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Cardinal Marx says German ‘synod’ will proceed despite Vatican objections


Drinking (and not drinking) in Dublin...
R. Jared Staudt
Dublin is known for its drink. As author of The Beer Option, I had to explore this tradition, even if it was driven by Protestants at a time Catholics suffered under the penal laws. In the book, I drew from Mansfield’s The Search for God and Guinness, and it seemed wise to stop by Ireland’s number one tourist destination, the Guinness Storehouse...


Scrupulosity is an obstacle to truth...


Vatican to try two priests for alleged abuse of altar boys in St. Peter’s Basilica...
John Allen
Vatican magistrates have decided that one priest accused of sexually abusing underage altar boys who served in St. Peter’s Basilica, and another accused of facilitating that abuse, will be put on trial, according to a statement released Tuesday. The statement said that the Vatican’s Promoter of Justice has recommended that Father Gabriele Martinelli stand trial over charges of sexual abuse...


Cardinal Pell submits final appeal to Australian High Court...


Maradona documentary packs plenty of Catholic imagery to go with its soccer...
Clemente Lisi
There is no other soccer player — perhaps with the exception of Pele — who has had a bigger impact on the sport than Diego Maradona. The eponymous documentary directed by Asif Kapadia illustrates the magnitude with which the Argentine-born star impacted the game throughout the 1980s and how soccer’s biggest deity went from heaven to a dramatic fall from grace...


Fruitfulness in ministry should be named more than numbered...
Marcel LeJeune
When I was in college, I took several semesters of archery. I really loved shooting arrows at targets, but what ultimately won me over was the nature of archery; you immediately know how you are doing, based on where you hit the target. Still, there was one time that I hit a bullseye, which scored a zero because I was aiming at the wrong target...


Science says marriage saves you. So why is it so unpopular?


The death of St. Peter Claver offers a lesson in the way the world treats saints...
David Mills
The death of St. Peter Claver offers a lesson in the way the world treats saints — before and after they die. The son of an affluent Catalonian family, and academically successful, he entered the Jesuits in 1601 at the age of twenty. At the seminary, a lay brother saw in him a calling to care for the slaves in the Americas, who were horribly mistreated...


Video: L.A. Chargers QB Philip Rivers greets nuns at Sunday’s game...


Pope’s Sunday Angelus: ‘Brothers and sisters, have courage! With God, No sin has the last word...’...


Australian justice in the dock...
George Weigel
Consider this sequence of events, familiar to some but evidently not to others: March 2013: Prior to any credible reports of misbehavior being made against Cardinal George Pell, police in Australia’s state of Victoria launch “Operation Tethering,” a sting aimed at the former archbishop of Melbourne (who by this time is prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for the economy...


Believers must face this: All kinds of people wrestle with depression and suicide...
Terry Mattingly
This week’s “Crossroads” podcast about the death of the Rev. Jarrid Wilson (click here to tune that in) was not business as usual. Here is my original GetReligion post on this topic: “Symbolic details too painful for words: Shocking death of Jarrid Wilson stunned us all.” For me, this topic got personal really quick. First...


New details emerge about Bishop Michael Bransfield’s corruption — $1 million spent on private jets while 20 parishes and schools were closed or cut off...


Our strengths are often our struggles...


The Pope’s use of the ‘s-word’ means he understands the stakes...


For the Vatican, grasping the universal often rests on the (Italian) local...


Cardinal Raymond Burke, Bishop Athanasius Schneider announce ‘Crusade of Prayer and Fasting’ for Amazonian synod...

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John Clark’s ‘Professors on Break’ series is off to a great start...
John Clark
In this episode, Clark meets up with theology professor Dr. Matthew Tsakanikas in an Audi R8 Spider. In this episode, Clark meets up with philosophy professor Dr. John Cuddeback in his 1990-something Chevy Suburban.


The secret to dying well, according to St. Robert Bellarmine...
Philip Kosloski
As much as we may try to avoid or “cheat” death, prolonging our lives as much as possible, death will come knocking at our door soon enough. It is inescapable in this world and so the question is not if we will die, but how we will die. Death is something that can come to us unexpectedly, but that does not mean that we can’t prepare for it...


A prescription for peace in a world of woe...
Msgr. Charles Pope
Jesus journeyed to a city called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd accompanied him. The name of the city, Nain, means fair (in the sense of beautiful)—and it was, for it sat upon a high hill and commanded a magnificent view. This is an apt description of this world as well, which has its beauty, its magnificent vistas...


Here are 14 of the most impressive Christian sculptures of all time...


God lovingly leads us. Enjoy the view — no map required...
Mary Jo Gerd
Recently, I overheard a snippet of a private conversation between strangers. While it could technically be classified as eavesdropping, I’m certain God didn’t mind my listening in. In fact, though the conversation was not expressly intended for my ears, witnessing the seemingly chance encounter may have been part of God’s plan...


5 ways to tell you’re being too pious...
Tom Hoopes
Jesus warned several times about too much piety. “Not every one who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven,” he said, “but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” He even specified that some very pious people will be cast away: People who “prophesy,” “cast out demons” and “do many mighty works” in his name...


In 1987, I had an encounter with my guardian angel at Le Mont-Saint-Michel. Here’s what I saw...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
Apologies for not blogging very much over the last few days. I intended to blog every day during our fantastic pilgrimage to France, but if you’ve ever been on one of my pilgrimages you realize it is “go, go, go.” Most mornings we had a wake up call around 5 or 6 and were on the road before 8 am. Evenings were taken up with dinner...


Prince Charles to attend Cardinal Newman’s Oct. 13 canonization in Rome...


Why did John Paul II call Josemaría Escrivá the “saint of ordinary life?”...


Beyond the U.S., the Top Five countries for beefs with the Pope...


Crazy! A homily for the 24th Sunday of the Year...


Against all odds, Pope Francis has made Synods of Bishops interesting...


Vatican shoots down German synod plans as ‘not ecclesiologically valid’...


Rattled by what’s happening in the Church? Shake it off and get to work. This is the time God chose for us...
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
I know that many of you readers are upset by what is going on in the Church. May I repeat some advice? Remember that Popes come and go. There are good Popes and bad Popes, important Popes and forgettable Popes. Men pick them, not the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit’s role in their election is to make sure that the Pope isn’t a disaster for the Church...


Pope to launch global educational pact next year...


The Real Presence: Knowing what we are doing...


The Book Thief of Monastery Mountain...


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