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Friday, December 10, 2021

The legacy of Pope Benedict XVI: Reflecting on his new biography

Opinion: The “Byzantine” Vatican and Pope Francis’s big mistake

By Christopher R. Altieri on Dec 10, 2021 03:20 am
There are two different – not necessarily competing – explanations for our use of “Byzantine” as a shorthand for an outfit or operation with highly complex and apparently needless layers of detail in its organization. [...]
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Celebrating the remarkable legacy of the prolific Peter Kreeft

By Paul Senz on Dec 09, 2021 08:52 pm
Peter Kreeft is one of the most prolific, respected, and influential Catholic writers of the last fifty years. He is the author of nearly a hundred books (he doesn’t keep count, but says it’s somewhere [...]
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Replace ‘George Floyd’ Christ with ‘uncontroversial’ art, Catholic University student government says

By Catholic News Agency on Dec 09, 2021 01:28 pm
A pieta painting, "Moma" by Kelly Latimore, has been displayed outside the law school chapel at The Catholic University of America since February 2021. It was stolen Nov. 23, 2021, and soon replaced. / The Catholic University of Americ... [...]
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Denis Villeneuve’s Dune is rewarding for fans, difficult for newcomers

By Thomas J. Salerno on Dec 09, 2021 11:21 am
Director Denis Villeneuve first came to my attention when I saw his outstanding science fiction film Arrival (2016), a visually stunning and philosophically profound story about mankind’s first contact with extraterrestrials. Villeneuve then went on [...]
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The legacy of Pope Benedict XVI: Reflecting on his new biography

By Dr. R. Jared Staudt on Dec 09, 2021 03:10 am
This February will mark nine years since the historic renunciation of Pope Benedict XVI. Joseph Ratzinger would have gone down in history as a great theologian without his rise to the chair of St. Peter, [...]
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The Personhood of the Fetus

By Raymond B. Marcin on Dec 08, 2021 09:26 pm
In the arguments before the United States Supreme Court in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization1 on December 1, 2021, there was one major issue that was all but ignored. The attorneys for both sides [...]
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Archbishop draws on 60 years of service in his new book on priesthood

By Paul Senz on Dec 08, 2021 05:43 pm
Decades as a priest and bishop have given Archbishop Emeritus Alfred Hughes a deep and unique insight into the Catholic priesthood—its challenges, its blessings, and what the people of God need from their priests. After [...]
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5 facts to know about the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

By Catholic News Agency on Dec 08, 2021 12:37 pm
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception at night in Washington, DC. / Shutterstock Washington D.C., Dec 8, 2021 / 10:37 am (CNA). The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is the largest Roman Catholi... [...]
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The Immaculate Conception Revisited

By Dr. Leroy Huizenga on Dec 08, 2021 05:05 am
In December 2018, I wrote an article for Catholic World Report on the Immaculate Conception: “Why I came to believe that Mary was conceived without sin.” I argued that it was (1) a matter of [...]
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From Garmisch-Partenkirchen 1936 to Beijing 2022

By George Weigel on Dec 08, 2021 03:05 am
In July 2016, as we were sitting on the fantail of the Swiss sidewheeler Rhone while she chugged across Lake Geneva, my host pointed out the city of Lausanne, where a massive, glass-bedecked curvilinear building [...]
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In the matter of Abp Aupetit, Pope Francis sacrifices truth to political expediency

By Christopher R. Altieri on Dec 07, 2021 08:05 pm
So, how bad is l’Affaire Aupetit? It depends on how you look at it. From a PR standpoint, it is going to be a rough few days in the papers, maybe a rough few weeks. [...]
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Mexican cardinals and bishops convicted for denouncing pro-abortion, socialist government

By CWR Staff on Dec 07, 2021 07:45 pm
Two Mexican cardinals, a bishop, and three priests have been convicted of constitutional violations for warning the public against the ruling party’s opposition to the values of human life and family, their advocacy of the [...]
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Rowling cancelled by UK school; replaced by conservative, traditional Catholic

