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Pope Francis and hell

Q. Did Pope Francis just say that there is no hell? (Chesapeake, Virginia) A. No. Pope Francis did not say that there is no hell. That misinformation comes from a March 2018 article in the Italian newspaper ...



Do Not Be Afraid of HolinessFather Roger J. Landry

Last week, Pope Francis published an apostolic exhortation on the call to holiness in today's world. Entitled Gaudete et Exsultate, "Rejoice and Be Glad," taken from Jesus' words from the Sermon on the ...

Moral OutrageFather Ron Rolheiser

Moral outrage is the antithesis of morality. Yet it's everywhere present in our world today and is everywhere rationalized on the basis of God and truth. We live in a world awash in moral outrage. Everywhere ...

Synod of the Amazon and married priestsRussell Shaw

The news that Pope Francis has set in motion the planning for a synod of bishops of the Amazon region next year may not strike most U.S. Catholics as a matter of great interest. But hold on--there's a ...

Roe v. Wade Derangement SyndromeGeorge Weigel

The defense of the indefensible often leads to a kind of derangement in otherwise rational people. That was the case with the defenders of slavery and legalized racial segregation; it has become the case ...

'The Dream of Gerontius', a courageous, Catholic musical workBenjamin Zander

In the year 1900 Edward Elgar composed one of the greatest, and also one of the most courageous pieces of music ever envisioned by an English composer. The title is "The Dream of Gerontius", an evening-length ...

He rose again from the deadMichael Pakaluk

I want to change how you think about the Resurrection by asking you to imagine it in a new way. You need to use your imagination, not in the sense of thinking of some fable which never existed, but in ...

Disciples in Mission update -- Part ISister Pat Boyle, CSJ

Last week I was invited to speak at the annual Co-Workers in the Vineyard Conference about the progress of Disciples in Mission. Most of the people attending the conference work in parishes as pastoral ...

The Most Unexpectedly Religious Film of the YearBishop Robert Barron

I went to see A Quiet Place, John Krasinski's new thriller, with absolutely no anticipation of finding theological or spiritual themes. I just wanted a fun evening at the movies. How wonderful when a ...