As a Catholic, How You Chose to Vote Matters A Great Deal

As a Catholic, How You Chose to Vote Matters A Great Deal

In one survey of grammarians, two words deemed to be among the most beautiful sounding in the English language were Agape and Philadelphia. The problem is that these actually are Greek. There also are many aphorisms in the English language that have become so familiar that one may not realize that their sources are in…

Pope Francis’ homosexuality comments heavily edited in documentary, Vatican has no comment on civil unions

Pope Francis’ homosexuality comments heavily edited in documentary, Vatican has no comment on civil unions

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Son became Baptized Catholic, and He’s not alone

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Son became Baptized Catholic, and He’s not alone

London—CNA—The son of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was baptized a Catholic earlier this month, the Diocese of Westminster said Tuesday. In a statement Sept. 22, the diocese said: “We can confirm that Wilfred Johnson was baptized in Westminster Cathedral on Sept. 12, 2020, in a private ceremony, attended by both parents and a small…

Fascinating Book Review: The History of the Negro Leagues, Major League Baseball, Chicago and Ernie Banks

Fascinating Book Review: The History of the Negro Leagues, Major League Baseball, Chicago and Ernie Banks

— a review of Ron Rapoport’s “Let’s Play Two: The Legend of Mr. Cub, the Life of Ernie Banks” — I grew up in the northern suburbs of Chicago, so I carried the tag “North Sider” when it came to baseball. And this meant being a Cubs fan in a city divided by the Cubs…

Catholic Nobel Prize Laureate: North Ireland’s John Hume remembered as great peacemaker

Catholic Nobel Prize Laureate: North Ireland’s John Hume remembered as great peacemaker

CNA—Retired politician and Nobel laureate John Hume, a major leader in the effort to secure peace in Northern Ireland, died Monday at the age of 83. Many leaders in the region praised his success in responding to one of Europe’s longstanding conflicts. “I was leader of a great team of people, all of whom have…

Flannery O’Connor should be studied, not cancelled, scholar tells Loyola leaders

Flannery O’Connor should be studied, not cancelled, scholar tells Loyola leaders

CNA—Fordham Professor Angela Alaimo O’Donnell has studied Flannery O’Connor, an American Catholic author from the South, rather extensively. She wrote a book on O’Connor’s treatment of racial issues specifically, entitled “Radical Ambivalence: Race in Flannery O’Connor.” Petitioning the University When the Fordham professor heard that Flannery O’Connor’s name would be removed from a residence hall…

Ideas on Conversion

Ideas on Conversion

Tied to my garden by a number of convalescing’s that have ganged up on me, I have been thinking of some words that we chew over a lot in religious settings. Words we use to pinpoint events, or human experiences. And one of them is conversion. Sounds very special—something that does not go in, in…

Father and Son: A very special Father’s Day!

Father and Son: A very special Father’s Day!

CNA—Edmond Ilg, 62, has been a father since the birth of his son in 1986.  But on June 21, he became a “father” in a whole new sense: Edmond was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark (New Jersey).  It was Father’s Day. Making the day even more special, it was Edmond’s son —…

Calling Catholic Educators: The Institute for Catholic Liberal Education has you covered this summer…

A renown resource for Catholic educators, The Institute for Catholic Liberal Education, announces its conference and retreat line-up for Summer 2020.  After sudden lockdowns and being forced to re-invent classroom teaching on a dime, Catholic educators nationwide are ready for a break.  Why not take a break that truly reinvigorates your vocation as a teacher,…

American priest heading for beatification died amid a global pandemic

American priest heading for beatification died amid a global pandemic

CNA—Fr. Michael McGivney, an American priest soon to be beatified, died amid a 19th-century pandemic which may have been caused by a coronavirus.  Fr. McGivney founded the largest world’s largest Catholic fraternal service organization, the Knights of Columbus, in 1882. Today the order formed in his parish basement in New Haven, Connecticut, has grown to more…

Horowitz: The CDC confirms remarkably low coronavirus death rate. Where is the media?

