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Free at last: Some hard words about soft bigotry...

The Apostle to the Gentiles preaches a difficult truth. In our all-American dog-eat-alpha-dog world where we insist on being the boss of everybody, our faith explodes in a counterculture revolution, … more

MLK’s “vision of harmony, equality for all” remains timely, says Pope...

With “social injustice, division and conflict” threatening the common good, people need to rediscover and recommit to the vision of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to work nonviolently for … more

Here’s why commercial flights follow the same overcrowded path while crossing the Atlantic Ocean...

On an average summer night, around 1,500 flights traverse the Atlantic from the United States to Europe, and almost all take this one route... more

As President Biden’s assault on life, family and religious freedom begins, we must reaffirm these commitments.....

hanks to the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol by a mob, some of whose violent members claim they took their cues from the forty-fifth president of the United States, the forty-sixth … more

You know God, you know His name, and you know His voice when He calls your name...

Andrew found his brother Simon and told him, “We have found the Messiah! (We have found the Christ!)” Then he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John; … more

‘Extreme urgent need’: Starvation looms for 4.5 million people in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region...

From “emaciated” refugees to crops burned on the brink of harvest, starvation threatens the survivors of more than two months of fighting in Ethiopia’s Tigray region. The first humanitarian … more

2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time: A picture of a prophet...

The first reading for Sunday Mass speaks to us of the call of Samuel. In examining it, we can see what it is that makes a great prophet. Put more theologically, we can see the ways in which God’s … more

A former Muslim discovers the goodness of bacon...

The lights were out. I was nestled in one of the many sleeping bags scattered on the floor of the prayer hall. Some of the men from our mosque in Raleigh were hosting a sleepover for us Muslim boys. … more

This Sunday, God’s voice won’t leave you alone...

God has a job for each of us to do in life, and he won’t stop bugging us until we answer. And even then, we won’t be left on our own. That is what the readings explain this Sunday, the Second … more

My people need Christ’s Body and Blood...

They canceled Easter. Is Christmas next?” Matthew Hennessey asked this question in the Wall Street Journal on December 8. Lockdown regulations did indeed cancel Christmas gatherings and festivities … more

5 things I regret that went uncorrected in 2020...

It is hard to know how to handle a rant. As a general rule, I am convinced that it is better to use bad news as a motive to deepen our commitment to Christ, grow spiritually, and engage more fully in … more

Legionaries of Christ university in Rome reverse decision to honor Father Frank Pavone...

For a variety of reasons, “especially in relation to the political situation” in the United States, the Legionaries of Christ university in Rome will not honor Father Frank Pavone, national … more

North Dakota bill would compel priests to violate confessional seal...

North Dakota lawmakers have introduced a bill that would require priests to violate the seal of confession or face jail time in the state. The measure would remove the ministerial exception from … more

It is refreshing down to my very soul to see so much love lavished on such ordinary children...

My social media feed is well-stocked with babies. I have my favorites: That one little girl with the amazing dark eyes and bounteous curly hair; that extra squashy toddler whose face is so … more

Benedict XVI and Pope Francis receive their first doses of COVID-19 vaccine...

Pope Francis and Pope emeritus Benedict XVI have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, the Vatican confirmed on Thursday. more

Why are these words missing from our present Lectionary readings?

Did you know that the present Lectionary Readings for Weekday Masses has some elements of the Word of God missing? Check it out. The traditional translation for Mt. 19:29 based on St. Jerome’s … more

What the Pope’s new letter about lectors and acolytes means for you...

In 1972, Pope St. Paul VI issued the motu proprio Ministeriam Quaedam, reforming the steps governing advancement to the priesthood. Back then, there were “four minor and three major” orders: … more

The future of humanity passes by way of the family — not by Parler, Twitter or Facebook...

“It was a bright, cold day in January, and the clocks were striking thirteen,” to borrow a line from 1984. After spending a glorious weekend offline, I checked in Monday morning to an Orwellian … more

In 6-3 decision, Supreme Court reinstates FDA’s in-person abortion pill requirements...

The U.S. Supreme Court in a 6-3 decision Tuesday reversed a federal judge’s injunction that had blocked FDA rules requiring women to obtain an abortion pill from a doctor in person. more
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