• Rethinking Our Relationship with the News

    It was one of the ugliest presidential elections in US history. On one side was a candidate who was smeared in the press as too sensitive to be a man and too brutish to be a woman. Fake news stories, planted by opposing forces, claimed the candidate supported a march toward war. Of course, it... Read more
  • A Church drowning in sentimentalism

    Whenever I teach graduate seminars, I lay down one rule for the participants. While they’re free to say what they think, they cannot start any sentence with the words “I feel . . .” or ask a question which begins “Don’t you feel . . .?” Quizzical expressions immediately appear on... Read more
  • Synodality and sexuality: What the youth synod document said and didn’t say

    Vatican City, Oct 29, 2018 / 03:37 pm (CNA).- The fifteenth ordinary general session of the Synod of Bishops closed on Saturday. After a long afternoon of voting by the synod fathers, a final document was approved, mostly addressing the topics of young people, faith, and vocational... Read more
  • Youth Synod Final Document: Five Areas of Concern

    The Vatican released the final document of the Youth Synod on Saturday evening, and although the 249 synod fathers who voted on the document gave it a sustained round of applause after the voting ended, various paragraphs are causing concern, even if all obtained the requisite two-thirds... Read more
  • The Catholic Family Celebrates The Feasts of All Saints and All Souls

    The Catholic Family Celebrate The Feasts of All Saints and All Souls. The Catholic Church in her infinite wisdom has given us guideposts in her many feast days to help us in our daily journey. We are now coming to the Feasts of All Saints (Nov 1) and All Souls (Nov 2). For a Catholic family this... Read more
  • Friday Funny: Mr. Lunt Checks Into Rehab For Cheeseburger Addiction

    THE COUNTER—Famed crooner Mr. Lunt has checked into a rehabilitation center after admitting in a letter to his fans, friends, and family that he's hopelessly addicted to cheeseburgers.  Lunt's addiction began with his smash-hit love song "His Cheeseburger," a tender ballad about the love a... Read more
  • Stop Blaming Mass-Murder Attacks on Obnoxious Political Rhetoric

    At one of his raucous rallies, Donald Trump gives a shout-out to a Republican congressman who body-slammed a reporter, and the crowd cheers. Eric Holder urges fellow Democrats to “kick” Republicans, and the audience eats it up. We could pile up lots of examples of such political rhetoric.... Read more
  • South Korea grants refugee status to Iranian student who became Catholic

    SEOUL, South Korea - An Iranian student who converted to Catholicism in South Korea has obtained refugee status through the efforts of Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung of Seoul and the man’s classmates. The Ministry of Justice announced Oct. 19 that the Korea Immigration Service accepted the... Read more
  • Arrest warrant issued for alleged killer of Saint Oscar Romero

    San Salvador, El Salvador, Oct 24, 2018 / 04:00 pm (CNA).- A court in San Salvador issued an arrest warrant for the man suspected of the March 24, 1980 killing of Saint Oscar Romero, who was canonized this month by Pope Francis. The suspect is Álvaro Rafael Saravia, a 78 year old former army... Read more
  • Bishop Holley: ‘Revenge,’ Not ‘Mismanagement,’ Behind His Removal

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — One day after he was removed as head of the Diocese of Memphis, Bishop Martin Holley told CNA that he wants to be transparent about the reasons for his removal. He says the decision was not about mismanagement or past allegations of sexual misconduct. Instead, he believes... Read more