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Pope Francis heads to Ecuador


Receiving awards, Benedict XVI credits witness of John Paul II...


Avila to Aspen (Day 32): On Union Lake for the Fourth of July...
Fr. John Hilton
I finally crossed into the great state of Michigan. Yesterday I was crossing Lake Michigan on the SS Badger, which is the last coal-fired steamer in the United States. It's a great old boat. This morning I bicycled from Luddington to Reed City. I'm spending the Fourth of July...


15 Catholic reflections on life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness...
John Clark
As we Americans celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence, it’s a great time to look at some statements of Catholics over the years on life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Turns out, we Catholics love all three. This July 4th, let’s remember to pray for our nation and all of those in America. Let’s pray that God blesses us with the willingness to protect and promote life...


12 things to remember if the SCOTUS decision upsets you...


Two nuns, a developer and Katy Perry walk into a real estate deal...


In defense of deploring poor taste...
Simcha Fisher
What ever happened to avoiding things simply because they were in poor taste? Not because they're crimes, not because they're immoral, but just because they leave a bad taste in the mouth. Even if you could build a logical defense of them, they make us cringe and avert our eyes. Do people even consider whether something is tasteless or not...


Stay the course, my friends. If your first love is Jesus, He will help you through these troubling times...


If you want to understand Laudato Si better, J.R.R. Tolkien can help...
John Carswell
When I was a kid, I loved to look at maps. I collected the folded map inserts that came with National Geographic and would post them on the walls of my room so that I could just stare at them and contemplate the wonder that is the Earth. I was particularly fascinated by the vastness of the Asian continent, and especially by the two huge bodies of water that lay at its heart: the Caspian and Aral seas...


On Sunday, LDS churches nationwide will read to Mormon churchgoers this strong SCOTUS rebuke...


Why the Episcopalians voted for gay marriage...


Episcopal Church approves religious weddings for gay couples...


Conversion story: "Connecting to my English Catholic heritage"...


We're Catholics. Everything's connected...


The Supreme Court is a despotic agent of change...


God gave us freedom in order to do good, not to commit evil...
Philip Kosloski
Two years before he was elected Pope, John Paul II was invited to give a homily at the International Eucharistic Congress in Philadelphia. He preached at a Mass on August 3, 1976 on the topic of "The Eucharist and Man’s Hunger for Freedom." It was a fitting theme for his homily, as the United States of America recently celebrated the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence...


The Church will survive gay marriage if it sticks to its guns...


The (Roman) Empire strikes back...

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The stars and stripes of freedom and responsibility...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
When the children were at that delicate cusp between eighth grade and high school we had a conversation about freedom. There wasn’t anything particularly new or innovative about my ideas. In fact what I told them was as old as grandpa. I explained that as they entered high school and then college they would be wanting a considerable amount of freedom...


'Washing their hands': United Nations to cut good aid for Syrian refugees...


Why did Yankee Doodle stick a feather in his cap and call it 'macaroni'?


Don’t get too close to friends on the other side of the culture wars. This sounds harsh, but it's true...
Rebecca Hamilton
The deepest personal wounds I’ve suffered since I became a Christian have to do with gay friends that I loved and trusted with all my heart. Two of my gay friends turned on me in a sudden, absolute and public way. One of them, in particular, I loved with all my heart. He was — and is — as dear to me as my own blood. We shared so many good things through the years...


The establishment knows that jokes directed at Bruce Jenner are also directed at them...
William Kilpatrick
As soon as Bruce Jenner decided he was a woman, the media immediately fell in line. News reports obligingly referred to him as “her,” and commentators agreed that henceforth Mr. Jenner’s name will be “Caitlyn.” Whether it will become a hate crime to say otherwise remains to be seen. But it has already become problematic to joke about the transition...


A fourth saint for the Little Flower family?


The surprising story of Japanese convert Satoko Kitahara deserves to be better known in the West...


All signs indicate that my seven-month-old is out to get me...


On Justice Kennedy’s tenuous grasp of human dignity...
Anthony Esolen
“At the heart of liberty,” wrote Justice Anthony Kennedy, poetaster supreme, versifying for the majority in Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992), is “the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life.” That included the mysterious business of taking other lives...


Archbishop Fisher: Australian critics want Cardinal Pell ‘humiliated’...
John Allen
A senior Vatican cardinal who’s become a target of a national inquiry in Australia regarding institutional child sexual abuse has drawn strong support from his successor in Sydney, who on Wednesday called scorching criticism of Cardinal George Pell’s record “tremendously unfair.” “In reality, he was the first bishop in the country to move on [confronting abuse scandals]...


A study of sloth in the life of Lot...
Msgr. Charles Pope
In daily Mass this week (the 13th week of the year) we have been reading through Genesis. Tuesday’s reading highlights a significant spiritual problem: sloth, one of the seven deadly sins. Sloth is a sorrow, sadness, or aversion to the good things God offers. Rather than being joyful and zealous to obtain these gifts, the slothful person sees them as too much trouble to obtain and is averse to the changes such gifts might introduce into his life...


Creation and the future of marriage...
Archbishop José Gomez
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to redefine the nation’s marriage laws to include same-sex couples is no surprise. Obergefell v. Hodges is one more sign that we have entered into a “post-Christian,” even perhaps an “anti-Christian,” moment in American public life. But on a deeper level, the decision reflects the crisis in our society’s understanding of creation and the human person...


Some people assume that unnatural is the new normal, and the new normal is good...


What redefining marriage really means...


Jupiter, Venus to converge in "Star of Bethlehem moment" Tuesday night...


Islamic mosque donates thousands of dollars to help repair vandalized Catholic church...


On loneliness: Stabbing our grief with a plastic knife...


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