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Gerhard Cardinal Müller: “The Rotten Fruit of Secularization”...

The root cause of this evil is disregard for the Sixth Commandment. Without chastity, piety and strict discipline, priestly life cannot succeed. Only he who lives according to the commandments of God can be a good shepherd and a model for the flock. When it comes to a path toward healing with respect to episcopal accountability...

The Church’s long ‘German moment’...

The Rhine Flows Into the Tiber was published in 1967; it is an account of how the priorities and positions of German Catholicism had a massive influence in Rome in the mid-20th century in general and on the Second Vatican Council in particular. Did the Rhine bring fresh waters to the stagnant, fetid Tiber? Or did it pollute the Tiber with noxious effluent...

Smoking pot as teenager increases risk of depression by 40 per cent, Oxford study finds...

Smoking cannabis as teenager could increase the risk of depression in adulthood by almost 40 per cent, a landmark study by Oxford University has found. Researchers warned that use of the drug in adolescence may be responsible for around 60,000 cases of the condition in subsequent decades - around one in 14 of all cases. They urged parents to be less relaxed about teenage use of cannabis...

The evil of banality...

A famous phrase was coined after the Nuremberg trials...”the banality of evil.” Wishing to stand things on their head I wonder sometimes about the evil of banality. I’m thinking of the banality of much religious life which is given over to dull talk about theology, rules, regulations and rubrics. It’s boring. It’s banal and perhaps the banality is evil...

The Catholic Church — More Than You Realize...

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The anatomy of original sin...

In the readings at Mass this week we are pondering the account of original sin. Let’s explore the stages of sin that are manifested in Adam’s and Eve’s struggle. Many tend to describe original sin merely as the eating of a forbidden fruit. While this accurate, it is incomplete and leads many to wonder why all this trouble came just from eating a piece of fruit...

6th Sunday of Ordinary Time: The upside-down Kingdom of God...

As we continue our journey through the Gospel of Luke in Ordinary Time, Jesus keeps teaching us that his kingdom, the Kingdom of God, reverses many of our expectations and stereotypes. His is a kingdom where the typical markings of “blessing”—health, wealth, prosperity, power—are doomed to woe, and the typical markings of “curse”—weakness...

Rome remembers Fr. Paolo Dall’Oglio, celebrated Jesuit missionary kidnapped in Syria...

Last night, a torchlit rally took place in front of Rome’s Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore for Father Paolo Dall’Oglio, a native Roman and Jesuit missionary in Syria who disappeared in 2013, along with the thousands of both natives and foreigners who’ve been subject to kidnapping or arbitrary detention in Syria since violence broke out in 2011...

Eucharist desecrated, statues smashed in series of French church attacks...

At least 10 incidents of vandalism and desecration of Catholic churches have been reported in France since the beginning of February, according to French news sources and watch groups. Vandals in Catholic churches throughout the country have smashed statues, knocked down tabernacles, scattered or destroyed the Eucharist, burnt altar cloths and torn down crosses...

Vatican ambassador to France under investigation for sexual assault...

Bishop Luigi Ventura, apostolic nuncio to France since 2009 and a long-time Vatican diplomat, is under investigation for alleged sexual assault. The French newspaper Le Monde reported Friday that Ventura, 74, is being investigated by Paris authorities after he was accused late last month of having inappropriately touched a young male staffer of Paris City Hall...