• Halt the hostility: Colorado baker forced back to court by state persecution

    Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing Masterpiece Cakeshop and its owner, Jack Phillips, filed a motion in federal court Tuesday to stop Colorado officials from violating his constitutional rights while Phillips’ lawsuit against them proceeds. Although the U.S. Supreme Court... Read more
  • Shifting tectonic plates in Eastern Christianity

    ROME. While Synod-2018 was trying to grasp the polyhedron-like character of “synodality” and wrestling with the differences among sexual inclination, sexual orientation, and sexual attraction, tectonic plates were shifting beneath the surface of world Christianity. Like similar shifts in... Read more
  • What is behind the increase in “witches” in the US?

    As the number of self-identified witches in the United States has surpassed the number of Presbyterians, it is helpful to recall G.K. Chesterton’s adage that when we stop believing in God, we begin to believe in anything.  A recent Pew Research Center survey found that about 0.4 percent of... Read more
  • NY auxiliary bishop is credibly accused of sexual abuse

    New York City, N.Y., Oct 31, 2018 / 10:31 am (CNA).- A New York auxiliary bishop has been credibly accused of sexual abuse, the Archdiocese of New York has reported. The bishop maintains his innocence. Cardinal Timothy Dolan announced in an Oct. 29 letter to parishioners of a Bronx parish... Read more
  • Germany’s Clout and Some Other Final Observations on the Youth Synod

    VATICAN CITY — Unlike the twin synods on the family, where the refutation of doctrinal errors required vigorous disagreement, the recently concluded synod on youth proceeded amicably and without major confrontations, doing little good and little harm, though there is enough ambiguity in the... Read more
  • Asia Bibi acquitted, but is she safe? Fighting over blasphemy in Pakistan is far from over

    This is a day that human-rights activists have wanted to see for a long time. Asia Bibi has been acquitted of blasphemy charges in Pakistan. That’s the lede. What has impressed me in the early coverage of this decision is the degree to which international desk pros in several newsrooms... Read more
  • Five nuns kidnapped in southern Nigeria

    Issele-Uku, Nigeria, Oct 29, 2018 / 04:55 pm (CNA).- Five nuns were abducted by gunmen in Nigeria’s Delta state on Thursday, according to local media. The nuns are members of the Order of the Missionary of Martha and Mary. They were kidnapped Oct. 25 while returning from a burial. They... Read more
  • Six Steps for Better Seminaries

    Although clergy sexual abuse scandals aren’t new, the ones that have rocked the Catholic Church this summer revolved around a group seldom focused on before: seminarians. The sexual harassment and abuse of seminarians, and the response of seminary leaders, have been at the center of the case of... Read more
  • Jesus’ Response to the Scandals?

    This second wave of the revelation of the sexual-abuse scandals in the Church has been sickening and disheartening for so many as we confront the suffering of countless victims, the wickedness of predators, the lack of spiritual paternity and pastoral determination on the part of those with... Read more
  • The Right Side of History

    It’s been said that advertising is the world’s oldest profession, with the devil needing only a clever marketing campaign to get Adam and Eve to eat the apple. Whether or not that is true, it certainly is true that we can be swayed by slogans and jingles into doing the silliest things.... Read more