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St. Lucy and Advent Ember Week...

December 13 was the darkest day – with the least sunlight – of the old Julian calendar. Today in the Gregorian calendar is the feast of St. Lucy, whose name from the Latin lux, for “light”, reminds us who dwell in the still darkening northern hemisphere that our days will soon be getting longer again. Lucy will usually be depicted in art with a lantern...

The sin that comes from being a busybody...

The term “busybody” usually refers to one who is intent on the matters of others but looks little to his own issues. Busybodies also tend to focus especially on the faults, foibles, and troubles of other folks. Seldom are they chattering away about good news related to other people; more often it is the scurrilous and scandalous that occupy their minds...

“The truth cannot hurt the Church” — U.S. bishops in Rome ask Pope Francis about McCarrick report...

American bishops from the Midwest met with Pope Francis this week with questions about the outcome of the Vatican’s investigation of Theodore McCarrick. “I did ask about the McCarrick situation. That was something that all of us were very interested in knowing where this was going. And very glad to hear that a report is coming...

Victoria cops used Cardinal Pell investigation to distract from major police scandal, emails reveal...

Senior police officials in the Australian state of Victoria discussed by email the way that their 2014 investigation into Cardinal George Pell could deflect public scrutiny from an emerging corruption scandal in the force. In a 2014 email exchange, then-Deputy Commissioner Graham Ashton and Charlie Morton, assistant director of media and corporate communications for the Victoria police department...

‘60 Minutes’ treats eugenic dating as something good. Here’s why it’s not.....

This week, the CBS News Program, 60 Minutes featured a report on George Church, a cutting edge genetic scientist. Some of the things he mentioned seemed good but others seemed to be eugenic and only obtainable by unethical means. Let me cite that section of the report and give some reflection. A little science first. Many damaging genetic disorders are recessive so a child needs to receive a copy of the same allele (genetic variant) from each parent...