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Canonical marriage but not civil?

Q. I am a widow going out now with a widower. We love each other and he wants me to marry him. Can we get married in the Church, keep our own names and not be married by the law of the state? The reason ...



John Henry Newman in fullBishop Robert Barron

I write these words in the Rome airport, on my way to England, where I will deliver a paper on St. John Henry Newman and evangelization. I'm still basking in the glow of the splendid Mass of canonization ...

Don't let Halloween scare youGreg Erlandson

Sometimes kids can be way more sensible than grown-ups. When the "Harry Potter" series was all the rage (has it stopped being all the rage yet?), there was a mild hysteria whipped up in certain fundamentalist ...

Historical clarity and today's Catholic contentionsGeorge Weigel

One of the curiosities of the 21st-century Catholic debate is that many Catholic traditionalists (especially integralists) and a high percentage of Catholic progressives make the same mistake in analyzing ...

Hope from on highScott Hahn

The Lord is our guardian, beside us at our right hand, interceding for us in all our spiritual battles. In today's Psalm we're told to lift our eyes to the mountains, that our help will come from Mount ...

St. Therese of Lisieux and the renewal of missionary zealFather Roger Landry

At the beginning of this month, I had the joy to travel to Detroit to preach solemn Vespers at the historic National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica on the feast day of the Little Flower. In the ...

Prayers for the sickJohn Garvey

There is an old New Yorker cartoon that shows an angel bringing God a stack of petitions about wars, natural disasters and other calamities. God waves him off with a distracted, "Not now. I'm trying to ...

The regrettable episode with Greta ThunbergElise Italiano Ureneck

Unless you were sleeping last month, you probably caught at least a glimpse of the newsmaking 16-year-old Swede, Greta Thunberg, on her U.S. tour. While on American soil, the environmental activist addressed ...

The origins of World Mission SundayThomas Lester

This Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, is World Mission Sunday. Each year since 1926, when it was introduced by Pius XI, the penultimate Sunday in October has been designated as a day for all Catholics to reflect ...