• Lessons for Catholics From Pentecostalism’s Rapid Growth in Amazonia

    During a press briefing  at the Synod of Bishops on the Pan-Amazon Region, Bishop Carlo Verzeletti of Castanhal, Brazil, deplored the shortage of Catholic priests in the 1,000 villages he oversees near the mouth of the Amazon River. Bishop Verzeletti spoke of “aging” priests,... Read more
  • Brazilian Bishop: Yes, Amazon People Can Understand Celibacy

    BREVES, Brazil — A retired bishop from Brazil has spoken out against the claim that married priests are necessary in the Amazon region because the indigenous people do not understand celibacy. “It’s not the indigenous culture that finds insurmountable difficulties in understanding... Read more
  • Will the Pan-Amazon Synod Abandon Pope Francis’ Aparecida Approach?

    Aparecida is in danger: The “great continental mission” called for by the Latin American bishops in 2007 may die in Rome this month, with long-term consequences for the vitality of the Church in South America. As the Synod of Bishops on the Pan-Amazon Region comes to the end of its... Read more
  • A Priestless Church Simply Isn’t Catholic

    James Carroll, the author of this month’s Atlantic’s cover story, “Abolish the Priesthood,” is famous in certain Catholic circles for his bitter denunciations of the Church. To the well-documented renunciation of his own priesthood years ago, Carroll now adds the claim that, by its very... Read more
  • Africa: The Continent of Catholic Hope

    Pope Francis’ six-day mission to the people of the African countries of Madagascar, Mauritius and Mozambique bears witness to the fact the Church looks to Africa as a beacon of hope for the Catholic faith in the 21st century. Pope Francis is in the midst of his six-day visit to the trio of... Read more
  • Barbara Morgan, friend and mentor

    I moved to Steubenville in 1994. Though I got accepted into the Master of Arts in Theology program, it was only as a part time student. My main purpose, or so I thought, was to do youth ministry in the Steubenville area. I wasn’t even convinced I’d finish the degree! Though I enjoyed the... Read more
  • Sinners challenging sinners, with love

    Today, faithful Catholics more and more frequently face difficult decisions about whether to speak-up when family members, friends, co-workers, and others turn away from their Catholic faith in various ways, such as attempting marriage outside of the Church, espousing views that are opposed to... Read more
  • New Jersey Mayor Takes a Stand Against LGBT Curriculum in Public Schools — “An Affront to God”

    America has been overtaken by the demands of the radical LGBT mafia and their forceful push to forsake traditional values and morals in place of their own godless ideology. Leftist politicians are taking up the LGBT cause with zeal,  while conservative representatives don’t seem to be forming... Read more
  • Life after chess

    Jerald Times, director of chess at a New York charter school network, uses the stats to show that being a chess grandmaster might not be as lucrative as brain surgery, but it is harder to achieve. The chess teacher’s network hasn’t produced a grandmaster yet, but New York schools have... Read more
  • Make Catholicism Weird Again: On Consumerism and Authentic Faith

    Recently, a Pew Research survey cataloged the almost complete collapse of the faith in the United States. The facts are devastating. Only 26% of Catholics under forty in the U.S. believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the holy Eucharist. If the Eucharist is the source and summit of our... Read more