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Pope Francis adds year of missionary work as requirement for future Vatican diplomat priests


My reaction to Querida Amazonia...
Msgr. Charles Pope
On Wednesday, Feb. 12, Pope Francis released his apostolic exhortation on the Amazon Synod, Querida Amazonia. I was greatly relieved when I read the carefully penned document, as I saw in it an answer to our prayers. You may recall I wrote the following in the National Catholic Register back on Oct. 27 at the close of the Synod:


Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, takes on politician who invoked Catholic teaching to justify murder...
Tom Hoopes
Archbishop Joseph Naumann publicly corrected a state legislator’s misrepresentation of Church teaching in a strong, straightforward column about abortion. He also revealed more of what Pope Francis told U.S. bishops regarding the abortion issue when they visited him last month. His column is published in the Feb. 14 edition of The Leaven and is not yet available online...


England to be rededicated to Mary on March 29 in revival of medieval tradition...
John Burger
tradition dating to a 14th-century English king will take on new meaning as it is repeated in post-Brexit Great Britain at the end of March. The rector of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham said that a rededication of England as the “Dowry of Mary,” scheduled for March 29, will help the nation face “the personal and national challenges of our day...


A picture of the transformed human person...


Sexagesima Sunday: Some make it but many do not...
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
In the traditional Roman calendar, last week was the first of the pre-Lenten Sundays, Septuagesima or “Seventieth” before Easter. This Sunday is called Sexagesima, “Sixtieth”. This number is more symbolic than arithmetical. Pre-Lent Sundays have Roman Station churches. The Roman Station is at St. Paul’s outside-the-walls...


I used to work for Ted McCarrick. He was a manipulator and devourer of souls...


In this Sunday’s readings, Our Lord tells us to face up to the full demands of God’s moral law — no excuses...
John Bergsma
The “Hippie” Jesus is one of the common misunderstandings of Christ that are circulating in popular culture. People think of Jesus as a laid back guru who traveled around Israel in this Volkswagen Vanagon, accompanied by twelve dudes in tie-died T-shirts. Jesus taught that all we need is Love, and not to be so uptight, like all those rule-bound priests and scribes...


Pope Francis speaks about financial reforms to Vatican tribunal...


This Sunday, a love you can’t fake...


Does consecrated life trump marriage? Can the married change their minds?
Jeff Mirus
In the wake of unusual vocations of married persons to the consecrated life, there is always speculation about the superiority of a consecrated single vocation, as compared with marriage, or of virginity over marriage generally. Some have gone so far as to argue that the “higher” calling to a form of consecrated life justifies breaking up a sacramental marriage to accommodate a “new vocation” of either the husband or the wife...


The time C.S. Lewis went full ‘get off my lawn’...


Pope Francis stands firm...


Pope Francis in new book on St. John Paul II: “I am convinced that celibacy is a decisive grace that characterizes the Latin Catholic Church”...


Francis’ silence, Ratzinger’s tears, and that never-published statement of his...
Sandro Magister
What is most striking in the post-synodal apostolic exhortation “Querida Amazonia,” made public today, February 12 2020, is its total silence on the most anticipated and controversial issue: the ordination of married men. Not even the word “celibacy” appears in it. Pope Francis desires “to configure ministry in such a way that it is at the service of a more frequent celebration of the Eucharist...


8 questions (and answers) about the Pope’s new document...


The Amazonian Synod’s final document was a mess. The Pope’s followup is far better...


House votes to lift 1982 deadline on Equal Rights Amendment ...

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Story of Father Augustus Tolton, first black priest in U.S. takes the stage in Los Angeles...


Kristen Day: Pro-life Democrats must stand up to abortion lobby...


Vatican announces next ordinary synod of bishops to be held in fall 2022, 60th anniversary of Vatican II opening...


Analysis: ‘Querida Amazonia’ and the German synod...


Pope’s Sunday Angelus: “The Law is an instrument of freedom”...


An amusing look at familial love in a TV commercial...


A leak from the Medjugorje study commission...


Abortionist Ulrich Klopfer's 2,411 murdered babies buried in Indiana...


J.R.R. Tolkien reveals heartfelt fatherly love in letter to his late son Christopher during WWII...


The Ratzingerian constants and the maintenance of harmony in the Church...
Bishop Robert Barron
Some years ago, my friend Msgr. Francis Mannion wrote an article concerning the three essential features of the Eucharistic liturgy—namely, the priest, the rite, and the people. When these elements are in proper balance, rightly ordered liturgy obtains. Further, from these categories, he argued, we can discern the three typical distortions of the liturgy: clericalism (too much of the priest)...


Australian High Court sets March 11-12 date for Cardinal Pell’s final appeal...


How does pride grow in our life? St. Bernard of Clairvaux explains the 12 steps of pride...


The man who knew his faith: The Catholicism of Alfred Hitchcock...
K.V. Turley
Alfred Hitchcock died 40 years ago on April 29, 1980. It is also 100 years since he started working in the film industry in 1920. Hitchcock’s career and life had began in the reign of Queen Victoria and ended in the presidency of Jimmy Carter, moving from London to Hollywood, from a title designer on silent movies to becoming one of the world’s most famous directors...


Cardinal Zen: Chinese Communists want Rome’s “complete surrender,” and Cardinal Parolin is prepared to give it ...


As the Westerdam sits at anchor off Cambodia, the cruise ship’s priest is keeping up passengers’ spirits during the coronavirus scare...


His hat stayed on: To the great but under-appreciated Hank Aaron, on his birthday...
David Mills
It was unusual when you live in Massachusetts and cheer for the Red Sox. Hank Aaron was my favorite baseball player. He played in the other league for the Atlanta Braves, but he had my little boy’s heart. As a very young reader of sports magazines, nine or ten, I read an interview with him and saw he had what we called “class”: grace...


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