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Pope issues new apostolic constitution Episcopalis Communio on Synod of Bishops


Spotlight turns to Pope’s role in 2010 study of Argentina’s notorious Grassi sex abuse case...


Take-aways on the latest twists in the clerical abuse saga...
John Allen
When a news cycle goes supernova, generally developments come far too fast and furious for anyone really to absorb them in anything other than bite-size, superficial form. Over just the last 72 hours, there have been at least three new twists to the clerical sexual abuse scandals once again rocking the global Church.


To Catholics, Junípero Serra is a saint. To Stanford University, he’s a mailing address worth eliminating...


Here are some ways to save Synod-2018 from itself...
George Weigel
Anyone looking for a remedy for insomnia might try working through the Instrumentum Laboris, or “working document,” for the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, to be held in Rome next month on the theme “Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment.” The IL is a 30,000 word brick: a bloated, tedious door stop full of sociologese but woefully lacking in spiritual or theological insight...


12 years after Regensburg, why you need to learn more about Islam...
R. Jared Staudt
On September 12, 2006, almost five years to the day from 9/11, Pope Benedict XVI delivered a watershed lecture at the University of Regensburg. He argued that Islam and the modern West hold a significant tenant in common: a voluntarism that puts will above reason. For classic Islamic thinkers this meant that Allah was not bound by any restraints of reason...


4 hopes for the USCCB meeting in November...
Msgr. Charles Pope
Like many in the Church from both the clergy and laity, I am increasingly shocked by the depths of the crisis before us. Every day seems to bring forth new allegations of sexual immorality or the cover-up of such behavior. Further, recent statements of the Pope, while containing some signs of hope, have more often been discouraging—even deplorable...


A remarkable newly-discovered letter from Ronald Reagan to his dying father-in-law shows the president’s faith...


Sex abuse claims rock Dutch Catholic Church...


No, He’s not your average Messiah...


Pope Francis taps Cupich, Tobin, other loyalists for key roles in Synod of Bishops...


Before there were food trucks, Americans ate ‘night lunch’ from beautiful wagons...


How the Weather Channel made that insane Hurricane Florence storm surge animation...


SDG reviews ‘Unbroken: Path to Redemption’...
Deacon Steven Greydanus
Unbroken is the main title of Laura Hillenbrand’s best-selling biography about Louis Zamperini, an Olympic athlete and World War II prisoner-of-war hero who responded to an altar call at a Billy Graham crusade and became an evangelist himself, even returning to Japan and visiting prison guards from his time as a POW. Unbroken is also now the name of two films about Zamperini based on the book: Angelina Jolie’s 2014 war movie...


Cardinal DiNardo says meeting with Pope was ‘lengthy and fruitful’...


Why Francis’s child protection summit may be highest-stakes gamble of his papacy...


In West Virginia, a fresh scandal erupts...
Rocco Palmo
As the leadership of the U.S. bishops entered the Papal Apartment for their first crisis talks with the Pope, the storm of these weeks broke out on yet another front: at Roman Noon this Thursday, the Pope accepted the resignation of Bishop Michael Bransfield of Wheeling-Charleston five days after the West Virginia prelate turned 75...


How an ancient African saint helped me make sense of 9/11...

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If there were secret sanctions on McCarrick, it wouldn't be a first...
Inés San Martín
Three weeks after a bombshell accusation of abuse cover-up against Pope Francis by an ex-papal ambassador, an element of that charge still remains an enigma: Were there, or were there not, secret restrictions on former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick imposed under Pope emeritus Benedict XVI? It’s been a tough claim for some to swallow...


The Elephant in the Sacristy, Revisited...


Where is Jesus in the sex abuse scandals?
Daniel Philpott
Where is Jesus in the Catholic Church’s sex abuse scandals? Absent, some Catholics say. The Church’s priests and shepherds have proven that the Church is not really the Body of Christ. These Catholics will leave. Others reassure us that the Church remains the Body of Christ despite the sins of its members. Even the gates of Hell will not prevail against it...


If the mother of the Maccabees knew of atoms...
Stacy Trasancos
Social media shoves us all up in each other’s faces in unprecedented ways. Where national politics was once metered in through newspapers and the evening news, now people of all ages have access to global details of immeasurable variety. Through the internet, we can see what friends on other continents had for dinner. We have a finger incessantly on the pulse of global events...


Pope Francis expels former Chilean ‘national hero’ from priesthood over sex abuse, ‘with no possibility of appeal’...


The Vatican’s photo blunder shows media reform is still a work in progress...


Pope’s Sunday Angelus: ‘Discipleship takes sacrifice’...


You’ve never heard of her, but you’ve heard her — Carole Kaye, rock’s most prolific session musician...


What you need to know about this Sunday’s readings...
John Bergsma
We have been getting a number of rousing challenges from Jesus in the past several weeks, as our readings have followed the progress of his ministry, and Jesus repeatedly makes clear that following him is not going to be easy in any way. This Sunday we get another challenge from Jesus to “fish or cut bait” in our relationship with him...


The love that moves the sun...
Archbishop Charles Chaput
Last October, the journal First Things carried my comments on the encyclical Veritatis Splendor. In March, it published my thoughts on Fides et Ratio. Each text needs the other. They’re a diptych. And both mark anniversaries this year; 25 and 20 respectively. I went into a lot of detail in each of those First Things pieces...


CNN Poll: Pope Francis' favorability plummets in the United States...


China and Vatican to sign landmark deal over bishops...


Fort Wayne-South Bend Bishop Kevin Rhoades cleared of wrongdoing by Pennsylvania DA...


A meeting of the world’s bishops to talk about abuse? Please, not more talk. Action!...
Phil Lawler
Pope Francis has called the leaders of the world’s episcopal conferences to Rome, to “speak about the prevention of abuse of minors and vulnerable adults.” Great. The meeting will take place next February—more than five years after the Pope announced his plan to set up a special commission to recommend plans and policies for “the prevention of abuse of minors and vulnerable adults...


Artificial intelligence can now decipher medieval graffiti (cat sketches and all)...


Genuine faith requires more than niceness...
Anthony Esolen
In my previous article I expressed some disagreement with people who said that the now disgraced Theodore McCarrick must never have had more than a “notional” faith, because otherwise he never would have done the wicked things he did. In the meantime, one of my acquaintances described her encounters with McCarrick, who was invariably nice to her...


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