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When you're defending the truth, do it with class, because bad-mouthing the other guy only makes things worse.....

As I write these words I’m looking at an untitled cartoon from the National Catholic Reporter in the Wojtyla-era 1980s. It’s an image of an elaborate canopy with praying angels draped over a Chair of Peter—in this case, a toilet with the papal insignia. It’s tied to a column that argues, among other things, that the “Catholic church is uncomfortable with two things...

In wide-ranging interview, Raymond Cardinal Burke talks about the Pope, the dubia and the Order of Malta...

Cardinal Burke in Switzerland. Image: Institute-Christ-King.org His Eminence, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke gave Catholic Outlook’s journalist, Jordan Grantham, the privilege of an exclusive wide-ranging interview on current issues faced by the Church regarding His Eminence’s work with the Holy Father, the media, Amoris Laetitia and the dubia...

Defendant in Vatican trial says cardinal 'clarified' affair with the Pope...

On the second full day of testimony in the Vatican's first-ever trial for alleged financial crimes, one of the defendants told the court told the court he was told there should be "no problems" with spending money from a children's hospital on remodeling an Italian cardinal's private apartment, because that cardinal had spoken personally to Pope Francis and "clarified" the situation...

God's love perfects us amid pain, suffering and despair...

We have been conditioned by years (centuries?) of teaching to think of love/charity as a virtue, something to do or not. But St. John tells us God is love. He does not tell us that God does love. I want to suggest that this is the insight – although never spoken – that makes Israel think of God as Elector/Electing; having no other identity than the one who chooses his own people...

All roads lead to Rome, and Rome leads to Jerusalem, and Jerusalem to a New Jerusalem...

As social conservatives, we embrace Western culture and defend it, although what we mean by it is necessarily vague. The closest thing to it in the Middle Ages was a notion of Roman culture, sustained by the late form of Latin that served as the lingua franca for scholarship, religion, and official communication across the continent...

That’s not right. That’s not even wrong.....

According to Fr. James Martin, although the Church teaches that “LGBT people must be celibate their entire lives” this expectation “has not been received”, by lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and/or transgender people, and therefore it has failed to become “authoritative” in their regard. I am reminded of a furrowed-brow comment a friend once made upon hearing some speaker bungle several ecclesiastical terms: “That’s not right...

Postpone the inquisitions; schedule arguments instead...

In the Catholic Church of Pope Francis, it is dangerous to be too conservative. Professor Josef Seifert, a distinguished Catholic philosopher from Austria, discovered this recently, when he was dismissed from his position at the University of Granada in Spain by the local archbishop. Seifert’s sin was to have raised questions about “Amoris Laetitia...

Meet the man who helped build the pope's brand on Twitter...

Pope Francis today is acknowledged as one of the most influential leaders in the world, including on Twitter. Catholic layman Gustavo Entrala, one of the few people in the world who can say they taught a pope how to tweet, defines the “Pope Francis brand” as one of the most consistent in the world. The pope, Entrala believes...

The little-known exorcisms performed by John Paul II and Benedict XVI at the Vatican...

The sacramental practice in the Catholic Church of expelling demons from the body of a person who is possessed is termed exorcism. While some may think of the 1973 critically acclaimed film The Exorcist when they hear about exorcisms, the practice is, in fact, a well-defined and procedural process through which clergy members must take specific steps to successfully perform the ritual...

McElroy and Chaput on chastity...

This week we have an American bishop and Archbishop writing articles touching on the question of chastity. In this article for London’s Catholic Herald Archbishop Chaput comments that faithful Christians are the West’s “new dissidents.” In the midst of writing about the openly anti-Catholic attack on federal judge nominee Amy Coney Barrett by Dianne Feinstein...

Pope reiterates Church’s commitment to protect minors from abuse...

Thursday in a written speech, Pope Francis reiterated the Catholic Church’s commitment to the protection of minors from sexual abuse, stating that the Church will continue to take a “zero tolerance” stance against offenders. “Let me say quite clearly that sexual abuse is a horrible sin, completely opposite and in contradiction to what Christ and the Church teach us...

On Jesus’ merciful call of St. Matthew, a great sinner...

On this Feast Day of St. Matthew, we must acknowledge a great mercy in Jesus’ call. As a tax collector, Matthew was considered a great sinner. In fact, the term “tax collector” was a biblical euphemism for great sinner. Yet despite this, Jesus called him to be an Apostle. In our times, many set mercy and the fact that we are sinners in opposition to each other...

Notes for Australian Catholics on the ‘same-sex marriage’ postal vote...

Even in a free country it is very unusual for a government to ask, plainly and directly, its people for their opinion on a specific proposed policy; but it is nigh-on unheard of that any question concerning a proposed policy would have one, and only one, correct answer. Yet that is exactly what is happening Down Under for the next few weeks as the Australian government...

My visit to the scene of Fr. Stanley Rother's martyrdom...

The bullet holes are still there in the room in Santiago Atitlan, in the highlands of Guatemala, where Fr Stanley Francis Rother was murdered on July 28, 1981. One is in the floor under the tabernacle. And there are bloodstains too, faded now but in plain view, on the wall above the low-slung, simple bed, marking the spot where this tall...

Steve Bannon is right: the Catholic Church “needs” illegal immigrants...

In an interview with 60 Minutes, Steve Bannon, formerly President Donald Trump’s chief strategist and current Breitbart news executive, said that the US Conference of Catholic Bishops favored continuation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program because the bishops are dependent on undocumented immigrants. Literally dependent: Since they are “unable to really to come to grips with the problems in the Church...

If you're not poor, you’ve been blessed. So don’t talk trash about the poor.....

The crippled man on the bus had finished his community service; he’d been let down by a social worker who never showed up to give him a ride, and walked a mile to get to the bus stop. He was speaking on his phone to a secretary who told him he’d be marked as a no-show and charged for the appointment with his counselor. He looked “downright afraid...

Our haunting insecurities and the human weeds...

Modern cosmetics tells us something about our culture’s desire to abort the unborn and euthanize the sick and elderly. In our desire to beautify the body, writes Zygmunt Baumann, “the appearance of the remedy as a rule preceded awareness of the deficiency that clamored to be remedied.” The Polish sociologist-philosopher, who was expelled from his native communist Poland in 1968...

Enjoy chicken? You have some medieval Benedictines to thank.....

For the past six thousand years, humans and chicken have shared an intricate common existence. Today’s chickens provide us with plentiful meat and eggs and are the most common form of poultry consumed across the world. Our current cultivated chickens descended from an ancestral species of Asian jungle fowl, bred to be very passive with little fear of humans and an ability to lay many eggs quickly...

In Mannheim presentation, Cardinal Müller notes that St. Robert Bellarmine was sacked three times from the Curia...

The cardinal criticised the Latin American approach to theology, in a thinly veiled critique of the Argentinian Pope. The Vatican’s former doctrine chief has criticised Francis’ papacy for lacking theological rigour, while suggesting he is ready to make a comeback and work in the Roman Curia. During a book presentation in Germany last Friday...

Bishop Barron talks religion at Facebook headquarters...

People need to learn how to argue better on the internet, especially about religion, Catholic media personality and Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron said in remarks at Facebook’s headquarters on Monday. “Seek with great patience to understand your opponent’s position,” he advised, adding that it can be “very tempting just to fire back ‘why you’re wrong...
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