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Friday, October 15, 2021

What is freedom?

What is freedom?

By James Kalb on Oct 15, 2021 02:15 am
We talk about freedom as if we knew what it is, but it’s a tricky business. Issues relating to health are a constant source of dispute, so they dramatize some of the problems. Medical freedom [...]
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Mass is a masterpiece of grief, anger, love, and forgiveness

By Nick Olszyk on Oct 15, 2021 01:38 am
MPAA Rating: PG-13 USCCB Rating: A-II Reel Rating: 4 out of 5 reels (Disclaimer: This review contains spoilers!) Mass is a unique film. Ninety percent of the runtime takes place with only four actors in [...]
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Journalism and the art of listening

By Christopher R. Altieri on Oct 14, 2021 04:48 pm
I want Pope Francis to do well. I’ve never made a secret of how his election thrilled me. I’ve never hidden how I have felt his gestures great and small move me and challenge me [...]
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55 cents and the price of stationery

By Father Jerry J. Pokorsky on Oct 14, 2021 01:37 pm
The rich young man in the Gospel expressed pride in abiding by the Commandments, but Jesus asked for a generous spirit. The Commandments form the moral foundation of all that we do. Charity and generosity—in [...]
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Prominent Anglican bishop received into Catholic Church

By Catholic News Agency on Oct 14, 2021 09:55 am
The Rt. Rev. Michael Nazir-Ali, the former Anglican bishop of Rochester, England. / michaelnazirali.com. Oxford, England, Oct 14, 2021 / 03:55 am (CNA). A prominent Anglican bishop once considered a potential future Archbishop of Canterbury has ... [...]
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How to receive the Eucharist worthily

By Dr. R. Jared Staudt on Oct 14, 2021 08:00 am
In the Eucharist, we possess the greatest gift. Within it, Jesus gives us his entire self — body, blood, soul, and divinity — to be consumed under the appearance of bread and wine. But, as [...]
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Are There Limits to Papal Power?

By John A. Monaco on Oct 14, 2021 12:39 am
Following the publication of Traditionis Custodes, there have been numerous pieces written in defense of the usus antiquor, as well as others claiming that Traditionis Custodes was necessary and much-needed. Much of the frenzy surrounding [...]
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Analysis: The Church in France must uphold the confessional seal

By Catholic News Agency on Oct 13, 2021 07:10 pm
null / Pleuntje via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0). New York City, N.Y., Oct 13, 2021 / 17:10 pm (CNA). The French bishops’ conference has seemingly tried to walk back the straightforward comments of the Bishop of Reims, who recently reiterated that the ... [...]
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Injunction issued against NY COVID shot mandate; judge rules state can’t prevent filing for religious exemptions

By Joseph M. Hanneman on Oct 13, 2021 01:57 pm
Health care workers in New York cannot be prevented from seeking religious exemption to the State of New York’s mandatory COVID-19 shot policy, a federal judge ruled Tuesday in a major win for 17 Catholic [...]
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10 things you need to know about how Fatima’s ‘Miracle of the sun’ ended an Atheist regime

By Catholic News Agency on Oct 13, 2021 11:15 am
Crowds looking at the Miracle of the Sun, occurring during the Our Lady of Fatima apparitions. / Public Domain. Fatima, Portugal, Oct 13, 2021 / 09:15 am (CNA). October 13, 1917 marked the last Marian apparition in Fatima, and the day in which t... [...]
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On not buying into the mythology of “prestige” universities

By George Weigel on Oct 13, 2021 03:05 am
Some years ago, a Catholic prep school invited me to address its parents’ association on the future of Catholic education. After describing how a truly Catholic education, stressing human and sacramental formation as well as [...]
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The Moral and Spiritual Purpose of the Law

By Bishop Robert Barron on Oct 12, 2021 07:17 pm
May I say as I commence these reflections that it is an extraordinary privilege to be here with all of you today. Thank you, Archbishop Aymond, for the invitation to speak, and thank you to [...]
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“Anti-science” vaccine skepticism rooted in the breakdown of institutional trust

By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman on Oct 12, 2021 02:12 pm
America’s media and health establishment are expressing horror and consternation at what has now become a mass resistance movement to the implementation of the COVID-19 vaccine, as millions insist they will not receive it despite [...]
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USCCB pro-life chairman urges Biden to act like the ‘devout Catholic’ he says he is

