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  • Nigerian priest, kidnapped for a second time in two years, has been released
    on September 29, 2020 at 6:01 pm

    Denver Newsroom, Sep 29, 2020 / 04:01 pm (CNA).- Gunmen kidnapped a Catholic priest in Nigeria’s Delta State on Saturday, the second kidnapping that same priest has experienced since 2018. The kidnappers released him Tuesday, though it is not yet clear whether the kidnappers were paid a ransom. Father Jude Onyebadi, a priest at Saints Peter […]

  • St. Jerome and Protestantism
    on September 29, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    St. Jerome, whose feast day is September 30th, is known by Catholics for several things. Many know the fourth-century priest as responsible for the Vulgate, the Latin translation of the Bible, the official biblical text [...]

  • ‘A consensus-builder’: Amy Coney Barrett’s legal rulings
    on September 29, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Sep 29, 2020 / 03:30 pm (CNA).- Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett is a “consensus-builder” who applies the law as written without consulting her own religious beliefs, according to her colleagues and fe... [...]

  • San Francisco to allow up to 100 people at indoor worship services
    on September 29, 2020 at 5:01 pm

    CNA Staff, Sep 29, 2020 / 03:01 pm (CNA).- The office of San Francisco's mayor announced Tuesday that places of worship will be permitted to hold services indoors at 25% capacity, up to 100 people, beginning Wednesday. Restaurants will also be allowed to reopen for indoor dining at 25% capacity, up to 100 people. Archbishop Salvatore […]

  • ‘Virus’ of anti-Catholicism behind criticism of Amy Coney Barrett, says Chaput
    on September 29, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    CNA Staff, Sep 29, 2020 / 03:00 pm (CNA).- Criticism of Amy Coney Barrett is part of a “virus” of anti-Catholic “bigotry,” retired Archbishop Charles Chaput said on Monday. The archbishop warned that pubic attacks on the Supreme... [...]

  • On Archangels and the greatest miracle
    on September 29, 2020 at 4:32 pm

    The present moment in history finds us confronted with hundreds of purported supernatural visitations. This proliferation is not cause for rejoicing; on the contrary, it [...]

  • Cardinal Becciu’s lawyer resigns over social media photos
    on September 29, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    CNA Staff, Sep 29, 2020 / 02:30 pm (CNA).-   The lawyer representing Cardinal Angelo Becciu has resigned over criticism of his social media activities. Ivano Iai, who had been handling legal and media matters for the cardinal and his family, announced that he had withdrawn from the case after criticism of pictures he posted on social media. […]

  • Cardinal Burke: Biden should not receive Holy Communion
    on September 29, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    CNA Staff, Sep 29, 2020 / 01:02 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Raymond Burke, a canon lawyer and formerly the prefect of the Church’s highest court, has said that Catholic politicians supporting abortion should not receive Holy [...]

  • English Catholic bishops lament attacks on civilians in Cameroon
    on September 29, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    CNA Staff, Sep 29, 2020 / 02:00 pm (CNA).- Catholic bishops in England appealed Monday for an end to human rights abuses in Cameroon.  Bishop Declan Lang of Clifton and Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth signed an ecumenical statement issued Sept. ... [...]

  • Catholics in Belarus ask St. Michael the Archangel’s intercession for end to crisis
    on September 29, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    Rome Newsroom, Sep 29, 2020 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- Amid strife in their country, Catholics in Belarus attended a Mass Tuesday with a revered statue of St. Michael the Archangel, praying for an end to the persecution of the Church in Belarus and a resolutio... [...]


  • The Fatuities of Professor Faggioli
    on September 17, 2020 at 8:18 pm

    The defense of the dubious by the ill-informed can lead to the preposterous – and that is precisely the slippery slope down which Villanova’s Massimo Faggioli careens in his critique of my recent Washington Post [...]

  • Double standards for gatherings in San Francisco a source of growing frustration
    on September 4, 2020 at 7:35 pm

    Earlier this week, the Most Rev. Salvatore Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco, released a statement calling on the city’s Mayor London Breed; Director of Public Health Dr. Grant Colfax; and San Francisco Health Officer Dr. [...]

  • Peacocking, Loyola, and Flannery O’Connor
    on August 5, 2020 at 8:00 am

    “That a good many Christians today kneel before the world,” Jacques Maritain observed in The Peasant of the Garonne, “is a fact perfectly clear.” Taking aim at the “new philosophy” he detected weaving its way [...]

