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Ohio ‘heartbeat abortion’ ban advances toward governor’s veto decision


Why was Jesus born when and where He was?
Msgr. Charles Pope
In preparation for the coming of Christmas, we have been discussing some of St. Thomas Aquinas’ writings. In this last installment we’ll be looking at his commentary on the time and place of Jesus’ birth. We live in a culture that tends toward a kind of temporal pride. We think that we have come of age, that we are smarter and wiser than our forebears...


Protestant pastor charged with ‘inciting subversion’ as China cracks down on churches...


‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ changes what is possible for superhero films and animated films...
Deacon Steven Greydanus
One day in 1982, when I was 13 years old, I had just left the Haledon Sweet Shop on Haledon Avenue with a stack of comic books, bought with money earned delivering papers for the owner of the sweet shop. I stopped at Food Town to buy a candy bar and a Coke, and a young black boy, perhaps 8, saw the comics in my hand and asked if he could have one of them...


Rejoice! This Sunday is “Gaudete” Sunday...
John Bergsma
Many parishes will mark this Sunday with rose-colored vestments (not “pink”—“pink” is not a liturgical color!), and the theme of joy runs through the readings and the liturgy. Gaudete Sunday marks the liturgical half-way point of Advent, and the Church rejoices because Jesus’ coming is near. This year, since Christmas falls early in the fourth week of Advent...


Robert Spaemann, the last great Catholic theologian...
Sandro Magister
He was the philosopher closest to Benedict XVI, his friend and peer. He died at the age of 91 on December 10, in the light of the season of Advent. In a few lines further below a profile of him is sketched by one of his most faithful disciples, Sergio Belardinelli, a professor of the sociology of cultural processes at the University of Bologna and the scholarly coordinator of the “Cultural Project” of the Italian episcopal conference during the years of Cardinal Camillo Ruini’s presidency...


Reports of Cardinal Pell guilty verdict emerge, despite judicial gag order...


Three cardinals dropped from C9 as reform process nears end...


Why I won’t ask Pope Francis to resign...
Jennifer Roback Morse
A lot of people are upset about Pope Francis. Some have called on him to resign. Some have gone so far as to make the outrageous claim he is not really the pope. Although I don’t agree with some of his actions, I will not be calling on him to resign, nor claiming he is not really pope. However, that does not mean that I plan to sit around doing nothing about our current troubles in the Church...


Five dead in Brazilian cathedral shooting, cathedral priest asks for prayer...


Why did the Second Person of the Trinity, rather than the Father or the Holy Spirit, become incarnate?


41 and us: Decency is not dead...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
It was June 1, 2006. I will never forget that date.” That was the day Angela Jozwicki had an abortion. She had grown up with “a lot of screaming” around her and was using drugs by the time she was 14. In 2006, she was 22 and found herself pregnant. “I knew in my heart that a baby would stop me from having drugs, but I wasn’t ready...


If a man wouldn’t make a good husband and dad, he won’t be a good priest either...


A reality check on expectations for February child abuse summit...
John Allen
Under any circumstances, the announcement in September that Pope Francis plans to convene a summit Feb. 21-24 for all the presidents of bishops’ conferences around the world, along with the Vatican’s senior leadership, to discuss the clerical sexual abuse scandals in the Church would have been big news. After the Vatican invoked that summit in November in instructing the U...


19 martyrs killed in Algeria’s 1990s civil war are beatified — first time in a Muslim nation...


Possibly lying in Confession? Help for the scrupulous...


I am happy to proclaim that Christ is very much alive in the heart of small town America...


Pope’s Sunday Angelus: Advent is a time to “take into account the demands of conversion”...

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‘Victory for Victims’: Trump signs Genocide Relief Act for Iraqi and Syrian Christians...


Would it matter if we’re living in a simulation?
Jimmy Akin
Currently we use computers to run simulations of many different kinds of scenarios. For example, physicists use them to run simulations of how different kinds of subatomic particles interact. The basic idea of the simulation hypothesis is that as computers get better and better, we will be able to run better and better simulations...


The problem of parishes with short Confession times...


Why would Christians want the world to love them?
Elizabeth Scalia
Recently, someone complained to me that habits of political correctness and identity politics seemed to be creating an atmosphere where—to this person’s perspective—anyone might claim to be part of a protected class. “It’s open season on Christians, though,” the gentleman groused. People like to say so, but—given examples of the very real...


Down Under, the cardinal is found guilty — just don’t tell the locals...
Rocco Palmo
In a word, it is epochal – for the first time anywhere, a civil court has found a cardinal guilty of sexual abuse. Capping an 18-month process that predated the wider church's re-immersion in the scandals, the conviction of Cardinal George Pell – reportedly rendered on Tuesday in the Australian state of Victoria – represents the pinnacle of a thread that's marked this fresh round of the crisis across the globe: an emboldened secular effort to enforce accountability where the church's own response is perceived as having failed...


The miraculous roses of Our Lady of Guadalupe...
Patti Armstrong
While many people know the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe’s appearance in Mexico to Juan Diego on Dec. 12, 1531, not everyone knows the significance that roses played in the miraculous event. Our family visited the shrine in 2006 and my husband Mark brought home a life-sized replica of Our Lady of Guadalupe’s image. It hangs in our living room and he uses it during presentations that he frequently gives about this amazing story...


Pope Francis on the ‘gay Mentality’ that has ‘influenced the Church’...


Would Jesus have come if Adam had not sinned? Why did he wait so long before coming?


Despair and false doctrine...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
A little morsel gleaned from St Augustine by way of the banquet that is Sohrab Ahmari’s conversion story, From Fire By Water... “All false doctrines seek to negate man’s responsibility for sin.” I was just pondering the same thing this morning as we were discussing the terrible epidemic of suicide in America. Drugged and drunk with booze and pills...


U.S. Supreme Court will not hear case of states defunding Planned Parenthood...


The quiet epidemic of lonely Catholics...
Marcel LeJeune
The more I listen to the experiences of Catholics, the more I get the sense that we are facing a quiet epidemic of loneliness. It is found in the young people who fly to sex addiction, because they fear real people who may break their hearts. It is in spouses who stop communicating because of the pain, wounds, and repeated isolation they feel from one another...


Tale of two New York Times stories: Seeking links in the ultimate anti-Pope Francis conspiracy...
Terry Mattingly
What we have here are two interesting stories, which appear to be connected by a bridge of New York Times paranoia. It’s that latest addition to a growing canon of work attempting to connect Donald Trump to a vast right-wing Catholic conspiracy to bring down the compassionate, progressive Pope Francis. The first story is a legitimate profile of Princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis...


Battle of wills: Tiny order of French nuns takes on the Vatican...


Virginia high school teacher fired for refusing to use transgender student’s new pronouns...


What’s the meaning of life? Here are three possible answers...


I wanna be ready to put on a long white robe – A homily for the Second Sunday of Advent...


Religious Freedom 2, ObamaCare 0...


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