By Catholic News Agency on Oct 12, 2021 12:53 pm
Joe Biden. / Drop of Light via www.shutterstock.com Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Oct 12, 2021 / 10:53 am (CNA). The U.S. Catholic bishops’ pro-life chairman is expressing disappointment with President Biden as his administration reverses a Trump-e... [...]
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The mountains are high and the Emperor is far away

By Christopher R. Altieri on Oct 11, 2021 10:31 pm
As far as I can recall, this is the first time in more than a quarter-century that I haven’t been in Rome for a big Church event taking place there. The big event is the [...]
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A new Doctor in the Church: Meet St. Irenaeus of Lyon

By Dawn Beutner on Oct 11, 2021 04:20 pm
When Pope Francis surprised the Catholic world on October 7, 2021, announcing that he was about to make Saint Irenaeus of Lyon a Doctor of the Church, the reasons he gave weren’t that surprising.  After [...]
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How does U.S. abortion law compare to those in European countries?

By Catholic News Agency on Oct 11, 2021 01:24 pm
null / Tomislav Bagarić Rome Newsroom, Oct 11, 2021 / 11:24 am (CNA). Abortion laws around the world are likely to be cited when the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in December about the constitutionality of a Mississippi state law banning mo... [...]
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The true Christopher Columbus and the crisis of the West

By Father Seán Connolly on Oct 11, 2021 09:28 am
On October 12th, 1492, at about 2:00 in the morning, a man named Rodrigo de Triana, shouted from his ship the words “¡Tierra! ¡Tierra!” That moment marked one of the pivotal events in history. Europeans [...]
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On the Maternity of Mary, who is Mother of true Wisdom and pupil of her Son

By Peter M.J. Stravinskas on Oct 11, 2021 09:00 am
Editor’s note: The following homily was preached for the feast of the Maternity of Mary (EF calendar), October 11, 2021, at the Church of the Holy Innocents in New York City. In the calendar of [...]
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Art, love, and a Catholic renaissance: An interview with Michael O’Brien

By Paul Senz on Oct 10, 2021 10:59 pm
Michael D. O’Brien is a remarkably prolific artist. Author of many novels, painter, and icon writer, his output is incredibly varied and tremendous. His novels reach across many different genres, including science fiction and more, [...]
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An Open Letter to Fellow Writers and Artists

By Michael O'Brien on Oct 10, 2021 10:44 pm
Dear Friends, I have received many letters from young Christian writers, painters, and musicians, and ask those of you who have written to me to pardon my delay in responding to your inquiries. The amount [..]
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The limits of science and the freedom to make moral choices

By John Paul Meenan on Oct 10, 2021 11:55 am
If there is one thing that is omnipresent in empirical research, it is doubt. This line has always stuck with me, from a methodology textbook I studied years ago. We may rephrase this in a [...]
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St. Francis Borgia and the Face of Death

By Sean Fitzpatrick on Oct 09, 2021 07:27 pm
October comes with burnished sights and smells that bespeak the glory of death and, in contrast, with the hideous Halloween ornaments that bespeak the fear of death. This popularly eerie time of year is our [...]
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Archbishop Cordileone discusses satanists’ support for abortion

By Catholic News Agency on Oct 09, 2021 08:34 am
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco. / Dennis Callahan, Archdiocese of San Francisco. Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Oct 9, 2021 / 06:34 am (CNA). Abortion is a “satanic practice,” the archbishop of San Francisco said in a recent interv...

Church Attendance hemorrhaging at small and midsize US congregations

Study: Attendance hemorrhaging at small and midsize US congregations
Religion News Service: The Faith Communities Today survey finds that half of the country’s congregations had 65 or fewer people in attendance on any given weekend, a drop from a median attendance level of 137 people in 2000.
Ronnie Floyd resigns from SBC executive committee
Christianity Today: The EC president and CEO says he “will not and cannot” lead after its vote to waive attorney-client privilege.
Most Americans who go to religious services say they would trust their clergy’s advice on COVID-19 vaccines
Pew Research Center: But a slim majority have not heard their congregation’s leaders say much about them.
National Council of Churches elects all-female officers, approves NRSV update
Religion News Service: ‘At this pivotal time in the life of the church in the United States, it is noteworthy that the NCC is modeling inclusiveness in selecting its leaders,’ said its new chair.
Higher ed and public radio are enmeshed. So what happens when the culture wars come?
Nieman Lab: With higher education at the crossroads of the culture war, public media is vulnerable to growing political interference over its operations.