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Pope’s Sunday Angelus: True wealth is found in friendship, not things


The Holy Spirit and the Holy Bible...
Anthony Lilles
Since "all scripture is inspired by God" (2 Timothy 3:16) and "no prophecy of scripture is a matter of personal interpretation" (2 Peter 1:20), we need the manifold ways that the Holy Spirit works in the Church to enter deep into the truth of the Holy Bible. He who inspired men to write these words of the Word is the very One who can help us penetrate their deepest meanings when we allow those who He has chosen to minister to us...


I just watched ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers’ again. Here’s what I thought...
Joseph Pearce
I’ve just enjoyed the second of the three movie nights at a friend’s house watching the full extended editions of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings. As I stated in last week’s essay describing my experience of watching The Fellowship of the Ring for the first time in many years, it’s intriguing to see how my judgment of Mr...


Pan-Amazonian Synod participants include former UN head, liberation theologians...
Edward Pentin
Pope Francis has personally invited Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston and Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego as well as ex-United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to take part in the Amazon Synod next month, according to a full list of participants published Sept. 21 by the Vatican. The two U.S. prelates are among 185 members to be invited to the Oct...


On the power of liturgy and prayer...
Msgr. Charles Pope
There is a text from the Acts of the Apostles that sets forth quite well some of the qualities of the Sacred Liturgy. Although the “liturgy” cited in this passage is not a Mass, the description should apply to all our liturgies; from the Liturgy of the Hours to baptism, from a penance service to a full sung Mass. Let’s look at the passage and learn from it the power of liturgy to deliver...


Praying to plants: Twitter explodes when Union Seminary holds one of its interfaith rites...
Terry Mattingly
Yes, this was click-bait heaven. Yes, this was an oh-so-typical Twitter storm. Yes, this was a perfect example of a “conservative story,” in a niche-news era in which social-media choirs — conservative in this case — send up clouds of laughs, jeers and gasps of alleged shock in response to some online signal. I am referring...


Eight-part ‘Messiah’ series is a ‘crash course on the Bible and salvation history’...


The prayer of the priest drives the prayer of the whole Church...


Brad Pitt aims for the stars but falls short in ‘Ad Astra’ (Rotten Tomatoes 80%)...
Deacon Steven Greydanus
There seems to be no reason for the title Ad Astra, meaning “to the stars,” to be in Latin, except to highlight writer-director James Gray’s elevated intentions. Deliberate, downbeat, vast in scope and theme but emotionally intimate, it evokes — at times overtly — the likes of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Solaris, Contact and Arrival...


Archbishop Chaput warns Catholics against Father James Martin’s ‘pattern of ambiguity’...


Texas priest survives attempted shooting — suspects’ gun fails to fire three times...


The threat of schism is real, but it comes from Germany, not the United States...
Fr. Raymond de Souza
Talk of schism in the Church is “promiscuous” now, writes New York Times columnist Ross Douthat. Pope Francis addressed it at length on his return flight from Madagascar. But where is the danger of schism? It is far more likely from Germany, where bishops are openly defying the Holy Father, than from the United States. The question of potential schism was raised on the recent papal flights to and from Africa...


Who benefits from all this talk of schism?


How this introvert got super-involved at her parish...


Neither Jesus nor Socrates were published authors...


New report on Amazon mafias draws on church-collected data on rural violence...


Drinking (and not drinking) in Dublin...


Scrupulosity is an obstacle to truth...

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Don’t listen to the Parable of the Unjust Steward with a mistaken piety, or you’ll miss the point...


In praise of elderly and sick priests, plus three Crux notes...
John Allen
Where I grew up on the high plains of western Kansas, my small town was a largely Catholic island in a vast Protestant sea, served by the Capuchin Franciscans since the 19th century when they arrived alongside Volga German farmers who had been kicked out of Russia under Catherine the Great. When you’re a kid you tend to think the adults around you are immortal...


In defense of archaisms...


Cardinal Marx holds ‘constructive dialogue’ with Pope Francis on synodal plans...


Why the Church Fathers called the Beatitudes the ‘staircase of conversion’...
Marcus Grodi
In the image of Moses bringing the old Law down from Mount Sinai, our Lord gave the new Law to those who desired to grow closer to Him and thereby enter the kingdom. He gave this in a sermon on a mount of grass, out in a field, to people gathered around Him, enjoying the wind and the sun, the songs of birds and the camaraderie of family and friends...


How a fake mountain range slowed down Arctic exploration...


Blood of St. Januarius liquefies on feast day...


Father James Martin and Catholic belief...
Archbishop Charles Chaput
Father James Martin, S.J., spoke at St. Joseph’s University earlier this week (Tuesday, September 17) on themes related to his book Building A Bridge. And as I expected, quite a few emails arrived in my inbox questioning his teaching on same-sex related issues and urging me to prevent his appearance. A local bishop is typically unable to do that...


From ‘Star Wars’ to ‘The Shining,’ why the 13th-century ‘Dies Irae’ shows up in so many movies...


7 apps (including a Bible) you should delete from your phone right now...


Ironies in the fire...
George Weigel
The eminent sociologist Peter Rossi was a world-class punster whose scholarly accomplishments fed a sometimes-whimsical view of the human condition — in which, Rossi memorably observed, “there are many ironies in the fire.” That’s certainly true of the interaction between Catholicism and cultural, social, and political modernity over the last 250 years...


No one seems to know what will happen after Brexit. No one, that is, except me...
K.V. Turley
In case you haven’t noticed, the United Kingdom is going through a collective political meltdown. The 2016 referendum on Britain’s membership in the European Union proved to be the pulled thread that is unraveling the seemingly seamless garment of the British constitution. Now as the shrewd observer will know, unlike the U...


The Church is a bride, not a widow...


Stay and fight for the Church and life...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
Our culture can be harsh in all kinds of cruel ways. There’s something here in the trails of this holy site that reminds us that no matter the circumstances we find ourselves in, we can be who we say we are. Father Jogues had been subjected to torture. He escaped but came back for the people he loved whom he had baptized. He wanted to serve and be a priest for the people who wanted Jesus in their lives...


Number of abortions in U.S. falls to lowest level since 1973...


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...


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