Horowitz: The CDC confirms remarkably low coronavirus death rate. Where is the media?

The CDC just came out with a report that should be earth-shattering to the narrative of the political class, yet it will go into the thick pile of vital data and information about the virus that is not getting out to the public. For the first time, the CDC has attempted to offer a real…

Coast to Coast Lawsuits: Faith and Business Leaders sue States, cite violation of Constitutional rights and freedom

Coast to Coast Lawsuits: Faith and Business Leaders sue States, cite violation of Constitutional rights and freedom

In Minnesota, a coalition of Twin Cities faith organizations and local businesses sued and called on Gov. Tim Walz to end what it calls an unconstitutional and draconian scheme to close businesses and places of worship.  This lawsuit says it all The Minnesota lawsuit states, in part, that Walz’s executive orders during the pandemic unfairly…

The Forgotten Hong Kong Flu Pandemic of 1968 Has Lessons for Today

The Forgotten Hong Kong Flu Pandemic of 1968 Has Lessons for Today

National Review—We’re not just living through an earthshaking pandemic.  We’re living through a new crisis in which a highly virulent virus arrives at the very moment when ubiquitous media coverage, global interconnectivity, and a certain amount of scientific conformity amplify everything. All of this has combined to create an unprecedented public-policy response. For the first…

Surfing Mass-casts

Surfing Mass-casts

As a life-long Catholic, I must confess. I did something Sunday morning I’ve never done before. Even a month ago it would have seemed not quite right based on my Catholic foundation. Yet now it feels spiritually uplifting and beneficial! Confined at home in the coronavirus shutdown, I followed the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass…

When There’s No “Back to Normal”

When There’s No “Back to Normal”

Mind&Spirit—What is suffering? One way to define suffering is the rupture between your future as you pictured it and the reality of what your future will actually be. This is easy to see in the case of the loss of a loved one, especially a sudden loss. The future we thought we had with that…

Vatican Thanks Mainland China, Ignores Taiwan?

Vatican Thanks Mainland China, Ignores Taiwan?

Breitbart, Crux—Both China and Taiwan have donated masks and medical supplies to the Vatican in recent days but while the Vatican thanked China publicly it has kept silent over Taiwan’s generosity. As Breitbart News reported, on April 9 the Vatican issued a glowing public statement thanking the People’s Republic of China for donations of medical…

Diocese of Buffalo files for bankruptcy

Diocese of Buffalo files for bankruptcy

The Diocese of Buffalo announced on Friday that it is declaring bankruptcy as hundreds of abuse lawsuits have been filed against it in the last several months. The diocese said it was formally filing for Chapter 11 reorganization under the U.S. bankruptcy code to provide the most compensation for victims of clergy sex abuse while…

LEAD BY EXAMPLE: For Catholic vet, ‘doing right thing’ outweighed risks

LEAD BY EXAMPLE: For Catholic vet, ‘doing right thing’ outweighed risks

CNS, Knights of Columbus—Sgt. Gary Rose looked out and saw a wounded soldier 50 meters outside his company’s perimeter, stranded in the middle of North Vietnamese Army machine gun fire during a Vietnam War Special Forces mission in Laos. It was day two of Operation Tailwind — a Special Forces mission to disrupt the enemy…

Religious Freedom is Good Business for All

Recent developments at the United Nations underscore the truth that religious freedom is not the preference of one religion over another.  It is not the random, personal preference of one government leader or party, nor of one political approach to problem-solving over another.  Not at all.  It is, rather, at the core of creating a…

BREAKING: ‘Miracle’: New court decision orders hospital to halt starvation of Vincent Lambert

BREAKING: ‘Miracle’: New court decision orders hospital to halt starvation of Vincent Lambert

May 21, 2019—In Reims, France, the Catholic parent and two of Vincent Lambert’s siblings continue to fight for their son and brother’s life—for his right to be given basic food and water, and his right to a natural death. It has been a gruelling legal battle against the culture of death, in a country where…