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The bullies and that book 

Immediately after news broke on January 12 that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Cardinal Robert Sarah had written a book on the crisis of the priesthood in the 21st-century Church, […]

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Why study Latin?

Ave Maria, Gloria in excelsis, Agnus Dei, Dominus Vobiscum, Sanctus, Tantum Ergo. These are just some of the Latin phrases that Catholics may recognize. Although it’s common to speak of […]

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God never tires of speaking to you

It is truly a wonder that we have the gift of the Bible, through which God speaks to us, convicts us, heals us and nourishes us on our journey. In […]

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Before the 2020 Presidentiad begins in earnest….

Americans not obsessed with politics — that is, most Americans — will start  paying serious attention to the 2020 presidential race after the February 3 Iowa caucuses and the February […]

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Opinion: There is cause for hope amid dire reports of clergy sexual abuse of minors

By Vincent Carroll This Dec. 13, 2019 opinion column was originally published by the Denver Post. When will it end, many Catholics must wearily wonder. And not only Catholics. Anyone […]

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Jesus is not optional

Sometimes I decide what I’m going to write about. And sometimes God does. I just came back from the FOCUS conference in Phoenix. It was awesome, incidentally, and I highly […]

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The Two Popes: Baloney, brilliantly acted

I first met Pope Emeritus Benedict in June 1988; over the next three decades, I’ve enjoyed many lengthy conversations and interviews with him, including a bracing discussion covering many topics […]

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The Reformation: Why it matters and how you can learn more about it

It is hard to think of an event that shaped the modern world more than the Reformation. Not only did it split the Church in Western Europe, it also split […]

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The Martini Curve revisited

Pope Francis concluded his pre-Christmas address to the Roman Curia by invoking the memory of Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, SJ, who died in September 2012. The Holy Father recalled that, […]

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The One Pope

The new and much-ballyhooed Netflix film The Two Popes should, by rights, be called The One Pope, for it presents a fairly nuanced, textured, and sympathetic portrait of Jorge Mario Bergoglio (Pope Francis) […]

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New Year’s Resolutions for Concerned Catholics: A Few Suggestions

During and after the grim martial law period in the early 1980s, many freedom-minded Poles would greet each other on January 1 with a sardonic wish: “May the new year […]

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Christmas, freedom, and obedience

On December 17, the day the first “O Antiphon” signaled the intensification of preparations for Christmas, the Church read the genealogy of Jesus from Matthew’s gospel: writing for a predominantly […]