  • School choice overcomes a major historical hurdle
    on July 7, 2020 at 7:42 pm

    The first term paper I ever wrote (in freshman year of high school) was on the Canadian system of funding faith-based schools. In the early 1980s (those halcyon days of the very pro-Catholic President Ronald [...]

  • Is there “systemic racism” among police and in the criminal justice system?
    on June 9, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison sounded a sobering note when he announced, on June 3rd, a new set of criminal charges in the death of George Floyd. (Governor Tim Walz appointed Ellison to handle the [...]

  • The Anatomy of a Pathology
    on May 25, 2020 at 2:52 pm

    Those who imagined that the sliming of Cardinal George Pell would stop as of April 7, when a unanimous decision of the High Court of Australia acquitted him of “historical sexual abuse,” did not reckon [...]

  • John Paul II: Diagnostician of Divisions, Doctor of Ecumenism
    on May 25, 2020 at 1:23 am

    Whatever you think about the papacy, it has an unmatched zeal for, and institutional commitment to, Christian unity over the long haul. And nobody was more committed to this for twenty-seven years than the late [...]

  • What’s wrong with an Amazonian Rite?
    on May 20, 2020 at 3:20 am

    In Querida Amazonia, Pope Frances noted that fifty years had passed since the Second Vatican Council had called for an effort to be made “to inculturate [sic] the liturgy among indigenous peoples”.1 He comments that “we [...]

  • Wanted: A COVID-19 vaccine that’s safe, effective, and moral
    on May 5, 2020 at 12:37 am

    The biopharma sprint toward production of a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine has everyone’s attention. Some experts predict one of two vaccine producers will be first to reach the finish line: Sanofi-GSK with its Sars-CoV [...]

  • Justice, finally.
    on April 6, 2020 at 8:53 pm

    The unanimous decision by Australia’s High Court to quash a guilty verdict and enter a verdict of “acquitted” in the case of Pell vs. The Queen reverses both the incomprehensible trial conviction of Cardinal George [...]



  • The gods of pulp-horror: H.P. Lovecraft and his religion
    on September 27, 2020 at 9:00 am

    Lovecraft and me, we go way back. Both from Providence, both fantasy writers. Growing up in Rhode Island, I liked the kinship. Granted, there were differences. He was world-famous; I was a scribbling unpublished wannabe. [...]

  • How to vote according to our Catholic faith
    on September 23, 2020 at 3:17 pm

    Many faithful Catholics have asked me to offer some direction regarding conscience formation and the moral aspect of the many issues facing us as a nation, as we approach this year’s presidential election. We would [...]

  • St. Januarius, witness of the Most Precious Blood of Christ
    on September 19, 2020 at 2:36 am

    Editor’s note: The following was adopted from a homily preached on September 19, 2020, the liturgical memorial of St. Januarius, at the Church of the Holy Innocents, New York City. Today the Church celebrates the [...]

  • The Exaltation of the Cross: The symbol of ignominy transformed into a symbol of victory
    on September 13, 2020 at 10:44 pm

    On Good Friday, the preeminent Day of Atonement, Mother Church focuses our attention on the Cross and on Him hanging from it. Only the most hard-hearted are not moved to pity and sorrow. Today, the [...]

  • Fr. Paul Mankowski, S.J.: A Tribute
    on September 10, 2020 at 1:34 pm

    Fr. Paul Mankowski lived his life in obscurity, but it is appropriate that his friends publicly acknowledge his private achievements at his death. After reading Tony Abbott’s eloquent tribute, my instinct was that another Australian [...]

  • From our house to “God’s house”
    on September 7, 2020 at 8:56 pm

    If the recent coronavirus pandemic has revealed anything to us, it should be how badly we house many of our elderly. But “house” is perhaps not the right term. Instead of “housing” them, we too [...]

  • A Deeper Context: Overlooked book provides insight into Vatican II debates
    on September 2, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    In the first year of his pontificate, Pope Benedict XVI famously recalled the Second Vatican Council, which had ended 40 years previously. Benedict, with the steely-eyed realism that has marked his whole life, posed hard [...]

  • Can horror give hope in a horrifying world?
    on August 31, 2020 at 10:42 pm

    The anxiety and fear that many are experiencing in these days of pandemic and urban rioting have emerged from a sense that things are falling apart. New data released by Mental Health America reveal that [...]

