Category Archives: Church News

500 Priests in England and Wales Just Signed A Letter That Everyone Should Read

This letter may well be considered a historical document someday. Nearly 500 priests from England and Wales have signed a letter, published in the UK Catholic Herald this week, in which they state in no uncertain terms that the upcoming synod on the family should uphold the Church’s teaching on marriage. Hopefully this will be [...]

VIDEO: 60 Minutes on Isis vs. Christians

  “They took everything from us, but they cannot take God from our hearts. They cannot.” Those are the opening words of Archbishop Nicodemus Sharaf in Mosul on tonight’s 60 Minutes episode. The show chronicles the ascendancy of ISIS there. He shares the sad news: His ancient church, which still prays in the language of [...]

Opinion Roundup: Catholics and Capital Punishment

The last month has seen a lot of Catholic commentary on the question of capital punishment, including by CatholicVote’s own Tom Hoopes (see here).  For those who are interested, here is a round-up of some of the statements that have been made, divided by the position taken on the question. Against capital punishment: Joint editorial [...]

A Catholic School Teacher Under Attack

You would expect a teacher working for a liberal, progressive school to get in trouble for putting up a Facebook post with an impassioned critique of the gay rights movement’s use of the 14th Amendment. You would not expect a teacher working for a Catholic school to get in trouble for such a posting.  But [...]

Signs of Hope: The Benedict Bishop Bump

One of the memes currently circulating is that Pope Francis is in the midst of radically changing the American episcopate in a leftward, “progressive” direction. And whether or not you like using terms like “progressive” and “orthodox”, the media and some figures in the church are eager to claim that big change is happening. The [...]

Why Exclude Anybody from Communion?

Over the last few months, Catholics have had an on-and-off debate over who should and should not be admitted to Holy Communion.  This debate was provoked mainly by the synod on the family and the surrounding discussion, in which some–even some Churchmen–have contended that the Church should find a way to admit divorced and remarried [...]

Okay, Hozier. I’ll Take You to Church

“Take Me to Church” is the song by Hozier that debuted in September 2013 but is getting attention now, notably at the Grammys, where he sang it with Annie Lennox. The problem is Hozier — Andrew Hozier-Byrne is his name in his small Irish town’s phonebook — sings a song that would have labeled him [...]

Signs of Hope: The Under-35 Priest

Is an American Catholic renaissance possible in our lifetime? Nine years ago I started writing as the “American Papist” because I was, and remain, proud to be both Catholic and an American. We as Christians understand that hope is a necessity of being Catholic because there is no better foundation for hope than the promises [...]


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