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Heroism and priesthood, Dachau and Amazonia...

In late June, I visited the concentration camp at Dachau, located in a wooded suburb a few miles from downtown Munich. The camp site struck me as rather too neat: virtually all of the huts in which hundreds of thousands of prisoners lived, starved, and died are gone, and the atmosphere, despite a blistering hot afternoon, was antiseptic...

What should we do about the loss of belief in the Real Presence?

Most of you have probably heard about the recent survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, which found that only 26% of Catholics under age 40 believe in the real presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist. There have been two different interpretations of these results. The first is that the numbers show a failure of teaching; poor catechesis is the fundamental cause...

Catholic fiction has 3 problems: writers afraid to write, publishers afraid to publish, readers afraid to read...

It’s been nearly a decade since poet and USC Professor Dana Gioia wrote an essay urging Catholic writers to “renovate and reoccupy” their own tradition within the literary culture, and it is a discussion that has been ongoing among Catholics since then—part of a broad pondering of what the “Christian imagination” means in the twenty-first century...

Italy’s August break recalls that faith may be universal, but Vatican is particular...

On the Church’s calendar, today is the feast of the Assumption of Mary, marking belief in the bodily taking up of Mary into Heaven at the end of her earthly life. It was formally defined as a dogma of the Catholic Church by Pope Pius XII in 1950. For most Italians, however, August 15 has another connotation. It’s known here as ferragosto...

The Assumption of Mary is a historical fact with biblical roots...

While the actual event of the Assumption of Mary into Heaven is not recorded in the Scriptures, there is a biblical basis for the teaching that, considered as a whole, confirms Catholic teaching as both fitting and in keeping with biblical principles. Let’s ponder this feast in stages. First, to be “assumed” means to be taken up by God bodily into Heaven...

Livestreamed DC ‘Theology on Tap’ Q&A prompts investigation of National Shrine rector Msgr. Walter Rossi...

The Diocese of Scranton has launched an investigation into allegations of misconduct on the part of Monsignor Walter Rossi, the rector of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. “Bishop Joseph Bambera, Bishop of the Diocese of Scranton, has commenced the process of launching a full forensic investigation into the concerns that have been raised...

Liberal white Catholic parish vs. new conservative black priest = clumsy Oregonian story...

I attended college in southwest Portland; my first newspaper reporting job was just south of town; I have multiple friends in the area and my brother was an Oregonian reporter for 36 years. In other words, I know a thing or two about the area, its people and the local media. Religion coverage at the Oregonian has had some definite highs and lows in past decades...

Visiting G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and John Henry Newman: An England pilgrimage (with photos)...

In June 2019, my wife and I flew to England on a pilgrimage to celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary. We spent five days in London and three in Oxford. Our goal was to see and pray at all the sites associated with G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and John Henry Newman, who have each massively impacted our faith and family...

Legionaries of Christ will publish list of credibly accused priests “soon”...

The scandal-plagued Legion of Christ will publish a list of its own clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse. Gail Gore, spokesperson for the priestly order founded by sexual predator, morphine addict, and charlatan Marcial Maciel, said in a recent email exchange that the Legion will publish its list “soon.” “We will be releasing our list of Legionaries who have received substantiated claims of sexual abuse soon...

NBC News report: At fertility clinics, abandoned embryos could number in the millions...

The number of “abandoned” human embryos in the United States could number in the millions, and many fertility specialists are reticent to discuss the dilemma of what to do with frozen embryos, according to a recent NBC News report. According to Christine Allen, a fertility doctor who runs a consultant business called Elite IVF...