America’ reportedly said about the U.S. in 1956...
Fr. Regis Scanlon
Growing numbers of Americans are looking with horror at what has become of our Church and country. Moral confusion and indifference to human life is common. Legal boundaries continue to be stretched to favor abortion, same-sex marriage and pornography without limits. Finally, the Church seems to be rotting from within from a massive problem of homosexuality among the clergy...


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