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Opinion
February 26, 2021
Joe Grabowski
Cooler, saner heads might have found Greene's initial behavior "uncalled for," perhaps downright "inappropriate" or even "extreme" — except that her colleagues and the media went out of their way to make it very hard for any sane person to end up saying so in retrospect.
February 20, 2021
Fr David Poecking
Active Catholics can look down on the "slackers," like those who go to the "utility Mass" on Sunday evening, for just barely fulfilling their obligation. Some ask why they even bother going.
February 19, 2021
Hugh Somerville-Knapman OSB
Our liturgical recognition of the Coptic Martyrs," argues Fr Hugh Somerville Knapman OSB, "would offer an icon to the world of the heavenly communion that all who have died for Christ now share in Him."
February 18, 2021
Charles Collins
In an annual address to the Roman Rota, Pope Francis said the Church-appointed judges that hear marriage nullity cases “cannot disregard the memories, made up of light and shadows, that have marked the life, not only of the two spouses but also of the children.” It was a strange complaint to bring to this tribunal, since the Rota deals in nothing but cold, legal decisions.
February 17, 2021
The Catholic Herald
Our writers and others share their Lenten disciplines, experiences, or just their feelings about the whole thing. Some will surprise you. One watches comedy, because laughter is a sacrifice. Another is learning not to make rude jokes.
February 16, 2021
David Mills
Ravi Zacharias, who died in May of last year, was American Evangelicalism’s superstar apologist. The movement’s flagship magazine, Christianity Today, headlined their recent report on him, “Ravi Zacharias Hid Hundreds of Pictures of Women, Abuse During Massages, and a Rape Allegation.” The story is worse than that. Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore called it “a pattern
February 13, 2021
Joe Grabowski
Publisher of some of the vilest pornography, Larry Flynt died two days ago. People may condemn his work, but he sold what our culture wanted to buy.
February 11, 2021
Adam A.J. DeVille
"It is not, in fact, a major advance that Francis has undertaken by appointing a token woman to this pseudo-synod," says Adam A.J. DeVille. "If the Church is ever to be serious about overcoming the present ills, she must ensure that every council of governance in the Church should enjoy broad and equal participation of persons in every state of life: men and women working with their parish clergy and religious, all of them having the same voice and vote under episcopal presidency."
February 09, 2021
Maria McFadden Maffucci
Herself the mother of a developmentally disabled man who's aged out of care, Maria McFadden argues that the pro-life movement does more for them than Roberto Rivera argued in his "The Pro-Life Movement Goes Cheap."
February 08, 2021
Bryan R. Cross
"Fraternity is the true cure for the pandemic and the many evils that have affected us," Pope Francis told the Vatican diplomatic corps Monday morning. "Along with vaccines, fraternity and hope are, as it were, the medicine we need in today’s world.” What does fraternity require of us during the coronavirus pandemic?
February 07, 2021
Br. Mark Dohle
My joy, my love, my anger and lust, my inner rages, are stepping stones to prayer. It is also my connection with others, for my path, while unique, is not that much different from most people's. In my prayer, I understand that when I am healed, or being healed — for it is a life-long journey — I grow in my desire to bring all others with me.
February 03, 2021
Roberto Rivera
Any resemblance between the ends of Catholic social teaching and the priorities of the existing pro-life movement is imaginary. Nowhere is this disjunction clearer than in the pro-life movement’s regard — or lack thereof — of the intellectually and developmentally disabled.