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Thinking in terms of McCarricks, plural, is important for the Catholic Church. If we’ve had to suffer one, what’s to stop there being others? Indeed, among many lessons to be learned from the whole sorry spectacle, surely one is that being a McCarrick can (to borrow a concept from game theory) be a supremely profitable ‘strategy’.
April 17, 2021
Jonathan Culbreath
To the claim that liberal democracy can't save the unborn, some argue that the alternative to liberal democracy is worse. Those defenders of liberalism ignore the teaching of St John Paul II on the duty of governments and encourages moral relativism.
April 16, 2021
Eduardo Campos Lima
According to Deacon Francisco Salvador Pontes Filho, president of the National Commission of Deacons, the number of permanent deacons who died between January 1st and April 10 is almost reaching the total number of deaths reported in 2020.
April 15, 2021
Christopher R. Altieri
The priests who testified on Wednesday are Frs. Angelo Magistrelli, Enzo Pacelli, and Luigi Portarulo. They all appeared to cast doubt on the testimony of a key witness: former Saint Pius X seminarian Kamil Jarzembowski, whose claims regarding the climate and culture of the institution have contributed to public scrutiny and been a focal point of the criminal proceedings.
April 15, 2021
Philippa Hitchen
Born in 1924 in Sydney, Edward Cassidy seemed a most unlikely candidate for the priesthood, let alone a member of the elite College of Cardinals. Philippa Hitchen looks back on his life and times, with the help of several prominent Churchmen who - like her - had profound respect and abiding affection for him.
April 14, 2021
Charles Collins
For years, people have complained about the dumbing down of doctrine in religious education courses, but this takes the cake: Catholics literally enraged because an atheist describes Catholic teaching fairly accurately.
April 13, 2021
Staff Reporter
A statement on the website of the Crookston diocese says that Pope Francis has "asked for, and has now accepted" Bishop Hoeppner's resignation "after an extensive investigation."
April 11, 2021
Staff Reporter
"We know," said Detective Supt Andy Wadey, "that many people were very upset by what happened on Good Friday and we deeply regret that." The Detective Superintendent noted the "significant reflection and learning" that he and Superintendent Roger Arditti have undertaken in the days since the Good Friday incident, along with their colleagues in the BCU and senior leaders at New Scotland Yard.
April 11, 2021
Br. Mark Dohle
We love always to our fullest capacity. That might not be very great, but it can be learned. At first, we may love hesitantly and fearfully, for to open up to love takes courage. As we mature and develop our ability to have an open heart, we can slowly learn to love others for themselves
April 09, 2021
The Catholic Herald
"It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh." The statement from the Royal Family went on to say: "His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning [Friday, April 9, 2021] at Windsor Castle."
April 08, 2021
Catholic News Agency
It’s a mystery that has puzzled researchers for almost 150 years. In 1878, a wooden box containing two skulls and a cluster of other bones was discovered in an attic in the Welsh town of Holywell.
April 04, 2021
Staff Reporter
Pope Francis noted the restrictions under which Christians in many parts of the world – owing to the pandemic and other reasons – are worshipping this Easter. “Once again this year,” Pope Francis said, “in various places many Christians have celebrated Easter under severe restrictions and, at times, without being able to attend liturgical celebrations.”