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I do not regret acting on the assumption that the Pope would be above petty quarrels…

By Phil Lawler ( bio – articles – email ) | Nov 30, 2023 Like any journalist I hate to be beaten to a story, and this week Catholic World News (CWN) was late on a big one. Yet I have no regrets. If you’ll join me for a few minutes behind my editorial desk, I’ll explain why—and in the process, tell you something about CWN and about the Catholic world we cover. Last Saturday, when I read...

Why we are (or are not) so often in the wrong…

By Dr. Jeff Mirus ( bio – articles – email ) | Dec 01, 2023 I have a significant fear of being wrong. It is not that I simply want to avoid the embarrassment of being wrong about some question of fact. The problem is that I do not want to be wrong about the difference between virtue and vice in my own personal life. I don’t want to find out only after I die that some habitual attitude ...

There are many benefits to being a Catholic convert…

Skip to content Converts are neither perfect nor infallible. But our experiences for good and for ill are gifts that are useful for the Church’s life. Taking them into account might help the discussions about the realities of the Church’s past, present, and future. As an adult convert to the Catholic faith of long standing (I came into the Church in 1997 at the tender age of 23), I am very gratefu...

There’s an Advent lesson hidden in Thomas Cole’s series of paintings, “The Voyage of Life”…

“How I have walked … day after day, and all alone, to see if there was not something among the old things which was new!” wrote the American painter Thomas Cole. Advent is a kind of walking, like an artist, looking for what has not been seen before. As we begin a new liturgical year, we eagerly scan the horizon, looking for the new graces God will send. We walk familiar terrain, hoping to see what...

Who cares when you put up your Christmas lights?

Taking a break from doom-scrolling about the war in Israel, I noticed chatter on social media about Christmas. For many, this was the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend — those last moments before getting back to regular routines. Rather than focusing on the coming of the Infant Jesus, the comments were about hell. Specifically, going to hell for putting up Christmas decorations early. In the end, it ...

Witnesses Testify to Torture by Nicaraguan Dictatorship at Hearing on Imprisoned Catholic Bishop Rolando Álvarez…

In response to demands for proof that Álvarez is still alive, the Nicaraguan dictatorship’s Ministry of the Interior released new video and images of the bishop on Tuesday. In a Nov. 28 press release, the Ministry of the Interior stated that the video and photos show that “the conditions of [Álvarez’s] confinement are preferential and that the regimen of doctor’s appointments is strictly complied ...

This Sunday, We Look at the Church and Say: ‘Come, Lord Jesus! Enough Is Enough’…

Lord Jesus, please come. Enough is enough. We don’t understand what you’re doing. Are you avoiding us? Why? We need you here. Surely you have noticed! We make our own the urgent words of your prophets and evangelists on the First Sunday of Advent Year B. There, we see that you told us what it would be like, waiting for you. You were right. “It is like a man traveling abroad,” you say in Sunday’s G...

Meet Peter Sonski, the Devout Catholic 2024 Presidential Candidate You’ve Never Heard Of…

Peter Sonski has been on a political journey since he first registered as a Democrat in the late 1970s. He hailed from a blue-collar, working class, Catholic family — very much concerned with the underprivileged and vulnerable of society. In a post-Roe v. Wade political landscape, however, the Democrat Party “decidedly became very pro-abortion” in his estimation, while, concurrently, President Ron...

Germany’s Bishop Stefan Oster Warns: Growing Division from Synodal Way Is “Disaster for the Faithful in Germany” …

Divisions in the German episcopacy recently came to the forefront when Oster and three other bishops — Cardinal Rainer Woelki of Cologne, Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer of Regensburg, and Bishop Gregor Hanke of Eichstatt — boycotted a Nov. 10-11 meeting of a committee of Synodal Way leadership.  The committee was created with the intent of establishing a permanent synodal council of laity and bish...

Here’s Everything You Need to Prepare Your Car for Winter…

Are you ready to drive safely this winter? Long nights, cold temperatures, slippery surfaces, and airborne precipitation all combine to make the coming season uniquely challenging. Taking care of some basic maintenance tasks before those conditions set in can boost safety, and help keep you comfortable. Just a few simple tweaks can prepare your car for winter. Most of this stuff is easier than you...

Here are the readings for the upcoming First Sunday of Advent…

Readings:Isaiah 63:16–17, 19Psalm 80:2–3, 15–16, 18–191 Corinthians 1:3–9Mark 13:33–37 The new Church year begins with a plea for God’s visitation. “Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down,” the prophet Isaiah cries in today’s First Reading. In today’s Psalm, too, we hear the anguished voice of Israel, imploring God to look down from His heavenly throne—to save and shepherd His people. To...

Advent, an expectancy of love, and a separation from sin…

In his second discourse to the Corinthians, St. Paul describes the transformative effect of Jesus’ death: anyone who is in Christ is a new creation where the old has passed away and the new has come.[1] He reminds his fellow disciples that Jesus’ sacrifice comes from the Father who reconciled us to himself through His son.[2] The result of the transformation from the old way of living to the new w...