• 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
  • 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
  • Nicaraguan doctors fired for treating hurt protesters

    Eight public hospital doctors in Nicaragua said Friday that they have been fired after violating alleged orders not to treat wounded protesters opposing President Daniel Ortega's government. The Associated Press saw several of the dismissal letters signed by the director of the Oscar Danilo... Read more
  • What #MeToo and Hooking Up Teach Us About The Meaning of Sex

    The #MeToo movement provides a sobering opportunity for deeper reflection on the meaning of sex and the nature of the sexual revolution. A core question is this: Do the experiences underlying #MeToo reveal the need to carry the sexual revolution still further, or do they reveal fundamental flaws... Read more
  • Bishops pray for exorcism as anti-Catholic attacks continue in Nicaragua

    As attacks on Catholic clergy continue and anti-government protesters are besieged by Nicaraguan police and paramilitaries, the bishops said they would pray an exorcism prayer. The bishops said that July 20 would be a day of prayer and fasting “as an act of atonement for the profanation... Read more
  • ‘They are shooting at a church’: Inside the 15-hour siege by Nicaraguan paramilitaries on university students

    MANAGUA, Nicaragua — The first student I met outside the Church of the Divine Mercy had a fresh bullet hole in his lower back. “It’s ugly in there,” he said. “In there” was the vast, jungly campus of the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua (UNAN), which by Friday afternoon... Read more
  • Update: Nicaragua crisis: Students killed as bloody church siege ends

    Editor's Note: This article contains some disturbing photos and video of victims of the violence. At least one student has died during an attack on a church where dozens of protesters had sought shelter after more violence erupted in Nicaragua. The students, who had been taking part in... Read more
  • Nicaragua bleeds, but the U.N. looks the other way

    At long last, U.N. Secretary General António Guterres has spoken out about the killing of at least 264 people in Nicaragua’s anti-government protests over the past three months. But his statement, in addition to being long overdue, is pitiful. In a statement issued by a spokesperson,... Read more
  • Nicaragua VP says God favors repression against priests, people

    ROME - As the government of Nicaragua struggles to maintain control amid a spiraling cycle of protests over its economic policies and human rights record, it’s launched a new crackdown on the Catholic Church, stopping a group of priests who were trying to broker a dialogue between pro- and... Read more
  • Students in Nicaragua trapped in church amid gunfire by pro-government militias

    MANAGUA, Nicaragua — Dozens of Nicaraguan university students remained trapped inside a Catholic church early Saturday as pro-government militias fired for hours overnight in the vicinity of the church and police sealed off the neighborhood. The students — along with priests, doctors,... Read more