December 22, 2014 4:38 PM Facing entrenched opposition, Pope Francis plows ahead on Vatican reform By Phil Lawler
The Pope’s Christmas address to the Roman Curia is traditionally the occasion when the Pontiff lets his closest associates know about his top priorities. In 2005, for example, Pope Benedict XVI used the occasion to give his famous...
December 16, 2014 3:48 PM Policing, torture, reasons of State, and our Christian mistake By Dr. Jeff Mirus
Consider recent news. A generation or two ago, if I had described a government which jettisoned the natural law in favor of the desire for power, which tried to impose its vision of society through ever-increasing bureaucratic control,...
December 22, 2014 The cardinal who can't let go By Phil Lawler
Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone has resigned his post as the camerlengo, the official with primary responsibility for handling the temporal affairs of the Holy See in the interim after a Pope’s death. The duties of the camerlengo are not...
December 19, 2014 Denial of Service Attack: Success!
For the usual survey of new material, see below. For drama, start here: Yesterday about 1:00 pm, CatholicCulture.org was subjected to a distributed denial of service attack. This means that many different computers were pointed at our...
- Pope identifies 15 spiritual ‘sicknesses’ of the Curia
- New camerlengo named for Holy Roman Church
- Pope Francis: imitate Mary, do not let God pass by
- Vatican newspaper rues European court decision on stem cells
- ‘Distance from God’ is the ‘most dangerous poverty,’ says Pope
- Congregation for Divine Worship writes document on homilies
- Archbishop saves Muslim child from knife-wielding attacker in Central African Republic
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Advent: December 22nd
"A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and to return" (Luke 19:12). This nobleman is Christ, the Son of God, King of all nations. His kingdom is over all men and over all things, both material and... More
Includes prayers, readings, family activities and recipes for the day.
December 19, 2014 The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Advent By Jennifer Gregory Miller
(With my apologies to the author Judith Viorst.) How does your Advent grow? How does mine grow? Thanks for asking. I'd say it isn't growing too much. Christmas still comes on the 25th, ready or not. And I'm not ready,...
December 06, 2014 Church Fathers: St. Ignatius of Antioch By Thomas Van
Tradition has it that the church at Antioch was founded by St. Peter himself, who served as its bishop for seven years before moving on to found the church at Rome. (Robert Spencer writes that “Gregory III Laham, the...