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In major break over Ukraine, Russian Orthodox Church splits from Constantinople


Bishop Joseph Cistone of Saginaw dies after cancer battle...


Here’s what you need to know if you’d like to try hand-feeding hummingbirds...


The Church is Someone, not something, and she has the right to say “no”...
Simcha Fisher
The internet will teach you how to turn a “no” into a “yes.” The phrase appears in tutorials designed for salespeople, but also in more sinister contexts. In militant men’s rights groups, there are forums and even study guides that teach men how to manipulate women and extract the sexual goodies they want from them. They understand that...


With teamwork and courage, men can steal meat from lions... and souls from the devil...


As Cardinal Wuerl steps down (with a papal salute), ‘Uncle Ted’ McCarrick is way out of sight...
Terry Mattingly
So, how good was the news coverage of the very gentle fall of Cardinal Donald Wuerl, in terms of the stories published in the two elite newspapers that have been driving this story? Well, that depends. It appears that the crucial issue — once again — is whether the most important scandal linked to Wuerl at the the moment is (a) his role in efforts to hide the abuse of children and teens...


Vatican confirms synod’s final report to be voted on ‘part by part’...


“Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock...”...


Donatism and Pennsylvania: How an ancient controversy can help Catholics today...
Fr. Patrick Briscoe
While at lunch with a friend, he shared this part of his recent struggle with the Church. A millennial, a practicing Catholic, a man actively involved in the Church. He’s a man I know to be marked with a great faith. Nevertheless, the recent Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report shook him to the core. A man who communicated God’s saving grace to his family is part of this mess...


What does Heaven cost? A homily for the 28th Sunday of the Year...


“The key to discernment”: How realizing the beauty of Eucharistic devotion led this man to seminary...


Go with God, Cardinal Wuerl...


Cardinal O’Malley expands sex abuse investigation to include all Boston seminaries...


Announcement by Eastern Orthodoxy’s Ecumenical Patriarch ratchets up dispute with Moscow...
John Burger
A long-simmering dispute between two of the world’s leading Orthodox Churches got ratcheted up this week when the Ecumenical Patriarch, considered “first among equals” among the leaders of Orthodoxy, renewed a decision to grant Ukrainian Orthodox faithful ecclesiastical independence from the Russian Orthodox Church.


In the capital, the cardinal resigns — yet for now, the cardinal remains...
Rocco Palmo
Six days since the Holy See began tackling Crisis 2.0 in earnest, and amid an epic, months-long storm for the US' longest-serving diocesan bishop, at Roman Noon this Friday the Pope granted the retirement of Cardinal Donald Wuerl as archbishop of Washington, nearly three years after the capital prelate reached the canonical age of 75...


The New York Times surveyed one mile of devastation in Mexico Beach. Here’s what they saw...


Justice Kavanaugh’s first test on abortion comes this week...


Egypt court sentences 17 to death for attacking Christians...

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Chinese bishops at Vatican meeting invite Pope to make landmark visit...


Is the Synod assembly rigged? Monday brought 2 twists that bear on this question...
John Allen
As the Oct. 3-28 Synod of Bishops reaches its midway point this week, two developments on Monday bear on perceptions in some quarters that the process is “rigged” to endorse foreordained conclusions - one that would seem to ameliorate those suspicions, another that could exacerbate them. First, a Vatican official told reporters Monday that the vote on the synod’s final document on Oct...


The next 500 years are going to be exciting...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
I encourage you to listen to my church history podcast Triumphs and Tragedies. I’m not a historian by any stretch, and I’m afraid the podcast is more than rough around the edges. It was simply my attempt to give a quick roller coaster ride through twenty centuries of church history so that we can make better sense of where we are by understanding where we’ve come from...


A case for daily Mass in Catholic schools...
Mary Jo Gerd
If we are serious about passing on the Christian faith in a meaningful way to the next generation, who I’m told are fleeing like millennials from Facebook, daily mass attendance is a beautiful way to engage their hearts and imaginations. We must instruct them to incorporate a slice of heaven into the drudgery of their daily lives...


What our church buildings say about us...
Msgr. Charles Pope
The week in the Office of Readings from the Liturgy of the Hours we are reading from the books of Haggai and Zechariah. Both these prophets wrote at the time of the return of the Jews from the Babylonian exile, which had begun in 587 B.C. The Jewish people were permitted to return to the Promised Land beginning in about 538 B.C...


On Sts. Óscar Romero and Paul VI, and their surprising affinity for Opus Dei...


3 lies pro-abortion politicians tell...


Homily at Mass of Canonization of Sts. Paul VI, Óscar Romero and 5 Others...
Pope Francis
The second reading tells us that “the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword. It really is: God’s word is not merely a set of truths or an edifying spiritual account; no – it is a living word that touches our lives, that transforms our lives. There, Jesus in person, the living Word of God, speaks to our hearts...


Danneels, Rodríguez, Peña, Ricca: The ‘wrong people’ Francis can’t get rid of...
Sandro Magister
Ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick is not the only wrong person on whom Francis bet. Because at least three others can be pointed out, in the upper levels of the hierarchy, each one tied with double thread to the changes that this pope wants to introduce into the Church. Francis too had known for some time about McCarrick’s bad conduct...


Do you have some well-mannered demons secretly living in your heart?


The secularization of Christ: A case study...
Jeff Mirus
Yesterday, in my seismographic essay on the Youth Synod, I argued that the crisis of the Church today was rooted in the secularization of Catholicism, that is, the secularization of the message of Christ in ways that please our dominant culture. “This is why,” I wrote, “so many Churchmen today find their moral high ground in the purification of the environment rather than in the purification of our bodies...


Meet the 5 other blesseds who are being canonized this weekend...


These are the roots of Modernism...


“As I conclude my ministry as shepherd of this Church...”...


Out, but not down: After he leaves Washington, Wuerl’s influence in Rome might grow even stronger...


What conscience dreads and prayer dares not ask...


Chris Pratt’s go-to Bible verse for homesickness...


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