• Pew: Why Americans Go to Church or Stay Home

    About 2 out of 3 American adults who regularly attend church or other religious services say they go for their kids, for personal comfort, or to become a better person. The most important reason for going: to become closer to God. Yet 1 in 5 adults who attend monthly or more say they do not... Read more
  • An Important Question for the Secular World: Why?

    One of the more common misunderstandings of the modern age—we might even call it a delusion— is confusing explanation with meaning. Using the scientific method and other empirical techniques, we have been able to explain many of the processes and mechanics of the natural world. To give... Read more
  • What is it actually like to be ordained a priest?

    To Birmingham, to be ordained priest. The car journey north from my home in the suburbs of Oxford starts out by taking me past Newman Road in Littlemore. I reflect, not for the first time, on certain parallels between my life and that of the great Victorian cardinal. Like him, I was raised in... Read more
  • Mortal or Not, Sin Always Causes Harm

    For several generations, the Church has used a kind of shorthand in referring to mortal sin, for example, “X is a mortal sin.” The problem is that this general statement is an oversimplification. In order for the individual committing a particular act to be guilty of a mortal sin, three... Read more
  • How Politics Becomes Religion

    Over the past few years, political rhetoric in many Western countries appears to have attained levels of hyperbole and hysteria that we haven’t seen for some time. One NPR commentator recently went so far as to describe Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the United States Supreme Court... Read more
  • In Sudan’s Nuba Mountains, Christians, Muslims live together peacefully

    NUBA MOUNTAINS, Sudan - While tense relations between religious groups contribute to violence in many parts of the world today, Christians and Muslims in the war-ravaged Nuba Mountains of Sudan say they are getting along just fine. For outsiders, it takes a while to comprehend. “When I... Read more
  • Judge Amy Barrett’s Charismatic Affiliation: Who Are the People of Praise?

    WASHINGTON — Since the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, reports have circulated that Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a federal judge on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, is a leading candidate for the country’s high court. Barrett, a Catholic, was appointed a federal judge in... Read more
  • The Mass as Cross and Re-Presentation

    “Now, the sacrifice is unsurpassable. Now, it’s a re-presentation of that sacrifice.” As he says these words about the “climactic moment” of the Mass, he gestures to the crucified Christ behind him: the definitive sacrifice; the Lamb of God; the high priest who entered once for... Read more
  • What’s the secret sauce in Wichita’s vocations boom?

    Wichita, Kan., Jun 7, 2018 / 05:00 am (CNA).- Father Chad Arnold, vocations director in the Diocese of Wichita, Kansas, is hesitant to dole out advice about how a diocese can increase its priestly vocations. He recognizes that he’s been blessed. At a time when bishops and vocations... Read more
  • Can you be moral without God?

    A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to dialogue with a few atheists about the meaning of life, morality, and so on. The person who brought the conversation together began the discussion by saying atheism doesn’t imply nihilism and that she was becoming rather impatient with those who imply... Read more