• Cardinal Wuerl named in Pennsylvania grand jury report, responds to criticism

    [caption id="attachment_102575" align="alignnone" width="575"] Washington Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl addresses young people as he celebrates Mass during a pro-life youth rally at the Verizon Center in Washington Jan. 25. Thousands of young people gathered at the arena to rally and pray before taking... Read more
  • How St. Maximillian Kolbe Led People to Relationship with God

    Accepting fully the shared mission as a member of the Body of Christ—that you are called just like the original eleven Apostles to “make disciples of all nations” (Mt 28:18)—you know and believe that you are sent out into the world to bring people to Jesus, or even more so to bring... Read more
  • Pennsylvania grand jury report details decades of clerical abuse allegations

    Pittsburgh, Pa., Aug 14, 2018 / 02:27 pm (CNA).- A redacted grand jury report on clerical sexual abuse in six of Pennsylvania’s Catholic dioceses was released Tuesday, following an 18-month investigation into thousands of alleged instances of abuse spanning several decades. The report,... Read more
  • In the Midst of Clerical Misdeeds, a Crucial Moment for the Laity

    The last four weeks in the Church have borne witness to a growing cauldron of sorrow and anger. God’s faithful are rightly disturbed at the latest explosion of sexual abuse allegations and the seeming lack of accountability that allowed years of rumors and allegations to go unaddressed by the... Read more
  • Rally by White Nationalists Was Over Almost Before It Began

    WASHINGTON — After weeks of hype, white supremacists managed to muster just a couple of dozen supporters on Sunday in the nation’s capital for the first anniversary of their deadly rally in Charlottesville, Va., finding themselves greatly outnumbered by counterprotesters, police officers... Read more
  • Into Peter’s Ark

    I was raised in a family that considered churchgoing very important. But we were not theologically orthodox, even by the standards of most Protestant denominations. My father was the cause of this unusual combination, for despite being a skeptic in religion, he always valued the social aspects of... Read more
  • Teens are requesting plastic surgery to look like Snapchat filters

    Boston, Mass., Aug 12, 2018 / 04:56 pm (CNA).- Social media is increasingly making teens dissatisfied with their appearance and obsessed with achieving a filtered version of “perfection,” even going so far as to pursue plastic surgery, say medical professionals. Dr. Neelam Vashi, director... Read more
  • Elijah’s Bread and the Eucharist

    It’s hard enough to do the right thing. But when you get blame for it instead of praise, it really takes the wind out of your sails, even if you happen to be a prophet. This is background we need in order to understand this Sunday’s first reading. Elijah had just brought an end to a two... Read more
  • A Severe Mercy: Our Time of Visitation

    [caption id="attachment_95628" align="alignnone" width="660"] Minolta DSC[/caption] Dear Brothers and Sisters, I’m writing to share with you a few thoughts as a follow up to Ralph Martin’s excellent and courageous letter Dear Troubled Catholics, regarding the current crisis in the... Read more
  • Friday Funny: Local Father Has Been Driving Around Church Lot Looking For Good Parking Space Since 1996

    CLEVELAND, OH—After arriving at Valley Community Church one fine Sunday morning in the fall of ’96, local father Brent Sterling has reportedly spent the rest of his life so far driving around the parking lot looking for a good parking spot. His wife and kids suggested he just park in the... Read more