By Joanna Bogle on Dec 07, 2021 07:07 pm
It’s a familiar story: a school in Britain has changed the name of one of its houses. The school—apparently after discussions with pupils (aged 5-11 years)—decided to drop the former patron of the house, a [...]
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WATCH: Students at Catholic college target pro-life talk with obscenity-laced protest

By Catholic News Agency on Dec 07, 2021 02:10 pm
Pro-choice protesters at the University of San Diego on Nov. 11, 2021. / Screenshot of Students for Life in America video Boston, Mass., Dec 7, 2021 / 12:10 pm (CNA). The University of San Diego will not say if any students who shouted obscenit... [...]
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St. Ambrose: Father, Doctor, bishop, theologian, apologist, and liturgist

By Peter M.J. Stravinskas on Dec 07, 2021 03:42 am
Today the Church honors the memory of St. Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, born in Trier in 340 A.D. He was yet a catechumen, in 374, when he was nominated Bishop by popular acclamation, and so [...]
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A light emanating from the darkness of 9/11

By Father Seán Connolly on Dec 06, 2021 04:56 pm
All are familiar with the devastation wrought upon our nation twenty years ago on September 11, 2001. The shock, the images of crumbling buildings, the outrage and hurt over the 3,000 innocent lives lost are [..]
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Papal pressers, growing chatter, and altars of hypocrisy

By Christopher R. Altieri on Dec 06, 2021 11:51 am
Just when we were thinking we’re all pretty tired of in-flight papal pressers, Pope Francis went and said something. He said a few somethings, in fact, mostly of the pot-stirring variety and in connection with [...]
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Pope Francis says he accepted Paris archbishop’s resignation ‘on the altar of hypocrisy’

By Catholic News Agency on Dec 06, 2021 09:21 am
Pope Francis speaks during an in-flight press conference on the journey from Athens to Rome, Dec. 6, 2021. / Vatican Media. Rome Newsroom, Dec 6, 2021 / 07:21 am (CNA). On the papal plane on Monday, Pope Francis said that he accepted the resign... [...]
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Making sense of Pope Francis’s non-program program

By Christopher R. Altieri on Dec 06, 2021 04:11 am
When it comes to Pope Francis, what’s the Big Picture? It’s a question a friendly acquaintance put to me, roughly, this past week. I was surprised by my inability to articulate an answer that was [...]
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St. Nicholas or Santa Claus?

By Sean Fitzpatrick on Dec 05, 2021 09:20 pm
The Christian battle for Christmas is an uphill one—which is the very reason why it is one worth fighting. “Season’s Greetings” and “Happy Holidays” are the prophylactic, politically-correct slogans that smilingly strive to keep Christ [...]
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Faith lost and found at Yale

By Jesse Russell on Dec 05, 2021 08:47 pm
In his 2004 novel I Am Charlotte Simmons, the late “Gonzo journalist” Tom Wolfe chronicles the story of Charlotte Simmons, a naïve young girl from a small Southern town. The novel describes how she is [...]
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You better watch out—St. Nicholas is coming to town

By Christopher B. Warner on Dec 05, 2021 06:02 pm
Everyone loves jolly ol’ Saint Nicholas. There is something romantic and cozy about telling Santa stories around the crackling fire. He is an icon of the Christmas season. But not everyone agrees about the real [...]
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Singing through Advent, Week 2

By Peter M.J. Stravinskas on Dec 04, 2021 10:48 pm
In the second week of Advent, our attention is still focused somewhat on the Lord’s coming as Judge at the end-times, however, with a bit of a twist: God’s People are now ready (or should [...]
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Two papal apologies two decades apart

By Dr. Adam A. J. DeVille on Dec 04, 2021 10:24 pm
I have never forgotten listening to EWTN radio in 2001 when the late Pope John Paul II went to Greece. For days in advance there were protests in the streets and papal imagery was burned [...]
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