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Possible FBI Investigation Adds to Pressure on Planned Parenthood

By Peter Jesserer Smith | WASHINGTON — More than two years have passed since the release of explosive undercover videos alleging Planned Parenthood’s affiliates sought to profit illegally by...

United in History and Tragedy: JFK and Pope Pius XII

By Paul Kengor | President Donald Trump recently authorized a massive declassification of documents relating to the 1963 assassination of America’s first and only Catholic president, John F. Kennedy. The...

There’s a Wildness in God’s Mercy

By Fr. Dwight Longenecker | The classic hymn “There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy” always makes me joke in the sacristy before Mass, “There’s a Wildness in God’s Mercy,” then during a dull moment in church I thought, “Truest words...

The Darwinism of Virtue

By Matthew Archbold | I don't think there's a fallacy more dangerous than the widespread belief in some sort of a global spiritual evolution. In fact, I can think of few notions believed by so many less supported by facts. We...

When Bad Memories Make It Hard to Give Thanks

By Marge Fenelon | It’s been going on for some time already. The social media posts, web links, commercials and print advertisements that announce it’s time to gear up for Thanksgiving. They assure us that, if we shop at the...

Ecumenism, Sanctity, and the White Rose

By Rick Becker | Just being a Christian is perhaps the most difficult thing, for we never are, and only can be in death a little bit, at most. —Willi Graf   “Can only Catholics become saints?” It’s a question I frequently get...

The Great Saints of Africa

By Thomas Craughwell | Nov. 13 was the birthday of St. Augustine of Hippo. His birthday, mind you, not his feast day (that falls on Aug. 28). Usually when we speak of Augustine we think of the long years he spent away from the...

In the UK, a Chilling Message for Christian Social Workers

By Fr. Matthew Pittam | Since my early twenties I have been a qualified and registered social worker in England. Before ordination I worked in a variety of mental health settings, employed by local councils and Britain’s...

St. Junípero Serra’s California Dream

By Anna Abbott | When St. Junípero Serra set foot in Alta California in 1769, he was a seasoned missionary—the founder of five missions in Mexico—in an unknown land. Stephen J. Binz’s “Saint Junípero Serra’s Camino” (Franciscan...

Why Are Catholics So Deficient in Bible-Reading?

By Dave Armstrong | Catholics don't read the Bible anywhere near as much as evangelical Protestants do, and that is to our shame. I hasten to add that evangelicals usually are quite ignorant of Church history: especially those...