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Pope’s Wednesday Audience: ‘Blessed are the meek’ is not ‘Blessed are the weak’


Bari trip gives Pope a chance to help save Christianity in the Middle East...
John Allen
During the Roman Empire, the entire Mediterranean region was known as Mare Nostrum, “Our Sea.” It was an imperial assertion of dominance, of course, but it also reflected the idea that the peoples of the Mediterranean are linked by geography and destiny, sharing a common fate. In a nutshell, that’s the same intuition that will carry Pope Francis to the Italian costal city of Bari on Sunday...


Work harder, America, and be alert. Democracy is not immune to the spirit of dictatorship...
Sean Fitzpatrick
Published 75 years ago in 1945, George Orwell’s Animal Farm presents revolution as a thing true to its name: revolving and returning like an infernal circle to the despotic power and blind capitulation originally repulsed. It is a principle suggestive of an ingrained brutality in political animals that cannot be broken. And the political animals in the “land of the free” are not always better off than the pitifully enslaved animals of Orwell’s Animal Farm...


Listen to Yogi Berra! Flashback to previous New York Times religion-beat puzzle...
Terry Mattingly
It’s one of the major challenges of writing for GetReligion. What are we supposed to do when major news organizations make the same error over and over or professionals leave the same religion-shaped holes in major stories? Are we supposed to write the same posts over and over? Actually, what we usually do is write new posts about the new errors and link back to the old posts...


What is synodality?
Bishop Robert Barron
It was a great privilege for me to participate in the Synod on Young People in the fall of 2018. Along with about three hundred other bishops and ecclesial experts from around the world, I spent four weeks in Rome exploring the complex question of the Church’s outreach to the young. About three weeks into the Synod process, a sub-committee of writers presented a preliminary text...


Parishioners of Detroit’s Assumption Grotto sue to get back Father Eduard Perrone, their ousted priest...


Wondering about wandering about bishops...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
With very mixed emotions I’m finally writing my conversion story-autobiography, and on the chapter on Bob Jones University had the chance to reminisce about Bishop James Parker Dees–the founder of the Anglican Orthodox Church–one of many Episcopalian splinter groups. It led me on a hunt through my library to find a book I had read years ago on the subject of episcopi vagantes aka “wandering bishops...


Father James Martin and the “captivity of confusion” about who we are, and who God made us to be...
J.D. Flynn
Fr. James Martin, S.J., avers that his advocacy does not challenge Catholic doctrine on homosexuality. He has made a point of publishing an essay delineating Church teaching on the subject. I am happy to take Fr. Martin at face value: If he says he does not wish to challenge the Church’s teaching on homosexuality, even if there is some evidence that this may not be true...


First Mass since Reformation to be offered in Swiss cathedral...


We need this virtue because screens are changing us...
Jason Craig
Will you make it through this article? You have been re-programmed in the media-saturated age of consumerism and internet galloping to skim this article. You’re here to grab enough of it to sense a completion after reading, perhaps gaining a sense of gained knowledge, maybe feeling part of a tribe or something. I’ve been trained as a “content” writer to keep this article skimmable (shallow)...


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


Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, takes on politician who invoked Catholic teaching to justify murder...


England to be rededicated to Mary on March 29 in revival of medieval tradition...


A picture of the transformed human person...


Sexagesima Sunday: Some make it but many do not...


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...


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

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A diagram of the 100 most-spoken languages in the world...


Beyond Amazonia...
George Weigel
The post-synodal apostolic exhortation Querida Amazonia [Dear Amazonia] did not accept or endorse the 2019 Amazonian synod’s proposal that viri probati — mature married men — be ordained priests in that region. So until the German Church’s “synodal path” comes up with a similar proposal (which seems more than likely)...


Why did Pope Francis hit the brakes in Querida Amazonia? Because the Germans are up to no good, and he knows it...
Sandro Magister
That on the Amazon is the second synod in a row in which Francis has disappointed the expectations of those awaiting the innovations that he himself, the pope, had foretold. In the 2018 synod on young people, the issue on which the expectations and controversies had focused was homosexuality. The base document of the discussion...


Victim says Legion lied to police about her abuse...


A priest’s middle-of-the-night crisis that reveals the powerful existence of guardian angels...


Future priests forge ahead: Seminarians say lessons from scandals actually strengthen their hope and faith...
Stephen Beale
Although the recent sex-abuse scandals in the Church have shaken the faithful and have caused many to question its authority and teachings on celibacy in the priesthood, there are men who see the crisis as an opportunity to strengthen their commitments to their faith and future vocations. Several seminarians who spoke with the Register said they grew in their love for the priesthood...


On the need for moderation, even in learning...
Msgr. Charles Pope
A while back on this blog we reflected on the puzzling truth that we can endure more pain than pleasure. We seem to be able to endure a lot of pain, but we can endure only a little pleasure at a time. In fact, too much pleasure actually brings pain: sickness, hangovers, obesity, addiction, laziness, and even boredom. You can read more of that HERE...


Vatican official raided over London property deal investigation...


The story of John Adams’ perilous transatlantic voyage...


Sunday homily: Undertaking the work of forgiveness...
Fr. Patrick Briscoe
A young girl at the time of the war, Maïti Girtanner was arrested for her collaboration with the French Resistance. She had endeared herself to the occupying German soldiers, partly because she spoke German, partly because she was a talented pianist who played music for them, and partly because she gave the impression that she could not be bothered with the war...


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...


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