  • Dethroning Christ? The Error at the Root of the Viganò Controversy (Part 2)
    on August 30, 2020 at 12:46 pm

    The doctrine behind the Jihad The Viganò controversy that we dissected in Part I requires a further explanation, a deeper level of explanation. The archbishop himself has pointed to it, by appealing in self-defense to [...]

  • Dethroning Christ? The error at the root of the Viganò controversy (Part I)
    on August 29, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    Abu Dhabi and the Jihad against Vatican II The Abu Dhabi Declaration, A Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together, has been making it difficult for Catholics to live together peaceably. The [...]


  • Civic life is not political life
    on September 28, 2020 at 4:24 pm

    Many thoughtful discussions about the difficult choice facing Catholics in the upcoming presidential election make reference to, and argue about the meaning of, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ teaching document, “Forming Consciences for [...]

  • Amy Coney Barrett and our Regime of Stratagems
    on September 25, 2020 at 1:41 pm

    Much has been made of the religious faith of Amy Coney Barrett. And there are many people on the Right who are criticizing those folks in the Senate (and rightly so) who questioned her about [...]

  • Making sense of Catholic rage
    on September 8, 2020 at 11:04 pm

    My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from being a priest to me. — Hos 4:6 Nature abhors a vacuum. —A Postulate of Aristotle Let no [...]

  • Leftists, Islamists, and America’s weakened resolve
    on September 7, 2020 at 2:40 am

    Until three months ago, an attempted leftist takeover of American cities seemed a remote possibility. It seemed even less likely that, as the lawlessness spread, prominent voices in our society would join the radicals in [...]

  • What if parish ministry never returns to ‘normal’…intentionally?
    on August 20, 2020 at 8:53 pm

    Today, the longing for “normal” is practically palpable. This virus, and all its social ramifications, taints all of life with the abnormal – from wearing a face covering to elbow bumping, and from contact tracing [...]

  • A Response to Archbishop Viganò’s Letter about Vatican II
    on August 13, 2020 at 6:46 pm

    I very much appreciate Archbishop Viganò taking the time to respond to my article that appeared in Inside the Vatican on July 27, 2020. However, I found his response, posted on August 10th at Inside [...]

  • Good Cop, Bad Cop
    on August 11, 2020 at 5:25 pm

    The aftermath of the wrongful death of George Floyd has unfortunately seen another wrong: the perception of too many police officers as villains. Police are feeling it, painfully. Many of them are blaming not just [...]

  • The Health-First Heresy
    on August 8, 2020 at 12:26 am

    “Of all the sad and surreal things to happen in the past few months,” writes Mary Wakefield in The Spectator, “the Catholic church’s decision to abandon the dying was, for me, the worst.” Wakefield goes [...]

  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez vs. St. Damien: The Deeper Issue
    on August 6, 2020 at 3:34 pm

    Three days after the executive editor of the National Catholic Reporter called Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez “the future of the Catholic Church”—striking language given that the chairman of the Democratic National Committee called her “the future of [...]

  • On statues and proper respect for our forerunners
    on July 24, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    On Independence Day Weekend, President Donald Trump made news when he announced the creation of what would be known as the National Garden of American Heroes. In the executive order establishing the garden, he stated [...]


Film and Music

  • Director of Fatima film: “I think we achieved something believable.”
    on August 22, 2020 at 11:01 pm

    The new film Fátima (in theaters and on demand August 28), from filmmaker Marco Pontecorvo, is the first major screen adaptation of the story of the Fátima apparitions and the Miracle of the Sun in [...]

  • The Last Words of Norma
    on May 26, 2020 at 3:36 pm

    “The anti-choice movement will have a field-day with this and exploit it for all it’s worth.” These are words of Kate Michelman, former head of the National Abortion Rights Action League, spoken on the August [...]

  • New film presents the story and message of Fr. Patrick Peyton, the “Rosary Priest”
    on May 9, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    Update (September 1, 2020): The film PRAY: The Story of Patrick Peyton will be released in theaters on October 9th. See the film’s website for further details.  Family Theater Productions is preparing for the theatrical [...]

  • The Good Place: It’s not nihilism, it’s purgatory
    on April 20, 2020 at 3:26 pm

    Editor’s note: This article contains spoilers for season four of The Good Place. If you’ve watched the fourth and final season of NBC’s The Good Place, you already know that the show seems to end [...]

