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Baruch: Jeremiah’s scribe, against hopelessness and idolatry by Dr. Jeff Mirus in "On the Culture" - Dec 4, 2018

The Old Testament Book of Baruch is very brief, just six chapters, but it is still divided into three sections, each one fascinating in its own right. The book was nominally composed by Jeremiah’s scribe, Baruch, who had to write all of Jeremiah’s visions and prophecies in a scroll,...

Abu Dhabi, but not Argentina? by Phil Lawler in "The City Gates" - Dec 6, 2018

Today’s announcement that Pope Francis will soon visit the United Arab Emirates rekindles my interest in another question about papal travel. Pope John Paul II visited his native Poland less than a year after his election. Pope Benedict XVI traveled to his native Germany just a few months...

The abuse crisis: Sacrificing ourselves for the Church? by Dr. Jeff Mirus in "On the Culture" - Friday

In the second of his interviews with Thomas V. Mirus on the abuse crisis, Fr. Roger Landry explains how we can all contribute to a solution, even those who are not guilty. Perhaps especially those of us who are not guilty: The guilty, after all, are far less likely to contribute to the...

Does ‘America’ have ‘dubia’ about Pope’s remark on homosexuality? by Phil Lawler in "The City Gates" - Friday

Evidently caught off guard by the Pope’s expression of concern about widespread homosexuality in the clergy, America magazine has rushed to reassure readers that the Pontiff’s remarks must be understood in the proper context. Father James Martin, the editor-at-large of the Jesuit...

Coming soon: a religious struggle for control of the internet? by Phil Lawler in "The City Gates" - Friday

“We only have one message for those who seek to push hate, division, and violence: You have no place on our platforms. You have no home here.” That was the message of Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, Inc., in a recent address to the Anti-Defamation League. And that would be...

Greater use of audio? Now 3 tests. Feedback requested. by Dr. Jeff Mirus in "On the Culture" - Friday

I’ve been thinking about ways to make a more personal connection with those who use our website. One way to make that connection is to use the human voice in some of the resources we provide. I’ve been experimenting just a little with the creation of audio material. At the same...

Oh, good. In February the Pope might make a statement about abuse by Phil Lawler in "The City Gates" - Monday

Give John Allen credit for honesty, in his analysis (for Crux) of what we can expect from the February meeting at the Vatican to discuss the sex-abuse crisis. Not much: Almost by definition, Americans are likely to be frustrated with what may seem the scant results of the February...

It could have been a wonderful life by Fr. Jerry Pokorsky in "On the News" - Tuesday

On Christmas Eve 2008, in upstate New York, George Bailey contemplates suicide. Cynical jeers about him reach the underworld, where Mephistopheles Mouch, Fallen Angel 2nd Class, is assigned to George. George has been an unusually valuable asset. Hell has big plans for him. So if he is able to...

Advent Feast: Our Lady of Guadalupe by Jennifer Gregory Miller in "Liturgical Year Blog" - Wednesday

This post was originally written in 2013. I’m so grateful to Our Lady marking this 5 year anniversary of my heart surgery! ========= Marian themes are predominant throughout the liturgy of Advent and Christmas; in fact the whole month of December could be dedicated to the Blessed...

Revelation: Minimal authority, lived in suffering by Dr. Jeff Mirus in "In Depth Analysis" - Wednesday

It could have been done differently, of course. God could have presented a continuous interior Revelation to each and every one of us, so that we all could enjoy a perfect uninterrupted awareness of His Being and His Divine will. But that would have made an even worse mess than we are in now. For...