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Vatican: Pope Francis ‘never said’ what atheistic yellow journalist Eugenio Scalfari reported about divinity of Jesus Christ...

A Vatican spokesman directly denied on Thursday the report of an Italian journalist who wrote that Pope Francis said he did not believe that Jesus Christ was divine. “The Holy Father never said what Scalfari wrote,” Vatican communications head Paolo Ruffini said at an Oct. 10 news conference, adding that “both the quoted remarks and the free reconstruction and interpretation by Dr...

New Jersey women charged with cheating at church bingo, investigators say...

Police in New Jersey say a church bingo night went awry after an allegation that two players had taped a called number onto their card to claim a bingo win. Investigators say 71-year-old Teresa Davis and 38-year-old Keasha Brockington said they had the winning card carrying a prize of nearly $200 Thursday at Saint Maria Goretti Church Hall...

Tired of offensive media? Here is John XXIII’s weapon in the culture war...

In general, today’s mass media, whether its movies, television, YouTube or comic books, is often directly opposed to Christian values. You don’t have to look far to find evidence of the sad state of entertainment in modern society. It’s tempting to boycott everything. The reasoning goes, “If Hollywood isn’t going to produce...

Sights and Sounds: Is it time to switch the preposition in Synod “of” Bishops?

After just two days of the Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, it’s too early to expect clarity on any of the big-picture issues, such as a married priesthood, a ministry for women, how far the Church should go in embracing the secular ecological agenda, new solutions for indigenous communities, and so on. According to official Vatican briefings...

Synod drama features married priests, women deacons and “ecological sins”...

Before it began, the Oct. 6-27 Synod of Bishops for the Amazon was expected to feature a strong ecological ethos, defense of the human rights of indigenous persons, and calls for the Church to do a better pastoral job of serving the region, including the possibility of a wider use of married priests. So far, it’s delivering and then some...

What kind of “believers?”...

This past June I was in the Munich area for four days, giving a public lecture on Evangelical Catholicism and doing a lot of media interviews. My hosts were exceptionally gracious, but it was also obvious that the Catholic Church in what was once Germany’s most intensely Catholic region is in terrible shape. The numbers tell the tale...

Jesus is God. Those who deny this will one day fall prostrate before His glory.....

The biblical evidence of Jesus’ divinity is remarkably rich and consistent throughout the New Testament. Although I present many Scripture passages below, I cannot include most of them because doing so would dwarf the rest of the post. Perhaps at some point in the future I will publish a version containing all of the detailed citations...

Scalfari’s claims aside, Pope Francis has always been clear that Jesus is God...

Here we go again. It’s a predictable pattern. Italian journalist Eugenio Scalfari, an atheist, publishes an article attributing shocking statements to Pope Francis. The press and the blogosphere freak out. The Vatican Press office issues a statement saying that Scalfari isn’t reliable. Things die down for a while, but lingering damage is done...

Memo to Synod: If you don’t want focus on married priests, give us something else...

Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, who speaks both fluent Spanish and Portuguese and has long experience of Latin America, is a papal appointee among the 184 voting members of the Oct. 6-27 Synod of Bishops on the Amazon. As he generally does, O’Malley is using his blog to share impressions, and on Friday he issued a mild rebuke to reporters that could be a sign of things to come...

J.R.R. Tolkien knew that myth can be dangerous if it remains pagan. That’s why he sought to sanctify it.....

To enter faerie—that is, a sacramental and liturgical understanding of creation—is to open oneself to the gradual discovery of beauty, truth, and excellence. One arrives in faerie only by invitation and, even then, only at one’s peril. The truths to be found within faerie are greater than those that can be obtained through mere human understanding; and one finds within faerie that even the greatest works of man are as nothing compared with the majesty of creation...