  • Sight & Sound Theatre’s Jesus: An Evangelical Gospel Story
    on April 10, 2020 at 2:33 pm

    “Where the Bible comes to life” is the slogan of Sight & Sound Theatres, headquartered in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, in the heart of Amish country. Their growing repertoire of Biblical stage extravaganzas — among them [...]

  • A disappointing take on a beloved classic
    on December 31, 2019 at 11:28 pm

    Louisa May Alcott’s beloved novel Little Women has been adapted numerous times for the big and small screens; even those who have never cracked open the book know and love the four March sisters—Meg, Jo, [...]

  • “Christ’s life is a demand”: The courage of endurance in A Hidden Life
    on December 31, 2019 at 12:37 am

    In Thomas Aquinas’ treatment of the virtue of courage, he argues that endurance—“which is the capacity to stand immovable in the face of dangers”—rather than attack, is the chief mark of courage. Among the reasons [...]

  • The Rise of Skywalker: Reduced expectations and damage control
    on December 22, 2019 at 11:24 pm

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is not a good movie. Its frenetic pace rushes us through a convoluted plot, any particular moment of which has its own problems. The plausibility of the plot and [...]

  • The Two Popes is full of serious errors—and several surprises
    on December 18, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    I could write a pamphlet, perhaps even a short book, about all the factual errors and distortions in Brazilian director Fernando Mereilles’ film The Two Popes. However, despite the film’s numerous inaccuracies, a couple of [...]

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Nostalgia
    on December 17, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    For those who grew up a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, the final episode in the Star Wars saga, The Rise of Skywalker, promises an emotional conclusion to what was a [...]


  • The See of Peter in a dark and troubled age
    on September 22, 2020 at 2:35 am

    Anyone who has experienced the miracle of modern dentistry mourns little the passing of the Middle Ages. But Modernity (the period from the Renaissance to sometime in the twentieth-century), even with extraordinary advances in medicine [...]

  • Accessible and imperfect, American Catholics is discomforting to left and right
    on September 20, 2020 at 11:20 pm

    Readers of this journal are no doubt aware of the recent traditionalist attacks on the theological orthodoxy of the Second Vatican Council. This theological critique generally carries with it some version of the following historical [...]

  • The Constitution: An excerpt from America on Trial
    on September 17, 2020 at 2:35 am

    Editor’s note: On September 17, 1787, the U.S. Constitution was signed by 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention. Since 2005, September 17th has been celebrated in the United States as both Constitution Day and Citizenship [...]

  • Celebrating the Centennial of “The Miracle on the Vistula”
    on August 14, 2020 at 5:51 pm

    August 15 marks the Feast of the Assumption as well as the centenary of the Battle of Warsaw, during which the Polish Army defeated the Red Army, which sought to not only to conquer Poland [...]

  • Recalling the glory of St. Joan of Arc on the 100th anniversary of her canonization
    on May 16, 2020 at 2:24 am

    May 16, 2020, is the 100th anniversary of the canonization of St. Joan of Arc, one of the most inspiring and enigmatic figures in the history of the Church. The “Father of American Literature”, Mark [...]

  • The Plague
    on April 27, 2020 at 8:46 pm

    “A furious plague . . . burst like a blast on the land, thinning the population and throwing the work of the world into ruin. There was a shortage of labour; a difficulty of getting [...]

  • Lessons from History on the Coronavirus Pandemic
    on April 8, 2020 at 11:18 pm

    In a recent article for Catholic World Report I offered some “lessons from literature on the coronavirus”, focusing on the three chapters in Manzoni’s classic novel, The Betrothed, which are set during the plague that [...]

  • Recourse made once again to Mary, Salus Populi Romani
    on March 28, 2020 at 7:44 pm

    Perhaps no man ascended to the throne of St. Peter in more difficult circumstances than Pope Gregory, who is most justly called “the Great”. When he became pope in 590, the city of Rome lay [...]

  • The church that stands at the spot of Christ’s birth
    on December 23, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    The place rendered sacred by the birth of the Savior does not look like one would expect it to. The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem looks more like a dilapidated fortress than a basilica. [...]

  • Rewriting the Future: The story of the modern Catholic scenario for the End Times
    on December 14, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    Hora novissima, tempora pessima sunt, vigilemus. Ecce minaciter imminet arbiter ille supremus; The world is very evil; The times are waxing late; Be sober and keep vigil, The Judge is at the gate.i Bernard of [...]

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