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What the apparition of ‘Our Lady of America’ reportedly said about the U.S. in 1956...

Growing numbers of Americans are looking with horror at what has become of our Church and country. Moral confusion and indifference to human life is common. Legal boundaries continue to be stretched to favor abortion, same-sex marriage and pornography without limits. Finally, the Church seems to be rotting from within from a massive problem of homosexuality among the clergy...

Theodore McCarrick dismissed from the clerical state...

As had been widely expected, the Vatican today announced it had removed Theodore Edgar McCarrick from the clerical state. In a short statement, the Vatican said at the end of a penal process, the Congresso — a weekly meeting of superiors and officials of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith — issued a decree finding McCarrick guilty of committing “delicts” while a cleric...

The anatomy of original sin...

In the readings at Mass this week we are pondering the account of original sin. Let’s explore the stages of sin that are manifested in Adam’s and Eve’s struggle. Many tend to describe original sin merely as the eating of a forbidden fruit. While this accurate, it is incomplete and leads many to wonder why all this trouble came just from eating a piece of fruit...

The Catholic Church — More Than You Realize...

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The evil of banality...

A famous phrase was coined after the Nuremberg trials...”the banality of evil.” Wishing to stand things on their head I wonder sometimes about the evil of banality. I’m thinking of the banality of much religious life which is given over to dull talk about theology, rules, regulations and rubrics. It’s boring. It’s banal and perhaps the banality is evil...

Smoking pot as teenager increases risk of depression by 40 per cent, Oxford study finds...

Smoking cannabis as teenager could increase the risk of depression in adulthood by almost 40 per cent, a landmark study by Oxford University has found. Researchers warned that use of the drug in adolescence may be responsible for around 60,000 cases of the condition in subsequent decades - around one in 14 of all cases. They urged parents to be less relaxed about teenage use of cannabis...

The Church’s long ‘German moment’...

The Rhine Flows Into the Tiber was published in 1967; it is an account of how the priorities and positions of German Catholicism had a massive influence in Rome in the mid-20th century in general and on the Second Vatican Council in particular. Did the Rhine bring fresh waters to the stagnant, fetid Tiber? Or did it pollute the Tiber with noxious effluent...

Gerhard Cardinal Müller: “The Rotten Fruit of Secularization”...

The root cause of this evil is disregard for the Sixth Commandment. Without chastity, piety and strict discipline, priestly life cannot succeed. Only he who lives according to the commandments of God can be a good shepherd and a model for the flock. When it comes to a path toward healing with respect to episcopal accountability...

McCarrick’s dismissal caps the most precipitous fall of a top-level cleric anywhere in modern times...

Over the last two decades, some 5,000 men worldwide have been dismissed from the clerical state following a credible allegation of the sexual abuse of a minor. Only now has one of them once worn the red hat of a cardinal. Anticipated for months, the Pope's decree ousting Theodore Edgar McCarrick, now a former archbishop and priest...

Eucharist desecrated, statues smashed in series of French church attacks...

At least 10 incidents of vandalism and desecration of Catholic churches have been reported in France since the beginning of February, according to French news sources and watch groups. Vandals in Catholic churches throughout the country have smashed statues, knocked down tabernacles, scattered or destroyed the Eucharist, burnt altar cloths and torn down crosses...