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Praying with children

Next month, Pope Francis will host a synod of bishops on the theme of "Young people, faith and vocational discernment." This may seem uncomfortable, even incongruous, given the crisis the church faces ...



Maintenance vs. missionGeorge Weigel

Just when the Long Lent of 2002 was coming to a boil in March of that year, Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for the Clergy, took things from "boil" to "nuclear meltdown" ...

Tintoretto and the Reform of the ChurchBishop Robert Barron

I am in Washington, DC this week for meetings of the USCCB. Since formal proceedings didn't begin until the evening, I found myself yesterday morning with a little free time. So I made my way to one of ...

'We recommit our Church in Boston to work for healing'Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley

Following are the edited prepared remarks of Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley's address to 1,700 guests at the Celebration of the Priesthood Dinner in Boston, Sept. 18. Last Saturday I gathered with hundreds ...

Divorced and CommunionFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I am in my 50s and have now been divorced for three years. I was married in the Catholic Church and have always attended Sunday Mass regularly and received Communion. But I have begun to wonder whether ...

Spiritual Paternity, Anger, Lying and Vulnerable AdultsFather Roger Landry

In the last two weeks there have been ongoing developments in the clergy scandals that erupted with the revelation of the sexual abuse committed by former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, widened with the ...

Winners and losersDick Flavin

Of all sad words of tongue or pen, The saddest are these: "It might have been!" John Greenleaf Whitter The mood inside Worcester City Hall on Aug. 17, was euphoric; there were high fives and hearty ...

Following the MessiahScott Hahn

In today's Gospel, we reach a pivotal moment in our walk with the Lord. After weeks of listening to His words and witnessing His deeds, along with the disciples we're asked to decide who Jesus truly is. Peter ...

'The fire rages on'Barbara Thorp

Below are the prepared opening remarks Barbara Thorp gave at the "Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults" panel that took place in Dublin Aug. 24 during the World Meeting of Families. This is my ...