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A bi-partisan bill, which makes certain acts of animal cruelty felonies, was passed unanimously in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives — a rare occurrence in Washington, D.C., … more
As Catholics, we say we believe in the “communion of saints.” We make that affirmation whenever we say the Apostles’ Creed. The Catechism tells us that the communion of saints is “the … more
Modern thought concerning the Catholic social teaching in the Church can find its foundations laid out in Pope Leo XIII’s 1891 encyclical letter “Rerum Novarum.” Catholic social teaching traces … more
Over the past weekend, The Washington Examiner newspaper published an article titled, “Traditional Catholic parishes grow even as US Catholicism declines.” The article begins, “Traditional … more
In his homily at the closing Mass for the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon region, Pope Francis highlighted the grave human rights violations affecting the Amazonian people. The Holy Father spoke … more
The liturgical presidential prayers for the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls Day) speak powerfully of the Church’s intercession for the dead. One option for the Prayer over the … more
On Oct. 11, Attorney General William Barr gave a powerful and poignant speech at the University of Notre Dame Law School concerning religious liberty in America in 2019. It is available online and is … more
One of the questions being considered during the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon region is whether or not the Church should ordain married men for priestly service in that region. According to a … more
On May 13, 1917, The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to three young children in Fatima, Portugal, to prove to the local community as well as to the world that the God is still present among His people … more
On October 2, jurors in Texas sentenced former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger to ten years in prison for the murder of Botham Jean, her African American neighbor whom she falsely believed was an … more
In 2009, Pope Benedict XVI spoke prophetically about a diminishing profile for the Western Church. “The Church will become small,” he wrote, “and will have to start afresh more or less from the … more
John Henry Newman (1801-1890) was an Oxford professor, a theologian, an Anglican priest, a gifted and prolific writer and a convert to the Catholic faith. Not long after his conversion, he was … more
It was reported last week that popular actress Sandra Bullock will portray late-term abortion advocate Wendy Davis in an upcoming feature film. As a Texas state senator, Davis made national news … more
Over the past few years, the climate change rhetoric has been at the forefront of political discussions, especially now with Swedish teen Greta Thunberg as its current spokesperson. She has been an … more
On May 30, 1862, St. Don Bosco told a story, to his boys that he taught, about a dream that he had a few nights earlier. He tells them to picture many ships at sea ready for battle with cannons and … more
The first three plenary councils of Baltimore in 1852, 1866 and 1884 were exercises in ecclesial communion for the incipient American Church. The American Bishops covered topics ranging from the … more
A recent poll found that only about one-third of U.S. Catholics believe in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. Sadly, this reflects the growing antipathy toward religion affecting many … more
The August 30 issue of Science reported the results of a major scientific study on homosexuality. The study, which involved nearly half a million people from a number of countries around the world, … more
It’s not often that all three Sunday Mass readings have the same overriding theme, but that is the case this coming Sunday. The common theme therein is the abundant and gratuitous mercy of God, … more
A common criticism that is found on social media and in other news media outlets is that people lack civility with those who disagree with their opinions. Oftentimes, for instance, when a person … more
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