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Baffling and reprehensible by Phil Lawler (From Jun 3, 2020)

“I find it baffling and reprehensible that any Catholic facility would allow itself to be so egregiously misused and manipulated in a fashion that violates our religious principles,” said Archbishop Wilton Gregory after President Donald Trump visited the St. John Paul II Shrine in...

Who is most likely to succeed Pope Francis? by Phil Lawler (From Dec 11, 2019)

The appointment of Cardinal Luis Tagle as prefect of the Congregation for Evangelization has prompted informed Vatican journalists to observe that Pope Francis may be hoping to put the Filipino prelate in place to become his successor. Pope Francis will celebrate his 83rd birthday next week,...

Our culture is attempting suicide by Phil Lawler (From Aug 7, 2020)

When I read the news headline it suddenly all seemed clear. The story reported that new positive Covid tests were attributed to “community spread.” Well of course! That’s how contagious diseases are contracted, right? They spread through the community. But this is the first...

Holy Week in the Home During Quarantine by Jennifer Gregory Miller (From Apr 3, 2020)

Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week. This year will be completely different for most of us who cannot attend any religious services or Masses during this time. Our reality is that as a family we generally will have more time preparing and entering into Holy Week. So many of us are...

A shocking Vatican perspective on the pandemic by Phil Lawler (From Jul 22, 2020)

The latest document from the Vatican, a reflection on the CO19 pandemic, is an embarrassment to the Catholic faithful. The Pontifical Academy for Life, under the leadership of the controversial Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, produced the document, and the Vatican press office introduced it on...

When our churches open again... by Phil Lawler (From Apr 2, 2020)

When the pandemic crisis eases, and the world heads back into its normal routines, Catholic bishops will have some explaining to do. Why did you forbid the administration of the sacraments? For reasons of public health— and in many cases, because of emergency government regulations— you were...

This week: A curious media silence about a blockbuster Vatican story by Phil Lawler (From Oct 4, 2019)

This week’s most important CWN headline was not a big story. It was a huge story, a sensational story, a blockbuster. To be honest, I’m at a loss to explain why it hasn’t been given headline coverage throughout the media world. Police—the Vatican’s own police,...

Does Pope Francis profess the Nicene Creed? by Phil Lawler (From Oct 9, 2019)

Did Pope Francis really really say that Jesus is not God? Eugenio Scalfari, who made this sensational claim, cannot be treated as a reliable witness. He is an atheist, a Marxist, not a Christian. Although he has interviewed Pope Francis several times, he has not recorded the sessions or taken...

Now Available: Liturgical Year Ebook for Ordinary Time after Easter by Dr. Jeff Mirus (From May 18, 2020)

We have just released the fifth volume in the 2019-2020 Liturgical Year series of ebooks. Volume five covers the first half of the long stretch of Ordinary Time between the close of the Easter Season on Pentecost and the beginning of Advent. Like all CatholicCulture.org ebooks, this volume is...

The dangers of live-streaming Masses by Fr. Jerry Pokorsky (From Apr 9, 2020)

During the COVID-19 pandemic, bishops have canceled the public celebration of the Mass in obedience to government authorities. Live-streamed Mass on the internet has become the “new normal” of worship for the duration. But this quasi-liturgical innovation may have problematic long-term...